Monday, March 30, 2009

New Sculpture for the April Friday Night Gallery Walk

I have found my recent series that deals with the fiber ropes to be very fascinating. The texture of the rope is captivating and the way it intertwines is mesmerizing. For my next project i decided to push my use of the rope from a 2d shallow relief to a full blown sculpture piece. The rope has much to offer in expressing ideas but it also adds a very appealing aesthetic value to the work.

Monday, March 23, 2009

This American Rolfe

I love to watch documentaries because they open your eyes to things that you have never seen before. Tonight I just watched This American Life and i found it inspiring. The documentary is full of insight into everyday people. It has inspired me to go out there and make an effort to find out more about people. There were things discussed that have inspired many new artworks from me. The segment about the pig farming has stired up a cauldron of ideas. I shall sit back and reflect and soon i shall have new artwork that has come from this.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Art for the People

Many people have asked me why my work is priced so low. They have told me that they would be willing to pay much more for a piece of work. Well I believe that everyone should be able to afford a piece of art. Art should not be a luxury available only to the wealthy. It is important that anyone can have access to the work that truly means something to them. I have priced my paintings to cover the time and materials i have spent on them as well as to pay for the studio in which I work in. Everything that I make goes into creating more art. It is a wonderful never ending cycle. In the end I would give my artwork for free if money were not a constraint that binds me. Untill then I pledge to make my work available to as many people as possible.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Third Friday Sticker Night!!!

This Friday night i shall be drawing stickers for all who come down and check out the artwork. whatever you would like i shall draw it for you :D

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Fiber Series

For the next gallery openings i will present a new series that incorporates the use of fibers. In this series i have combined drawings with sisal rope stretched taught over nails on the board. The rough sisal rope draws much attention but it works well with the drawing and over all composition.
The coarseness of the rope stretched over the nails symbolizes the the burdens that bind us all. In "Fiber #1, The Hidden Woman" the figure is entirely covered with the rope except for the eyes. I wanted to present the idea of countless expectations and rules that women abide by. It is not targeted to any one specific culture but it is a universal commentary. With each society there seems to a set of rules for women that do not seem to exist for the men. An individual bound in rope is someone who has been conquered and kept under control. This work is a symbol of the societal bonds that have been placed on women in order to control them. Perhaps it is fear of their power that has led to the creation of these bonds.
The following works that follow are "Fiber #2, Bound Eyes" and "Fiber #3, Mask of Rope" the rope serves as different forms of oppression. In "Fiber #2" the rope is a self imposed barrier that prevents us from seeing the world. Instead of being open to the world and its experiences the figure chooses to be closed and only see what they choose to. "Fiber #3" is a figure where only the eyes and the mouth are showing. the eyes and mouth are in an expression of extreme joy. Beneath it all is a warm, happy and loving person but he is covered by the cold harsh rope. This is another example of how the bonds are those that are placed by our own hands. The rope covers the figure up until it is chocked out by the very knots that they tie.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Bean Cycle Show update

I visited the Beancycle the other day to check up on some of my work. I was pleasantly suprised to see that quite a few paintings had bids on them already. There were still lots of paintings without bids and all the bid prices were close to the starting bid. There is still lots of time to place a bid for some arwork.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Thank You Thank You Thank You

a very big thank you goes out to everyone who stopped by the studio tonight. thanks for buying some prints and some buttons. i really hope that you enjoyed the work i put out this month. it was great to hear all the comments and critisms. i enjoyed the people who grilled me on my work. i truly like answering all your questions in my work. its great to see that someone cares about your work so much to inquire with such thoughtful questions. it was a great night and i hope to see you all again. please send me some more questions and contact me. i will be happy to respond to you and create an art dialogue :D

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Friday Night Prints!!!

Rolfe shall have signed and framed 5"x7" prints of his artwork for sale at his studio for $10 each. Come down to first friday gallery walk and check out all sorts of cool new stuff.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Rolfe at the Beancycle

I now have work up at The Beancycle coffee shop. all the artwork there is up for auction. the bidding starts off at $20 to $30. go on and bid and supoort your local neighborhood painter :D