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Origins & Orchids: The First Absolute Painting

The Story Behind The Original “Absolute” Painting & Updated Images

by Daric Gill

Absolute Orchid (Orchid's Empty). Oil on wood panel. 11" x 17 1/4". 2008
Absolute Orchid (Orchid’s Empty). Oil on wood panel. 11″ x 17 1/4″. 2008

We all love when a great idea travels along a bolt of lightning and blazes right into our skulls. But there’s also something really satisfying about a slow rolling brainstorm that overtime builds into something great. These kinds of ideas seem as if they need time to simmer down to a distilled form; extracting, refining, and aging to something far more potent. The latter of the two was the case for the origins of the Absolute paintings.

It so happens that the first in the Absolute series is also the last piece in a deconstructed triptych. The previous triptych actually starts as a portrait painting and ends in a still life. Originally titled Orchid’s Empty, this painting sat as an unknown transition piece for a few years.

In fact, I stopped making still lives altogether after undergraduate school. The brutal truth is that trompe l’oeil paintings (a painting style used to deceive the eye) is often a study about the ‘objectness’ of the still life rather than the pursuit of a complex concept. I realized I didn’t have any place for that limitation and I stuck to sculpture and portrait paintings until I had something more meaty to hold onto. Graduate school came and went as with my stint as a teacher, and I still felt a  little disenchanted.

 For a while, I almost gave up painting altogether…

 

[More Images Below]

 

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ToeHeads Event At Mouton

Taking A Ride

Heads, Shoulders, Knees, & ToeHeads

by Daric Gill

The ToeHeads will be showing at MOUTON for the months of April and May. Kick off the show with cocktails by Jägermeister, live music, hors d’oeuvres, art, & dancing.

Mouton serves class with their vintage cocktails, wine, craft beer, artisan breads & cheeses, cured meats, & coffee. Come see the ToeHeads on display and have a terrific time.

Join me & the ToeHeads Thursday, April 2 @ 7:00pm at Mouton for some drinks & dancing. DJ music by Night Mode. 

Directions HERE

954 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201

From Curb To Studio: Refinishing A Trashed Table

Trashed Table Makes For New Workspace

by Daric Gill

Working Work Table (3/4 view)
Working Work Table: steel pipes, reclaimed wood, electrical power.

Almost all the artwork I create is ultimately intended for someone else. This is one of my favorite aspects about making artwork. However, every so often I realize that there are things I need updated or made for my personal life too. Earlier this year I made a powered work table for my studio’s main workspace from reclaimed materials and I thought I should do it again. (right)

You can check out that project in its entirety here.

 (Process Image Gallery Below)
My new studio table
My new studio table

The New (Old) Table

This week I took on the task of replacing my painting desk with a refurbished curb-side find. My former desk was nothing special; a simple fold up table that sufficed most needs. Recently,  I’ve found myself needing a more substantial set of workspaces with an increasing need for visual continuity. So, when I passed a curbed table with matching wood… I knew I had my next challenge. The top was severely scratched and dented, there were 2 broken legs, and missing parts. But all-in-all, the core structure of the wood was totally intact. Here’s how it I refinished my new (old) studio table:

 

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CORE77.com Headlines Columbus Idea Foundry, My Work Included

CIF Rocks It On CORE77.com… ToeHeads Included

by Daric Gill

Core77 is one of the most comprehensive (and coolest) design blogs in the world. I used to suggest it to my students as a research tool for following design/architecture trends. Today they posted an amazing write-up about the Columbus Idea Foundry. Currently considered “the largest makerspace in the world”, the CIF’s communal workspace also happens to be where I make most of my large-scale work.

The writeup also features photos of the space, fellow members doing all sorts of crazy cool stuff, and a video that includes my ToeHeads (0:38s) . This video, made by the talented Rob Turner, was originally filmed as part of a CIF open house promo. *Featured image on my blog header is a still from Turner’s video.*

Check out CORE77’s article on CIF here

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