Please join me for Somerville Open Studios

Today and tomorrow I, along with hundreds of other artists from all over the city, will be opening my space to the public.

I have tons of new work to show – a huge batch of travel photos, new kaleidoscopes, new flowers, etc. Also, for the first time, I’ll have a section for ‘factory seconds’ – prints that aren’t up to my normal standards, for rock-bottom prices.

As always, there will be free food and good conversation.

The event rungs 12-6 Sat and Sun. I’m at 6 Vernon Street, on the third floor. There’s plenty of free parking.

Hope to see you there!

Marriage for Alien

Sorry Patsy, how can I resist a 50-foot woman?

Actually, I think he’s the real groom… (And he breathes fire, so I’m not even gonna consider it…)

The real story:

We discovered an AMAZING museum in downtown Bangkok, called the Bangkok Arts and Culture Center. Free admission, Guggenheim-like architecture, and tons and tons of fantastic art. It was barely mentioned in Lonely Planet, so we almost missed it (it’s oddly nestled in Siam Square in between some of the giantest malls we’ve ever seen (even big by the standards of bride and groom above.)) (And yes, I am in love with giant robots, but Patsy knows she has no competition :) )

The marriage for alien sign was spotted somewhere while randomly wandering Bangkok’s Chinatown.

Obey Giant

Patsy and I have had a comedy of errors preventing us from getting over to the ICA to see Shepard Fairey’s retrospective so we had set aside this afternoon to finally go while the show is still running. On the way over we heard on the radio that there was going to be a closing party for the show there tonight – as soon as I heard that I thought ‘I wonder if we’ll catch a glimpse of him while we’re there.’ Sure enough, shortly after we arrived, I heard Shep’s voice from the gallery nearby. He was giving a tour to a group of high school kids – I couldn’t believe my luck! I said hi and reminded Shep that we used to see each other in the printmaking studios at RISD – we didn’t know each other well back there, but I’ve always been proud to have known him a little bit as a kid, and it meant a lot to me that he was gracious and said he remembered me.

I snuck a couple of photos of his talk, despite the oddly draconian no-photo police wandering the galleries.

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New nudes

One of the great things that happened at open studios last week, I found a new model – she came to studio tonight for a photo session, and we made some really fantastic photos. This is one of my early favorites.

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DeCordova Eyeballs

It was a gorgeous day today and before class I went for a walk through the DeCordova Sculpture Park with my camera. There’s a piece there that has always appealed to me – a dead tree covered with glass eyes. I found myself completely drawn to it. It’s strange making pictures of someone else’s art, but I’m very happy with these – they make me want to find my glass eye collection and start making something.

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ICA

My mom’s been telling me that the current ICA show was not to be missed, and she sure was right. Patsy and I went over there today to see the show. There was an enormous line, but it was well worth the wait.



Shep, you have a posse

Long ago, when I was a printmaking major in the early 90s, there was this guy Shep who was a year ahead of me, spending all his time in the silkscreen studio. At the time he was mostly making his now-iconic “Andre the Giant has a posse” stickers. I remember during Buddy Cianci’s first campaign, Shep (or someone) plastered Andre’s face over Buddy’s on a giant billboard that was disrupting RISD’s campus. (This had some ramifications, but I’m still proud of Shep for it.)

And now Shep’s been embraced not only by the Obama campaign, but by Time magazine, and I hear he has a show coming up early next year at the ICA.

So here’s to you Shep – I’m proud to have known you, grateful for your help figuring out the photo-silkscreen process, and glad to know that _someone_ I went to school with is actually making it in the art world.

Reminder – Vernon Street Open Studios this weekend!

Hi all – this post is just a quick reminder that I will be having open studios at my Somerville studio this weekend, Nov 8 and 9. The whole Vernon Street arts community is participating – over 50 (amazing) artists, along with live music, food, etc. It should be an amazing event. It’s 12-5 both Saturday and Sunday, my studio is on the second floor of #6 Vernon Street – please stop by if you have a chance, see some art, maybe find some holiday gifts :)

Hope to see you there!