This coming Saturday (4/12), I will be participating in SPACES Gallery’s 2014 Monster Drawing Rally! For those unfamiliar with the event, about 100 artists will be drawing live in the gallery over one-hour shifts (one is not required to draw monsters per se, but really, why wouldn’t you?). At the end of each shift, the finished drawings go up for sale immediately, with all proceeds benefiting SPACES. I’ve participated a couple years in the past, and it’s always a tremendously fun, energetic event. I’ll be drawing during the 8-9pm shift.
…and the de facto centerpiece of the preceding series:
A belated update on the paintings that have kept me busy for the past few months. All of the following are oil on wood, measuring 10×10″, and all are currently on display at Cleveland’s Rotten Meat Gallery.
After some months of preparation, I am terribly excited to announce an upcoming solo show of my work at Cleveland’s Rotten Meat Gallery. In Defense of Absurd Cosmologies will feature recent paintings, including the completed Falls series, as well a number of brand-new works from this year. The opening reception will be on March 14th, from 6-10pm.
Either mostly or entirely done with this series! It’s primarily about animism (a subject about which I have some thoughts), and secondly about making something unabashedly decorative. Each individual piece is designed to function as an icon (in the religious sense- what artist hasn’t secretly aspired to make something people will pray to?), and will bear titles such as The One Who Oversees Seemingly Significant (but insignificant) Coincidences, The One Who Overseers Things You No Longer Think About, and so on.
Marine cryptozoologists and taxidermic humbug enthusiasts rejoice! Fiji Mermaid t-shirts are now available at my Etsy shop! This holiday season, why not give the gift of shrieking embalmed terror?
INT. 1920′s Paris, Gertrude Stein’s flat- Owen Wilson, Gertrude Stein, and F. Scott Fitzgerald are finishing their umpteenth drinks
WILSON: Wow guys, Ok. Well, I’ve met my literary idols, found my muse, and learned an important lesson about appreciating the life you’re given. I’m going to return to my own time now.
FITZGERALD: Say old chap, you don’t have any knowledge about the future that you’d like to share, do you?
WILSON: Uhh… nope.
FITZGERALD: No? No facts about what’s likely to happen in Paris or Europe in general over the next twenty years that could save literally millions of lives?
WILSON: No, nothing comes to mind.
FITZGERALD: Ok, have a good life then.
exit Owen Wilson
enter Young Adolph
ADOLPH: Gertrude! Gertrude! I have this new landscape, and-
GERTRUDE: Adolph, I already told you, your paintings suck. Go home.
ADOLPH: Oh… ok.