Been Too Long Again

Ooops = Sorry I haven’t been blogging much. Here’s some catching up.

 

Art Walk:

Last weekend (July 11-13) was the Edmonton Art Walk on and around Whyte Ave. The sun was shining and it was quite warm, the crowds were out in full force. Aside from a little too much heat it was a great experience

It’s fantastic to see all of the different styles and techniques! Most of us start with the same or very similar materials and yet create completely differently and come up with very diverse arts and displays. I really suggest to anyone that if you are in an area that has an art walk, or similar, you at least go and have a look.

My display got better throughout the weekend as I watched and learned from others. I gave out a number of business cards, got great compliments, and had some wonderful conversations. One thing that I learned is that for these types of events I really need to have prints, post cards, and other nicknacks for people to buy. I’m very excited to display more of what I can offer for the next event where my work is displayed.

IMG_2508 Of course that’s not my full display but was the main part that people could see as they passed.

 

Sets for sale.

I’ve been offering sale prices on sets but realized that I haven’t displayed them on the front page for people to enjoy. The current set under “Sets for Sale” is no longer offered at the discount rate, I’ll offer another soon.

Here is the first set I offered at discount. This set expresses many of my experiences in dealing with Borderline Personality Disorder. I should mention that sets don’t have to be purchased as such, if you are interested in any piece please feel free to contact me. Most of them sell for $350 CDN.

The Original of "My Prison" is currently available.

The Original of “My Prison” is currently available.

My Place Letting it Out Letting Go Down Again

Only prints of "BPD" are available. I can be contacted directly via email at moosecracker@hotmail.com for more information.

Only prints of this one, “BPD”, are available. I can be contacted directly via email at moosecracker@hotmail.com for more information.

Magic and Mentalism

At first I was going to use this blog for paintings and philosophy but I do the performance arts of magic and mentalism as well. I intend to post some demonstrations soon and add a tab for it.

My style is to do walk around/ up close performances rather than stage shows and I prefer working at corporate events, team building exercises, parties, bars, and restaurants. Some of my effects are a bit complicated for kids to appreciate but am also open to children’s parties.  Prices are based on the amount of time I perform and I need at least 2 weeks notice.

Please feel free to comment here or email me at moosecracker@hotmail.com

 

Comment

Please feel free to comment on any of my posts. I’d like to know what your favourite types of art are and what speaks to you/ expresses the most to you/ what inspires you!

Another Set is Up for Sale

The New Set

Have a look under the “Sets for Sale” menu!!! I’ve included new work and would love some feedback.

The set that I’m offering may not look expressionist on the surface but please have a closer look and let me know if they express anything to you/ if any of them evoke thoughts or emotions for you.

Contest

Tell me what order you think the pieces under “Sets for Sale” were painted in and with which medium. If you guess correctly I will let you know and you may choose any of the art on my blog and I will offer half price on a print of the work.

New Work and 1 Request

Update!

While I haven’t been updating the blog as frequently as I’d like, I have still been working on my paintings! I’d love as much feedback as possible!

Remember to check out the “Sets For Sale” menu item – the current set will only be offered at a reduced price until, and including, 1st/ June/ 2014

The Edmonton Art Walk (on twitter as @YEGArtWalk) is coming up!! 11- 13th/ July/ 2014
My booth will be at 107st and Whyte Avenue, Edmonton, AB., Canada. I look forward to meeting you there and will remind everyone as the day draws nearer.

Neglected Blog Needs Comments

Looks like it’s been a while since I’ve updated. Life gets busy sometimes (I think we can all relate) but I promise to continue updating this blog as often as possible. That’s where you come in.

Whenever I gain a new follower, get rated, or receive comments it reminds me to get back on track. Comment is free so my request is, please help me make use of the space and follow me as my art progresses! My hope is that we can inspire each other.

New Work

Worries

Worries“Worries” was created to express how I was feeling last night. I need to quote a twitter comment made on it by master magician Jay Sankey creator of Inside Deception, (a training and meeting site for magicians and mentalists of all skill levels). He said, “Worries can ‘pull our focus’ so acutely, blinding us to so much.” I couldn’t say much more myself. He picked up the expressionism perfectly.

