Poise, Posture and Profanity

Hello My Name Is Art was nice enough to do this little plug for "Poise, Posture and Profanity" opening this Friday. He "gets" me, which is nice. Below are some partial shots I took of us laying out the show. Should be fun, and I think a couple pieces may have sold already….

In the meantime I just finished a few commissioned 5x7s. I'm really nervous because it is of someone I know, and they don't know a mutual friend put me up to it as a surprise present. Doing work of real people is way harder for me than doing work of actual living people — way stressful.

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Spike the gallery cat

Yesterday I was at the outdoor mall that pretends to be a city (Cracker ass Cracker Park), and there I was: Prada purse, Prada shoes, Starbucks in hand, and Sephora bag slung over my shoulder. What happened to me!? My 15 year old self would be wailing on my ass right about now. I think I need to go set some fires, graffiti up city hall and mug some junkies for fun or something, just to counteract this feeling I'm having. Ick.

By the way, no signs of a recession here kids. At least not in my little pocket of the city. Cleveland friends are getting jobs within a month of lay offs, no parking at the mall on a Friday afternoon, restaurants are packed (went to 4 tonight until I found one that didn't have a ridiculous wait time), and people were buying art last night as I made the rounds of various exhibits. Freaky, huh? I'm sure you have read the WSJ article (which I don't completely agree with and a lot was left out) and in comparison, we have this video. If anything, the truth is that this town is a mixed bag; I suppose it depends who you have as a tour guide.

Speaking of art, went to lay out the show opening this Friday. I was going to show some more sneaky peeks, but I though this photo of Spike the gallery cat was all I needed. He picks out what he wants when a show is going up you see. At first he went directly for the portraits of cats I will be exhibiting, but in the end, he settled on "Mrs. Turner".

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Art Fartings

I guess I'm on the right track, according to the New York Times at least. Truthfully I think the painting of Selma is awful, and really, before you a get portrait done, you need to realize it won't be like a photo.

I've seen photos from both the "Yum Yum" show and "Forgotten Saints", amazing stuff. If you missed the black carpet opening for the "Forgetting Saints" show you can view it here in the pics section.

Next California exhibit is in April @ The Alternative Cafe & Gallery who have been doing some fab shows as of late (Bansky, Shawn Barber, Chet Zar to name a few). In fact, you should check out the "This Is The End" exhibit my friend Josh is curating on March 6th if you can.

Also in April as you know is my dual solo show w/ Andrea Heimer here in Cleveland. I've leaked 4 or 5 new baby paintings I've been doing, but that's all you are getting. I gotta be good and keep a lid on the rest. You can view some of what to expect here.

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Patron Saint of Haircare

The Bay Area News was nice enough to run this about the show at Eclectix Gallery. Pretty cool since that gal done got herself sold on opening night. The past two weeks I have sold a butt load of work, not that I’m trying to be all braggy, but in this climate it makes me wonder what’s up? I’m actually going to admit right now that I’m running out of paintings to give galleries, it is truly weird. Obama-mania perhaps? I suppose art is better and lasts longer than a Range Rover if you are the splurging type. But after talking with several people we have found that the art market in the traditional sense is doing badly, (Frank Stella, Julian Schnabel and Picasso, that kind of work) but that this whole “Pop Surrealism” and “Low Brow” movement has been steady, especially considering the prices are not as inflated. But even that doesn’t matter at times; look at what Mark Ryden and James Jean have sold for recently and you’ll see what I mean. These are strange times, so for the moment I am putting my art sale money back into making art and furthering my graphic design education in case I have to go back to working like a normal person. Okay, I did buy a Michael Kors leopard print dress, but it was $90, how do you NOT buy that?

I finally finished my Saint for the Forgotten Saints show in L.A. next month, she is Saint Lorelei the Patron Saint of High-End Haircare Products

At a young age Lorelei was apprenticed to a
hairdresser to learn her craft rather than marry. She became known for
her prayer, charity and humility. Her documented miracles are many; she
had once chased the devil out of a possessed salon, and created both
anti-frizz creme and volumizing hair mousse after God had spoken to
her. Since her mysterious death from a chipmunk bite in 1785, she has
appeared in visions and given inspiration to many, including Vidal
Sassoon, Paul Mitchell, and Frederic Fekkai. To keep a picture of St.
Lorelei reminds one never to be tempted by evil, and purchase Suave or
Herbal Essences products.

Other than that I am doing a whole mess of miniatures and work for my show in April at Artchitecture Gallery. But I can’t show you yet, it is a surprise.

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