Friday, February 26, 2010

BRO PALACE.

Bro Palace
I like that they didn't photoshop the mess up. Ferris also forgot to write down the time.

Picked up the card when we installed. I forgot to bring my camera cause I was kind of in a rush to get out of the house. I took my stuff in a big box on the 38 after walking up from Hayes Valley after getting a ride from Marci into the City.

A couple of days ago I was in the art supply store and bumped into an old friend. She asked me what I was up to and I said I was in this show in the city. I told her the title and she got kind of upset about it (but not really). Like, yeah, what we really need, another show celebrating dudes and having an all guy show. I thought it was kind of funny.

I would tell you the story of why the show is called Bro Palace but it isn't really much of an interesting story.

But yeah. This is a pretty Bro show. Skinner painted a giant demon in the corner where Thee Oh Sees are to play. Pretty fucking sweet.

Gorey Paperbacks


I took a trip to Telegraph Avenue to look for more of the Edward Gorey Doubleday Series. We have lived in Berkeley for 6 months and this was the first time I've made my way to Telegraph. I found nothing at Moe's (which kind of confused me), but I found these two at Shakespeare's across the street.


I also found this one there. It's not a Doubleday, but I recognized it as an Edward Gorey book cause of his hand drawn type on the spine.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

David Lynch


Uh, this is a cigarette ad.

Penelope on a Lead

Penelope on a lead
We were at Target and Marci conned me into going in on getting a lead for our cat Penelope. We have two cats, and the other Thor has never been outside, but Penelope used to be an outdoor cat for a while.

Getting her garden time in.
These photos are from her second time out. She pretty much just likes to sit and eat grass. Our building has a lot of other cats so she got a little over stimulated and we let her into the studio.


She got a little over stimulated outside  so i let sit next to me while painting.
The only reason why she's sitting there nicely is cause that's an electric blanket.

One Last Late Night


Finished this the other night. Packed up stuff to bring to the city for installing tomorrow.


Marci working on her stuff.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Late Night



This was influenced by a Maurice Sendak image that sits above where I paint (right next to a photo of Sir Edmund Hillary).



While painting this I watched an episode of Frontline, Orson Welle's The Third Man, a documentary on Werner Herzog's experience in the Amazon, Dirty Harry, and a little bit of Conan the Destroyer. To tell you the truth Dirty Harry was only interesting cause you could see San Francisco in 1973, and then I just wikipedia'd the ending.


I painted over this one. I just saved the ghost.

Friday, February 19, 2010

West LA


Marci found our map of West LA from when we moved down there in 2005. I charted out the stuff I needed to know, which isn't much. The Bank, the post office, the art supply stores, my work, 7-Elevens, and my house (uh, just in case I forgot where that was). You know. The important things. Since I don't drive, these were all the places I usually hung out at.

The things I missed: The Jewish Grocery, the News Stands on Pico & National, and the one next to the grocery store on Santa Monica, the very nice family run book store on Sawtelle, the really nice Mexican place off of Pico, Anawalt Lumber where I got most of my wood from, and Big Tomy's which was the place I ate at whenever I got depressed at work.

Rob Sato


"Land Admiral Lefebvre's Fleet Makes Sail in the New World"
My favorite piece from Rob Sato's show at GRSF. Narwhal lightning bolt!

Here are some photos of Rob and Joe To's show in Pennsylvania.

Aorta

Aorta
Marci did the cover for this magazine called Aorta. I don't know anything about it. You should just go to the link.

BRO PALACE at Park Life (San Francisco), Feb 26th

BRO PALACE

Bro Palace


Skinner
Porous Walker
Jay Howell
Deth P Sun
Ferris Plock

Opening Reception: Friday February 26th, 7-10pm

February 26th - March 29th

Now for something completely different…

Bro Palace is the title of our upcoming art show featuring the work of Skinner, Porous Walker, Jay Howell, Deth P Sun and Ferris Plock. Although their work is mostly rooted in illustration, each artist has a very distinct and instantly recognizable style. From psychedelic mash-ups to ink drawings to sculpture this show promises to tickle the artistic fancy of a wide viewing audience. To further add a touch of mayhem, the SF based band Thee Oh Sees will be playing a special set during the night of the reception. This show is not to be missed, bro.

