Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Validation.

"I can only accept what the animal Buk says in the unlearning. Too much has been taught. We must be UNTAUGHT. I believe that is why I enjoy the company of slaughterhouse workers, boxers, whores, communists, queers, jockeys, waitresses - their knowledge is SPINAL..."

-Bukowski

There is something to be gained from an artist surrounding themselves with other artists. There is a camaraderie. A comfort. In all honesty, it makes me feel a little less weird from time to time. In the end however, i find myself enjoying spending more and more of my time with cooks, raging alcoholics, car mechanics and bar flies. There is something so honest about the people who are lucky enough to escape the confines of their own head. Make do with the 'doing' of life. For the most part I think I adore them out of sheer jealousy alone.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Thumbtack Press

Sometimes I forget the things i do.

Even when they don't occur during alcohol-induced blackouts.


Thumbtack Press


Check it.
And hell....if you're feeling generous.....

Monday, November 24, 2008

Enough with all the fucking around...

Already.

Artistic hiatus.
Or some sort of cowardice.
You pick. But I'm over it.
I've been spending too much time living. And not recording. Experiencing. But not making use of it. Collecting. But not filtering.
I figured- What good is an artist who only makes art about art?
(Because once upon a time i was living breathing eating drinking pissing it.)
I craved expansion.
And now.
I've got a sketchbook full of invalid doodles. Drooling, half-gone, and unable to clean up after themselves.
But I've got an angle kids.

And soon you'll see proof.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

mmmm mm mmmmm.....

I stumbled into an antique store today...




And apparently Detroit used to be quite the print shop hot spot...






McNess had an ointment that would fix everything from chickens to acne (yet obviously not racism)...




Elaborate and intricate illustrations were the norm...




Books were hardbound.
Pages deckled.
and itty bitty type was hand-set.

I should have been born a hundred years ago.

Friday, August 15, 2008

air and light and time and space

I am no longer a resident of detroit (not that i ever legally was). I no longer have studio space. I no longer wake up and sit at my work table, cup of coffee in hand, and just enjoy having everything i felt that i needed to create right in front of me.

It was eeeeaaaasy (not really ever that easy in the heat of the moment).

And with what remains of my studio shoved in closets, under beds, and being used temporarily as a beer pong table, I, without knowing it (though i knew it, dammit, i knew) conceded to the fact that a break from 'creation' was inevitable.

And then a friend showed me this--

air and light and time and space

"-you know, I've either had a family, a job,
something has always been in the
way
but now
I've sold my house, I've found this
place, a large studio, you should see the space and
the light.
for the first time in my life I'm going to have
a place and the time to
create."

no baby, if you're going to create
you're going to create whether you work
16 hours a day in a coal mine
or
you're going to create in a small room with 3 children
while you're on welfare,
you're going to create with part of your mind and your body blown away,
you're going to create blind,
crippled,
demented,
you're going to create with a cat crawling up your
back while the whole city trembles in earthquake, bombardment,
flood and fire.

baby, air and light and time and space
have nothing to do with it
and don't create anything
except maybe a longer life to find
new excuses
for.

-Bukowski


Well I'll be damned. I guess he told me. Good.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Reverse Graffiti

This guy would have a field day in Detroit. Haha.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Go to the DIA. Or else.

As a friend and i were madly dashing about the DIA the other night desperately hunting for an exit sign, (they were closing in five minutes and we'd already been told so five hundred times) I stopped dead in my tracks for this.

and this.

two amazing paintings by Ben Shahn.
If you haven't been to the DIA since it reopened you should be shot.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Because puppets are cool.

Especially when one of my fave illustrators, Andrew Hem, is involved with the character and set design. Check it out.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

That's all folks.

It's official. I have my BFA.


CCS may have damn near been the death of me, but it was worth it.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

ad finem

This could potentially be my last post as a student. AHHHHH!

This is most definitely my last painting for senior studio. Part of a competition for Thumbtack Press.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

More Updates!

More drawings.




I started pulling the prints this week. Wiggly boards. Total binding re-vamp. Holy screens. Nothing's gonna stop me now. I am <3'ing this.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Sneak Peak.

I'm working on a book.

Meet Libitina.
This is one of the initial inked drawings ready to take to the screen. I'm planning on doing all of the illustrations via two-color screenprints. If time permits, there may be some vandercook action with hand-set type, and maybe some lino-cut prints for patterned end pages. And then, hand-binding! Woo!

I'm having a hard time putting this stuff down to work on my other projects.

Plenty of updates are sure to follow.

Matty Pritchard Makes Movies...

