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December 9, 2012

confucius + chocolate


“By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest;
Third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
- Confucius
“I try to reflect on what I observe and what I experience. This way I get to take a big ole bite of the bitter-sweet.
Reflection like chocolate is an anti-oxidant.
If I can’t take a bite of the dark stuff…then I can at least take a breath and turn inward.” 
- Confucius + MIC

November 14, 2012

Luis Gonzalez-Palma
Gustavo


I got to meet Luis Gonzalez-Palma this week. He gave a lecture at AIB. A beautiful mind...a romantic...and a visual poet. 


My favorite quote...
"It takes work to give yourself freedom" 
and 
"What isn't there is often more interesting" 

It was such a privilege to meet him.

I have long thought that what is more important in my work is not what I create...it is what people walk away with. The art/object serves a greater purpose when it is shared with the public and when the public brings meaning to it and takes it away to the recesses of their own existence.


November 4, 2012

MO series
grid #4

DO YOU HAVE A MOHAWK? Let me paint you.

Punk hawk (colored or dyed), 12" high Liberty spikes, deathhawk, psychobilly or quiff, frohawk, chelsea hawk, dreadhawk, lazy hawk, fanhawk, rayhawk, warhawk, shark fin, V-Cut, reverse mohawk, nohawk, hawkmo, fauxhawk, eurohawk, ponyhawk, curly hawk, beavertails, dread-hawks, emo-hawks, twin fins, etc.. WHATEVER YOUR STYLE...if you ROCK IT...I WANT IT! 

Email me to participate.
Matthew Ivan Cherry

I started this series having just cut my hair into a mohawk as a way to identify with my two sons; one who had left home for college and one just about to. It was in defiance of my having to let them go; my little rebellion of becoming an empty nester, however slow the process. I connected this transitional phase of my sons growing up and declaring their manhood or adulthood or their independence to a moment in my childhood when my older brother died in a car accident at the age of 19 (I was 15). 5 days before his death, he cut his hair in a mohawk style which completely shocked my parents and the small town where we lived in northeastern Arizona. The shock of his "extreme" hairstyle now seems a ridiculous and casual preface to the shock of his death we experienced just a few days later…a kind of "pre-echo". ”Remember when Kevin cut his hair in a Mohawk”…is now always followed by the silent recognition of his violent death just a few days later. They are forever synonymous in my recollection. I have seldom given his haircut much thought since then until recently when my sons cut their hair in the form of a mohawk. Now I see his face everywhere nearly 30 years later in the occasional face of someone sportin' a mohawk on the streets...a reminder of him or lack thereof in my immediate presence. Its arresting to see an unfamiliar face become recognizable and familiar and intimate though foreign. Its startling how time bends...and pain and joy re-surfaces and wraps the past toward the immediate present. Its surreal how a memory can place you back into a location though miles away.

Spread the word. You may not have one...but I bet you know someone who does. Re-post on your sites and direct people my way. Thanks!

Angie from UK
MO series
24" x 24"
Oil on Canvas

Giulio from Italy
MO series
24" x 24"
 Oi on Canvas


Maddie from Lancaster, PA
MO series
24" x 24"
Oil on Canvas

Ramon from South End
MO series
24" x 24"
Oil on Canvas

Raul from Venezuela
MO series
24" x 24"
Oil on Canvas

September 27, 2012


Matthew Ivan Cherry
Quandary: Nick in a Batman T-Shirt
joeSCHMO-SUPERhero series
48" x 48"
Oil on Canvas

July 30, 2012

NATE from Lancaster, PA - RAD series

Matthew Ivan Cherry 
NATE from Lancaster, PA - RAD series
Nate w Full Beard alla Grigori Rasputin
2012
Oil on Canvas
36" x 36"


Matthew Ivan Cherry 
NATE from Lancaster, PA - RAD series
GRID
2012
Oil on Canvas
36" x 36" ea


Matthew Ivan Cherry 
NATE from Lancaster, PA - RAD series
Nate w Flared Mutton, Stache and Soul
2012
Oil on Canvas
36" x 36"


Matthew Ivan Cherry 
NATE from Lancaster, PA - RAD series
Nate w Mutton Chops, Stache & Soul
2012
Oil on Canvas
36" x 36"


Matthew Ivan Cherry 
NATE from Lancaster, PA - RAD series
Nate w Extended Hogan and a li'l Soul
2012
Oil on Canvas
36" x 36"

RAD
DUDES...how cool are you with your hipster do, your mutton chops, your fu manchu? Do you ROCK a BEARD? Do you grow a GOAT...or sport a lil SOUL? Will you let me document you in 4 different styles? Let me paint you and add you to my series. Now thats cool! 

