Thursday, February 26, 2009

4 Way self portrait

Somewhere around 1998, for Art Resources Transfer, William Bartman enabled me to create this digital work, edition printed on mylar for me to help with the gallery. Way after I thought I had created this, I found the same idea, with rifles, integrated in a Salvador Dali painting. He had done a grid of them on a long plane in one of his later works i think. The Shooting trophy was mine from 'Best Improved Shooter' on a skeet league while in high school.

Bill Yeats taught me instinct shooting, and part of the beginning I was to spend 5 minutes in front of a mirror, pulling a shotgun form the hip to my aim stance over and over, aiming right at my own right eye.

Digital print on Mylar, edition of 10.
(may be reworked at a later date)

Artists with guns, go figure...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Roarschock R & D; in the beginning

"invincible" circa 1989, 11 x 14, meant to be flipped whenever. I cant believe I moved to NY with this, lived in over 12 places (lost count about there) and never let this one go. Getting back into the swing here with previous sketches of this sort of style you can see before this post.
What an arrogant title. Back then I was sort of _________.

"Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse", a much better title, shown at 500x, and various other places i think, blown out because of my bad photography, but still may be rolled up somewhere i think. It was designed right on the canvas, no pre-drawing whatsoever. Should have kept going but got tired of stockpiling and gifting everything. Xavier mentioned how these reminded him of Texas oil, I would have never thought of that.

Acrylic on canvas
about 6 feet tall, around 7 wide

Still looking for the gold bar pics. It may take a rainy day of in-and-outing the cd backups, a stack well over a foot, maybe it should be trashed so i can move 4ward...

Leo!, send a pic of that thing you mentioned if you see this!

will be recommending moosicks later, but these guys put me under, all last year an such

Monday, February 23, 2009

Epiphany and such

Not going to announce much of what ifs here. 
It's like a blueprint if you want to make one yourself. Fly me out and I will sign it if it lives up to technical standards.
ie. this isn't a one cut stencil.

Drawn Saturday Feb, 22.

Would appreciate any comments of what exactly I was thinking.
Misinterpretations much appreciated.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

February 23, 2009, Monday, Gold Bar, East Village, NY

The epiphany I had yesterday was an idea rehash of this work (for the near future) and some others not yet culled from the difficult unorganized archives here. Sometimes I even forget what I had accomplished way back. This was a one man show in the Gold Bar, in the East Village before the yuppie influx which pushed them out and boutiques in. It was an ideal show for me, a pinnacle of my minimal art career (if you can call it that) in NY. 
(minimal not a reference to the art movement)

This small bar had stucco/cement walls and ceiling.
(last picture below shows over 1/4th of entire space)

The floor consisted of large metal plates with fluorescent lights in the gaps, and a bar (made at an angle along the full length) with a 10 plus inch gap looking down into the basement where many people dropped drinks, tips, and other things off and on.

I had the Syringe work (to be posted Later) made with over 400 needles suspended outwards from a poured-resin dome installed on the wall/bar below with velcro.

Plexiglass with surveillance dome, chrome drawer pulls & hooks, and magnifying lenses.

Destroyed and salvaged out of my trash
(without my knowledge by Steve and Enju)
maybe one day I can reclaim it.

Here are some industrial foam Roarschocks installed. 
Seats were called butt plugs by my acquaintances there. 
So small, it was usually a segway bar for most bar-hoppers during that era
specializing in Hefeweizen beers. Also much darker than the pics.

The Gold Bar, shown here, was mentioned in the first article printed in the NY-Times discussing Post-Modernism because of its unique architecture. Should have been a historical landmark but thrown away because of the hyperactive city.

Thanks for all who came, except for that bastard who took that huge stack of my stickers at the opening. 

Especially much thanks for the owners who let me have that show there.
(this is not associated with the new gold bar that is now found with a search for it in NY.)

Direct Hit show to come soon, another perfect venue where I showcased my stuff in Dallas before my move to NY in 2000.

february 22, 2009, Sunday, Fish Habitat Project

One down, Three more to cut. My fish habitat project, soon to be sunk at the lake here. Its just too cold to do now. A design inspired by William Burroughs & Brian Gyson's Dream Machine, that this might just become at a future date.

Here is the Design, printed actual size and wrapped onto the PVC below.
Am tempted to take it out in  a year or so 
to present as a moss covered work somewhere.
(Should they be sanded?)

Concept finalized!
So many possibilities.—notice goggles for size reference
(will post the sinking L8r this spring_maybe...)

Friday, February 20, 2009

February 21, 2009, some color on a cloudy day

Some Digital archive here.

Frank interpretation, 2003

miscellanies, 2008

Digital, made last year with Sophia, adjusted today.

February 20, 2009, Art where thou, Lost paintings

Both of these here were done around 1985-6 I think. each one done on canvas stretched on the wall, would probably look better on canvas frame. I am wondering if anyone looking here might know who has these now. As with many other things, I am looking for better pics and the history of where they might have ended up.

Approximately 6 feet wide, spray paint on canvas.

6 feet tall, spray paint on canvas.

I am also looking to take (or receive digital) photos of work of mine anyone might have in their possession, any information would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

February 18, 2009, Denton/Dallas underground circa 1987

     Done way before living in NY. Created for my one-person show in the University of North Texas Lyceum art gallery, shown here installed at the Art Building in this shot. I was making art about evoking stereotypes without blatant obvious references. Making people wonder about me as an artist.

