New piece: “The stacks”

The stacks was done with a Micron 05 on heavy French paper.  I drew with the final mounting in mind.  There are (4) 1/2 inch chrome bolts holding a Masonite board to a slab of medium density fiberboard.  This piece hung with work I showed this past weekend at a local arts festival and I’m happy to say it was greatly admired by several people.  Drawing with a high quality pen on skillfully compressed paper is awesome.  The side views are my favorites.  The photographs don’t translate what’s to see in person.  Ultimately I’d like to compose these at a more massive scale of two stories on the side of a building wall. – JM

The Police Sculptures

The police I grew up with involved illustrations of police in my grade school textbooks rescuing kittens, directing traffic, being in general beneficial support persons for our wider society.  In my community, across the continent, I suspect there are still representatives of these police.  What images I mostly see today though are of a militarized force sent out to confront some mass at demonstration.  I still prefer the cat rescuer illustrations.  PIECE 1) A Cultural Bygone.  Wood, badge, stuffed cat.  PIECE 2) Traffic Duty.  Cardboard shipping tubes, wood, badge.  – JM

Three photographs from an unexpected journey

1Craw Ridge, Georgia.

2Beacon Creek, Iowa.

3

Pike, North Dakota.

A phone call, a death, arrangements.  Consequently, I had to take an unexpected journey through North America this past August.  I made these eyeballs prior to leaving and they came with me.  – JM

Thanks Joe! (post 5 of 5)

“Solid documentation of art you hold dear seems important.  Joe’s been working on a series of “unfoldables” and he used the process to create five pieces of unfoldable art documenting Love After Homicide, the Millennium Park art installation I completed with my students.  Presented here are photographs of Joe explaining unfoldables and shots of the five documentary pieces he created.  Thanks Joe!”  – EM

Canvas in Progress (post 4 of 5)

“Knowing the public would take all of the 500+ Love After Homicide memorial rocks during our Millennium Park installation, my art students and I reproduced identical two-dimensional versions of every rock on a 4′ x 5′ canvas.  Shown is what we finished on the canvas during the school year.  I brought the canvas home and this summer – during my 2 month break – I’m going to paint the background.  I’ll post images of the finished canvas by August.”  – EM

And the Public Participates (post 3 of 5).

“This 48 image post is an online gallery of people interacting with Love After Homicide and taking the memorial rocks.  Also included is a hug from an inspired visitor, a retired policeman from London, and a visit from park security (we never asked for permission, rather we just showed up and installed our work near Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate).  We not only presented memorials for those who were recently murdered in Chicago; we also encouraged people to think about the need to reduce the large numbers of deaths inflicted by members of our species on other members of our species.  We presented love.”  – ER

7 Homicides in Chicago (post 2 of 5).

“A few details of the 500+ rocks that my art students and I painted for Love After Homicide (our installation in Millennium Park, Chicago).  On the front of each rock was a painting; on the back of each the name of a Chicago murder victim (January 2014 – May 2015).  Every rock was traded with the public for an act of kindness.  Most participants couldn’t believe Chicago was the sight of 500+ homicides in just seventeen months.”  – ER