The Devil Comes to Kansas

“The Devil Comes to Kansas” – This print was completed during my first year teaching (2007 – 2008) at Emporia State. The devil is taken from Durer’s “Knight, Death and Devil”. The bottom right features a portrait of my Lake Charles, LA friend Rusty. While the imagery is humorous, it was my way of coping with moving away from family and friends and dealing with the pressures involved with heading the first and only BFA in Engraving Arts. This print and few other early works will be up at Gravel City Roasters as a part of Emporia First Friday tomorrow.

The Devil Comes to Kansas

 

The People’s Punk Band

As The People’s Punk Band releases its newest recordings, I reflect on the time I had with Tim (vocals), Jimmy (bass), Ean (guitar) and Jason (drums). The Band was initially formed in the early 00’s and has been together off and on. The first show I had ever played with them was June 20th, 2015 at Harling’s Upstairs in Kansas City. A week later it was the Field Day Fest in Lawrence, KS. In the next year and half I got to learn about all the great music that was coming out of Kansas and Kansas City. I had the opportunity to play with bands like Vedettes, Mad Kings,Young Bull, Federation of Horsepower, Iron Guts Kelly, Gnarly Davidson, Godzillionaire and The Philistines – all of which I would recommend giving a listen.

We played with touring acts Radkey, the Vibrators, Peelander-Z, Extinction AD and Valient Thorr. We had good nights and bad nights. Fally Afani of I Heart Local Music was often at our shows taking amazing pictures, including the one’s here. There were some intense shows – particularly at the Replay Lounge in Lawrence.

We were always pushing to be a better, tighter act. Everyone in this band is musically gifted. It was hard to let go, but time for me was getting more and more sparse. In this short span of time we all get to live, I feel lucky I got to experience playing with them. I had a great moment at my last show with them at the Replay seeing my wife in the crowd dancing and singing the lyrics. I can still see it. I wish them luck as they move forward as a four piece as I go back to being a fan. I’m proud of the album we recorded together. You’ll hear influences from Off! and Bad Religion. It’s political, so it won’t be everyone’s thing. We worked to make the songs melodic and the lyrics meaningful.

If that sounds good to you, check it out for free – https://peoplespunkband.bandcamp.com/album/the-peoples-punk-band-ppb

Select Works from Screen Printing

This semester was the first time in the 10 years I have been here in which a dedicated screen printing class had been offered at ESU.  Considering that this was the first time I have ever taught it, my biggest surprise was how expedient the process is overall. I am used to metal engraving – which takes a considerable amount of time.

Our first project involved collecting foliage that would be composed and adhered to a transparency. They would create four transparencies to produce four layers of color. It was a little like a photogram.

In our next project I asked the students to each come up with a project theme. I then wrote the themes on the board and let the group vote. It was a tie between 50’s Advertising and Aliens – so they did both. They utilized the rubylith process to create their positives.

Inspired by a visiting artist Sara Thomas, we decided that a gig poster would be a fun theme. The students had the option of making one for a real show or fake one or a real band or made up one. In this one, students utilized markers and mylar to create their positives.

Emporia State Inauguration Medallion

I was honored to produce this custom hand engraved medallion for Emporia State’s 17th President, Allison Garrett. The design was a collaboration of ideas produced by the inauguration committee and President Garrett. The imagery features a hornet (ESU mascot), the power E logo, a Kansas Sunflower, Wooster bridge and design elements from the Granada Theater in Emporia. The overall theme was a merging of community and the university. The image was hand engraved on brass and is 3 inches in diameter. I presented the original to President Garrett at the ceremony. The ESU foundation also has a limited number of resin cast copies.