Bobby Sox Intaglio

February 07, 2016

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Bobby Sox, 2015, 8 x 10, Photo-polymer intaglio with chine colle.

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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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Retrospective Exhibition catalog now available

August 26, 2015

This is the exhibition catalog for my Retrospective Show in 2014 at UW-Milwaukee. It is available to browse or purchase for $37.00 soft cover. It is certainly worth a browse – I put everything I had into curating, exhibiting, and writing about my work and the many many influences and mentors that help me along the way – you will no doubt recognize quite a few of them. Have a look.

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Dr. Gregory”s Creativity Cream Balm

May 13, 2015

Creativity Cream Balm 2015, Hand colored litho 4.5 x 6"

Creativity Cream Balm
2015, Hand colored lithograph
4.5 x 6″

Just a bit of fun in my Introduction to Printmaking class, this was my lithography demo. It is also a fairly blunt criticism of the students grotesque lack of the ability to create original content. When it’s time to bring out the sketch books and begin a new project, they instead bring out the laptops and smartphones and begin Google Image searches.

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Adult Sluggo Takes it on the Chin

March 14, 2015

 

"Adult Sluggo Tales it on the Chin". 2015, reductive linocut, 9 x 12

“Adult Sluggo Tales it on the Chin”. 2015, reductive linocut, 9 x 12

Sluggo was always on a dark path. He had no supervision, responsibilities, or goals. His pesky girlfriend Nancy was the jealous type. Sluggo was always scheming, always hustling, looking for the angle . . .then, one Dark Night . . .

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Portrait of Mr. Lindner

December 22, 2014

Portrait of Mr. Lindner

Portrait of Mr. Lindner
2014
Lithograph, chine colle, and collage
8 x 10

This picture was inspired by the messianic resemblance of my old friend Dan Lindner. The only problem is that Jesus didn’t likely need eyeglasses. Dan is very wise and quotable as he lives almost completely off the grid somewhere in Southern Oregon. His brand of theology pulls no punches, for example, “Without Jesus Christ, we are all fucked.”

The print was recently selected for the 24th Parkside National Small Print Exhibition Apr 9 – Jul 15, 2015

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