Monday, August 20, 2018

The Greatest

The Greatest is a public art painting/sculpture installed at King Farm in Woodstock, Vermont for the 2018 LandARTLab exhibit which opens on August 25, 4 pm to 7 pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public; and will continue through November. The title is, in part, a reference to Mohammed Ali who conceived of the poem, Me We, when asked for one by a student following a speech at Harvard University in 1975. Although it is the shortest poem in the English language, it is also enormously profound.

The piece is also inspired by the teachings of Lama Surya Das who has mentioned the poem in both his talks and books. 

LandARTLab is an extension of Sculpturefest where I have installed Home Dream Home, described in the previous post. The two properties are joined by a path and, together, cover hundreds of acres -- making it one of the largest public art exhibits in the region.

The Greatest
exterior latex paint on wood
96" x 93" x 5"
2018

The Greatest (second view)

The Greatest (third view)




Thursday, June 28, 2018

Home Dream Home

I constructed Home Dream Home for display at Sculpture Fest, an annual public art exhibit in Woodstock, Vermont. This year's show includes thirty-five regional artist and over forty sculptures. It is a very beautiful setting and a must see if one is in the area. Amazingly and very generously, the organizers (and owners of the property -- Charlet and Peter Davenport), make the site free and open to the public from sunrise to sunset.
Home Dream Home
exterior latex, plywood, wood, metal
86" x 54" x 98"
2018
I was honored to be invited to create a piece and even more so when I was named, along with my friend Mary Admasian, to be a featured artist. The exhibit opens with a reception Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00, and continues until November 18.
Home Dream Home (second view)
My sculpture was inspired by my desire to see homes painted in interesting and fun ways with the hope that the work would encourage others to go beyond boring traditional painting schemes. I am also fascinated/obsessed with the idea of installing a multi-colored standing seam roof so I painted this one with that in mind. 
Home Dream Home (third view)
I used thirty-six different colors, most of which I mixed on my own. I consider it a trial run for my own building. I've already painted it with eighty-eight vertical stripes, all different colors, but it is on vinyl siding and I eventually need to remove it and fix the underlying clapboard.
188 Elm Street
2016
The vinyl siding is well beyond its useful life so one of the advantages of the paint job is that it distracts from how bad it looks. Ideally, one day I can paint it somewhat like Home Dream Home.
188 Elm Street (second view)
I titled the piece Home Dream Home because a house is just a building but a home, to me, invokes a feeling of love and play. I want the piece to be interactive. I hope that people go inside and have their pictures taken with it while looking out the windows and doors.
Home Dream Home (fourth view)
I also included washable colored chalk inside so that people can add their own inspirations. I feel that the sculpture isn't complete without the interaction of others, that the art isn't art until people go inside and interact with it. In that way, it is a living structure that is constantly changing, as a home should.
Home Dream Home (inside)

Friday, February 16, 2018

New Work

Here is my latest batch of work going back to last June. All photographs were taken by RL Photo Studio of Burlington, Vermont.

This first piece, Binding Light (1), evolved over time to become something much more spiritual than I originally intended. I find that I am continually drawn to geometric shapes with random angles and sides. I like how they are all different and I like adding to that difference by painting them differently. As I paint them I am always thinking how their uniqueness is a metaphor for the uniqueness of all beings, the infinite variety of life. Consequently, I see this work more as portraiture than abstract art.

