Sunday, July 27, 2008

ANOTHER CLASSIC...














I wish I knew who to credit for this piece of genius I found via "The Googles"

Thursday, July 24, 2008

ARTIST A DAY

I was featured on there yesterday - stop by and shoot me a vote or leave a comment.
Artist a Day

Monday, July 21, 2008

JUXTAPOZ ARTIST PROFILE AUGUST ISSUE











I got a nice Artist Profile in the new Juxtapoz august issue. The timing was perfect for the opening of my new show at the Corey Helford Gallery....Thanks Juxtapoz!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

PROCESS SHOTS FOR PHOBIAS, FOIBLES & FIENDS SHOW

Here are a couple process shots from my upcoming show this weekend...the first one is the final color inking stage of Scarlet and the bottom one is the beginning of my largest piece - 40 inches long - called Sebastian's Last Wondering, which eventually will portray a little boy lost in the woods.


Monday, July 14, 2008

MATT CONLEY REMEMBERED

In the Early 90's when I was focusing more on playwrighting than my art, I reconnected with an old Actor/Director Friend named Matt Conley. He was at the time an ex-college teacher and later a great mentor to me - one of the few I have had in my life - he was always excited about the theater and we used to chat and have dinners (my own little Tuesdays With Morrie, if you will) at a restaurant called Rachel's in Hell's Kitchen where we both lived at the time. He would get smashed and red faced and would snort with laughter at his own tales of chumming around with the likes of Tallulah Bankhead and other starlets. He was a class act and a masterful old-school thespian. We were close for a while there until I moved further uptown and eventually met my wife and I lost touch with him.

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

NOT-SO-SUBLIMITAL ADVERTISING







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

ONE FROM THE SHOW

Here is one that will be in the "Phobia's foibles and Fiends" show a week from tonight at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angles. It's called Mechanapobia (Fear of Machinery)


















The show also features Tiffany Liu's fanciful work as well as Krista Huot special guest contribution in their loft space.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

MACY'S BIRTHDAY SQUELCH

So it's my birthday today and I had some great fun with old friends this afternoon and eventually met my wife at her Job in the city.

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.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

CARISMATIC COLLECTOR, RON DOMINGUEZ


I was lucky recently (these last few months) to get to know Ron Dominguez, an avid collector of many of the works being created by some of the most established and up and coming artists in the newest art movement happening today.

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".

18 DAYS AND COUNTING