Friday, December 5, 2008

Graffiti Show

Tonight, December 5th is a cool group show at Zealous [] in the Riverdale neighborhood of the beautiful Bronx. Several artists are showing work inspired by graffiti. A few are actual graffiti writers and a few artists that are making work for the show with graffiti themes.

I fall into the second catergory. I have made my territorial pissings on walls and other public surfaces but never really got bitten by the graffiti bug. I love the art form but I was more into indoor stuff- music, sleeping, drinking...

Who knows, maybe now I'll get the fever to throw up some letters or urban heiroglyphs.

For now I am sticking with learning tattooing, the ultimate graffiti as far as I'm concerned and tweaking existing images by adding my own warped humor.

The painting of Jay Cee is my contribution to the Graffiti show. I am including before and after images. This is the latest in found paintings and prints that have my own special extras. This one was really nicotine stained but had a great image and the frame is the icing on the cake.

I guess this answers the question WWJD? that is What Would Jesus Doodle?

Friday, October 31, 2008

From the collection of David & Jackie


Besides being dear friends, David and Jackie have been my most steady patrons. At just about every one of my shows in Seattle they would take a painting home. Between my work that they purchased and the gifts I gave them over the years they have quite a collection of my art in their home. They have the best taste in music and an amazing garden in their back yard in Seattle.

These pieces were produced between 1998 and 2002. They were made during a time when I was painting on anything I could get my hands on. I used a lot of cardboard back then since I couldn't afford canvas. I also did a lot of pieces combining a collage background treated with a semi-transparent paint wash over which I'd make a figurative image.

The mouse and the opossum were from a collection I made one year for winter holiday presents. Everyone on my gift list in 1999 received an animal totem painting based on a set of Native American divination cards featuring various critters. Each animal had some symbolism much like a deck of tarot cards.

The pin-up of the woman picking up the banana is a collage/painting from a series I made of pin-up girls superimposed on collages of porn and old comic books.

The flamingos and the monkey paintings came from a large series that I cranked out while smoking lots of weed, drinking coffee and watching television nonstop for 2 days.

The bottom painting was an adaptation of an old comic book style advertisement series for Postum, a decaffeinated alternative to coffee from the 1950's.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

the hall pass: update 1

In my previous entry I mentioned this hall pass for Mika's school was cool enough to steal.
It was just stolen! Now to make a new and improved pass.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

the hall pass

Mika asked me to make a hall pass for her to give her students. The paper passes I designed for her last class were getting lost. This one will last a little longer unless someone decides it's cool enough to steal, which it is by the way.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Squeaky Clean Part 2

My first art sale in the Big Apple!
Meg, Mika and Toks.
Nicole, Gloria and Nilda.

Roland and Anne.
Kev and Michelle.

No sooner had I arrived in NY from Baltimore I was already getting ready for my first solo show here at home. The postcards I made arrived on time and looked awesome. Then I get the word the show needs to be postponed a week. Some unforeseen circumstances arose and the Chelsea Wine Vault was closed the planned night of my show.

It worked out just as well because the 12th was a rainy mess. The 19th was a perfect late summer evening so the trade off was worth it.

The paintings looked awesome against the brick wall. The wine flowed and the event was a success! Besides Matt, Anne and Roland from my last class at SVA showed up. Gloria, Nilda, Nicole and Mika journeyed all the way from the Bronx. Michelle and Kevin, two of my dearest friends and greatest living photographers made it. Toks and Meghan showed up fashionably late.
The painting of the two ducklings sold immediately. I still have to find out to whom.

After the reception we managed to find a place that could accomodate 10 of us on short notice for celebratory drinks. If you ever want to spend 15 bucks on a margarita, go to Los Dados. Three kinds of tequila mixed with frozen blackberry puree and the bonus... a lime half turned inside out filled with some funky smoky tequila that one is supposed to drink as a shot. In my old age I have become a cheap date and really appreciate cocktails like this one.

I especially enjoyed a night of enjoying the company of such good friends.

