strawberries

Ear Against Its Hive (2011)

mixed media painting on chair cushion by Chris Lockhart

This mixed media piece is directly related to the Strawberry series; it too is inspired by the Billy Collins poem ‘Introduction to Poetry’ and uses the idea of strawberries to do that.

20 in by 18 in, acrylic, upholstery fabric, plastic, and twine on chair cushion, 2011.

Strawberry Analysis (2011)

painting by Chris Lockhart with strawberries on canvas.

During mixed media class, I made a series of 3 paintings inspired by the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry.” For this painting, I painted the surface pink, spray-painted it black and then applied a dollop of white gesso. Two pounds of strawberries were then carefully placed into the gesso and then violently hammered into the surface with a 2×4. Once dry, everything was coated in acrylic polymer gel to prevent the piece from rotting.

18 in by 15 in, strawberries, spraypaint and acrylic on canvas, 2011.

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Strawberry Extraction (2011)

painting by Chris Lockhart on stained canvas.

During mixed media class, I made a series of 3 paintings inspired by the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry.” I was inspired by a series of monoprints made with rotting bananas by the artist Dieter Roth. I wrapped up two pounds of strawberries in canvas tied up tight with twine. The bundle was then placed in Kings Creek for ten days under a bridge weighed down by a piece of broken concrete. After the canvas was dry, I selected an area for the character and composition of the stains, cropped it, stretched it, and coated it with polymer gel to protect the stains and surface.

18 in by 15 in, acrylic, library card on stained canvas, 2011.

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