Jordy Minnick, shown here with his oil and tattoo ink painting titled “Bukowski”—a nod to the Beat poet—says he’s always been a reader. The telling of stories through art is important to him, and he illustrates them with humor. Kurt Vonnegut and Charles Bukowski are his favorite writers.
Minnick, owner of an art glass studio, Family Dog Glass, is a free thinker himself. His glass business grew angel wings when he formed After Life Monument Company, and began interring the ashes of his customers’ loved ones in glass.
Although he says his current interest—besides ash entombment—lies in architectural installations, he began doing two-dimensional work to challenge himself. “Painting makes me uncomfortable, vulnerable,” he said. “It forces me to raise the bar on myself. I’ll always be a glass person, but I don’t want to be boxed in by my own work.”
Minnick’s 4-piece installation at right, “Hood Rat Cocktail,” oil on canvas with glass enhancement, is a tribute to his past work. “It represents my roots,” he said, “street art that was temporary then and—by telling its story now—brings relevance to my ideas and the stories I can tell.”
Minnick’s work includes oils, glass, metal, crayon, charcoal, graphite, pastel, and more—he often mixes media to create jewelry, glass, murals, and wall art.
“I love making stories with paint,” he said.
The public is invited to his opening from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., on February 17, 2013, at the Owen County Art Guild’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. His art will be on display through March 9.