The geometric figuration thing for me kind of begins with this guy from last summer. I call him "The Iron Fireman". They are quick to do, one or two colors, explore positive-negative space, poster-like, could be stencilled…
I'm trying to make sense of this theme of mine. Maybe a Drawger gallery and some constructive feedback from some of you folks will help propel the series along to a satisfying new place. Here's a link to the images.
There are a lot of influences to be sure (let me know who/what I've left out!):
Mike Bartalos, GREEK POTTERY, Meso-American pottery/gold/textiles, Terry Allen, John Hersey, M.C. Escher, J. Otto Siebold, definitely Kuba cloth, naïve figurative quilt design (Harriet Powers), Jean Dubuffet, typography, those stacking toy block figures that I had as a kid… the list is endless. Maybe throw in a dash of Leo Espinosa to this short list.
So what are the priorites here?
1. figures are fun! stick a circle on a shape with a bump on it and you have a face: "Kilroy was here". 2. action. I like the movement of things. This comes from the Greek vases and Kuba Cloth. 3. silhouettes are cool: that's the letterform stuff coming through. 4. simple bold humorous and kind of clunky. Definitely clunky!