The Exodus brings the Arrival

cropped-desert-hawk-eucalyptus-base-garden-shot.jpgI am influenced by my desert surroundings. My studio faces stony mountains and a jagged skyline, such a contrast between sky and land. The heat in the summertime consumes you and demands your attention. During the day the sun lingers high in the sky and the heat remains throughout the night. The silence of the desert accentuates my senses releasing memories along the journey, many times now with a fresh perspective.

 

Fish and BreadI try to imbue thoughts of faith, restoration, and healing within my work. I believe light has healing power for the body, mind and spirit. I add healing soil collected from healing areas in the southwest such as Mission Chimayo and Sedona, AZ. Many of the pieces have the healing soil from the mission integrated into the pieces. The light emitted from the layers cast with phosphorescent powders provides light and pierces the darkness, fading over time to a tiny glow.

 “The most precious light is the one that visits you in your darkest hour!” Mehmet Murat Ildan

My studio is full of shards, artifacts, and salvage. At times, I re-purpose these pieces into my work which provides a pathway to new work and a new direction. I experiment illuminating the work with LED light fixtures as a way of viewing them in a dark setting.  My pieces, when viewed in natural light have distinct characteristics and it is the light effects the LED fixtures provide when viewing in a dark setting that set the piece apart.  A different connection and context is created as the light penetrates the translucent layers and reacts to the layers mixed with phosphorescent powders.

SuperPhoto_Creation_2017-11-08_Nice MysticalWith this new series, I have created a sense of motion in the piece. This new work has the piece hovering and gliding over desert and ocean landscapes or seascapes.   The different pitch provides a sense of descending, flying or a sense of hovering. The changing color of light creates a wide range of spiritual moods, from calmness and healing to a sense of peace.

“Seeking the Sacred V” The last of this series. 18″x 7″x 17″ Alligator Juniper, cast resin, steel ball joint hardware, LED light, UV Light. There is a beautiful planet that lights and glows beautifully under UV light. Seeking the Sacred-WEB strong image enhancedThe elements of earth, air, and water intermingle as an intruder looms above the land. The resin impregnated the live edge of this piece of wood creating a seascape showing a sea floor and a sky hovering over the ocean. Clouds are suspended between layers and emit an eerie glow. An LED pulsates light behind the piece and illuminating a portion of the ray.

If the pieces I create imbue a “mystical” mood to my viewer, I feel I have succeeded in my mission as an artist. If the pieces take you to a journey of deeper perceptive state, even better.

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“The Arrival”

Fish and BreadGliding over a canyon drawn by eerie lights penetrating the darkness. The spirit world beckons the arrival of the new light. It brings new meaning, new thoughts of well being, prosperity and peace. The hope that Light illuminates the hope in our lives. 

  “The most precious light is the one that visits you in your darkest hour!” Mehmet Murat Ildan

The arrival of this Light emboldens us to search and find new strength from a revived faith.  The Light allows us to experience a renewing of mind and spirit, bringing new ideas into unfinished parts in our lives.

koi in a circleI continue the theme of Light penetrating the darkness. My pieces act as ” lenses” diffusing LED light through the translucent layers of cast resin. Hidden layers of light come alive in dark settings, creating and emitting their own light illuminating our world.

Mixed media. $350 to $500 .

11″ to 15″ in height- 4″ to ” wide. Cast resins-wood-LED light and steel mounting hardware. The art of Larry Ortega

 

Exodus

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Seeing the final phase of these pieces: final resin casts, the LED lighting location, additional airbrush detail, sanding, engineering hardware to attach the steel rod to a base.

Flying and hovering and strange night lights all part of the story of Exodus. Freedom is the theme of the Exodus and wings provide a unique freedom. I often have dreams of flying or hovering outside my body. Freedom is a spiritual feeling and is associated with light. SuperPhoto_Creation_2017-10-06 WEB AAAA Wonderful

The cast resin pieces become a lens diffusing LED light through the wing and surrounding area. It’s a soothing light, a light you might see in the distance of the desert wilderness. Exodus is a story of a flight to freedom through a desert wilderness. The journey is illuminated at times with a column of fire or clouds for the masses to follow during the day and during the night. A journey in the desert at night avoids the heat of the desert day and the stars of the night illuminate the desert floor.

New pieces-Cast Resin Wings: 34″-38″ wingspans. LED light-wood and resin bases. Series of 12 available this fall. More at: Online Gallery Website Exodus

The Encounter

In my dream, I am alone in an ocean desert. The moonless sky helps shield the pitch black sky protecting it from celestial lights. The sound of silence is deafening. I am lost, helpless and desperate for a sign. Hope becomes fear as the wilderness becomes unrecognizable and my faith is my only assurance until the Encounter.

“The Encounter I” is the working title of this mixed media piece. The cast resin molded wings are cast with phosphorescent coloring-aqua-sky blue and green. The wings are airbrushed with pearlescent lacquers and additional clear resin cast is cast on top.  

I like the idea of the mixed media pieces hanging on a wall with the LED lighting illuminating the work. I love how you can apply a “fade” on the lights as the LED lights cycles through an array of colors. One of my personal favorites is the yellow-orange colorization.

