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Feels Finished

Ruben Bryan Castillo is an artist and printmaker currently living in Kansas CIty, MO. Feels Finished is a blog for all art-related things.
Oct 12 '14
Oct 7 '14
The right stuff.  (at University of Kansas - Art and Design Building)

The right stuff. (at University of Kansas - Art and Design Building)

Oct 6 '14
Oct 6 '14
Oct 6 '14
Oct 6 '14
Sep 16 '14
Sep 16 '14
Sep 16 '14
Sep 16 '14
Nitric acid

Nitric acid

Sep 16 '14
Things I Want From IKEA.

Things I Want From IKEA.

Sep 16 '14
Things I Want From IKEA.

Things I Want From IKEA.

Sep 16 '14
Things I Want From IKEA.

Things I Want From IKEA.

Sep 16 '14
Things I Want From IKEA.

Things I Want From IKEA.

Sep 16 '14
So I have been laying out all of my copper lately. I’ve accumulated so much over the years and I have twelve 6x8” plates. One of them is my etching of mine and Derek’s love seat and I really like seeing these 11 other plates next to that. I’m going to begin preliminary drawings for what I am tentatively calling the “J120 Portfolio.” I’m thinking it will be a suite of twelve etchings, max, of objects in our apartment, such as the love seat. This body of work is a direct contrast to another body of work in my studio called “Things I Want From IKEA,” which is exactly what it is, ink wash drawings of things I want from IKEA. Those smaller drawings are going to be become kind of set pieces for other drawings of figures in spaces interacting with these objects. I don’t know how I’m going to make it look yet, but it’s all really loose looking. 

The other body of work I am thinking about is of course Domestic Views. There have been 6 drawings, 5 from the old apartment and the latest one from the new. But I’m starting to wonder if all the new pictures detailing our new apartment should exist as etchings… I’m not really sure yet. But to supplement those, I’m going to make two portraits, one of Derek and one of me. These are kind of keys for the scenes so that people know who they’re looking at because it dawned on me that the viewer isn’t really sure who they’re looking at and what they’re like so I’m hoping a portrait might help. 

In response to the sheer number of times I heard “didactic” used as a pejorative at KCAI, I’m kind of rebelling and fighting back by making every element of this work as didactic as possible, down to the titles of the work. That’ll show those painting majors…

So I have been laying out all of my copper lately. I’ve accumulated so much over the years and I have twelve 6x8” plates. One of them is my etching of mine and Derek’s love seat and I really like seeing these 11 other plates next to that. I’m going to begin preliminary drawings for what I am tentatively calling the “J120 Portfolio.” I’m thinking it will be a suite of twelve etchings, max, of objects in our apartment, such as the love seat. This body of work is a direct contrast to another body of work in my studio called “Things I Want From IKEA,” which is exactly what it is, ink wash drawings of things I want from IKEA. Those smaller drawings are going to be become kind of set pieces for other drawings of figures in spaces interacting with these objects. I don’t know how I’m going to make it look yet, but it’s all really loose looking.

The other body of work I am thinking about is of course Domestic Views. There have been 6 drawings, 5 from the old apartment and the latest one from the new. But I’m starting to wonder if all the new pictures detailing our new apartment should exist as etchings… I’m not really sure yet. But to supplement those, I’m going to make two portraits, one of Derek and one of me. These are kind of keys for the scenes so that people know who they’re looking at because it dawned on me that the viewer isn’t really sure who they’re looking at and what they’re like so I’m hoping a portrait might help.

In response to the sheer number of times I heard “didactic” used as a pejorative at KCAI, I’m kind of rebelling and fighting back by making every element of this work as didactic as possible, down to the titles of the work. That’ll show those painting majors…