Wednesday, February 15, 2006

VITRIOL VENTRICLE...


As requested, here is some more of my art. This painting entitled 'Vitriol Ventricle' measures 8ft by 4ft and is made of iron oxide, sulphur and carbon on canvas. This is one of my favorite paintings and is currently in our hall way. This painting was shown originally at 'The Institution' Art exhibition in 1996 I think. This painting has several sister paintings in varying sizes.
I won't explain the thinking behind this peice, but ask for your own idea's of the reason's behind this one. What is it, what is it all about, and why? GMaS!

mikey

21 Comments:

Anonymous Lucy (tammy girl) said...

what a odd looking object, blog buddy still cool though. just watched in the attic podcast and loving the memories cant wait til 1st though!
tradegy in the kelly household, the hamster has passed away, im ok i dont bother with any animals although it was my mums little friend and she is quite upset never mind though!
lots of love hope your ok!
love and regards
Lucy (tammy girl)and Mum and co!!xxxxx

Wednesday, February 15, 2006  
Anonymous Lucy (tammy girl) said...

what a odd looking object, blog buddy still cool though. just watched in the attic podcast and loving the memories cant wait til 1st though!
tradegy in the kelly household, the hamster has passed away, im ok i dont bother with any animals although it was my mums little friend and she is quite upset never mind though!
lots of love hope your ok!
love and regards
Lucy (tammy girl)and Mum and co!!xxxxx

Wednesday, February 15, 2006  
Anonymous Lucy (tammy girl) said...

why have i repeated the same message!!!
silly blonde i am
lucy (tammy girl)xxxxx

Wednesday, February 15, 2006  
Blogger elena said...

Hi Mikey!!!

Is it a heart??? Were you in love with somebody and it didn't work out?? Maybe that is why it is white in contrast with the rest of the painting...Is it a broken heart?? It reminds me of the drawings that Picasso painted in El Guernica...

Thursday, February 16, 2006  
Blogger elena said...

I've watched in the attic podcast too, I loved it!!! Thank you very much!!

Thursday, February 16, 2006  
Blogger elena said...

Does it represent death?? A heart with no blood...ooops, sorry, I see sadness, loneliness in this painting and maybe you were very happy when you painted it, and I'm saying the contrary of what you wanted to transmit...:(
I'd better go to bed :)

Thursday, February 16, 2006  
Blogger Sarah Beth said...

Hi Mikey! I don't think I've commented on your blog before, but I just wanted to drop by and give you a shout. Saw you on the ITA clip tha Pete put on his website...you are so cool! I didn't get to see the show last time around, but I'm really looking forward to it starting up again in March.

Hope you had a great Valentine's Day!

-Sarah

Thursday, February 16, 2006  
Blogger ginab said...

Hmm. Okay, the iron oxide, sulphur and carbon suggests a blend of nature that when combined could create more than alarm. I wish I could see the textures better than I am able to, to see the depth and light, how raised and moreso defined the drawn figure appears. Would I find my way at night were the hallway dark given the stand-out reflection of the figure? Would I want to catch the figure? Does it appear to move, in other words, by casting light or by seeming tossed out?

I don't see a heart, but I see a hand or fingers cupped by a palm, to protect a suggestive organ-like thingy (genitals sort of, just the angle), against the blade, the sickle (spell check!). I'm a little reminded of Yellow Submarine, The snail-like (what are those called?) tethers; the human-like eyes on a guitar-shape. And then I think of the figure, given those tethers coming into itself, slithering into itself, overtaking. And I suspect, overall, your inspiration was your own left hand on a neck, hitting a fret.

Enough from me.

Thanks for this!

-g+bb

Thursday, February 16, 2006  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...

Mikey,

Well, if you are going to rip your heart out an put it on canvas for an audience, you might as well do just that. :)

Very cool, I like the medical diagram look, but agree with Gina, the photos probably don't do the texture justice. Cross-hatching may have been a cool idea to the diagram, however as it is the white is well balanced with the rest of the canvas. If you were to cross-hatch it, you'd have to make the heart bigger... possibly clipped by a couple of edges. (Hrmmm... got me thinking, you have...)

