BRICKS: COMING SOON
Last night I snuck over to Plymouth MA for a kool shop visit with Matt of Rhythm Snowboards. He and his brother Pat hand-make all their boards, which allows their genuine personal awesomeness, passion and refined technical craft to inform every piece. It was pretty rad to see a bunch of boards in various stages of production, including one being birthed from this massive molding press/board bender/bone crusher. I had no previous understanding of how a snowboard is made, but I'm pretty sure this proccess is objectively impressive. AND the boards hit the snow in a sexy matte finish, which is a good look on any sort of vehicle, I feel. These dudes are seriously the coolest! They are the best to work with, and I'm super proud to get to contribute to such a high quality operation and vibe. Palpable vibes!
Here are some pictures. Enlarge them by clicking, and shrink them again by double-clicking.
I made these two interlocking men for the New York Times OpEd Letters today.
I am working on three new pieces for an upcoming group show at Good Press!
Hey guys! I have a new series of prints available exclusively through Little Paper Planes! The feature presents seven selected works from my FLAGS series, including two new drawings that I hope you will find special. It is also accompanied by this interview.
Check it out! Thank you Kelly and Maggie!
This house isn't really haunted. It is abandoned. We walked around it.
Just watched approximately thirty turkeys fly up one by one into the trees behind my parents' house to roost. Above are half of them traipsing around the yard before convening at the teepee. They talk a lot and flap occasionally. The beautiful white one is the leader. They will come down again at quarter to sunrise. So cool.
I'm at my parents' house for Thanksgiving. Dad passed these old transfer characters on to me. I guess their brand is "Chartpak." You are supposed to burnish the back of the letter you want to transfer onto whatever thing you are lettering. Sounds tedious and awesome. Inside the book of fonts were some other miscellaneous papers, including one with a funny remark on it about water-drinking, and one with what appears to be some sketches my dad made for a logo of his initials. This was really cool and weird to find because it seems really similar to something I would do. I assume it is from as long ago as this manual system of lettering. I am thankful for these discoveries.
While purchasing copies of my x-rays today I was lucky enough to gaze upon this beauty. Behold.
I made some graphics for Rhythm Snowboards over the summer, and now the boards are available to buy! Perfect, dream client right hur. Amazing to work with. And all their boards are hand-built! Mint! Thanks Matt, and Aaron for putting us in touch!
(In other news, I broke my arm on halloween when a wayward trick-or-treater darted in front of my bike. Weirdly, I have no memory of being thrown off, but the kid was fine so maybe I braked so hard and suddenly that I didn't even hit her at all. A pretty surreal experience given the mob of costumed kids and parents that instantly appeared around me. Super happy I was wearing a helmet, a jacket with enormous shoulder pads, and didn't have my computer in my backpack. At this point, it doesn't hurt to sneeze anymore but I still can't tie my right shoe. So, I've been doing a lot of puzzles.)
I made this lil' pal for the New York Times OpEd page today.
Also, happy birthday to Bob Odenkirk, Michael Fishman (!!), Spike Jonze, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd, Timothy Leary, Curly, Daniel Boone, and me!
I made this September page for the new Doodler's Anonymous limited edition 2012 calendar. Git one!
Some summer 2k11 pics. Click images to see them larger, double click to return to thumbnail size.
Just got back film from Maya's paint pour at Monster Island. Even though I only snuck in for the last short year of its life, I will dearly miss this place. Specifically:
- its beer/paint/concrete/sawdust/pot smell
- the metal drone/vibrations that came up through the pillars and walls
- the family of resident cats
- my bike ride there
- our window pigeons
- hang time with Doubles
- rain sounds on the roof
- the literal warm fuzzy feeling of being there
I'm grateful to Maya, Wolfy, Doubles and everyone else I met who made me feel welcome. Cloaking the building in paint was a good way to say goodbye.
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This was fun. I took two pictures.
Opening on Friday in Miami! Look out for Shit Housed: Cold Gold Flow.
To honor our beloved Monster Island for the last time before its destruction (R.I.P.), the great Maya Hayuk organized this paint pour.
On Sunday at 3pm we will be pouring paint from the rooftop over the mural project I've conducted for the last 7 years. The building will be demolished in a few weeks, so rather than let the wrecking ball do dirty work, we will draw the proverbial curtain in one, synchronized action.
This was insanely fun and the building looks beautiful. More in-depth thoughts on this and a roll of photos later. Thank you Maya!
Spontaneously moved studios yesterday...!!!!!!
Poking around down by the dock at my wonderful grandparents house. Why is there so much blue seaglass?
Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival. Duh.
