Today’s Image #316

Title“Exercises In Walking Away
Dimensions
– 32″ x 24″
Format –  mixed-media on sailcloth
Date
May 21, 1998

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The image of the man walking away was inspired by a photograph I saw one day at a gallery in Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station. The original photograph was by an artist named Jack Spencer.

Find more “Exercises In Walking Away” info (with drawings and sketches) here: http://onehumanbeing.com/portfolio/drawings/exercises-in-walking-away/

Do It Yourself and Give It Away

On my birthday, back on June 18th, I got the idea in my head that NOW would be a good time to look into making a CD out of my latest group of sound collages and call it Grand Deception Star.

Now it is the end of July, a day before Tania’s birthday, and I’ve just about completed 7 CD’s of sound collages from UFOverdriver. The artwork is finished and I’m just waiting on 3 test pressings, which are on their way to me, and once those are approved, we have a complete set!

The UFOverdriver CD Collection – 2010 through 2012 (shown above from bottom to top)

My Brilliant Marketing Strategy

If I was doing this to make money, I have the worst marketing strategy in the world – I’ve encouraged people to download all my work for free (which many people have done), even on the same pages where I offer people an opportunity to buy the CD, usually for the outrageous price of $7.99 plus $3.00 – as close to giving it away as I can.

Guess how many CD orders I’ve had since I released the first 4 CD’s on July 25th…

Of course, I said if I was doing this to make money – which I’m not… I’m practicing my favorite form of living – D.I.Y. and G.I.A.

Do It Yourself and Give It Away.

A Few Reasons, But Just A Small Part Of The Bigger Thing…

Even if I wanted to be a good capitalist, I’m just not wired that way – I’d rather give stuff away than have to think about money.

I mean, sure I’d like to have some extra money to buy stuff I need for my art plans, get a little something special for Tania, or have some kind of cushion in our financial budgeting situation, but hey, maybe someday in the future.

One of the reason I love making buttons is they are so easy to give away. I could work out some money-making scheme to try and get people to buy my stuff, but that would just take time away from doing what I really enjoy – making art-objects.

Multiples and the Uniqueness Of Paintings

Selling paintings is something I’ve come to terms with. Each one is such a unique creation you have to put a price on it so it ends up going to the right home.

Above: We Sit At These Tables – a painting that got added to a very good collection this week…

Paintings have a lifetime of their own and good collectors respect that paintings must be hung in a good place, viewed over long periods of time and allowed to live with you as a part of your life.

But some art-objects are multiples – unnumbered series of art-objects, reproduced in limited number or mass-produced – and they are so much easier to give-away.

This is not to say they have no value – value is a whole different subject. Money, giving stuff away – these things have nothing to do with the value of the art-object.

These buttons I make and give away are multiples…

The sound collages, in both their digital form and in their new CD form are also multiples.

Due to the cost of making CD’s, I can’t give them away – but I can just make them as inexpensive as possible.

Sure, I can afford people downloading for free until the end of time, but CD’s – unfortunately those cost money to make.

A CD As An Art-Object

For over twenty years I’ve been thinking about what makes an art-object. Here are two categories I (sometimes) break my work into:

1. External Work – Painting, Large Sculpture, Framed Art, Videos – This is work you stand back from and observe or experience, like a painting on a wall or a sculpture on a pedestal.

2. Internal Work – Handmade Books, Sound Collages, Videos, CD’s – This is work that is experienced as a hands-on experience – like listening to a sound collage or looking through a handmade book.

Video can fall into either category.

These are rather imperfect category names – but that’s how I define them for myself.

The Art-Object As Revolution Against The Monetary System…

To me, an “art-object” is a created, non-commercial object, which can be either given away, or sold in a commercial transaction.

Sure, I could be like everyone else and go for the money, but I hate the current monetary system, so giving stuff away subverts and by-passes the whole commercial system.

Even if I sell my work, I can under-cut the monetary system by pricing “below value” and inducing a state of monetary-dissonance – when “value” and “price” don’t match.

My marketing system will not help you pay your rent – you’ll probably use your rent money to create art-objects any ways – and could be referred to as a “get-poor-quick” scheme. I don’t recommend my methods to anyone.

As for me, I’m just built this way – I’m going to take those ideas that flow through my head and make stuff, then I’ll probably give it away… D.I.Y. and G.I.A.

