Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Artificial Dissemination 2: Propaganda to Popaganda

If you haven't already seen the media-blitzkrieg I've had a hand in; I'm participating in the second exhibition at PHANTOM HAND: Artificial Dissemination 2; Propaganda to Popaganda. Because of scheduling I had to pass on the first installment in this exhibition series last year at Masthead, and I'm still kicking myself because the work was pretty awesome. When my brother suggested doing a part two at PHANTOM HAND I jumped at the idea. The opening is this Friday, and with some badass work already leaking online and some of the artists from the first show participating, this is going to be one not to miss.

I spent the last few weeks kicking around a few ideas, some offensive, some heartfelt, and some just flat out fucked up, but when the smoke cleared I was left with my first love.

Just got done screen-printing the above for the opening; purple ink on orange french paper, a small run of 24, so if this tickles your taint, then grab one quick before they sell out. Below is a color variation I did up for shits and giggles. I'm way too rusty to do a 4 color screen-print and way to cheap to buy enough blue paper to compensate for my screw-ups, so giclee's will be available in the weeks to come, however they won't be poster-size like the screen-print.

And keeping with the Halloween theme; I dug up this gem, a song I recorded to be handed out at the Autumn Society's Hallowed Halloween exhibition I curated at Paradigm gallery October 2010. This is the demo version, I never made it into my friends studio to re-record it, so you're left with a mash-up of bad vocals and out-of-tune guitars. Enjoy!

Artificial Dissemination; Propaganda to Popaganda
Opening reception: Friday, January 27th 6:00PM-???
604 South Street, Philadelphia

Monday, January 16, 2012

I have so much to tell you...

Hope you're all well. Things have gone from stagnant to overdrive very quickly so I've got several different projects to report, as well as quite a few events.
First and foremost, if you haven't seen the volley of posts on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, some friends and I are running a gallery at 6th and South, aptly titled Phantom Hand, to which most of my artistic efforts have gone in the past month. Below is the finished color version of Bar Squid; giclees are available at the gallery.

Bar Squid is part of the current show at Phantom Hand; the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society presents Out to Dry 3. The closing reception is this coming Saturday, the 21st, from 6PM to the witching hour. The very next Friday, Artificial Dissemination 2; Propaganda to Popaganda opens. The following is a cropped color study for my piece, which may or may not get scrapped later today for something else.

You can like the gallery on Facebook, follow the blog, or add us on twitter @PhantomHandArt to get updates about upcoming shows. February we'll be showing AD, as well as a traveling show, a weekend show-poster exhibit, and the opening of a top-secret show curated by the enigmatic team that is Eamon Dougherty and Jeffro Kilpatrick.

If you have not yet made it through our doors, you really should stop by. I've been to, and in, quite a few Philadelphia exhibitions, and as far as the Low-Brow and working man's art goes, this is the largest collection I've seen to date. The show is cash and carry, and new work has been arriving on an almost daily basis, so the show has been continually changing over the month, keeping it fresh and really exciting.

This next piece is a doodle from the intramural art & design club I run at the school I work. The project was both combining photo-reference and a personal piece. I'll let you guess what this piece says about me. Even with photo-reference, I cannot handle lighting... something to work on.

Also on the stove; I've been invite to Jinxed's annual Heart show, opening the weekend prior to my Birthday...and some other Holiday. I let them down last year, so I've got to do up something nice this year. AND I'm participating in a Horror Anthology comic where writers are given topics at random and paired with an artist. Mine includes Russia, tattoos, Demons, and an Orphanage. Rock! If any of you remember my long term comic project, The Detective with a Melted Face, you know that sequential format is a challenge I have yet to best, so this will be a rough ride.
And lastly, what blog post is complete without some nonsensical doodles.

The above was inspired by both my new obsession with Hot Diggity, and overhearing some polo-wearing Ricky Retardos have a fearful conversation about gay marriage.

I hope you've all enjoyed this, and please, come down to Phantom Hand, say hi, chew the fat, see the art, and have a beer with me. More soon. A lot more.