Man Bag was a zine project that Stu Mead and I brought out at the very end of the Artpolicecomics run. Artpolice was a drawing zine and it had a very diverse content and many contributors. The regular crew changed over the years and included many one shots by artists we came to know. Over 20 years it became a sort of outsider institution. For myself as the center of the network it ultimately became a gig, no matter how broke I was somehow we managed to get the book together and distributed 3 times a year.
Stu Mead and I sort of tumbled in together in the late days of The Artpolice Comics when he was killing it nearly every issue finally a talent worthy of our ArtpoliceComics legends ( Ed Rath, Chris Woodward Joe McDonnell Andy Baird and the late Fritz Wolfmeyer). Stu Mead recreated the Artpolice Comics as a edgy younger sex obsessed zine what it had been in the early years when McDonnell's cartoon was censored by the art school. Artpolice had a great deal of talent but it was elsewhere mostly Ed and Chris in Brooklyn and other contributors were scattered throughout the USA.
1. First picture - "Mondrian's Snowshovel in The Villa of Mysteries" 1984 - oil on canvas 2. "A Map of the History of My Career on Panties" 1996 acrylic on canvas 3. Swan on VW Hubcap - after 2000 acrylic on ,laser print on hubcap.
When I was a kid the hot summers in Chicago were something to be reckoned with very little air condidtioning outside of theaters and drug stores and bars. Indeed the time spent in the theater on weekends was often the coolest time of the week. I can remember reading MAD Magazine in the drug store all cool as a cucumber. Or picking up my mom's Hollywood Confidential magazine at the same drug store. I ran a lot of errands getting cigarettes for my dad (Camels 25 cents a pack).
I've written many letters in my life. Maybe too many but suffice it to say I'm familiar with the form of a letter whether personal or impersonal. I've thought the blog was close to a letter in form save that the recipient is unknown. And this has been an issue for me it's very much like writing in the dark to whom am I speaking I ask myself as I reveal personal material that perhaps I should not reveal in such a public way. After all blogs get around even if we don't quite know where and who reads them.
Some portraits old and new ,differenty and similar. end pic blog
Pics in order - 1.David B & Iman 2016, 2.Two Pete D. (with Pam Gaard) 2016, 3. Robyne Robinson portrait some years ago when she was still on Fox - News TC. 4. My son Sam Gaard at MFA (in Boston) with portrait of Victorine Meurent by Manet. 5. Lady down the block -Theresa and Seraphine in her Navy uniform 2006, 6. Rhesa Schwrtz. early portrait maybe 2004-5, 7 The Only Good Artist Is A Dead Artist 2016 and self-portrait also 2016,Portrait of Sam Gaard 2011.
The land of the Bungalows and the home of the hot dish. I'm a fish out of water . I left Chicago because it was too violent and too wild for my sanity. Too over done bursting with vulgar energy and ambition. Fat City your name is Chicago. The School of The Art Institute of Chicago where I attended as an art student was so sleepy and behind the times that it seemed like a TwiLight Zone episode. My 99 year old anatomy teacher Ms. Cassidy had given Georgia O'Keefe her anatomy instruction earler in her tenure. Point is my paintings are much too big!
The portrait of Ms Kate Worum and her photo of me in the studio the day I painted her.. Second Jpg. screen capture from promotional notice about book (Stu Mead my Man Bag partner is the subject of a new book about his art produced in Berlin). While the text excerpt is odd the bibiliography is fine. The photo taken by a professional erotic photographer the model holds our Man Bag Magazine in her hands her body a frame a context.Of all the pictures I showed in Mike Kelley's graduate studio class in Pasadena, this was the only photo to cause alarm.
Bi-Polar portraits was how I named the portraits in the mid-1980's when they began.
All portraits on paper same paper BFK Rives 41 X 29.5 " acrylics graphite (some with collage)
Interested in Manet to begin with his portraits of Victorine Meurent
influenced by Peter Saul and reading way too much philosophy.
models in portraits herein - Kathy Halbreich by magical channeling through model S.B. 1992-3 -
also includes close up of green eyes. blondes - 3. Portrait of Mary Czerwinski 2015, Portrait of Kate W. 2015
The politician says we need more welders and fewer philosophers. I say we need more philosophers and more robot welders. Philosophy is not so difficult as people suppose. My father was a very philosophical man though he only had a third grade education (the requirement for immigrants in the late 1930's), He lived a life much more tumultuous than I coming here in a rusty tub from Norway and finding his way to his mom's place in Chicago without any English. His mom had answered an advertisement in a newspaper in Norway of a widowed farmer in Minnesota looking for a wife.