Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I Am a Sivad Geek

Sivad's Candelabra, in Skelevision! at Art for Jobs
Advance Memphis, 769 Vance Avenue
Thursday, September 20, 2012, 5-8 p.m.

I have my ancient pre-VHS memory of  Memphis' black-and-white-magical late-night can't-wait don't-miss hyperlocal horror host with the terrifying face and deep southern-accented voice,  and I have ready access to surviving video and audio recordings of  the menacing jokester with the impeccable visual showmanship telling the bad jokes and singing the weird songs, but I want more Sivad.

 So I've stenciled Sivad.


I've carved him into a discarded wooden cabinet door


and lit the carving with TV lanterns made from my old smoker.


I've silkscreened him


and illuminated his silkscreened eyes with LEDs.


I've drawn him by hand,


and rendered him in vector drawings.



Most recently, I've cast concrete busts, Sivad's Candelabra, complete with Sivad candles





and lit by Skelevision! lanterns.




And I did it with no more heart and skill than that possessed by an obsessive bored insomniac caveman, hunkered underground in the south of France.

My creating these icons are what The Gates of Memphis are about.  Fo me, it's not enough to have memories and fixed artifacts.  We have to build homages to our giants.  I'm just doing it at a Spinal Tap Stonehenge scale.

But I'm probably not going to making any more Sivads for awhile.  I've got my eyes set on Sputnik Monroe.

Until then, come to Arts for Jobs and buy some great art for a great cause.  Or buy Sivad's Candelabra in Skelevision! priced at either $30 or $50 -- I don't remember.

Good evening!


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7 Comments:

Blogger Jason Sheesley said...

Such a focused body of work. Love it.

1:05 AM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

Thanks Jason!

10:56 PM  
Blogger red herring said...

Hey Roy, Did you know Sivad (David Davis) lived in the house at Warwick and green way road, 2 blocks from your kid house? Red Herring

12:08 PM  
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12:09 PM  
Blogger Miguelito Equis said...

they are awesome! can we sell some of these at five in one social club?

12:38 PM  
Blogger Miguelito Equis said...

they are awesome! can we sell some of these at five in one social club?

12:38 PM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

Thank you! I'd love for Sivad to hangout at Five in One.

1:39 PM  

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