Hiked Acadia Mountain; swam in a lake; found these gay knives. I got over thirty mosquito bites on the lower half of my left leg this night.
Waking up; Moody's blueberry pie; view from Megunticook.
Ultra surprise studio visit with Tim Wilson in Portland via Maya Hayuk mural visit at Space Gallery... and sausages and onions over a campfire. Later we lost an entire bag of marshmallows to a racoon.
Some noteworthy items found at Salvation Army. Puzzle: which puzzle did we buy?
Rainy window; ice cream stand astroturf; battered sunflower rescue squad.
Home in Massachusetts. Turkey featheres; impending clouds; this fucking shirt.
The (most righteous) Musuems Press Anthology is out now!!! I am sew happy to have made the cover. There it is in the top left. Thanks Matt and Jess!!!!
From the website:
The MUSEUMS PRESS ANTHOLOGY is a compilation of international artists that have continued to catch our eye throughout 2011. Be it through mounted paper, abstract markmaking, heartfelt quotations, detailed studies or just straight up good art each artist in here is much loved by us.
The 168 pages span the following artists, in nearly alphabetical order, Santaigo Ascui, David Bailey, Morgan Blair, Alexandra Humphreys, Alexander Cheves, Helena Coard, Ekta, Matthew Feyld, James Benjamin Franklin, Keith Greiman, Aaron Anderson, Eric Timothy Carlson, Joseph Hart, William Harvey, Lizz Hickey, Jessica Higgins, Ryan de la Hoz, Dylan Hughes, Dale Jackson, Mark Warren Jacques, Kelly Lynn Jones, Lucy Jones, Mel Kadel, Denise Kupferschmidt, Tim Lahan, Mason McFee, Travis Millard, Maren Miller, Andrew Neyer, Joakim Ojanen, Rob Phoenix, Benjamin Thomas Rawson, Louis Reith, Andy Rementer, Brion Nuda Rosch, Keith Shore, Jack Teagle, Matthew Walkerdine, Megan Whitmarsh, Chelsea Wong and Anthony Zinonos.
Get yours HERE!
Good news! The Musuems Press Anthology is now available for preorder! Awesome!!!!!
Hey you guys! Guess what? The great folks of Museums Press are starting Good Press, a gallery and bookshop space in Glasgow, UK. The infos, from their Sponsume page:
Museums Press is an independent publishing house based in Glasgow, UK. We release zines, prints and artists books and organise exhibitions, events and group projects. We work with visual artists and contemporary illustrators from around the world to release publications of their work. Our aim and focus is to create a quality output where the artists work is key. Museums Press is run by Matthew Walkerdine and Jessica Higgins. We are both practicing artists and self-publishers and understand how difficult it is find outlets and exhibition spaces to stock and show your work.
Our next step is Good Press, a permanent outlet including a gallery, bookshop and small cafe to showcase individual artists and groups who are independently practising their artforms and projects. In the lead up to this we plan to open a series of temporary exhibition spaces in unused shops across Glasgow to raise funds and awareness of the project; this is where you come in...
Get the full info and help it happen by contributing here!
I made a drawing today
studio, roof, park, beach, bike, bed
A visit home to Berlin. Overall themes: icecream; lightning; mom and dad; jumpers.
Heavenly memorial day weekend in New Paltz. Thank you Tempy and Peter!!
I made this image for the "secret" cover of The Museums Anthology, coming out soon from Museums Press. It is going to have a lot of super rad artists in it and I am PUMPT UP!
Thanks Matt & Jess!
Masking fluid just changed everything. My perpetual pile of torn and peeled blue tape now includes creepy shreds of tinted peeled rubber. Also now my hands glow.
I'm working on a piece for the inner-outer cover of the forthcoming Museums Press anthology. Yay!
We went to Foxwoods last weekend to see JERRY SEINFELD. I wore my fancy stretch-denim leggings. It was pretty darn fun.
How am I further stimulating my brain while I work today? Oh, by watching Problem Child.
I have so much to say about this movie.
Today I had a very important studio visit from Kayrock Screenprinting embassador Doubles.
My interview with Artflakes is up! Go forth and read.
I have three pieces (Luck, Warm Igloo, and Two Cats Under Goo)in this kool show opening tonight at 17 Cox, in Beverly, MA.
Featuring: Morgan Blair, Maria Penil Cobo, Derek Erdman, Claudia Fitch, Eddie Holtorf, Steve Locke, Julie Miller, and Erica Smith.
