Deconstruction of a Pulp

Untitled Abduction Pulp, Oil on Linen, 12 x16"

Here is another one of the Pulp paintings. As i said before, I am interested in deconstructing the traditional Pulp cover through its props. The science fiction genre has a hearty presence in the world of Pulp. I couldn't resist tackling the laser/ray gun.

Deconstruction of a Pulp Continued...

After the previous post, I received a couple of questions that I thought it would be nice to address here on the blog instead of through email.

First of all, in order to make this series of paintings I had to figure out how to have access to the specific props I wanted to use. After some thinking and researching, I realized that toy or candy versions would be a cost effective, accessible and ironic choice. One clear example of this type of solution would be water guns. I would be able to pose them and light them and even amass a diverse collection of shapes and colors to choose from.

The painting posted previously was based on the revolver-style water gun you see on the left.
It was a garish bright orange that was too distracting, so I used multiple coats of gesso to make it a relatively flat white.

As you cans see from the next photograph, I have accumulated a significant collection of water guns. This will also allow me to reference different eras, periods and even genres like science fiction.

Deconstruction of a Pulp

As promised, I am going to post a couple of the paintings I have been doing lately that are part of a series that deconstructs Pulp cover imagery through its props.Untitled Pistol, Oil on Linen, 8 x 18"

This has become a side project that has been a great exercise for me to help expand my studio practice.

Pulp Cover Inspiration/Fascination

Recently I have discovered the great cover imagery of Pulp Novels from the the 50s and 60s. These are the direct descendants of the infamous Pulp Magazines that were popular from the 20s through the 50s. For some reason I have become obsessed with the compositional choices and narrative possibilities of these paintings.

They have even inspired me to do some smaller paintings based on the deconstruction of these images using the only the consistent props.
Stay tuned for the fruits of my labor....