Art Isn’t a Shelter

Art, regardless of its form, is dead. Art has always been dead. The romanticized view of art includes giving art a soul, a spirit or even an unexplained energy.  But art is dead, has no pulse and is cold. Art is a concept, a thing, a string of words, musical notes, an inanimate object, a product sold in the art market, a commodity.  I’ve kept a studio practice for over 30 years and this idea of lifeless art is fairly new for me and a little unsettling if I only stay on the surface.

Clouds For Lease.

Clouds For Lease.

But if I dig below the surface this lifeless thing called ART does enhance life.  It can introduce us to a range of thoughts and emotions. However we should not tag the actual emotions or feelings to art. Tag them to ourselves.  This is what art does…It’s a door that we choose to open to get access to our emotions, feelings and ways of seeing.  Passage through this door is often a luxury. We wouldn’t pass though the art door if we were seeking food or shelter. Art does not feed us. Art is not food. Art is not a shelter.

Finally, I note the coldness of art…the lack of a pulse. Art is not alive. Even dancing human bodies are only a series of motions that end.  Those artists who sacrifice all for their art…forgoing marriages, children and strong commitments to other people end up alone. They become just another notation in an art history book or the maker of some thing in a private or public collection. They create a void in their lives that art cannot fill.

I am an artist. I make things and write poetry (www.ZeorlinArt.com) but none of it has a soul. I am also a husband and father…and it is this part of my life that fills my heart and soul.

Zeorlin: Texas Regional Artists Exhibition

I’m happy to let everyone out there on the other side of this computer screen know about an upcoming exhibition which includes 13 pieces of my mixed media art….

 

The Texas Regional Artists Exhibition opens on July 9th at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, TX. The July 9th opening night festivities go from 7 to 9 pm. The show runs through September 24, 2016. There are 4 artists participating in this museum exhibition.

I will show 12 pieces from my “Veil Series” and one mixed media sculpture. When you come to the museum make sure your cellphone has a QR code scanning application ready to go. The sculpture includes QR codes (Quick Read) that link the viewer to collections of poetry, simple blues-folk songs, lowbrow bumper stickers, odd videos and my “imaginary friends” like Average Male and Red Face.

Gregory Zeorlin Veil 75. 2014 Mixed media painting

Gregory Zeorlin
Veil 75. 2014
Mixed media painting

Rickety Gridlock 1

We like to uses grids to understand and plan our world. Think about road maps, electrical schematics, etc. The same grids which give us a system also entrap. We can become stuck and gridlock isn’t just about road traffic. Gridlock is also the result of habits and assumptions. So I’ve created a set of grids which take common things and organize them into something that is pleasing and engaging to view. Call it making order out of chaos…mixed with some magic and logic. I’ve said it all along…those four things are what creates art.

I also use my art to transform common things like cell phone cases, pillows and clothes. So this post is about my art and my various ways of earning a living. If I don’t cheer about my work  no one will see it. It’s what artists do to keep working.

Here is a piece of my current artwork (on left side) along with images of a few ways I use my art to bring beauty into everyday life. And yes, you can order pieces inspired by my art from my shop at Redbubble.

Consider spreading my ideas and art around with your friends. Share this post.

Rickety Gridlock 1

Rickety Gridlock 1. 2016. Digital Photograph.

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Red Star-Blue Eye

Red Star-Blue Eye“Red Star-Blue Eye” is a recent print from my studio and part of my “Mind Field” series. I’m making a collection of junk and clutter compositions that include related poems. The debris assemblages are the results of my habit of  saving odd stuff that eventually gets piled up on anything horizontal. The poems don’t directly explain any of the print images but give clues and hints about what’s on my mind. When it comes down to it, whatever you think is going on in a print is good enough. “What you see is what you get” is my mode of operation. The poems add another dimension but aren’t necessary for a print to be visually engaging. So for now, I’m not including the poetry in this post. You’ll have to come back and look again. The series will eventually be posted at ZeorlinArt.com or in my design project at Redbubble.com.

Art, Beauty and Function

If you follow this blog you know I’m a mixed media artist and prone to experimenting in the studio.  And you know I have a playful sense of curiosity.  All of this keeps me excited about working in a solo studio setting. If you’re unfamiliar with my studio practice please visit ZeorlinArt.com.

I’m glad to introduce my “Veil Series Design Project.” I’m using my visual art to transform familiar products and apparel into things of beauty. I’m doing this to let others enjoy my art in their daily lives. I would not consider doing this design project if it belittled my visual art.  I love working as an artist and hope you sense when reading my blog posts and viewing what I share on Tumblr or Instagram.  So, hello to all who discover my blog and art!  Your comments and questions are welcome.

I’m showing you a few of my scarves and toss pillows from the “Veil Series Design Project.” All of the art from the “Veil Series” are visual meditations about how our bodies, minds and souls move about during our time on earth and beyond. (Yes…this is an esoteric comment about my artwork. But that’s what I thought about while making each piece). And this visual mediation continues with the products and apparel I selected to place my art on. I invite you to view the collection on my shop page at Redbubble.com. If you are going to buy gifts for the holidays, please at least give my designs your consideration.

Please share this post if you wish. Your good words to friends helps keep my small studio practice rolling!

Veil 519 scarf design. 55" x 55"

Veil 519 scarf design. 55″ x 55″

Veil 50 scarf. 55" x 55"

Veil 50 scarf design. 55″ x 55″

Throw pillows in various sizes.

Throw pillows in various sizes from the “Veil Series Design Project” by Gregory Zeorlin.

Veil Series (update)

Veil

I’m making a series of mixed and digital media painting and prints that I call the Veil Series. I updated my studio website ZeorlinArt.com with more images from the series. Please take a look. As always, comments and questions are welcome.

Veil 51

Veil 51. 2015. Mixed + digital media on paper. 11″ x 14″. Gregory Zeorlin

This piece seems like a good way to step into the first day of May 2015.  Spring-like in color. A little patch of spring green beneath the figure’s feet. But, what’s the black column doing imposing upon this soft happy moment?

Veil 51. Mixed + digital media on paper. 2015.

Veil 51. Mixed + digital media on paper. 2015.