Reception for Good Work(s): May 5th, 5:30 - 8:30pm
Artist Talk 6:30 pm
Improbable Places Poetry Tour 7 pm
More info at 17 Cox.com
This May, co-curators Lucas Spivey and Emily Pardoe explore the ethics and limitations of curation in Good Work(s), an exhibition that champions kindness as well as content. The show will open concurrently with the Improbable Places Poetry Tour, led by Colleen Michaels.
Spivey and Pardoe have selected 8 artists (4 each) who are outstanding as both artists and individuals. Straight-forwardness, integrity and affability are qualities that behoove any individual, artist or not; and are of particular use to the cultural institutions and proceedings that work with artists. What defines good art and good character? Good Work(s) explores the subjectivity of these two cultural willow-the-wisps.
The Improbable Places Poetry Tour is a traveling performance of revolving writers organized by Colleen Michaels. Each month Michaels selects an improbable place for poetry readings and bases the call to poets on that space. For May, Colleen is soliciting writings inspired by the artwork in the Good Work(s) exhibition at 17 Cox.
Me and buddy Charlie high-fiving over our table.
Thanks to all who came out to the sale on Saturday, and THANK YOU to those who purchased pieces and/or possibly-vegan pizza slices from me. I greatly appreciate the interest and investment in my work - it means a lot and made my first attempt at the sale totally worth it.
The two photos above and the one of me peering over some slices were taken by Rose, who came from Boston to hang out all day!
A visit from Kate, Lindy, Conor, and an unknown male guest.
Retrieving a slice.
Peeking through slices at passers-by.
Rose and Charlie, clearly near the end of the day.
A supercasual™ celebratory group shot!
Chowing sum post-sale Korean foods with a special Tommy/Kelly combo! After this we went to Savers. I love Providence.
Nick aka Holcomb Guitars' shared studio space, mid-move. Insane!
New FLAGS series up on the Recent Work and Drawings pages.
I also made a page for gifs! I keep accidentally writing "figs."
PIZZA PARTY / RISD Alumni Spring Sale = TOMORROW! Invite your friends.
My THROATCAST episode is up! Listen to me talk about art I find rad, Brooklyn, Small Black, experiences, ideas, projects, friends and new friends, internet, Bronski Beat, and cats. Also listen for when Groover comes and rubs his face on the microphone and meows.
I have a journal from elementary school/junior high. The whole thing is full of many, many lists like these.
Works from MUSEUMS PRESS' upcoming "Museums Anthology" on display at Islington Mill, in Salford, Greater Manchester UK - Thursday 28th April, 6.30pm. A good bunch of my FAVORITE artists represented in the anthology and in this show. Delighted to be among them.
I'm home for the next week to visit family and do the RISD Alumni Spring Sale. I found a stack of awesome old notebooks and sketch pads and general yellowed paper on a trunk in my room, apparently for me to take and use. It's hard to say whether I'm more thrilled by the prospect of doing so, or this gem I found on the last page of one of the notebooks (above.)
My awesome puzzle-maker uncle made this insane puzzle. It is unbelievably precise.
Easter-egg paiting is another cherished craft of tradition.
Maine is lush, damp, and foggy.
And it has lots of moss everywhere as well as these beautiful fungi.
The first in series of photos staged in an attempt to recreate a "classic" photo of me at 3 or 4 stuffed into my grandparent's large mailbox in Harvard, MA.
My ever-hard-at-work Grandma, pausing from the endless task of raking up all the acorns from the yard.
All the flag drawings and paintings I've been working on (and some suprise items) are for the RISD Alumni Spring Sale on the 30th, where I'll be sharing a table and probably some gummy candies with Charlie Immer. Also in attendance with arts for sale will be Jing Wei, Kate Nielsen, Melissa J. Tyson, and lots of other righteous folks.
INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND COME BUY OUR WARES!
WORKIN ON DEM FLAGS
and sum paintings I've been (feverishly) working on
This is the largest (8" x 10") and funnest in a new series of drawings I've been working on - "FLAGS"
Some examples of activities
I'm really excited about this new series of drawings I'm doing for the RISD Spring Alumni Sale at the end of the month. SNEEK PEEX
Spooky vibes in the studio tonight! New ghost pal.
Did this little buddy for the NYTimes OpEd Letters responding to an article about the dangers of teen sexting. I feel old.
I made this t-shirt design for Painted Palms, a real fresh band!
Just finished my piece for the show below. It's a fun blood puddle!
Spoke Art is proud to present: “Quentin vs. Coen - An art show tribute to the films of Tarantino and the Brothers”, a followup to last year’s highly successful “Bad Dads - a tribute to Wes Anderson.” For “Quentin vs. Coen”, Spoke Art has arranged a battle-royal style art show featuring over 100 world class artists from the new contemporary art scene. Painters, screen printers and digital artists were invited to reinterpret their favorite scenes, characters and films from the heralded directors, resulting in an eclectic showing of inspirational fine art.
