Thank you everyone for coming to the show! The day was gloriously beautiful, and to have you all here was, for me, perfect. I’m so sorry that I didn’t have time… to talk more with each and every one of you, but my friends, there will be more times for that, of course. Shout out to all the kids who helped stuff balloons- I seriously couldn’t have done it without you!
The backyard showing of, Mujere de las Flores, Balloonman, Blue Woman Acrobat, Sun’Bird’Woman, and the Inflatableman.
Sculpture garden, outdoor sculpture show, afternoon hang-out, the first Monunomena event takes place July 29, 2017 in Ann Arbor Michigan.
I’ve had a group of large scale sculptures, impossible to show in a gallery, that I’ve wanted to get together for a long time. At last I’m just doing it! Come over to the house on Saturday afternoon, relax in a the garden, and view the art. Zona Uno is the body of work I’ve been doing for last 5 years, plus resonate work from my oeuvre.
The grand moments that surround and include us, we call Destiny, and the small personal insignificant things, merely “coincidence”. But it’s indeed Destiny that I should be drinking this espresso, in this shop, in this chair, in this sunshine, at this moment; and otherwise, the events of the World are only coincidental.
Sometimes you need to turn your brain off, and just sculpt. And so must you quit the narration and simply post photos. I’m so far behind on updates that I’m going to speed-post the rest, which is too bad, because I’m working with a new materials and techniques that are worth documenting. Oh well.
Applying extruded polystyrene foam to the dis-assembled plywood armature-core, Cut patterns for legs, glue up, notch interlocking, re-assemble, start carving away with a very sharp 12” kitchen knife, take outside and lightly sand – September.
Cut sides for body n’ head, make a clever template to help fit the sides and legs joining, glue-up, reinforce legs to base by-the-way.
Heads and Tails, more foam-on-ply, dis-assemble/re-assemble, clever templates used to measure foam for more filled-out the body shape, claps and glue.
Carve body and face with a very sharp kitchen knife (sadly, no video), the fun part, glue up parts for a rounder butt and head.
All Together Now, done carving, take outside to sand evenly – November low-angle sunlight ideal for shadows, foam-form finished.
That was three month’s of weekends’ work, excluding Tango dancing, some trips, vacation up north, visit my old Dad, Thanksgiving, &c. I say I’m 3/4 finished now. All the surface to do next.
The milonguero gazes in wonderment at the radiant Sun•Bird•Woman.
How My Drawing Ended Up in a Museum
Dear Mr. De Genaro,
We are in the process of recording recent gifts and your drawing pictured below is among them. It came from the Estate of Judy Josephson Schreiber who lived in Mobile and Valdosta, Georgia. We maintain artist records and I would very much like to know your date and place of birth. Was there a title associated with this work? When did you create it? I noticed several similar ones on your website. It would be very useful to know the background to this very distinctive approach. Congratulations on your ARTPRIZE. I was the curator at the Grand Rapids Art Museum many years ago. Please list us as having a work by you in the collection and keep us updated with your art activities.
Paul W, Richelson, Chief Curator
Mobile Museum of Art
4850 Museum Drive, Mobile, AL 36608
This drawing, titled 11,340 People, was created in 1983 and was one of three which are related. The others are 3040 people and 34,846 People. They are part of a phase of working on intense detailed pictures of sketch figures over a period of a year.
At the time it was made, I was working to establish my uniqueness as an artist, and, wanted to demonstrate, even just physically, something superlative. My work is the Figure, and Identity, and constructivist interest in materials. I am primarily a sculptor, but do some graphic works. I’d say that this drawing is built as an object is constructed, from elements repeated to form a structure. As the drawing progressed, I saw the optical effects of the pattern created in repetition, and this lead me to create more works like this.
Aaron and Judith Josephson bought this drawing from a show at The Contemporary Artist Workshop in Chicago while I was in graduate study at SAIC in 1983. The price was $275 after the commission and I lived on that money.