A Maker of Things
"Einstein in Blue"
acrylic on canvas
SOLD

Accepting commssions*
405-821-5545 or slow_riot47@yahoo.com

"Einstein in Blue"

acrylic on canvas

SOLD

Accepting commssions*

405-821-5545 or slow_riot47@yahoo.com

"exos" 
20”x16”
acrylic on canvas
For about a year, I had this painting, unfinished, hanging up next to my room door. Every day I would spend a few minutes looking at it, pondering what to do with it. I can finally say it is finished. I see many images when I stare at this piece. Shapes that remind me of wingspans, flowers, ghostly faces, x rays and birds are prevalent. I entitled it “exos” for its skeletal like structures, but also that every image that I see feels very distant or beyond conventional tools to measure distance. I feel this great void when I look at this painting, like I’ve accidentally stumbled across this hole in space that stretches billions of light years, and this is what I see. 
This work is available for purchase, if one feels so inclined. Contact me for more details.

"exos" 

20”x16”

acrylic on canvas

For about a year, I had this painting, unfinished, hanging up next to my room door. Every day I would spend a few minutes looking at it, pondering what to do with it. I can finally say it is finished. I see many images when I stare at this piece. Shapes that remind me of wingspans, flowers, ghostly faces, x rays and birds are prevalent. I entitled it “exos” for its skeletal like structures, but also that every image that I see feels very distant or beyond conventional tools to measure distance. I feel this great void when I look at this painting, like I’ve accidentally stumbled across this hole in space that stretches billions of light years, and this is what I see. 

This work is available for purchase, if one feels so inclined. Contact me for more details.

"SPEECH!"

R Travis Pierce

Humans Let Loose

Directed by: Maurice S Perez

Needs Stating

As an update for all, I’ve decided against it and am no longer working for The Crucible Foundry. Yes, it was a fantastic opportunity, one that could have opened many doors for me at some point in the future, but after a week of work and a weekend of serious reflection, I decided it wasn’t for me at this time.

Working for the foundry only to gain a basic understanding of process would take about two years of continuous work. I never had any problem committing myself to understanding the work and getting it right. I am completely fascinated by the whole process. In fact, I know quite a bit more now after a week of work than I ever did before. I respect the work. It is hard, tedious, messy, and can be dangerous if you’re not careful. I am never one to quit things, but I just had to with this. I had to, only so I could fully commit to my painting and prevent myself from putting it to the side.

There are few things that I hold dear to myself. I have many likes, but one thing that really makes me get up in the morning is my belief that I can do something with my work. I’m fully aware of the inhalations and exhalations that my painting process endures. I see my work change myself as a person, and I believe that my work can change other people as well, or at least take them toward something refreshing for a few moments. My current ideas are grander, but so much simpler. I’m beginning to accept the characteristics of my work that I once thought were unrefined and not complete. I feel more confident.

The Crucible Foundry is an institute for great artists. I’ve met so many great people there. Tomoaki Orikasa is an artistic machine and tactician when it comes to wax sculpture. I really appreciate that you’ve been so patient with me. I would like to thank Scott and Mark for helping me out as well and understanding. I did not want to waste your time and prevent someone else that actually had an interest in sculpture to have a shot at the foundry. it just wasn’t for me. Thank you nonetheless.

That being said, I’m going to continue working on my solo show paintings. News to come. 

Doing less with more.

     The drumer of Saturn and a very good friend of mine, Brady Fieldcamp, and I spent part of the day brainstorming new visual ideas for Saturn live shows, and I think we came up with a very intriguing one. Instead of having to worry about the draw distance between the projector and the screen, we decided that we would instead use mirrors to reflect the light back to a greater surface area while avoiding technical obstacles. The light and visuals would be layered on top of one another with multiple mirrors, creating a really cool distorted visual, which could also be further reduced with the lens focus. It would be front projection with a very small draw distance, and the mirrors would reflect the image back toward the band and anything behind them.

     We gave it a test with very positive results. Implementing this different technique, we would be doing less with more. We would not have to worry about excessive rigging, distances, clarity, and size, but also gained an easy adaptable way of creating smooth visuals and creating a focal point within the energy of the band, accentuating their motions and shadows. Coupled with mosaics of glass and possibly some fog machine, this will become a show definitely worth watching.

     Saturn are still in studio, finishing up their long awaited sophomore album, A Long Discussion. Progress is being made, and expect a release later this year. 

Karl Marx commission

This is the first of hopefully many commissions. It began as a gestural sketch with pen, quickly developing into form with acrylic paints. I intentionally painted Marx quickly, applying patches of color one top of the other until a form began to appear, then using lines of color to add detail. Once completed, I applied four layers of varnish for sealing and color enhancement and preservation. As a result, and unintentionally, pen marks slowly appeared. 

Karl Marx, June 10, 2012. 

Update

     I recently finished cleaning up Yojimbo, and its debut presentation will be held at the Form + Function Lab in Norman.

     I also finished completing a one sheet for a show at Paseo Underground, featuring headliners From Now On and Sons of Beatrice, featuring openers Tanhauser Gates. Expect a lot of good, classic Rock. Their show is on Friday, June 8th at 9pm. Check it out. 

     I’ve made a list of all the jobs and projects that are currently in the mixing pot. One, for Steve Boaz and his great Breathing Rhythm Studios home, will be a sound diffuser for his control room. I expect it to take quite a bit of time, but it will also be a great piece of functional art. 

     I’ll soon begin a new “block” piece once commission projects have been completed. Current commissioned work is a small headshot painting of Karl Marx. Picture will appear very soon once completed. A couple more sessions should do it.

    After years of creative brewing and band growth, Brady Fieldcamp, Brett Fieldcamp, and Jesse York of Saturn have finally returned to the studio to finish recording their sophomore album, A Long Discussion. Plans to finish the album completely are leaning toward August. Their recording and mixing is far from finished, but from what I’ve heard sounds absolutely fantastic. Expect lots of natural, detailed melodies with splashes of intense sound orchestrations. I’ll be designing the album packaging, and that’ll begin soon as well.

     I did not work on much this week unfortunately. I’ve been paying a lot of attention at possibly being granted the chance to work with the great artists and craftsmen at the Crucible Foundry in Norman. I was fortunate enough to finally meet Mark Palmerton, owner and founder of the foundry. Please check out their work at their website: http://www.thecruciblellc.com/ 

     Finally, it’s time to get back into the studio and do some work. Expect many updates shortly. Thanks for listening to all those who are.

Maurice 

The True Barnes Foundation over Political and Corporate Greed

     The moment one places value on money, one’s personal political and social status, and the opportunity to cash in on millions of dollars annually from timeless works of art OVER one’s appreciation for every stroke of the brush from every great artist that has made a lasting impact on the human condition, from the likes of Picasso, Dali, Matisse, Cezanne, van Gogh, Renoir, and among others, and even also OVER the will and trust of a man whose whole life was dedicated to the preservation and tasteful display of these works, they are NOT an advocate for the arts. 

Invert an Hourglass

     I will finally be selling this, and it will greatly missed. I consider “Invert an Hourglass” to be my first serious attempt at creating a painting. I worked incredibly hard on this canvas, always finding myself working on it over the years. Nonetheless, it has been finished for quite some time, and it has been in my possession since 2007. I’ve received many compliments over this work, even from appreciators of art that weren’t really familiar or interested in abstract painting. So many hours went into this piece, I wish it the best possible home and many pondering glances from nearby eyes.