February 23, 2017

Latest out of the studio: "Thick and Thin"

"Thick and Thin," 30x20in., oil on aluminum

I've had a sheet of aluminum mounted on support bars kicking around my various studios for a few years now, and the other day I finally got around to doing something with it.

It probably looks different from the outside but pumping out art can be draining and dull at times, especially when it comes time to hunkering down for shows.  It's like any work, but for art in particular, where it's all about freshness and novelty, repetition can degenerate into a real suffocating fog if you aren't careful.

And so, my constant artsy-fartsy's need to break from routine, screw around with different ideas, and try new things. This painting, my first in straight oil on aluminum (the experiment doesn't have to be a revolution), painted itself, tout de suite, while I mostly danced to headphone music.

Now I'm all fired up again for more.

For this painting and other chunks of me, please visit www.ivanostocco.com.

February 21, 2017

Miniature in the Mail #61: "Power play"

"Power play," 5x5in., oil on masonite

Tiptoeing in the hills among the power lines, picking up rocks, and of course talking and talking about coyotes—yup, living on the edge, how we do it in our joint.

For more minis like this, check out www.ivanostocco.com.

Have a great Tuesday!

February 16, 2017

Miniature in the Mail #60: "Any which way"

"Any which way," 5x5in., oil on masonite

Hi people.

Today's mini is of a cactus-lined path leading to an overpass, through a filigree of wires connecting to the 133 into Laguna Beach, and finally ending in the Pacific, where surfers dance with greasy barges.

A hiker passed me on the path and said I could get a better view without the freeway and wires blighting the view. Silly, I thought. Disneyland and its plastic perfectness is only a short drive away. I would have gone there instead.

For this little dude and others like it, hike on over to www.ivanostocco.com.

Have a wonderful jueves!

February 15, 2017

Latest in "Walls" series, "Bouncing off the Walls"

"Bouncing off the Walls," 36x48in., acrylic mixed media on birch panel

And back down from the pink clouds, here's a lovely romantic landscape for the morning after Valentine's, the latest addition to my "Walls" series.

I started the series a while back, sometime after our world fervor to tear walls down (Berlin Wall, the walls inside the EU) and then to re-erect them (Israeli West Bank Wall, Trump's Wall, the walls outside the EU).

Obviously, when the generals and billionaires try to jam hard barriers into the shifting, dynamic ground, which we inherited jointly and for which the most rightful and natural state of affairs should be to share that land in equal parts, rather than isolate and defend it from others, kooky stuff happens.  Even, sometimes, artful stuff.

For more on the "huh?" and the "whah?" of the series, check out http://www.ivanostocco.com/walls.php.

Have a great Wednesday!

February 10, 2017

Miniature in the Mail #59: "Life in the Fast Lane"

 "Life in the Fast Lane," 5x5in., oil on masonite

California takes the art of the highway to the next level, warping and woofing layers of individual lanes, melding and cleaving multiples of lanes sometimes five or six across, all while bringing you as close as distractedly possible to every array of billboard and flashy sign.  The state must engage its best and brightest engineers to put it all together.

In the roughest patches, I was thrilled to discover when we first arrived, there are HOV lanes, but to get into them (or worse, out, if you happen to slip in) you have to cross eight lanes of traffic, run at least a V8 engine, and be a practiced Formula One racer.

Guess that explains all the big vehicles.

For this mini painting and other scenes of romance like it, telecommute on over to www.ivanostocco.com.






February 8, 2017

Miniature in the Mail #58: "Leave a Mark"

"Leave a Mark," 5x5in., oil on masonite

The best places for street artand for pure artistic expression and the wild life generally, if you're anthropologically disposed, as I am—are not in the sight lines of major thoroughfares where the authorities can see easily what's going on, but just out of the way.

I love underpasses where the action happens on two levels, the transparent and submerged.  When I saw Pompeii a year ago, I was struck by how much data on Roman society archeologists extracted not from the street level but from below it, especially from the sewers and crawlspaces under homes.  It was there that garbage was preserved, seeds and other foodstuff were preserved, and where Pompeians had squirreled away secret objects.

For this mini painting and other like it, check out www.ivanostocco.com.

February 6, 2017

Miniature in the Mail #57: "If you don't get it, you don't get it"

"If you don't get it, you don't get it,"5x5in., oil on masonite

Mailboxes in the desert, snuggling up to a Joshua tree.

I ran a lot on the weekend in an effort to purge myself of the blues, and now I'm wiped, even to write.

For more mini paintings like this one, check out www.ivanostocco.com.

February 1, 2017

Miniature in the Mail #56: "Twisted and Bristled"

"Twisted and Bristled," 5x5in., oil on masonite
 
Still milking my trip to Joshua Tree National Park in December.
 
The way the Joshua trees resemble wizened, cadaverous beings, like ancient diviners, really sticks.
 
Supposedly the trees were spread widely in the desert by giant ground sloths, who ate their fruit and spread their seeds. Giant ground sloths!? Like most large animal in North America, they're now extinct, and this regrettably places a question mark over the Joshua tree as well. 
 
If you can, go out and see them.
 
This mini painting and others like it are part of my Mini in the Mail project. Check out my website, www.ivanostocco.com.