Monday, January 16, 2006

Artwork of the month: Nintendo and the Annuciation.

I have always found this painting funny.  My first memory of truly looking at it was with Philip Hoffman jumping in place circling his arms like wings in front of it saying "pew pew, shoots it right into the womb like a laser, LIKE A LASER" and seriously I can never get that moment out of my head when look at this painting.  

and why would I want to...

Just look at it, teasing the 2d world like an original nintendo game, 8-bit and all.  The bird shooting jesus like a laser beam... 
...shooting the kid right in there.

Girolamo de Santacroce
Italian, 1503-1556
"the Annuciation"
1540, oil on panel

A good comparison is Kid Icarus, the original Nintendo gem from 1986.

scene from a Nintendo game with lasers.

With this side by side comparison of lasers and angels from the golden age of video games we can reveal the truth of the annunciation.  Jesus was shot into the womb with a laser beam.  Right out of the mouth of a dove, or dirty street pigeon just take your pick.  



Thursday, January 12, 2006

Shark composition studies

These studies were improvisational and completed while watching live sharks at the underwater world aquarium. Living in the midwest it was the only place I could go to see live sharks.

I sat around the aquarium for a couple of days just watching and thinking about how to abstract a shark. I am sure the employes labeled me "the creepy silent guy drawing" and thats cool I am sure I was just that.

Here are a few of the studies from that time.



















This was back in a time when I was exploring the ideas of representation as abstraction...
...maybe I will paint like this again someday as it does have a bit of merit.


Wednesday, January 4, 2006

"Shark Compositions" series of paintings

This series was a painted during a time in my life (1998 - 1999) when compositional abstraction and my ideas of being the mental state of your work as you work on it was completely new to me.  I had been a portrait artist that converted to still life, and abstraction just felt right. or so I think, memory fails us as we go back and look a our lives, as I am sure it is for me.


Artist statement

This series was intended to present the various mental states of an individual soldier during and after war.  The mythology of the Hawaiian Islands to represent the identity of a shark as a metaphor to symbolize said mental state of a soldier.  The mythology of the pacific islands believe that when an individual is acting out of place he is wearing the spirit and identity  of a shark.

As a source of inspiration I looked toward the behavioral traits of schizophrenia; conflicts of confusion both rational and irrational, violence, an adolescent-like lust, and lack of self-control, as the foundation for my methods used in the application of paint.

War being what it is induces an almost schizophrenic-like psychology to the fundamental beliefs of right and wrong.  Wrong is only in question when it is committed on the individuals perception of interpretation.


Adam M. Considine 1999


Shark 1 "Knights" 
oil on canvas
60" x 48"

Shark 2 "Wounded a" 
oil on canvas
50" x 96"

Shark 3 "Wounded b" 
oil on canvas
96" x 60"

Shark 4 "Civilian a" 
oil on canvas
48"x 24"

Shark 5 "Enemy" 
oil on canvas
70" x 20"

Shark 6 "Liberty" 
oil on canvas
24" x 30"

Shark 7 "Artillery" 
oil on canvas
48" x 60"

Shark 8 "Civilian b"
oil on canvas 
48" x 24"

Shark 9 "Civilian c" 
oil on canvas
22" x 18"

Shark 10 "Lady Liberty" 
oil on canvas
60" x 48"

Shark 11 "Acceptable Civillian Death" 
oil on canvas
22" x 30"

Shark 12 "Wound" 
oil on canvas
18" x 22"

Shark 13 "Village" 
oil on canvas
48" x 24"

Shark 14 "Death" 
oil on canvas
30" x 15"

Shark 15 "One Foot in a" 
oil on canvas
60" x 36"

Shark 16 "One Foot in b" 
oil on canvas
60" x 36"

Shark 17 "One Foot in c" 
oil on canvas
60" x 36"

Shark 18 "Four of Hearts" 
oil on canvas
36" x 36"

Shark 19 "The City" 
oil on canvas
48" x 36"

Shark 20 "Conception" 
oil on canvas
60" x 48"


I had a good time working on these...
...I sold all of them.