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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Art Project #3

I finished this one in spring or summer of 2000. I used silver ink on the moon, the leaves, and the human figures in the corners. This is by far the most "organic" of my posters. The text on the four sides is St. Francis of Asisi's hymn "All Creatures of Our God and King," in Italian. This is my only poster that uses a language with Roman characters.

I don't think I'll do any more posters with human figures in them.

The text is:

O creature del Signor, levate assieme a noi un cor,
Alleluia, alleluia!
Tu sole coio tuoi raggi d'or, tu luna con il tuo chiaror,
Alleluia, allelulia, alleluia! Lode a Dio, alleluia!

Tu vento con il tuo soffiar, nubi nel vostro navigar,
Alleluia, alleluia!
Tu bel matin canta con noi, stelle del vespro anche voi,
Alleluia, allelulia, alleluia! Lode a Dio, alleluia!

Tu acqua pura assieme a noi, canta una lode al Signor,
Alleluia, alleluia!
Tu fuoco vigoroso e chiar, luce e calor tu puoi donar,
Alleluia, allelulia, alleluia! Lode a Dio, alleluia!

O madre terra che a noi qui porgi i tuoi doni ogni di,
Alleluia, alleluia!
Coi frutti e lo splendor dei fior, canta anche tu lodi al Signor,
Alleluia, allelulia, alleluia! Lode a Dio, alleluia!

Art Project #1

I did this around 1994 or 95 or so. You can see the hint of where my future posters would go, but this is very different for a few reasons. First, there is no religious theme to it at all. It started as me copying a logo from the inside of an Alice in Chains album, and then building images around that. Second, there's no text. Third, if I recall correctly (no guarantees), I did this with a Sharpie, instead of a pen. This one doesn't contrast thick lines with fine detail.

I gave this one to a cousin for a wedding present. Pic should be clickable-to-enlargeable.

Another important difference is I didn't do any sort of research or base it on any genuine historical or religious themes. I'd say I tried to make it look sorta Aztec or Mayan, except I actually don't know the difference between the two (other than the Aztecs were Peru, and the Mayans were Mexico). All of my later works are based more concretely on specific cultures and traditions, instead of slapdash guesswork.