Last night I went to Daniel Anthony St. George II's studio in Billyburg for a show he organized of his friends' work. I was completely blown away by Jeremiah Maddock (pictured). Very detailed and meticulous, using unique techniques - but the really interesting thing was the use symbolism from all over the place. There are your basics, like Christian crosses and masonic eyes, but then there are also Hopi, Pacific NW native, Hindu, Haitian, Egyptian, Pennsylvania Dutch, sideshow, etc. etc. influences. I spoke with him briefly about his art, and surprisingly he didn't seem to be very research oriented in his process. He said simply "I think those things are just all fucked up and weird." When I mentioned the psychedelic impression they made on me he said that he sometimes will go into a bit of an altered consciousness state when he's at the end of a piece. But the next day when he looks at it, it's gone.
He traded one of his pieces for this amazing winged buffalo statue with bright red genetalia by Meena Kim of Meena Made. She was rocking some fab homemade arm warmers and a beribboned cape-like garment. I learned from a nice fellow that if you put grapefruit juice on paper, it will leave a brown stain quickly when put to flame. In a corner there was a monitor with a cool stop-motion Aesop Rock video by asif.
The show is open by appointment, and many of the pieces are very affordable - so make an appt with Daniel to view them. Finally, watch this Art, or Not Art? video posted on Dan's blog.
We Are Friends Flier
Buy the Art Online
Daniel Anthony St. George II aka AzStar78 website
Flickr pics from the show