Wednesday, May 25, 2011

"My Love For You."

Meighan at "My love for you..." posted about the process of creating "Another electric nap". If you don't know her blog you are missing out, she is constantly interviewing artists, doing studio visits and generally posting items of interest. Worth a look for sure.

Here is a taste of what appears on "My love for you."... about me!

"I start sketching in pencil and map out a few things to get myself started, then go right in with ink. I generally mix some color into the ink so that, when watered down, I can play warm and cool tones off one-another to give the drawing a little more depth."

"Once I have the majority of the drawing done I block parts out and silkscreen dot patterns into the piece which pops certain elements out, push others back and add a little textural variation."

"The last step is always to get a little sloppy, "ruin it" a little bit in an attempt to imbue the work with some energy. I use large crappy brushs that I can't control as well to make more gestural lines and marks. I decided to add a little bit of airbrush too. Things weren't looking desperate enough but airbrush can fix that real quick."

There is more at "My love for you." Check it out here!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Another electric nap

This piece was up on the wall of my studio "almost finished" for about a week and a half. It drove me a little crazy. Conceptually this piece is really a continuation of the last ("Untitled") and as it developed it took on a similar composition too. Strange how that happens.
I am excited about the new machines and have already started a companion piece to this one that will include some more of them. Hell yeah big robots.

Oh yeah, and I put up some detail shots on my website under the work section.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The back of my new drawing.

I just finished silk screening into a new piece (hopefully it will be done today!) and found these drawings on the back as I was putting it back on the studio wall. I drew these a few months back and decided they were no good because they didn't feel like they were doing anything new and, as a result, felt disingenuous.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Girl Scouts!!!!

I spent yesterday afternoon taking photos of a troupe of Girl Scouts. It was super fun and quite a change of pace from my usual solitary work in the studio. Kids are the greatest.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Monkey Rock LA!

I will have a bunch of work up at Monkey Rock LA this coming thursday. If you are in LA or know anyone in LA or want to drive to LA please stop by. There will be live music, djs, a food truck and good company from 8:00pm on.

More info here.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Featured in Bliss Magazine!

Really excited to be featured alongside KRK Ryden, Judith Supine and... Devo! Crazy.
Beautiful and flattering profile by artist/writer Cara Despain. If you don't know her work, well, fix that here. you won't regret it.

If you want to check out the rest of this months Bliss click... here!

And if you want to read about me just scroll down a bit.

Working from a self-described notion of ‘magical thinking’, Fionn McCabe’s illustrative, sprawling, graphic drawings denote a larger undertone: mythos. Mythos of American culture, desperation, the fantastic, and the collisions thereof. Informed by the practices of printmaking, painting, drawing, and the occasional sculpture, McCabe’s work is reactionary—he responds to his own life and experiences, and the lives of those around him by weaving an ongoing narrative loose enough to change constantly, but consistent enough to have repeating themes, characters, and identifiable elements that resonate through familiar struggles. Part of the familiarities are his contemporary and art-historical influences, and references to pop culture. Though much of his work can appear jubilant or humorous, his graphic novel-style ink drawings often also carry a darker gestalt. Like two sides of a classic comic book character, his works are at once elegant and surreal, and frightening; psychologically somehow true to life. Internal struggles—a sense of personal failure, mistrust, deflated expectations, social pressures and anxieties—are crouched just beneath the tense surfaces that, while playful, are also often costumes for a painful interior.

Technically, his adroit handling of line and material is made evident is his usually large-scale pieces. Accented with ink washes, printed elements, and the occasional (as of late) color swath. Much like the conceptual part of his practice, the drawings are a largely intuitive give and take process—the lines of unsuccessful attempts show like a furrowed brow and sometimes become an element that alludes to failure, or triumph. His prolific art making embraces both.

Often working in collaboration with other artists (the Oh Nancy art collective that he co-founded being his most significant) the Bostonian, recently relocated to Los Angeles, mails drawings back and forth to collaborators across the country. An extension of his own narrative and technical explorations, these collaborative works are also successful, and reveal his ability to riff off of and respond to the practice of others. McCabe has shown extensively on the east coast, and in various cities throughout the US. He will be showing at Causey Contemporary in Brooklyn, NY in July.

-Cara Despain, Bliss Magazine, May 2011