END OF CIVILIZATION
Do not panic. My series called The End of Civilization As We Know it does not depict anything particularly frightening ... unless a 1930's-type rifleman with a maniacal expression (from an old encyclopedia) and a few cartoon explosions coming from a rudimentary cannon keep you up at night.
What I've done is set various figures within this mock setting and let them be a comic representative for the actual end to come (which we will not talk about). We have the old comic Joe E. Brown, someone I've adopted as a character in my visual narratives, fronting a fragment of a late de Kooning painting; a 19th century French maid looking attentively bored; a distressed Picassoid face; a couple of buxom women showing off their buxomness, among others.
The End of Civilization As We Know it, 3, acrylic, collage with archival pigment print, 2020, 12.5x16.5
Prices on this series range from $1200 to $4000, the higher priced pieces more complex in execution.
he End of Civilization As We Know it, 2, Acrylic, collage/archival pigment print, 2020, 12x14
The End of Civilization As We Know It, 4, acrylic. collage / archival pigment print, 2020, 12.5x16.5
The end of Civilization As We Know It, 5, acrylic/archival print, 2020, 12x14
Right: End of Civilization As We Know It, 6, acrylic with archival pigment print, 2020, 10.5x10
The static setup of the repeated elements seemed at first like it might strait-jacket the entire composition. But once the enlivening figure found its proper place I saw a way to create a convincing conjunction of subject-matter and the formal arrangement of gunman, flying cannonball and those threatening rays coming out of the sky. Without this two-part situation, It was not a kind of swirling harmony I would otherwise have sought.