Hello everyone and Happy New Year!!
As with many people, 2015 brings with it many changes to my world both personal and professional, and as with many more people still….some resolutions. Don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with my ideals on losing a few *tens* of pounds or reading more (I already do quite a bit of that), or about how I’m going to organize a riot over my painfully slow AOL-dial-up-grade internet service (seriously…why Verizon, whhhhhy!!!!?!!) No, my resolutions involve tidying up my websites, webstores, and maybe launching a few product lines I’ve been chewing at for years. Those inevitable and eventually interesting resolutions aside, my New Years brought me a renewed sense of purpose and change in life position much more worthy of your time…so….with all this needed updating…let’s get to it shall we?
First and foremost: I FINALLY BUILT A WEBSITE. It’s www.emislade.com and it now alone houses my web store with available works, blog posts, online links, photo galleries, and contact page for commission, commercial, and editorial requests. It’s basically the best thing ever, and I am looking forward to fine-tuning it into a beautiful flower of weird creatures and sassy professionalism for everyone to enjoy as 2015 lurches on. I’ll still make a few sporadic postings here, but like all good things it will soon come to an end. Please stop by and let me know what you think, and check back monthly for updates, new catch phrases, and new and improved works to zazz up your walls and domiciles!
Second: Things just got REAL. (Real big that is) My first work of 2015 is arguably the biggest and quite possibly the best work I’ve ever created. Measuring over 30″ × 28″ × 24″ and weighing a hefty 30 lbs is my infamous “Cerberus” bust. Cerberus features three very charismatic coyote heads, each heavily modified and sporting the additional recycled and compassionately sourced skins of rabbit, opposum, and black bear fur scraps. The heads are fused together into one large and beautifully sculpted LED illuminated chest, chock-full of erupting eyes and tentacle like projections. The whole bust is permanently mounted on to a massive recycled wood trophy panel with custom designed ball feet and invisible battery housing, and hangs from a military grade steel hanging system designed to distribute weight for easy hanging. I literally poured myself into the creation, construction, and execution of this piece and spared absolutely no expense to ensure it’s permanence and beauty in this world (of which it clearly does not belong). Many of you will be familiar with the mythos of Cerberus, but just in case you are not here’s a brief recap of the classic Greek god/monster/entity here. For a full explanation of my Cerberus inspiration and process visit my new website blog January 9th (or anytime thereafter) here. It’s a beautiful thing really, I feel like I have finally come into my own skin as an artist, and these puppies, and brilliant artist Chet Zar, helped me get there.
This piece was specially created for Chet’s epic group show “Conjoined V” at none other than Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, Ca. Pictures of Cerberus went live New Years day and wow…did they stir up some attention! Rumor has it the piece will be making it’s debut in not only the notorious Galleries offical show catalog along side near legendary current artists, but many international art periodicals and perhaps even on film. After shipping him out and having myself a good therapeutic cry, I decided every dog must indeed have it’s day and that it was time for one of these.
And Last, but certainly not least: the future. Unknown to all but planned for by foolhardy people like me. After my next piece for Bash Contemporary Gallery (California) my next big piece of news will be my tropical destination wedding eating up February. With only the endless blue ocean, Cozumel sky, and a handful of my closest tribe members I will be off the map and in my own element sealing the deal on a decade long dance between me and my biggest fan and best friend. When I come back, I’ll hopefully have some beautiful pictures and some big news to share with you. (Drama Bomb!)
Until then my friends, stay beautiful and stay with me <3