SELF PORTRAIT THURSDAY!
Wake up, Craig!
I just woke up from a nap, which I never take. But I was up late last night watching a movie and woke up early this morning. So, you know how it goes.
I was falling asleep on the train last night. That never happens. I would’ve missed my stop if I hadn’t opened my eyes at the last second. (What if I had become one of those people who wakes up at the end of the line?)
But before I started drifting away on the train, I had a vision about my knit project. I imagined it being more than a photo project. Maybe it could be an installation, as well. With sound perhaps.
I can be ambitious, though. It happens. But more knitting will resume today.
Whenever I am asked who my favorite artist is, I hesitate for a second because I don’t follow any visual artist too closely. I usually give a short list of people that always changes. But I always mention Cy Twombly. I say he’s my favorite. I love the abstract, noisy beauty of his artwork.
Up until recently I was going about my life very happy that Cy Twombly was alive and still making great art.
Then I sat in the salon chair a little while ago—we were coloring my hair—and started reading through a somewhat recent issue of Art Forum. They had a nice retrospective piece about Cy Twombly, and I wasn’t sure why they were paying such close attention to Twombly. But I was happy about it because I like him.
And then I realized that he had passed away this past summer.
Some fan I am…
So, let’s look at some of his pieces real quick.
I love these.
Back in Houston, there’s a Cy Twombly gallery that is practically on my old school’s campus. It was so nice to walk there between classes and just wander around the gallery admiring his work.
This is the kind of art I’d love to put in my home.
I am happy to finally share with you the results of my knit bondage shoot.
This project is something I’ve had planned for awhile now, but I needed just the right person to work with. That somebody was my friend Andrew Jordan, who photographed me wearing these pieces—and who gave me the extra confidence I needed to push myself further and show more of myself (literally).
Here are a couple more sample images:
You can view the entire collection here on my main site.
Last night I tweeted that I’m making a zine… I’m pretty much done.
On Friday night I hung out with my pal David B., who gave me a zine. And it was very inspiring to me for some reason. I knew I had to make one of my own.
Here is my preview for you:
It is more of an art zine. Some words here and there.
You know me.
I will be giving this zine to close friends, some family members, and other people that are interested.
Will let you know when I’m completely done!
In other news, I’m almost (almost!) ready to show you the results from my secret shoot with my friend Andrew.
In the meantime, you can check out this other teaser:
Late last night I drew something for you for Valentine’s Day:
I’m feeling a bit strange today.
Totally zoning out.
Like staring at a wall for minutes and then snapping out of it all of a sudden.
Random ideas and thoughts hitting me and then falling to the floor.
I didn’t get to bed until 5:30AM last night.
I watched a documentary about Basquiat before bed.
I like his art so much because I don’t think it’s pretentious.
It’s chaotic and beautiful, and that’s that.
And that’s all it has to be.