by Matthew Pleva
At the end of this piece there's a link to a slide show of the most recent work of my son Matthew Pleva - my son the artist. Just click on the screen arrow. There's some music too, if you have your speakers on. I've shown some of Matt's work on this blog in the past. Just click on the word "art" in the side bar topics list to see more. He is a most inventive and talented guy. He gathered ideas for his current works buy asking friends to complete this sentence: When you were about 8 or 9 years old, how did you answer the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" The current show features pencils drawings (about 14"x7") that depict the answers.
To the right is the large theme piece (approx. 30"x15")which shows Matt at his drawing table doing what he wanted to be when he grew up - an artist. He would draw the space shuttle with all the plates outlined and all the riviets holding each one in place. Precise then, precise now.
The exhibit and the slides here also show a few of his dioramas - watch for the ones in tiny matchboxes and pocket watches! Pocket watch dioramas depict a train station and a ballerina. Match boxes depict King Arthur with the sword in the stone and Independence Hall, Philadelphia, PA.
There are also drawings of the historic buildings still in use at the intersection of John and Green Streets in uptown Kingston, NY.
All of these pieces are currently hanging at Keegan Ales, St. James St., Kingston, NY. Show will be up until November 30, 2009. Enjoy.