Flip (From Little Nemo)

March 11, 2016

This is a study for a new series of paintings concerning pivotal comic strips that have influenced my work. I am one of many Pop-based artists trying to deal with Warhol and Lichtenstein. If I was a painter in NY around 1963 (instead of a 4 year old child playing with matchbox cars in Wisconsin) I think I would have taken a magnifying glass to the Sunday funnies. I attempt to find a slightly abstracted beauty in the ephemeral quality of the disposable newspaper. The characters are abstracted and cropped yet still recognizable. The commercial printing process is a CMYK system which I would bring to painting. I lay down yellow, then magenta, cyan and black on a wood panel using projected color separations. The Ben Day dots are simply individual brushstrokes. This is a turn from bringing painterliness to printmaking, instead I bring printmaking to painting. The images refer directly to the iconic comics masters: Herriman, McKay, Segar, etc. as well as the styles of Lichtenstein and Sigmar Polke.

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Flip
2016
acrylic on paper
15 x 15

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ARRRRGH!

March 04, 2016

Gearing up for the Membership Exchange Portfolio at the upcoming Southern Graphics Conference in Portland OR. This lithograph will be my entry for the required 13 piece edition. Superman gets advice about love from two knuckleheads.

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ARRRRGH!
2016, 4 color lithograph
11 x 14

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Smoke (with curls)

February 10, 2016

The collage on the left just needed something more. It might be a self-portrait after all and I thought it needed a few curls.

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Read All About it

Sometimes failure can bring about a new direction. For this print I was carving linocuts for the individual faces when I realized I never flipped the drawing on the block! This is a newbie mistake. So I salvaged what I could: Superman, Zippy the Pinhead and Dick Tracy – and gave them the pink floral background they deserved. Then, looking through a box of antique paper ephemera I found four languages of book text to chine colle. Read All About it.

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Read All About It, 2015, Linocut , chine colle, and found textile block prints. 14 x 14

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Bobby Sox Intaglio

February 07, 2016

This print is based on the collage by the same name. You might ask “Why make an editioned print?” The answer is to have more than one. Perhaps as much as I ween off printmaking it still rages through my blood; plus I am a bit greedy.

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Bobby Sox, 2015, Photopolymer intaglio with Chinne Colle, 8 x 10

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Memento Mori in Apocalypsi

November 13, 2015

I have been thinking about death – especially when death is not available. One of the most significant shortages on Death is during the Apocalypse. And what would an Apocalypse be without horrors so terrible that  ” . . . in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.” Death flees from men shortly before Death is destroyed – a last ditch effort.

Memento Mori in Apocalypsi, 2015, 8 x 9", etching with aquatint and drypoint

Memento Mori in Apocalypsi, 2015, 8 x 9″, etching with aquatint and drypoint

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Collages From the Machine Age

November 04, 2015

Collages can be addicting. I have been collecting paper ephemera for many years and finally realized I can’t have the cake and eat it too, so I began to cut them up and glue them down. The figures came mostly from 1930′s and 40′s industrial catalogs, along with 19th century handwriting found in old books. I was thinking about my mother who sacrificed her body to the factory job, underpaid and overworked, now sits in a wheelchair and can finally rest a little. Fiction was the first attempt so I had to include a bit of an homage to Joseph Cornell with the balls on rails at the bottom.There is a great pleasure in finishing a piece in the same day you started it. I hope artists of all media will try the collage for instant expression and instant gratification.

fiction

Fiction, 2015, 11 x 13, Ephemera and antique papers cut and glued to Rives BFK paper.

le-decia

Le Decia, 2015, 11 x 17, found antique and vintage ephemera and papers, cut and glued to Rives BFK.

hygienic

Hygenic, 2015, 11 x 17, found antique and vintage ephemera and papers, cut and glued to Rives BFK.

gadgets

Gadgets, 2015, 11 x 17, found antique and vintage ephemera and papers, cut and glued to Rives BFK.

flit

FLIT, 2015, 11 x 17, found antique and vintage ephemera and papers, cut and glued to Rives BFK.

self-service

Self-Service, 2015, 11 x 17, found antique and vintage ephemera and papers, cut and glued to Rives BFK.

versatility

Versatility, 2015, 11 x 17, found antique and vintage ephemera and papers, cut and glued to Rives BFK.

smoke

Smoke, 2015, 11 x 17, found antique and vintage ephemera and papers, cut and glued to Rives BFK.

bobby-sox

Bobby Sox, 2015, 11 x 17, found antique and vintage ephemera and papers, cut and glued to Rives BFK.

closure

Closure, 2015, 11 x 17, found antique and vintage ephemera and papers, cut and glued to Rives BFK.

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Dead Men on Farm Animals

With a burning desire to try and finish pieces quicker, I attempt to make collages. Tony Fitzpatrick, in Chicago, says he can finish one every day, so I took the challenge (at least for a couple weeks). The first group are these Dead Men on Farm Animals, men who were influential on my World View – and still are. I get to poke them a bit because they poked me a bit. The tables are turned and I’m not dead yet.

 

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Darles Chickens, 2015, 11 x 14 Ink Jet, found paper antique ephemera, gouache, watercolor, composition gold leaf, Ink, glued to Rives BFK

wilde

Oscar Wilde, 2015, 11 x 14 Ink Jet, found paper antique ephemera, gouache, watercolor, Ink, glued to Rives BFK

fred

Nietzsche, 2015, 11 x 14 Ink Jet, gouache, watercolor, composition gold leaf, Ink, glued to Rives BFK

joyce

Immortal James, 2015, 11 x 14 Ink Jet, found paper antique ephemera, gouache, watercolor, Ink, glued to Rives BFK

darby

Mr. Darby, 2015, 11 x 14 Ink Jet, composition gold leaf, gouache, watercolor, Ink, glued to Rives BFK

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Campus portraits

Lubar

Lubar, 2015, monotype, 20 x 26

plank

Plankinton, 2015, monotype, 16 x 20

zilber

Zilber, 2015, monotype, 16 x 20

A series of commissioned monotypes of UW-Milwaukee campus buildings. An attempt to bring more color into relatively utilitarian buildings.

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No Table Talk: Video with Bentley and Martens

No Table Talk, 2015, Screen Print, 10 x 14

No Table Talk, 2015, Screen Print, 10 x 14

Scott Bentley and I were making a series of videos crudely based on the great film “Coffee and Cigarettes” where we sit and smoke at a table and simply chat about life and culture. We had a few unedited hours under our belts when each of our fathers got sick and died. We had a period of family matters and grieving which lingers on. So, our video work had to take a short hiatus. This screen print was to be a promotional piece.

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