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POP-UP@PASEO NUEVO

I recently staged and curated a pop-up exhibit including myself and five other local, Santa Barbara artists in the world famous Paseo Nuevo Shopping Center. Art as retail! Show was a huge success!

My Political Coming Out

Metrov Studio Report 2018

Metrov Contemporary Arts—Studio Report 2018.
Get a glimpse of our exciting studio activities so far this year, including celebrity portraits, an introduction to “Romantic Minimalism,” and student intern projects. To see over 50 years of work by internationally collected fine artist, Metrov, please explore this site. As seen in the video, we share profits on Metrov merchandising items with our amazing UCSB interns. To see our prints, t-shirts, bags, and help support art students thru school, please visit http://www.mc-arts.shop. Get in touch if you have questions. And thanks for watching!

The Lantern Project

Metrov with Director Robert Zemeckis

Recently unveiled new Metrov portrait of legendary film director, Robert Zemeckis, Academy Award Winning writer/producer/director of FORREST GUMP, BACK TO THE FUTURE (1,2,3), CAST AWAY, POLAR EXPRESS, and so many more! The portrait marks the second in the long-term “Lantern Project,” launched by Metrov and partner, Anne Barkley, formerly with Creative Artists Agency.

NEW EXHIBIT: EARTH AS EROTIC ENERGY (Stop Torturing My Mother!)

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Metrov with works-in-progress

Featuring West Coast’s Wildest, Most-Accomplished,
Under-Recognized Contemporary Artists

Where: Angel City Brewery—Sponsored by ARTSHARE LA
(in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles Arts District)

When: June 8 thru July 5, 2017

Artists: Sara Lytle, Metrov, Mike Mollett, Henry Rasmussen

Opening Reception: June 8, 6-9pm

Mingle with political radicals, circus dwarfs, flying monkeys, atomic mutants…

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 15, 2017) — With the support of ArtShare LA, four seasoned visual artists will receive widespread exposure in the heart of the booming Downtown Los Angeles Arts District.

“We’ve been deeply devoted to the Arts our entire lives. I believe it’s because we’ve chosen unorthodox career paths that we’ve yet to receive significant recognition. We haven’t followed the rules. To a person, we’ve felt compelled, obligated really, to explore the fascinating new mediums / outlets / technologies available to artists today,” says Metrov, the exhibit’s curator and lead artist.

The exhibit title: “EARTH: as erotic energy (stop torturing my mother!)” references outrage at the tearing down of our cherished environmental protections; an absolute denunciation of unbridled corporate pollution of our air, water, and food; disregard for ecocentric values—all in the name of profit and greed. “The old system is dying. We are here to welcome a return to Matriarchal Principles and a harmonious relationship with Nature; to aid the transformation from a fear-based to a love-based civilization.”

The exhibit will feature: Artist Sara Lytle’s revelations from the alt dimension, Metrov’s large-format assemblage works depicting divine-feminine mutations, Henry Rasmussen’s haunting silent heads, hanging, organic mud sculptures by Mike Mollett, founder of the LA MUDPEOPLE.

Where: Angel City Brewery—Sponsored by ARTSHARE LA When: June 8 thru July 5, 2017 Artists: Sara Lytle, Metrov, Mike Mollett, Henry Rasmussen Opening Reception: June 8, 6-9pm

Exhibit video—Opening Night:

Metrov @SantaBarbara Center for Arts, Science, & Technology

Official Exhibit Video

Metrov @SantaBarbara Center for Arts, Science, & Technology

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Metrov @ Barnsdall Museum

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The Reincarnation of PAX

The introduction of new casting technologies led me on quite an adventure this last year. Basically, it was supposed to go something like this: 1) Use a 3D modeling program to create a digital sculpture. 2) Email the digital file to a foundry. 3) Foundry makes a 3D print. 4) From the 3D print, they make a mold. 5) From the mold, they cast the sculpture in bronze.  6) Add patinas to bronze.  7) The bronze is mounted on a marble stand. 8) Foundry ships finished piece to my studio in U.S.  The real adventure, however, happened between the lines.

STEP ONE: CREATE 3D MODEL

Below: image of PAX: BEAR GODDESS (with foundry notes), rendered from Blender, an open source, 3D modeling and animation program. It took me a few years to master Blender… the basics, anyway. It’s a fully comprehensive program which includes all the myriad controls of the high end paid versions.

Rendering from original 3D model.

Rendering from original 3D model.

STEP TWO: EMAIL DIGITAL FILE TO FOUNDRY

Sounds simple, but first I had to hire a professional 3D modeler to prepare my digital file for 3D printing. Besides modeling the figure, it has to be specially configured to enable 3D printing—technical stuff I’ve yet to learn (read: don’t want to learn… ugh). Also, the file had to go to a foundry in China as their prices are a fraction of what the cost would be in the U.S. Some places in China are not email friendly, and so emails have to be sent through special servers, otherwise they may be intercepted by secret police… or spies… or something. Anyway, the email finally arrived at the foundry.

STEP THREE: FOUNDRY MAKES 3D PRINT

This step was happily straightforward. My well-prepared file printed without issues. Below: image of the 3D print.

