Wednesday, February 28, 2007


I was just scraping off my palette and decided the results were interesting enough to scan and post.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

My Studio Over Time

Soon after moving in - Savannah, GA 2004

Working on Thesis - Savannah, GA 2005

Working in Garage, Parts of 2005/06

Indiana apartment 2006

Denver apartment 2007

Stay in the Shade

If you're unaware of the singer/songwriter Jose Gonzales by now you're missing out. His full length "Veneer" has received a lot of praise and is a nice quiet album. I've been especially interested in the artwork for his music by the artist (and their drummer) Elias Araya. His work is very difficult to find outside of album art, so I've scanned the drawing on the back cover of "Veneer". Here's a great video he did for the song "Stay in the Shade"

Guy Bourdin Fashion Photography

On a recommended reading list by Sophia Coppola she mentions Guy Bourdin - his book "67 Polaroids" in particular, which is oop of course. His other books can be found here. I think these are quite unusual images for fashion photography.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Museum Chairs

Art Museums always have the best seating.

These last two photos were taken by me at the Denver Art Museum - the rest are from flickr - click image to see photographers' page.

Small White Houses

These intricate paintings by Mike Bayne are all Untitled 4x6" Oil on Panel. The amount of detail he utilizes on that small of scale is amazing. These remind me of Indiana winters.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Covered Up Graffiti

Denver has a lot of graffiti. A lot. And very little of it is interesting at all, in fact most of the interesting graffiti is the attempted cover-ups by business owners. Here's a couple of photographers who have documented painted-over graffiti with interesting, abstract results.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Friday, February 23, 2007

Exquisite Corpse

Today I'm going to participate in a "Exquisite Corpse" art-party. What is that you say? C/o Wikipedia: "Exquisite corpse (also known as "exquisite cadaver" or "rotating corpse") is a method by which a collection of words or images are collectively assembled, the result being known as the exquisite corpse or cadavre exquis in French. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule (e.g. "The adjective noun adverb verb the adjective noun") or by being allowed to see the end of what the previous person contributed." The surrealists are credited for inventing this method and did it a lot during their gatherings, in fact there is a good example of this type of collaboration at the Art Institute in Chicago that includes Man Ray, Miro, Max Ernst, etc. :

I've been doing something similar through the mail for some time now - sending postcards back and forth to a friend and constantly re-working them. It is an interesting method that allows oneself to loosen up a little because chance plays such a huge role in the process.

Built Enviornments

I've been interested in model train sets lately - especially model houses. Some of my recent work has included houses that are so generic they could almost pass for little plastic models. In light of this recent interest, I'd like to share a couple of artists whose work I relate to - though I must premise that this blog will not just include artwork that reminds me of my own. These two artists make small-scale sculptures that resemble out-of-context model train sets. Jeremy Mora uses a lot of found materials including cinder block fragments, mechanical pencil lead and broken pieces of brick. Michael Samuels uses miniature street lights, c-clamps, and everyday furniture. Here's a couple examples of their work that I enjoyed:

Jeremy Mora Skidmark, 2005
1.5 x 4.5 x 2.75 Inches , cinder block fragment, acrylic, styrene, graphite

Michael Samuels, "Bad Moon" Mixed Media, 2006

Thursday, February 22, 2007

minutiae: a small or trivial detail

This blog will show current progress on art, inspiration for future works, music I'm listening to, design and art that interests me. My newest finished pieces can be seen on my website here. I've also recently completed some very quiet videos.

Here's the one from a few days ago:

My current progress on several new pieces:
The solitary house painting is 2'x3' and will include a small tree in front of the house and a less-plastic look when finished. The smaller landscapes of houses are mostly done but will include more atmosphere above the horizons

Another recently completed project was re-designing a very simple dresser we had in the apartment - taking inspiration from this anthropologie furniture:
We used wood-grain contact paper, and changed the pulls. Simple solution and quite cost-effective when compared to the anthropologie piece.

Current art inspiration and visual interest comes c/o Moonriver blog - the artist Markus Hansen, and these pigeons on a light post this afternoon:

Upon finally watching Marie Antoinette, I've been listening to the soundtrack all day. Sophia Coppola can make a quiet movie like no one else - she really understands timing.


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