Wednesday, August 27, 2008

East Coast Driving: Denied

We went to our car rental place but we couldn't pick up a car cause neither of us have credit cards that aren't attached to our bank accounts. So we got fucking denied. Marci sort of had a small let down, but since we had a laptop on us we found a connection and booked tickets with Amtrak. We caught a cab and were on a train 2 hours later.

When we booked reservations for a rental car we were like, "Yes, we're adults", and then we got denied, and were like, "Damn, we ain't".

It was probably better that way- it probably took the same amount of time, cause the Amtrak here runs faster than they do in California. Like to get to LA from Oakland, you have to catch a train that first goes up to Sacramento and then south to Bakersfield, and then on a bus to LA. I guess people actually commute with Amtrak on the East Coast so they run way more frequently.

Connecticut was so beautiful from the train. The landscape was so different, and when we got off the train, Providence was really amazing, until you noticed the Mall. BUT, if you blocked that out, it was pretty fucking sweet.

So yeah. There's more to write, but the internets in and out. We're on the Cape without a car, but we're doing fine. We found a pond to swim at and we're at the most haunted building on the Cape, right near the Edward Gorey House.


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

East Coast Trip- Day 1

Over the Great Salt Lake

We just flew into New York. We bumped into Sam Handleman on the flight over. He sat right in front of us and we got on the Air Train together. The flight over wasn't so bad. It was Jetblue so instead of inking my travel maps I ended up watching crap on tv. My eyes burned when we got off. I paid Marci a quarter per inking for drawings in my sketchbook. She did an alright job.

Flying In

Yes, yes. We got in, and we're staying at a friend's place while they're away and then checking into a hotel tomorrow morning. We went to the corner store and got Utz chips. They gave us straws for our drinks cause there's a rat problem here.

New York smells like trash or oranges.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Furies

Shaun O'Dell told me to see this movie and it was the best recommendation ever! I'm already a huge Barbara Stanwyck fan (Double Indemnity!) and she is AWESOME in this. Hard as nails and tougher than any of the men in the film. Anthony Mann's cinematography is breath taking and one scene totally shocked and amazed me. I'm not going to give it away, but that scene alone makes this movie worth adding to your list.

Ladies Drawing Day

Me, Michelle, and Kelly hung out at Michelle's house and made some drawings together. I fixed the cracks in one of my old oil paintings for my friend Jamie and finished a new drawing, Michelle finished a few awesome little paintings, and Kelly made a sweet painting on a neat octagonal piece of wood she found. Plus Tecate, yogurt and green onion chips, and white chocolate macadamia nut cookies... best ladies drawing day ever!

Ladies Drawing Day

Friday, August 15, 2008

Finishing Up

boxes for shipping
All the stuff for my show fits in these four boxes (Having uniform sizes makes things so easy). Shipping was actually quite affordable, cause we went to the UPS distribution center near the airport. That and I finished my show 10 days before we leave so it gave me enough time to pack and ship accordingly. I don't have to take paintings on a plane, which is kind of a first.

Yes, yes. so exciting. Sorry.

We leave on Wednesday and we've figured out everything for the show and the trip.
We're renting a car. Budget's pretty cheap. We're also staying in two hotels. One in Manhattan and one on the Cape.

Marci will be doing some East Coast driving (I don't know how, in case you're some stranger perusing this blog). We don't know what that's like so I e-mailed my friend, Jack and he told us what's the difference. Jack lives in LA, but he's from there, and although we have friends out there, most of them live in Brooklyn and don't have cars. There's these things called Toll Roads I noticed on a map and he explained what they were. Also apparently you have to pay to go through tunnels on the East Coast. Yeah, what's up with that?

Uh, I don't know what else to write about.

I'm really into "Starry Eyes"* and "For You (I'd Do Anything)"* by Roky Erickson. I've been pretty much listening to those two songs repeatedly for like the past few days.

I found the MP3 version of this 7" I own. It's a split between Built to Spill and Marine Research (Heavenly), where they do covers of each other's songs. I haven't heard the songs in a while cause I don't own a record player.

I went online and found the artwork so I could upload it to my Itunes.

Yes, yes. pretty exciting.

*Starry Eyes from the album Don't Slander Me, For You (I'd Do Anything) from the You're Gonna Miss Me Soundtrack.

I don't care what you think...

this song is awesome.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Automatic Writing/Cross Correspondence

100 Cases for Survival After Death

Zach got this book for for Marci's birthday. 100 Cases for Survival After Death is a book of case studies of people contacting the dead. So there are ways of talking to the dead. We were on our way to Benicia and Marci and Kelly were talking about their ouija board experiences, and some images came into my head. Later I thumbed through the book and found some chapter headings I like.

