It’s Veteran’s Day and I’m currently drawing away on a new portrait of my good friend and old studio neighbor, Charlie Lee. Everyone in the neighborhood calls Charlie by the nickname “Chopper”, a name he earned during his two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot and mechanic. This piece is being made for an upcoming fundraiser for the non-profit organization Wounded Warriors at Art Basel, details coming soon. ————————————————————–——————
I struggle with the complexity of disagreeing with the morality of a war or conflict, be it the Vietnam War or Iraq War, while simultaneously honoring and supporting the men and women who put their lives on the line and give the biggest possible sacrifice that they can for their country. While this dichotomy can be difficult, I believe that it is possible.
Thank you for your service, Charlie.
Packing drawings is strangely cathartic. Seeing them from different angles and perspectives often leaves me feeling both delighted and disconnected from the work, as if its new context or my new perspective entirely reshapes my relationship with it after hours and hours of intimate, painstaking involvement.
Robert Longo, Untitled (38 Special: Freeze), Charcoal & Graphite on Paper, 96x48in, 2006
This drawing, part of Longo’s “Bodyhammers and Deathstar” series, keeps popping into my head with the shooting in Texas this week and in Vegas just a few short weeks ago. | know I’m likely just another asshat on social media screaming into the vortex, but can we please PLEASE have an honest conversation about how lives should mean more than the gun lobby pays? | know this isn’t simple, | know it’s not easy, but the truth is that America is unique in its’ terrifying acceptance that we can’t do anything about this, while other nations have and are.
Hat in hand
1 hour sketch for the @philbrookmuseum ‘s drawing rally fundraiser tonight. Huntington Beach circa 1930.
One corner of my studio. The big oil crayon drawing is a 2009 portrait of me by @christinearia while we were in college. She let me TRY to take her on dates (never actually saying yes, but hinting that it might be possible) all the while shamelessly using me as a figure model. It took me 3 months to get that date, but 8 years later I’d say it was worth it 👌🏼
San Francisco! Swing by @rootdivision TONIGHT for the opening of Love & Longing, a group exhibition curated by Mel Day. The opening reception is tonight from 7-10pm. ———————————————————————————
A huge thank you to Pamela & David Hornik for not only loaning the works for the exhibition, but providing transport and logistics as well. ——————————————————————————— Love & Longing shares descents into the unknown, artistic responses that perpetuate their own kind of fulfillment—“when the dark becomes another kind of lover” (John Tarrant). Through trying circumstances and a multiplicity of entanglements, the works in Love & Longing share a sensibility fraught with loss, and reactions layered over time.
The exhibition includes works that chip—or pound—away at the wall separating art and life—that challenge, complicate, intensify, confront, and grapple with engagement and connection. Drawing upon a wide range of media and conceptual strategies—from the unflinchingly serious to the deadpan, from one-on-one to participatory encounters—the art works selected visually and aurally engage with unlikely, ungraspable hope, and a call for radical empathy and deepening relationships, in our own dark time.
EfrenAve in collaboration with Pedro Alvarez Perez | Carissa Potter Carlson | Moir Clements (1924-2015) in collaboration with Mel Day & Laurence Upton | Mark Clintberg | Miriam Dym | Jonn Herschend | Chris Komater
Kija Lucas | Linda Mary Montano | Jillian McDonald | Peggy Phelan | Joel Daniel Phillips | Dario Robletto | Mark Stock (1951-2014) in collaboration with Gary Janis | The Welcome Project
Guys, we found this sweet purrball begging for food from a storm drain downtown. He’s the most amazing cat ever, and needs a happy home to help him get back on his feet.
In the meantime I’ll happily keep him in my studio 😍 Holler if you know anyone looking for an awesome addition to the fam!
Nashville! Take a moment to swing by @tinneycontemporary tonight during Art Crawl and check out my exhibition, Welcome to the Orange West. The show will only be up through Nov 11, don’t miss your chance.
Blockin’ in that charcoal is my favorite Friday night activity 🤓