XQUISITE CORPSE Open Studio Act Two
Large scale collaborative painting and installation during Armory Arts week New York 2012.
XQUISITE SHODO ! turns into XQUISITE Kimono..
Large scale collaborative painting and installation in Central Park.
Winter Diagrams ( Brooklyn machine series )
These series of animations are the digital equivalent of my Red diary. It is a non-linear diary - I sometimes write notes on past entries and cross-reference ideas. Usually written in both English and Bulgarian, sometimes a sentence starts in English and ends in Bulgarian, sometimes I write English words in Cyrillic; sometimes I write Bulgarian words using the English alphabet.
In these animations I use my latest drawings and paintings and they, instead of Bulgarian and English, become a new procedural language. I use a single drawing to create a visual Morse code and a procedural script to animate and draw each frame. The Brooklyn machine series carry the mood and the sense of place and space I currently occupy - Brooklyn, New York.
No digital manipulations for the drawings have been used - I scan them into the computer and procedurally animate them. The hands are pen and ink drawings on hot pressed board, a very smooth velvety surface produced by an American paper company. The red background is a Crimson Red Intaglio ink monotype on Fabriano papers
( an Italian paper praised since the Renaissance ).
For these compositions I was inspired by Marcus Fischer's amazing album mip~map/for friends this winter.. and my friends as well.
Painted and animated by Mirena Rhee. Music by marcus fischer / mapmap.ch
Hand painted ocean
Rough cut: The making of Open States
Rough cut of the making of my latest painting dealing with the disaster in Japan: Open States - Earthquake, 30 x 40 inches, pen and ink on paper. The painting is the first in a series prompted by my dream about an earthquake, a dream I had about 48 hours before the earthquake in Japan struck.
Hand Painted oceand and fruit - animated collage of pen and ink drawings
Intent sometimes takes years to grow - you have a vision in your head but it may take years for it to become optically evident. In the commercial world intent is focused on a product but in art, luckily, intent grows together with the artist realizing that intent. There is a flow to this process, an easy state.
This is a piece about a queue of vague thoughts, gestures, earlier work and some paintings at the Rubin museum of art in New York. It is also about conversations and acts of confession from other artists. Whenever I draw or work on my computer I mostly watch hands theater, it is an endless act of creation and an act of war.
Hand Painted Ocean and Fruit is an animated collage of pen and ink drawings, painted and created by Mirena Rhee. Music by Al Dimeola, John Mclaughlin & Paco Delucia - Azzura.
Drawing the line
Working line by line is a meditative process. Every line grows the work and the artist a little. The next line drawn is not always the most perfect but, cumulatively, the craftsmanship develops and the connection with the work increases.