DRAWING, WRITING, ETC.:
–New Miscellany (2016-Present)
–Drawing Group (2015-Present)
–A slight so egregious it lingers beyond the dream (2015)
–The House without Orifices
–Oversized Beneath the Percolator
–Bonfire Night (2012)
–Whispers Project (2011-2012)
–Paolo vs. “The Man” (2011-2012)
–Dicework II (2008-2009)
–The Dead (2008)
–Dicework I (2008)
–The Messier Catalogue (2007)
–Brushstroke Diagrams (2006-2007)
–Tell Me What to Paint (2006)
Lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. Primarily interested in the following: a) Visual and textual lines; b) the antiseptic tempered by a quiver of the handmade; and c) the diagrammatic and/or explanatory, especially when cloaked in ostensible self-importance without necessarily being true, serious business. Adherence to stringent procedural methods allows for an iterative exploration of the above concepts ad infinitum [read more].
–Art for Life
–The Dead 2
–Hollingworth & Davie
–MAKE // BREAK // FIX
–The Pleasant Matthews
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An image-text pairing from my Excerpts series is included in CARDED! again this year. This is always a really fun event, featuring the work of 50 artists in trading card form sold in $5 random packs. For one night only mingle and enjoy refreshments while trading cards. Each card is also displayed framed on the gallery walls.
Excerpts. 2009. Installation view: I Heart Van Art. 2010. Chapel Arts, Vancouver, Canada.
Excerpts. 2009. Installation views: The Dead 2. 2009. Great Northern Way Campus, Vancouver, Canada. Photos by Jordy Hamilton.
Copies of my card from CARDED! 2012 recently arrived in the mail. They feature a downscaled image from this Excerpts entry on the front, and an abridged version of its text on the back. I have some extras. If you’d like one, contact me and I’ll mail you a card.
Photos from the show are now online. I didn’t anticipate being able to attend the event, but I managed to make it down for the last hour or so. It was a really fun evening with a great turnout, and there was some excellent art and illustration for trade and on display.
An image-text pairing from Excerpts will be available in trading card form at this year’s CARDED! An annual event since 2009, CARDED! Trading Card Art Show features the work of fifty artists reproduced on 2.5 x 3.5 in. cards, which are sold in $5, randomised five-packs the evening of the exhibition. For one night only trade cards while mingling and enjoying refreshments. Each card will also be displayed framed on the gallery walls.
“Karl strolls with hands in pockets along the dusty pebble path between the train tracks and the brush. It is a bright and clear afternoon. Though spring has not yet arrived, it is warm. Karl feels a little overdressed and stuffy in his three-piece suit under an overcoat. Up ahead he sees a curious sight. There is a young boy seated on a small plastic stool with a toy fishing rod cast into a lingering puddle of murky water. Behind the boy stands an elderly caretaker, perhaps his grandmother, patiently entertaining the child’s folly – as if any obtainable prize would be swimming in such a remote, shallow, and impermanent body of water. What is most remarkable about this vignette is that both the boy and grandmother remain completely motionless with eyes closed, even as Karl invasively regards them from mere inches away. Of course the ‘incident’ is still occurring only half a city block from here. The child and senior are fully aware of what will certainly happen to their memories at the hands of Karl’s colleagues if eavesdropping were to be suspected, and so the pair have opted to remain resolutely oblivious.”
2011. Watercolour and gouache on paper. 9.5 x 7 in.
Oh, also, if you are still looking for phrases to paint: I was laying on the beach on Mayne Island this weekend, and I overheard a snippet of conversation between two middle aged women. The only thing I heard clearly was “I’m so old I owe Jesus a dollar”.
Made me laugh.
Here’s something that just made me laugh out loud in an otherwise quiet Sechelt Public Library. It’s from an email from my little sister who’s been cutting hair in Salmon Arm for about one year now:
“It was a lovely afternoon. I cut my third ever mullet today (I can’t believe there are still people out there who get mullets). It was fun, you can’t really screw up a mullet ha ha oh well he gave me a $10 tip and said he would be back.”
Random enough for you my friend?
Sounds as if your summer is going well. I hope you are less stressed than last time I saw you. There was no time for chatting over a beer, and that’s no good.
I’m firefighting and scraping together a little freelance work here on the Sunshine Coast for the summer. Chainsaws, helicopters, gym routines, fire trucks, old growth forests: It’s a far cry from my arts degree, but the people you meet are pretty interesting.
Let’s keep in touch, ok? Good luck with the show, and tell me if this snippet whips you into a creative frenzy… (this one would be fun to review!)