Friday, October 23, 2009

don't ask me 4 sh*t

This is an acrylic painting on a found print. The part that unfortunately can't be seen in the photo is a red LED light that flashes in the background of the print. It runs on two AA batteries. I am working on making a video to capture this effect to share with you. Until then enjoy the painting on its own.

new work for the Caravan Gallery

This piece was made specifically for my friend Brenda's mobile art gallery. She's currently working to refurbish an Airstream trailer into a roving art gallery. This piece is acrylic on wood measuring about 12" square.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Monroe Cinema Mural

I just got back from Monroe NY. I spent two days making a mural this past weekend at the Monroe 6 Cinema movie theatre. Sunday was my birthday so it was an extra cool way to celebrate. The theme I decided on was B-Movies. I made a really brightly colored tribute to classic B-movies, sci-fi and horror films.

I put well known movie characters in old cars at a drive-in movie. Godzilla is making popcorn with fire from his mouth and the 50 Foot Woman is catching what she can in a bucket. She straddles a drive-in movie sign. The marquee says "It came from Monroe in 3-D". Giant Ants are crawling over the hill to catch popcorn. A green Zombie hand comes from out of a grave to pluck a piece of popcorn. King Kong is hanging on the Empire State Building. He holds an unwinding film reel. The film reel goes off the main wall and wraps around the side wall for just a few feet. Kong sports a bowler derby as a nod to the website, the website for the Monroe Theatre as well as the other movie houses owned by the same owner, Kasey Gittleman.

In the cars are Darth Vader, the Mole People, Klaatu, Vampira, Tor Johnson, Bela Lugosi, Freddy Kruger, ET, Michael Myers, Dr. Zaius, the monster from This Island Earth, The Robot Monster, the Scream monster, the Crawling Eye, A Dalek and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The Moon with the rocket ship in his eye above the trees is from the classic 1902 Le Voyage dans la Lune.

I made a hand gesturing for parons to enter theatre 4 styled after old movie signs with pointing fingers. In the lower right corner of the mural is a giant octopus who is signing the back of the movie screen with my name.

The mural was over 9 feet high and 19 feet wide took over 15 hours to complete. Towards the end Mika helped get the last few pieces of the puzzle completed. She helped fill in some solid spaces and added black paint to the film reel.

I am posting a chronological evolution of the mural from the original wall to the uglamourous primer coat phase to the last splash of color.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Albert Hoffman's Bunnies

I was recently commissioned by my friend Rick Griffith to make several bunny illustrations for an event he is participating in at the Denver Art Museum The event coincides with an exhibit of psychedelic posters from the 60's and is called Untitled #20 [Trip]. I am thrilled to be part of this project. Go to both of the highlighted websites in this posting and spend a while browsing through each. Matter Studio is awesome. Check out their archives, the Democratic National Conventon stuff and their store. and the DAM ain't too shabby neither. I'll be posting colorized versions of these trippy little rabbits soon. The day of the event falls between the day Albert Hoffman dropped acid for the first time or what's become Bicycle Day and the day he departed this world.

The top 5 images are a couple of the bunnies that didn't make the grade and the originals that were hand tinted for a show at Niagara Bar in the East Village. Sold a bunny that night.