Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Yeah...he's only shooting snapshots but, I got to respect him! Terry Richardson

"This one step...choosing a goal and sticking to it changes everything." -Scott Reed

Terrys Diary Link


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Daily Inspiration 7> The Three Graces: Illustrator Alberto Seveso

I shut my eyes in order to see. -Paul Gauguin

I really can't say anything about this work that your eyes haven't already told you! Besides I'm not in a writing mood today. I'd much rather observe. I will however give you my opinion.....it's Dooooope! Just let your eyes enjoy it!

Alberto Seveso Website


Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Evolution of Man: A Classic Etch-Board Drawing by Me

Believe it or not I can actually draw. - Jean Michel Basquiat

I was on facebook about a week a ago when I received a friend suggestion from Rodney. To my surprise it was our old advertising professor Ray Shead who I last saw some ten years ago. The sight of Mr. Shead instantly made me think about those days of old and how we often never know what paths we might follow! I mean, I always saw myself as an artist but, I never thought the camera would be my main tool of expression.

I decided to go thru some of my older work in hopes of finding something to validate my talents a draftsman. A hour or so into searching I came across what I considered to be one of my favorite and most detailed pieces. It's the image of an Ape drawn on etch-board using only a razor blade, and had been one of Mr. Sheads assignments some ten years ago. As I look at this drawing I think to myself "where is the artist who created this image" an if it's possible to tune into those draftsmen talents again. Maybe I'm still the same draftsman at heart, but now I use my camera and light to paint with light instead of razor blades and etch-boards!


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Daily Inspiration 6> Michel Gondry Levi's Commercial

I've always liked Michel Gondry's work. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is still one of my favorite movies. Being a fan of the old vintage black and white film, (see a broken home series on site...hint hint) I fell in love this Levi's commercial that he directed in 1995. My friend Julian put me on to the commercial about a year ago; and after coming across the alternative version tonight I love it even more!

Here is the original version. The alternative is linked below.

To see the alternative check here: Version 2

-Demetrious 11:11

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Things That Make You Go OOOoooooooooooo!

A few weeks ago I was asked If I'd be interested in displaying a few of my images in a show for black history month. The show was to be held at the local library and would include myself and three other artist. In all honesty, I really didn't want to do the show, but after hearing it was for the kids I decided to go along and would go on to enter 3 mix media pieces from a older body of work. After seeing the work of the other artist I knew that mine was completely different then everything there; but it would definitely be interesting to hear what the people thought of such a chaotic form of expression!

This past Tuesday was the opening of the show and as expected not the largest of turn outs. Since I was early to arrive, I decided to get a little reading done before it started. As I sat there I heard a little girl no older then 9 say to her little friend "It's Him...Demetrious is here". It was funny that both little girls recognized me from my photo in the paper and were going in to see my work! As they walked in both of their responses were "OOOOOOooooo.....Oooooooooo....OOOoo!" Which when I thought about it, is more then I've gotten from some adults. I then helped the girls color pictures and talked to them both about what they wanted to become (one a fashion designer, the other a singer and song writer) before the rest of the people arrived. They both were two of the highlights of my night!

Most people who showed up had nice things to say, mostly about the other artist. A few were nice even though I had some mention that they had no idea what the pieces mean! It wasn't until Mr. Haislip showed up, that I heard what I needed to hear that night. Bryan Haislip is a older gentlemen in his mid 80's, who I first met while doing a group show together at the Blount Bridgers House. He mentioned that he had came to the show in hopes of seeing more of my photography, yet was quit pleased to see that I had such a wide range of artistic talent.

He told me that the pieces I'm showing were the works of an artist who'd been thru a very dark time; and how the images seem to express the plea of trying reach out to someone or something! ( He was DEAD ON!) We then went on to talk about film and alternative processing as usual. Just before he left he looks at me says "Stick with it Demetrious, your work is great and you'll soon make it where your going; you simply must understand that your audience hasn't been born yet"! As he walked away I smiled, wondering to myself if what he'd said was a good thing, and also how his statement was one of the best compliments I'd ever gotten!

If Mr. Haislip statement is true, I can only hope that I live long enough to see my audience being born into existence! But if I'm lucky the two little girls responding to my work with a simple OOOooooooo... is proof that my audience is alive and growing!!

Here are a few images from that series:

Truth Serum: Works by Me


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Daily Inspiration 5> Photographer Joel-Peter Witkin

As a photographer I always have to respect the old masters. With the world moving more toward retouching, there is something to be said about about making beautiful images without the help of photoshop. Every time I see the work of Joel-Peter Witkin, it's hard to believe that it was done without the help of a computer. His work often deals with such themes as death, corpses (and sometimes dismembered portions thereof), and various outsiders such as dwarfs, transsexuals, hermaphrodites, and physically deformed people. Joel-Peter Witken's work is definitely dark and dare I say morbidly beautiful...which I'm sure some may differ with, but, I'm certain they want be able to not stare at it!

This is what inspires me!


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Childs Play: Digital Art by Me

It is better to Play than do nothing! -Confucius

Somedays I have the must random ideas pop in my head. Rather then disregarding the thoughts, I run with them. As artist I often think that is what most of us do...we run with it. As artist if we didn't, how would we ever discover what's good and what's not. Most of the following images come from me playing around in my downtime.

-Demetrious 11:11

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Ditto Etta!.....Ditto!

Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.