Shooting Star: A New Fine Art Music Video

Shooting Star is a brand new fusion of my original fine art, special effects animation, and my original experimental music. Please enjoy, and buy the music at eddierifkind.bandcamp.com!

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A Preview of 2018: Drawing, Music, and Animation

The recent projects I’ve been involved with have pointed me a direction that fuses my disciplines into big new creations this year.

Music as a mirror to visual art, motion woven from still drawings and paintings, abstract expressionism born in footage and brush marks, remixing in the digital and analog realms, and letting the higher dimensions intersect in our world as best they can through the flow of the art.

Here is a quick but generous preview of what I’ve been up to, including commissions from supporters and collaborators – and what I’m working on now: Click to watch on YouTube.

One other tease

The human canvas and cosmic inspiration that is my friend and collaborator Bella Badonkadonk is back in my art again. You’re going to see much more where this came from soon:

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Bella as the human canvas

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As always, much love and twisted inspiration to all. Happy 2018!

Love,
Eddie

Art Show Update for Spring 2017

Here’s an important show update, folks. The unique and awesome Make Sexy Art of John Oliver! art show has been moved from this month to June 10!

Make Sexy Art Of John Oliver - sneak peek

Want more than just a peek? Come to the show.

Make Sexy Art of John Oliver! (UPDATE: This show is moving to June. Follow the event link for more information.)
June 10, 2017| FaceBook event page
A truly hilarious and unique persona, John Oliver celebrates mockery – including his own. In that spirit, this show brings our creative community’s inspiration to blossom in a most hilarious way. I’ll have a new custom piece just for the show.

Bella Remixed II

If you sense a pattern, you’re right! Want more than just a peek? Come to this show in March!

Instead, join me in March for Breasts: An Exhibit of Form and Function
March 12, 2017| FaceBook event page
I’m collaborating with burlesque performer Bella Badonkadonk on a dark, psychedelic and sexy art piece for this show, and will sell my signature prints at great prices as well. This is an amazing art community and I highly recommend dropping in to see it.

If you’re in San Francisco, drop on by these art show events.

Happy New Year! Let’s make it a good one. Case in point… you can see my originals in person at a series of terrific art show events in downtown San Francisco this spring. Drop on by these shows in January, February and March.

The San Francisco Pancakes & Booze Art Show
January 13 – 14, 2017 | FaceBook event page
I’ll be displaying my most recent abstract expressionist and surrealist mixed media pieces!

Make Sexy Art of John Oliver! (UPDATE: This show is moving to June. Follow the event link for more information.)
June 2017| FaceBook event page
A truly hilarious and unique persona, John Oliver celebrates mockery – including his own. In that spirit, this show brings our creative community’s inspiration to blossom in a most hilarious way. I’ll have a new custom piece just for the show.

Breasts: An Exhibit of Form and Function
March 12, 2017| FaceBook event page
I’m collaborating with a burlesque performer for a dark, psychedelic and sexy art piece for this show, and will sell my signature prints at great prices as well. This is an amazing art community and I highly recommend dropping in to see it.

Solo Exhibition
The month of July, 2017 | Your invitation is on its way. 🙂
I’m excited to have a solo show at the Brain Wash Café in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood. Stay tuned for details, and your invitation. <3

That, my friends, is just the beginning. Have an inspired, fearless, loving new year.

– Eddie

Here’s what I’ve accomplished this year

Truly, it has been a rewarding path and I am grateful for the opportunity to give you so much original expression and creativity. My hope is to get funding from you and other interested art, music, and video lovers to make more amazing work.

I’ve made an epic animated projection art piece for the San Francisco rock band, Gold Minor.

I’ve finished a groundbreaking series of photographic remixes turned into original drawings and paintings, bringing together the worlds of drag, burlesque, performance art, dance, experimental music and visual art. The series culminated in an art opening where most of the subjects of my series coalesced in a truly surreal experimental performance piece to a 24-minute abstract space synthesizer musical piece that I composed.

I’ve created illustrations and portraits for musicians and performers.

I’ve recorded an album of original music and am nearing completion and the official name-your-price release on Bandcamp, a web site platform where musicians can sell directly to their fans.

