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Artist Updates, New Projects, Products & Artwork

Caution: wet paint. New paintings in progress by artist Brian Moss, as well as updates on current projects, ideas or artworks not yet finished, and other art oriented updates

Liquid nights are coming soon

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I finally have a dedicated space for my projections & lightshows, plus I've got room in that barn to setup an area for manufacturing as well.

Did I mention I moved into the mountains to live as a hermit?

Well, before I get into the fun stuff this summer, I must first finish clearing my new Virginian homestead of yard debris on account of all these snakes... Don't worry I'm not killing 'em. I just saw a copperhead not 4 minutes ago mowing leaves, so that is all the yardwork for today!

 where's waldo?

where's waldo?

 

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BELATED SPRING UPDATE:

After a bumpy start, the Colordripper idea I launched earlier this year is coming together.

I jumped into this project with an 8th grade science background (long story about how I have been bullied from age 0 to present day and began to act out in school), therefore when I started this I literally had no understanding of even the most basic chemistry. For the first batches, I was using a drop of 99.99% pure isopropyl alcohol to break up the oils a bit. Evidently this is a highly effective plastic solvent and was causing some of them to leak! Not to be discouraged, I tediously glued those hidden seams by hand with a syringe, only to find out that the sun is great at softening up that glue.

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I can trace my infatuation with moving colors to a boring one-color liquid filled souvenir I received as a child at King's Dominion.

My preoccupation was not in the liquids though, but rather in the 'stimming'. This type of self stimulation or repetition is evidently a coping mechanism for many people with ASD. In my case, looking back it was a means to calm down my anxiety from relentless bullying. Thankfully I found refuge in my drawings or I would surely not be alive today rambling.

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I certainly won't be putting fidget spinners out of business anytime soon, however, people on the autism spectrum and those who have sensory processing issues are getting therapeutic value from them which is rewarding. And I suspect that many others who are buying them for play are also on the spectrum and don't know, but I digress.

The retail price is still too high, however I am scaling up production this year & am currently in the process of setting up an art studio + workshop.

One Template to Rule Them All

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12 new postcards are now available, including liquid cards, as well as some colorful paintings & digital manipulations.

 

These (and all reprints) now feature a minimalist template with no painting titles on the back, offering maximum whitespace.

My copyright © declaration still doubles as an analog web url, while a tiny QR code links to the postcards page where one can find out the title, medium, size, and often a rambling description.

If you have feedback reach out or email postcards@brianmossart.com

Sweet Emotion

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Stern Pinball unveiled the Aerosmith pin today at CES. It is one of the first machines to make use an LCD back screen, and the art by Dirty Donny looks sick.

The direction of the project changed and my work ultimately wasn't featured predominantly, however you can see a clip showcasing a few of my fluid bubble animations that were used on their facebook.

Resin Squares

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I was always reluctant to experiment with epoxy & resin because I thought it would be messy. Man is it a sticky mess. What I didn't appreciate was how different it is than painting. There is such a short window to work with the paint before it hardens leaving little room contemplation, only action.

Below is a 5-layered piece with iridescent paints; there are a few more examples on my homepage. I'll share more details about my idea with this project soon.. one of these years.

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I hope all of my northern hemisphere friends are enjoying this lovely summer weather.

Here are a few examples of the top-secret liquid filled "paintings" I've been tinkering with this year. Some of them double as projection slides.

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LIQUID dot PAINTINGS

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Art transcends borders

My line of postcards have introduced me to people from all over. I have shared them with fans in all 50 states and several countries.

 Map data updated May, 2016

Map data updated May, 2016

New Ink Painting

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This has been washed with inks and various solvents, such as rubbing alcohol, to dry out the pigments a bit. This will allow me to add brighter colors on top in the foreground.

I am in a bit of a holding pattern with this one and am not sure what direction it is going to go. It may look as though I have plopped a bunch of paint onto it, but there are 5 different shades of yellow so I have put thought into the randomness.

You can see some areas where I have sketched out ideas or lines, but I have no idea how it will end up. Stay tuned...


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Here is another unfinished painting I've been kicking around. This reminds me of a quote (possibly) mis-attributed to da Vinci:

"Art is never finished, only abandoned"
Surreal festival painting by Brian Moss

The name Taiga is the Russian word for 'Forest' and it is inspired by a number of trips to festivals. I don't know if I want to add fine pen details, or leave it as is in this dreamy abstract state. To be continued ..... possibly

2014 ― present
20" x 30"
Pen & ink, marker, dry eraser marker, acrylic, spray paint

'Pareidolia' Exhibit at The Camel

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I have thirteen large studio paintings on display at The Camel in RVA again this month. The bar side of the venue also features a wall of my liquid lighting art prints throughout the month of February. I would like to extend a big thank you to them for their support of the local arts throughout the years.

I'll be debuting several 20" x 30" works at this show, including these two unfinished gems: