Through Concentrated Breath

the making of images from memory

Monthly Archives: September 2015

Dance and Movement

30 September 2015 by Rey Armenteros

This is a group art show that I’m participating in, and what’s interesting is that the exhibition is running in conjunction with a music performance. There is an opening reception to the art show October 4th, and another reception October 24th. I will be at both openings, though I may have to leave early in the first one.


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Old Techniques

23 September 2015 by Rey Armenteros

Scan 164

Here are another couple of old drawings I’m digging up from the distant past. They were both done in ink during high school using very different techniques. The first one was a pen and ink drawing of Grendel that my English Literature teacher commissioned me to do. My interpretation had a comic book flavor to it.

The other drawing was an experiment I had done with a Q-tip. I got the idea from a book on cartooning (The Complete Book of Cartooning by John Adkins Richardson). You simply dip the Q-tip in the bottle of ink and gently roll it along the paper surface. Naturally, you get different results on different types of paper. This, I believe, was a plate finish bristol board.

Scan 163

It’s funny how a single experiment can direct the course of your artistic life. Looking at this image and the bit of adventure I had in making it, I recall how it might have been the first time I consciously attempted an unorthodox method to get results. In my adult life as someone who still draws, I find that I have never really stopped experimenting. It seems to be a part of my drive as an artist, that exploration into something new, even if the results are less than agreeable.

That calling may have been fostered here in this rough image of a ruin (perhaps an appropriate metaphor for what usually happens with experiments).


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Excised Catalogue Pages

03 September 2015 by Rey Armenteros

I just sent for a proof copy of  the exhibition catalogue for July’s show at FireHouse Gallery. As I was designing it, I came up with this diagram in order to give an idea of what I had in mind for the layout of the show.

Pages from Radio Memories Show Catalogue-1

These two pages were supposed to clarify the configuration, and they were going to be placed just before the pages of the actual artwork. After working on this thing for four hours, I thought I got it just right. I asked around for opinions, and it was a unanimous dud for everybody. Consequently, these are two pages that didn’t make it into the final book (despite the four painful hours).

Pages from Radio Memories Show Catalogue-2a

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