I have contributed graphic design services to the local San Francisco creative performance scene, often as a donation or trade as many worthy performers just don’t have the budget that they deserve. I like to help them where I can.

For this year, I’ve fulfilled my prime directive: which is to learn far more than I contrive. Now the mission to give the world creative inspiration continues…

If this inspires you, please consider becoming a patron of my work at patreon.com/EddieRifkind. I would like be able to afford to continue doing what I do and giving back to the world through my art.

Thank you. Peace, love and inspiration to all.

Magnificent Miscellany

Some artists have a very consistent, straightforward path in their work. Mine is quite the opposite. This year I’ve worked on some truly magnificent miscellany thanks to the commissions I’ve been tasked to create along with my gallery shows and series.

Short Works by Dan and Mick poster

Short Works poster

I made an original drawing for a dance/theater show and did the graphic typesetting as well. Theater Bombastia and AK Arts in San Francisco brought us this brilliant and unique performance.

Jarod Remixed

Portrait of Jarod Flores

This talented musician commissioned me to create a photographic remix of him for his solo album. Taking my own photos, I used the techniques I learned and developed in my Photo Remix series to create this weird and distinct portrait.

Screen Shot from a video project incorporating my original art.

Screen Shot from a video project incorporating my original art. In this image are digital layers from “The Dream State Converses With You.”

Gold Minor projection video

It was my true privilege to create an animated video of my art for a projection to be used in live performances by the excellent rock band, Gold Minor.

The Endless Spiral

This is an extension of my visual art in musical form – The Endless Spiral was the music to a bizarre and beautiful live performance of many of my art models at the opening for the Visual Remixes show. In the following weeks I plan on editing the video and sharing it with you.

My music in the Shocktoberfest video trailer

I lent some of my dark, creepy ambient music to be used in the video trailer for Shocktoberfest, an annual performance of the Thrillpeddlers Grand Guignol Halloween show in San Francsco.

Where to go from here?

I want to do more video and commissions, and use this year’s work and explorations as a natural stepping stone toward even bigger and better creative works. I can’t wait to share them with you. Thank you again for being part of my journey. If you wish to support me, please consider becoming a patron of the arts at my Patreon page!

Peace, love, and twisted, joyful inspiration to all.

My Art Animated: Wings for the Mind’s Eye

Screen Shot from a video project incorporating my original art.

Years ago I started on a path toward teaching myself to animate my hand-drawn art for the screen. I didn’t know what the exact context would be, but I set a foot forward on this new and challenging path. A few interesting and trippy projects later, I have a fifteen-minute silent animation that is both beautiful and twisted, grand and microcosmic at the same time. I have had a version of this piece used by the rock band Gold Minor for onstage projection during their live performance. Here is my YouTube playlist of their live performance clips with my projection. Please note how awesome this band is.

Alone, the silent projection piece stands as a junction of past, present and future for my creative work.

The path to here

My first video animation pieces were to my music, starting with “After Dreaming”:

Then I got more ambitious and created this beast, to “Comfort Cage,” another song from the same album (which I composed in 2011 – you can check it out here):

What will I create next in this vein? I’m looking forward to sharing the answer with you in 2017!

Until next time,
peace, love, and twisted inspiration to you all.

– Eddie

 

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New Art: Meghan Remixed

Meghan Remixed: The final piece on display.

A new step forward, a new Visual Remix

I have a new photographic remix created from my own photos of model and performer Meghan Suzanne Eason. This is the first step from the platform of my Visual Remixes series, which used amazing performance and other photographs taken by a host of Bay Area photographers. Through that year-long process, I learned the approach and techniques that I now carry forward to this luminous new piece!

The opening for the group show this piece is part of is:
Friday, September 23, 2016 @ 6 – 9:30 p.m.
The Castro Street Art Saves Lives Studio and Gallery
518a Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

The photo series

Shot in the Art Saves Lives studio and gallery in the Castro neighborhood of San Francisco, these pieces challenged me to see as I do and as I haven’t before. The backgrounds were both glowing with light and starkly studio-industrial. Meghan’s outfits and look was far less self-serious than my art usually is, so I had to meet the subject halfway. This too is a skill I have had to learn in the process of creating the Visual Remixes series. Now, a small and delightful proving ground presented itself to me and I jumped in.

