Tuesday, June 19, 2007

my store is featured on BigCartel!

Wow! The good folks at Big Cartel - Eric and Matt - just emailed me to tell me that they have chosen my store, Fragmented, as the new featured store! Check it out! I'm flattered and honored - wow. Thanks guys!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

new pieces for AIVO

After a crazy week, the pieces I did for AIVO are now on their way to the gallery. I've posted lots of pics on my flickr page, that show them in stages from beginning to end. I'll also be posting some of the drawings that I sent in the next day or so. The show officially opens on Thursday, June 21st so the pieces will be available then. I won't be able to make it to the opening but I'm sure it'll be pretty fun as several of the participating artists will be there. For more info, visit Lyndsay McCandless Contemporary.

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

positive graffiti

I saw this photo on flickr today and it made me smile.


Friday, June 15, 2007

mi bulin! (a.k.a. Mr. Ed)

I'm not sure where I first saw the work of Mr. Ed, but I sure do like it. Mr. Ed (a.k.a. Edgardo Carosia) has a wonderful blog, that I recently added to my RSS feed. Although most of it is written in Spanish (his home is in Barcelona), I am always excited to see when he's posted a new entry. In addition to his fun paintings & mixed media pieces, he also does a ton of great illustration work that includes some amazing mixed media caricature. (One of my faves might be the one of Lou Reed...but there are so many it's hard to pick! I, of course, couldn't help but love this gridded piece. Such fun color and great characters on here. I mean, what is that funky puffy blue thing (third row down, four from the left)? HA! I dunno, but I love it. I could look at this forever... and always see something new in it. I love that.

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Saturday, June 09, 2007

finishing up for AIVO

Well, I'm currently finishing up about 7 pieces for an upcoming group show at Lyndsay McCandless Contemporary Gallery that opens on June 21st in Jackson, Wyoming. The show is called AIVO (audio intensity visual overload): The Power of Collage. I'm one of 11 artists participating in the show. The pieces have taken an interesting turn in that many of them have turned out to be kinda like (for lack of a better description) "sketchbook paintings." I've ended up drawing on a bunch of them with colored inks, too, which has been a lot of fun. And, for whatever reason, these masked figures have been in my brain a lot lately. These pieces reflect that (more on that later). I'll be posting pics of the pieces - start to finish - on my flickr page soon...

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Sunday, June 03, 2007

a great show!

Although it sounds like the Heartless Bastards had a pretty hectic day yesterday and were late to arrive into Kansas City from Minneapolis, they put on one hell of a show. Starting the night off was The Sixteens, an all girl band from Kansas City who screamed their way through their set. Call me old fashioned, but I just don't dig that. Their gritty punk(ish) music was kinda fun at times, but overall I was waiting for them to finish. Next up was The Only Children, from Lawrence, KS, who blend rock/rockabilly/folk into one fun marvelous sound. I liked lead singer Josh Berwanger's voice and when his bandmates sing along, they harmonize nicely. Band member Heidi-Lynne Gluck also has a great voice that she highlighted in their song Amen Amen. There were quite a few songs I liked, and today I regret not picking up their new cd, Keeper of Youth...all in good time. Finally, the Heartless Bastards were up and despite their hectic day, they were great. Lead singer Erika Wennerstrom is an amazing talent; her lyrics, honest and raw. Despite the fact that she's probably no taller than me (5'3"), she can really belt it. Her voice gives such force and presence that you can't help but take notice and listen. Bassist Mike Lamping and drummer Kevin Vaughn are equally talented and are spot on. Together, they put on an amazing, fun, inspiring show with a lot of heart.


Saturday, June 02, 2007

a waking thought

I awoke this morning with a thought: there's no denying who you are. That thought was paired with this image, which I drew this afternoon. Despite all the different directions my work haas taken over the years, these masked figures still take up a lot of room in my brain. Since taking sociology in high school, human behavior, interaction and decisions have intrigued me. Why do we do what we do? What makes us decide to do one thing instead of another? Do the circumstances we're thrown into determine what action we take or is it the other way around? If there's one thing I've learned, it's that it's not the cards you're dealt, but what you do with them once you have them. I like the way Bjork puts it in her song "It's Not Up To You" (off of her album, Vespertine):

I can decide what I give / but it's not up to me / what I get given

So true. As I wrap up the paintings for my upcoming show, I find these masked figures popping into my head and feel another body of work coming on. Maybe I need to revisit ALL the creatures in my head. They help make up who I am.

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