If I cannot decide whether I’m in the mood to look at porn or a good art book I grab for Pinups Magazine.
Aaron Smith, “Bearded”, oil on panel 2009
Aaron Smith is known for referencing art history in both his painting style and compositions. His new paintings’ color and surfaces are liberated of historic constraints. By taking such liberties with the images’ presentation, the artist transforms still life paintings into uniquely contemporary symbolic portraits. Derived from opulent objects; Gothic and Baroque sculpture originally created to spiritually inspire; the paintings strip the all-male characters of context, suspending them in an existential vacuum. His figurative oil paintings have earned him solo shows at some of LA and Chicago’s finer galleries.
Last night Bob gave us a stadium size performance in a quaint personal setting at the Swedish Music Hall on Market Street SF, CA.
The audience was eclectic, ranging from bears who are fans of Bobs DJing at his event BLOWOFF , old skool fans, teenies boppers, who must be the cool kids at their school today, with vintage Husker Du albums in hand to be autographed and a vocal bunch middle aged female fans who danced in the back.
As Heidi Klum says on Project Runway , “One day you’re in , the next you’re out. But you Bob, one day you’re in and the next day you’re even better. I dont want to use a stinky cheese anology about better with time , but you get it!
There was tender moment where Bob had some dialogue with his partner who sat in the VIP balcony ,remembering the 80′s. Bob charmed us in between song with engaging banter and several referred to a the gay community and happy to be back in town after touring the Northeast. At this point a womans voice from the back screamed, ” The bitches still love you!” Hilarious!
Bob with his guitar hanging low gave us a Jam packed set, ripping out one song after another. My only complaint was that I wanted to brush the chairs aside, and rush the stage so we could be closer.
He gleefully mentioned that he was done writing his book, a memoir of his life. I’ve had the pleasure of having coffee with Bob several times over the time he was finishing the book and can tell you that in this book contains his HEART & SOUL! He declared that the finished product is a large book of 500 hundred pages. This will most definitely be on my coffee table as soon as I can get my hands on a copy.
And on a gay note, can we all agree that Bobs a stud. I think Bobs been hitting the gym because for a moment I thought I was at a gun show.