This wretched GREMLINS inspired painting was done for Steel City Secret Cinema II 80s edition here in Pittsburgh. It will be shown at Most Wanted Fine Art’s “Stuff and Such” gallery starting May 3rd. There are Prints available for $18 Bucks, so stop by and get all nostalgic and stuff!
Prints will be available online soon!
I did this painting a few years back for the show Bogus Journey at Moxie Dada here in Pittsburgh. Looking back at some of my older paintings, I can see myself progressing technically, which comes with time, experience, and praying to sun god. The stories that I find myself telling through my paintings have gotten more layered and have become more of an autobiography. This last year especially with the series of paintings included in the show: Lost, Found, Somewhere in Between. I feel like things have gotten a bit darker too, which really, has been a reflection of my life. I’ve had a strange couple of years.
With the new stuff that I am working on now, while still slightly autobiographical, I am focusing on telling a more “put together” story of these characters that inhabit my pieces. What I’m doing now is creating a story of experiences, encounters, and conflicts that we all face, just through the eyes of otherworldly creatures and weirdos. I’ve tried to address issues and experiences that we go through as people in the past. Be it, through my own weird, warped view. But things have always seemed fragmented. Always being compelled by fables, folklore, and the artwork that comes with them, this time around, I am trying to focus on series of stories that will all be accompanied by various forms of artwork. I’m not sure where this will go or if it will work at all, but I think that this is the direction that I need to go right now in order to tell a bigger story. So keeeep your eyes peeled for a new batch of lovably hysteric characters and the magically tragic tales they tell.
Coming soon. Mystr Skullington, the wretched baboon man. While beaten and battered, he is still able to control the forces of his own dementia…
First in a series of 4 new paintings, is Dimensionaut. He’s a Wizrd dude that is weary after long barefoot travels on an unforgiving path. With him he keeps the impossible triangle, which guides him on his quest for light. And above him are two Death’s heads who like to hang out but also remind the old Wizrd of his grand purpose.
Dimensionaut has traveled through a horrible place, one of hellish despair. Still he is guided by his impossible faith that he will persevere. His future path is unknown. But his added eye, given to him by the triangle, grants him an insight. With help from death’s vicarious heads he treads forward.
This and other paintings to come will all be a part of an awesome storybook that’s in the making.
So here’s a detail shot of the Wizrd, Dimensionaut. He just needs some last details and he’s all done. At this point I’m probably in at about 12 hours. This is what happens when I have a day off and nothing to do!
Keep your corneas peeled for the final version coming real soon.
These progress shots are from a painting I did back in 2009, called Fjord of the Lies. I’ve been getting requests asking how I work and what my process is, so here’s an example. I wasn’t thinking of showing each step when taking these pics so there is a big jump in progress right at the end. I forgot about the camera at that point!
This is a new-ish painting that I did for a show at Fast>>Fwd Gallery down in Lawrenceville. It’s titled Dopplegang.
To me it is about a sort of mental blockage that can then skew your vision, taking a form that gets in the way, and eventually pulls you to the ground. I think that each “doppleganger” would think that’s it’s the original, and all of it’s connected siblings would simply be it’s clones. This would cause a conflict within the clustered automatons, every bot thinking that he is the only one worth being heard and taken seriously. But all the time the one who is the REAL original would know just that, but with the all madness going on, he could barely speak, let alone make any sense of it all. Eventually he would have to find a way to collapse all of these shadow selves back into each other, or remain planted, while his identity hangs above his head shifting from one stubborn monotone voice to another.
Moxie Dada will be closing it’s doors this December. They are moving on from the four walls of the gallery to take an active part in the community. Here is a statement from their website:
“We’d like to take the opportunity to thank our artists, the community and our neighbors at the firehouse studios for supporting our efforts during our stay in the Northside. It is with great enthusiasm and zest that we embark in our new direction, which includes: the development of commercial and residential art acquisition; and exploration of the virtual arena for art process, documentation, interviews and tours… Our long term goal is to provide\ global access to the Pittsburgh arts community following personal and regional developments. In short, providing a window to the world..
Coupling with the virtual development, moxie DaDA will continue to act as facilitators of public art projects. In our next phase, you can expect to see art that moves, engages and challenges.”
Their last show will be “Dia De Los Muertos Y La Resurreccion: the existencial crisis”
@ moxie DaDA
1416 Arch Street OCT 10 – NOV 7 2009
oct 10 2009 / 12-6 PM
nov 7 2009 / 6-9 PM
“This exhibition is going to explore death as a doorway to another life. It is going to represent the physical death of the gallery through a burial, and exhibition that reflects on these three questions: why do we exist; why are we here; and are we able to make a difference…?“