Okay I admit it, this is a very late post. I don’t know why I find it so hard to update this blog when I regularly update my Tumblr and Flickr pages. I have some kind of mental block about WordPress. However, based on the principal that Late is better than Never, heres the NEWS.
Of most immediate importance is the fact that I have a solo exhibition of all of my Apology Drawings on right now at The Compound Gallery in Oakland, CA. I’m afraid the opening reception has come and gone, but the gallery is open Thursday – Sunday 12 noon to 6 pm, and the show is on until Sunday June 9th. This is also the date of The Closing Tea, where I’ll be delivering what has optimistically been labeled an ‘Artist Talk’. And, if you can’t make that, you can watch the whole debacle streaming LIVE on The Compound Gallery website. You can even send in awkward questions, in real time, for me to ignore.
If you can’t wait till then to get answers to your many questions you might find they have already been answered in this interview about the show which appeared on Jeremyriad.com. There’s even a little Vine video of me in action.
I sincerely hope you can make along to the show, but if your impressively hectic schedule doesn’t allow it, you can still buy a little Apology of your own right now at the Compound Online Shop. I’ve also produced a couple of limited runs of Apology letter press prints which are for sale at a very reasonable prices at the show, and probably a bit later online.
Not only that but visitors are welcome to leave their own contribution on the fabulously interactive Apology Wall.
I’m sorry, but how can you resist this?
I recently completed a fairly magnificent portrait of someone who eats at a Taco Bell somewhere in Ohio so often that they became the ‘Mayor’ of that Taco Bell on Four Square. It was quite possibly my finest moment.
Taco Bell just posted a YouTube video of the subject being presented with her likeness as part of her Very Special Day. And here, for your edification, is a remarkable screenshot of that very moment.
The show opened this weekend and is being held in conjunction with Gnap! Theatre Projects upcoming 44 Plays for 44 Presidents stage production which will be opening at the Theatre on October 5th. The exhibition features 75 portraits, one of every contender who has lost the U.S. Presidential Election.
My subject of my portrait, Hubert Humphrey, lost the the 1968 election to that that delightful character Richard Nixon. Humphrey was Lyndon Johnson’s Vice President at the time, and “Hubert who?” was allegedly Johnson’s response when, because he was unable to attend Winston Churchill’s funeral, an advisor suggested he send Hubert along as his representative. Humphrey did not attend the funeral. The other quote is from HHH himself, and seemed appropriate considering the forgettable outcome of his Presidential ambitions.
I’ve never really understood that whole “no news is good news” thing.
Anyhow, here’s some news. It’s good news. And it’s name is The Compound Gallery.
That’s right, dear reader(s) my humble artworks have found a splendid new home, just a hop, skip and jump across the bay from my own San Francisco home, in Oakland’s most awesome gallery. I’m excited fit to bust, which as you can imagine, is a state I’m not often witnessed in, and one it’s probably best not to imagine.
Right now I have several pieces displayed in the spectacularly named Special Collection and Print Lounge, and another big painting in the Art in a Box Headquarters (more about Art in a Box shortly). But what I’m really excited about is the prospect of a solo show of all my Apology Drawings in the Main Gallery next year. Not sure of exact dates yet, but check back and I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime allow me to explain the frequent, and so far mysterious, box references that have blighted this blog.
I’m thrilled to announce I’ll also be contributing to The Compound’s Art in a Box service. Art in a Box is an art subscription service based on the model of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box, but instead of worthy but flavorless vegetables it delivers gloriously original works of art to subscribers. Every box’s contents are created by a local Bay Area artist, such as myself, and subscribing couldn’t be simpler. Just supply three adjectives to describe your taste in art, then describe the types of media you like or, more importantly, dislike, and choose how often you want your boxes dispatched (every month, every other month, quarterly, etc.). You will then receive, upon your doorstep, a carefully chosen piece of original art in a robust yet attractive box each month of your subscription. ‘How much does remarkable service cost?’, I hear you mumble breathlessly. Surely and arm and a leg, if not a spleen and a small intestine. Well stand back and firmly grasp a piece of sturdy furniture my friends, because subscribers pay a mere $50 per box. Yes, you read that right, fifty trifling bucks. And in fact if you could overcome that crippling idleness of yours and make it to the gallery in person, you could pick up your boxed art yourself and save $10 in the process. Not only that, but you could behold the wondrousness that is The Compound Gallery into the bargain.
I hope to see you there one day soon. In the meantime you can subscribe right here.
The series of mixed media ‘Apology Drawings‘ that I’ve been working on lately were the recipients of a very uplifting little feature article in no less an esteemed internet publication than the mighty Huffington Post. It was a pleasant surprise to say the least. Then today I was contacted by a friend in Los Angeles who informed me that some bloke he knows in Brazil had forwarded him the article, and that in his opinion I am “blowing up”. Blimey. Not quite sure what to make of it all, but I guess it has to be good, right?
Anyway, if anyone reading this (does anyone read this?) owns or operates, or has some influence in any kind of super-hot, hip gallery, then I’m looking for a place to organize a show of this work. Come to think of it the super-hot and hip part is completely optional, but it would certainly be nice. I have over 20 of these apologies right now, and anticipate at least 10 more to come, they are all mixed media on cardboard, around 8 – 12 inches in size and easy (and ready) to hang.
Come on people, I’m blowing up – this is your chance to get in on the action.
I have a bunch of works (including the painting pictured so tantalizingly above) in an exhibition that opens today (May 2nd) at the Studio Gallery at 1815 Polk Street, between Washington & Jackson in San Francisco.
It’s a juried show called the SF Etsy Show and features work from a number of San Francisco based Etsy sellers. You can find details of all the participants and the kinds of things that will be for sale here. It’ll be a bit like shopping on Etsy with the added inconvenience of actually having to go to a specific location, but with the advantage that you actually get to see (and perhaps even touch) the items you’re interested in before you part with your hard-earned moolah. My own Etsy page, which will give you a pretty good idea what I have in the show, is right here. The exhibition will be on until May 27th, and there’s an opening reception on Saturday May 12th 2- 6pm which promises to feature a plethora of delightful baked goods available free to perusers.
Now that’s something you don’t get shopping online. Ever.
I Just completed this illustration for an article entitled Jim Allison’s Long and Winding Road which will appear in the upcoming issue of UC Berkeley’s California Magazine.
To cut a long, and extremely scientific story short, the aforementioned Mr Allison, the subject of both article and illustration, discovered a protein called CTLA-4 in his Berkeley lab way back in 1993. This protein attaches to T cells and acts as a brake for the immune systems, something that seemed to be of little interest to the majority of the scientific community at the time. But because he is a very smart man Jim understood the significance of this discovery, and went on to develop an antibody to the protein – a drug to block its action. His theory being that if the new drug did its job, it would free up the immune system to identify and attack cancerous cells, even those that have resisted chemotherapy.
Unfortunately for Jim this new drug then had to enter clinical trials – which went on and on and on and…well you get the picture. The good news is that after 15 years and clinical trials involving 6,500 patients the drug is finally available to treat melanoma. And it offers a completely different approach to cancer treatment that has been proving extremely effective.
All which makes for a fascinating tale, but was bit tricky to translate into in an interesting illustrated portrait. Luckily for me there was a ‘human angle’. Because as well as being a scientific super-hero, Jim was also a South Texan, harmonica playing, country music aficionado.
And so the Cancer Immunotherapy Clinical Trial Blues was born.