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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Geoff McFetridge made this for a Patagonia store the year.  Fully functional surf mobile.  So rad....

Monday, March 17, 2014

Another paper work from my series on the Dan Carlin podcast I listened to about WWI...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

I'll start posting these pieces.  They were made while listening to a really intense podcast on WWI and the ramifications of an old world European mindset facing the modern insanity of the German army.  In short, these Russian or French soldiers would run onto the battle field, en masse, wearing old fashioned decorative uniforms, and marching in order, and would get mowed down by German field guns.  These old world armies were fighting in a style that Napolean would have used 100 years before.  More French soldiers died in the first two days of war, then Americans died in the entirety of the Vietnam war.  Whaaaaa?????  Dan Carlin's Hardcore History….

This piece is 10" x 14", oil and acrylic on Arches watercolor paper.  I dig how the soldier, with calm French cool, is looking at his new ventilated skull….

Sunday, March 9, 2014

I was thinking about Plato's cave after this all began to come together.  I was/am also looking at a lot of Van Gogh right now, and I think he looks a lot like me.  So one of these figures is me, the other might be Vincy.  The image outside of the cave is that enlightening answer to it all:  It's OK!!!  Jesus has our back suckas….

9" x 12", oil, acrylic, and collage on canvas board, 2014

This is a portrait of a friend(s) holding his/her baby.  It's an over head view of this person lying down on a striped picnic blanket.  The baby is abstracted and made of forms that were generated by breaking down Zelda's name into it's per letter, numeric value, and then letting the system build the figure.

I think it turned out weird and awesome.  Lance kept warning me about the red Chuck Taylors at the top of the piece, but I met this couple in college, in our Chuck phase of life, so it made sense.

It's on linen, which was also cool, 3' x 4', oil and acrylic, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

"Don't Waste Time"
12" x 9", acrylic and oil, on Arches watercolor paper, 2014
"Slacking", 9" x 12", oil and acrylic on canvas, 2014

If you grew up in the 80's and 90's you will remember the 90's.  A rehash of 60's distrust and youthful culture mixed with a healthy dose of Seattle-ness and corporate "college rock" made us a nation of "whatever" heads.  Slacking is a look back for me.  Kids these days take their ability to slack for granted.  90's kids refined and defined it…..  Greatness was no longer the goal of young people, ambition, excellence,,,,,whatever.  Remember Reality Bites?  Remember MTV when it was rad.  Remember sitting for hours doing nothing at the mall?  I do.

Oh and Slacking is my inside joke, since "slackin'" would be the slackier way to spell it…..

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