August 30th, 2014 , last edited August 30th, 2014
Yet another instance where people – with genuine kindness – reach out to me and ask me to participate in something (for which, I could not be more thankful). In this instance, it was Jacob with UNDR RPBLC – which I must say, is one of the most fantastic zines (and sites in general) that I have been asked to submit work to. They recently released their 30th issue, and I could not be happier to be a part of it. You can check out the whole issue here:
However, I would encourage you to keep going and explore the other offerings on UNDR RPBLC! It is a truly fantastic site dedicated to “establishing a network of Artists, Musicians and Iconoclasts”. To check out the remainder go here:
August 30th, 2014 , last edited August 31st, 2014
I have had several people ask if the red and blue toddlers pictured in my newest drawing “50/50” was a nod to my love of 3D/Anaglyphic images. While I do enjoy all things old school 3D, that was actually not my intent – though I do see how people could easily read it as such – especially with only one red and one blue toddler skeleton present in the image! However, in this instance, inspiration arose from my love of the right panel of The Melun Diptych (Jean Fouquet) – particularly, the red and blue cherubim that surround the enthroned Madonna and Christ Child. These odd and colorful cherubs are modeled realistically but impart a mood that is otherworldly – a mood best described by historian Roger Fry as “dreamlike.”
I have also always enjoyed Enguerrand Quarton’s – The Coronation of the Virgin, which too unitizes blue and red angels similar to those found in Fouquet's Melun Diptych.
As you can see, there are a lot of red and blue cherubs – while mine only has two. The reason being…this was only meant to be a test! Clearly, along the way, it developed in to something more. At some point I realized the time I was investing in it, and decided to just refine the whole thing out and experiment with a range of new ideas (such as the pink and green hypno-spiral and the flat gray pyramid/triangles). The drawing this was a support study for will actually have 7 of these little guys – 4 red and 3 blue!!! And I thought drawing two of them about killed me, ha!
August 30th, 2014 , last edited August 30th, 2014
Earlier this year an art enthusiast and zine publisher from Argentina named Ezequiel Gonzalez contacted me and invited me to participate in the 12th issue of DOUX Magazine. I looked at past issues of DOUX online and found them to showcase a nice mix of art, design, photography, and illustration. As the zine is entirely self produced and published – it also revolves exclusively around the broad and eclectic taste of its creator. Nonetheless, I found it flattering (and once again, unexpected and interesting) to be asked, and agreed to provide images and participate in a brief interview. I was later pleased to learn that one of my images would also be featured on the cover of the issue.
If you are interested a closer look at DOUX Magazine #12 it can be viewed here:
More information about DOUX Magazine (in general) can also be found here:
June 1st, 2014 , last edited June 1st, 2014
111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Friday, June 6th, 5pm - Late
Exhibition Dates: June 2nd to July 26th
April 11th, 2014 , last edited April 11th, 2014
Sometimes the world seems so small. I am never sure how people come to know of my work, and for some reason I seem to lack the gumption to ask, especially when it involves an invitation to participate in a show or zine. It seems like asking “how do you even know who I am?” would somehow point out that I am not really anyone, or anyone worth inviting in to a show or a zine to begin with. I understand that I have done well as of late, and that my images have a pretty far reach online, but still – when someone removed from what I perceive to be my normal fan base contacts me, I am always taken aback. That would be the case with respect to the recent invite by Jessa Crispin to participate in Spolia – which is a monthly literary magazine “devoted to the strange and the wise”.
For those that do not know… Jessa Crispin is a publishing outsider, critic, and editor-in-chief of Bookslut, a litblog and webzine founded in 2002. Bookslut has received mentions in many national and international newspapers, including the New York Times Book Review and Washington Post. Crispin also had a regular column called "Bookslut" in the online cultural journal The Smart Set (published by Drexel University), was a book critic for NPR, and a contributor to PBS's Need to Know. She has also written for the Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times and Toronto Globe and Mail. So yeah, I am really curious to know how she stumbled across my work! Nonetheless, I am thankful for the invite to participate in Spolia (issue 8). The publication is a mixture of art, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and is really fantastic. If you would like a copy of the issue in which my work is featured simply use the following link –
March 27th, 2014 , last edited March 27th, 2014
Arch Enemy Arts
109 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215)717-7774 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, April 4th, 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates: April 4th to April 27th
February 28th, 2014 , last edited March 2nd, 2014
So, what is up with that skull halo? Well, no – it is not alien skulls! It is a nod to The Ambassadors (1533) - which is a painting by Hans Holbein the Younger in the National Gallery, London. As well as being a double portrait, the painting contains a still life of several meticulously rendered objects, the meaning of which is the cause of much debate. The most notable and famous of Holbein's symbols in the work, however, is the distorted skull that is placed in the bottom center of the composition. The skull, rendered in anamorphic perspective, is meant to be a visual puzzle - as the viewer must approach the painting nearly from the side to see the form morph into an accurate rendering of a human skull.
The skull halo found in The Fall (child) is my first attempt at utilizing anamorphosis - the distorted perspective that requires the viewer to occupy a specific vantage point to reconstitute the image. When viewed head-on, the skulls in the “skull halo” read like this –
However, when viewed from the side the skulls along the outer most part of the ring begin to collapse and the true “skulls” emerge.
Pretty neat! Of course, it does help to view the skulls with one eye closed. The degree of distortion I employed is also significantly less than that seen in The Ambassadors. However, it does work with every skull in the ring – it just requires you to crawl all over the place with one eye closed, ha!
I am sure it will make an appearance again at some point in the future!