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

Pole Dancing + Interior Design + Visual Art

Today’s blog title seems odd… It’s the result of an Instagram update about printing my fine art on objects of everyday use. I transferred an image of “Veil 519” (a piece from my “Veil Series” mixed media/digital media paintings and prints) to a throw pillow. I shared images of this design on Instagram. Next, a pole dancing instructor and an interior designer both liked the pillow designs.  This is why “Pole Dancing + Interior Design + Fine Art” became today’s blog post title. The Instagram responses confirm the unexpected ways fine art reaches out to inspire a diverse group of wonderful people all doing their own thing.  I love it.

Throw pillows from the Veil Series design project.

Throw pillows from the Veil Series design project.

I’m an artist trying to let others know what I do. There’s the risk my efforts will feel like an “infomercial” to some. But I need to use social media to introduce a wider community to my art and designs. So hello to those who discover my studio practice! I welcome your comments and questions. Please forward this blog post to your friends.

I’m using my fine art in ways that let more people see what I do. Art galleries and museums are valid places to view art. But it takes time to go to these traditional art spaces. I’ve exhibited for years and know such places also isolate art from the everyday lives of many people. My fine art brings beauty into our daily lives by letting people see art on things we use often. Please view my “Veil Series design project” at Redbubble.com to see how familiar things (phone cases, scarves, skirts, etc.) change when associated with my fine art.

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.

Primordial Being Questions Modern Society

I’m a mixed media artist who experiments with concepts, materials and processes. I create paintings, photographs, sculptures, poetry and short videos. This blog often features my visual art and poetry but not many videos.  I welcome you to take 3 minutes and watch my newest video titled “PRIMORDIAL REFLECTIONS”.

Before viewing please read the this art video introduction.

PRIMORDIAL REFLECTIONS

This short video centers on an imaginary unsettling primordial being named Red Face. The primary red and nearly formless being does not speak any language of the modern world. He grunts and hisses thoughts which are magically translated into the viewer’s language. (In this video Red Face communicates with Homo sapiens who use the English language). Red Face reflects upon our evolution from squirming cells in a fertile gene pool to upright humans who often seem more primitive than he ever could be.

Click on the Red Face portrait to watch video on You Tube.

Red Face

Red Face

Play Is Serious Work

Those familiar with my fine art may have seen a few of my “Veil Series” paintings pictured on this blog. Although my recent blog posts of “lowbrow” bumper sticker note cards could make it seem I’ve lost focus for the series. That is not the case. Sometimes diversions are necessary to let the next ideas drift without too much scrutiny. So the study image I posted of a white chair may appear in some of the next Veil Series paintings. I will see…so will you.

The chair pictured is a white metal mesh outdoor chair with light surface rust. After my parents both passed away my siblings and I had to clean out their home and disperse their belongings. Even though decades of things slowly amassed piece by piece they were all accessed suddenly. It comes down to keep, give away, sell or toss. So this chair came to my home. I’m sure stories were told on other porches while people sat on that chair. Now my friends sit on it to tell stories on my porch.

In the image below the rust on the chair has changed to bright white. It is as if all color absorbs into brightness. Look around, you’ll see chairs in your place that have new places to go at some point. The image is not complete as is. and much will happen over the next few months. I just thought my real and imaginary readers should know I’ve not given in to the lowbrow side of art. But I need to play on that side so my fine art can also evolve…So you see, play is serious work. As if something is brighter when darkness is near. Tenderness seems accentuated by harshness in our world. So it’s a bit of opposites attracting with my artwork.

White Chair (study)

White Chair (study)