Thursday, June 25, 2009


Maybe you know that I have this weird anachronistic crush on Nicola Tesla. . . maybe this is the first time you've heard of it. Anyway, look at those haunting eyes, sigh.

Well anyways, I just found out that there is an all electric automobile manufacturer called Tesla Motors! The cars are super hott, and have a 300 mile range!

Also, I totally dig the band Tesla too. . .

Friday, June 5, 2009

The old is new...

These people have George Orwell's diaries and are posting them on the internet in real-time as blog posts! I love this idea, check it out here:

However it takes less than a minute to discover that it's pretty tedious and boring. If you want something amazing and interesting check out Pepys' Diary, he's a 17th century merchant living in London, who hates his wife and has a whole host of problems and adventures. It's pretty amazing. . .

Thursday, June 4, 2009

One Day at a Time

God, this song rocks so hard. I'm so super serious. I wish it was three times as long. . .

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Why does everybody gotta be down on Aerosmith?!

Lately I've been listening to a lot of Aerosmith. Now, I could qualify it like the few other people I've run across who will admit to liking/listening to Aerosmith, you know as in, "only the old stuff" or "just their Ballads" but the truth is I've been listening to it all, even like, 'Crazy' and 'Angel' but especially 'Love in an Elevator,' 'Rag Doll' and most of all 'What it Takes.'

Anyway, I don't get why Aerosmith has no street cred. They've done some ground braking shit, like 'Walk This Way' with Run DMC, which may not seem like a big deal these days, but was HUGE when it came out. How can you deny that these guys totally rock?

Case in point:

Monday, June 1, 2009

Holiday Road

Who'd of thought the video for 'Holiday Road' was so serious and dark?! Lindsay Buckingham seems to be having some sort of existential dilemma and the sets are reminiscent of German Expressionism or something. . .

Der Maulfwurf (Krtek)

I love these cartoons of this little mole who lives in this beautiful forest drawn with a lot of Eastern European folk motifs, so sweet, and his adventures are so innocent and endearing...

Artist's Statement

I've been working on my website all week and had to dig around in my old files for this artist statement I did last year. I still really like it, and am posting it here for posterity too.

Some days I have a hard time with artist statements. Most of the time I feel like really good art (or maybe just the kind of art I personally want to create and experience) shouldn't require an explanation, or any sort of wordy accompaniment, that it's purpose is to exist on it's own, autonomous, and that each person who interacts with it has a unique experience.

But I understand that a lot of art is commentary or dialog, a dialog with other art, or art history; or a commentary on politics or culture; and I'll admit that I like that kind of art too, because of course it can have profound intellectual and social merit, and in those cases artist statements can be helpful.

Artist statements exist because you want to know what I was thinking, what I'm trying to say, and what moved me to do this. You want to know what kind of art this is, and that makes sense.

And I guess what it boils down to is that it's personal. This is the essence of every artist statement I've ever written. It's not political, or intellectual . . . ok, I hope it's a little intellectual, but really I made these paintings because this is how I feel about my life. This is also how I escape from my life. Sometimes this is the place I'd rather be, or the anger I can't express, the loneliness of childhood, or the disappointment of adulthood. And sometimes it's just something that makes me happy.

But I can't decide if you should really know that; if you need to know that to enjoy this art. I hope not. I hope you look at it and interact with it on your own, and bring to it all of your own ideas, memories and opinions, and have your own experience.

I don't know what "artist statements" accomplish in this case. What's the point of showing this art? What's the point of putting all this on display for friends and strangers? I don't know...

Maybe because sharing art with people gives it weight, validation, and makes it art. Maybe it's like that tree falling in the woods and no one being there to hear it.

Oh wait, and maybe it's because I'm selling it. I need money, and this stuff can't just sit around my house forever.