Thursday, April 19, 2007

Odd Art: Installment # Something-Or-Other

As everyone who knows anything knows, we here at Random_Speak highlight the very best and brightest of the Odd Art genre. To-day we are presenting another educational installment in our ongoing series on black velvet paintings-- this time focusing on two important subgenres: black velvet Jesus and black velvet Elvis.


As one can see in Blind Jesus Suffering From Mumps and Deformed Hands (artist unknown, date unknown), the medium of black velvet painting has often been utilized to express the motif of Christ's possible disabilities, as well as a macho-gestural deconstructive hallucinatory rationalism that explores metaphysical scenery to describe the impossibility of retro-academic apocalyptic representations.








In the classic Hairless Plastic Singing Elvis With Broken Nose and Missing Ears (artist unknown, date unknown), we see a continuation of this teleological attitude towards an affirmative corporeality and non-linear narrative of an infinite symbiotic and meditative hallucination.










As the black-velvet-Elvis-Jesus school of painting slowly matured during the latter half of the twentieth century, there slowly emerged a new style in which these two themes coalesced, as can be seen in the provocative Perplexed King of Kings Without Halo Staring at Clinically-Depressed King of Rock and Roll With Halo After Escaping From Atomic Fallout (artist unknown, date unknown)-- which was generally acknowledged to be the masterpiece of its genre until the creation of Exploding Heart Hispanic Elvis-Jesus near the end of the 1990s.




* More odd art may be found in the drop-down box under my avatar

** images taken from Indignico Inc. (from "The Tijuana Black Velvet Standards of Indignico Inc., The Limitless Edition," a black velvet portraiture series on display and on sale at Velvetpaintings.com)
The Jesus Christ in The Garden of Gethsemene velvet painting (Tijuana velvet artist "L. Zamora")
The Elvis Presley Singing Into a Microphone Wearing White Jumpsuit and Blue Scarf velvet painting (Tijuana velvet artist "Ricardo Terrones")
The Elvis Presley, side-by-side with his good friend Jesus Christ velvet painting (Tijuana velvet artist "Ramirez")

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10 Comments:

Blogger Doofus said...

I have 'Dogs Playing Poker' on black velvet, plus a couple of other not so good paintings.

2:27 AM  
Blogger charlesfinney said...

Ars longa, vita brevis

10:08 AM  
Blogger L said...

doofus: ha ha ha! I love Dogs Playing Poker!

11:00 AM  
Blogger L said...

charlesfinney: occasio praeceps, experimentum periculosum, iudicium difficile!

11:01 AM  
Blogger L said...

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11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today I saw on black velvet Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson (separate paintings, not together luckily). Not sure what that says about the art festival I was at. --ssd

8:24 PM  
Blogger L said...

anonymous/ssd: sounds like a fun art festival to me :)

7:54 PM  
Blogger w_robison said...

Hello,

I don't mind if you use images of velvet paintings from my web site so long as there's proper attribution and a link back to the site from whence they came... which at the moment there is not.

So, if you don't mind, please include a link with the Tijuana Black Velvet Painting of Jesus Christ that leads back to my web site which is Velvetpaintings.com, as well as some sort of attribution line, such as: Image used with permission from Indignico Inc. and is part of "The Tijuana Black Velvet Standards of Indignico Inc., The Limitless Edition," a black velvet portraiture series on display and on sale at Velvetpaintings.com...

Or something similar.

And now on to the previously scheduled comment portion of my comment, already in progress...

So, I noticed that you didn't have the names of the various velvet artists who painted the various velvet paintings in your blog entry. Allow me to give you some of those names:

* The Jesus Christ in The Garden of Gethsemene velvet painting was hand-painted by Tijuana velvet artist "L. Zamora".

* The Elvis Presley Singing Into a Microphone Wearing White Jumpsuit and Blue Scarf velvet painting was hand-painted by Tijuana velvet artist "Ricardo Terrones".


* The Elvis Presley, side-by-side with his good friend Jesus Christ velvet painting was hand-painted by Tijuana velvet artist "Ramirez".

* The Saint Elvis Presley, with the Exploding Heart velvet painting which wasn't in your Blog Entry itself, but which you referenced and linked to, was hand-painted by Tijuana velvet artist "Ricardo Terrones".


And I guess this pretty much concludes this public service announcement... but don't forget about adding the link and the attribution. And so long as you do that, feel free to write blog entries using just about any velvet painting image from my site that you want to.

Thanks.
BILL ROBISON

5:49 PM  
Blogger w_robison said...

Hello Again,

And d'oh! I blew it on the Elvis and Jesus velvet painting, which, although also done by Ramirez, was in this case another one of Ricardo Terrones' paintings. Sorry about that.

And to make up for temporarily leading you astray, I'll give you another related bit of Tijuana black velvet painting trivia... Ricardo Terrones, the professional Mexican velvet Elvis artist who painted many of the velvets in your ODD ART blog entry is from an entire family of professional Mexican velvet Elvis artists. His brothers Jorge, Gerardo and Arturo are all Tijuana Black Velvet Elvis artists as well.

The brothers Jorge and Gerardo Terrones are responsible for most of the Tijuana Black Velvet Dogs Playing Poker and Dogs Playing Pool velvet paintings whereas Arturo Terrones tends to avoid velvet painting altogether if he can help it in favor of painting on canvas or onyx.

There. Consider the record straight once again.

--BILL ROBISON

7:06 PM  
Blogger L said...

Hey Bill -- sorry about my screw-up.... correcting :)

12:04 AM  

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