I have a number of exchanges and big projects that will be due in the next six months. Over the winter break I have produced two new prints for exchanges. The image below is a part of the print exchange “First Contact” curated by Jessi Hardesty who is a professor at Carroll Community College in Westminster, Maryland. The theme focuses on sci-fi and how this can used to create narratives involving social and political commentary.
The second image was created for “Imaging Utopia: Blueprints for Intent and Dissent” curated by Susanna Crum who is the printmaking professor at Indiana University Southeast. This work will be exhibited with the rest of the portfolio at SGCI in Las Vegas in April. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/sgci2018/484242/
Artifice, Metal Engraving and Water Color, 7.25″ x 9″
Statement from The FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Socially & Politically Engaged Art catalogue
They all have an angle and it is spoken with embellishment to target the right spot. There’s demographics research on what kind of slop to feed. Hyperbole is an addiction and there’s a little bird that delivers a needle. The machine compounds paranoia and the lesson is to hate the unknown. Remember, they are the other. Remember, their mission in life is to ruin yours. Don’t change the lens you have. This is not unique to any social group. There is an absence in power with the need to belong. Rage comes from a glass that perpetually overflows – a metastasized hysteria industrial complex. A culture of toxic communication too busy to see who’s holding the coin purse. The American Dream is a Kincaid house in ruin. Pull the strings.
“Civil Discourse”, Relief and Screen print, 12″ x 9″ completed in Brandon Sanderson’s Kitchen Sink course at Frogman’s Printmaking workshop in Omaha. This image is inspired by the toxic communication I see transpiring on a daily basis. The text is paraphrased from Proverbs 25:15 “With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.” I heard this in an interview Joe Rogan had with Megan Phelps-Roper on his podcast when she was talking about leaving the WBC. It’s long interview (3 hours), but very interesting – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOnefFVBEb0
“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.
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 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