Sunday, June 29, 2008
Went to the Coney Island Mermaid parade last Saturday with some of the Dr. Sketchy's crew. We dressed as art monkeys and got baked in the sun. It was an amazing parade. I felt just a tad bit underdressed. Some of the paraders had the most amazing outfits and just about all of them pertained to mermaids or something oceanic. This is a painting I made featuring a sexy mermaid preening on the beach and a love-lorn robot risking rust and corrosion to be with her. This canvas was found in the garbage behind my apartment building in Ballard, Washington. It was already framed and the seascape was painted. I added the city skyline and smoggy green cloud in the distance as well as the robot, mermaid and toxic waste barrels bobbing in the surf. It's still in my home 'gallery'.
Friday, June 13, 2008
I love old Chevy trucks. I got Bertha from Seattle artist Chris Bruch in spring 2003. Bertha is a 1970 1 tone Sea Green pick-up. She took me down to San Francisco, out to the desert of Eastern Washington, the Olympic Rainforest, Belingham, Portland and points inbetween. She helped haul funky old furniture and boxes of stuff to my cafe and my art studio. She was a real stunner, turning heads every block. She was a good friend. Before moving to NY last year, my friend Victoria took her. I'm happy she stayed 'in the family'. On beautiful late spring days like today I sure miss her. Today would have been a perfect day to take Bertha for a ride to the woods.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Shortly after completing the Laundry Room Studio mural in July 1996 I was introduced by Barrett to Jerry, one of the owners of Moe. Moe was one of the funkiest, eclectic nightclubs in Seattle. The music they booked was all over the place. It reminded me so much of the old 930 club in DC. The decor was heavily sideshow/circus themed downstairs and had an art nouveau lounge upstairs. The cafe had amazing food. Excellent microbrews and stiff cocktails flowed and the all you can eat pasta happy hour was a life saver.
I was asked to paint a trashed and neglected room in the basement to make it more comfortable for bands to chill out in before and after gigs. I continued with the 'UFO/little green men theme' I had started at the Laundry Room. The lost alien wandered in a lush garden paradise with giant flowers, butterflies, a koi pond and a lagoon with a gentle waterfall. This was sort of how I felt as a new arrival in Seattle. Not exactly paradise but damn near. I was definitely a wide eyed alien wandering through this new green city. Prior to painting the room, Marilyn Manson had splattered some kind of nasty goop all over the walls.
Next door in another slightly larger room Roman, a brilliant visionary artist painted a very trippy alien visitation of his own.
Once the paint was complete I fixed dozens of rubber frogs to the unpainted brick wall, rolled wall to wall astroturf out and added some lawn chairs to complete the sense of being an a otherworldly backyard BBQ. This project paid a little bit, fed me and got me a good buzz for months and eventually led to my working at the club doing other art projects, construction, coat check, security and cooking. I made some lifelong friends along the way.
Moe closed its doors in 1997. The mural was unfortunately destroyed.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
I'm participating in the third 'Citizens in Hell' show at Artcore Tattoo Studio/Gallery on June 15th. Art core is in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. I was part of the first 'Citizens' show and missed last years as I was on the road bound for NYC. The line-up of artists is amazing: Kelly Lyles, Sara Lanzilotta, K. Amarak Waters, Roger Wheeler, Cliff Hare & Kamilla White. I won't be able to make the show in person but just having work alongside these other folks whose art I love is the ext best thing to being there.
The work I chose to show portrays some characters from my neighborhood in the Bronx.
They are all pen & ink with acrylic on paper.