Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Needless to say I was overwhelmingly flattered. The tattoo artist working on Ryan is Marc Garofolo of Eternal Image Tattoo also located in Phoenixville area.
I am impressed by all tattoo artists who can fine shade skin with apparent ease, and Marc is obviously one of them. I have trouble achieving it on a stationary piece of paper, I can't imagine if it moved under my brush as well. I think i told Ryan that I was marveling at how he captured the sheen of the Arsenic bottle and would venture to say he actually improved apon it now that I look at my original drawing found here.
Anyway, cool work Marc if you're out there and thanks Ryan for the commitment to my art!!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Anyway most of my friends think it's because someone complained about the art or one of the admins saw the art 's subject matter as inappropriate for their viewers.
I'm tempted to post these version of my work now instead... what do you think?
Saturday, August 30, 2008
For those of you who do not know, my wife and I last year bought a gorgeous Victorian Home seen hereon the cheap so I may finally have a studio to work in and for the both of us to take a break from NYC. This week's article was a refreshing precursor to us moving. It's a great article that does not bash nor praise Buffalo but sets it up as the place that New York city once used to be years ago to many artists and dreamers - a new frontier. At least our prospects don't seem so absurd to friends and family now seeing it vindicated in print a high profile magazine. Suddenly this move makes us seem like we're way ahead of the curve.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
We were on vacation in Portsmouth, New Hampsire and came across his printwork which is moving and fluid. We could not afford a final print which is rather costly (and well deserved I might add) due to the process he goes through to arrive at his final print, so instead we purchased two of the "stages" of the work which are really cool in the sense that you see his process with hand written notes on the side of the work, etc...
One piece is called Sea Castles - and the other is a rare black woodcut on butcher block paper of Wentworth by the Sea.
Oh, and they're huge...
Friday, August 1, 2008
And the way they take what you give them and return it back to you either better or worse. In this case better. My art popped up on Fazed.org and someone who went on my site took one of my art pieces and in their own words, "sorry, the look on his face - i couldn't resist! " came up with this simple yet perfect speech bubble.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
A few years ago I was told he might have passed away but no one was sure until today. I came across a website of the last film he acted in. A Indie piece called West Bank Brooklyn that has a notice of his passing on their news page. I don't know when he passed on exactly - after 2003 sometime based on the film's release - I can't find on-line his obituary or anything. There is no remembrance page dedicated to him either.
I phoned him one time when I happened to be at Rachel's, I was thinking about him and randomly called an old number I had for him in my phone -- to my surprise he actually answered! I was so excited to have him come by and meet my wife who was en route. He informed me that sadly he could not because had just had open heart surgery and maybe in a few weeks he could go out again. I told him I'd give him a ring then. A few weeks passed, then a few months -- then years. Now he is gone and I feel sad I never called him when I should have.
I'll miss the days I spent with him I'm sure...and now I always order his favorite dish when I go to Rachel's - the fish soup over linguine. Remember that, Matt? That was your favorite.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
There is a great article in the New York Times today about artists whose work get stolen by Ad Agency's for corporate commercials. It raises some interesting points about what is exactly stealing and how the lines have blurred in our recent technological climate - check out the article here
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
She works at Macy's.
While I waited for her to wrap things up before she left I was at her computer and curious to check out my website on the Mac computer she has to see what my site looks like since I have a PC at home. I'm always curious to see how it looks on different machines. I was surprise and somewhat...shall I say...insulted by the message I received once I clicked on my own link.
Click on the image above and check out the reason (highlighted in blue text) that you are not allowed to see my site.....I would like to know who is in charge of categorizing my art and what guidelines they are adhering to....I can't help but read it and do my best Jack Benny take to the camera.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Recently I was invited over to his apartment and I got the whole private tour. His collection to date is quite impressive with the likes of The Clayton Brothers and Marion Peck to Gary Baseman, David Stoupakis, Camille Rose Garcia and beyond. Having collected works of art for many years myself, mostly photography but also some of the new art out there: It was fun being on the other side of the table talking about collecting as opposed conversations I have with artists in regards to creating. Needles to say we had a great afternoon on Monday talking about all the work that has graced the walls of both our apartments, how proud we are at having the foresight to grab up the works when they were cheap and at the same time lamenting over the "Ones that got away".