Meghan Remixed

Meghan Remixed: The final piece

Meghan Remixed: The final piece

Digital painting, Acrylic Paint and Ink on Photograph
Photographic Print mounted on Wood Panel
16″ x 16″ x 1.5″ deep

Meghan Remixed: The final piece on display with 4 selected photos from the shoot.

Meghan Remixed: The final piece on display with 4 selected photos from the shoot.

Until next time,
peace, love and twisted inspiration to you all.

– Eddie

Art Opening: Visual Remixes

Eddie Rifkind: Visual Remixes. On display July 16th, 2016 at The Box Factory, 865 Florida Street, San Francisco CA 94110

I have been creating these weird and wild fine art remixes of photographs from the depths of San Francisco’s drag, burlesque, and queer creative subcultures for over a year now. My art opening is upon us, friends! Celebrate the opening of this exhibit with a bizarre music and interpretive stage performance before you set out to that Saturday night club, show, or soiree.

The music:

The development: Accelerating Evolution

The details:

When:
Saturday, July 16 at 4 PM – 8 PM

Where:
The Box Factory
865 Florida St, San Francisco, California 94110

FaceBook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1630137410635297/

Entry is free of charge.

Take a look in person at these 15 astounding and challenging visual creations. Purchase original art, prints, or pre-orders to fit any budget and wall. Open your mind, and fly on over to experience this show.

Facing the Face

The facets of this artist’s obsession with the sentient face.

Notice I didn’t specify human. What are we beyond our current simian form? Something more akin to the infinite multiverse that we’re made of, methinks. As my drawings deconstruct the personal visage of self-reflection, self-awareness and identity, patterns of habit appear in the drawings of this artist.

This is the original drawing. Black ink on paper. 3" x 5". In the private collection of Mark Adley.

This is the original drawing. Black ink on paper. 3″ x 5″. In the private collection of Mark Adley.

This is the digital scan and photoshop re-tooling of the small drawing to bring out depth and subtlety through the use of translucent layers.

This is the digital scan and photoshop re-tooling of the small drawing to bring out depth and subtlety through the use of translucent layers.

Printed out and varnished, then drawn and painted over with Conté crayon and acrylic paint.

Printed out and varnished, then drawn and painted over with Conté crayon and acrylic paint.


I have two primary ways of depicting the face: straight on, like the 2002 drawing Cubisto, a keystone of my re-entry to the world of art. This frenetic yet minimalist black ink drawing informed my exploration of the world of expressionist art from that point forward. Whenever I drew after creating Cubisto, I knew the realm I was working in, and I have been blessed to be able to expand it as the years have passed.

Face In Frame

The other angle, and a very common one, is the yearning visage looking upward to, from, and within a quantum expressionistic cloud of lines and marks that comprises much of my style. From earlier works such as Face In Frame, to new pieces in my current series of photographic remixes, the power of the semi-candid isometric view of the iconic persona or being in each of my pieces is as much a mystery to me as to my viewers. It’s a dark cerebral imaginiationscape we can explore together.

But as the visual ebbs and flows, so does the breath of musical inspiration fill the negative space of time for me. I have recorded new music this winter and it’s available at my music page and on Bandcamp for your listening pleasure.

I can’t wait to update you on the new music I’m composing to be ‘paired’ with the visual art this year! Until then, happy post-Valentine’s week, my friends. And remember, there’s a coupon code (TYRPUZ) for my online print shop for 20% off until the end of February.

Eddie

Accelerating Evolution

New branches of my artistic exploration grow like some time-lapse video of a plant as it speeds through days and weeks of growth. So it has been all year.

I imagine there are powerful connections between growth spurts and hurt, loss, injury and disruption. When the connected global conversation of the world-wide internet reacted in waves of harmony and cacophony to the deaths of so many beloved artists in rapid succession, our creative paths were undeniably affected.

My series of photographic remixes, intended to be completed by the beginning of 2016, is defining its process in much longer spans of time. I have created three prototypes, each a chapter of the development of the series’ form and technique. After these, the rest may take a much more uniform format that draws from the strengths of these three.

