Works in Constellationism

Moving on

Added on by Matthew Gantt.

So, I found out two weeks ago that of the 39 proposals sent to The OPUS Archive for the 2013 New Mythos Research Grant, I was not one of the recipients.  Which is not to say that my grant proposal wasn't a great idea, but maybe the three winners' proposals were more in the vein of the overall thematics of this particular cycle.

Oh well, maybe next cycle will be more fitting for me, or I can adjust/modify my proposal in a way so as to generate a passion/understanding of what it is I do in the minds of the board.  To those who have won, best wishes to your pursuits, and I look forward to reading your papers once they are submitted.

As for my proposal, I still plan to do the series I proposed, it just won't have funding behind it.  If all goes well, it will be on display this October at The Jung Center of Houston.

As many of you may know, I was one of the featured artists at this year's Artopia on January 26th.  I sold two pieces that day and was able to talk to many people about my art and what it is I do.  I was even interviewed by Elizabeth Overton from Pretty Riot.  The interview can be found here.

So far, since my last post, I have been working with some new, iridescent inks with great results.  Although they are difficult (for me) to photograph, you can see some of them in the 2013 renderings gallery today or tomorrow.  I've also been experimenting with offsetting the images and writing the extended title names to the side, using various calligraphy styles.  Things are still a little rough, but I'm brushing-up on my lettering.  I figure, since I use the pens for the artwork, why not use them for actual calligraphy? Plus, I can use different styles to add to the overall vibe of the piece.

Coming up in April is the Winter Street Studios and Spring Street Studios Spring Art Exhibit and Charity Box Show.  I'm nearly finished with my first box and plan to throw the ink for my second box later this week.  I hope you can make it tho the show.  maybe you'll fall in love with one of the boxes.  Half the proceeds go to Freedom Place, a recovery center for underage female victims of child sex trafficking.

I am currently reading "Dreaming With Open Eyes: The Shamanic Spirit in Twentieth Century Art and Culture" by Michael Tucker.  With several references to Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung and books I've read, it is a fascinating look into certain artists and reinforces what I've already considered about the origin and influence my work shares with certain aspects of the human psyche.  I often wonder what Professor Tucker might think of my work.  Anyhow, great read, and plenty of room in the margins for my own notes, which is something you don't see very often anymore.

Well, that's all for now, make sure you stop by the 2013 gallery for some of my latest discoveries.  Ciao!