Friday, March 29, 2019

Recap of 2018

Hello friends,

I've been away from the blog for a while, but now I'm back. Following is a brief recap of stuff that I did in 2018.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Murals at 99 Pasadena Ave

A couple of years ago I installed a mural in the lobby at 99 Pasadena Avenue.  I spent weeks building this image, adding more and more detail.

This piece got installed back in 2015. The plan original has always been to wallpaper the entire public area of the building with my work, but other projects continually get in the way. This year I have no solo shows planned and I decided not to show at any art fairs so that I can focus on making new work.

Beginning in January, unencumbered with other big projects and armed with my new solvent printer (that can print on wall paper and exterior vinyls) I'm finally back on mural art for the building, inside and out.

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I started by installing the wall paper panels originally created for last summer's show at Gallery 825, "The Divine."  I had handled them very carefully so that they could be reused and permanently installed in a very long, blank, 65' hallway in the building.

After those were installed, I moved into the front lobby and installed new work, freshly printed on my new 64" solvent printer, that were designed specifically for the space. First we put up a large header. The piece has no title, but the primary image element is the Naga Kanya brass figurine that I got last year.

Next came the ceiling. I had created that image over a year ago but let it sit on my computer until the time was right. 

Over the week of the installation I whipped up another wall section that was glaringly empty. It gave the lobby a more complete feel.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Divine installation at Gallery 825

I am proud to present The Divine, an immersive, floor-to-cieling, 80 foot long wall mural installed as a solo exhibition at Gallery 825 in Los Angeles. Like much of my work, this composition is a recompilation of other, previous work, expanded and remixed to form a complete thought.

The Divine is a vague history of the world and Mankind's social evolution, eventually leading to the explosion of the Internet and its opportunities for social interconnection and personal expression. A single image also titled "The Divine" was published simultaneously.

This installation ran from June 25 to July 23, 2016.

Monday, June 20, 2016

PING PONG Basel 2016

Just returned from Basel, Switzerland where I was privileged to be a part of Ping Pong Basel for the second consecutive year. Great opening night with fellow LAAA artist Richard Slechta and other artists from Basel and Miami. Special thanks to our leader, Peter Mays, director of the Los Angeles Art Association for including my work, and to Sue Irion, the show producer.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Highlights from this year's Eclectic music festival

This is the 8th year that we've hosted the Emerging Stage at The Eclectic, South Pasadena's Music Festival and Art Walk. We were one of 9 stages throughout the city of South Pasadena. Starting off in the afternoon with Extra Spooky, then Red Pony Clock, Shelby Gogreve, Sam Hale, Disco Mechanic and ending the night with Jubilo Drive.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Photo Independent 2016

Art critic, Shana Nys Dambrot interviewing artists during her curatorial walkthrough at Photo Independent.

Opening night photos

Friday, February 5, 2016

Fabulosus Fabularus – a monument of inventive mythology

Scale rendering of the 18' tall monument topped with the winged golden pig.

I'm pleased to present Fabulosus Fabularus, an 18' tall installation that is a monument to nothing real. It will be exhibited at the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair February 11-14 in the lobby of the Palm Springs Convention Center. It's my largest and most ambitious installation to date.

I'm writing this days before we apply the finish, wrap it, pack it, truck it across the desert and eventually assemble it for the first time at the fair. I'm confident we won't drop it anywhere along the journey. Everything's going according to plan, thanks in large part to my friend and builder, James Peterson of Art & Contraptions. He has my back building the structure and rigs and arranging the logistics.

Tube on its custom-welded trailer. 
Top cap with unpainted pig.

Fresh printed wallpaper draped over the tube.

Builder James Peterson of Art & Contraptions

The project was proposed last October, and the art was created November through January. Our big cardboard Sonnotube, and the custom welded trailer rig I created to tote it around, has been hanging around the studio for six weeks. It's very satisfying to see the project finally coming together.

Installation materials for this project include a cardboard construction tube, CNC-milled plywood wood, rolled aluminum, fiberglass-reinforced castings, paint  and custom-printed wallpaper. The work was created at the artist’s studio in South Pasadena, CA for the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair 2016.

Detail (sunrise)

Detail (angel battle)

Detail (cyclops angel)