Email me for more info.

The act of modifying one’s face to meet a standard of appropriateness by shaving is not so different than other forms of body modification...it is just one that majority has adopted as professional, aesthetically pleasing and/or appropriate. Throughout history men with facial hair have been ascribed attributes with polar opposite distinctions; on one hand being wise, virile, masculine, holy and on the other; wild, untamed, dirty, of ill repute, or a part of a sub-culture and/or radical intent. It is the very notion of what is defined as being “radical” that intrigues me. On one side you have men in radically conservative and/or religious cultures such as; Amish, Mennonite, Hassidic Judaism, Islamic and Muslim followers, and Sikhs who grow beards as signs of holiness and reverence. On the opposite side of the spectrum you have men in in subculture contexts like; bikers, hipsters, rockers, hippies, bears, tree huggers, people of the streets and even academics. Whether conservative or liberal, both sit on opposite sides of of males representing the “mainstream” e.g. from doctors to lawyers or bankers to Mormon Missionaries. The Corporate America “clean” cut look has been adopted as what is becoming, professional, and aesthetically appropriate. For this reason I have become intrigued by those who sport a beard for my series RAD (short for radical).If you are a dude and are wearing a beard and are willing to modify or document the growth from a clean shaven face to full growth...or if you change the style and are willing to document it for me...please email me to contribute to the project and I will add your face to my RAD series.All you brothers out there...I need a minimum of 4-8 versions of beards per dude. Pics need to be taken in a mugshot (no smiles/emotions) pose...frontal with no variance and need to be consistent with all four-8 styles or versions of facial hair. Just look at these paintings for a reference. These can be head shots...or full chest and head shots if you have tattoos or piercings.They will hang in groupings of 4 per subject."LEND ME YOUR bEARds…show me your RADical"



July 6, 2012

MO - 3rd Group

Matthew Ivan Cherry
MO - 3rd Group

Matthew Ivan Cherry
Andres - MA - Trader Joe's
MO series
24" x 24"
Oil on Canvas

Matthew Ivan Cherry
Bryan - Budd Lake, NJ - Facebook
MO series
24" x 24"
Oil on Canvas

Matthew Ivan Cherry
Damion - South End - MassDOT
MO series
24" x 24"
Oil on Canvas



Matthew Ivan Cherry
Nick - Cambridge, MA - Kenmore Square
MO series
24" x 24"
Oil on Canvas

Matthew Ivan Cherry
Nick - Louisville, KY - tumblr.
MO series
24" x 24"
Oil on Canvas

July 4, 2012

http://matthewivancherry.com

I just launched my new website.  If you had a link on yours...can you please update it.  Thanks.  http://matthewivancherry.com

June 9, 2012


MO' (3rd set-8th session-in progress)
Thom
Damion
Bryan
Andres
Nick

to see the set in progress..check out my facebook page:

Want to participate??

I started this series having just cut my hair into a mohawk as a way to identify with my two sons; one who had left home for college and one just about to. It was in defiance of my having to let them go. My little rebellion of becoming an empty nester, however slow the process. I began to see my sons in the occasional face of someone sportin' a mohawk on the streets...a reminder of them or lack thereof in my immediate presence. Its arresting to see a face, though foreign and unfamiliar, become recognizable and familiar. Hence my obsession to document time, location, identity and familiarity by documenting the people that I encounter in life and on the web. I am also increasingly interested in the idea of exchange as part of my process. So if you would like to contribute to the project…I will produce a small study in exchange for your participation.

You will need to cut your hair in a mohawk. No set form…just your version of a mohawk. Take some good digital pics (straight forward like these paintings) and email 15-20 of them to me. I will use them to create a study for you…and a final painting to be added to this series. Your time and energy and willingness in exchange for a sketch. 

Want to participate? I am looking for: Punk rock mohawks, colored and dyed, standing 12 inches spiked, 270 degree hawk, death-hawks, liberty spikes, beavers, dread-hawks, emo-hawks, bi-hawks or twin fins, blow-hawks, fanned, side hawks, slant-hawks, glow hawks, chelsea hawk, cross hawk, indian feather, hawk by hair clip (not really a mohawk…but pushed up and gathered in a row), butch, shaved, crew,hair-blown, corn-rowed,…you get the picture right? Spread the word. Re-post on your sites and direct people my way. 
Thanks! 
matthewivancherry@yahoo.com

Ladies…you are most certainly welcome too by the way. If you are sportin’ a mohawk…lemme hear from you. 

