Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gold Digger


Digging for gold! This post is my own contribution to the Buried Treasure collaboration. Links to each and every participating artist can be found in the previous post on my blog.

My choice for this project is a modification of a post that was originally on my blog in October 2009.  It tells the story in pictures of my artist book "Billboard". I generally have no trouble letting go of my art but this is one book whose pages I wish I could still turn. And whose surface I wish I could still feel. At least "Buried Treasure" will allow me one more virtual viewing!





This book is loosely influenced by both the shape and the visuals of old, previously used billboards.



These old billboards become abstract canvases which totally resonate with my love of things with a history, things distressed, things with layers, and things that have been changed by time.





And, in this case, they reveal what is below the surface.










34 comments:

lyle baxter said...

that looks like a keeper! but at least you have photos of it! I'd like to touch the real thing too looks tempting!

Annie said...

Think I missed this post the first time around, but thanks to Buried Treasure that means I get to see it now!! I love every page. Wish I was turning them over here right now. I'm curious to know if these pieces are actually laid and layered on old billboards?

Maureen said...

The owner is certainly lucky. The concept is wonderful and the execution even more so. Great piece!

Dave said...

Gorgeous! This is one great piece...I would have loved to have seen it up close!

Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

So where did it end up? Your layers are always so yummy! It's a gift to be able to create them so well!

CERULEAN said...

A beautiful with a story!

CERULEAN said...

Forgot a word...
A beautiful book with a story!

Jill Zaheer said...

Thank goodness for blogs and photos and Buried Treasure! Just think, with time and care, you can come up with another Billboard- maybe even surpassing the love you have for your first one! Thanks for putting together Buried Treasure 2012. Look forward to more amazing posts I've missed discovering over the years!

Kim Henkel said...

Beautiful work! amazing layers, I love seeing the pictures of each page. Thank you for sharing it. I am off to explore some buried treasure. Thanks for hosting!

Marit said...

I can almost feel the pain of letting this book go... it's fabulous Seth! Glad you digged it up and are able to show it as your own treasure... wonderful post!

Jo Murray said...

No wonder it's a favourite Seth. Every page perfect!!!

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

Great impact and mystery with the textures and format.
Stay inspired!

Holly Dean said...

Wow, these pages really do remind me of old billboards. What a super idea for an art book! Love the colours and texture :)

trish quilty said...

I thoroughly enjoyed perusing the pages of this wonderful layered & textured billboard book. Absolutely fabulous!
Thanks for reposting.
Patq

Marcia said...

they do like like old billboards. I love the fading look of weathered billboards.

john said...

Wonderful! I am glad that you have the photographs at least. Parting with such a piece would have been difficult for me, too. Thanks for doing the Treasure Hunt.

mairedodd said...

how wonderful to get to see this now - 'buried treasure' was a great idea... your work is so rich and layered... the depth occurs on so many levels... this is beautiful!

audrey said...

Seth. this book truly is a treasure. I am happy that I got to see photos of it as I missed seeing it the first time around. It is such a beauty I can see why you would let go of it with reluctance.
Thanks for digging up this Buried Treasure for our viewing pleasure.
audrey

Bill said...

Ultra cool pages! Nothing more fun to look at than some grunge. Except my face is starting to look like that when I get up in the morning. Oh well.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

There are some pieces of art that we always maintain a connection with, even as they lives new lives out there...Thanks for letting us get a good look at this richly developed textural work in your book Seth.

Robert said...

Treasure, indeed! These are truly amazing! "Billboard" looks like a wonderful collection of layered and textured pieces that emulate the beautiful grunge of disintegrating billboards the world over. I especially like the 6th piece in the series, at the end of your post, with it's incredibly layered, abstract surface. Thanks for reprising "Billboard" for those of us who missed this treasure, the first time!

Canace said...

A gorgeous piece Seth... so 'you'. Thanks for sharing in such detail. :o)

jeannie said...

oh my! what a feast for the eyes!

Billie said...

Wow that looks amazing! See you've done it again, now I want to get my paints out and try to create some textures and things like this.

Thanks for the inspiration and for a wonderful collaboration project.

Best wishes

Billie

Carolyne said...

gorgeous book!!!!!!

Luthien said...

i remember this piece. it's such a rich and prolific piece of work and such a feast to the soul. if only i could touch and smell it! i think the person who bought this, will find something new each time he/she looks at it... even if she/he looked at it everyday for in the next 10 years!

Caterina Giglio said...

beautiful rich texture and I know, there are a few I wish I had kept too..

Janine Whitling said...

Awesome book Seth. It so fascinating to see how we artists interpret the mixed media so differently. Wonderful isn't it?

elle said...

A simple theme with amazing complexity. You teach me a lot!

jgr said...

So beautiful! I can see why it was hard to let go of.

laurel said...

So many gorgeous pages and layers. A visual feast.

Caatje said...

I wasn't active in the blogosphere at that time, so I'm so glad you reposted this, it's absolutely breathtaking!

Harnett-Hargrove said...

I love coming across the unexpected 'ghost sign' in real life on the sides of old brown-stones ... and you have made a wonderful work that relays that feeling to me. This was a great muse and a great concept piece!!!

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

Seth! I can smell this treasured book right through the computer screen. What a great art piece. I've been enjoying my Sunday visits with the photographed collections. Good times!! *smiles* Norma