Bob Farrell uses unique and unlikely
techniques to form a creative vision
It is the process that has become significant in this artwork, and with Farrell's techniques, this piece in particular has become perpetually incomplete, but it seems to be even more interesting and symbolic as it evolves….
Why does this simple art piece hold so much significance to me?
I see the parallels of life and death, the organic nature of the gain and loss and the perpetual motion that it is going through that all truly represents the dichotomy of life and the delicate reality that we all face.
I also see all too clearly a story about my choice to not purchase a meaningful and clever piece of artwork that I love. It was selling for too low a price at times. When it comes to art and craft, all too often these things slip away from us and we end up saying "I wish I had…" and I fear that the title has taken on a new meaning and a self fulfilling proficy and a missed opportunity for me to add something compelling to my personal art collection.
"Oh, That's Too Bad."
began as a blank board in Farrell's workshop
...and it was created into a replica of a paved road
An elaborate path was set up
to execute one final SPLOOSH
follow the path in this video
The SPLOOSH dries and heals in a make-shift cave to
protect it from falling leaves and infections
(still, some got in)
(The paint shrapnel was saved for a rainy day and creation of other works)
"Oh, That's Too Bad."
traveled to pop-up shows, galleries
and outdoor spaces for well over a year
and was available for a fluctuating and reasonable price.
This fall, it landed at Blackbird Gallery & Studio in North Berwick on a hidden fence,
… you would have to follow the trails behind the property and
keep your eyes peeled in order to find it and get a good look
Bob decided to leave it to the mercy of the Maine wind and weather for a time...
and in the throws of a cold winter day, he scooped it up from under a blanket of snow
in a treacherous search and rescue mission...
"Here's the before picture of "Oh that's too bad" after last weekends search and rescue. I spent over an hour this morning putting urethane on it next to a space heater in my cold barn. If it works, you will see it next spring at the Blackbird Studio's or for the opening of MODspokes gallery." - Bob Farrell's Art (Facebook post)
In a heartfelt effort to preserve the story of this work, it has
returned to his workshop to accept it's next evolution
"Oh, that's too bad" is alive with a new facelift. I had to make a tent in my barn so the heater would dry the urethane. Things we do for art." - Bob Farrell's Art (Facebook post)
This may have changed it into something more powerful, and possibly, even more expensive, after all the time has been spent on it with Bob and Mother Nature working in concert for the outcome…
While i'm looking forward to glimpsing this finished piece this spring,
I am also crossing my fingers that I don't have to say,
"Oh, Bob, that's too bad"
(i'm quite sure that won't be the case)
Bob Farrell has remarkable art work that is
certainly worth following for the long haul.
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