Having collected works of art for many years myself, mostly photography but also some of the new art out there: It was fun being on the other side of the table talking about collecting as opposed conversations I have with artists in regards to creating. Needles to say we had a great afternoon on Monday talking about all the work that has graced the walls of both our apartments, how proud we are at having the foresight to grab up the works when they were cheap and at the same time lamenting over the "Ones that got away".
Sunday, June 29, 2008
This was the title of today's paper. It's a sad tale of a young model's tragic death that appears to be a suicide and yet part of me could not help but think this newspaper headline would make a great rock band name one day: Supermodel Death Dive. Even the image alone connotes the artistic stylings of past album covers like the classic Blind Faith album or even as a stretch, Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy album.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Here is a link to the full article I read recently and it got me digging through some of my old sketch books to track down the times I did my own self portraits. Not as classic as Rembrandt's of course but I do think these two I found do both capture elements of my personality.
The first one is when I was in 35 - the other I believe was when I turned 40.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
It seems Russert's love for the city and it's people are beginning to be visible now with my own eyes, having visited there many times. Most recently my wife's show up there drew some newly befriended art friends named Craig Larotunda and Jason D'Aquino (Jason has a show up a Fuse Gallery at the moment) The fact that they were kind enough to stop by and show their support, not to me but to my wife, displays the type of caliber people they are. A gesture I find refreshing in this often fickle friended art world.
With that being said, I am looking forward to staying friends with them both once we get settled up there come this November.
I'm heading down to Florida tomorrow to drive him and my Mother (and the bird Egbert) up North for the summer. A week long car ride with my folks -- it has all the elements of a Ben Stiller Film. yikes.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
My wife Elizabeth Lambert Mararian has a few pieces beign show at BWest Studio in Allentown Buffalo, New York. If you are unfamiliar with her work you can see an nice crosssection here at her blog.
So if you're in the Buffalo Area on Friday the 13th stop by and check out her work and also wish us both a happy 5th anniversary when you see us there :)
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
I really like what Josh Keyes is producing as an artist - I find fascinating the geometry of his work, the ecological themes he interlaces and stark whiteness to his work. He has in my opinion one of the more interesting voices out there -- check out his show coming up in the city at the Josh Liner Gallery.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
40 years later it's still the most shocking footage ever to air on national television. If you've never seen this - I post it because I feel it's a true art piece in itself. Originally aired on the first (and I believe last) Science Fiction Award Ceremony in 1978 - I actually saw this when it aired. Alone in the T.V. room of my Massachusetts home, no one to cover my eyes from the flickering image of multiple Shatners burning into my fragile little mind. Again, if you've never seen this before, enjoy Rocket Man, it's out of this world.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
He had a few other pieces that I can't seem to find on line that even more so supports the notion some believe that no art movement is totally new but just old, sometimes forgotten artwork reshuffled and presented differently. I don't know enough about the history of Mr. chapin - it seems he was relatively renowned --- but it's still cool to see work like this and not be able to distinguish the fine lines between past and present. Pretty cool, I think.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Today however, May 3rd, 2008 I received a rejection letter again from the same gallery but this time I had not sent them anything. I'm just wondering if this is a "Preemptive rejection letter" in case I was thinking about sending something...they must really not want me to show there.
That would be like going on a blind date with someone and the next day you say it was fun but you're not interested -- and then three years later you call them again and tell them you're still not interested (in case they were wondering).
I don't know - I couldn't stop laughing when I got this letter today- it's definitely my favorite rejection of all time because it's almost paradoxical....nothing I did has been rejected.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I should have posted this awhile ago but it just occurred to me...I submitted the above artwork to the Fuse Gallery about a month ago as part of their traveling "Draw show" that is presently touring Europe. It was in London but may have moved on at this point. This was the study that ended up being "Daschle and the Wave"(image below) - my initial concept was a barren blackness behind him as if the world were in the process of ending - this is a cropped down version of it...I ended up redrawing it with a giant wave behind him instead, making it a little less obtuse....