About The Process

Since I started UFOverdriver I’ve had it in my mind to eventually put my sound collages on CD’s, but until now I hadn’t found a way to do it that made me happy…

Two years ago I tried to do a handmade set of CD’s, but the project – with all it’s various pieces and elements – quickly got out of hand and then abandoned.

On my birthday I gave it another go, and I was very happy to discover a CD fulfillment company in Minnesota called TrepStar that produces CD’s on demand and sends them out to your fans – just what I needed.

I’ve been working with TrepStar (via emails) for a month and a half and they have been very good at helping me get through this process.

The CD setups aren’t elaborate – Standard Jewel Case with Insert Card – but they are perfect for this project at this moment.

Above: TrepStar project preview page…

So – if you’re an artist or band looking to get some CD’s self-produced here in the good ol’ USA, I’m recommending TrepStar to all my friends…

CD Fulfillment: TrepStar in Minnesota

To Sum This All Up…

That all being said – I’ve created seven art-objects over the last month and a half – 4 are available now and 3 more will be available very soon.

This is for those who what to collect the “art-object”, in physical form, of they favorite sound collages.

I like having CD’s. Once I converted my whole CD collection to digital and sold the CD’s I realized how much I like the physical CD, so I’m slowing building a new CD collection.

Now my CD collection has 7 more CD’s in it.

Until later, best of health.

PRE-ORDER

The UFOverdriver Collection – 2010 to 2012

A 7 CD Set + Special UFOverdriver Buttons!

Release Date
Mid-August 2012Number of Tracks: 68

Length
Over 370 minutes or 6.1730 hours of sound collage goodness

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Pre-Order the complete UFOverdriver CD set and save yourself over $20.00

This set will be available after mid-August, but everyone who pre-orders the 7 CD set will get special UFOverdriver buttons sent to them – how sweet is that!

Collection Includes

This collection will be shipping around mid-August – Pre-Order now and save over $20!

 

LINKS

UFOverdriver website: http://ufoverdriver.onehumanbeing.com/

UFOverdriver on Bandcamp (FREE Downloads): http://ufoverdriver.bandcamp.com/

Buy First Four UFOverdriver CD’s: http://ufoverdriver.onehumanbeing.com/2012/07/25/ufoverdriver-cds-now-available/

How do I get some free buttons? Contact me and I just might send you some

PS. The complete set of all 7 UFOverdriver CD’s, along with some UFOverdriver buttons will be available very soon – pre-order now for just $50! (plus shipping and handling)

Today’s Image #314

Title“Try Our Coffee, It’s Delicious
Dimensions
– 22″ x 19″
Format –  mixed-media on silkscreen
Date
2002

[In the collection of the artist]

This one hangs in our kitchen, over our coffee mugs and coffee machine.

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The image I used in this painting comes from a large (3″) pin-back button Tania gave me when she worked at Winchell’s Donuts back in 1986 (that’s where I met her).

The button advertised Bunn Coffeemakers, and it ended up hanging around our home for ages, until I photocopied it and created this painting.

I think the original button is in our junk drawer….

Today’s Image #312

Title“American Dream #8 – Great Location & Value
Dimensions
– 36″ x 24″
Format –  mixed-media on canvas
Date
2001

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This was the final painting in the American Dream series, and the painting style is already moving forward, and starting to be affected by the newspaper graphics I used everyday, and the effects of working within a newspaper layout structure.

I started working at the local Gazette Newspapers in October of 1999 as a graphic artist and stayed there until early 2006, when I resigned my position as Senior Graphic Artist.

Today’s Image #311

Title“American Dream #7 – Cute And Ready To Go
Dimensions
22″ x 19″
Format – 
mixed-media on sailcloth
Date
2001

[Available]

This was painted before the big housing bubble, and the house shown here for $139,900 was “worth” around $400,000 a few years later… crazy times.

This is the second to last painting in the American Dream series painted from late 1990’s to early 2001 – American Dream #8, the final one in this series, will be posted tomorrow.

I look at this painting everyday because it hangs on the wall right by my computer.

I also have a painting of Mark Mothersbaugh from DEVO that Tania painted hanging on the wall on the other side of my computer.

Actually, I’m kinda surrounded by art (and two dogs) when I work – it’s a nice environment, I must say!

