Monday, August 11, 2008

Ode to the Muse of Polyurethane

So, I recently started a new job as an art fabricator at KB Projects. I did an internship over the summer and they hired me full time, woohoo. I spend most of my day laying fiberglass and carbon fiber into the undersides of amorphis forms. With my face in a respirator and my body in a tyvek suit, I look like a spaceman, or the staypuff marshmellow man. Since its the closest I am going to get to either, I'll take it.

Buckets are a commodity as an art fabricator. A clean bucket is like a gift from god. And when someone steals your bucket, puts pigment or some other unknown viscous material into it, well, it doesn't feel very good. This is an ode to the Muse of Polyurethane. And Silicon. She can come too.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Gem sweaters

7:23 PM im sorry, for this
but you MUST see it
spatrello: haha ok
why does she say "gem sweaters" the same way EVERY time?
7:24 PM me: she kind of raps
uh, here
spatrello: haha
7:25 PM it makes me laugh. stupidly hard
spatrello: oh my god
this is upsetting
oh god i had to turn it off
me: yes, it is
spatrello: thank you for upsetting me
7:26 PM me: look, i said i was sorry before i even gave you the link
spatrello: lol

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Pushead, Baizley, and a few drinks with Mike

I was recently talking with Mike Sochynsky of Gengis Tron. We to talking about the Krallice logo and then to talking about why I've chosen to make artwork for heavy metal bands rather than, say, make work I thought would be good to sell in galleries. I said I had been kind of inspired by John Baizely of Baroness. I really feel that his work is a breath of fresh air to metal. His work, at its best, is intense, moving and beautiful. Actually, truly beautiful. So much of metal art is terrible. Utterly terrible. I can't say that, however, with out admitting that I have a great affinity for most of it. If I owned a poster for every Cannibal Corpse album cover, I would probably hang them up in my home...ALL of them.

Mike asked me if I had ever heard of Pushead. No. Ignorant me.

Baizley, he says, openly admits to ripping off Pushead. His style, his visual vocabularly all come form this one source.

So, I look up Pushead. I realize a couple of things. (It was a revelation really.)
1. Holy fuck, this dude is amazing.
2. J.B. really did steal this shit! Not just a little bit either. Vocabulary, syntax, style...the whole kit and caboodle. In fact, if you really wanted to be critical, you would realize he doesn't manage to add much to it either. The scope of Pushead's aesthetic is actually much wider, and inventive, mapping itself onto many music sub-genres and sensibilities.
3. Extreme music illustrator specialist. This is who I want to be.
4. I want to remake this dude's sense of beauty, sense of intensity and vitality, but in my own way.

I can't give Baizley too hard a wrap. Maybe one would expect me to, belittling him for a lack of creativity. But to be fair, we all steal. I steal. Mostly from Vesalius, but still, just because it's from the sixteenth century and there really was never copyright on any of it, still doesn't mean I didn't steal it. Moreover, I am a scientist. I understand the value of repeating an experiment, just to see if it still works under different circumstances at different times. John, if you ever read this, it still works.

Pushead with his illustrations:

Saturday, August 2, 2008

New Drawings Uploaded

I uploaded some new images of drawings from the last year. I'll keep adding more across the week.