The first installment of our “versus” series, “Quentin vs Coen” looks to expand on the concept of a pop-culture themed art show by pitting together two directors who share overlapping or similar stylistic themes, and allowing the viewer to decide their favorites. Though there are many distinct differences between the bodies of work created by both Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers, their crafting of generation-defining soundtracks, the penchant for ubiquitous violence, their casting of the same actors (notably Steve Buscemi), and their ability to constantly create spectacular works of varying genres (everything from Kung-Fu to crime dramas to westerns), have cemented both Quentin and the Coens as some of the most important directors of our generation.
For our upcoming show, Spoke Art has recruited an extensive network of renowned and emerging artists in a spontaneous and free for all art exhibit. No restrictions were placed on content or subject matter, allowing each artist to chose their personal favorite scenes, films and characters. With over 100 artists, “Quentin vs. Coen” offers a broad range of affordable prints and also fine art works.
The show opens on Thursday, April 7th at Bold Hype Gallery in New York City and will be on view until Saturday, April 9th. We will be celebrating our opening night with a costume contest and complimentary “Caucasian” cocktails (White Russians).
April 7th, 8th and 9th
Bold Hype Gallery
547 W 27th Street, fifth floor. New York, NY 10001
Bold Hype Gallery
facebook event page
Painters: Andrew J Spear, Audrey Pongracz, Ben Kehoe, Becky Dreistadt, Brian M. Viveros, Casey Weldon, Chad Hasegawa, Charlie Immer, Christopher Mitchell, Daniel P Williams, Dave Greco, David Choquette, David Rose, Derek Gores, Edith Lebeau, Eric Bonhomme, Evan B Harris, Garry Booth, Gene Guynn, Greg Gossel, Gustavo Ponce, Gwendolyn, Irma Rivera, Jason Levesque, Jesse Riggle, Jing Wei, Johannah O’ Donnell, John Felix Arnold, Kenyon Bajus, Killer Napkins, Lauren Gregg, Lucas Gluesenkamp, Miguel Heredia, Morgan Blair, Munk One, Nimit Malavia, Omar Hauksson, Rafael Santiago, Rich Pellegrino, Roland Tamayo, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Sarah “Sae” Soh, Saul Gonzalez, Scott Scheidly, Shannon Bonatakis, Sherri Cobb, Steve Seeley, Steven Daily, Tatiana Suarez, Tessa Morrison, Tiffany Liu, Tom Haubrick, Tristan Eaton
Screen Printers: Aaron Hartman, Aye Jay, Brandon Schaefer, Brian Methe, Bungaloo, Cassie Podish, Charles Moran, Christina Perry, Clint Wilson, Daniel Williams, Darin Shock, Dave Perillo, Derek Gabryszak, Evanimal, Gigart, Henry Contreras, Ibraheem Youssef, Jacques sym7, Jeff Proctor, Jeremy Berkley, Jessie Phillips, Jim Mazza, Johannah O’Donnell, John Howard, John Perry, Jon Smith, Joshua Budich, Justin Anville, Justin Parpan, Land Land, Lil’ Tuffy, Lloyd Stas, Mark Wesler, Matt Dye, Matt Leunig, Max Dalton, Mike King, Mike Mitchell, Oliver Barrett, Omar Hauksson, Pete McDonough, Rafael Santiago, Reza Rasoli, Rhys Cooper, Roll and Tumble Press, Stefan Fahler, Tim Doyle, Todd Slater, Trey Wadsworth, Zach Landrum
Working on this piece for this upcoming show "QUENTIN VS COENS" at Bold Hype Gallery.
Just wrapped up my longboard design for GoldCoast. This is my highly technical scanning rig.
Just got these NEVER-PRODUCED HYDROCRACK AND NUCLEAR FOREST SAMPLE RARITIES in the mail from SEZIO! Should they print more??!
Also, above is the neck label that brought Pixel Macaulay into reality. Good place to write your dreams, evidently. Thanks Zack!
Working on this longboard design for GoldCoast!
Thanks to any/all who went to check out The Letter Collector last night. There are lots of photos of the work and show crowd over at The Warholian. Hooray!
I have three new pieces in this show tonight at Gallery Hijinks in San Francisco.
"With over 50 artists from across North America, Gallery Hijinks is proud to present The Letter Collector. This exhibition aims to simulate the distinctive styles, shapes, and mediums of an antique collection of letterpress type, in the form of contemporary art. Please join us for the opening reception on March 5th, 2011, from 6-10pm.
