Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Chelsea, MA (East Boston)

These come from the home/office of Brian Hatleberg and Lisa Lineweaver. Lisa does school reform in Boston, and Brian is both mortgage broker and a Chelsea city councilman. Fine and upstanding indeed, but Brian and Lisa are two of the oddest, most creative people that I have the privilege to know. Over the years they have collected several pieces of my artwork. In fact there is a commissioned piece in my studio that is destined to reside with them (B&L: I Haven't forgotten! )

I love the way this space turned out. This was once Brian and Lisa's kitchen. Little by little, they jettisoned their kitchen stuff and used their kitchen as a library. When Brian got his licence, he needed a room with a lock, so this became, once and for all, The Office.
This is Holly. She's a baby. I actually posted this before, but how could I resist putting it up again?

This Serpent was a collaboration with M.B. Rew. It was a wedding present for Brian and Lisa. It is made out of stuffed cloth and has a rope spine. Like any proper serpent, it has seven eyes and a bell on its tail. Next to it, in front of the stuffed wolverine head, you can just make out the egg that we gave them on their actual wedding. We wrote a silly little poem to go with it. The Serpent is large enough to wrap around one's shoulders.
This piece, entitled Brother Bite Brother, hangs next to an aerial photo of what I assume to be East Boston. I approve of the pairing.
I drew this piece in a bit of a frenzy after an altercation with my late dog, Loki. He was a great fella, but when he got a whiff of bitch-in-heat he turned into a mad dog. In this instance he only snarled and threatened me, but he once got my brother in the arm over a female Pitbull. I drew this with an ink dropper. I believe it's the first frontal nudity on my site.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Woodbridge, VA

These images come from the home of artist Rosemary Luckett. As a child I had the privilege to spend many hours working in Rosemary's studio. At the time her studio was tucked down on the bank of the Occoquan River, a tributary of the Potomac. The river was a constant presence in her studio-- so much so that it often rose up and came inside. After one too many floods, she moved to a lovely studio in the woods, which I openly covet.

I was honored when Rosemary travelled to Richmond to attend the opening of my show, Lost in the Park. I was further honored when she chose to take this painting home. Its name is Valkyrie., and it is based on the image of a friend's daughter at her birthday party. The creature crawling at her feet is a mystery. As mentioned in a previous post, it has reappeared in one of my new paintings.

Valkyrie hangs next to a Ben Luckett (at age 8) drawing of a baseball player stretching at bat and a small Carol Dalton painting collage Kouri III..

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Oregon Hill, Richmond, VA

Here is the painting that started this project. It was an early study that led to my series "51 Minutes: A Cold Evening." Here it hangs in the bedroom of Greta Brinkman, world-class bassist and all-around bad-ass lady.

It's an old house that lists to starboard, but I miss it very much. Across the street there is a half-pipe where kids skate and carry on until the wee hours.

Greta made this frame out of old Oregon Hill wood. It looks great.

Queens, New York

These photos come from the apartment of Christopher Reiger, a painter and long-time friend. As you can see, he has a large and growing collection of artwork. What you can't really see is the small menagerie of reptiles that are scattered around beneath the artwork.
Here the painting 'Autohagiography' guards a hallway, just above a reptile cage. Reiger was a natural pick for this painting, since his Hungry Hyaena blog has been one of my favorites since its inception. A boy and his hyaena...

Here one of my Beasties hangs next to a lovely, original Alice Neel. Somehow, my Beasties seem to gravitate towards babies. Weird. Again, note the reptile cage.

This iconographic self-portrait has found good company among masks and taxadermic specimens, which are another favorite of Reiger's. I believe that the drawing above my print is one of Reiger's early works from his years as an undergrad.

