Thursday, September 25, 2008

"In Silence" art print!

This is an art print of the artwork I recently completed for the Thursday/Envy split LP on Temporary Residence records- the prints are 26 inches square and come in 2 colorways, gold metallic and silver metallic. Printed on French Speckletone Cover in editions of 225, the image is a tornado of blackbirds tearing through the midwestern landscape. Available RIGHT NOW in my etsy shop. There will also be a blue variant available as well that I am still working on.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Renegade Rainout sale!

So, because of good ole Hurrican Ike sending immense amounts of rain through the country directly hitting Chicago for 3 days straight, the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago was a bit of a bust for those like me selling art on paper. I have a huge stack of test prints, misprints and regular 'ol posters that I put out on a $5 table each year and it is like leading lambs to the slaughter. Chicago's loss is your gain- Each tube will have 4-5 prints and posters some of which may include the Godspeed test prints from 2001 which are pretty badass.

You can buy em here.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Just workin'

This week is a busy one. Printing posters for upcoming shows by Robert Pollard's Boston Spaceships (excited to see this show, the record sounds great- has a GBV/Who "Sell-out" vibe to it), Okkervil River, and the first of 3 Black Keys posters (Ryden theater in Nashville, Akron, and London shows). A full plate of posters to add to the already full plate of proper art prints I'm producing. Here's a sneak peek at the Okkervil River Metro poster- this is the finished scratchboard/ink drawing; and as well here is a pic from the Pollard/Boston Spaceships board before I finished.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

2 Great Art Shows

I took a break from drawing flying houses and heads of dogs to see one of 2 great art shows opening tonight in Illinois. I'll talk about the one I didn't get to go to first; American Cosmos- Jeff Tady has his first public showing of his collage series opening tonight at St. Ambrose University in Davenport Iowa (Okay, its across the river from Illinois). He will have 10 collages on display along with 20 automatic drawings he's been posting on his drawing blog. I really wish I could have been at this show tonight. Jeff is not only a dear friend, he is one of the true art heroes I've met in this lifetime. His versatility in image making , whether it be in painting, drawing, or collage is truly stunning. These collages are prosaic, funny, and profound. Keep checking his blog as he has made archival print copies of the 10 works which he promises he will have up for sale soon.""id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5247972062234980194"

The show I did go see earlier this evening was at Tony Fitzpatrick's studio , Big Cat Press, in honor of the late artist Steve Griff. The show was an exhibition of Griff's graphite drawings from the last year of his life and they are truly fantastic. Intense, well rendered and energetic drawings that make me wish I had met the man behind them.

The show was rounded out with excellent work from Julie Murphy and Dmitry Samarov. Julie had some really nice work on display, including these insane little drawings on Manila Folders which looked like some sort of lost archival system tracking the development of mythological monsters with mirth and ball point pen. Great stuff. I met Julie during the book-signing for Beasts!, the collection of creatures edited by Jacob Covey of which we both contributed to. Julie promises to contribute a print to the exhibition of the same name that Jacob is putting together in honor of the 2nd Beasts! volume being published, so I look forward to seeing what she makes for that.

Dmitry Samarov's work is ubiquitous in Chicago- He has shown his paintings at the Rainbo Club, the Artist Project, and in many other numerous settings; His paintings are beautiful and improvisational. His site is a must-read; not only for the great artwork ( I'm a big fan of his ink drawings- kind of an ashcan Pettibone) but the fantastic ramblings. It was a pleasure to meet Dmitry this evening, while corraling Ella, my 3 year old, away from the heaping pile of Oreo cookies on the table.

Thanks again to Tony Fitzpatrick for opening up his studio as an "Artist Incubator", as he put it, Chicago needs more of this- artists putting on their own shows.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hex Removers Shirt of Awesomeness

Now you can drive all bad luck and voodoo out of your life, house, neigborhood, garage sale, grocery store, auto shop, munitions depot , and yoga studio with this nice new shirt featuring a field of Hex Removers in a lovely split fountain.
Printed on Natural 100% Organic cotton Anvil shirts.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

This weeks work

Hunkering down for this week's work- printing up an art print of the cover scratchboard I made for the Thursday/Envy Split (Which comes out today in 3 limited screenprinted colorways, check out Temporary Residence and Thursday's site) That will be available on Friday.

Speaking of the Thursday/Envy split- Here are more pics of the scratchboard art for the gatefold edition- I've had a lot of requests to see it:

And thanks to all who have been snapping up copies of the "Search Party" print; there are still a few copies left in the Etsy shop.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Screens N Spokes Print

Sam Verrill has organized a great show of prints for the last 2 years called Screens 'n Spokes- Artists donate a run of prints which are sold to help raise money for MS research. In addition Sam and Jess have a bike team to also raise money.

In thier own words: "Screens 'N' Spokes is all about awesome art and a great cause. Gigposters and gearheads unite in our mission to end the devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis.

All proceeds benefit the National MS Society on behalf of Team Screens 'N' Spokes. Learn more about our bike team and art show at

Thanks for your support!

Jess & Sam "

Here's the print I made for them. It can only be purchased through SNS.

Thursday, September 04, 2008