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Adventure Time Tribute Group Show

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2012 by scratchyb

If anyone is local to Chicago, you may want to stop by the OhNo!Doom gallery Saturday August 11 through August 30. There just so happens to be a terrific Adventure Time! tribute show, featuring over 40 artists, including myself. The show opens Saturday (oh, that’s almost here) August 11 from 6 PM through 10 PM.

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This piece incorporates pyrography, gouache, acrylic, modelling paste, and graphite.

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It’s All in the Details

Posted in Art, Process, Technique, woodburning with tags , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2012 by scratchyb

Close-up photo of woodburn details

I once had an art teacher call me “tedious Eric,” because I worked over the tiniest details with careful precision. At least, I think he was referring to that, and not my personality.  Anyway, I never broke the habit, as you can see here. This is one tiny part of a larger piece I’ve been working on, and even as I asked myself why I’m focusing so much on this repetitive pattern, I understood that I couldn’t do it any other way. Repetition of patterns is almost meditative, and it allows me to get into a state of mind where I can think through other things, solve other problems even as I focus on the work in front of me.  Of course, when I changed over to stippling further down, it broke the rhythm and I started to feel a little fidgety and anxious.

Forevertron!

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2012 by scratchyb

I was so excited to have finally made it here. We took a special trip up to the Wisconsin Baraboo area just to see this amazing sculpture garden. The story is, Tom Every, aka Dr. Evermor, was a wrecker who had become depressed to see so much quality work just end up as unused scrap.  The Forevertron is the solution, an homage to Science Fiction afficionados everywhere. Mandy and I took so many more pictures than I have space for here. I’d been dying to see this place ever since a coworker described it to me two years ago.

The Epicurean is among my favorite pieces here, it all just comes together so well.

I loved this telescope. There’s something slightly ominous about it.

Saturday’s Art Events

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2012 by scratchyb

Collect-O-Rama was smaller than I expected, but still had plenty of weirdness to experience. This benefit for the Intuit Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art was one-day only. Maybe they’ll have another next year. Saw lots of weird stuff there and I also picked up this nice Mexican bark painting.

From there we went to Replica Chicago‘s storefront opening at 4425 N. Milwaukee Avenue . It’s great to see indie businesses open up storefronts like this, a sign that the Chicago independent art and craft market  is doing pretty damn good. Head up and check this place out, and if you need anything screen-printed, keep them in mind!

If you haven’t been to the Oh No! Doom gallery yet, you should. Saturday was the opening of Relentless, which featured new work from Matthew Ryan Sharp, Tyler Coey, Yosiell Lorenzo, and Brent Nolasco. The exhibit’s up through June 7th, at 1800 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Constructor Craft Fair

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , on May 8, 2012 by scratchyb

Head’s up to any Berwyn/Chicago locals: The fifth annual Constructor Craft Fair is Saturday June 9th at Fitzgerald’s at 6615 Roosevelt Rd. in Berwyn.  Come check it out, it’s always a blast, with art,crafts, music, and beer.

Pyrography and scratchboard

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2012 by scratchyb

I’ve been working on a little experiment combining pyrography with scratchboard for a stronger effect. The contrast between the black and white and the comparatively lighter wood coloring intrigued me.  I kind of like the way this worked out, so I might be doing a few more experiments.

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© Eric Battaglia 2012

I just glued the scratchboard drawing onto the wood panel with craft glue.  Next I’ll seal it with an acrylic or polyurethane varnish. That should keep the edges from pulling up. I’ve debated using color, and decided against it, even along the border, which was my original intent for this piece.

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2012 by scratchyb

On Saturday I went to the Intuit Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art to catch the last day of the Eugene Von Bruenchenhein exhibit, From the Wand of the Genii. I first discovered Von Bruenchenhein in the book Sublime Spaces and Visionary Worlds, which was recommended by a colleague.

While his fowl bone sculptures are fascinating, it’s his painting that captures my imagination.  The works on exhibit at Intuit were largely comprised of his towers, colorfully patterned fantastical architecture created with corrugated cardboard dipped into paint along the edges. But what really fascinates me are the paintings he did before 1960, in which you can make out some kind of primeval creatures and plant life in the midst of abstract, cosmic chaos. It’s positively Lovecraftian, in the greatest sense of the term.

A few years back I toyed with a novel about an artist who painted strange, almost maddening things. When I first saw a Von Bruenchenhein, I felt like I had seen the kind of painting I visualized my character producing. Seeing these paintings in person inspires me to take on that novel again.

More about Eugene Von Breunchenhein can be found at http://www.vonbruenchenhein.com/, and his works are also found at the Carl Hammer Gallery.