Sal Bald

(2015) Mural painted as a memorial. Seattle WA

Mural painted as a memorial remembering time, effort, and thought, in a shared rehearsal space that had been in effect for over ten years. Drifting between streets and vacant lots, not far in our past is the ghost of a rainforest lush with wet green vegetation. Sometimes it works out who ends up with the last set of keys to get into a building slated for demolition. To bring this mural to life a hundred gallons of paint were delivered to the space, then over the course of a month the entire space roughly 40.000 square foot was painted (floors and walls). The walls are painted with 20 foot tall letters reading, MAN’S INHUMANITY TO MAN. Oddly enough to this day the building still has not been demolished, for reasons unknown.

BASIC HUMAN NEEDS

In an effort to voice what to some might be viewed as overly idealistic. One must press ahead and put actions, thoughts and intentions into public space that support what we all understand as goals that can not be forgotten, let alone actually brought into reality for the survival and betterment of all humanity. Acrylic paint on paper, dimensions 13’ by 7’.

Photo by Ezra Dickinson

Cardinal

Cardinal. (2017) Painting. Exhibited at Seattle Art Fair, Out of Sight, Seattle WA. 

This painting is a further step in the direction of building my own painting surfaces. For many years I have been building the frames my paintings go on to, and for some time I have wanted to create an asymmetrical frame to better follow the shape of my works. This is the first true venture into this new idea. This involved more than twenty individual parts, both glued and nailed together. Once the frame and surface had been built, sanded, and primed, I then placed the already created vinyl sticker onto the surface of the wood frame. The vinyl sticker had been gradually developed over the previous three years, incorporating both adhesive vinyl, acrylic paint and block print. This is probably not the most efficient way to create this work and in the future I plan to build the frame first then make the painting/mixed media work on the surface. It was very stressful affixing the premade vinyl sticker to the already built frame, there was absolutely no margin for error. With each work, new lessons are learned. I absolutely love how this piece turned out in the end. This work has since been sold.

Mid paste: “Man’s Inhumanity to Man”

Lisbon, acrylic paint on paper.

Pondering the actions of humans, while wandering the streets of a country that has in the not so distant past, used the activism of public art as a means to support and spark revolution.

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photo by NTG.

Chin Mayo

Chin Mayo was a collaborative mural installation, between Day Chan and baldmanwatching. This mural was created on the walls and floor of FRED Wildlife Refuge Gallery in Seattle, curated by Sean M. Johnson in 2011. Sixteen hours where spent masking out the gallery with painters tape. Twelve hours were spent splattering paint using a number of different methods. Final touches were rolling out chunks of color organizing the chaos to create the finished piece.

A time laps of the work being created can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/39358106

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