The Letter Collector is curated with the intention to exhibit both emerging and established artists in one massive group show based on the common love of type and script. Stemming from immensely different backgrounds, each artist creates their unique translation of a letter in the alphabet. The viewer will experience an assortment of letters expressed through a range of mediums: drawing, painting, photography, neon, wood, relief sculpture, and mixed media.
Exhibiting artists include: Aaron Bo Heimlich, Alexandra Zee, Andrea Wan, Andrew Johnson, Austin McManus, Beau Stanton, Casey Gray, Catherine Ryan, Chris Blackstock, Christian Rex Van Minnen, Christopher Davison, Claire Colette, Damon MacGregor, David Bayus, Denise Santillan, Dustin Klien, Eli Harris, Eric Helve, Erik Otto, Fernando Pizarro, Hannah Stouffer, Jakub Kalousek, Jason Vivona, Jing Wei, Jon Contino, Kyle Jorgensen, Lafe Eaves, Lisa Congdon, Louise Chen, Mark Warren Jacques, Matthew Reamer, Meryl Pataky, Mike Giant, Molly Bosley, Morgan Blair, Nas Chompas, Pakayla Biehn, Timothy Karpinski, Rich Pellegrino, Robert Minervini, Rosie Hanna, Russell Leng, Ryan De La Hoz, Ryan Riss, Sarah Patterson, Sean Somers, Seth Neefus, Shea Greene, Tanya Behar, Uri Korn, Whitney Lasker, Whitney McCabe, Viktor Layne, and Yellena James.
The Letter Collector will be on display from March 5th, 2011 until March 26th, 2011, and is open to the public during gallery hours (11am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday). For more information on the exhibition or the exhibiting artists please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit galleryhijinks.com."
March 5, 2011 - March 26 2011
Opening Reception 2NITE March 6, 2011
2309 Bryant Street / San Franciso, CA, 94110
MADE THESE FRAMES YAY
Adam helped me make a frame at the studio! Or, it was more I who helped him, mainly by eating raisinetes and making sure Lil Wayne's volume was up high enough. The result was a fairly valid and passable first attempt! How do people do this without an Adam? I do not yet know.
THANK YOU MICHAEL MCKIERNAN AND ADAM DOOLING FOR THIS MAGIC EYE VIDEO;
IT HAS A REAL REAL DEEP FEEL
Current project not for anything other than fun: above. Current fun work: longboard design and artwork for GoldCoast. YEABUDDY! - Pauly D.
Starting to work on a piece for a group show at Bold Hype Gallery. The show is called Quentin VS Coens, but the real question for me is Fargo vs. Blood Simple. Either way... blood.
Just added this Small Black tote bag I designed to the "music" page. There it is, up above. I am the proud new owner of one such bag, and it is soft, yet sturdy. What is the very first thing I carried in the tote bag, you may be wondering. It was this gorgeous shirt, handed down to me by SB's Josh K, post superbowl hang. What a shirt!!!! So pumpt.
I spent the weekend in Philly with a kool krew deinstalling Aurora Robson's large-scale solo installation Be Like Water, at The Skybox in 2424 Studios. Once again I had way way too much fun, beginning with a 38' scissor lift and culminating 36 hours later with a 2am Choco Taco.
We also watched a documentary called Bag It. It hasn't come out yet, but in the meantime you should watch the trailer and keep an eye out for it. The information and footage it presents about the impact of plastics on our world and ourselves is flooring, and no where near close enough to being common knowledge. Everybody needs to see this movie; it is important.
TESTING OUT SUM KOLORS FOR A NU PIECE
I am making a new piece for this show happening next Friday. It should be neat and you should come.
Done with LSD! Gotta make sum frames.
It has been snowing a lot.
My dear friend Rachel Jackson mailed me this video. I have now taken a snowday and am watching it, and would like to report that it is exceptional as expected.
Finishing up these pieces for an upcoming show of letters at Gallery Hijinks. I have also been doing a lot of listening to NPR, reading, bicycling to and fro, toasting of bread, and stomping around in slush.
Here is a piece from a show back in October that I just a got a chance to scan. Other than that, I've just been trying to remember what day/month/year it is.
If you are in LA you should go to The Open Daybook exhibition at LACE! The opening is this Thursday, January 6th. Yes, it is the same night as the premiere of the new season of Jersey Shore, but as I am in Brooklyn I won't have the problem of choosing between these two monumental events. Maybe you can find some way to do both, like, go to the opening and then watch J.S. I don't know, you've got to figure it out for yourself. I know you can do it.
January 6th - February 6th, 2011
Opening Reception, Thursday January 6, 8pm
LACE - 6522 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90028
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