*Limited Signed edition; only 25 available and gilded in gold.
I made a fake whisky label of Compass Box Whisky and posted this image on-line on April Fool's Day as a joke. Last summer I met up with John Glaser and Jill Boyd, and they introduced me to their table whisky, which is a play-on theme for table wine, for the French market. That's when I asked, "Are you planning to do a full-line and have themes like whiskies being pink like a rosè?" That's when Jill's eyes lit up and she said she'd been trying to convince John to produce something w/a red-wine cask finish. So, here we are! John will be flying me to London and I'll get to join the team, choosing samples and building a whisky based on our conversation.
JK! April Fool's! HAHA I wish I was doing that! Man, this label took me over 80 hours to complete. I created this design based on my conversation w/the both of them and how I see Compass Box. Compass Box is meaningful to me because John pushes the boundaries with the SWA. Often times, I feel like I will never fit in the whisky industry because I'm strange and it makes me sad sometimes. I genuinely love whisky, particularly scotch, and I breath the subject matter whole heartedly. So, I felt compelled to produce a piece inspired by them. I took a look at CB's labels and was intrigued by Enlightenment because it was an intellectual and scientific movement that celebrated reason and individualism during the 17th and 18th Century.
So, I thought, "How about we move into 19th century movement. It's called, "Fin de Siecle," which means, “end of the century”. People think this was a period of degeneration, but it also spawned for hope for a new beginning. However, writers like Oscar Wilde and Baudelaire believed, "The purpose of art was to evoke an emotional response and demonstrate the beauty inherent in the unnatural as opposed to trying to teach its audience an infallible sense of morality" (Quintus, John Allen). Some explored sexuality in a "perverse" way without imposing any moral views.
Egoism, also played a theme in this period, where there was a disproportionate attention placed on one's own endeavors. This can result in feeling alienated. As a result I decided to put myself in the image. I don't like being the center of attention, but it is an homage to Wilde's _Dorian Gray_. Gray. In this book, Dorian expresses the desire to sell his soul, to ensure that the picture, rather than he, will age and fade.
There a books everywhere because literature is important in my life, and I broke Baudelaire's writing into titles. It reads, "La profender de la vie se revele tout entiere dans le spectacle, si ordinaire qu'il soit, qu'on a sous les yeux. Il en devient le symbole" (the depth of life reveals itself in all its profundity in whatever one is looking at, however ordinary that spectacle might be. That vision becomes the symbol of life's depth." Another line reads, "De la vaporisation et de la centralisation du moi, Tout est la (The dispersion and the focusing of the self: those 2 movements are of the essence. Kathryn Oliver Mills suggests this is theme of his life and work. Part of the human condition is having the willingness to outrage public opinion, yet having the desire for popular acclaim.
I am not suggesting that this statement represents Glaser and CB. However, I love that line because there's always a teetering effect between art and science, and money and passion. At what point does one adjust one's own vision or POV to make money, etc? Is it possible to be 100% yourself and raw, while still being financially successful? I just don't know the answer.
Through Fin de Siècle, the Decadent Movement also emerged. It was characterized by self disgust, sickness at the world , and delight in perversion and employment of crude humor. French Decadent Movement Beaudelaire had his own philosophy: a preference for what is beautiful and what is exotic, an ease w/surrendering to fantasy, and a maturity of skill w/manipulating language. Whilst art in this time period seems hedonistic, I took the liberty to have my own interpretation of indulging in decadence—alcohol, dessert, day dreaming in excess...it is my own version version of the modern dandyess.
I put my heart into this piece and I just want to throw it out to the universe and to Compass Box that I want to work with people I genuinely like--people who are authentic, kind, honest, and fair. I want to collaborate w/people who inspire me. More importantly I want to celebrate people who have inspired me through my art. That is the intention I want to release and make it known. So, I hope I will get the opportunity to do more art and be successful as my own boss.
This is printed in Premium Luster paper. The dimensions are 13 by 19 inches. I guild certain parts of the image in gold after it's printed because I think it looks aesthetically better.