Through a series of literal and abstract representations, my show depicts the dance between nature and man.
In the beginning there was pure nature,
completely free to be as it needed,
The first glimpse of man then appears,
treading lightly, working in harmony with nature.
Man's growth brings forth the ego, the drive for power.
taking more and more
until, at last, he has destroyed himself.
Nature looks around, surveying the damage
reclaiming the world
piece by piece
This is bigger than nature could have conceived,
alas, bring in the storms
So in came the storms.
Wind and Hail
Until finally, FINALLY, evidence of man, the great destroyer had been
Bringing forth a new dawn for nature to reign once again.
The underlying theme is really this concept of exploration. There are so many things that are still waiting to be found, which is really quite an amazing notion; that in order to grow we actually have to seek. We actually have to go find the things we think are beautiful and find a way to keep them with us.
The idea that there are still places to be explored is unbelievably liberating. The idea of being aware and sensitive to the things we find when we’re not expecting them, that is a really human thing. And I think it says something tremendously significant about growing up, and about trying to figure out where you fit. There’s a kind of grittiness that runs through my work, and it has to do with being lost. It comes from the subtle terror of having absolutely no idea what I’m doing.
This was the summer I spent in limbo. Not quite an adult, but certainly no longer a child. It’s a very strange thing to be caught somewhere between the two. But only when I was utterly lost did I begin to discover what kind of person I was, and, perhaps more importantly, what kind of person I needed to be. I document my life in images, and so I never once stopped to think if the work itself was good. I only asked myself if it was important. And to me, it is.
And the title is "My Mind is Made Up (Or How I Learned That Being Lost Isn't Always Terrifying
Opening Reception December 7th 6:00pm runs through atleast 12-21-12 If the Mayans were wrong, maybe a day or two longer. (12-29-12)
In an age of returnable soda pop bottles, juke boxes that looked like spaceships and huge fins on everything that rolled out of Detroit, art took on many forms that are lost (or at best hiding) in today's society.
This collection of my art is an attempt to bring a little of that back to the surface and maybe serve as a reminder of how bland things have become as we start this century.
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by Johnny Crymes
a.k.a. FilthyHippy PhD
Johnny has attempted to capture on Canvas the various people that have crossed his path in the past 5 years, whether it be in Dublin, Philadelphia, New York, Paris....... or residing inside his Head-box.
The 57 Weirdos are not Ordinary people, but are very Special people, Different people, Unusual people; they are Creative Individualists, Losers, Fools, Accountants, Artists, Sportscasters or Just Plain Freaks.
by Johnny Crymes
a.k.a. FilthyHippy PhD
A word from Artist: Johnny Crymes
I grew up in Philadelphia, PA USA. I studied at the Barnes Foundation in Merion, PA and graduated from Pennsylvania State University. I lived in Dublin Ireland for 3 years painting portraits and landscapes. I currently reside in Nantes, France. I have sold about 350 paintings around the world, and am currently working with Studio 2091 to help them advance their presence in the world wide community of artists. Please take several weirdos home from this show, you will undoubtedly find a few you can relate to…….and well everyone needs a home.
So we asked the Mayor's office of our fair City what his view of the Cuyahoga River. We received several good shots of the river looking north on the Hiigh Bridge. We thought we would paint a group mural and capture the river wiith all our own styles combined to make a great piece of art. To make it even more special, we found that view of the river from the 1800's. Our city is celebrating it's 200th anniversary in 2012 and we wanted to keep in step and surprise him.
We divided a 90 X 40 (3 30 X 40 actually)canvas area into many different panel spaces then divided the photo into sections that we all started filling in onto the canvas. Many different artists, many different styles. The finished mural is stunning and will be hanging through October. Stop in and see it, then walk to the highbridge and see it live.
***Look in Photo album for more***
More about Mark & his Art OH Hi O 2010
OH Hi O 2010
Marks love of art started early in his childhood, just after it was discovered he was extremely near sighted and legally blind. His first correctional glasses offered Mark a new view of the world, inspiring his obsession with imagery and illustrations. His first works, which he began creating in the late sixties and into the seventies consisted of many differet mediums, including rubber stamp designs, ink illustrations, screen printing, decals, and mail art. He participated in local shows and recieved recognition for his work in his home town Akron, Ohio.
With DEVO, his most sucessful music project Mark was able to showcase his artistic abilities on a larger scale and to millions of people. Through their films, videos, costumes, LP covers, stage shows, and printed materials, Mark and DEVO forever altered commonly held preconceptions of how a rock band should function in popular culture.
During his down time on early worldwide tours with DEVO, Mark began illustrating on postcards to send to his friends which he still creates and has been creating for over 30 years. A very obessive habit with still yeilds from 1-25 new images per day. These cards were orginally created as his personal daries and never inteded for pulic viewing. That all changed when Mark decided to share his postcard works in his critically acclaimed solo shows during the 80s and 90s then is his gallery tour in 2003. This marked the beginning of many solo shows to come.
Mark has archived nearly all the postcard-sized works filed neatly in spiral bound folders in Hollywood, CA. It is astonishing obessive collection of private thoughts featuring Marks plethora of provoking and unusual imagery. From 2007-2010 Mark expanded this hobby into several mediums, all of which feature imagery from his Postcard Diaries series. This body of work now inclueds his popular limited edition prints, large and small custom nylon rugs, and the debut of his very large original canvas paintings. All three mediums now represent a little piece of Mark Mothersbaugh's past via his very personal and varied postcard drawings.
"Usually, the only way someone can get an orginal sketch is if I give it to them myself. I've sent a few in the mail, and handed others out to friends and family. I've probably got around 40,000 of them filed away now... and I keep making more every day. These limited edition prints, rugs, and paintings are my way of sharing these personal images with other people around the world."
Over the last year, I have lived in New York City while attending The New School. I am studying Art History and due to the nature of my studies I have been allowed access to many private and closed parts of New York City's top museums and galleries. These photos represent images of those unique experiences. They account for many things from a typical brunch, to closed sections of The American Museum of Natural History, Bergdorf Goodman, The Metroplitan Museum of Art, and the ever putrid Subway System of the city. There really is quite a bit of range in my exhibition. As a 19 year old art student, I do not have the priveledge of owning a conventional digital camera. All images have been captured (and unretouched) by my iphone. A tool available to most students. I believe it is a combination of my own natural eye and the amazing city of New York that has made my photos art.
I have displayed the framed images at Studio 2091, much like you would in a private home. Please note the mini images on the adjacent wall are available for purchase as individual pieces, despite the vast collection displayed.
I hope you enjoy experiencing New York City, The Exhibit, as much as I have.
Bring your friends, spread the word!