So fun to see John hanging at @galleriramfjord for their summer group exhibition. It's always a delight to know that the things I make in a tingling bundle of nerves and solitude in my studio travel the world.
Yeeahhhhhh... it's days like today that I question my sanity
Treading on new territory 😜
When I was in university my father pulled me aside and said that he wouldn't help pay for my school if I got a fine art degree — he didn't think that it was a practical investment. At the time I deeply disagreed, and we ended up both being (somewhat) happy with the compromise of a degree in graphic design, which satisfied his idea of a worthwhile investment, and mine of a creative career. Fast forward 4 years to my senior thesis project, where I drew four life-size charcoal and graphite portraits of myself, my brother, my father and my uncle. Both my father and my brother are lawyers, and my uncle is an artist. The project was meant to convey the tensions around vocational calling and family relationships, and was my way of telling my father that I was going to be an artist. Incredibly, the project was the catalyst for an amazing blossoming of communication between us, and fast forward another 2.5 years, my dad was the first person I called when I was trying to decide whether or not to quit my day job as a graphic designer and pursue art full time. His response? "Why the hell not? You can always get another job." ——————————————————————
Today is Father's Day, and I want to thank my dad for being the most amazing combination of practical, honest, and supportive. (A degree in graphic design turned out to be brilliant, btw) You continue to pass on deep wisdom tempered with a true desire to understand a son who thinks very differently than you do. I can only hope that I will be as supportive and wise if I ever have a child who wants to be a lawyer.
My Father The Businessman, Charcoal & Graphite on Paper, 2011, 40x80in
A big thanks to @codak_smith for the amazing work
I've officially given myself two days to finish this. Can it be done??
•••🌕🌖🌗🌘🌑🌒🌓🌔🌕••• What's your sign
Stop-motion of a small portrait commission in a moleskin.
Now live! Tune in to the most recent episode of @yourcreativepush (link in profile) to hear me ramble on about the creative process, life as an artist, and my new work. A big thanks to Youngman Brown for the enjoyable interview!
"Our People Are Better Than Your People", by Barbara Kruger, currently on view at the entrance of @artbasel. (📷 @urbannationberlin)
I've been thinking a lot about dichotomies recently. Particularly about the tendency of humans to form groups of Us and Them, and to be extremely rigid and un-empathetic in our formations of these classifications. This piece hit home.
Sometimes I wish I was a painter
That moment when you unroll an older piece and wonder about your sanity.
Used Cars (The Working Man's Friend)
Drawing new textures is always an enjoyable process of trial, error and exploration.