Upside-Down Art, L. R. Emerson II, Latest Works Series, World Premiere 2012, titled “Ode to Baselitz 2”
This is a “Digigraph” which is part fo the 37 documented methods for artmaking invented by L. R. Emerson II. Recently Georg Baselitz called L. R. Emerson’s art"…inspiring."
The upside-down artwork, Ode to Baselitz 2 is part of L. R. Emerson II’s “King of Pattern Sereies” series from 2009.
American Artist, researcher and Inventor L. R. Emerson II may be considered equally the Thomas Edison of art yet is also easily considered among the world’s most unusual artists but he is best known today as the leading artist of the Upside-Down Art Movement or Masg art movement which has origins to 1983.
Emerson has never intended to become a household name in artmaking and the evidence of his effort to avoid marketability is his diligent effort to make art that was intentionally against the common trends.
His Upside-Down and also Op Art, art movements prove he is no fame seeker. Featured at Saatchionine.com Emerson has presented a work which has garnered the attention of Charles Saatchi himself who personally flagged L. R. Emerson ‘s work as “Liked”. Paying homage to neo-expressionist painter Georg Baselitz, American artist L. R. Emerson II presents at Saatchi this work Upside-Down Artwork or also known as Masg art “Ode to Baselitz”.
The medium Digigraph (a phrase termed and documented in 2009 in The Purple Tree; Art in a Boundless Age)is a combination for both traditional and tech media. The Digigraph featured here is part of L. R. Emerson’s 50+ documented, pioneering inventions for making art by combining traditional mediums and digital technology. This work is a culmination of pen and ink, and computer aided design.
L. R. Emerson II is one of the most unusual and prolific artists the world has ever witnessed. L. R. Emerson II has produced work for gammy winning musicians as wells as served for three decades, consecutively as the lead artist of the Upside-Down Art Movement.
With over 100 awards to date and now working in his third decade Emerson has proven himself worthy of critical appraisal. Nicholas Forrest, contributing writer to Art & Antiques Magazine wrote about L. R. Emerson II stating “An amazing artist, Amazing art!” 2006.
“Like Picasso once commented, I too don’t make art to decorate the walls of someone’s apartment!” said Emerson in a recent interview. “I have never made my personal art to sell though I worked successfully as a commercial artist. Commercial art and advertising design of which I have won awards is a different of art entirely. I have always kept my personal art completely separate from my commercial design – both in style, marketing and presentation.” 2012.
L. R. has been researching, developing, and inventing methods of making art and specifically Upside-Down art known as Masg Art, from Gaelic meaning to mix; or infuse for 30 years.
To date has delivered on his 1983 promises to make Upside-Down Art a household name in the very near future which is here now. In the aftermath we find now major artists effecting and or following the movement which is crossing international lines with artists such as Germany’s Georg Baselitz and giving strong visual support. Emerson’s own efforts in leading the Upside-Down Art Movement has thus far have encompassed the following:
• Serving among the world’s most influential 21st century designers
• Created Upside-Down Art for nearly thirty years having begun in 1983.
• Exhibited at age 18, and worked as a commissioned artist beginning at age of 18 with work appearing in newspaper and magazines by age 19
• First artist ever to offer their art for free, up to $1 million dollars of L. R. Emerson II’s artwork was offered for free to anyone in the world. The offer, advertised to the general public in numerous places stood from 2005 until 2009
• Created in excess of 100,000 works within 300 series
• Engaged 30 years of innovative, experimentation and invention driven research on Upside-Down Art or Multidirectional Art Composition, process and art methodology
• Has been awarded for being considered one of America’s Leading Art Educators, frequently serving as a Lead Art Educator on a variety of curriculum writing and Art Education textbook adoption committees. Emerson’s curriculum writing experience has included practicum, research and committee collaboration to develop Art Education practices and standards for Art Foundation teaching and Cornerstone Assessments which serve as Benchmarks to assess practicing artist’s skills and ability. 2008 to 2012
• Invented in excess of 50 documented new methods for making Upside-Down Art or Masg Art
• Established a world record in the “Most Digital Works Created in One Hour” with the record set at 86 in 2007 and succeeded to a new record of 87 in 2008, both held by Emerson
• Published The Purple Tree; Art in a Boundless Age, 2009
• 2012 Charles Saatchi personally flags Emerson’s online Saatchi Gallery as a “Liked User”
• Among the world’s most accomplished airbrush artists, having been placed in magazines the age of 19 and still today advancing the power of airbrush through invention and exhibition.