June 1, 2012

MO' (3rd set-7th session-in progress)
Thom
Damion
Bryan
Andres
Nick

MO' (3rd set-6th session-in progress)


MO' (3rd set-5th session-in progress)

MO' (3rd set-4th session-in progress)

MO' (3rd set-3rd session-in progress)

MO' (3rd set-2nd session-in progress)

MO' (3rd set-1st session-in progress)

I started this series having just cut my hair into a mohawk as a way to identify with my two sons; one who had left home for college and one just about to. It was in defiance of my having to let them go. My little rebellion of becoming an empty nester, however slow the process. I began to see my sons in the occasional face of someone sportin' a mohawk on the streets...a reminder of them or lack thereof in my immediate presence. Its arresting to see a face, though foreign and unfamiliar, become recognizable and familiar. Hence my obsession to document time, location, identity and familiarity by documenting the people that I encounter in life and on the web. I am also increasingly interested in the idea of exchange as part of my process. So if you would like to contribute to the project…I will produce a small study in exchange for your participation.

You will need to cut your hair in a mohawk. No set form…just your version of a mohawk. Take some good digital pics (straight forward like these paintings) and email 15-20 of them to me. I will use them to create a study for you…and a final painting to be added to this series. Your time and energy and willingness in exchange for a sketch. 

Want to participate? I am looking for: Punk rock mohawks, colored and dyed, standing 12 inches spiked, 270 degree hawk, death-hawks, liberty spikes, beavers, dread-hawks, emo-hawks, bi-hawks or twin fins, blow-hawks, fanned, side hawks, slant-hawks, glow hawks, chelsea hawk, cross hawk, indian feather, hawk by hair clip (not really a mohawk…but pushed up and gathered in a row), butch, shaved, crew,hair-blown, corn-rowed,…you get the picture right? Spread the word. Re-post on your sites and direct people my way. 
Thanks! 
matthewivancherry@yahoo.com

Ladies…you are most certainly welcome too by the way. If you are sportin’ a mohawk…lemme hear from you. 



May 25, 2012

MO' (3rd set/6th session/in progress)

MO' (3rd set-6th session-in progress)

Thom
Damion
Bryan
Andres
Nick

5th session

4th session

3rd session

2nd session

1st session

MO' (3rd set-1st-6th session-in progress)

I started this series having just cut my hair into a mohawk as a way to identify with my two sons; one who had left home for college and one just about to. It was in defiance of my having to let them go. My little rebellion of becoming an empty nester, however slow the process. I began to see my sons in the occasional face of someone sportin' a mohawk on the streets...a reminder of them or lack thereof in my immediate presence. Its arresting to see a face, though foreign and unfamiliar, become recognizable and familiar. Hence my obsession to document time, location, identity and familiarity by documenting the people that I encounter in life and on the web. I am also increasingly interested in the idea of exchange as part of my process. So if you would like to contribute to the project…I will produce a small study in exchange for your participation.

You will need to cut your hair in a mohawk. No set form…just your version of a mohawk. Take some good digital pics (straight forward like these paintings) and email 15-20 of them to me. I will use them to create a study for you…and a final painting to be added to this series. Your time and energy and willingness in exchange for a sketch. 

Want to participate? I am looking for: Punk rock mohawks, colored and dyed, standing 12 inches spiked, 270 degree hawk, death-hawks, liberty spikes, beavers, dread-hawks, emo-hawks, bi-hawks or twin fins, blow-hawks, fanned, side hawks, slant-hawks, glow hawks, chelsea hawk, cross hawk, indian feather, hawk by hair clip (not really a mohawk…but pushed up and gathered in a row), butch, shaved, crew,hair-blown, corn-rowed,…you get the picture right? Spread the word. Re-post on your sites and direct people my way. 
Thanks! 
matthewivancherry@yahoo.com

Ladies…you are most certainly welcome too by the way. If you are sportin’ a mohawk…lemme hear from you. 



May 8, 2012

MO' (3rd group-5th session-in progress)

MO' (3rd set-5th session-in progress)

MO' (3rd set-4th  session-in progress)

MO' (3rd set-3rd session-in progress)

MO' (3rd set-2nd session-in progress)

MO' (3rd set-1st session-in progress)

I started this series having just cut my hair into a mohawk as a way to identify with my two sons; one who had left home for college and one just about to. It was in defiance of my having to let them go. My little rebellion of becoming an empty nester, however slow the process. I began to see my sons in the occasional face of someone sportin' a mohawk on the streets...a reminder of them or lack thereof in my immediate presence. Its arresting to see a face, though foreign and unfamiliar, become recognizable and familiar. Hence my obsession to document time, location, identity and familiarity by documenting the people that I encounter in life and on the web. I am also increasingly interested in the idea of exchange as part of my process. So if you would like to contribute to the project…I will produce a small study in exchange for your participation.