Painting Charm City Red

all the velvet ducks in a row.
L to R: Karl, Susan, Me
Tara greets people as they arrive.

My first show in Baltimore was amazing. My art looked amazing on the walls of Saints & Sinners. Jim did a fantastic job of displaying all 23 pieces. I ran around like a chicken with its head cut off to get snacks and libations and barely got everything set up when the first guests arrived.

First on the scene was Karl Kriemelmeyer. I hadn't seen Karl in over a decade [I am going back down to see his facemelting psychedelic band Astronomy Dominatrix play in DC @ the Velvet Lounge October 29th, so should you]. Susan Mumford and Kim McDaniel both showed up next. I worked with Karl, Susan and Kim at the Nightclub 930 in the mid-late 80's. Sandie, Geoff and Shawn from PassionFish Gallery in Hampden showed up. That was an honor. They have one of the coolest art spaces in Baltimore. Cory Floyd, one of my oldest friends made it as did Franke, another dear friend from way back. As the night progressed the crowd got bigger and the beers got smaller. We all moved around the corner for food and drinks at Duda's Tavern. Softshell crab sandwiches, sweet potato fries and cold beer to end a really hot and steamy day.

The next day I spent the afternoon watching and learning from the best as Jim inked 4 very different pieces on 4 very different people. Hurricane Hannah brushed past the city. We got soaked and a few branches came down but no storm surges or major damage.

Sunday was a welcome break from the oppressive humidity. I spent the day in DC visiting friends and relaxing before the return to NY. A detour through Wilmington, Delaware yielded a major score at a Salvation Army. I found an enormous landscape already framed for $20. It's been a long time since I've found a decent abandoned masterpiece to rework. I'll be posting the make-over results very soon.

Thanks to all who made it despite Friday rush hour traffic and the impending storm.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Squeaky Clean: what ever happened to those orange pieces of wood with the blue dots?



10 acrylic paintings on wood are now showing at the Chelsea Wine Vault in the Chelsea Market on 9th Ave West between 15th and 16th streets in NYC. My good friend Matt Barteluce has been too kind to let me show my work there for the month of September. The reception will be Friday September 12th from 6-8pm. With a little overlap there will be a free wine tasting from 4-7 that afternoon featuring wines from Italy. All the more reason to go.

This series of 10 paintings are studies of vintage rubber bath toys from the 1950's and 60's. I collect these odd little critters and thought it was high time to give them props. I really like the way the grain and various imperfection of each wood piece enhances the image that is superimposed. I was asked to do a 'clean' show in the sense of not illustrating anything too controversial. Not everything I do has boobies, monkeys, robots or robot monkey boobies and this little exhibit clearly shows I am able to make a cohesive collection of weird little critters that will please the entire family.

Hence this show is titled Squeaky Clean.

Each painting is selling for the amazingly reasonable price of $125. Paintings can be purchased at the Wine Vault or through my Paypal account.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Velvet Goldmine show @ Saints & Sinners Tattoo-Baltimore MD

Joe Stummer SOLD
Tom Waits
Frank Zappa SOLD
Dave, Kurt & Krist
Ozzy Osbourne
Patti Smith
Henry Rollins SOLD
Siouxsie Sioux
Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Jimi Hendrix
Iggy Pop
John & Yoko
John Lydon
Fred, Keith, Kate & Cindy
Pat Benatar
David Bowie
James Brown
Johnny Cash
Nick Cave
George Clinton
Robert Smith
Depeche Mode
Debbie Harry

23 brand new paintings of musicians who influenced me a whole lot. I only had enough material for 23 portraits. I could easily continue making portraits of musicians who inspire me. Stay tuned to this here bloggy thing to see more portraits. These are all 12 x 8 inches, acrylic on velvet. The show officially opens with a reception Friday night, September 5th from 5pm-9pm at Saints & Sinners Tattoo & Piercing 1610 Thames Street Baltimore 21231. All these paintings are for sale at the amazingly low price of $125 a piece.