Rita DamBook, Ophelia Coer de Noir, Trixxie Carr

Rita Dambook Remixed Ophelia Remixed

I am excited by the potential to accelerate the completion of this series now that I have defined the exact approach. My next eight, in their digital phases now, are going to explode into physical reality.

In other branches of artistic life this month:


Short Works by Dan and Mick poster

I was commissioned to draw and design a poster for an independent theater production here in San Francisco. What a cool thing to contribute to! I drew my inspiration from the rehearsal footage in the production’s IndieGoGo campaign video. In fact, you still have a chance to contribute, and my poster is the base prize 😉

 


I have sold a new original painting, entitled ‘Birds.’ More original art is for sale on the home page of EddieRifkind.com.

Birds

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– Eddie

A New Chapter of Weird Creativity

Every ending is a gateway to what’s in store next as much as a retrospective of the weird journey of creativity that brought us here.

2015 has been one such gateway for me. I have taken my artistic life for granted as much as I have struggled to believe that I could really do this for a living. It’s my passion, and believing such a thing about one’s passion is what we are trained to dismiss. So I took for granted the fact that some bright future was waiting for me, and I could hide from the present. It’s a classic pattern of avoidance, and I am declaring my intention to transform that negative energy into positive creative force this year.

Apparently I’ve been on a path…

From validation in the form of encouragement from my co-workers, who noticed my office meeting doodles and enjoyed seeing me draw, I began the process of doing. I drew, without permission or financial incentive, and I realized I couldn’t stop. The biggest mystery I saw initially, in 2010, when I started drawing again, was what had kept me from it for so long. But one way or another, it was the beginning of my personal renaissance as a fine artist.

Ballpoint pen drawings gave me a surprising amount of creative dynamic. The ink is sticky and translucent, providing incredibly fine control using a conventional office pen. You can go incredibly small, or create a cloud of lines and marks to form the illusion of a universe of detail, like the great Rembrandt or Giacometti. The beauty of the mark has a sort of ultimate authority, for it is the ultimate manifestation of physical phenomenon and expressive mark at the same time.

I used this philosophy as I grew into different drawing media and began painting in acrylics on canvas again, and the joy of growing these bizarre, wildly cerebral marks into a new composition is beyond my words to express.

A great milestone for the new year

My work currently graces the walls of Alcheme Salon in downtown San Francisco. These prints are available for sale from the salon or from me directly, and will continue to be available after they come down at the end of February 2016.

Montage of prints on the walls of Alcheme Salon.

My Current Series

I am working on a series of photographic remixes, the first few of which have received tremendously positive feedback. I can’t wait to show them, and if you sign up for my emailing list, you’ll hear all about it when I do!

Well, stay tuned for more, and be sure to check out my originals, prints, and t-shirts! Happy new year my friends.

Burning

One of a series of ink studies that evolved into a mixed-media drawing, incorporating colored pencil and permanent marker in a layered, almost glaze-like application. Once again we look into the weird, arbitrary existential gaze of the mirror in the mind’s eye.

Burning
Mixed media on Stonehenge paper
11″ x 14″
SOLD

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burning

Tendons of Consciousness

Filaments, connections, tendons pull through the our consciousness from within and outward again, giving back to the multiverse as the earth does to the sky when lighting ‘strikes’ and unleashes volleys of electrons up into hungry storm clouds. Colored pencil on paper. 14″ x 11″

Tendons of Conciousness

Blue Creature

Threads of astral consciousness unravel and recombine in this blue creature, a colored pencil drawing on Stonehenge paper. 12″ x 11″

Blue Creature

Eddie Rifkind: Artistic View Behind Human Consciousness

Interview by Jennifer E. Smith-Williams

Q: Do you consider yourself an abstract expressionist with both your fine art and music?

A: Definitely. My art really indulges in the tension between representation and abstraction. I’m fascinated with the implication or illusion of a context. I try to do the same thing with my ‘audio paintings,’ as I like to think of them. Just like the images being used as a subject for abstraction, the musical form has some expected or implied structures, which I can then really mess with. That violation of form, I think, expands the musical expression beyond the dimension it lives in, to a new frame of reference. Sort of like the science/fiction metaphor of ‘punching through the fabric of time and space to a new universe.’ I think that metaphor is spot on regardless of scale or context; when you work with a specified art ‘form,’ you are within the confines of your dimension. Continue reading

The Dream State Converses With You

This piece began as a ballpoint pen drawing and a graphite drawing that were scanned and manipulated digitally, with the addition of digital hand-painting. This composition is outstanding in a lightbox, on a clear surface, a clear-backed frame or in a window. Light coming through it adds a special dimension to the piece.

