"To express yourself in freedom, you must die to everything of yesterday. From the “old”, you derive security; from the “new”, you gain the flow." (Lee)
2018 has been turbulent year for me personally and professionally. At times, it has been a difficult ride. I may have distanced myself from this blog, but I have found much solace in the solitude of the pathway of the seretic. I have been productive, but not as evident as I have been in previous ages. These days, I spend more time creating than displaying, more time reflecting than moving.
I have a lot of plans in play for art projects and products. In fact, if things go as planned, by this time next year I will have published my first three #Xenobleed poetical picturemags (a variant of my Bonesetter's "poetical picturebooks"). Development of those has been a focal point of my year, as well as reflecting on where I want the Artemis Sere brand to go over the next ten years.
Without further ado, some of the 2018 highlights of the Artemis Sere brand.
Seretic Studios Evolution
Behind the scenes, I've spent a lot of time trying to better the seretictstudios.com experience -- from page load speed to content consistency and architecture. My lack of a core experience for Seretic Studios has forced me to rethink the user flow of this website, how much content is connected and how people can find my products. I'm far from finished, but am progressing. Cleaning content closets is a complicated task; I have been blogging across platforms for almost a decade now, and my written and visual content is scattered across the digital space and social media. Compiling a centralized gallery -- for my own sanity alone -- has been challenging.
I continue to update my Serenity Gallery (the formal name for my full, ordered collection of Artemis Sere art products, projects and creations) and my current inventory numbers over 400. The attached page hasn't been updated in some time, and I hope to have the full Gallery list up in the near future.
As a result of my day job, I am around the welding profession and the great artists that bend metal to their wills. I have visited sculpture parks and stood in awe of imposing, impressive works of art. As a focus for the next decade of Sere Art, I want to become skilled at welding and metalworking so I can produce my own artistic expressions using metal mediums. While I don't have a timetable for getting started on the path of developing #sereSteel art, I have decided that I want my future gallery to feature such awesome creations.
Xenobleed Gallery Show
In July 2018, I conducted my only gallery show of the year at the Lake Elmo Coffee Shop in Lake Elmo, MN, featuring many of my rarely-seen art resin, acrylic and gesso pieces that have been featured in social media and are the basis for many works in the "Xenobleed" picturemag series.
A variant of my Bonesetter's Revenge books, a poetical picturemag s a hybrid of digital art, poetry, and short fiction that features a vibrant array of my digital works, most of which are remixes of my visual art from other mediums. The picturemags are printed on 8.5x11, full-color paper, arranged in magazine format. The poetical picturemags are developed by me, featuring content from me, and will be available over Amazon.com for individual ordering/purchase.
Xenobleed I: X & Why
Originally slated to be released on September 9, 2018, the first book of my "Xenobleed" series ("Xenobleed: X & Why") returns to the roots of "Xenomorphine" (The Bonestter's Revenge, Book 2): a celebration of the xenomorphic ability for a human to express him or herself in artistic ways alien to our humble, stable species. The colors are wild and unpredictable, reflecting the birth of chaos. Available 11/18/2018.
Xenobleed II: Coagulum
Slated to be released on January 9, 2019, "Xenobleed: Coagulum" is the bleeding-out of the alient/artist. It's collective colors are red and crimson, and the content drips of venom and cruor. More to come in December 2018.
Xenobleed III: Shadowheart
Slated to be released on February 14, 2019, "Xenobleed: Shadowheart" returns to the "Obscurious" world of shadow and suffrage. "Shadowheart" features some of my best black and white pieces, and reflects the darker tones of love.