Artist Bio:

Skinner is an obsessive painter / illustrator who collects animals and friends while envisioning the end of all humans in his psychedelic nightmare paintings too hideous to behold.

Porous Walker is somebody.
Porous draws, paints, writes, sculpts, acts, films, photos, fashion designs and anything else it takes to get his vision across. Porous has shown works all around the globe and even in fancy places like the NY MOMA. His works have been featured in major motion pictures and television.
Porous Walker has been officially selected by himself to waste hours
of your time with his crap.

Jay Howell is an all around kind dude that draws funny-ass cartoons and stuff. He lives in San Francisco where he can be seen on the streets messin’ around and sayin’ classic shit on a regular basis.

Deth P. Sun is a painter/illustrator currently residing in Berkeley, California. He is originally from San Diego, California, and moved up to the Bay Area for schooling. He received his BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 2002 in Painting and Drawing.

Ferris Plock is an artist who currently enjoys drawing tacos fighting burgers in a battle for fast food supremacy. He can be found roaming the beautiful streets of Western Addition with his wife and his son. He has been creating his art for a few years now and hopes to continue to do so in the near and distant future. He is very excited to be working with the likes of Deth, Jay, Porous, and Skinner.

Please send press inquires to info@parklifestore.com.

Park Life
220 Clement St
SF CA 94118

415.386.7275





Uh, not to just go on a random tangent or anything. I've never been really good with writing my own bio. To tell you the truth, what I normally do is just ignore request for bios until it's too late and just hope they don't print one. Yeah, pretty awesome. This is the reason why I don't have a real job. That really doesn't always work out. So yeah.

But yeah. I've been giving out the same bio for the past 10 years, and it's never going to change. Another things, is that I never really read bios. I've been posting shows and descriptions of shows for years, but I just copy and paste the press releases. I mean, it's art, you should just look at the images and the names and know if that might be a good show.

This by the way will be a good show. And I'm just saying this cause everyone in this show does pretty sweet work and not because I read their bios. Cause I didn't. Except for Jay Howell's. Cause they edited out some of his swear words.

Working on Stuff


I'm finishing up paintings for a group show in the City at Park Life.


I redid the background on these two. It's really bright, so I was kind of hesitant to do this, but yeah. It's not that hard to really cover over if I didn't like it, so there really weren't any risks involved.

But yeah. That group show is next week. I should make a post about it. My friend Ferris put it together. The Oh Sees are playing the opening and there's free beer. Which I guess is all you really need to get people to come out to the Richmond to see an art show.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Neapolitan


I was going to send this photo to a friend, but then realized the gesture might be misconstrued as taunting. On the west coast Neapolitan is the default ice cream sandwich choice at the grocery store.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hausu (House) (1977)


The Criterion Collection is going to release Hausu in the USA sometime this year. Marci bought this a while ago from this website for just $7 and you can get it there legally until the Criterion Collection puts out their version.

Colette


On the way back home from the art store I went into Half Priced Books and found this book for Marci's collection. I found two other books of the Gorey Anchor Doubleday series, but they had just photographs on the cover, and with just his hand drawn type.


To find them you have to look for Edward Gorey's handwriting on the spine of just "Anchor" and then "A-some numbers". Uh, I didn't figure that one out until we were at Green Apples which is probably the reason why I couldn't find them on the East Coast when we went to like 4 book stores.

East Coast Winter

A few weeks ago we went and visited a friend in Providence and made our way up the coast.

The French Are the Lads
We took a day trip to the Whaling Museum in New Bedford.

New Bedford Whaling Museum

New Bedford, MA
New Bedford was cold.

Providence
I saw snow fall for the second time in my life. The last time was also documented which was last year in New York in front of the New Museum.


Later a lot of snow started coming down really hard.

Haunting Longfellow's House
Portland, Maine. Late at night it got down to -2°F (-17°C). It was the coldest I've ever been.

Salem, MA
On the way back from Portland, we stopped off in Salem, Mass.

House of the Seven Gables
We took a tour of Nathaniel Hawthorne's House of the Seven Gables. We went up a secret staircase, and that was kind of cool.

Salem, MA
Some parts of Salem were very pretty.