Wall units and lighting now gone, destroyed/lost, bed still in storage.
I never actually got to sleep on it.
Good friend Tahnee had it for some time in Denton at the time.

Waterbed also later shown at 500X gallery.

Furniture by Charles Froelick
& special thanks
for handmade black and white
taffeta bedspread
by Kathy Jerome.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

February 17, 2009, more money

(click for more detail)

In Greenpoint where I finally lived for over 5 years, every bill that passed my hands were always marked or stamped. As if the regular markings weren't cryptic enough already.

My friend L___s paid rent in 100s, and almost 80 or 95 percent had these type of marks on them. It was interesting enough for this one piece, too novel to keep doing. Had a little to do with leading me to my other money work later.

Monday, February 16, 2009

February 15, 2009_Sunday, $$$ more explained,

The previous ones were knockouts, in order to print on these. I had started these drawings first and realized I did not want to work so detailed on each bill, like these.

——click each one for more detail——

Not sure why but I collect ones with serial numbers of 999 or 666, to use. Special thanks to Firehorse, beeeill, an udders who con_tributed to this ongoing endeavor. Tomorrow are more of the printed ones, all above are hand drawn only, the first of this series.

Friday, February 13, 2009

February 14, 2009_Saturday, $$$, thats what I want...

Here I am posting too much information. am attempting to do something every day now. Here for you amusement, I have been making these designs, as a study really, to actually print onto real bills for circulation. Nothing to do with the hack who draws bills in an attempt to pass them off through each day. He is useless because in an interview I witnessed of him, he actually went to a Kinko's and got numerous color prints of his work to pawn off as art to unsuspecting people through each day. Kind of comparable to the Santa Clause lookalike alcoholic selling signed xeroxes in Central Park. You know who I am talking about if you have ever been to more than 10 or so gallery openings in Chelsea and Soho where he and his older entourage drink to excess free of charge all over town.
In these works I do not purport these to be graffiti or vandalism, but embellishments and/or enhancements. Something to make the bills worth more than their initial worth as one dollar bills. Very few are in circulation now. Mostly to friends. Best compliment yet was someone asking me how I 'made' them, thinking I had actually printed both sides. As I was interested in forgery in the past, this has nothing to do with such, almost an opposite concept.

If anyone is interested, I can post the process and supply these in a pdf format so that you can make your own. Hardest part of making these is getting a registration (lining up) on each bill, unregistered they look pretty interesting as well and you have an endless supply these days. It helps me as an artist in the long run and I believe doing this could be interesting, since the newest designs are so absolutely boring compared to banknotes from other countries.

Many more to come L8r.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Feb, 12,_Work circa 1986-1989 etc...

Another group of pre 2000 works. I was on a conceptual roll, but lost steam for a while since then. As seen from the sketches in the first posts, I am getting back into the game here. There is a bit of ground to re-cover going forward from here.

Installation in Dallas, Tx, around 1999?, 20 concave mirrors,
& 20 Rorschach ink blots cut out of pleximirrors (mirror side facing us)
hanging from about 2 feet from the wall.

Small canvas, with Photo and negative xerox statement.
Read it if you want by clicking image below.
Not sure where this one is today.


From around 1986, a group of plexiglass bars forming a road block signifier, with a circle cross with red tape on the wall behind. Called "Anti-Non", caused a bit of a stir with someone in the critique saying that a double negative was not something that exists.
My attempts to make art against art regarding non or anti art.
Anti-nothing achieved
(or so I thought at this point before the hiatus to New York).
Going against the grain so to speak.
Destroyed or lost to time, plexiglass, tape installation, 1986.

PC boards used as Print plates, installed 1987.

More PC boards used as print plates, 1985, single edition,
property of Mark Dombrosky.

A self portrait of sorts. Acrylic on canvas, 7 feet high 5 wide.
Property of Slade Graves (i think...).

Spray paint on found tabletop. Circa 1989?.
Whereabouts unkown

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Some "Real Work" from circa 1987

No contrived theme really, but things evoking the 70's, Retro-kitsch and the slickness of cyberpunk. (non-digital, actual work for Vickie)
Just a few of the works from North Texas before my move to NY in 2000.

Self-portrait, acrylic on canvas, each panel 6 feet tall, 4.5 wide.

Self-Referential, installation at Direct Hit Records in Dallas, way back.
Painted directly on the wall, about 8 feet high.
(Thanks again Kelly!)

Cowhide, moon hubcaps, and rearview mirrors about 5 feet tall and 6 wide.
(Still in posession)

Seven foot canvas with 30 inch brass installed at right.
(canvas destroyed, right work property of friend)

Nancy image silkscreened on blue velvet,
framed with naugahide and spikes, (sold)

First small painting before the lost collaborations with many friends
in Denton, Texas at the time.
(left canvas about 2 feet tall, acrylic, unknown whereabouts)

Saturday, February 7, 2009

February 7, 2009_Saturday, CD & ALBUM ARTS

For your edification (Eddie!) an everyone else as well. Some years in the making, these are just some more work no-one has ever seen that i can finally put out in digital form. There is a full 50ct spindle of hand-drawn on clear and regular CD's in the process of being scanned in the near future. Some below.

From the silver only cover of faust done many years ago (actual collage) and a pic from a friends NY restroom. In the middle of the floor to ceiling montage was a pic of huge stacks of cash, don't ask don't tell.

These were thrown up in SOHO before it got too crowded/popular/trendy/fashionable. Nice complement that no-one painted over them for many years.