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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