Tuesday, June 22, 2010

What they looked like in 1996

Following are some images from an installation I did as part of my thesis show before finishing undergrad in New Mexico. Before the buttons I simply glued cut out paper to nails. Not pictured: a chair I shot up and destroyed with a shotgun, then put back together and planted grass in. This show was the first incarnation of the work that has evolved into the recent button collage installation here. Returning the gallery to prior form involved hours and hours of spackling.

Immediately after graduation I did some portable versions of the work for a show at a gallery in Gallup New Mexico, at a gallery run by an eccentric Croatian expatriot. I remember a blizzard on my the way out there in which I literally couldn't see the front of my own car. The collages above are made from multiple images, the ones below are single images cut apart and spread out on the nails.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Two shows I would go see if I could

Tonight the first East Coast incarnation of the Post-it show (previously San Francisco and L.A.) opens at Giant Robot NY from 6:30-10. I have several pieces in it (see below). Twenty bucks each. Cash and carry.

Also, Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd (who organize the Post-it shows) have work on display at Sandra Lee in San Francisco this month until the 26th. Very worth seeing.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Some things to consider

Six more of said lists can be found here, also two other lists that don't end with food.

Friday, June 11, 2010

This Weekend, Two Events

The citations under Events and Appearences have shifted a bit since first being listed. I'm going to be signing at the Drawn & Quarterly table at Printer's Row Book Fair tomorrow, here in Chicago, Saturday from 2-4. I'll be at the closing brunch reception for Home Gallery's Artist Books and Drawing show on Sunday. It's the first time that Amanda Vahamaki (Finland) and Michelangelo Setola's (Italy) amazing, beautiful gem-like collaborative pencil drawings have been shown in the United States. It's most definitely worth the trip.

Also, I believe I said I would talk a little about my work in the show. So come with questions. There will be wine and pastries.

Monday, June 7, 2010

This is Not the World and How to See it: A Short Idiosyncratic History of Visual Culture in 10,000 Small Round Shiny Fragments

Readers who've been following this blog since the beginning (both of you) might remember a post I made in October of 2007 about a "button installation" I was commissioned to do in a boy's bedroom here in Logan Square in Chicago. His mother had seen two similar pieces I'd done at Lula a few years before. Recently I was asked to do another one. This time on a slightly different scale. The video below is a time lapse of the installation process, made by the folks at Ogilvy & Mather who commissioned the piece for their newly renovated lobby.

The wall is about 40 feet long by 10 or 12 feet high. I used close to 10,000 buttons, pressed by (the wonderful people at) Busy Beaver Buttons. what you see was filmed over the course of five days–roughly 45 hours–for the actual installation. Seen in the video, other than me, are Kelsey Zigmund, Dan McKee, Lillian Martinez, and Dorian Byrd, all of whom helped me IMMENSELY. Thanks also to Tereasa Suratt

About 20% of the content was provided by Ogilvy, from current/recent campaigns. The rest was chosen by me and consists of everything.

Including but not limited to:

Some Chinese propaganda posters
A diagram of the Sun
Botticelli's The Birth of Venus
The cover of Weirdo #4
a couple of different images of Krishna
"Gentle Jesus Meek and Mild"
randomly punched images from current issues of Newsweek, Rolling Stone and People
two paintings of Birds by John J. Audobon
some illuminated manuscripts
some Native American Petroglyphs
an 1884 ad for tobacco
Li'l Nemo
Rubens' The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus
a photograph of Minor Threat sitting on their front steps
a photograph of Public Enemy
The cover of Fantastic Four #248
some Byzantine mosaics
some Soviet typography
a shopping circular from my front stoop
the Mars Rover
a photograph of a tree

The idea is that it's a kind of (necessarily incomplete) catalog of visual culture from the beginning of time. I plan to use the occasion of the piece's completion to do a few posts in the next week or two about where this work came from and how it might or might not connect with what I do as someone who mostly spends his time drawing pictures with word balloons.