Sunday, June 22, 2008

How and How Not to...

I recently finished a new piece that's called How and How Not to Draw a Morning Glory.

It's a game, but it's also a map.

In the circles with the numbers (north, south, east and west) there are alternate moods. Each mood has arrows in it that show ways that the mood can lead you to work or not to work.

The arrows point to text that says either "Do Draw a Morning Glory" or "Do Not Draw a Morning Glory."

Each mood also has an associated place. "Contemplate Mortality," above, is the ocean. (The fish at the top of the circle is telling you so.)

In between the mood images, at NE, NW and SE and SW, there are variations and combinations of the basic moods. For instance, if you're in between "Contemplate Mortality" and "Get Pissed Off", you get this:

(You'll notice that death is eating a Dorito.)

Between "Get Pissed Off" and "Imagine Omniscience" gets you working.

Between "Imagine Omniscience" and "Fall in Love" is this, which could just have easily been something like, "My clothes/homemaking/numbers/jobs are my art".

And between falling in love and contemplating mortality is this circle, which says ""Dance with Ghosts."

I've started a new piece and am also working on some small drawings that are a little bit different for me- I'll post them later. In the meantime, if you want to see this piece larger, it's on the website here.

Friday, June 20, 2008

The WeeGee Board

This New York Times feature on WeeGee's Naked City is really fabulous.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

What I saw in New York

Last week was amazing- I saw so much good art I'm set for life, and if someone would just give me a winning lottery ticket I'd move to New York in about half a second. (I love you Philly, but...dang.)

There was an amazing print show at the Brooklyn Museum called Utagawa: Masters of the Japanese Print, 1770–1900. It was one of the best print shows I've seen ever. The Brooklyn Museum doesn't have the prints I liked online, but they do have some amazing Hiroshige images online for free here: One Hundred Views of Edo.

We all pretended to be zombies in the yellow light of Olafur Eliasson's Take Your Time exhibition at MOMA. We didn't see the whole exhibition, but the hallway with the yellow light was our favorite part of his stuff we did see. The yellow lights did something strange: they sucked the color out of everything that wasn't yellow or blue. Every color besides blue looked like a shade of yellow. Blue looked like a creepy purple. Which made people like my mom, who is a blue-eyed blonde, look like a perfect zombie. Her clothes, hair and skin were various shades of sickly yellow and her eyes were a blazingly surreal purple. Super cool.

We all really loved the Glossolalia: Languages of Drawing exhibition. Man, was that good. Martin Ramirez, Henry Darger, Tom of Finland, Raymond Pettibon...a whole bunch of amazing work was in that show. The following images are from the MOMA website; if you click the link above you can see many more great images from the exhibit.

Jockum Nordström. (Swedish, born 1963). Playtime for Dung-Hills. (2000). Pencil on paper, 17 3/4 x 24 3/8" (45.1 x 61.9 cm). Gift of the Friends of Contemporary Drawing. © 2008 Jockum Nordström

Jim Nutt. (American, born 1938). A Certain Distance Between Them. (1975). Ballpoint pen and pencil on paper, 10 x 13" (25.4 x 33 cm). The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift. © 2008 Jim Nutt

Raymond Pettibon. (American, born 1957). No Title (Don't complicate...). 1987. Ink and gouache on paper, 24 x 18" (60.9 x 45.7 cm). Gift of the Friends of Contemporary Drawing. © 2008 Raymond Pettibon

Scottie Wilson. (Scottish, 1889-1972). Fantastic Flowers. n.d. Ink and crayon on paper, 14 1/8 x 10" (35.9 x 25.4 cm). Purchase

We also visited Cannonball Press. The guys there make a whole bunch of different kinds of work, but some of their best stuff is these huge prints that are done collaboratively.

(click for larger image. So worth it.)

When we visited Cannonball Press the lovely printers showed us a bunch of their geniusy work and gave us prints!

Hold Please, by Mike Houston

The print they gave me is by Mike Houston. It, um, expresses ire about interoffice memos and includes a little bitter squirrely man saying "F.U." So of course I love it, and plan to hang it in my office at work.

There's also a great print show in Philly, though, too, although unfortunately there's not much about it on the net. It's called Curious and Commonplace: European Popular Prints of the 1800s, and it includes this fantastic image, which is really the least of it- everything in the show is incredible, I swear. But you'll have to trust me, because the Philly Museum website will only let me link to this dinky little image. But if you click it you can see it bigger!

We saw lots more art, but I'm just hitting the highlights because I'm so behind on this blog. I finished a new piece yesterday and hope to post it tomorrow, but in any case if you're near Philly or New York, run run run and see these shows! And go buy some prints from Cannonball Press. They're great, funny, smart and and cheap. What's not to love?

Miss Fortune by Martin Mazorra.(Click for ordering info.)