Saturday - How do we commoditify human grief? Everything has a price save that which is priceless hence all art is a bargain.
BLOG FROM from pirate WORD made while internet was out of order ( no internet after attacks on Syria!) or was it threats of attacks ? Listening to Jay Z which is kind of like listening to everybody. Given how eclectic rap has become in morfing into pop rap – that song on the radio “this woman’s on fire” something like that young singer, on fire with her hit song. All of us remember the power of a hit song. I’m not big into Jay Z he seems the favorite of my younger boys. I like more nasty raps, lately one song from 2 Chainz has been in heavy rotation.
If life is but a dream then art is the reality show? A movie made of still pictures. Don't ask me you'll get a binary response, I'm just too French in the mind for these midwestweners, spawn of the hayseed hippies. No ambition here save to prosper but always at the expense of someone else's cheap labor. The institutions prosper continue to thrive and exist indeed this is a great town for art if your a museum or arts foundation. But commercial galleries fail, DIY galleries fail but never the big box art museums. How could this state of affairs change?
I like animals. I don't like to take care of them say like the family dog when I was a kid. I liked horses riding horse yes very fine thing to do and enjoy. Plus girls and horses is the name of one game or version of a game of pony love. So this love and that love create a certain opening for other animals like say the woodpecker. Woodpeckers are noisy let's get past that quickly. Down by the river in the Spring the woodpeckers make quite a lot of racket. Wakes you up, you think someone is hammering or worse a nail gun on a nearbye roof!
Yiddish phone sex - long story - Sex is an ocean. My work has always had sexual content even in disguise for times when free speech is more dangerous. Even my fascination with the Hebrew mystical traditions had a very sexual dimension for me. The Sefiroths are gendered my images in the spheres are either men or women but not mixed together. A non-verbal ( which I consider myself not having a deep grasp of writing of grammar even). No I try to write from same place I paint in and draw in . in someways I think I am a savant or what my dear Mom would call some one who is "touched".
PLEASE STAND BY This is a test had this been an actual blog I'd already be digressing. My son says I shouldn't blog directly into browser and here I am doing that very thing. I like the directness like email straight ahead no chaser. Painting Archie Bush the donor behind the Foundation that bears his name in St Paul. It's a bit like painting a ghost using a black and white original as the official pics in color are awful. More to follow.
Yo word up - 1974 Nixon was president when this painting was created. It's old , I was 30 that Christmas. It was the painting in the Artpolice's early years, when I was insane half the time. Artpolicecomics was my most insane creation but this painting was also a big factor nearly 2 years making this huge fucker. It's 8 X 7' that is 56 sq. feet covered with tiny hand man images in hundreds and hundreds of colors.
Our ideas about art change with the passage of time. Things I thought often take a complete turn around to their opposite . I sometimes think our ideas change as we change as experience changes us. These two portraits of Jake are a case in point. When these were made I didn't think they were our best effort. Pamela my spouse and I paint these portraits simultaneously, long story short it's sort of a way we can make art together and hang how to the productive end of making portraits.
Portraits of Stu Mead - Pam woke me up Sunday morning saying there is something you are going to like on Facebook. It was this photo of Robert Crumb (R. Crumb) looking at Men Beg the sex magazine Stu Mead and I do together in which my portrait of Stu glows out, ha so cool, very happy. In Europe I'm Stu's plus one we are forever a doubles act with Man Bag and we both do portraits. Lots of portraits boxes full. Stu asked to use this 2009 portrait again for a id photo on his various projects. It's his facebook id pic.
These 5 portraits are from 35mm slides which I scanned to make into sort hybrid Jpegs. Left to right - Julie early 1990's blue dress / orange brown hair/ wire spectacles We made several portraits over time . Julie is a writer and a poet. Next Denise G.; This portrait of Denise is one of several produced in 1998-9 for Portrait Exhibition at Minneapolis Institute of Arts 1999. Tank top long face Man Bag on black tank top (looks nothing like the model maybe the hair do). Next -Portrait of Megan O. (from photo) green and white sports jacket.