Falconeering

Falconeering“Falconeering” I hope you will find, is much more expressive than just a painting of a bird. The falcon expresses changes, seeking for and reaching ever greater heights with visionary wisdom! It is my hope that it will inspire us to “falconeer” our greater hearts, minds, and lives.

Memory

Memory“Memory” expresses so much for me that I can’t possibly go into the details here. I drew on scenery from a lake cruise we took of Lake Windermere in England while I was there recently.

Plenty More to Come

As always I sincerely invite you to comment here or contact me directly at moosecracker@hotmail.com
Please feel free to critique as you please and don’t hesitate to ask about promotions or discounts.

Regards,
Tov. Moosecracker Suite aka Rob

What is Art? (or) A Post of Great Confussion!

The Question that has Plagued Philosophers and Myself Alike

As this page is dedicated primarily to my painting (I do performance art as well) I’m going to try and focus on painting as art.

To be valid we must accept, almost axiomatically, that paintings are art. What I display here are my paintings; therefore, my paintings are art. This may seem easy enough to agree on and even redundant, but it may not be so easy.

My painting is expressionist, they express thoughts and/ or emotion with the hopes of evoking thought and/ or emotion. If my paintings are art then my formula should work in reverse as a tautology. (*) Does art always express in the hopes of evoking thought and/ or emotion?

One argument would have to be that, yes, in order to be considered art, it must express in hopes of evoking thought and/ or emotion. Anything entering our input receptors/ 5 senses must evoke thought, at very least as memories, and thoughts commonly evoke emotion. We could simply say then, that my paintings are definitely art.

Some questions then are:

  • If my painting doesn’t enter someone’s field of vision (i.e. a blind person may encounter but not see it) is it then still art?
  • Further, it’s highly unlikely that everyone will encounter my painting, is it still art?
  • If my painting is done as an expression of something I hope will not be seen/ will not evoke thought and/ or emotion, is it still art?
  • Assume that my painting is expressed with the intention of evoking thought and/ or emotion but fails to do so. I cannot experience another person’s experience. I can’t be certain that people experience the world in the way that I do or that they experience ‘my world’ at all (perhaps I’m dreaming…). Are my paintings then still art?

We may intuit that the answer to these questions is ‘yes’, but that only disproves the argument that, “to be considered art, it must express in hopes of evoking thought and/ or emotion.” It proves that art does not necessarily have to be expressionist in order to be art. In that case my paintings may be a form of art but not art itself, in fact they may not even be art as art is something else.

Someone else may intuit though, that the answer to the questions is a resounding ‘no’, proving the argument. My paintings may or may not then be considered art at all. This would lead us to believe that art in itself must rely on the interpretation of each individual. That seems reasonable but means that sometimes my paintings are art and other times they are not. It doesn’t provide a solid conclusion.

My Question to You

Is it possible to escape the need for individualistic intuitions?/ Is it possible to come up with deductive or even unreliable inductive conclusions about what constitutes art and answers my real question: Are my paintings art?

My Reward to You

With what i consider to be the best argument and the purchase of any print (prices based on size + shipping), I will include a print of your choice, at equal size for free.

*Example of tautology: We have devised a numerical system and maths, based in idealism, a collection of 2 objects added to a collection of 2 objects is equal to 4 objects/ simplified 2+2=4 so 4=2+2.

 

Today’s Samples of My Art (or is it?)

My portrait of G.W.F. Hegel is based on other sketches and portraits of the German Idealist/ Historicist, famous for use of dialectics. He lived from August 27, 1770 until November 14, 1831

My portrait of G.W.F. Hegel is based on other sketches and portraits of the German Idealist/ Historicist, famous for use of dialectics. He lived from August 27, 1770 until November 14, 1831

“Hegel” is available for purchase.