Automatic Writing:
Automatic Writing
Automatic Writing is when you let the spirit take your hand and then let them write out to talk to you.

I would tell you about Cross-Correspondence but I didn't read that chapter. I probably should have drawn a ouija board, but whatever.

BTW, the book kind of reminds me of the movie, "The Others" with Nicole Kidman. Just cause the living is trying to get rid of the dead, and they get into contact with each other. That and Nicole Kidman is pretty awesome looking in that film.

Also when I think of ouija boards I think of that Morrissey song:

When I drew this stuff out, Marci and Zach were like, "hey!". Cause well, of all the people in that car, I'm the one least likely to want to make a painting of that stuff. But, yeah. Ha!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Justin Gabbard at Park Life

We were in the neighborhood so we went to go see Justin Gabbard's show at Park Life in the Richmond. We knew Justin from school, way back when.

Justin Gabbard
Justin Gabbard
Justin Gabbard

I'll Eat It.

Night Visit

Night Visit

I started this painting back when I first started grad school back in 2006. One of my teachers was really on me to put more than one person in a painting and these two were my first attempt. So, as a drawing it was kind of a bust and I was pretty frustrated about it. It was hanging out in my studio on the wall and Deth came to visit. I told him the drawing sucked and that I was gonna throw it away, so he took it and drew a big bear on it and then we both thought it was pretty awesome and really funny. So anyway, the drawing happened back in 2006, and we finally got around to finishing the painting yesterday so that we can send it to the We=Trouble show. I kinda love it.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Another Thing I Wanted to Tell You...

Oh goodness. Life after school is super weird. After two years of knowing exactly what I should be doing with myself all the time, this new life of no schedule is getting strange. I watched the entire first season of Gossip Girl in less than a week, my new bedtime is 5am, and I finally finally finished the giant ghost painting that's been haunting me ever since the end of school. It's massive- 44 x 66 inches of creepy drippy oozing. I've been thinking about the paintings like film stills lately and in this one the ghost crosses the veil and dons her shroud to walk the halls of the house. Like a bad dream, everything goes black and white.

Finally Done!!

This painting is actually the only one that has seriously freaked me out. When I first started it I started having nightmares for the first time ever that I was in the house and that the ghost was lurking in all the dark corners and pulling me closer. When I painted the hair and the face I just let all of the watercolor pool and drip. I laid out the outline of her eyes, nose, and mouth, but she had no pupils or anything. Everything was really wet and drippy so I decided to go and get some coffee and let it dry before I overworked it. When I came back it had dried and her eyes suddenly had light spots which described pupils looking accusingly at me. Seriously seriously creepy.

face close-up

It was like I had inadvertently conjured a presence and she was a little angry to have been awakened. After all the dreams I'd been having, I got a little freaked out and had to put it away for a bit. Now that it's finished I can finally roll her up and start working on something else. Kind of a relief really. I fully blame that painting for my new nocturnal schedule. You really can't paint that kind of thing in the afternoon you know?

Lets see, what else should I tell you? I'm really excited about Deth's show at GRNY this month and about the show we're in together after that- We=Trouble organised by Tiny Showcase. It's going to seriously seriously rock and me and Michelle made some really awesome paintings together. I'm going to be on the east coast for 3 weeks for the shows and to go to Cape Cod and Providence with Mr. Sun. Big adventure fun! We were going to take a few Greyhound trips, but after the decapitation and our own seperate Greyhound horror stories we decided to be real adults and rent a car. Roadtrip! I can't wait. Hopefully when we get back, our new studio will finally be ready to move into and we can start leaving the house.

P.S. Did you know that they're making Donnie Darko 2 without Richard Kelly but with Elizabeth Berkely? Oh woe is me. Maybe, just maybe, it'll be rad like Freeway part two was, but seriously- I'm kinda sad no matter how much I liked Showgirls.

"You Only Excist Because of Us" at GRSF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Group Art Show Opening

You Only Excist Because of Us at GRSF, Aug 16, 2008-Sept 17, 2008
Reception: Saturday, August 16, 6:30pm - 10:00pm

618 Shrader Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Giant Robot is proud to present You Only Excist [sic] Because of Us, a group show featuring the work of Ryohei Tanaka, Ako Castuera, Sean Boyles, Joe To, and Rob Sato.