4 UFOverdriver CDs Now Available!

3 complete albums, and one EP of sound collages are NOW available from UFOverdriver on CD!!!

Each album takes you on a journey of sound aboard the UFOverdriver into the sub-conscious realms of today and the quantum possibilities of tomorrow…

Click on an album cover to find out more information about that sound collage and use the PayPal button to order any album… (Shopping cart and multiple CD orders coming very soon…)

Note: FREE Downloads Still Available! Use the Download Link to download a Zip file with FREE high quality MP3 versions of all the tracks on each album.

Grand Deception Star

Original Release Date: June 27, 2012

Number of Tracks: 7

Length: 29:36

About: Some people would say, without a doubt, our country (U.S.A.) has accelerated it’s long move towards manifesting the dsytopian dream of some very secretive individuals and groups.

Through the use of the mainstream media, political manipulations, financial control of the banks and monetary policies, the military industrial complex, the private prison industry and an innumerable amount of deception and lying, these people have created a world of illusion and misinformation that fools many people into believing what they’re told is the true reality.

But it’s not reality – it’s just a grand deception star that’s so bright and luminous, so all encompassing, it obscures the truth and illuminates the lies as reality.

“Exposure to true information does not matter anymore…” (taken from a video of an “ex-KGB agent”…)

This sound collage captures a small piece of this dystopian change, chaos and confusion.

FREE Download Link: http://ufoverdriver.onehumanbeing.com/download/UFOverdriver-Grand-Deception-Star.zip

CD only $7.99
+ $3.00 shipping and handling



A New American Prayer

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Original Release Date: June 10, 2010

Number of Tracks: 13

Length: 53:15

About: After numerous late night flights at 72,000 feet of the UFOverdriver for the purpose of taking audiographic measurement of the subconscious weather over North America during the spring months of 2010, one human recording is proud to present the composite audiograph (or sound collage) to document the flux density of this passage of time.

FREE Download Link: http://ufoverdriver.onehumanbeing.com/download/A_New_American_Prayer.zip

CD only $7.99
+ $3.00 shipping and handling

The Brothership Has Landed

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Original Release Date: March 17, 2010

Number of Tracks: 12

Length: 43:37

About: What happens when you cut-up and re-mix Pink Floyd’s classic 1977 album Animals with various samples and loops from Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, David Byrne and Brian Eno, DJ John Digweed and other musical slices – along with a number of sound clips from the mass media and popular culture? You get a snapshot of current events in the form of an epic sound collage called The Brothership Has Landed…This sound collage was constructed between March 5th and March 17th, 2010 – The structure follows Pink Floyd’s Animalsand is divided into 3 Acts, and the completed piece contains 12 individual tracks, with a total length of nearly 44 minutes long.

FREE Download Link: http://ufoverdriver.onehumanbeing.com/download/The_Brothership_Has_Landed.zip

CD only $7.99
+ $3.00 shipping and handling

Calling Down The UFOverdriver – EP

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Original Release Date: January 29, 2010

Number of Tracks: 4

Length: 25:36

About:These are the first two sound collages from UFOverdriver and the beginning of these journeys.Both tracks were recorded in January of 2010, and helped to call down the UFOverdriver… (CD includes two bonus tracks)FREE Download Link: http://ufoverdriver.onehumanbeing.com/download/Calling_Down_The_UFOverdriver.zip

CD only $5.99
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Today’s Image #309

Title“An Astronaut Goes Into The Void
Dimensions
36″ x 25″
Format – 
mixed-media on sailcloth
Date
February 2011

[Available]

The black on this painting is very high gloss, and the “Astronaut who is not there” is painted with a white matte paint. The surface is covered with a collage of paper which has been painted over.

The first time I used this canvas for a painting was back in 1992 to make large painted mixed-media collage folding panels for our wedding reception in a warehouse (it still has some of the old collage on the back of it).

Since then it’s gone through the process of being several different paintings, none of which survived. Now it’s reached it’s final, saturated state, and the canvas is finally finished (except for the aging). It’s ready to go out and find it’s own way in the world.

By the way, this painting is available!

Enjoy!

