La Musica

I just got the opening reception soundtrack from Alex Goose. There’s so much goodness in the mix. The song that he produced for Jake Troth, “Material Things”, is on there. So. Damn. Catchy.

Knock on Wood

Knock on Wood, Young Blood Gallery 9/11

Going home one night, I drove under a yellow light. And, as I usually do, I put my hand to my lips, kissed my fingers, and then put my fingers to the ceiling of my car. I can’t remember where I picked up this habit, but I’ve been doing this for good luck ever since I’ve been driving. As I performed the ritual, it struck me as to how odd it was, and I couldn’t help but wonder why I was doing it.

This got me to thinking about my mother, who undoubtedly influenced me with her extremely superstitious nature, and the other people that I know who overcome hardships or the unknown with curious beliefs. That thinking expanded into investigating psychological reasoning, the various theories behind anxiety relief, and
the psychosomatic effects of superstitious behavior. But, ultimately, the research uncovered some really interesting superstitions that forged images in my head. Materially capturing the images then became exercises, opportunities for me to strengthen my artistic foothold.

Knock on Wood” explores superstitions, charms, and talismans. Drawings and paintings, inspired by beliefs from around the world, catalogue various actions, thoughts, and objects that attempt to relieve fear and uncertainty.

The opening reception will be on September 11th, 7 to 10pm, at Young Blood Gallery, the foremost independent showcase in Atlanta.

My brothers-in-arms, Modern Skirts, will be giving a very special and free performance. Trust me, they are homegrown, bona fide rockstars. Ask them about opening for R.E.M.

The soundtrack for the gallery viewing will be provided by my friend Alex Goose. Some of you folks may know him better as the guy who created The Blueprint 3 Outtakes, music that Jay-Z (unbelieveably) did not use on his last album.

A special project with my long-time buddy Tim Haught and his StreetLocal folks, one of Atlanta’s highly respected brands, will be released that night. I dare you to find something new and grand that they don’t already know about.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for some goodness from my-sister-from-a-different-mister, Dehanza Rogers, aka her celluloid self. When she’s not being Documentary Filmmaker Champ, you can find her in UCLA’s über-elite MFA Film Program.

Sneak-peeks and process shots of the show to come.

Gretchen Hupfel

Gretchen Hupfel was one of my professors at UGA. As I’ve done with every other professor I’ve had, I dismissed her and challenged her teaching. We butted heads because I was a snot-nosed pissant and I felt that my work didn’t need her guidance.

But, I could never shake the fact that she was a real artist. She wasn’t some pretentious buffoon blowing hot air. She was as authentic as could be, an artist with the spirit of creation fused to her every atom. Despite how I felt about her work, she immediately gained my respect and admiration as a person.

Three years after that class, I stopped into Marcia Wood Gallery, one of my favorite haunts on the Peachtree art strip, and was struck by the pieces that populated the space. I immediately recognized her work, those black and white photographs meticulously drawn over with endless lines, each one a testament to her nature.

It was then and there that I discovered that she had committed suicide.

I’m not sure why she popped into my head today, but I Googled Gretchen’s name. The CL article that I read years before refreshed my memory of her and what an artist should be. As someone at the proverbial crossroads, I found the following quote to be especially poignant.

“Who knows? It may be 15 years before I get my first show. There’s going to be a lot of work between now and then that won’t seem to be getting me anywhere. I’ll see the progress, and I’ll see the development. But it’s a totally different system of rewards than any other career. You don’t get the raise, you don’t get the promotion. It’s something you just have to keep working at. You have to be almost crazy. You have to have enough confidence in yourself for those 15 or 20 years to think that you could actually do something.
I just hope that I keep my confidence up to persevere. Because it’s something that I can’t imagine living without.”

Gretchen, RIP.
Everyone else, keep working.

Contract Killings

Contract Killings flyer

Saturday. You. Me. High fives.

“Most hit men agreements go on the dotted line, or are at least verbal enough to officially be turned into a movie on Lifetime. This group of CONTRACT KILLINGS is set on paper, too: four various-sized pieces of watercolor paper, mounted to a frame, from 15 different artists.”

May 15 – June 06, 2010
Opening reception | Saturday, May 15 | 8:00 P.M.

Beep Beep Gallery
696 Charles Allen Drive
Atlanta GA 30308
404.429.3320
map and directions

Ronen.

It’s been a long time coming.

I still have a desire to tweak some of it, but I’m finally at a point where I’m comfortable with sharing my design & illustration portfolio. Please have a gander, poke around, and let me know if anything is unsatisfactory.

Beyond that, if you feel that I’d be suitable for an open job or an upcoming project, your recommendation would be extremely appreciated.

A gigantic-sized thank you to the beta testers (your cookie is in the mail). A Jupiter-sized thank you to Derek for helping me troubleshoot the site. I owe you big.

“‘Bout to get my run on, so hold the commas.”

www.ronenlife.com

Harbingers

Harbingers flyer

Come out to Beep Beep Gallery this Saturday and say hello!

“In the spirit of the new year, Beep Beep Gallery is proud to introduce eleven artists who are showing with us for the first time.

Artists include: Jason Kofke, Marcy Starz, Kenn TwoFour, Jennifer Kornder, Kombo Chapfika, Sanithna Phansavanh, Allen Taylor, Lindsey Elcessor, Jason Travis, Patrick Davis, Sean Fahie.”

January 09 – February 07, 2009
Opening reception | Saturday, January 09 | 8:00 P.M.

Beep Beep Gallery
696 Charles Allen Drive
Atlanta GA 30308
404.429.3320
map and directions

Day of the Dead II : October 23 : Eyedrum Gallery

Tweet Design‘s Second Annual Day of the Dead show will open this Friday, October 23.

The show features over 80 miniature coffins, decorated by artists, musicians, and designers from all over the country. Come drink sangria, eat taquitos, and toast our dearly departed. Be sure to bring your dancin’ shoes for the musical stylings of Uncle Daddy and the Kissin’ Cousins.

Bring photos of loved ones who are no longer with us. They will be honored at a remembrance alter.

OCTOBER 23 – NOVEMBER 29, 2009
OPENING RECEPTION | FRIDAY, OCT. 23 | 8:00 P.M. – 12:00 A.M.

Eydrum Gallery
290 MLK Jr. Dr. SE
Suite 8
Atlanta, GA 30312
404.522.0655
map and directions

Day of the Dead II

This is my piece from last year:
La Catrina I

Lost Symphony

I found a book a while back that described Caravaggio’s technique. So, today, I started a new painting following his method and decided that I would share the process. You can see how it’s developing in my Twitter stream (there’s also another painting in there that I’m working on concurrently).

If you get a chance, take a peek.

Lost Symphony

Echoes

Echoes

Thanks to everyone who’s given me songs so far. I’m working on them right now!