Here, my drawing of the Barred Owl hangs next to Reiger's studio. This pen and ink drawing took me two weeks to execute. Towards the end, there was an earthquake. At first I thought the odd movement was simply a symptom the raging hangover that I had. As soon as I realized what was happening, my immediate and only concern was for the safety of my drawing, which I had carelessly left out on my drawing table. Here it hangs with an interesting drawing of Reiger's and some exotic butterflies. In the lower right corner, you can just make out the top of a wonderful SEM image of a mite. We obtained this image from a William & Mary researcher for use with the original Synoddity event. Who needs monsters when you have mites crawling all over you?

One man's trash is another man's treasure-- or at least a decent backdrop for some booze. This decade-old doodle was a cast-off that Reiger saved from the recycle bin. It's funny to think of things like this persisting out in the world. Both Reiger and my friend Dennis Mathews have astutely held on to the cast-offs of their fellow artists. While I wouldn't toot my horn about this one, both Reiger and Mathews now own some great work that was en route to oblivion.

It's great to have the images rolling in, so send me your photos if you have some of my art. Thanks to Christopher Reiger, and a big Hello to Gotham.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Send me your photos

I recently received an email from a friend in which she described to me the frame that she had built for one of my paintings. I was, of course, flattered to know that someone had cared enough to create a unique frame for my painting, but I was also intrigued. What does my painting look like in its new frame, sitting in the afternoon sun out there in Oregon Hill? Where does it hang? What is it next to?

These thoughts led me to a new project. I would like to collect images of my paintings in their new homes and publish them on this blog. But I'll need some help from those of you out there that have my pieces.

If you own some of my art, please help me by emailing me an image showing the piece as it exists today. I am interested in the space in which the art resides and how it interacts with your life. Also, please tell me if you'd prefer to remain anonymous. I greatly appreciate your help.

To kick things off, here are some images from my open studio in November. I brought these pieces with me from Virginia and was able to have a show immediately upon moving in to my new space. As I look at these pictures now, I am struck by how clean and empty my studio was. These shots were taken, of course, before the throngs of people rolled in.

Little But Hope

Acrylic on Panel

24" x 18"

This painting is from the Cohabitants series, on which I am currently working. I have always abhorred silverfish and have unpleasant memories of discovering them-- alone in a closet, swarming out of a forgotten package of graham crackers, hidden in the bottom of a box. They are stunningly fast and surprisingly meaty when crushed.

Those acquainted with my work may recall the painting 'Standard', which was the progenitor of this series. It is a 4' x 3' panel that featured a termite and a pair of spade forks. I was never satisfied with the final painting and have reworked it and renamed it. The new version, 'Standard Decay,' is nearing completion. Other paintings in this series feature the earwig, the orb spider, and the moth. At one point there was an ant, but it was cannibalized by the Sunday Park series (also forthcoming).

Monday, February 12, 2007

Mess and commotion

This is what my life has looked like recently. Chaos, convolution, and brewing tea. Please bear with me.
I have been painting some odd things recently. At last tally, I had roughly 30 unfinished paintings of various sizes. They range from a simple depiction of a broken porthole on a derelict tugboat to fantastic scenes involving a robotic squirrel or a giant millipede/caterpillar (millipillar?). Unfortunately, and despite the ongoing kindness of indulgent friends, I am still being hampered by my lack of computer and software. So until I can rectify the situation, posts will continue to be slow in coming.
Though my immediate goal is to complete the slew of underway paintings, I am bursting at the seams with new and ongoing projects. I'll list a couple of them just to whet your appetite:
-This summer I will be launching a project investigating the surreal space of the historic Beall Greenhouse complex, where my studio is located. The project will involve elements of portraiture, still-life, plein air painting, and good old imaginative elaboration. I'm shooting for some grant money, but well-fed or broke, it's gonna go down.
-For those of you familiar with Jeriphath, I am working on a series of comix that will be emerging presently. The upcoming stories include titles such as 'The Visitor,' 'What do you do with a rusty limousine?,' and 'Death's Valise.'
-On top of all of this, the Ha-Ha Cricket continues to gestate. This large-scale project will involve animation and antiquated machinery. It's a big undertaking, but it is beginning to come together.
So check back for new paintings, shows, and fun new plot twists.