It was 1978 I was working at John M. Smith Furniture in Display on Michigan Avenue a grand location to work and a block away from the Art Institute, where I spent my hour lunch just about every day.
On the side I was earning extra money with my creative talent, I was working with two published interior designers. The painting in Chicago Style (above) was created during this period in my art.
I was pushing to get as much extra art work cash as possible since we were moving to LA as soon as Paul graduated from Columbia College in the Loop.
Not everything is perfect right ? Well I lost my job at the furniture store and got a job at Flax on Wabash, right where the train almost went off the tracks, back in the day. We could see it out the second story window. For an artist to work in an art store was the berries. It also became a work model for me moving forward, artist, art store, art shows repeat....
These sketchbook drawings were done in felt tip pen and a triangle. I was very intensely looking into space and telling stories about line and form using lines dots and broken lines with various shapes textures and a little landscape thrown in the mix. Some of this emerged in later paintings. The Series (the three drawings) grew from was "Chicago Radio" Listening to the radio actors and imagining what was happening. In these I was listening to music on the radio and imagining while drawing with felt pen in black&white on paper. I don't do acid inspired art any more but it was fun then. It wasn't illegal to do it and it was free.
My Abstraction started with a question, grid or not grid, which over time has changed but in the beginning it was grid. I wanted to show that as an abstract artist I just wasn't throwing paint on the canvas, and if I did I would have a structure that I started with and would evolve over the time of my career. Rather than an evolution of mark making it became an evolution of personal style color choice thought process everything related to that style of that moment in time. When I was emotionally and imaginatively connected to the canvas, I would let my vision flow through my brush and on to the canvas.
Every Decade I have changed my core expression and carried over something from before the change adding it to the new work.
Melt Down #3 " Rise of the Tribe"
This painting combined the elements of my Black Leather Landscape with Color in an interplay of shapes with marks and defined spaces. This series was a move in a new direction for me. Earlier work from the 70's was more style oriented with abstraction and geometric spaces.
Just to give you an Idea of what went on before this period, It was 1971 and my graduation from College, NIU DeKalb, Illinois. I went in to school a nerdish art major and came out literally as an OUT Gay man with his Lover ready to make our mark in Chicago.
Why I say out gay man and couple is that in college Guy and I met at a peace rally on campus against the war in Viet Nam.
He was passing out flyers and got me hand out flyers with him. We had hot coco together got to know each other and as our relationship developed so did my art. Next time I will take you back to the 70's before we go further into the 80's
In the early 70's we were planning to move to California after graduating from College(Guy and I) this painting was from a show I did for a gallery on Halsted Street, Lascaux Gallery, The painting is now in a private collection in California, and is one of the few survivors of that period.
Melt Down #2 / Red Floor Studio 1980-81 Carl Schmidt
Inspired by Mt. St. Helens Eruption in the 80's and the B52's
To describe Melt Down #2 I would use these words Neon , Black ,Leather, Landscape, Yellow, Sky, Boomerang,
Dark,Fetish, Yellow, Code ,Volcanic, Eruption, Flow.
Before "Melt Down" I was working in a "Precisionist" Style that I will post and blog about after Melt Down #3
As Mt St. Helens poured super heated slime down the sides of this mountain and took out everything in it's path.
Hot Lava Yellow Lava Red Lava What's next Lava....
Atrium Theater Chicago Art in a Play & In the Lobby
One on One
Art Expressing Feeling
Without it being a public Confession
Sacred and Specific to each Vision
It's only set free by
Interactivity with the
One who made it.
Fine Art Professional
Carl Raymond Schmidt
Art Material Specialist
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