Today’s Image #402

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.

Today’s Image #380

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.
“Why!”
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…

Today’s Image #345

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”.

Enjoy the trip!

Today’s Image #338

TitleElvis (With Rusty Saw Blades)”
Dimensions
– 72″ x 54″
Format – acrylic latex, photocopies, copper, saw blades on silkscreens
Date
1992

[ Not Available ]

This painting hung at our wedding party. After that it’s history becomes a little murky, but I believe this piece no longer exists.

Too bad, it was a real nice piece and should have had a longer life…

Today’s Image #337

TitleAmerican Dream #3”
Dimensions
– 36″ x 24″
Format – mixed media on sailcloth
Date
2001

[ Available ]

This is the third painting of my American Dream series about home-ownership which I painted just before the house bubble started inflating in the early 2000’s.

This house made me think about the idea of a “home being an island unto itself” – sort of the “home as a castle” idea, but going a little further, a little more isolated…

This series was shown at the Irvine City Hall in Irvine, California in the fall of 2004.

Today’s Image #336

TitleAmerican Dream #2 (Attention Large Families)”
Dimensions
– 31.5″ x 24″
Format – mixed media on sailcloth
Date
2001

[ Available ]

This is another painting of my American Dream series about home-ownership which I painted just before the house bubble started inflating in the early 2000’s.

This house (from a classified ad) was used on several pieces.

This series was shown at the Irvine City Hall in Irvine, California in the fall of 2004.

Today’s Image #316

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

[Available]

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/

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

[Available]

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!

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.

Today’s Image #207

Title“Ideas – Spring 1994 #1”
Dimensions – 6″ x 4″
Format – mixed-media collage on sailcloth
Date – Spring 1994 – Image 1 of 30

[In the collection of the artist]

My painting “America Is Waiting” (below) was based on this piece – Enjoy!

Title – “America Is Waiting”
Dimensions – 32″ x 24″
Medium – acrylic latex, charcoal, fabric, string on sailcloth
Date – July, 1994

[ In the collection of the artist ]