|Before and After|
Hope you're all well. Back when Phantom Hand still had a physical address, Jl Joseph Beaulieu asked if I'd participate in his group show 'Crucifuction'. Here is no more suitable to tell you about my views on religion than a packed bar after a dozen specials, so I'll just say I jumped at the idea. Fast forward a few months, I've got insane drawing block, and every thumbnail I sketch for this show just comes off as the garden-variety angry crap. As per-usual, I go back to my safe-place, Halloween.
Right when I started this blog I did a processing process bit on screen-printing a show-poster and my creative process (in three parts, very informative, check it out!). While there was no sketch phase for this, I took a few haphazard photos along the way I thought somebody might find interesting. The top-left photo was found at a Cape May antique shop a good four years ago; I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it, just not how. It took a solid day to dismantle it, clean the parts I saved, and attach the virgin mary to my birdfeeder out back. The replacement statue is old-hat, and if you came to the 9 to 5 or Hallowed Halloween shows you've probably already seen the Patron Saint of Halloween.
Thanks to the advice and employer of Anthony Pedro I was able to secure a piece of wood that was actually meant to be carved. Several hours, beers, and packs of cigarettes later I arrived at the below. Given the time left till the show, and not knowing how long it would take me to paint and re-assemble, I stopped there and started painting the statue and the glass. The glass was a bitch because I had to put down a satin finish so there would be some tooth for the acrylic to hold onto. It's a bit rough, but it worked. Sorry no picture.
The below is the back being re-adhered to the framing, which had to be cut away after all the putty and glue were dry because there was dust on the inside of the glass sealed into the box. Next to it, the painted statue. The interior was also re-worked; the bottom compartment was reupholstered with orange and white polka-dot fabric, and the top painted black.
A detail of the re-worked crucifix that came with the set. It originally contained a bottle for holy water, a cloth, a silver plate and spoon (I'm assuming to give communion to invalids), cotton balls, and the crucifix. I'm in the process of getting a shallow dish and candy corn for the interior.
I know the venue perfectly well, and I know that no beer-swilling hipster is going to see the above, stop and think "Dude...halloween... the harvest... DUDE! Our food dies for us every-day!" but it was worth a shot. Below are some very shitty pictures of the finished product that don't show the fine detail or time I spent on this piece; for that you'll have to come out to the opening! (See below)
Cruci-fuck-tion; Decaying Remnants of a Forgotten Mythology
Opening reception Friday, July 27th, 7:00PM-2:00PM
Tatooed Moms - 530 South Street, Philadelphia
From the Facebook page:
JL JOSEPH BEAULIEU IS COORDINATING THE APOCALYPSE
BLASPHEMOUS ART BY BLASPHEMOUS ARTISTS ONE NIGHT ONLY AT TATTOOED MOM'S!!!
DJ Performances by:
Andrew Wolfgang Kuhl
J Patrick Cleary
Lee M Bartow