If you know me at all, you probably know that I am a huge Lady Gaga fan. It’s no secret that she is a pop culture phenomenon in herself. The third musical moment that impacted my life was her 2009 VMA performance of “Paparazzi.”
I was already a huge Lady Gaga fan, long before this performance actually. But she never quite grabbed my attention. The “Paparazzi” video was really awesome, but nothing really excited me about her by this time. Then she performed at the MTV VMA’s and she completely changed the way I look at art.
A few months after that performance she released The Fame Monster. By this time I was in full-force Gaga mode, and thought everyone else looked ameteur when compared to her. When The Fame Monster came out, I was instantly addicted. Each song was not only a fantastic dance track, but each one had a very artistic sound, and very meaningful lyrics.
I thought to myself, “I should make my own version of The Fame Monster.” So I did! Only instead of making music, I made paintings.
I dubbed it The Monster Collection. A series of paintings inspired by The Fame Monster, where each song from the album had its own painting! I planned on having a few showings of the entire collection, with any money or proceeds going to a local charity.
At this point I am only finished 6 of the paintings. Of the 6, there are only 4 I want to share right now (I want people to come see the rest when I have my opening!).
So here are Bad Romance, Alejandro, Dance in the Dark, and a world exclusive that’s never before been seen on the internet, So Happy I Could Die, and an explanation of why I painted each the way I did. I’m not trying to be the next Picasso, so be nice!
I made the Bad Romance painting in about 2 minutes. It’s a drip technique acryllic on canvas. I love how it makes a flower but it’s black. This is a REALLY popular painting with my friends.
This is the Alejandro painting. The first thing people ask me is about the bull and why it looks fragile and decreppid. The reason is I was pulling from Salvador Dali’s “The Bullfighter” where the bull has very similar legs. I intentionally made the male bullfighter have high heels an a feminine looking hand with the cigarette (or at least I tried) because I wanted to create gender neutrality. I finished this painting December 2009, so you can imagine how amazed I was when the video came out and there were men in high heels! Gaga and I are always on the same level.
This is one of my favorites I’ve ever done. It’s for Dance in the Dark. The moon tiles are mirrors in the top left. I hoped the focus would be the hearbeats. I actually sent this picture of the painting to Fernando Garibay, the producer of the song, and he told me that he loved it! I basically passed out.
This is the painting for So Happy I Could Die. I’ve never posted it online before right now, so congratulations on being one of the first to see it! The reason I chose the Brooklyn Bridge as my center focus is because this song reminds me of NYC. When I am in NYC I’m so happy I could die. You can see the world is bending, much like the song, in the background. I still have a lot of work to do on this one but I rally like it even as it is.