My art wasn't conjured up from thin air.  I think much and often about what I make and why I make it.  Above all, I love the sensy: the cold tingle of the mouth after gum chewing and the erotics of baking bread in a hot oven.  I have always admired artists who incorporate the sensy in their work in fresh and exciting ways.  I also value the macabre and the figure, as well as abstraction.  For those of you who have been anticipating this, here are my influences:

Lorna Adaugensen "The Feminine Gaze" (C-Print) 1988  (left)

This groundbreaking photograph captures the essence of the coy woman, the icy cool of her eyes and the cleft of her lip make me feel wet inside and tug on my heartstrings.  The red orange colors of the background vibrate like a rothko painting, but the figure ads interest because Rothko is kind of boring.  The silky sway of the hips is gorgeous and inspiring to me.  I aspire to capture females in thus a manner.

Joquine Havershad  "Jordanian Priest in Repose" (Stone) 1998 (right)

This intriguing sculpture by Havershad harkens back to the days of myth and the religious archtype.  The feminine priest bares his or her body to the world and engages in a careful balance on two limbs.  The omission of lower limbs adds tension to the work and questions the ability of the human to stand alone on his or her own two feet.  The human needs God and must bow, tale raised in admonition.  The strangely gendered complexion of the figure raises questions about the female as subject and dominatrix of the often male-dominated worlds of sculpture and priesthood.

 Eric Haughen "Empowered (After Cindy Sherman)" (C-Print) 2009 (left)

This edgy photograph of a woman and her dog references the rich history of female as advertistment and the female form as subject matter in artwork, especially drawing from Cindy Sherman's award winning series of self portraits.  Interestingly, the artist in this case is a male who cross-dresses and enjoys furry fetishes (something I am rather fond of myself).  Photographer as animal, as woman, as furry, and as subject of the male gaze are new territories for contemporary images.  The bright pink of this photograph references consumer culture and the sexualization of transvestites in american advertising.

Sue Daurrrendiene "Aloof Swine" Encaustic on Canvas (1901)

I enjoy the plastic texture of this painting very much.  The pig is an orwellian allegory to elitist society, particularly doctors and their dominance over patients (in this case pig minions).  The dominant pig's flesh buckles in excess and is coated in snot and thus the messy texture of encaustic speaks volumes.  The large scale of this painting has also inspired me to work realistically on a massive level.   I love the macabre and the sensy.

Naomi Laudendale-Smirthen "Arrangement for the Blithe"
(Installation on hollywood red-carpet at 1991 Oscars) 1991

This work is perhaps one of the most sophisticated i have ever encountered.  The sentimental elements of bells and candy swirls juxtaposed with the celebrity-content laden red-carpet is provocative.  I enjoy the sensiness of the green glitter party hat and the joy in the figure's eyes--it seems to be genuine and endearing.  This work makes me feel happy and that is an achievement on a very high level.  I had the pleasure of meeting this artist on a 1995 trip to the middle east.  She wore a burka and conversed with me about the necessity of integrating the happy into the sex-starved world of hollywood and celebrity culture.  What a wonderful integration of both form and content.

A New Work. In Progress.

Yesterday I was chilling in the cafe when I startedddddd.
Sorry, this is still a tad bit hard. Like I said, personal stuff.
Personal for me.

(These works are my diary screaming out Loud.)

Okay, sorry about that breakdown.
Here is a rough sketch of the idea I started to create...

Personally I think this one will be epic. It's pretty raw right now, but once I make it into a painting it will be RAU.
I have yet to develop a title 4 the work. Maybe some of my fans out there could help me out?
Well, as an Artist I might just have to come up with my own ideas but suggestions are useful.

"Give me a mueseum and I'll fill it." -Pablo Picasso

So, in case some of my viewers are not artists yourselves, let me walk you through the rough symbolism (of course it will be deeper and harder as the work progresses). 

Santa-esque hat-- our modern times and consumerism
bugs-- human kind/our sick existence
lightning-- Congress and the supreme Court
tornado--- our reliance on Capitalism and a cash economy
snake-- the ancient serpant (also an illusion to parseltongue)
earthquake-- the inevitable rise of Anarchy
present--- the wasteland that is our modern fashion industry
fire-- you decide.
whirl in the lower left-- my Art. it's relation to our times is vital.
tidal waves--- SOS

So, yeah, so let me know your thoughts and we can brainstorm about it. I guess this is part of my vision of creating an artist community through this blog that is totally rau and honest. 

:$  this is how it feels at first, but if you open up it can start to get easier. I have found.


[Signature Series 2. Below a Bellow.]

My Art.

Okay. So here's a bit of my art. These are just so personal, I'm just not sure if I'm ready. No. Here it is.

Ibuprofen and Book: Rounding the Cubicle.

[An Artist's Studio (The form on the left is my oscillating fan.)]
[Verbal. Devourwave.]

[Metaphor of Our Time: The Honey.]

[No More Bends...In Time.]

[Fly High in the Sky.]

These works are my diary screaming out loud. What's important, I guess, is for you all to see the correlation between the solid powder medicine and the concept of book. Look beyond the Ibuprofen and the hardcover, and what do you get? 

Time is more precious than our most transcendent and ferocious quibble.         -Thoreau


P.S.  ...

Post 1. More Than a Beginning.

Wow. I don't know how to start this.

My name is Rau. Please say it correctly: It's "rau" like "raw," not "row," "rauuuu"...I've had enough of that fuck.

Anywayz,  (just kidding) since I was a child, maybe 4 maybe 3, I have been creating Art. I loved to color and draw, but you could see from an early age my talent.

In college I was an art "maj" (that's what we called it in the art "taj mahal," not "mage." Please.) There wasn't enough support for what I wanted to do at the time (mostly skulls, some flowers, some both), so I dropped out and now I'm a cubicle designer. Gosh, it doesn't seem like it's been twenty years!

Of coarse I still use elements of design in my work, but "an artist must be free in his art." -Leo Tolstoy

So that's why my therapist and I decided that this blog would be a good creative outlet for my life. And art. Here's a preview of my Signature series. I do lots of these when I'm thinking about cubicle designs.

[Signature Series 1. Sugar in the Rau.]


P.S. Welcome.