Title – “Street Art” Dimensions – 4″ x 6″ Format – Lomograph Date – February 2003
I took a lot of Lomographs walking up and down 2nd Street in Belmont Shore when I worked at the Gazette Newspapers as a graphic artist. Usually I was going to get lunch or coffee and for a time in 2002 and ’03 I ALWAYS had my Lomo LC-A camera with me.
During that period there was a bunch of construction work going on hidden behind plywood barriers, nice “canvases” which provided a number of street art pieces as I randomly snapped my Lomo camera while walking by…
This Lomograph reminded me of a Robert Rauschenberg painting.
Title – “$1 Hits – Page 36” Dimensions – 5.25″ x 5.5″ Format – mix-media word collage in a handmade book Date – 1994
Today’s word collage reads –
“Now I’m keeping Linda freely freaking!” she said.
“Tell Suzy to sign on the dotted line for one picture a year at two thousand per picture
with her long black hair coming down over it
and she becomes Stark Naked in the great movie, one moment all conked out,
Maybe that’s her thing
Very excited- and Sensuous X said she made Linda
“Because of her-
Who would like to see?
She has taken to wearing nothing but the blanket and she sheds that when she feels like it.
Sensuous X doesn’t know. No why to it. She just had the painting and a cosmic grin on her
off on her trip for good…
Title – “$1 Hits – Page 1” Dimensions – 5.25″ x 5.5″ Format – mix-media word collage in a handmade book Date – 1994
Today we embark on a 36-day trip called $1 Hits – a word collage that covers 36 pages in a handmade book from 1994 – with the title page.
I’ll be posting a page each day – along with the poem taken from the collage piece of that day – from now until October 3rd.
The material that went into this collage included the novel The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, a pulp fiction book called Fistful Of Death, a book on how to fly a Frisbee, Publisher’s Clearinghouse junk mail material and stickers, along with various other materials including cut-up pieces of my own poems.
Below is a photo of the small handmade book that holds this word collage. The “skin” of this book is my old painting shirt from 1992 until it was retired in 1994 to be used for different handmade books – this one and a very Dada-esque book called “My Left Arm”.
Title – “American Dream #8 – Great Location & Value” Dimensions – 36″ x 24″ Format – mixed-media on canvas Date –2001
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.
Title – “An Astronaut Goes Into The Void” Dimensions – 36″ x 25″ Format – mixed-media on sailcloth Date – February 2011
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.
Title – “Red Astronaut Painting #1” Dimensions – 36″ x 24″ Format – mixed-media on canvas Date – February 2011
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.