The good news is that after a weekend of absolutely grueling labor (if, in fact, cutting bits of paper and gluing them together can actually be referred to as “grueling” – I suppose “tedious” would have been a better word choice), I can actually see an end in sight for the gigantic book. I’m going to push especially hard this week to get as much done as possible, just because I need this thing to be folded up and put away… it’s getting hard to move and breathe and think in my studio because so much of it is taken up by the book.
The other good news is that I was hoping to have 30 new drawings done by the end of July and I’m totally on track for that – I have at least 18 new pieces done (I say “at least” because it’s entirely possible some are hiding under the book somewhere) and enough on the way that this shouldn’t be a problem at all.
And… well, it’s not really bad news, but you know… the other side of all this is that the above drawing is a bit depressing, but it’s definitely honest as to where my head is at these days. Ah, so it goes.
The thing about this one that almost drove me batty was that the Campbell’s soup can and the Marilyn are each about 1/4″ square. Yikes…. thank god for Warhol, maybe the only artist you can reproduce that small and still have his work be recognizable (Ruscha was another I thought about trying, but in the end Warhol just seemed so perfect since the writing is about magazines I loved as a teenager, and Interview was one of those magazines).
Ok, I think I have this worked out where if you click on the drawing, it will lead you to flickr where you have the option of viewing the image bigger and thus being able to read the text. I think. Let me know if it doesn’t work.
Also, I’m going to be uploading drawings like a crazy lady over the next few days… I obviously haven’t made all of them over the last couple of days but they were things that were batting around my studio for some time, just bugging me to get done.
This one is based on an image I drew about a year ago that I reworked and changed the text.
Funny… I’ve done several drawings now of pillow fights because I like them as this completely silly metaphor for acceptable feminine rage.
Anyway, more (as always) soon…
Ahhh, finally a new drawing to post. A bunch more on the way. I’m working on a series where they’re building things out of these lego blocks… I’ll explain more as I post more…
So I think starting tomorrow, this is what I’ll do: I’m going to work on “regular” (ie, 2-d) drawings in the morning and slowly get the book done in the evening, rather than try and keep spending all day, every day working on the book. There’s a lot of wasted time when I just focus solely on the book, as drying times take forever and honestly, my patience runs thin after a few hours. I think this might be a more sensible approach and that also, we’re at a point now where I can afford to slow down and obsess over every last detail (actually, that’s what will make or break this project, I think – it’s all about the details, and it’s easier to let stuff like that float into your mind over time rather than try and jam it out all at once).
You have no idea how much I want to get back to doing some flat drawings and writing again!! Ok, where exactly I’m going to do this, I’m not sure since the book can’t be moved at this point, but I’ll make it work somehow…
Today I primarily laid down the railroad tracks – about 7 or 8 feet of them.
They start at the factory and then travel off the page, literally down to the ground en route to their station, during which they pass through a section of landscape that is based on the NJ marshlands.
I also strung up electricity (something I started a few days ago and had to take a break because it was driving me nuts with the tiny little threads) which connects most of the left hand side of the book together, but that isn’t very photogenic (actually, everything I’ve been doing for the last few days hasn’t been too photogenic, which is why no updates. What I have planned for Sunday should make for some nice photos, though).
I got a lot done today and man, I am exhausted. But I’m finally at the point where I’m seeing it all come together, instead of just flying on blind faith (thank goodness).