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Michael Carini | LEARN MORE

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I painted “Forever Free Falling” at KAABOO Del Mar in 2017 during one of Tom Petty’s final performances. This is my tribute to the man, the legend, and now the angel. I’ll be back at KAABOO Del Mar this September with a few surprises up my sleeve.

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

“A Father That Was The Son” reflects upon the dynamics of father and son relationships and their intricate complexities. Some of us have great relationships with our fathers while for others, it’s a bit more tumultuous. Regardless, there are always lessons for us to learn, good and bad, as the son grows to become a man and perhaps a father himself.

A father is often the sun for a son and I happened to lose mine early in life which left me in a place of darkness for many many years. There is a very big part of him still inside of me and for too long, I carried the weight of his shadow, most of those years not even aware I was doing so. The sun can cast a mighty shadow and I am still learning to step out of his. I’m not sure if I will ever become a father myself or what the universe has in store for me…but if I do, I would like to think that I would be a good one and a man that would make my father proud.

I was blessed to be adopted by a new father several years after losing my biological. I learned valuable lessons from them both that I will carry with me always. Fathers, teach your sons to be honorable men of character and integrity. I am thankful that mine did and although there may have been some very dark nights, this son still rises.

Thank You Dads-

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“Faces Of The Parabox” is a subset from “The Boy In The Box” series. Commencing upon the precipice of homelessness, “The Boy In The Box” follows the rigid geometric structuring of the “The Up-Side Of Down” and represents the perpetual quest for personal freedom and breaking outside of the box.

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I don’t wonder because I wander. I wander because I wonder. This one is dedicated to the avant-garde, the wanderers, the frontier pushers. Wishing you great prosperity and safe travels.

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“The Up-Side of Down” was inspired by a 2009 assault and battery that hospitalized me with multiple facial fractures, severe eye trauma, and a concussion. My signature icon, which I saw flashing in my head during the concussive state, is a key repeating element in this series that represents life growing from death and discovering the positives in negatives.

“It’s Always Okay Until It’s Not” reflects upon how, often in life, out of sight is out of mind and things aren’t a problem in our eyes or minds until they are. Sometimes we see it coming and sometimes we don’t. When it hits though, it is up to us to make it right.

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“Astranomelly” was the culminating piece of my artist residency in Downtown San Diego. During the months of April/May (2012) I spent 50 days painting on Broadway Avenue, generally averaging 10-12 hours per session and never taking a single day off. Basically living in the studio as I found myself on the precipice of homelessness, this climactic creation measures 6.5′ x 10′ and is representative of my collective experiences as “The Boy In The Box.” The culture shock of the residency experience made this both an artistic opportunity and a sociological experiment as I found myself imbued with the regionalism of this foreign community and was indoctrinated into their culture. The individuals that visited and shared their stories during my tenure in the box were all incorporated into the painting, their names inscribed in the underpainting that surrounds the iconic vortex (or black hole) that is simultaneously a symbol of the outward eyes looking in at me as I poured my soul into the canvas. The concept for “Astranomelly” came to me on a car ride home at 3:30am as I listened to the track “Battling the Sun” by local musician Astra Kelly. I had met Astra earlier that evening when she stopped in during a rare San Diego storm. The rest of the story I now leave with you.

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“Light Of The Shadow Caster” reflects upon the dichotomy and duality that existing within all of us. Where there is darkness, there is light. Where there is light, there is darkness. It’s just a matter of perspective and which you allow to dominate you and your life. Don’t like where you are? Change it. You cannot wait for someone to change your life for you because you may be waiting forever. Change your own life. Be your own light. When you learn to do it yourself, nobody can ever take it away from you and if you ever fall back into the darkness, you will know wholeheartedly that you can pull yourself out.

When is the best time to change your life? Yesterday. When is the next best time? Today. Yesterday’s tomorrow has already arrived so tomorrow is no longer a valid excuse.

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“I Gave You Every Piece Of Me But You Could Never Love A Puzzle (95,126,814,720 Pieces Of An Alchemist).” This painting reflects upon battles with both self-love and the realization I often give the love I always wish I had. It’s often difficult for people to love a puzzle they can’t put together. The box can be intriguing, maybe they even open it, but so few are willing to take the time to see it through to the final piece. The number of puzzle pieces is also a direct reference to my mega creation Regenaissance. Perhaps the reason the puzzle is so difficult to complete is that so many pieces are missing because they were given away to people that mishandled them and never put them back in the box.

When I’m able to get back to painting, I will be starting a new “Puzzled Hearts” collection, which will closely tie with this piece and concept. If you like my work or my stories, please share. You make what I do possible. Every purchase or small donation goes a long way. CariniArts.com offers free worldwide shipping and interest free payment plans. Check it out and you can see this painting HERE

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The “10 Year Table Canvas” spans a decade of visions, creations, and more than 10 bodies of work. Within its depths lie the tangible blood, sweat, and tears of this man beneath the paint. It is a deeply textured and layered history in its purest and most raw form. Encompassing hundreds of paintings that paradoxically unite to create one, it is nothing short of an intimate self portrait of myself, the Acrylic Alchemist.

I think this is one of my most special and valuable pieces. For 10 years, I wiped my palette knife on my table and this is the result. There is a piece of every single painting from over a decade in this one piece, essentially making it a collective portfolio of sorts. The energy is raw and palpable. The textures are insane and represent a three dimensional map of my life. I can still pinpoint certain paintings I was working on at certain times and stages of my life, from the bottom and the top, within this painting. Although I generally don’t allow people to touch my paintings because of the damage caused by oils from the hands, this is a painting I insist that people touch. It will touch you.

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“Where Time Falls.” Time is not static and exists in multiple states. It is not bound by clocks or timekeepers. Relativity has shown us all time and time again that a second can feel like eternity and eternity can feel like a second. At times it feels as if it stops and at others we wish it would. It’s difficult to predict where and how time will fall, but it’s absolutely imperative we treasure the time we do have because it’s virtually impossible to retrieve once lost. Yesterday’s tomorrow has arrived and the time is now. Now is always the time. Make the most out of yours and may time forever fall in your favor.

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“I Gave You Everything (Until I Was Nothing)”

Lately I’ve been feeling like I have almost nothing left in me. I’ve been chasing a dream my entire life that nobody else can see but me. Though I may have almost nothing left, I will give everything that is or may be left in my pursuit of that dream. I will squeeze out every last drop until I see what nothing really looks like. If I don’t make it, so be it. I would rather die trying than not know. I would rather fall short going after everything I have ever dreamed of than deliberately stop short and live a mediocre life of comfort because I’m too scared to take the chance. You must initiate that risk. You have to jump. If you don’t, the end is a forgone conclusion already. Giving everything is the only way you will ever truly know how far you can go and what’s inside of you. It is the only way you will ever truly know yourself. Until you do, you already are nothing. Only when you reach that level of emptying the tank 100% and having nothing can you truly become everything.

-Better to be nothing, having given everything, than to be everything, having given nothing…

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