Friday, December 30, 2011

Still Lifes: Series 2

As 2011 draws to its close, a special treat for you - and you alone! - Dear Reader: four variations on a still life theme, and a bid for a Happy New Year!




Sunday, December 18, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pretty Poison: Series 2

Series 2, in Technicolor... and glorious B&W; in kandy kolor... and blanc et noir.




Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Security...

In these anxious times, you can depend on securityPLUS. Simply give us all of your money, and we'll take it from there, rest assured.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Pretty Poison: Series 1

Here are the first four images for a new series, Pretty Poison, it taking its title from the 1968 film starring Tony Perkins and Tuesday Weld.




Sunday, December 11, 2011

Bring Your Checkbook!

Hear ye! Hear ye! Come one! Come all! The KAC doors fling open Monday, December 12, 2011! A print jubilee!

Andy and Me

In the early-eighties I worked at the Dia Art Foundation in NYC, beginning with menial chores - part of the Brasso crew for Walter De Maria's Broken Kilometer, weeding the Earth Room - graduating to night security guard and, eventually, gallery supervisor (read: day guard).


As a night guard, I had the entire Broken Kilometer at 393 West Broadway and the (connected) offices on Thompson St to myself. Of course I snooped through the office drawers, vast flat files of art and papers, a huge Barnett Newman silently observing. While searching, I found a small Warhol, one of the airmail stamp paintings, complete with papers. How easy, I thought, to simply put it in a bag and leave with it some morning. Would they ever miss it? Maybe not. And if they did, it might not be for a long time, years even. I could take it home, bang a nail in the wall and hang up my very own (tiny) Warhol, bask in its glow.


But what if the absence was noticed? Right away? They'd call in the FBI! Everyone would be given the third degree. I'd crack, no doubt.


Okay, but what if I created a forgery, bought an old airmail stamp, had a silkscreen made to the painting's dimensions? Easy enough to do. Then just replace the real with the fake. (They can even keep the pedigree - at which point the phony becomes the valuable and the original becomes worthless?) Not a heist, exactly, but a conceptual art project? Hm.


Anyhow, it was much too ambitious for me, so I never did it. (Or did I? So, long ago, hard to recall...)


Working for Dia had several perks including the annual Xmas party.


One year it was held at Philippa and Heiner's Manhattan townhouse. Being Sufis, they required us to remove our shoes at the door. Then, in stocking feet, we padded upstairs to the festivities. In a brightly lit corner, the rich friends and famous artists sat, the rest of us mingling about. I was standing by myself when Andy Warhol came upstairs. He walked over and introduced himself. We talked only very briefly before Heiner appeared out of nowhere, hands gently placed on Andy's shoulders, gliding him to the official corner, René Ricard waving, "YOO HOO! ANDY!"


What did we talk about? At the time, I was an underground cartoonist, so I mentioned that I knew John Holmstrom, Warhol having had a cameo in Punk magazine's "Mutant Monster Beach Party" fumetti.


(BTW, contrary to the strict house rule, Mr Warhol never removed his Frye boots - and no one asked him to. Royalty has privileges.)


These days I can go to the Munson-Williams Museum in Utica where a Warhol electric chair painting hangs, and, when the guard's out of the room, graze my fingertips across its surface, pick up a current from the heavens, my feet grounded to the floor.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pop Grids

Here is a new series, variations on grid patterns with a Pop accent. More and more, I enjoy working with a grid within a square, using circles and squares. Other inspirations come from unexpected sources. For instance, the blue and the yellow-green came from an ad I saw in the background of a scene in a 1980s episode of "Murder She Wrote" on Netflix the other night. I made a note, wrote down: blue and yellow-green.




Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

EMERGENCY!!!

EMERGENCY! DEATH! BLOODY MURDER! FIRE! FLESH BURNED TO THE BONE! TOXICITY! A HORRIBLE ACCIDENT! IT'S TERRIBLE! CALL 911! HORRIFYING! THEY'RE STILL ALIVE?! I'D RATHER BE DEAD! EMERGENCY! THEIR GUTS ARE HANGING OUT! DISGUSTING! EMERGENCY! EMERGENCY!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Colors & Forms: Series 23

A composition... set in time... suspended in animation... for the ages... just around the bend... a memory of a ghost, footsteps down the hall... or so it would seem.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Colors & Forms: Series 22

Further adventures in geometry, something I flunked as a teen - and still would today.

These are inspired by the logo for Square Stamping Manufacturing Company in Barneveld, NY. The first image is a pretty direct nick, basically just color changes. The rest are extrapolations from the previous.

When I saw the sign I thought, "That's modern art. On canvas in a gallery or a museum it's minimalism a la Ellsworth Kelly or Sol LeWitt."

The company's original building next door has a sign with old-timey lettering that looks like something that could've been done by cartoonists Robert Armstrong or R Crumb.

BTW, besides Kelly and LeWitt, some of the artists who influence me are Richard Paul Lohse, Stuart Davis, Paul Klee, Auguste Herbin, Joan Miro and the Pop artists, especially Andy Warhol. All are constant sources of inspiration, along with many others.



Friday, November 18, 2011

Conversationally...

Wither goest the conversation when it stagnates? At said juncture, a new conversation is called for, complete with a fresh vocabulary. Enter Bloc, a duo intrepid, mixing the brash with the anodyne, wondering where or when...

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Mark Your Calendars!

This is a promo card I created for Sculpture Space.

Sculpture Space is Utica, NY's international artist residency program, 35-years-old and going strong. The Sculpture Space site can be seen here.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

1967

Alcohol is "out" - too old fashioned. Today's switched-on youth are into pot and pills. They're turned on, tuned in and dropped out.

In their mod/pop/op styles they au go-go the night away to rock bands with bizarre names, the weirder the better: Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Freudian Slips, The Velvet Underground, Jefferson's Airplane, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Ultimate Spinach, Charlie & The Chaplains. Special fave-raves at the hippest discotheques this month is a "fuzz-box" group, Vanilla Fudge.

Only in 1967, kids! Only in 1967!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sincerest Form..?



Terry Richardson's photo of Kirsten Dunst in last Sunday's New York Times' T magazine (top) bears a resemblance to a famous series of photos taken by Bobby Grossman in the nineteen-seventies. Shown here are Bobby's portraits of Andy Warhol, David Byrne, Debbie Harry and David Johansen.

More of Bobby's fantastic work can be seen on his site.

All photos copyright the photographers.





Thursday, September 29, 2011

USPS

Last week I created a dozen icons, apps for an iPad version the USPS magazine, "Deliver." Here are my favorite nine of the batch.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Day in Dubrovnik

Here are four images created this week while listening to and being inspired by The Modern Jazz Quartet's 1987 album, "Three Windows," especially the suite, "A Day in Dubrovnik."

The Modern Jazz Quartet were like a Swiss timepiece, if a watch could swing. They enjoyed a certain degree of popularity in the postwar years. Indeed, they provided an apt soundtrack to that era for those in the know. If you're unaware of their eloquent and sophisticated approach to jazz, seek them out. Criswell predicts, you shan't be disappointed...




Monday, August 1, 2011

Today's Washington Post

Here's my cover for Capital Business magazine in today's Washington Post. The topic is businesses "rebranding." Big shout-out to Meredith Bowen, one savvy art director!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Remembrance

I really do
remember what you did.
And what you did
can never be undone,
hon.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Mister Puss

Mister Puss extends a cordial luncheon invitation to all the local mice. He says, "Come one! Come all! You'll be most surprised to see what's on the menu..."

Saturday, June 25, 2011