And yeah.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Victory/The Ambassadors


Marci found two more of the Edward Gorey illustrated book covers from Anchor Doubleday. Thank you, Green Apple Books.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Made a Cake

Chocolate Cake with Mocha flavored Frosting
I'm starting off slowly, so this isn't from scratch, it's just from a mix we had. I just never made a layer cake so I wanted to try it. We did make the the frosting ourselves. Our cookbook had a recipe for mocha flavored frosting which was pretty excellent, and with natural vanilla ice cream it then became pretty amazing.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Food Journal Jan 24-Feb 1

Food Journal 19
One of the most epic weeks of eating in a while.
Sunday the 24th- Our friend, Neil had a birthday party and made his own sausage. He tried to have a BBQ at the Marina but it began to rain so it ended up getting moved to another friend's backyard. It was kind of confusing cause there was also some football party going on. His homemade sausage was amazing and someone else made their own mustard.
Monday the 25th- We got Pineapple Aqua Frescas with our burritos at Cactus Taqueria. If you don't know what Aqua Frescas are it basically a combination of crush fresh fruit, sugar, and water. You can only get certain flavors during different parts of the year. Like my favorite is strawberry, but it's not strawberry season so I haven't seen it at all yet, so I've been "surviving" on cantaloupe aqua fresca.
Tuesday the 26th- We fly into Providence and Shea takes us to The Red Fezz. We share a thing of Poutine and I get a pulled pork sandwich.
Wednesday the 27th- We take a day trip to New Bedford, Mass. and eat at Davy's Locker near the shore. I got Cajun Fried Shrimp. But Marci and Shea each got some variation of the Scallop Shrimp Casserole:
Scallop Shrimp Casserole

Thursday the 28th- We hung out in Providence and ended up eating at Saki's for pizza and then ordered out from Bob & Timmy's for more pizza to watch Pee Wee's Big Adventure.
Friday the 29th- Portland, Maine. We drink scotch (12 year Caol Ila)at a bar by the fire and then make our way to J's Oyster Bar. The meal was amazing, and it was so overwhelming I forgot to draw some of the stuff we ate.




Saturday the 30th- Here's a photo of my mind being blown by a whoopie pie (We don't have these in California):
Whoopie Pie for Breakfast

We also have a very nice Indian meal in Cambridge.

Sunday the 31st- Our final meal with Shea is at Angelo's on Federal Hill. No Camera. Ravioli, Chicken Parm, Grilled Vegetable Lasagna. For dessert we shared a Lobster Tail, which I had to look up online to remember what to draw. On the layover at Midway, Marci got of the plane and came back with a Char Dog from Gold Coast Dogs. Seriously fucking amazing. I've never really been to Chicago, only on layovers to the East Coast, but the food in their airport is pretty amazing.

Layover at Midway Airport

Monday the 1st of February- Back in Berkeley, we go to Costco and get hot dogs and a swirl yogurt. Although $1.50 for a dog and cola is pretty awesome, it's not the same as that Char Dog.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Summoning, A Reckoning

The Summoning, A Reckoning
Marci Washington
2010, 30"x44" Gouache and Water Color on Paper.


If you're in the Bay Area and you're looking to get your artwork photographed at a reasonable rate you should go through Jessica Skloven who did a really amazing job.

Food Journal Jan 12-Jan 23

Food Journal 18
Tuesday the 12th of January-Saturday the 23rd of January
Of Note:
1. Saul's- I ate here twice and pretty much got the same thing twice: The Special Sandwich Order #2, which is the Pastrami on Rye with a Green Salad on the side. I got the homemade Blood Orange soda and it was pretty amazing.
2. Mineola Tangelos- The Florida crop is up. They have seeds which is unlike the Australian version.
3. Root Beer Floats- I've never really been so into root beer floats as I am right now, but if you make them at home you have to do it right. Natural Brew, which makes the best root beer and any all-natural vanilla ice cream you could find and put those together and you have something special. Natural Brew also makes a pretty sweet Vanilla Cola, so uh, Vanilla cola with Vanilla Ice Cream sounds amazing.
4. Cheeseboard Pizza- Uh, we've been living in Berkeley for about 5 months or so and it took us a while to get here. I walk pass here all the time on the way to the Produce Market and to Safeway but never went in cause of the line, and the smell of cheese is kind of overwhelming. But yeah, It's kind of overrated. But I like Arinelle's, and I've met folks who hate that place.
5. Mangos- They're pretty cheap right now. I learned to cut a few of them at the same time cause they're so messy to eat one at a time. Yeah, it took me 30 years to figure that one out.
6. Alcoholic Cider- We went to a friend's opening at a warehouse in West Oakland and decided to get some alcoholic cider cause we've never had it before. Uh, I watched Michael Pollan's Botany of Desire on PBS a few weeks back and he talks about how the alcohol of choice in the US back in the day was Cider cause apples were just everywhere. Nowadays I think the drink of choice is vodka followed by tequilla, which I've had vodka once in the past 10 years, and I don't remember ever drinking tequilla.
7. Gosling’s Ginger Beer- I drank this the same night I drank the alcoholic cider. Uh, I never seen the can before but then when we went east the next week I saw it at a few places (it's made in Massachusetts).

