8x8" oils over acrylic on panel
The genesis (ahem) of it was rooted in my dabbling with still life paintings the past couple of years, which itself was an outgrowth of having spent dozens upon dozens of hours working on my painting Alieis. One thing I've really enjoyed about still life painting is the way in which, as an artist, painting objects really causes you to see them for the first time again, in ways you never did, as I seek to document using paint. But, what is maybe more interesting is that once a thing is painted and hung on a wall, the viewer also experiences a change in how they view the object.
The act of painting, and then framing and hanging as a work of art disrupts the way you normally view the thing painted in real life. Suddenly the viewer is also confronted with the object, perceived for its own qualities. If there are emotional attachments to the object, they are considered anew.
All this led to me pulling out video game hardware I had on-hand, and applying the above to another area of life I really enjoy but get decreasing amounts of time to pursue. :-(
Ever since I was very young, I not only played video games but also devoured magazines and the like devoted to games--and we're talking in the early 80s, before all the magazines most of you are thinking of. I was a fourth grader conversant on raster vs. vector-based graphics, I had a catalog in my mind of developers and what games they were responsible for, and many, many other geeky things. I should not know as much about old Japanese hardware that never made it to the west as I do.
(L:) 9-year old me picked up this and other magazines at the grocery store. My mom was nice and let me buy them. They kept me occupied while we shopped at Alpha Beta. There were no mobile devices to distract your kids back then.
I never owned even a fraction of all that was ever produced (but secretly I wanted it all), but I've been a gamer starting with those old black-and-white pong clones that had the games built into the controllers, then with the Atari 2600 and all the way through the generational history of gaming, stopping with the last gen as I have not upgraded to anything since--my backlog of games is so incredibly high that it seems futile currently.
So, Hearts for Hardware has turned into a side project that allows me to touch base with this abiding love I have for games. It even has its own website: heartsforhardware.com
I'll be posting there regularly, and will maybe do some roundup posts here or as news relates, but I won't be muddying the waters here from my usual fare. I'll also report on new works in this series in my email newsletter, which you can sign up for at left. I currently have three other pieces up at the new site, so go take a look!
The works presented will be on display and for sale as part of my solo exhibit, "Level Up," held at Krab Jab Studio in September. I'll be peppering the new site with new images between now and the show, and leaving a few for view there first.
I hope you enjoy the series and that it also brings back as many fond memories as it does for me. Game on.