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BROKEN - THE LAST SUPPER by kevissimo BROKEN - THE LAST SUPPER by kevissimo
My Last Supper photographed with all developmentally disabled adults from the Peppermint Ridge facility in Corona.

It took over a year to get all of the permissions from the families of the residents. I had only 15 minutes for the shoot. My main camera died on the first shot...so I photographed everyone with my decrepit Holga thinking none of this was ever going to work. Miraculously (and I mean that in every sense of the word) every frame turned out.

It was all there....It was spread out over 60 frames but it was all there. A digital composite was made to create a 1:12 printing moquette and then every image was printed to scale traditionally in the darkroom based upon the measurements. Every image was printed at least three times.

A master carpenter (named 'Cowboy') built the three 72"x48" wooden panels. He worked for beer. Friends helps with the gesso priming. Then every image was glued into place and underpainted. It weighs nearly 300lbs.

The final painting was done live on Good Friday in three one hour acts at SMASHLABS in Los Angeles April 2nd 2010. No single work has challenged or pushed me further - artistically or spiritually. This was a first in more ways than I can count...

Thank you Colleen for entrusting me with the images of these amazing individuals you and your staff stand as protectors and guides over. You are the angels with hands....

"For the least and the unlikely"

MIXED MEDIA (OILGRAPH) - MULTIPLE SILVER EMULSION PRINTS, GRAPHITE, ACRYLIC MEDIA AND OIL ON THREE WOODEN PANELS
72"X144"
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Especially with the story... I am speechless. I absolutely love it. Your style is so unique, I'm very happy to have just found you.
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kevissimo Jul 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
As am I.....thank you....
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kalasjnikova Jan 17, 2011
this is one of the beautiest thing i've ever seen.
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kevissimo Jan 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much...probably the most difficult pieces to create in my entire career...
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kalasjnikova Jan 20, 2011
worth the effort, i see? it's really wonderful. am i just obcessed by baphomets or is the goat in the middle a baphomet? it looks like that, goat head and the hands...
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kevissimo Jan 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you...but I can guarantee you that there is not baphomet in this. I'm actually not even sure where you're seeing it, even in the man's hands. Though with the abstraction of the oil paint, often there is a Rorschach phenomena that happens where things that aren't there are seen by people. Some see angels or faces or any other sort of thing.
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kalasjnikova Jan 24, 2011
well, if you google a picture of the baphomet you'll see what i mean: one of the hands of the goat in your picture is like the baphomets. well, probably just coninsidence
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kevissimo Jan 24, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm familiar with the baphomet...but goat? I was there and there was no goat. I do think I know which hands you mean, but I still don't see it. But then again...this is the kind of dynamic that seems to happen in the work. People see what they need to see.

Just out of curiosity, what is the fascination with this symbol?
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kalasjnikova Jan 25, 2011
if you ask about my fascination with the symbol it is just because of its satanic meaning.
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kevissimo Jan 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
And again, just out of curiosity, what does it mean to you?
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