• Created work for numerous patron including Grammy Winning musician/songwriter Leon Russell – who worte “Superstar” the number one hit song for the late Karen Carpenter , March 2, 1950 – February 4, 1983 (also a Grammy Winner) and living legend Barbara Streisand, born April 24, 1942.
• Donated by Deed the printing, publishing and rights to sale of over $1 million dollars in art.
• Created the first Upside-Down Art/Masg art Portraiture featuring a living person
• Established new art movement named “Pop Not” – genuine Pop Art styled social criticism with Pop styled, collages and punchy graphics but far removed from the kitschy, pseudo Pop Art existing today. L. R. Emerson II documented in the Purple Tree; Art in A Boundless Age the relevance and mission of Pop Not artists and the socially critical work they produce.
• Produced 14 Art Education videos highlighting the earmarks of Upside-Down Art
• Achieved in excess of 100 awards including awards for advertising design and photography
• Received critical acclaim from Nicholas Forrest, contributing writer to Art and Antiques Magazine. Forrest wrote about L. R. Emerson II’s Upside-Down Art or Masg Art stating “Amazing art by an amazing artist!” 2006
• Created in excess of 7,000 “Pop Not” styled artworks and documented the new art movement through exhibition in 2009
• Written and published Art History and or Criticism articles about Upside-Down Art
• Exhibited Upside-Down Art or Masg Art at prominent museums such The Museum of Contemporary Art
• Works held in both private estate and public art collections
• Developed, termed and published research about the “Digigraph” art process and art medium – a unique new art medium using traditional art media and technology
• Received the accolade of Georg Baselitz calling L. R. Emerson II’s art “…inspiring”
• 2005, Established e4 Fine Art and an accompanying website e4fineart.com to serve as the exclusive representative for may work and the web site to host functional space to not only electronically exhibit my work but moreover to share understanding about the art history related to Upside-Down Art. To date www.e4fineart.com.com and its’ counterpart gallery, www.upside-down-art.com has had over 600.000 visitors from across the planet and exists as “The World’s Largest Solo Artist Site” TM
• First artist to call for a change in the current Art Education texts and practices as L. R. Emerson II’s 30 years of pioneering research has proved the merits and validity of Upside-Down Art, or Masg Art as being a worthy alternative to the three common forms of compositional balance.
Because of the work of L. R. Emerson II and other supporting Upside-Down artists the old texts and teaching foundations knows as the Principles of Art/Design are wrong and need revision. Museums, Art Critics, Educators and Historians can no longer ignore the relevance and merit of multi-directional composition
• In 2005, after having been kept secret for over two decades, Masg or Upside-Down Art was introduced to more than 500 galleries and in excess of 50 renowned museums worldwide including:
Tate Museum, London
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Musée du Louvre, Paris
The Museum of Modern Art, NYC
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
“Currently as I continue my research and documentation I look toward an Upside-Down Art group Exhibition including myself, Georg Baselitz, and Anish Kapoor. London’s Tate Museum and NYC’s and Guggenheim and MOMA and the Los Angeles County Musuem of Art are fine venues for this considerably unusual exhibition. The exhibition will likely be regarded as the world’s most unusual art of the 20th and 21st Century.
We have come a long way but have a continued journey ahead. I am pleased however at the progress so far and know we have truly shattered the Glass ceiling or stronghold of art conservators and museums as they too now have accepted the methods of composition have forever changed!”
L. R. Emerson II, 2012
Please see the revolutionary art of L. R. Emerson II at www.upside-down-art.com , “The World’s Largest Solo Artist Site” TM