THE GARMENT DISTRICT -SHOES and RUFF-IAN LOGIC – paintings FOR SALE by sam tk

shoe paintings

The Second Shoe BY SAM TK oil on leather

 

GARMENT DISTRICT

My paintings here are influenced by Rococo’s iconic corset and the ruff. I alter these examples by the fusion of simple and abstract cuts and shapes of garments into other imaginary surfaces, so that the finery of patterning in Rococo and l’ancien regime gets transformed into a less delicate and more turbulent sensuality…

I am interested in filling the threshold between garment as material object and as vehicle to the immaterial. Color, surface, texture and ambiguous space are key elements to the poetic interaction they tell. My paintings are done in oil on canvas, linen or wood panel, and the effect is one of direct, bold appeal which can be either playful or serious. I see clothes as objects that filter and consume energy in a process of transformation with the hope that through my work they begin a new identity, move through another passage, and become another idea.

 

 

SHOE PAINTING

THE SECOND SHOE – OIL PAINTING

oil paintings by sam tk- clothing as vessels

corsetry- vessels of energy- oil on linen, 4 ft by 4 ft

GARMENT DISTRICT is a series of paintings that reflect a formal and conceptual investigation into corsetry and ruffs from 18th century Europe. Clothing is vessel to me, as much as it is shelter. Clothing can protect and reveal. I am interested in exploring the corset and ruff as passages and conduits of energy where the boundary between the exterior and interior can either collapse or stabilize.

CLOTHING AS VESSELS BY SAM TK

CORSETRY IN OIL PAINTING

SHOE PAINTING ON LEATHER

SHOE-issimo

 

Garment District- paintings by sam tk

RUFF CONNECTION- GARMENT DISTRICT, Paintings by sam tk

 

Ruff Connection- ruffian logic

RUFF CONNECTION- oil on linen – paintings by sam tk

All of these paintings from the Garment District series vary in size.  More are visible on my website at www.samtalbotkelly.com. If you live near Burlington, Vermont and feel the urge to make a day of art feel free to drop along Pine st to 431 at the Maltex Building to see them in person. Looking at art intimately is the real way to feel it out. Prices are there on site. You can also contact Kate at Burlington City Arts via email kashman@burlingtoncityarts.org. Parking is around the back of the site if you are coming from a day at the beach. There is plenty going on in that neighborhood, as it is an easy stroll to shop, eat and gaze.

I have plenty more to share with you next time!


PUMP MAGIC- some research in the flow

Interior mapping of the body

Interior mapping of the body

 

The drawing below came from looking at Mike Chamberlain’s metal sculptures. I am searching for form. The following images here bounce around in a non-sequential order.

BULBOUS

BULBOUS

FIRST DRAWING FOR HEART PROJECT

Tentacles and feelers starting to span out…extending and unending…

Chamberlain sculpture with heart collage

Chamberlain sculpture with heart collage

Above is a cut out of a metal junk Chamberlain sculpture with a collaged heart in its upper region.

I started some visual research for constructing my sculpture that is going to the Florence Biennale. I started these at Central Saint Martins a few weeks agO. They are all fairly abstract and pull from different matter. It is interesting to discover how much editing and experimenting is required before one nails the right direction. The flow is pumping and I shall get there. Chamberlain’s work has this wonderful way of being both abstract and figurative at the same time. The compression of metal makes me think of the compression of innards and junk we all have in our body, yet through this crazy corporeal architecture our heart beats away.

My heart  project is titled “OPEN SESAME” the phrase from Alibaba and the 40 Thieves…I am drawn to this because  our hearts open when we speak to our inner treasures, which is an individual response to who we are. I think it is worth reflecting on what opens our inner world up, especially since the heart has many chambers…

HOW VASCULAR

HOW VASCULAR

RESEARCH DRAWING FOR MY HEART PROJECT

RESEARCH DRAWING FOR MY HEART PROJECT

 

I am actually more intrigued by hearing some of your heart stories and experiences whether they are scary, sad or joyful. Sometimes I think we really feel from our hearts when a drastic crisis hits and less so from when we are aroused by beauty in some way. Where do we feel in our body when joy happens? Must be a word for that …’Pump magic’ – when the heart speaks…

 

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