Monday, March 23, 2015

The Music that God Creates


*The Music that God Creates, artwork copyright © 2015, John Bittinger Klomp

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mardi Gras Rex, 2015

Mardi Gras Rex, 2015, (10" x 12") digital photomontage

This morning as I looked through my nighttime iPhone photos of the 2015 Rex, Proteus and Bacchus parades I had a sudden inspiration - to make a montage of the photos using Adobe Photoshop. I thought the phantasmagoric Mardi Gras scene would lend itself to a pastiche of photographs with many transparent layers fading in and out. All that motion, and excitement, the bright lights, marching bands, floats and beads - so many people having a wonderful time – would show that the folks in NOLA know how to throw one hell of a fabulous party. And, that party is perfect photomontage subject mater.

I hadn't done a digital photomontage for 2 years because I had been so busy with the huge acrylic portraits of characters for our goddaughter's restaurant, and the mixed media distressed LGBTQ Pictionary series. So, I got to work and completed this image in less than an hour. It has only 12 layers instead of the 60 to 100 I've been known to use in the past. However, I'm pleased with the result because it conveys the thrill that everyone feels, hands raised to catch more beads for the many layered decoration hanging about the neck.

I've Named the montage "Mardi Gras Rex, 2015" because of the large, slightly off center semi transparent portrait of the person in the Mardi Gras mask (actually my husband, Joe) . The printed photomontage is 10 by 12 inches, and I will limit the prints to an edition of 10.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Material Girl: Almost Complete

Finally, after 2 months of constant interruptions, emergencies, travel (which I won’t complain about), and family affairs I had time to work on the painting. I had worked on photographs, sketched and completed some small pieces, but could not find the block of time necessary to do work on the three by four foot acrylic painting. One more session, perhaps two and it will be done. I will probably add some areas of variation to the skin, and some details to the hair once all the white is gone. Of course, this painting is only one third of the triptych, which means I’ll start on panel II, Johnny Depp, as soon as Madonna is finished.

Friday, February 27, 2015

New Orleans French Quarter Distressed Wall Photographs

On our final day during our visit for Mardi Gras and Chris and Sarah’s wedding in New Orleans Joe and I braved 38-degree F weather to photograph the French Quarter.*

I found distressed stone, concrete and wood walls to add to my collection of photographs to use in future mixed media distressed paintings.

I don’t have any photos of distressed stucco and concrete surfaces for use in the paintings, so you best believe these will show up in future artwork. And, the photographs of these subjects are wonderful all by themselves.


* Chris is my husband, Joe's nephew, and Sarah is his wife. We went to New Orleans to attend their wedding, which was on Saturday, February 21st this past weekend.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Biblioteca España: An example of Metamodern Architecture

As I am behind in my own artwork, and because of an abiding interest in all things metamodern, and specifically metamodern architecture, I publish this photograph of the Biblioteca España in Medellín, Colombia.


The library was built as part of a library system in Medellín, designed by architect Giancarlo Mazzanti, and funded in part by the Spanish Agency for International Development and Cooperation. Ten library parks have been planned, constructed, or are under construction as part of a design program to improve education and to redevelop poor neighborhoods.

The design intentionally looks like three crystalline rock formations that seem to grow out of the escarpment on which they are placed. In this, Mazzanti reflects one of the interests of metamodern architecture, to reflect the natural. While the buildings stand bold and stark, and I might add dark against the sky, they also turn inward having only small windows placed high on their walls in order to create a definite separation from the surrounding urban neighborhood.

The architect, while creating a place where local inhabitants can come to learn, to read and grow - also removes them physically and symbolically from the urban environment that threatens to prevent learning and growth. In this, Mazzanti uses a primary metamodern notion – the recognition that hope is often unfounded, but to hope nonetheless. He creates an ideal architectural library space, but one that demonstrates its fallibility simultaneously. Irony is present, but the building oscillates back and forth from the ideal it represents – that is education and redevelopment - to the ironic knowledge that it is designed to fix something that may often be unfixable. Thus, the design is modern (idealistic) and postmodern (ironic rejection of the ideal) and metamodern (hope that the ideal may yet however remotely be achievable).


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bette: Lost and Found

I do know where many of my sold works are located.  However, I had lost track of Bette.  The current owner of the (32"x40") powdered graphite and pencil drawing recently contacted me.  Originally sold in Philadelphia, PA in 1979, today it is located deep in the Florida Keys. The photo above doesn't do it justice as the drawing has much more clarity, contrast, and detail than this image indicates. By comparison, I'm posting a photo that I took of Marlin Brando currently residing at Characters Pub in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. it is also 32" x 40" as are all the old powdered graphite drawings.

Bette's owner loves the drawing, but is having a difficult time financially, and wants to sell it. She inquired how much it might be worth. I explained that in the early 1980's when I had my "15 minutes" these over-sized iconic images sold at galleries in New York, Philadelphia and Lancaster for $1200.00 each. However, having never achieved anything resembling national or international fame the Hyper-Real artworks have not increased in value. I did not offer to buy the drawing back, though I worry, much as a parent might worry about a grown child who is out in the world and running into difficulties.

If by chance anyone is interested in purchasing the drawing, please let me know and I will put you in contact with the owner.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Madonna Update

After two more weeks this is the current state of the painting, and it isn’t half finished. It is taking much longer than I had expected, and I won’t be able to work on it again until we are settled in Florida. Ah well, as a dear friend has so often said, "such is life." It will happen and meanwhile I will post about other artwork .