Friday, August 31, 2012

My New Hero ;] -- Update August 31 2012

"My New Hero ;]" (full title) acrylic and watercolor crayon on foam core, 33 1/2 x 48 inches, unfinished.

The image it was derived from, block-lettered over to prevent exactly what you are thinking, 
Mr. Perv. This is strictly art!

Her song live from 1980. They all have one.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Stay Fresh! - Tommy Lincoln at Funk N' Waffles, Syracuse NY August 30 2012

Took my first trip down to Funk N' Waffles this evening to see a show by Syracuse artist Tommy Lincoln, one of the happening young artists I've come in contact this summer. Tommy's work first caught by eye at the Funky Flea fair at the Everson Plaza back in June, then caught my attention when I circled back to his tent twenty minutes later & the painting which had caught my eye had sold. 

Made contact, we kept in touch via Flake Book and was delighted to see that the favorable impression I'd gotten of his work holds up in a gallery setting -- Very catchy cross between fine arts & the street scene "tagging" look I've grown fond of since falling in with the Utica Skate Park crew with a definite fine arts edge + a footing in graphic design with an emphasis on strong line and saturated color. No surprise as Tommy was once a design instructor at Syracuse's S.I. Newhouse School of Communication, and this was the perfect venue to show his goods in. The reception also provided painter Nate West and I a chance to finally meet up and the very sight of his sketchbook made me break out into a cold sweat. THEN I got to meet the venue owner and we'll be talking more about Funk N' Waffles soon I am sure.

So let's take a look, and be sure to visit Tommy's website at

The former Hungry Charley's / Sutter's Mill alleyway.

With artists Mark Povanelli at left and Nate West on the right, good meeting up at last!

Left to right, Syracuse area artists Steve Nyland, Nate West, and Tommy Lincoln.

Funk N' Waffles owner/operator Adam Gold showing Nate and I his front hall which he envisions as an art viewing space. Note my business card in his hand ...

Marshall Square Mall

During the 90s I worked the record store which had been in this space ...

Marshall Street by night and Nyland is sober. The world has changed.

Biding Our Time: Kayla Cady & Jonathan Vaughn at Hamilton Center For the Arts, Artists Reception Video, August 25 2012

A very brief video taken at the reception for Kayla Cady & Jonathan Vaughn's installation show at the Hamilton Center for the Arts on August 25, 2012. Not very detailed as it was filmed right as things were closing down but check out Kayla's fiber arts piece! 34 feet of wall in the bag, literally. Outstanding!

Your Tax Dollars At Work, Adirondack Mountains August 21, 2012

Missed the first one! Looks like fun but glad I was on the ground watching.

My New Hero - New Drawing, August 30 2012

New girl on the block, look out.

Derived from a picture posted by a pal on Flake Book, watercolor crayon on foam core, 40 x 60 inches. Painter Nate West and I are each working on our own versions, here's his as of this morning, crayon-pastel on newsprint.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Willow Farm - August 2012

Acrylic, watercolor crayon and charcoal on foam core, 40 x 60 inches, still unfinished.

Travel Weary Capricorn - Self Portrait, August 2012

Acrylic, watercolor crayon and charcoal on canvas, 72 x 46 inches, still unfinished.

The Fly - Self Portrait, August 2012

Acrylic, charcoal and watercolor crayon on paper, 56 x 27 inches, still unfinished but now with pants.

And yes, it's supposed to be ridiculous. If you don't get it without needing to be told that ain't my fault.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Biding Our Time: Kayla Cady & Jonathan Vaughn at The Hamilton Center for the Arts, August 25 2012

Drove out to Hamilton yesterday to see an exhibition of artwork at the Hamilton Center for the Arts on Broad Street featuring work by wife & husband team of Kayla Cady and Jonathan Vaughn. Painting, drawing, fiber arts, installation, video, and performance art on a large scale that packs down to fit into the back seat of any vehicle. Me? I need to rent a U-Haul truck to show my best work, so somebody isn't thinking. Or wasn't before being exposed to their ideas. Pays to show up at these things!

Here's some video from the reception:

And be sure to find out more about HCFTA & their Broad Street Gallery at the center's website here:

It's a fifty minute drive from Syracuse to Hamilton and I amused myself on this journey by pursuing a gorgeous cloud front from hill to hill.

Anyway, here we are at the Center with their joint artists statement outlining the conceptual theme to the show. It's 3 paragraphs, just read it. You'll live.

Three years, three gardens, and it still works as a drawing without even knowing that. Not having read the statement first my conclusion was these were visual depictions of recipes with the ingredients shown in proportions. Nahh, but Jonathan liked the idea.

HCFTA director/curator Kathy Herold admiring the handiwork. She's batting 1000 with me, four shows out of four shows I've seen rocked. Keep 'em coming!

Kayla blew my mind when informing me that this display(not counting the computer used to display her video) all fit into a shopping bag or backpack. They eventually helped me up off the floor after the meaning of it came clear: I am a SUCKER renting trucks. Fuck U-Haul, I need to re-think my methods.

One of the spectators partaking in Kayla's video piece "Dear Nobody".

Macbook and iMovie 9! Same here, we will talk video next time!

And then at the opposite end ...

My Tony Thompson Art Detector went off! 


Left to right artists Jonathan Vaughn, Kayla Cady and Steve Nyland.

I promise this is not what it looks!

Back in Syracuse for my nightly turkey sub from Dorian's on Westcott St. 
See you at the next one!