Monday, April 23, 2012

Suggestivism

Hey guys! Next month I'm in a show at Bold Hype Gallery in New York called "Suggestivism," which is curated by Nathan Spoor. Seeing as how preview images have already gone up on the Hi-Fructose site (here), I thought I'd finally share my contribution to the show here on the blog:

"Sin-eater"
Acrylic and gouache on paper mounted on cradled panel
11" x 14" x 2"

This piece is loosely based on the practice of sin-eating, whereby an individual (the "sin-eater") would remove the sins of a recently deceased person through ritual consumption of food and drink and take them into himself, allowing the deceased person's soul to rest in peace. In this case, the sin-eater is the stag, who (reluctantly) bears the dead man's injuries as well as the weight of all his troubles.

As I said in my previous post about St. Vincent, this piece is loosely inspired by a St. Vincent song ("Cheerleader"). It's actually inspired more by the themes of the song rather than a literal interpretation of the song...but anyway, it's a gorgeous song!

"Suggestivism" opens May 10th! If you are in New York, be sure to check it out. The line-up is incredible, and I'm extremely honored to be in such great company (special shout-out to my former instructors Nathan Ota and Bob Dob, who are also in the show). And thanks to Nathan Spoor for inviting me to take part!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Gotta catch 'em all!

Last night was the Pokémon Battle Royale show at Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis. From the pictures I've seen it looked like a really fun event, so I wish I could have been at the opening!
Anyway, the remaining prints are now online! You can purchase my Moltres piece by clicking HERE.

There's so much incredible work in the show. Hopefully they put the full gallery online soon so you can see all 151 pieces together. Don't forget that all the prints in the show are very limited in quantity so catch 'em while you can!

UPDATE: HERE is the full gallery with all 151 pieces from the show. So much gorgeous art to look at!

UPDATE 2: Thanks to everyone who has bought a Moltres print! The signed edition is sold out, but those who still want a print can purchase an unsigned one at that link through May 11th! Thanks so much!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

St. Vincent

The other day I did this little drawing of Annie Clark, AKA St. Vincent. I've been listening to her music non-stop over the past couple months. She's definitely become one of my favorite musicians and a huge artistic inspiration (I finished a painting last week, the theme of which was loosely inspired by a St. Vincent song. I'll post that soon.).


"St. Vincent"
Ink on paper mounted on wood panel
5" x 7"

I actually saw her play live last night with my friend Sinae and I was absolutely blown away. She's an incredible performer, and a badass on the guitar. Definitely check her out live if you can!
Also, I'm a big nerd, so I brought the drawing with me to the show and Sinae got the merch girls to agree to give it to Annie, so hopefully it gets to her and she likes it!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Suspense & Gallows Humor & other stuff

Good eeevening...
On Friday the 13th, Gallery 1988 Venice is hosting an Alfred Hitchcock tribute show called "Suspense & Gallows Humor." I became a big fan of Hitchcock when I took a college course on his films and discovered just how meticulous and detail-oriented he was as a filmmaker, so I was really excited to be invited to this show. I decided to pay tribute to probably his most well-known film, "Psycho," and its creepy and subtext-filled parlor room scene:


"You eat like a bird."
Ink on paper mounted on wood panel
20" x 16"

Here's the sketch, just because:


I tried to recreate the parlor as accurately as possible (I watched the scene countless times and tried to get all the little details right, down to the paintings on the walls, with a few tweaks like having all the stuffed birds staring at Marion). The illustration isn't actually based on any one screencap; I just tried to get the mood of the scene down, playing with the light/dark contrast between Marion and Norman.
Anyway, the opening is from 7pm-10pm next Friday, so if you're in the area check out the piece in person along with the other tributes!

**Another show coming up this month is Pokémon Battle Royale at Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis. I'm SUPER excited to be part of this show. I've already seen a handful of the pieces and I've been blown away by each one. You can check out my Moltres piece in this previous post. There will be 10 signed 8" x 8" prints (7" x 7" printed area with a half inch border) of my piece available for $40 each at the show (in fact, all the pieces in the show are $40 prints!!), so if you live in or plan to be in Minneapolis when the show opens on April 20th, check out the show and catch as many Pokémon prints as you can! I really wish I could be there to snatch some up myself!
In the meantime, check out this sweet poster for the show:


**This came out a couple weeks back and I just forgot to mention it here, but my spirit animal sculptures are featured in NICE Magazine's 7th issue, the "Handmade" issue, which you can download or view online! It's a really beautiful issue so take a gander at it. Thanks to Catherine Green of NICE for the feature!

**Here's a thing I drew! It's a self-portrait + a self-portrait as a cheeseburger:


**Finally, I found out the other day that my "Fallout" piece from "The End" has been selected for inclusion in the American Illustration 31 book coming out later this year! Yay!!