Category Archives: gil corral

new year new (s) letter

wowowowowow!! ok. it’s been quite a while! and we have so much to say! so. so so so. where do we begin?

r o c k t h e p o s t

we’re really excited about working with rockthepost to promote our spring line,
c a d e n c e . rock the post is a curated crowd-funding site and we’re honored to be chosen as one of their promotees! there are really great awards for your contribution and we’d be eternally grateful for any help you can give! and since you’re in the know via the official lovinganvil/hogfarm studios newsletter, we’re adding another award. if you are able to donate $5, $10, or any amount less than the first award tier (offically, awards start at $25), drop me a line with your address and i’ll get an el chich magnet (randomly selected) headed your way if the project funds!

check out the project and please spread the word!

m a i n e m a g a z i n e

lovinganvil in the january 2013 issue of maine magazine.  article by joe herbert, photo credit, peter frank edwards

lovinganvil in the january 2013 issue of maine magazine. article by joe herbert, photo credit, peter frank edwards

we received a nice mention and photo in the january 2013 maine magazine issue. the photo is of our maine beach pebble earrings. they’re available via our etsy site, for sure, along with several other one of a kind maine beach pebble jewelry.

a r t e m a s f i n a v e l v e t s

ferdinand the bull, by gil corral 2013

ferdinand the bull, by gil corral 2013

gil’s been painting up a velvet storm and it’s absolutely resonating with people. many of the paintings have been sold even before they’ve gone to market via previews on instagram and facebook. so far, frida kahlo, advenure time characters, bob ross and ferdinand the bull have all been captured on velvet. much much more to come.

what’s that? you say you’d like to join the ranks of elvis, matadors and voluptuous naked ladies? FABULOUS.
to commission a custom velvet portrait from a photo you provide (and artist approval of photo), check out pricing as follows:
**this pricing is for a fairly traditional, single subject portrait. options are endless for a more complex layout but pricing will change. email and we’ll work out the details**

custom portrait black velvet:
8in x 8 in = $95
8in x 10in = $120
10in x 10in = $150
10in x 12in = $180
12in x 12in = $220
12in x 14in = $255

s o c i e t y 6 p e n a n d i n k

nina simone, by gil corral.  2012

nina simone, by gil corral. 2012

gil has a very striking body of work over on society6.com and is adding to it weekly. the portraits in the works are mostly of hogfarm studios alumni, and will join howard zinn and nina simone very soon. prints of the original work are of exceptional high quality and reasonably priced. you can also get portrait imagery on tshirts, canvas bags, iphone/ipod cases and pillows. it’s crazy. and crazy cool! keep an eye on it for sure. OH, and just for the next few days, society6 is running a free shipping promotion — this code is valid until january 13, midnight pacific time! http://society6.com/lovinganvil?promo=90f26e

http://society6.com/lovinganvil

the originals will eventually be available via artemasfina.etsy.com or by contacting us directly.

s a v e t h e d a t e !

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ALASH, Photos © David Aronson

do you remember the first hogfarm show? (tom thumb and annie and the beekeepers, 2007)? this winter, annie lynch and her husband, garth stevenson, are touring with alash, after spending time with them in alash’s homeland, tuva, russia. hogfarm studios is soooo excited to help promote and present this show at one longfellow square. more info to follow, but for now, please mark your calendars!

and that’s all the news that’s good to know.
xoxo
los corrals

well. i’ll be.

El Chicharron vs Frankenstorm as seen in BusinessWeek

El Chicharron vs Frankenstorm as seen in BusinessWeek

monday morning.  this past monday morning.  as in the day before the day before yesterday.  monday morning we get an email from a reporter, venessa wong, at bloomberg business week.  she’d like to do a phone interview with gil regarding his el chicharron character and artpiece/magnet “el chicharron vs frankenstorm.”

awesome.  check it out here:

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-10-30/artists-find-inspiration-in-hurricanes-fury

and if you’re interested in a copy of the image for yourself, pick that up here.

artemasfina.etsy.com . some el chich stuff here, and lots more to come.

10% of all profits will go to the red cross hurricane sandy aid.

el chich is near and dear to us indeed.  he shows up whenever he’s needed.  and does what he does so well.  it’s great to see him get a little national press for sure.

¡viva el chicharron!

c/s,
los corrals

fear of calendars.

fear of calendars. gil corral. 2003

I painted this piece in 2003. It has to do with my observation of how tied in, and to some extent, beholden our culture is to the calendar — time stuff, clock stuff. I’m always amazed at how most of our civilization just falls inline with this time measurement thing, rarely questioning it, and even more infrequently, transcending it. I get the larger natural rythmn of things: tides, day, night, seasons…all that. I just don’t get “morning commute” for your “work week” when everyone and their grandmother react to their alarm clocks roughly around the same time. Make and drink the proverbial same pot of coffee, bump car asses with our neighbors as we all pull out of our driveways at the same time, then collectively race to our time ruled workplace or other time structure. I often wonder what the birds on the telephone wires think as they watch our insipid ritual — like we’re the ones on exhibit in a zoo.

Calendar year: time passing, economics, insurance, future, 401k, birthday, birthday parties, meetings, past, appointments, goals, future, past, funeral, funding, forecast, past, obligations, future, holidays, getting older, botox, birth, life insurance policy, resolution, retirement, agenda, goals, future, past.

Fear of Calendars is painted on a partly collaged October 2003 desk calendar. A desk calendar I doodled on during my work week/ desk/sales job.
Somewhere on this page was the date Elliott Smith committed suicide, or died, totally bumming me out. There also dates with dentist / therapy appointments, deadlines, product codes, etc.

The painting’s focal point is a man kneeling worshiping the Aztec Mayan calendar, which is painted and superimposed over the collaged desk calendar. I also included a box of Animal Crackers in the painting.

I was not aware of the 2012 Mayan prophecy when I painted this — again, I was interested in exploring the idea of this powerful ruler of human life..time.

As I sat back and reflected on this painting January 1st, 2012, I couldn’t help but feel that this piece of work has a frequency also aligned with the 2012 prophecy. It’s an interesting circumstance of converging concepts (sorry about the three c’s). My observation of the expansive experience of life somehow being widdled down to a square on a graph with a number on it, incrementaly attempting to make all moments understandable, accounted for, and reducing the possibility of surprise.

January 1, 2012 took partial ownership of this painting, in its own way. A way I hadn’t conceived of or attempted to express, so I really don’t have any words to try to explain this other component. I don’t know. It’s relevance may seem obvious, but it’s inception contained only part of its story. I find this interesting, I am also curious as to how much more of a story it will unveil.

fear of calendars can be found here

studio

in the studio

november first friday artwalk, portland maine

las alas (the winged ones) opens at mayo street arts tonight.

please join us – the opening event is from 5 – 8pm.  10 mayo street in portland, maine.   the room is warm and inviting, filled with the beautiful art of gil corral and angela devenney.  and of course, there are snacks and libations for both the past and the present.

xoxo
los corrals

a sneak peek…

we’re just getting warmed up….more items are on their way.  mostly for the people honored.  if you dig the sugar skulls and drawings and painted shells and embroidery and papel picado, there are lots of not-very-expensive bits of awesome ofrenda to purchase and take home.  so you can start your own obsession.  not that i know anything about that.  ahem.

first friday artwalk . gil corral at mayo street arts

come check it out.  here’s a peek at a bit of the new work.  and lots of super playful folk-art dia de los muertos style for sale as well.  the whole thing rocks.

mayo street arts, portland, maine.  friday, nov 5 2010.  5-8pm opening celebration.  the work will hang through both november and december.

right on.