Wednesday, July 31, 2013


This Sat is the opening of the Economics Of Art 2013 Group Show at Vertical Gallery in Chicago.

You can go see the painting "Sometimes I Stand And Stare"  in person and probably have a plastic glass of wine!  Also, I have uploaded three new prints to Thumbtack Press including the two new pieces for this show.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Two new paintings will be debuting at Vertical Gallery in Chicago this Aug 3rd.  The two pieces are titled "Sometimes I Stand And Stare" and "Four Robots Who Just Heard A Joke They Don't Understand".  The larger of the two Stand and Stare is a further exploration of clouds, sunset color pallets and imaginary skies.  

Earlier in the process I was just blocking out the color shapes of the clouds.   Then working around to where the sunlight would be emanating, then placing the robot.

 The concept for the show is interesting:

Vertical Gallery and Thumbtack Press are partnering together to produce an exciting group show at Vertical Gallery (1016 N Western Ave., Chicago). The exhibition, “The Economics of Art 2013” August 3 – 31, comes from the incredible proliferation of mediums that art is available on today. It's truly a unique moment in the history of the economics of art, so the show will not only explore the various forms art can take, but how those forms affect value. It will open the conversation for understanding the value of original work, hand-painted multiples, editioned work, and open edition prints. For the new collector, entering this new art market can be a confusing experience, and for the experienced collector, there are numerous opinions.

This exhibition will feature essays on the topic of art value in 2013 along with 12 artists showing their work in all the mediums. We'll allow the collector to purchase their work as the original, edition, or open edition.  

And of course "Four Robots Who Just Heard A Joke They Don't Understand" another study of robotic stupidity.  These will also be released as high quality prints at the gallery.  Right now I'm not sure if my schedule will permit me to be there, but I'm always looking for a good excuse to go to Chicago.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


The new release of the Anthony Ausgang "Bomb Cat" figure by Munky King is very exciting in many ways.   Anthony and I first started working on this way back in 2001.  I was just starting to get into vinyl character sculpting, I really wanted to do it but didn't have any contacts.  Anthony was a good friend and I loved his character work, I thought one of the cats would make a great vinyl figure, at the time I was just talking about producing them in resin that was all we were capable of then.

I found some pictures of the work in progress.  Wow, talk about a time warp.  The mirror was set up for the old-school technique for sculpting two sides and making them relatively symmetrical.  Also the little color TV with the illegal cable hook up.   I can tell it was a while ago I'm not wearing glasses yet.  That was my little studio in my 2 bedroom Apartment on Edinburgh Ave in the Fairfax area.  Many of my early creating happened in that back room, plus I had quite a parade of prestigious artist drop by, Camille Rose Garcia, Luke Chueh, Brendan Monroe, Long Gone John, Fawn Gehweiler, Craig Larotonda, Jack Howe, Pam Roberts, it was quite the Grand Central Station of LA Pop artists

The clay I was using was not sulphur free it took me a while to discover the NSP that I use today.

Munky King did some nice cleaning up of the old sculpt there were some things that were not as tight as I remembered, but I did want to keep the original as true as possible.  Can't wait to see it in person.

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Hey there after a breif absence I'm back.  Next week I will be at Comic Con and participating in a couple of Symposiums at Tr!ckster also in San Diego.  At Comic Con I don't have any scheduled signings but will be taking in all of the sight sounds and smells.  Munkey King will be releasing two new vinyl creations Doktor A's  "Mr Pumfrey and His Astounding Mechanised Perambulator"    Sculpted by myself the the amazing Julie B of Pretty in Plastic.   If that was'nt quite enough cool stuff from MK they are also releasing "Bomb Cat by Anthony Ausgang"  another project I had the pleasure of sculpting.  

The two symposiums I'll be participating in will be "Art In The 3rd Dimension" making creator owned toys, and Creative Endurance: Staying the Course to Project Completion. I'll be tweeting my locations and events next week as they happen, if you don't already follow me on Twitter.  It should all be a blast and I look forward to seeing you there!