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Lawyer Cat



Myleen sent this link our way.



Sometimes when it takes a while to get paid from someone, or some business entity is dicking me around, I talk about getting my lawyer to deal with them. Since we don't really have a lawyer in Marci's head she pictures a cat with glasses and a tie signing legal documents.

Jeremy Forson/Nate Van Dyke @ Double Punch (San Francisco)


Our old studio mate, Jeremy is having a show with Nate Van Dyke at Double Punch in the City. The show opens this Saturday.



Double Punch Gallery 1821 Powell St. @ Filbert San Francisco, CA 94133

Works available online: www.doublepunch.com 415.399.9785

NATE VAN DYKE is a is a full time illustrator and artist. His former job was as a senior concept artist at NCsoft working on City of Hereos. Prior to that, he finished creating concept art and storyboards for the Sega video game, Iron Man. His work has also been featured in several magazines such as JUXTAPOZ, XBox, PlayStation and Heavy Metal. Over the years N8 has attracted clients such as Converse, Levi Strauss, Scion, EMI Records, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Burton Snowboards, Slayer and Wired.

N8’s medium of choice ranges from: pencil, ink, marker, watercolor, gauche, acrylic and oils. Regardless of what medium N8 picks up, his signature style can be seen in the contrast of his thin and thick lines in his pen and ink work and the high sheen contrast in his mixed media pieces. N8’s heavily detailed illustrations feature his heavy metal humans and his well-known future primitive apes with dark menacing personalities. His color work features studies of animals (apes, elephants, giraffes) against lustrous backdrops. His work has been commissioned and showcased internationally.

JEREMY FORSON was born in 1983. He went to college at what was then called the California College of Arts and Crafts, and graduated in 2005 with distinction. He creates freelance illustration work, and has also participated in many group and solo art shows. He specializes in painting and drawing, web design, graphic design, printmaking (etching, woodblock, screen-printing, stamps), tattoos, music, writing, bookmaking, sculpture, and fashion design.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Rob Sato at GR2 (Los Angeles) Feb 13-Mar 9

Rob Sato


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Art Show

Rob Sato at GRSF
February 13, 2010 - March 9, 2010
Reception: Saturday, February 13, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

GRSF
618 Shrader Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
gr-sf.com
415-876-4773

Giant Robot is proud to present Junk History, a solo show featuring new works by Rob Sato.

Los Angeles-based artist Rob Sato produces rich, detailed imagery, mixing scenes of stark horror, quiet beauty, and humor. His heavily yet subtly narrative paintings tend to walk in a tense space between the observed and imagined world, and the massive amount of back story evident in every image rewards long, hard looks.

"Junk History will feature both the largest and the smallest paintings I've ever worked on. I'm working furiously to finish a few huge pieces by show time, there will be some prints of past favorites, and I've kept making a bunch of these tiny paintings that somewhat ape the look of slide film," says Sato. "What comes out is an unexpected mass of paper machines which seem to work pretty well despite being a bit clunky and bound together with spit and string. Some of them crash pretty hard, but those only get shown if they crash hilariously."

Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based magazine about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994, but has evolved into a full-service pop culture provider with shops and galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, as well as an online equivalent.

A reception for the artist will be held from 6:30 - 10:00 on Saturday, February 13. For more information about Sato, GRSF, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact:

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
eric@giantrobot.com
(310)) 479-7311

Strange Powers


Yes! Yes!