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Get your art straight, fool!
So we were at Ryan Myers' art opening in Philadelphia the other day at Artstar Gallery and there was an artist there I know (who I will keep nameless) and we chatted for a small part of the evening. I noticed a piece of her artwork was there, presumably from a past show and thought it would be nice to acknowledge it. As she was passing I pointed to the work and said "I see you have a straggler here". She looked at me smiling, I could see the confusion in her eyes..."one of your pieces..." I pressed on. It was only then when I saw my wife look at me that I realized it was a different artist I was thinking about. I wanted to die...
My wife affectionately calls me Larry David because I am constantly saying things or dwelling on issues that I shouldn't. But I find it is hard to keep up on all the artists out there, skillfully being able to match the names with the artwork. I sent her an email apologizing and I wrote, "... it could have been worse, I could have mistaken your work for a Thomas Kinkaid "Painter of Light" painting" -- then I realized after hitting "send" that maybe what I just wrote was in fact worse.
I continued babbling on, sort of ignoring his comment, but again he said "No, no, Yummy!...I'm Yummy!"
I'm thinking to myself now, "okay dude, what are you trying to tell me here" And it then dawned on me. Yummy is the name of the Chinese food place around the corner. He works there and that's how I recognized him. He laughed, smiled continued on and I apologized and left. I would love to tell that story to the actual artist but I'm afraid it will sound racist but the fact is the guy really does resemble him. Perhaps I will tell him the story one day and preface it by saying "I know this sounds racist, but..." Riiiight, something tells me from the moment you start out with a line like that you are destined to be sending an apologetic email later that night....
In Retrospect I Should Have Fawned...
Lastly, I met Ron English and Mark Ryden recently - well sort of. It was an opening at the Jonathan Levine Gallery and they were both there at the preview standing near each other. I would have been the third person in the triangle had I been part of the conversation. I wanted to say something but I didn't want to be fawning over either of them so I took my cue from Mark who said as he was about to depart, "We're off to see a drag show." and he said the performers name and I was surprised how uninteresting it was. I was accustom to artists names like "Hedda Lettuce" "Ivana Cockatoo" "Marsha Dimes" etc.... So naturally (or un-naturally I chimed in)
"That's strange," I said - they both looked at me - a pause as they tried to figure out if I was a friend of either one of them -- "Usually drag queens have very interesting names." I continued, "...a buddy of mine met a black midget drag queen once, and her name was "Teeny Tiny Tina Turner".
Long pause now. Neither of them reacted at all. AT ALL. Nothing. No response. Death. Mark said goodbye and left.
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In my case there is something about the art world and my dealings with the artists themselves: I really need to just shut up and be a silent observer.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Artists and supporters are asking for people to not buy the book and anyone who comes in contact with the book to consult the manager of the shop to inform them of the situation.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
One of my favorite artist these days is Truf One. His work is just so imaginative and nostalgic. And he's nice guy as well -- I had the privilege of meeting him at his Fuse Gallery show last year. Check out the rest of his work if you get a moment. The piece above is not two separate works but a three dimensional layout that illustrates how the face on the left opens like a hatch to reveal a skull baby on the right. Very cool.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Thomas Hoving , former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has a classic final tableau is his appearance in the film Who the $#%& Is Jackson Pollock? In which he claims the piece is frivolous, a fake, with no emotion - that it's "Dead on Arrival" . But whether you believe his expertise or not, what really makes his cameo classic in this film (which I highly recommend) is the way he examines this presumably fake Jackson Pollack painting that the main character of the documentary claims she found at a thrift store. The series of stances he dons are priceless.
Here are a couple. My two favorites are when he fist walks in and will not look at the painting until he is fully seated and prepared to "take it all in at once" and when he looks at it upside down. It's a great little film