It's a very cool choice of media, how did it smell when you were creating it?

Jack

(Thanks for the message on the last post, you are a sweetheart as well!)

Thursday, February 16, 2006  
Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

Very cool Mikey. for some reason I got a hit of the Nowhere Man from Yellow Submerine. Not that it looks like that art work, just something about the feeling.

Thursday, February 16, 2006  
Blogger Dale said...

Dear Mikey

This one should have been posted on February 14...
LOL

The piece is interesting, to say the least.
I just might ask what or where you were thinking when you did it...

I think that the materials you used are what make it that much more interesting!

How is your sea these days?

Please check out my mountains when you have a chance. I have a few photos posted right now.

Love
Dale

Thursday, February 16, 2006  
Blogger greekzoe said...

Hi Mikey,

It looks like a lonely heart. But it is very good. It does look like a heart you would see in an anatomy book. I once painted lumbar vertabrae in oils. I gave it away though. It was very 70's. I guess because that is when I painted it.
Please keep showing more. I really do love your artwork!!

Take care!


Zoe

Thursday, February 16, 2006  
Blogger BallerinaGurl said...

LOL Dale is right! Should be for Valentines! LOL you should make Valentines cards out of it...haha!

X-Molly

Thursday, February 16, 2006  
Blogger Kara said...

I'm not very good at interpreting art
(I guess I'm somewhat of a simple person)
But I like it very much, and I love the colors you used.

Take Care,
--Kara

Friday, February 17, 2006  
Blogger Kevin Seegan said...

Well, I have no idea as to what inspired you to create this piece of art. All I can tell you is is that it looks very good.

-Kevin

Friday, February 17, 2006  
Blogger Mike S said...

It's an empty heart and the background represents the blood
all spilled out.I'm at that
place now in my life.Very
dramatic painting in my interpretation anyway.I love
the material you used for this.
Cheers Mikey!!

Friday, February 17, 2006  
Blogger JoeBoy said...

It is the St. Cuthbert Crest.

Friday, February 17, 2006  
Blogger musicmikey said...

Hey thanks everyone, you all did very well. So this is where I was coming from; The image is a heart, in cross section, it is more yellowish in real life, the heart is painted in sulphur with carbon lines. The painting deals with the medical discoveries in cloning, and how a human fertilized egg, which then turns into the zygote and gamete, can have a number of the internal cells destroyed, say only leaving a heart growing. Apparently, this is all possible now.
I considered that this process could be taken even further, with vulcanisation of the heart, adding sulphur to construct a stronger more durable organ.
The painting draw's on the images of Turner, a landscape being dominated by the new inovation's of the time.
The painting questions medical progress and a new frontere within our bodies.
Hope everyone understands my interpertation here, thankyou very much everyone who has commented here, take care everyone.

mikey

Saturday, February 18, 2006  
Blogger Mike S said...

Interpretation understood Mikey,you
are quite brilliant indeed!!!!! :)

Saturday, February 18, 2006  
Blogger Carrie Pratt said...

No idea why I see this, but it looks a bit like one of the snow borders in action that we are seeing in the Olympics this week.

Monday, February 20, 2006  
Blogger Dan L. said...

Mr. Music Mikey:

I was, at one time, a student of geology. I also enjoy art, though not an expert of any kind. I was visiting your blog, and I noticed a picture "Vitriol Ventricle".

Three things strike me about this:

1) It reminds me of a heart. I think that was intended, as by the name. It certaily could be little else, but artists do have license.

2)My geology studies allow me some familiarity with minerals. The description of iron oxide (also commonly seen as "rust"), sulphur, and carbon intrigue me. How does one such as yourself come to use such medium in art, and how does the material get used? Is it smeared in some way? Brushed (I must assume)? Where do you get the materials?

I told you I am not expert...I should say, I am unfamiliar in a large way, thus the ignorant...but sincere questions.

3) By your descrition, the entire work is 8ft. x 4 ft.! That is huge, in my book anyway.

All in all, abstract, strange, but quite fascinating.

Sincerely,

--Dan L.

Monday, February 20, 2006  

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