This upcoming weekend is the Ann Arbor Film Festival. My friend Matt makes amazing experimental films. Put two and two together. Viola!

Matt's film, Absolute, will be showing on Sunday in the main theater along with several other "Made By Michigan" works.

To see more stills, a trailer, and get more info on the festival click here.
And yes, that's me.

Friday, March 7, 2008

And oh yeah....

This piece managed to miss out on getting posted.
Its from the BLANK Show.
"Without SHOWERCURTAINS life would be incomplete."

And then there's this one from a few weeks back in studio.

I've been playing around with my vantage point of the figures in my paintings. The past couple of paintings I've done have incorporated full figures, smaller, and more dependent on their environment. I'm not really comfortable with these types of compositions yet, but then again, comfort zones can be deadly.

New(er) Work.

More of my commentary on free will and determinism.
But the Dennett text is getting thick.
I think this may be my last piece out of it for a while.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Two of my favorite things....

Words and images -- together.

Collaboration between Eduardo Recife and Adriana De Barros.

Check out their visual poem, HERE.

Look for the links at top right of the page.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Sometimes you find gold in the dollar book bin

The following images are from "The Girl And The Goatherd Or This And That And Thus And So", written and illustrated by Evaline Ness. Its stuff like this that motivates to me write and illustrate my own books as well.

Which, I should be blogging about my own bookmaking endeavor shortly.


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Camilla Engman....

...Is amazing.


Check out more of her work HERE.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Where on earth can i find these potato chips?!



Try airing a commercial like this in america.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Check the Detroiter!

There's an awesome article by fellow illustrator/journalist Lee Devito on the Detroiter's website about Lollybot and the FeedBack opening this weekend.

Check it out here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

FEEDBACK! (Feb 15th-17th)

Another Lollybot Show coming to a Russell Industrial near you!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Screenprinting = full body workout.

A pair of sore hamstrings and stiff triceps earned me this--the first edition from my screen printing class this semester. Abstract image. Four screens using the cut-out, filler, and fluid and filler methods.

I'm sure the pattern looks a bit familiar, but I've come to find that when i am using a new process, its easier for me to recycle some of my imagery so that i can focus on mastering the technical aspects.

This is what i intended for it to look like.


And this is my happy accident (which i like much better).

Friday, February 1, 2008

Blank Show



"Life without ________ would be incomplete."
If you wanna know. Go to the show.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

CMYK. No. Way.

Apparently it's a good idea to enter a magazine's call for entries.

Yours truly earned a spot in an upcoming issue of CMYK.
Somewheres in its pages you'll find this...

P.S. Thank you Mr. Jeffrey Nolan for lending me your face.

It's the weirdest thing to achieve something like this. I kinda thought about it in the same sense that i think about kids. Someday...way down the road. Haha.
Totally exciting. (The magazine, not the kid thing.)
Keep your eyes on the magazine racks folks.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

More Dennett

Concept for a phrase taken from the book Freedom Evolves.

"The world has grown its own nervous system, us."


Progress soon.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Art Battle



Russell Industrial --5th Floor
January 12th. Doors - 6:30 Judging - 11:00

Bought two square yards of canvas today.
You'd better bet its on.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Hera + Akut = Herakut

Meet Hera:

And Akut:


An amazing boy/girl German collaborative graffiti team.
Check out an interview with them here.
And their website.
<3 <3 <3 them and the idea that two people can come together and create. Just. create. Each one as necessary as the other. Complementary. If you will.
I want to try something like this S-O-O-N.
Anyone willing to step up?

2008? Whoa.

When I was younger, 2008 seemed so far away - considering, that in this upcoming year, (god-willing) I'll finally be a college graduate. I've realized, I have a lot to do before becoming a full fledged grown up. I've always thought new year's resolutions were silly and far too overwhelming.
Therefore. I've decided to trick myself, take baby steps, and throw together a to do list.

1. Partake in as many adrenaline inducing, health risking, down right dangerous activities as possible before my health insurance lapses.
2. Really (really) learn to live without cable television.
3. Rid myself completely of my fear of sketchbooks.
4. Learn the importance of cleaning brushes.
5. Enjoy every last second of my time at CCS and what it has left to offer me.
6. Subject myself to some gut-wrenching collaborative work.
7. Convince myself that a 9 a.m. screenprinting class is far more important to me than sleeping in.
8. Refresh my memory as to what morning even looks like.
9. Do more life-drawing. Christian Slade kicked my ass.
10. Get real studio space, (no more dining room painting for me), with a person or two who are capable of an amazingly symbiotic creative relationship.

Wish me luck.