Category Archives: Art

Portfolio updated…

Specifically, the tattoo gallery; there are now two sub-albums now: designs for myself and designs for other people. Also the designs are in order now, from newest to oldest.

I’ve now got 4 designs completed for other folks. Two of them are recent; I did one for my friend Bronwyn when she decided she wanted to hang out with me, in Portland, when I was getting my new one done on my recent trip. I also did another one for my friend Nancy, who was one of my hosts on the trip. I like doing these for people who want them. Most of the time I won’t charge, if we are friends (you can insist on paying me if you want and I’ll graciously accept it, but I am not looking to make any part of a living with this), and contrary to all the rumours, I will work in color for other people (it’ll still be abstract, but hey, color). So, if you really want a tattoo design from me, and you really will get it applied, feel free to get in contact with me about this.

A long-delayed art update is now live on the Rocket House Studio portfolio site…

Five new pieces (and remember, feedback is always appreciated).

2 in Works from 2014Pointed Stick & Broken Lantern

3 in Works from 2015: Scintillate, In Memory of A Wren (this is a memorial piece for a friend who died last year), and CardMash (an odd piece – ink on chipboard)

My “artist’s statement” for the show

About the art and artist

About me:

I’m Aaron Spielman; welcome to my show. I’ve been a professional artist in some form for most of my adult life. My primary training was initially from my mother, a professional painter,  various art teachers in grade school and at Cal State University Fresno and San Jose State University. My primary influences are the sculptors Henry Moore and Isamu Noguchi, painters Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miró, and Frank Stella, and graphic artists Heinrich Kley, M. C. Escher and Louis Lozowick. Inasmuch as I follow any school or movement, I would say that I’m floating somewhere between Abstract Expressionism and Intentism with some ideas heavily borrowed from Hard-Edge painting.

About the art and the show:

I titled the show “An Exploration of Ink and Space” because that is essentially what I do when creating a piece of art, I use ink and paper to explore some interior space of mine. And this is my first solo show. The pieces are in large part wholly abstract – there is not a central thing or object to be discerned, though each work is definitely about some aspect of my internal viewpoint at the time I created it. And though each of the pieces is titled, the title may actually be misleading as to content. Don’t worry if you don’t particularly “get” it – there won’t be a quiz. if a piece speaks to you in some way – any way at all – then I’ve done what I’ve set out to do in terms of showing it to an audience.

About sales and things related:

All the drawings are for sale, at the prices noted. If you wish to buy any of them, please contact me via the email on my business cards or at the bottom of the this sheet. The prices are non-negotiable, and you’ll need to pay %8.75 San Francisco sales tax (my apologies about that) as well. Also, all pieces will stay up until the show is over on January 5, 2015.

If you have any other questions, please do email me, or catch me while I’m at the cafe, and do ask.
Aaron I. Spielman | aaron@rockethouse.net | Rocket House Studio

Mildly freaking out now.

I’ve had a very good weekend, saw old friends, met new ones (!), spent quality time with sweeties, took lots of photos.

But I was too antsy to even watch the Giants game tonight. I’ve tried to calm down by playing video games, but that’s had limited success. I’ll be at the cafe at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, with all my stuff and whoever I round-up to assist my wife Patrice and I to hang the show.

I’m nervous, but not entirely sure I should be. Oh well. Wish me luck.

Art show progress: almost finished!

I’m at about 95% done with the prep for the show. What’s left is:

  • Finish pricing of all the pieces.
  • Create wall cards for each piece, or whatever needs done for this – I’ll need to contact Borderlands for this and find out what’s acceptable.
  • Get the show postcards out to whoever is willing to let me give the ma stack (this will mostly be coffeehouses in San Francisco).

So, I’m pretty happy with how things are going.

Art process: show stuff.

I’ve just finished going through my portfolio, selecting the pieces I want to actually hang. I have forty-nine, and will likely complete at least two more pieces before hanging the show.  I am going to need to buy a bunch of frames and a bunch of clear “matt-hangers” (I misremember what they are actually called). I will also be doing a small amount of custom frames as well.

I need to ask the cafe about labeling the work as well, and let them know how many pieces I’m going to bring.

So – it’s going well.