Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Poetry vs. Painting: Switched at birth.

This post is an audio recording of a conversation between myself and artist, educator and poetry lover Alastair Eales. Sparked by the opening question posed by Alastair, we investigate the process of poetry and painting and all of their separate qualities and elements. I became the interviewee, in a sense, as I write both poetry and make paintings. In this recording, you will find several attempts at uncovering the differences between the two. As the conversation moves on you will realize that I, and possibly Alastair as well, often fall for the mystery and nuance, of the two artforms, and the creative process in which they are composed. This mystery nearly erases the divide between these two siblings. A confusion appears to set in as I often lose my way in this conversation as the two expressions, and the line between them, blur beyond recognition.
Throughout the discussion, 'painting and poetry' slowly reveal themselves as 'painting/poetry' and vice-versa. Alastair and I set out to reveal the clarity of their separation and compartmentalization, but what we found was a trap and a conundrum. 

 poem by Phillip J. Mellen

 painting by Phillip J. Mellen

More poetry and writings by Phillip J. Mellen: the last love letters

blog by Alastair Eales: blog

Mentioned in the conversation:

 Albert Camus

 Allen Ginsberg

 Anais Nin

 “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” 

― Ana├»s Nin

 Andy Warhol

 Arom Saroyan

poem by Arom Saroyan

 Benjamin Hoff
author of "The Tao of Pooh"

 Jack Kerouac

 Jackson Pollock

 John Cage

 Mike Batt

 Piero Manzoni

 Stephen Fry

Yves Klein

Sunday, July 7, 2013

A Retrospective 2010-2013: In blog form.

Greetings, and welcome to my (blog) retrospective. Here you will find images of selected works spanning the last three + years of my painting process and output. These are paintings I have grown to and through. Some thought bits that pop into my head, while painting, are also included for extra dramatics. I hope you enjoy this survey of my work. Cheers!

 "Vignettes" 40" x 40" wood plank, acrylic on canvas 2010

"Let Us Eat Cake" 30" x 30" acrylic on canvas 2010

"Sometimes I get so caught up in painting that I forget to paint."

"The broad side of a barn" 12" x 12" acrylic on museum board 2011

 "Is there a bug in my hair? Like a locust?" 9" x 12" acrylic on museum board 2011

"I love it when a painting meets you halfway, and walks you through itself."

 "Thought Bubble Gum Attack-A-Lacka" acrylic on canvas, 36" x 60" 2011

"Untitled (silly bands study)" pile of silly bands 2012

 "Sometimes pink is a nice color" 12" x 12" acrylic on canvas 2012

"Tea and cake with Wayne Thiebaud" 12" x 12" acrylic and latex on canvas 2013

 "Untitled (street map)" 24" x 20" acrylic and latex on foam 2013

"I go to the store, I buy colors I like and I don’t use all of them all the time."

 "I just brushed my teeth and you can still see my breath"
16" x 18" acrylic and latex on foam 2013

 "You have no new messages" 17" x 24" acrylic and latex on foam 2013

"I'm a painter, I have no answers."