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Darumas

Posted in Art, Collage, Drawing, J. D. Hastings with tags , , , , , , , on September 17, 2013 by jdhastings

I am very interested in Japanese art, particularly Zen art and poetry, and have occasionally incorporated some imagery from that tradition into my own work. Thematically however, my work is often the opposite to the spirit of most Zen art. Whereas meditative spontaneity, improvisation and simplicity are central to actual Zen art, my work is often busy, labored and chaotic. Personally, this somehow makes sense to me, though I’d understand if it flummoxed a fan of the original tradition (I’m pretty sure most followers of traditions I dabble in would be annoyed by me).

In these pieces I am working with an image of Daruma (or Bodhidarma), the founder of Zen Buddhism, who is central to Zen art’s imagery. These pieces represent him crossing the Yangtze River while balanced on a single reed, a feat he was required to perform while fleeing the Chinese Emperor, whom he had just insulted.

In the short term, these pieces are an experiment with a sort of collaged drawing style that I’ve used before, but never with a sewing machine. Each collage is comprised of pieces of 7 individual drawings of Daruma (based on an original source drawing I made), or collage of painted canvases. I will post these originals at the end. Each piece is 9″ x 6″, multimedia.

What I like about these, and where I see some connection back to the source material, is that while traditional western drawing techniques that I used in most of the original pieces are very deterministic, where you can achieve virtually any intended effect given patience, the collages add a large element of chance. Even knowing what the processes will be before hand, the end result can’t be predicted until the actual work is finished and viewed. While still not meditative or improvisational this element of chance that may result in unexpected results or outright failure make the pieces “live” to me in a manner that drawing static, predictable works don’t.

That’s a lot to say about these, though I really consider these sketches. Tests of methods I may pursue more fully later. Caffeine!

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(This piece has already been mounted into a book that I’ll post at some other time)

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Is This The Greatest Artwork Ever Created?

Posted in Art, Collage, J. D. Hastings, Painting with tags , , , , , , , on August 20, 2013 by jdhastings

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Probably not, but MAYBE.

-JD

The Artistic Process

Posted in Art, Collage, J. D. Hastings, Painting, Textile Art with tags , , , , , , on July 2, 2013 by jdhastings

I commute to San Francisco from Berkeley each day, which means that the BART strike going on right now is ruining my mornings and evenings. It’s hardly the worst problem in the world to have, but navigating the commutes to and from work yesterday was physically and emotionally exhausting. Despite generally being out of it last night, I forced myself to make something to post today. Hence this light-hearted art book (not yet bound).

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In order to make the pieces with the letter tiles, I have to arrange them all on sheets of masking tape, hence that reference.

-JD

Polygons and Polyhedra Set 5

Posted in Art, Collage, J. D. Hastings, Painting with tags , , , , , , , on April 23, 2013 by jdhastings

I’m just going to keep chugging these out. This will be half of the completed books that are made. If this seems repetitive to you, just imagine hand cutting and sewing them. Let alone, scanning, cropping and coding to post here. I did add a slideshow though.

Cover:
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Page 2
Line4
“Line”

Page 3
Angle1
“Angle”
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Alphabet Book

Posted in Art, Collage, J. D. Hastings, Painting with tags , , , , , on March 26, 2013 by jdhastings

This is a new set I made to turn into a book. Not yet ready to bind.

A829

B830

C831

D832

E833

F834

G849

H836

I837

J838

K839

L840

M841

N842

O843

P844

Q845

R846

S847

T848

U850

V851

W856

X853

Y854

Z855

-JD

Polygons and Polyhedra Set 3 of 10

Posted in Art, Collage, J. D. Hastings, Painting with tags , , , , , , , on February 26, 2013 by jdhastings

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Cover

Page 2
Line3
“Line”

Page 3
Angle6
“Angle”

Page 4
Triangle3
“Triangle”

Page 5
Square3
“Square”

Page 6
Pentagon639
“Pentagon”

Page 7
Hexagon647
“Hexagon”

Page 8
Hepagon6
“Hepagon”

Page 9
Octagon655
“Octagon”

Page 10
Tetrahedron3
“Tetrahedron”

Page 11
Hexahedron5
“Cube”

Page 12
Octahedron686
“Octahedron”

Page 13
Dodecahedron615
“Dodecahedron”

Page 14
Icosohedron587
“Icosahedron”

Page 15
Hexagonal Prism4
“Hexagonal Prism”

Page 16
Cuboctahedron5
“Cuboctahedron”

Page 17
Truncated octahedron604
“Truncated Octahedron”

Page 18
Rhombicuboctahedron1
“Rhombicuboctahedron”

Page 19
Triakistetrahedron664
“Triakistetrahedron664”

Page 20
Pentagonal icositetrahedron3
“Pentagonal Icositetrahedron”

Page 21
Rhombic Dedecahedron3
“Rhombic Dedecahedron”

Page 22
Square Gyrocupola1
“Square Gyrocupola”

Page 23
Triaugmented Hexagonal Prism3
“Triaugmented Hexaonal Prism”

Page 24
Hebesphenomegacorona3
“Hebesphenomegacorona”

Page 25
Stella Octangula1
“Stella Octangula”

Page 26
Square Antiprism3
“Square Antiprism”

-JD

“Polygons and Polyhedra” Book 2 of 10

Posted in Art, Collage, J. D. Hastings, Painting with tags , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2013 by jdhastings

Same series as last week. Set 2 of 10.

Cover:

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Page 2:
Line1
“Line”

Page 3:
Angles662
“Angle”

Page 4:
Triangle628
“Triangle”

Page 5:
Square4
“Square”

Page 6:
Pentagon2
“Pentagon”

Page 7:
Hexagon642
“Hexagon”

Page 8:
Hepagon650
“Hepagon”

Page 9:
Octagon656
“Octagon”

Page 10:
Tetrahedron595
“Tetrahedron”

Page 11:
Hexahedron3
“Cube”

Page 12:
Octahedron6
“Octahedron”

Page 13:
Dodecahedron1
“Dodecahedron”

Page 14:
Icosahedron2
“Icosahedron”

Page 15:
Hexagonal Prism3
“Hexagonal Prism”

Page 16:
Cuboctahedron2
“Cuboctahedron”

Page 17:
Truncated octahedron605
“Truncated Octahedron”

Page 18:
Rhombicuboctahedron4
“Rhombicuboctahedron”

Page 19:
Triakistetrahedron2
“Triakistetrahedron”

Page 20:
Pentagonal icositetrahedron2
“Pentagonal Icositetrahedron”

Page 21:
Rhombic Dedecahedron1
“Rhombis Dodecahedron”

Page 22:
Square Gyrocupola719
“Square Gyrocupola”

Page 23:
Triaugmented Hexagonal Prism1
“Triaugmented Hexagonal Prism”

Page 24:
Hebesphenomegacorona739
“Hebesphenomegacorona”

Page 25:
Stella Octangula697
“Stella Octangula”

Page 26:
Square Antiprism1

-JD