3D Print

3D Print

STEP FOUR: FOUNDRY MAKES MOLD

Again, this step was pretty straightforward. Or at least, I didn’t hear of any issues.

STEP FIVE: CAST SCULPTURE IN BRONZE

Casting went well… after all, this is what foundries, do, right?

STEP SIX: ADD PATINAS TO BRONZE

This is where the headaches began. This particular sculpture requires a two-tone patina as seen in the first rendering above. Most of the patina is the traditional bronze color that covers the body and ears, but the head and ear holes must be black. After numerous attempts (and photos back and forth showing where corrections must be made, etc), the artisans at the foundry were simply unable to create the patina as indicated. When they tried to fix it, they only made things worse.  Exasperated, I finally instructed them to remove the patina completely and send it without a finish. (see 3rd shot below).

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Return image with notes to foundry

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Another of several return images with notes to foundry

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Bronze with all patinas removed

STEP SEVEN: MOUNT BRONZE ON MARBLE STAND

The first marble base made by the foundry was nothing like the one I designed in my rendering. When I pointed this out to them (based on the photo they sent), they readily had another one made. Second time they got it right.

STEP EIGHT: SHIP FINISHED PIECE

The work in the image above is what arrived from China. I was pretty excited to receive my sculpture at last… it took almost eight months from the time I’d emailed the 3D digital file to get the final statue. It wouldn’t normally take this long, of course, but the patina phase became a nightmare that no one anticipated. It was my fault, actually, as I failed, in the very beginning, to ask the foundry to show me a similar two-tone patina sculpture they’d done in the past.

So, I now had to have the patina applied. Since this part of the operation requires a heat or welding torch, and because I’d never applied patina before, I went to a local foundry to have it done.

The local foundry is well established: Artisan Bronze in Oxnard, California. Because of the headaches working with China, I decided to have a mold made from the bronze so I could have Artisan Bronze make copies in the future.  Because the 3D print is not required to make bronze copies, the cost is considerably reduced. Robert, the owner, agreed, but the marble base had to be removed to make the mold. Robert warned me it could break when trying to remove it…. which, in fact, it summarily did.

Robert added both colors of the patina, but the blacks did not turn out nearly black enough. I learned that it’s not possible to get a true black patina. The black would have to be painted on.

First, though, I had to replace the marble base. Robert recommended a place he works with in Los Angeles: Imported Onyx. He actually drove my base down to them, and left it for replication. When I called to pick the new base, there was no answer… for almost two weeks.

Meanwhile, I had posted the 3D rendering of the statue on Indiewalls, a website where artists can submit their work for various commercial and private needs, i.e. restaurants, hotels, homes, and so forth. A client actually purchased the statue based on the rendering, and needed it shipped to New York right away!

I found another base factory on the East Coast, and was about to place an order when, Victor, owner of Imported Onyx called and apologized as he’d been waylaid by surgery. At any rate, he turned out to be a great guy, and fabricated a new base in one day. I raced down from Santa Barbara to pick it up.

Having the mounted statue back in my studio, I had to apply the final black paint for the head and ear holes. I painstakingly masked off the bronze areas and applied the paint on Friday. Saturday was spent photographing and making video of the final work. Sunday, I prepared the packing crate. Monday, I ordered a plaque with title of piece and my name. Monday night, packed the work. Tues morning, drove the crate to FEDEX and had it shipped to NYC!

Since this version of PAX is a limited edition of 25, I only have to go through this 24 more times! Just kidding. Now that I’ve been through the process… and learned the potholes to avoid… it should be a snap making the other editions. At any rate, keep your fingers crossed for me.


MYTH OF PAX: BEAR GODDESS

In this epic, narrative installation series, Pax, the ancient Roman goddess of peace, Spring, and re-birth, returns to us as the spirit of a Mother Bear. The Pax project signals the arrival of a new global consciousness; a harmonious shift between the balance of patriarchal and matriarchal forces governing our planet. 

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Artist Metrov with PAX: BEAR GODDESS

LEARN MORE ABOUT “PAX: BEAR GODDESS”

“Metrov’s work, in its eclecticism and vitality, admirably conforms to Manny Farber’s description of ‘termite art’ which “goes always forward eating its own boundaries,
and, likely as not, leaves nothing in its wake other than the signs of eager, industrious, unkempt activity.”
Author/critic Brad Stevens. 

For over 50 years, Metrov has focused on mastering traditional techniques as well as exploring new mediums that continue to blossom around him. He has been far more enthusiastic toward experimentation than in seeking gallery renown. This website represents a broad representation of the artist’s work in painting, mixed-media, traditional sculpture, digital sculpture, film, music, writing, and the development of global sustainability principles. Explore.

Born in East Los Angeles, Metrov began his professional life in New York City in 1970 working as a designer/illustrator for world-renowned Push Pin Studios. At the same time he worked as apprentice to the iconic Roger Hane, painter/designer of the original Carlos Castaneda book covers. Metrov then segued into the Fine Arts, painting in a loft studio across from Andy Warhol’s Factory… (MORE)

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