28 April 2012

New print for MEMES show at Gallery1988

"Mentos, Diet Soda, and Saturday Afternoons"
3 screens on Cougar natural cover, 18x24"
Signed/numbered edition of 80.

MEMES opens on May 4th at Gallery 1988.  I was pretty stoked that I was able to do an art print with only three screens.  However, the hours I put in doing that hatching for that layer of foliage destroyed any efficiency I may have achieved with the simplified color palate.  I'm looking forward to seeing what other internet related buffoonery will be referenced in the show.

19 April 2012

Yom HaShoah

Today is Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. Above is a photo I took of one of the memorials at the Dachau concentration camp while traveling in Germany last fall. As someone who was born much too late and too far away to have ever endured the shadow cast by Nazism, and as someone who has merely visited one of many sites of such unspeakable atrocities, I find my own words lacking. So I'll just suggest that maybe take a moment today to reflect on the horrors that humans are capable of inflicting on one another and role that unchecked political power, fear-mongering, racism, and nationalism all play in some of the worst crisis (past and present) in documented history.

10 April 2012

Couches, french bulldogs, and lawchairs in garages

Greetings from Saint Louis! Here's a blurry phone photo of my friend Jason packing the van right before we rolled out of Chicago last evening. We drove to Saint Louis last night to stay with friends, and now we're about to head to Oklahoma City for the first show of the tour. Time to get food and then sit and draw in the van for eight hours.

08 April 2012

Avocados, receipts, bananas, and freestyle rap battles

This picture was taken the other night at I Am Logan Square Gallery here in Chicago. "Print Me a Square", an exhibition featuring work from Fugscreens Studios, Screwball Press, Kill Hatsumomo Prints, Ryan Duggan, Billy Craven, and myself. The reception was great, and our man Billy was kept busy all evening handling sales.
My friend Zissou, who runs Fugscreens Studios (which is where I print), curated this show. Zissou, Billy, and our friend Allie are in the process of opening a brand new gallery and storefront in Logan Square. Their plan is to focus on and specialize in poster art/artists, as well as street art. They've got a Kickstarter going to get this project off the ground, so I wanted to drop them a little plug. Check out their Kickstarter campaign.

I worked until 4 am last night between printing the third poster I've printed this week and getting all of last year's receipts entered into spreadsheets so I can file my taxes today. The poster I finished last night was a tour poster for The Sky We Scrape, which is the band I recently have begun playing with. We leave for a short (9 day) tour tomorrow, so if you live in any of these cities and happen to be reading this, come say hi!
4/10 Oklahoma City, OK
4/11 Dallas, TX
4/12 Austin, TX
4/13 Albuquerque, NM
4/14 Tucson, AZ
4/15 Las Vegas, NV
4/16 Salt Lake City, UT
4/17 Denver, CO
4/18 Iowa City, IA
(Show details are on the band's facebook page)