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The Dream State Converses With You

the After Dreaming animated art music video

A step forward with the animation of my hand-drawn art.

I am proud to present Version 2 the After Dreaming animated art music video. In this endeavor, I use several of my small ink drawings from sketchbooks and journals. Many of them are in ballpoint pen, the first instrument of my artistic renaissance back in 2010 in Baltimore, when I would sit at the end of the bar in The Depot and do live drawings to the rhythm of the incredible bands that played there. These drawings are scanned at ridiculously high resolution and used as epic elements in a moving ink landscape which waddles to life like a newborn giraffe. Someday this beast will be tall and elegant, but this video, and The After Dreaming Video: Version 1, are its fledgeling incarnation.

After Dreaming. From the album Shadows In Sand.

Lilian

Lilian is an enigma, a suggestive glance, inspired by the impressions made by people I know and a couple of very seductive stars from ages past. Colored pencil on paper. 11″ x 14″

Buy the original here.

Lilian

Face In Frame Remixed

Face In Frame is a twice-remixed original painting started as a 5×8″ ballpoint pen drawing, became a digital chiaroscuro piece, and was finally printed out, varnished, repainted and drawn at 28×44″.

Cubisto Remixed

The original drawing is 3×5″ black ink on paper. I scanned it and created an 8×10″ photoshop re-tooling to bring out depth and subtlety through the use of translucent layers. Then I printed out at 14×20″ and varnished it, drew and painted over with Conté crayon and acrylic paint.

We Are Stardust

What started (and may well end) as a tattoo idea manifests as a layered digital and physical drawing with office pen ink, varnish and conte crayon.

We Are Stardust

Psychic Artifact

This drawing started as a failed portrait which instead evolved into its own entity. An artifact. A mask. A confluence of clouds in our mind, behind our eyelids when serotonin runs low.

artifact-mask

Globule

I imagine arbitrary worlds within worlds, made with no other function than to satisfy the rhythm of our momentary imagination, to harmonize with the alien song our neurons paint behind our eyelids, in the back of our yearning minds.

Black ballpoint office pen on paper.

Equality

On the day that half the people on Facebook placed the equality symbol as their profile picture, I decided to do my own.

Herman

An oldie but a goodie has been discovered in the remains of my old art… Herman, a page from a much older sketchbook than most of the other work here. Drawn in 2001. I even kept the scan “uncleaned.”

This rapidiograph drawing is a distillation of my style; expressionist with an illustrational twist.

Face from an old sketchbook

Rhythmic Art: Massakren

A metal band by the name of Massakren laid down the audio foundation for this rhythmic drawing. The motion, speed, and relative violence of the pen strokes reflect those qualities in their music.

Rhythmic Art: Massakren

Rhythmic Art: Slick Idiot

Drawing to the rhythm of a live performance by industrial rock band Slick Idiot – featuring members of KMFDM – was particularly challenging. It defied all organic artistic notions that I normally bring to a drawing. I drew this to the angular aggression of their music, and added to it on a much smaller magnification of line work using a graphics tablet. The result is as jarring as it is compelling. Also included: a detail below the full-sized preview.

Slick Idiot - a live drawing done while listening to the band perform.

A detail from Slick Idiot - a live drawing done while listening to the band perform.

A detail from Slick Idiot – a live drawing done while listening to the band perform.

Detail:

Rhythmic Art: Face One

I was stuck in San Francisco an extra afternoon when I missed my flight home (could be worse). Laying in the sun on a grassy lawn in one of the many parks in town, I was surrounded by people lounging like they were on the beach instead of in the city. A man with a cello, a loop sampling pedal, and an amp played neoclassical riffs, looped them and improvised over them. It echoed through the park and off of the buildings around us. A performance artist was doing a weird modern dance to the music. He was being followed around by a camera man. The two almost looked choreographed together.

As I listened to the music, I drew this.