This particular suite of work is entitled “Strangers in a Strange Land”. We all experience the unknown in our daily walk of life, some through a death experience or in a meditative state. When we are lost, we seek the familiar and in our desperation, we cry out for a sign. This the first in the series of these sculptures. The each wing is 17″ and it the photo above, the wings are verticle emulating that angelic being that becomes a light we follow.

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“Strangers in a Strange Land”

“The Encounter I” My studio has an abundance of resin and wood shards, artifacts from past projects, and salvage, things I cannot throw away. It is full of music as well and my mind wanders through the biblical stories of the Exodus, where guiding lights and columns of clouds and fire are found along a desert journey. Before starting work, I muse on some of my common themes in my work, the themes of healing and restoration.  Bits and pieces of memory are stored in the shards of my work, time is captured and measured in these lifeless pieces. I look to release the memories contained by using the media of resin, LED lighting wood and steel.Creation Double Wings WEB

At times I think myself as an alchemist,  looking to release the memories “stored” in the pieces. I am drawn to using resin, LED lighting wood and steel.  I seek to create commonalities between materials, and the experience and memories.

In this photo, I imagine the molded resin wings engulfing what looks like the heart of a being. The LED lighting pulsates colors through the translucent layers of cast resins.SuperPhoto_Creation_2017-05-25_105516WEB AAA

Healing, light, and restoration have become central themes in my work. My imagination is inspired by nature and depicting stories from scripture. I imagine a time during the creation of our world, the light, the formation of earth and sea. Stories of hope, healing, and provision while lost in the desert. LED and UV light is a medium that I use to illuminate my work.

When I am in a wilderness environment, I imagine a time when the landscape was shrouded in chaos but formed to create meaning and mission where time, space and light dispelled the darkness as new beginnings emerge.

The desert and the ocean have always been part of my life as has surfing, diving, fishing, sailing and exploring remote realms in Mexico, Central America, Alaska, and Hawaii.

One of my favorite artist’s quotes comes from British artists Francis Bacon “The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery”. My feel my work has a mysterious nature to it, lights that penetrate the darkness and seemingly comes from within the work, light that pulsates a healing and meditative mood and helps penetrate the darkness.

 The Art Process   I utilize resin, wood, steel and light in most of my pieces. The translucent nature of resin and how I cast and color resin layers creates skies, clouds, oceans, and landscapes. I mix phosphorescent powders into certain resin layers allowing me to “create” light in the darkness. I use LED and UV lighting to illuminate the resin layers and the light seeping through the resin creates a sense of wholeness, healing, and peace. 

The perception of these works shifts as the color of light is changed, at one point a sunset at another time a twilight in the desert or ocean landscape. Any light “charges” the phosphorescent layers in the work to produce a radiant quality…an eerie glow. That “glow” dissipates over time but may remain a subtle light throughout the night, only to be charged the by the light of a new day.

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Seeking the Sacred

Our personal journeys take us to many places. At times we find ourselves along paths that are unmarked and without light to guide us. We are forced to confront fears that only darkness can produce. But we are driven to explore, it is part of our DNA as humans whether it is reaching to the stars or the depths of the ocean or… the boundaries of our imagination. We begin the journey as children: bringing natural curiosity as artists, scientist, and philosophers.
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A new series of work titled “Beneath the Darkness” reveals imaginary desert and ocean realms. Places and moments of time where light penetrates the darkness providing hope, security, and inspiration. A concealed LED light illuminates the cast resin layers in the cross-like shape and radiates a light within the steel and plexiglass base.

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“Seeking the Sacred”

I had a sense of creating something sacred, perhaps a holy vessel, something that can produce a sense of peace and maybe miraculous healing. My own faith says that is possible. Some say that prayer is talking to God and meditation is listening to God. I hope the piece becomes that beacon providing the light into a voyage to a sacred harbor.
Two in a series: Resin-Steel & Light       19″x 11″x4″ See at the Ice House
First Friday April 7th 2017.

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Beneath the Darkness

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Shrouded Lights 7″x 15″x17″

Latest series of mixed media work: cast resins, recycled wood, steel, and light.

Imagine the last vestige of light, it empties its energy into the desert sky. The illumination pierces the translucent layers of clear blue skies, layered with purple and orange clouds, followed by the clear blackness of space.

My mind wanders between the darkness and the light at times entering a dreamlike tranquil realm of desert-ocean images and mirages.  The light energy of a passing “soul” infiltrates the darkness with an energy from within not from without.

“The desert and the ocean are realms of desolation on the surface.The desert is a place of bones, where the innards are turned out, to desiccate into dust.seekin-the-sacred
The ocean is a place of skin, rich outer membranes hiding thick juicy insides, laden with the soup of being.
Inside out and outside in. These are worlds of things that implode or explode, and the only catalyst that determines the direction of eco-movement is the balance of water.
Both worlds are deceptive, dangerous. Both, seething with hidden life.The only veil that stands between perception of what is underneath the desolate surface is your courage. Dare to breach the surface and sink.” Unknown

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Seeking the Sacred II 7″x 12″x 12″

Seeking the Sacred

The last of light empties into the desert sky illuminating translucent layers of sky blue, purple and orange stratum. Cold, brilliant light surrounds and penetrates the blackness of night.