12 episodes

The Roofless Dog & Pony Show is a program created by Roofless Painters, an Art School and Gallery for nomads and misfits.

In each episode, we discuss what we are about to paint and why we're going to paint it. We introduce the theme of the painting collection we're getting ready to work on. We talk about the genesis of the concept, its contemporary context, and reflect on the form it may take on our paintings. We also bring up stylistic and historical references as inspiration in the form of painting examples from the past.

Our episodes are from life, messy, and unvarnished, just like our paintings.

The Roofless Dog & Pony Show Julio Panisello

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The Roofless Dog & Pony Show is a program created by Roofless Painters, an Art School and Gallery for nomads and misfits.

In each episode, we discuss what we are about to paint and why we're going to paint it. We introduce the theme of the painting collection we're getting ready to work on. We talk about the genesis of the concept, its contemporary context, and reflect on the form it may take on our paintings. We also bring up stylistic and historical references as inspiration in the form of painting examples from the past.

Our episodes are from life, messy, and unvarnished, just like our paintings.

    BOUGAINVILLEAS

    BOUGAINVILLEAS

    Bougainvillea, by Lucy Eddy

    Garlands of royal Purple:
    Proud, regal notes of pageantry
    Sounding imperial color:
    A fanfare of trumpets
    Triumphant, barbaric:
    Bells and chimes and cymbals
    Clanging crimson.

    If you'd like to view the paintings we talk about in this episode, watch the video format on our YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/AnAjrb5eDp0

    • 36 min
    Ear Rings

    Ear Rings

    Our last portrait challenged us to put extra effort into the ears, a part of the face we usually tend to neglect.

    During the process, we came across a close-up of Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, which reveals the minimal paint Vermeer employed to depict a fully formed alleged pearl. It has two strokes, one of them barely visible, no hardware, and no hook. The skin beneath is not covered; it can be seen clearly. But if you stand back, a pearl appears.

    There is a difference between painting illusion and painting effect, and exercising restraint can help us transcend the first to achieve the latter.

    If you'd like to view the paintings we talk about in this episode, watch the video format on our YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/eCM1e-HweIY

    • 22 min
    Anti-portrait

    Anti-portrait

    Contemporary artist Virginia Nimarkoh painted Untitled #1 (After Gerhard Richter, Betty, 1988) in 2001. Her painting replicates the famous photorealist portrait by Gerhard Richter, replacing a young African-American woman for Richter's daughter, engaging us to reconsider the determinability of an image and the ways minority representation expands the narrative of a conceptually unmovable artwork.

    Nimarkoh's painting invited us to revisit Richter's piece, which at that time broke many conventions in portraiture. The daughter turns away from the camera, and the viewer looks into one of Richter’s monochrome works from the mid-70s. The composition achieves intimacy through extreme awkwardness.

    Conceptually, the tension builds from the uncertainty about the reason the figure is looking back. Is she about to look forward? Was this the instant when Richter is about to press the shutter button, and Betty decides to unexpectedly look away?

    We will reenact both paintings' exact position using a different subject: ourselves, a family member, a friend.

    If you'd like to view the paintings we talk about in this episode, watch the video format on our YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/RJX5hxAu49k

    • 27 min
    Paint Tubes

    Paint Tubes

    It's hard to visualize the quintessential image of a modern painter as a solo (and sometimes lonely) figure translating nature through their brush without the existence of tubes of paint. Artists have been painting their own art supplies on still lifes since the late 1800s.

    By using paint tubes as our subject for this collection, we effectively become part of our creation, bringing paint into existence through paint itself. In turn, our painted tubes become more like us than their simplest existential form.
    If you'd like to view the paintings we talk about in this episode, watch the video format on our YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/S2a2vZ3nDbY

    • 32 min
    Portrait of a Tree

    Portrait of a Tree

    Arbor Day—which literally translates to “tree” day from the Latin origin of the word arbor—is a holiday that celebrates the planting, upkeep and preservation of trees. For centuries, communities spanning the globe have found various ways to honor nature and the environment. However, the appreciation of trees and forests in modern times can be largely attributed to Arbor Day. And although Arbor Day may not have the same clout as holidays like Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day (or even Earth Day), it has a history with strong roots that branched out across multiple nations. Arbor Day 2021 will occur on Friday, April 30, and is typically celebrated on the last Friday in April in the United States.
    The Spanish village of Mondoñedo held the first documented arbor plantation festival in the world organized by its mayor in 1594.
    The first American Arbor Day was originated in Nebraska City, Nebraska by J. Sterling Morton. On April 10, 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted there.
    If you'd like to view the paintings we talk about in this episode, watch the video format on our YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/F2WQH1LUM0c

    • 32 min
    Liquid Gold

    Liquid Gold

    During the last 16 years, artist Serge Attukwei Clottey has been collecting discarded yellow containers made out of plastic that were once used by people who had no running water. Women were tasked to walk miles to fill up the containers with potable water. Today, the containers are littering the country. Serge is using them as raw material for his plastic tapestries.

    In addition to talking about the water crisis and environmental injustice, Serge is blanketing the streets where he lives to make a case for people unable to claim private property because of bureaucratic obstacles.

    Desert X is currently showing an installation in Palm Springs using Serge Attukwei Clottey's plastic tapestry. Water shortage, environmental justice, and land ownership are issues that affect us here also.

    We will use the same image reference of the yellow plastic container symbolizing so many things as inspiration for a still life painting.

    If you'd like to view the paintings we talk about in this episode, watch the video format on our YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/y_F4nrBf-pY

    • 35 min

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