Saturday, August 29, 2009
22 x 30 inch art print screenprinted on 100% Rag Stonehenge paper, one deckled edge. 3 color print, edition of 100 signed and numbered.
I've been working on this image in my head on and off for a few years, so I'm pleased with the way this idea finally translated into a drawing and then a print. The Joy Division song "Transmission" was the intial inspiration, particularly the line "touching from a distance, further all the time" Then when I heard the slowed down heavy version of the same song by Low I was certain I needed to make this print. The intial idea, of broadcasting houses into the air originally included a radio tower, but I kept simplifying it and paring it down until it became this simple yet detailed drawing. As with a lot of my prints, I'm not sure what it is really trying to say until I'm finished with it, and even then, I'm not quite sure.
As with most of my work, this piece is particularly best seen in person. The second layer is a metallic silver , which works nicely with the deep ultrablue night sky.
Here's a few pics from the drawing process and printing process.
I went to school in DeKalb Illinois at Northen Illinois University from 1986-1990. It was a great time to be there as the peer group I met in the visual arts and in the music community was truly gifted as well as insane. When I was in High School I saw Blatant Dissent open up for Naked Raygun at the metro in the fall of 1985, my senior year. They were amazing. I bought the "Is there a Fear " single from their singer, John Mohr and chatted him up on the DeKalb Scene "You'll love it! There's great clubs like Two Fools and bands like Ring 13!" I was so excited.
Cut to 25 or so years later. My time at NIU resulted in an art degree, some deep friendships and a total obsession with music. I was lucky enough to work at the college town record store, Record Revolution (which sadly, like so many other music stores has now closed for good) and put on punk shows with my pal Greg Dunlap, (Defoliants, Jesus Lizard, Friends of Betty, Tar, Watchmen...the list goes on)with whom we put out a music fanzine called THIS.
So this facebook group pops up called "DeKalb Rocks". Reminiscing starts, and before you know it, Tom Rose has organized a freaking REUNION of bands that havent played in some cases 25 years. 2 nights at the Abbey pub in Chicago and Otto's in DeKalb, respectively. Blatant Dissent. Subverts. Ring 13. Happy Hunting. Otis Ball and the Chains. The Service. Dan Chambers even played a few SMILE songs. (If there could be a SMILE reunion, I could be a happy, happy man.)
Mike Greenlees and John Mohr and Otis all emailed me at the same time and asked if I could make a poster. How could I say no? Or, in the words of Blatant Dissent "How could I lose?"
I tried to keep the drawing loose and punk, like the way I wished I could have drawn back in college. DeKalb is sort of famous for Corn, if ya didnt already know.
Here's hoping it happens again next year!!!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Danny Criminal of Low Magazine, an excellent art journal published in Germany recently asked me to create the cover artwork for their newest issue. There is also a Q & A inside the magazine. It is on the newstands now (In Europe anyway) and it can be seen and ordered on their site. I have also created an exclusive print of the cover artwork and that will be available soon!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I'm making an edition of my painting "Cashbox" available as a high-quality Giclee print on Hanemuhle Bamboo etching paper. Print size is big, same size as the painting.
Image area: 16 x 18 inches, paper size is 20 x 22 inches. I'm offering this at a significant pre-sale discount at $75 ($50 off!) to the first 10 orders I receive. The edition will be available Sept 12 and released in conjunction with my showing at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago. Shipping for the Pre-sales will be one week prior to the official release. Total edition size will be 75.
The printing is done at Rhode Island's Io Labs, who make some of the best archival reproduction prints done today.
Monday, August 17, 2009
A new art print in 2 different color versions based on the wounded/wooden lion from my recent Dan Auerbach poster... I played with different titles for this, one inspired by the Ethiopian music scene of the 50's-70's but ended up calling it "Serengeti Ghost", which I think works nice with the image. I've been watching the "Planet Earth" DVD over and over this year and I sit with my daughters wondering how many animals will be left by the time they are my age. I'm not very optimistic.
These prints are different edition sizes- the Dark Brown is an edition of 50 , the medium/light brown is an edition of 100. Size is 19 x 25 inches. You can pick one up in my Etsy shop if you like. Or click on the button below:
Medium Brown edition :
Dark Brown Edition:
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
A new art print featuring the image from a recent poster for the Sons OF the Never Wrong; "Dawn Patrol #1" features 3 wooden housebirds up early on maneuvers. Small edition of 85 on Cougar Natural , 5 screens were used.
Available now in my ETSY shop or below!
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Its that time again to clear through some inventory for a few lucky souls. Mystery tube contains 2 misprint/test prints, and 2 art prints . This is a pretty amazing tube full of art for a recession-debt busting price. I'm limiting this to 35 tubes and I am not taking requests, FYI. Buy one Here below or in my etsy shop.