Saturday, December 22, 2018

The body of work I am currently toiling over is composed of the Black Pearl Cycle and six accompanying but unrelated drawings. This is my most immersive and expansive artistic undertaking to date.

There is no time for anything else. As the drawings themselves are larger, more thorough in depth and detail, I will only be posting on this blog, and infrequently at that, as the process of creation is slow, and I disdain traveling with them for the sheer sake of scanning to display online. I will not be displaying any works in progress or on any other social media format. For a cursory, non-committal glance at some of my work, visit:

@jamesgreerart

Interested parties can contact me at:

thespiderking3@gmail.com

There are over six years of creative progress display on the "pages"; they open at your whim.

Witness' Face


16x20"

When the Black Pearl Cycle drawings and their accompanying works are completed and finally displayed, wherever that may be, this drawing will be hang opposite them, facing them, positing the notion:
"What if a piece of art or body of work, upon observing and experiencing it, could change the viewer, the Witness, in profound, tangible, material ways? What if the "dialogue" relaying betwixt "subject" and "object" were of such a mutagenic and disintegratory nature that the Witness, being dynamic, were molded by the static truths of the work?"

Nods and Hails are due to Laird Barron, and I recommend his story The Imago Sequence for further pursuit of this quandry.

The Mining of Low Justice


14x17"

Directly inspired by a dream, this drawing differs very little from the original imagery. However, between the translation of the dream's emotive tones into "physicalities",  and subconcious influences during its creation, it became more sinister than I anticipated.

This drawing is about transgression, trespass, and stumbling upon something not meant to be seen; it is also about living tunnels, fungal caverns, and abominations wearing terrible disguises...

The Tiny Doctors who Stay in the Forest

14x17"

I have said before that I struggle with the desire to reveal to my potential audience my sources of inspiration or to delineate the narrative(s) inherent in my drawing(s). Part of me wants to leave the image a mystery, allowing the viewer to form their own opinion/idea/dream of what each tableau is portraying. And yet sometimes my inspiration for a particular piece is so heartfelt and important that I want to tell its story. I often give away clues in the titles I choose for each work...

 The surface level narrative here is that the viewer is encountering a group of  nonhuman entities which seem stoic, and perhaps shy. Possessing artificial or mechanical physical components, the exhausted yet relevant theme of industrial detritus intermingling with nature is addressed. The characters themselves are "detritus", in a way: any of them could (and may) be residents from The Black Pearl, that haven for the forgotten and shunned.

This drawing symbolizes, and is in part inspired by, a theory or idea that I often ponder and am enamored with: that the "alien" or "visitor" phenomena is quited possibly closely linked to the faerie-folk mythology of older cultures...