Today’s Image #308

Title“Red Astronaut Painting #1
Dimensions
36″ x 24″
Format – 
mixed-media on canvas
Date
February 2011

[Available]

This painting hangs on the wall across from the sofa I sit on while I write, draw, think, relax, drink my coffee, enjoy my herb, etc., so I’ve spent literally hundreds of hours staring at this Red Astronaut.

I created this painting in February 2011, during the same time period as when I was making my UFOverdriver “Space Odyssey” sound collages; Time Minus One, A Space Odyssey Mix (Dec 2010)  and The Esperanto Group, X Minus One Mix (January 2011)

Here’s the sound collage called Time Minus One, A Space Odyssey Mix – Enjoy!

I’ll be share a few other paintings from the same time in the next few days…

Today’s Image #307

Title“Orange Interior with Blue Table
Dimensions
23.5″ x 20″
Format – 
acrylic latex on sailcloth
Date
October 10, 1998

[Available]

I did two versions of this painting – the one above, and a larger version (40″ x 34″) shown below:

These paintings are from a group of paintings called “Still Lifes and Other Interiors” – you can find more paintings from this group here: http://onehumanbeing.com/portfolio/paintings/still-lifes-and-other-interiors/ – from my PORTFOLIO project site.

Grand Deception Star Promo #1

“Why do you try and put out a CD during a Mercury Retrograde?” I ask myself… not just one CD, but four of them*.

Since June 27th (when I “officially” released this collection of sound collages through my UFOverdriver bandcamp site) I’ve been working on getting this CD release ready – and it’s been one glitch after another… I’m currently awaiting the latest test-pressings to arrive in the mail and hoping – just hoping – it’s all ready to go this time.

But it’s process – all process.

So while we’re waiting for the test-pressings to arrive, I’m moving on to the next step – Promo Videos and then Merchandise.

Yes UFOverdriver fans, coffee mugs, stickers, buttons, t-shirts and other UFOverdriver merch are headed your way, but first – promo videos!

Here’s promo video #1

That’s all for now – until later, best of health.

* The four UFOverdriver CDs I’ve been working on…

  • Grand Deception Star
  • Calling Down The UFOverdriver
  • The Brothership Has Landed
  • A New American Prayer

Today’s Image #303

Title“Vampire Reagan
Dimensions – various formats
Format –  digital collage
Date – 2010

I don’t think much of former President and Actor Ronald Reagan – or Ronnie Ray-Gun we called him back in the eighties.

Add him the the rogues gallery of vampires that help in the destruction of a great future of our country…

Today’s Image #302

Title“Vampire Nixon
Dimensions – various formats
Format –  digital collage
Date – 2010

It’s a pretty well known fact that I think less than zero about former crook and President, Richard “Tricky Dick” Nixon. I consider him a political vampire and here’s my presentation of him for the future to remember him correctly…

Today’s Image #301

Title“A New American Prayer – Album Insert
Dimensions – square format – various sizes
Format –  digital collage
Date – 2012

Here’s a photo of me wearing my Blue Katchina Headdress, my Kukulcan Helmet of Consciousness, my Quetzalcoatl Crown of Returning… all these things and more.

It’s one of the images I created while working on the CD package for the sound collage from 2010 (when Tania took this photo of me) called A New American Prayer.

I digitally added an old drawing of how consciousness works (or so they thought), and it fit so well I decided to keep it… I thought it added a very “Mayan” look with my dreadlocks.

Just a reminder – CDs are coming out very soon along with a special give-away!

Today’s Image #300

Title“A New American Prayer – Album Cover
Dimensions – square format – various sizes
Format –  digital collage
Date – 2010

This is the album cover I designed for UFOverdriver for it’s second full length epic sound collage called A New American Prayer.

This is much more personal sound collage, dealing with issues like bi-polar disorder, the civil rights movement, the power of Martin Luther King‘s speeches, the poetry of Jim Morrison, the deep inequalities in our country, and the destruction of the planet by our species.

I worked on the sound collage through May and early June of 2010 when the stories of the BP oil disaster were in the news constantly.

This album had a video called Dream Leaver

About The Video

This is a sound collage from UFOverdriver called The Dream Leaver – Track #6 from the album A New American Prayer – Release in June 2010

— Source material for this sound collage includes Dream Weaver by Gary Wright and God by John Lennon. Enjoy!

The Album Cover

The image used on the album cover was from the civil rights march that took place at the same time I was being born in June 1964.

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