You will need to cut your hair in a mohawk. No set form…just your version of a mohawk. Take some good digital pics (straight forward like these paintings) and email 15-20 of them to me. I will use them to create a study for you…and a final painting to be added to this series. Your time and energy and willingness in exchange for a sketch. 

Want to participate? I am looking for: Punk rock mohawks, colored and dyed, standing 12 inches spiked, 270 degree hawk, death-hawks, liberty spikes, beavers, dread-hawks, emo-hawks, bi-hawks or twin fins, blow-hawks, fanned, side hawks, slant-hawks, glow hawks, chelsea hawk, cross hawk, indian feather, hawk by hair clip (not really a mohawk…but pushed up and gathered in a row), butch, shaved, crew,hair-blown, corn-rowed,…you get the picture right? Spread the word. Re-post on your sites and direct people my way. 
Thanks! 
matthewivancherry@yahoo.com

Ladies…you are most certainly welcome too by the way. If you are sportin’ a mohawk…lemme hear from you. 


MO' (3rd group-4th session-in progress)

MO' (3rd set-4th session-in progress)
Thom
Damion
Bryan
Andres
Nick

MO' (3rd set-3rd session-in progress)

MO' (3rd set-2nd session-in progress)


MO' (3rd set-1st session-in progress)

I started this series having just cut my hair into a mohawk as a way to identify with my two sons; one who had left home for college and one just about to. It was in defiance of my having to let them go. My little rebellion of becoming an empty nester, however slow the process. I began to see my sons in the occasional face of someone sportin' a mohawk on the streets...a reminder of them or lack thereof in my immediate presence. Its arresting to see a face, though foreign and unfamiliar, become recognizable and familiar. Hence my obsession to document time, location, identity and familiarity by documenting the people that I encounter in life and on the web. I am also increasingly interested in the idea of exchange as part of my process. So if you would like to contribute to the project…I will produce a small study in exchange for your participation.

You will need to cut your hair in a mohawk. No set form…just your version of a mohawk. Take some good digital pics (straight forward like these paintings) and email 15-20 of them to me. I will use them to create a study for you…and a final painting to be added to this series. Your time and energy and willingness in exchange for a sketch. 

Want to participate? I am looking for: Punk rock mohawks, colored and dyed, standing 12 inches spiked, 270 degree hawk, death-hawks, liberty spikes, beavers, dread-hawks, emo-hawks, bi-hawks or twin fins, blow-hawks, fanned, side hawks, slant-hawks, glow hawks, chelsea hawk, cross hawk, indian feather, hawk by hair clip (not really a mohawk…but pushed up and gathered in a row), butch, shaved, crew,hair-blown, corn-rowed,…you get the picture right? Spread the word. Re-post on your sites and direct people my way. 
Thanks! 
matthewivancherry@yahoo.com

Ladies…you are most certainly welcome too by the way. If you are sportin’ a mohawk…lemme hear from you. 

April 21, 2012

MO' (3rd set-3rd session-in progress
Thom
Damion
Bryan
Andres
Nick

MO' (3rd set-2nd session-in progress

MO' (3rd set-1st session-in progress

I started this series having just cut my hair into a mohawk as a way to identify with my two sons; one who had left home for college and one just about to. It was in defiance of my having to let them go. My little rebellion of becoming an empty nester, however slow the process. I began to see my sons in the occasional face of someone sportin' a mohawk on the streets...a reminder of them or lack thereof in my immediate presence. Its arresting to see a face, though foreign and unfamiliar, become recognizable and familiar. Hence my obsession to document time, location, identity and familiarity by documenting the people that I encounter in life and on the web. I am also increasingly interested in the idea of exchange as part of my process. So if you would like to contribute to the project…I will produce a small study in exchange for your participation.

You will need to cut your hair in a mohawk. No set form…just your version of a mohawk. Take some good digital pics (straight forward like these paintings) and email 15-20 of them to me. I will use them to create a study for you…and a final painting to be added to this series. Your time and energy and willingness in exchange for a sketch. 

Want to participate? I am looking for: Punk rock mohawks, colored and dyed, standing 12 inches spiked, 270 degree hawk, death-hawks, liberty spikes, beavers, dread-hawks, emo-hawks, bi-hawks or twin fins, blow-hawks, fanned, side hawks, slant-hawks, glow hawks, chelsea hawk, cross hawk, indian feather, hawk by hair clip (not really a mohawk…but pushed up and gathered in a row), butch, shaved, crew,hair-blown, corn-rowed,…you get the picture right? Spread the word. Re-post on your sites and direct people my way. 
Thanks! 
matthewivancherry@yahoo.com

Ladies…you are most certainly welcome too by the way. If you are sportin’ a mohawk…lemme hear from you.