Ryohei Tanaka was my old roommate. Rob and Ako used to live in the house I lived with him before I moved in, but I knew them from school. They were kind of like the cooler older illustration kids at CCAC. Ryohei moved back to Tokyo around 2003, cause his student visa ran out. Rob and Ako moved to LA around 2002 and have been there since. Joe To, who is an awesome drawer lives in the City (last I heard), and I don't know what ever happened to Sean Boyles.

Rob won the Xeric Grant for Burying Sandwiches. Marci liked it so much that she bought extras to give to friends.

Ryohei has a book out through Rowan Morrison. It's called, "Killer Cuts and Killing Shapes".

And we went to go see Ako's show last winter at Rowan Morrison. Here's some photos of what she did.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Andrew Tosiello

Andrew went through the MFA Program at CCA the same time as Marci. I just found out his show opens this Saturday at Little Tree Gallery in San Francisco.

Below is Information on the Show:


Summer Student Show #2

A project by Artist Andrew Tosiello & Curator Clare Haggarty


August 6th – August 23rd, 2008

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, August 9th, 6-9pm

little tree gallery
3412 22nd St @ Guerrero
San Francisco, CA 94110

A project by:
Artist Andrew Tosiello & Curator Clare Haggarty

You go to the club –the social club. Everybody meets at the social club. From the outside it looks like nothing… From the inside, it doesn’t look much better: a brass coffeemaker in the corner, some booze behind the bar, a few cheap chairs and tables, and a room in the back for serious business. And that’s about it. You hang around the club playing cards and shooting the shit.

~ F.B.I. Special Agent Joseph D. Pistone
a.k.a. Donnie Brasco

August 6 – August 23, 2008 little tree gallery, 3412 22nd Street (@ Guerrero), will be transformed into a social club. A closed club, it will be off limits to all except friends and associates of the artist, the curator, and the gallery owners. The casual viewer or passerby may feel free to stop by, as long as they understand where they stand: outside.

Opening reception & cash poker game: Saturday, August 9, 2008 6 – 9 pm

Social Club/Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday 12 – 6 pm

Hang and shoot the shit at the social club on Thursdays August 14th & 21st 6 – 9 pm and Saturdays August 16th & 23rd 12 – 6 pm. Play some cards, drink some espresso or have a shot, scheme and plot heists, buy or sell some swag, and potentially be incriminated or immortalized by having your picture snapped by a surveillance team.

What services do exclusion offer the artist and the mobster? Can socializing be seen as an integral and effective part of the artistic endeavor? Does the comparison of organized crime with artistic production, presentation and reception offer any insight into either activity?

These ideas and more will be kicked around during Thursday night & Saturday afternoon sessions at the Little Tree Gallery Social Club.

For inquiries and questions regarding the show, please contact J. Brent Large by phone at (415) 643-4929 or by email at



Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Sunday, August 3, 2008



Tiny Showcase Presents:

A Collaboration Show At

Opens: Saturday September 4th, and 6th 2-10PM

Drew Beckmeyer, Erin Althea, Mike Bertino, Daniel Gibson, Catia Chen, Danni Meyerson, Jen Corace, Jason Corace, Jo Dery, Sam Lopes, Matt Furie, Aiyana Udesen, Jay Howell, Porous Walker Kelly Tunstall Deth P. Sun Ferris Plock Marci Washington Michelle Blade Maxwell Loren Holyoke-Hirsch, Yumi Okuda, Nigel Peake, Holly Rice, Keith Shore, Keith Greiman, Mike Taylor, James Johnson, Alec Thibodeau, Deb Doromody, 1911, Caroline Gaedechensi, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Riikka Sormunen.

Drawing Party II

All Laid Out

Jay Howell/Ferris Plock/Deth P. Sun

Michelle Blade/Jay Howell

Marci Washington/Michelle Blade

Ferris Plock/Jay Howell

We drew from 1pm to 11 or so. So ten hours, several beers, two things of whiskey. A lot of strange and good things.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Ferris' show in SF

' show is on Friday, August 8th and it's at Lower Hater's. That show ends September 30th.

Kelly's Show in LA

Our friend, Kelly is having a show at Little Bird Gallery in LA. The opening is Saturday, the 9th of September and runs till the 4th of September.

Friday, August 1, 2008

They came yesterday.

beer cozy

Like I said, I spent my economic stimulus check on beer cozies. Actually I spent less than half of my check on it, cause they don't really cost much to make. Yes, drinking a soda out of a can that's wrapped with a beer cozy makes it 10x more refreshing. Seriously.

beer cozy

I could have taken a better photo but then I got thirsty (cause it looked so refreshing in a beer cozy). You should buy one. Cause I said so.