Diogenes the Cynic (contemporary of Plato and Socrates) despised the materialist society in which he lived. He was made (in)famous for his philosophical stunts such as carrying a lamp in the daytime, claiming to be looking for an honest man/ someone living authentically. He lived from roughly 412 - 323 BCE

Diogenes the Cynic (contemporary of Plato and Socrates) despised the materialist society in which he lived. He was made (in)famous for his philosophical stunts such as carrying a lamp in the daytime, claiming to be looking for an honest man/ someone living authentically.
He lived from roughly 412 – 323 BCE

I intended this piece as an expression of my love, respect, and admiration for someone who inspires me to strive towards authenticity.
Sadly my sarcastic ego got in the way of authenticity and it backfired. As a result as a Diogenesian act of humiliation, I am reducing the price from $480 to $320 CDN + Shipping. Prints will of course still be available.

My Style

Style:

Some artists live to do realistic or impressionist paintings, for some it’s the rush of challenging themselves to complete a commissioned piece. Some artists are phenomenal surrealists, postmodernists, I have even seen some contemporary Art Deco that was quite enjoyable.

This brings up the question of what my style is.  To be frank (and i’m sure all artists will say this) my art is simply “art for the sake of art” it is essential art. I do tend to be an expressionist and sometimes minimalist (look in the Menu for Sets For Sale as an example). Basically i paint what ever I’m inspired to paint in the moment.

Not that I’m interested in having a label stuck to me, I am curious about what others see in my art.

Please comment – What would you say my paintings tend towards?
And please be frank, even feel free to use slang

CONTEST!

Anyone purchasing, and having paid for their order of $480 CDN or more worth of my work and who leaves a comment before 15/May/2014, will be entered into a draw for a 30 x24.18″ print of “Flashing in Again” (Below)

Prints of "Flashing in Again" will be available after Friday/2/May/2014

Prints of “Flashing in Again” will be available after Friday/2/May/2014

More Examples:

Of course I won’t let you go without providing further examples. Please enjoy.

Prints of "Almost Home" are available

Prints of “Almost Home” are available

Prints and original are currently available.

Prints and original are currently available.

Both the original (done on burlap) and prints are available.

Both the original (done on burlap) and prints are available.

Only Prints of "The Wait" are available.

Only Prints of “The Wait” are available.

Both the original and prints of "Hammer Out" (created on the day of Pete Seeger's passing) are currently available.

Both the original and prints of “Hammer Out” (created on the day of Pete Seeger’s passing) are currently available

 Regards,
Tov. MooseCracker Suite

Sets For Sale

Under the new heading “Sets For Sale” I have added my first discount rate

Enjoy another of my pieces.

Prints and Original of "Why am I Still Lit?" are currently available.

Prints and Original of “Why am I Still Lit?” are currently available.

Been Busy

Clearly Been Too Long Since I’ve Posted

I really do apologize to anyone who had started following my blog only to find that i had abandoned it. I have been painting up a storm though.

Prints of any of my work are now available for purchase and some of the originals as well. As is customary my prices are based on size (square inches) of the work or print and I retain the right to use my work in advertising and / or to continue selling prints.

If anything catches your attention or you simply want more info, I’m available on twitter as @moosecracker (please feel free to direct message me) or email moosecracker@hotmail.com
For updates you can  also follow my Pinterest board “Art of Rob Spencer” at http://www.pinterest.com/tovmoosecracker/art-of-rob-spencer/

Here are some examples of my most recent pieces

4 of a Kind

Both original and prints are available

Spring Dawn

The original has sold; however, prints are still available.

Tabula Rasa

Only prints available

Headed to Town

Primarily prints available but for the right buyer and offer I will consider selling the original

Both the original and Prints of Coming Through are available. Goes well with another set that I plan to post soon.

Both the original and Prints of Coming Through are available. Goes well with another set that I plan to post soon.

Both the original and prints are available

Both the original and prints are available

Prints are available - the original is still available but be warned that a great deal of interest in the original has been generated

Prints are available – the original is still available but be warned that a great deal of interest in the original has been generated

Now that I’m Posting Again:

I plan to have contests, giveaways, and special prices on certain sets so “stay tuned” as they say. Also please comment, i would love to have some feedback on my progress since last year…

 

Regards,
Tovarishch MooseCracker Suite