Thursday, July 19, 2018

Forest City Painting Now Posted Online

I've finally posted proper pics:

http://www.marcelguldemond.com/Artwork/DetailsSeries/976
http://www.marcelguldemond.com/Artwork/DetailsSeries/973

(Oh man, I'm so slow sometimes...)




Friday, February 2, 2018

New Artist Statement! (hopefully it's not terribly boring)

I've just finished redoing my artist's statement for a show application. I've been thinking about doing this for a while, but when it came time to actually write it, I got pretty stuck. Writing about your own art is hard. And then I realized the solution while in the shower this morning, so I quickly wrote it down. Here's a more refined version, without the autocorrects and typos:




At some point in the past I became aware of the fact that we understand ourselves and our lives primarily through stories. I became aware that they are a basic human need, that we need to consume stories, and we need to tell them.
So I started adding figures and robots to landscape paintings, to make them into scenes from imaginary novels, giving them a narrative aspect.

This worked well, but then I recalled my past as an indie self-publishing comic book creator, and realized that the paintings could incorporate even more storytelling. For what is a more visual storytelling medium than comics?
So I started incorporating elements from comic books, such as adding inset images in panels. Sorting out how to compose a painting with this new level of complexity took time and a lot of trial and error. Man, did it take a lot of errors.
And along the way, as I was still figuring that out, I realized I could add another level of narrative and storytelling to the painting: I could put text itself into the paintings. So I started adding actual fragments of stories that I loved, or ones that influenced me, by adding random bits text from those stories to the base layers of the paintings.

The randomness of the fragments is important. It’s important because I’m not trying to tell a linear story or squeeze a whole novel into the paintings: our lives are semi-chaotic assemblages of bits of the stories we’ve read, watched, and told to ourselves. Our lives don’t unfold in clear linear plots with well-organized themes. So the random text and the comic book inset panels create new meanings and associations. The paintings are intended to give the viewer a landscape and some starting points to imagine their own versions of the story. I guess they could be called story-scapes.
And that’s how I’ve arrived at this point in my creative work, where I’ve recently, finally, started to feel like I know how this works, with text and comics and painting and storytelling.

Thanks for reading,
Marcel

Friday, October 13, 2017

new robot painting (pancakes!)

I've finally gotten around to posting photos of my newest robot painting. Here's a detail image:

detail of 'pancakes' (32"x48")

And here's a full image:



cheers,
Marcel


Friday, June 16, 2017

new Canada 150 paintings posted online

I've done some small paintings for the Canada 150 group show at the Blue Crow Gallery in Toronto. 

They're now posted on my website under the 'landscape' series - since I made them for the Canada 150 show, I selected all of the text from Canadian authors: R. Davies, J. Urquhart, S. Leacock, M. Attwood, M. Richler, S. Mclean, W.T.Little

Here's one of the paintings - 10" oil sketch (The West Wind):

And here is a detail of the back of one of the paintings, with a list of the books that I copied text from to make the paintings:

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

New Skating Illustrations Posted Online

I've just posted a set of illustrations I did for the Governor General of Canada's Residence. It's a set of rules for the rink that's posted in the change room.

This project was a lot of fun to work on, as you can see by the illustrations themselves.


Here's me with the poster at the rink a few weeks ago:


The design of the room and the rules poster was put together by my talented neighbour Carla Ayukawa.