As I was working on this piece, I started to see how, if I painted the last, outermost pentagon the same color as the section in the corner it could infer that the same color (or light would exist around every other shape continuing beyond the unseen corners out to infinity. In this way, I feel it is a depiction of the nature of reality, the insepartablity of all beings that exist everywhere.
Binding Light (1)
mixed media on board 
48" x 41.5"
2018
Binding Light (2) is a conceptual continuation of (1), intending to show what it looks like to have multiple "beings" within the painting. I had changed the last pentagon to white after I realized that it made more sense since white light is the source of all other colors; additionally, both The Tibetan Book of the Dead (The Great Liberation Through Hearing) and people who have died and come back to life talk about going toward a white light.
Binding Light (2)
mixed media on board 
48" x 41.5"
2018
Carlota was originally started, and "finished," in 2013. Over the summer I pulled it back out to work on it again, this time adding the zigzag pattern on top.
Carlota
mixed media on board 
41.5" x 41"
2013/2017
Here is what Carlota looked liked before I reworked it.
December 2013
mixed media on board
2013
The same with Conundrum with Blue, it was the second zigzag piece. I decide to make larger zigzags this time. Not sure which is better.
Conundrum with Blue
mixed media on board 
42.5" x 46"
2013/2017
And this is what Conundrum with Blue looked liked earlier.

Untitled
mixed media on board
2013
Homage is, obviously, an homage to the many other artists that have inspired me while still adding my own style. I am not sure why but I find it really important to use a different color for each ring. I believe the aesthetics would be better if it had a pattern but I feel the changes make it more mysterious, adding questions to the viewers mind.
Homage
mixed media on board 
48" x 41.5"
2017
There must be a source light but I have no idea what it looks like or what the radiants look like either. This is an attempt at depicting it.
Source Light
mixed media on board 
48" x 41.5"
2017 
These next three are inspired by my bumper stickers ideas.
Grayless
mixed media on board 
11" x 36"
2017  
Inductance
mixed media on board 
11" x 36"
2017
Surprise Party
mixed media on board 
13.5" x 24.5"
2017
Physicianification was first "completed" in 2013, but stayed in storage for four years.
Physicianification
mixed media on board 
17" x 36" x1.5
2013/2017
2013


These last three were inspired by work I'd seen in NYC just before making them, though, if you see where my idea started you would not believe they where related. It worked more as a mental jumping off point. It was nice to find a good use for small scraps I had laying around the shop for years but couldn't bring myself to giving away for firewood.
Stack (1)
 acrylic and gouache on wood
7" x 10" x 2"
2017

Stack (2)
 acrylic and gouache on wood
8.5" x 27" x 2.5"
2017

Stack (3)
 acrylic and gouache on wood
23" x 12" x 2"
2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Bumper Sticker Update #6

Here are my six most recent limited edition wordless bumper stickers, #33 to #38. As I might have mentioned in previous posts, my vision is that they act as seeds to open minds. To further that goal, I am committed to giving away one bumper sticker to every US resident that promises to put it on their vehicle. Likewise, to make it a self-sustaining project, I charge $10 for all other stickers. If you would like one, check my Facebook fan page or Instagram account @robhitzig to see the most recent edition and email or message me an address to send it to.
072516
limited edition of ten
3" x 10"
091516
limited edition of ten
3" x 10"
042217
limited edition of eleven
3" x 10"
050817
limited edition of eleven
3" x 10"
 070917
limited edition of eleven
3" x 10"
 072717
limited edition of eleven
3" x 10"

Onion River Campground Bathhouse

I recently completed painting the bathhouse at Onion River Campground in Marshfield, Vermont. It was a fun project, not least of all because the owners allowed me to do whatever I wanted, no pre-approval of concept or design. I found the project a useful reminder of just how much can be expressed with just simple colored stripes. I was going for something that would be both fun and challenging, balancing a fine line between welcoming and "out-of-place-ness." 
Onion River Campground Bathhouse
exterior latex paint on plywood
14' x 16' x 24' (approximate)
2017
I would be remiss if I did not also mention that I developed a relationship with the owners through their other venture, Nutty Steph's, my source for the best granola in the world (note: this is an objective, unbiased, easily verifiable statement devoid of hyperbole). 
Onion River Campground Bathhouse (women's side)
Onion River Campground Bathhouse (men's side)
Onion River Campground Bathhouse (front view)
Onion River Campground Bathhouse (back view)
Onion River Campground Bathhouse (before)