Category Archives: shows

Sleep Warmly Under Columns Of Light



I have today sold an eleventh total piece as a result of my Life In Flux show, and I wish “Albert Speer” happiness with the lovely couple who now own it. You may all mentally extend them your jealousy for their totally excellent choice in paintings, and cry a single sad tear that you now won’t be able to own this one yourselves.

But, never fear, I should have a new post going up after this one in about 5… 4… 3… 2…

To The Faithful Departed

Whew. Just took down my show at New Day Meadery today, and what a show it was. In addition to picking up a fiancée from the deal, I sold eight (can I count? I think not) pieces at the show, with another two pending. So, I dedicate this brief post to the faithful works that have found themselves better, more different homes to live in now. If you’re reading this and recognize yourself as one of the happy owners I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting, drop me a line. I love meeting the people who collect my stuff. They’re easier to market to ;) But seriously, I’d like to tell you thanks myself for your purchase. Hit me up.

Thanks go to Jody Grober and Mary Jane Olinger who are picking up “It Wasn’t Just The Laptop That Was Broken,” and to Daniel “Sturmhund” Sparks for relieving me of “Lipstick 66” and “Sometimes It’s Over.”

Also, whoever bought “Vanity Affair,” you’re my absolute hero. You rock. Go you.

Holiday Rawk: Most Literal Booth Ever

So, you may or may not know this, but, I was totally at a show this week. I know, right? I mean, I haven’t bothered to show up for one of those in like, a year. I’m not a recluse! I just, you know, only like doing every show like a gallery showing. I prefer to have lots of new work to show you guys when you get there. If you want a tour of my classic body of work, come on over to my studio. We’ll have a beer, talk paint, drag out sketchbooks. You want to see new work with eyes full of wonder, come to one of my shows.

Enter RawArtists and their December Holiday Rawk show. I went. I showed. I had a booth. No, literally. Not just a space where I showed, but a booth, like the variety you secretly hope to score whenever you’re on a first-available seating list at a restaurant. It was white. I covered it in paintings, many of them new. Seven of them, in fact.

So, how was it, you ask? And if you don’t, so, how was it I ask rhetorically for you? Well, in part, it was like this:

In other part, I’m mixed. My boothmate was definitely there to sell, which, as long-time readers will know is something I think frequently cheapens or lessens art. I’m all for selling a piece if someone’s into it, but the sheer idea of doing art with the idea of selling it to someone at a show still just sorta sets me on edge. I know I happen to be pretty lucky, and my design work takes care of the bills and leaves me unbeholden to painting sales to buy my beer. But still, it’s a hard thing to follow a personal vision and challenge the boundaries of ideas and images when you have to move them to the sort of people who still trust Fox news. That’s a personal issue, and power to my boothie for his success, but, count me out.

Otherwise, it was fun. I think Raw is still working on getting its footing down, but, they’re pretty new to the area, unlike the gang at Oranje, so, I think I can overlook the hiccups I ran into in the process. They’re a cool group, and they’re definitely aiming big. I hope to get invited to show again, and I’m waiting to see how things go for them as they mature in this city. If nothing else, more art is always good, whether that’s high-concept white-wall gallery art or triptych abstracts or what have you. Not all of it is for me, but all of it is for somebody, and I am def a big proponent of that sort of open market thinking. I’d have to be, I’ve owned two Zunes and three Windows Phones. I clearly embrace the idea that there’s a market for any sort of alternatives.

But, I think I might have a better time if I think of future Raw shows more like Penrod with martinis, and less like Oranje in formal wear.

Oh, and I have pictures. Piiiiictures!

The Making of a Show

So, now that Oranje is over, I can show you all that behind-the-scenes making-of transparency that I’m so fond of around here (they requested we keep the actual experience a surprise for the night of the show, which I approved of.) So, now that it’s over and done for this year, it’s time to catch you up. Ready? Alright, here’s how to build that authentic Zed flavor right into a show:

1. Get Some Art



Maybe, say, twenty prints from your lengthy, long-running photo series, as selected by popular vote by your fans?

2. Plan Ahead


Based on stuff I knew from going to Oranje, and asking friends who had been in, I guessed at a rough size for the booth and got to work planning what equipment I was going to need to make this all happen (estimated 15×20′.)


3. Work On More Art


Maybe, say, 2 giant 2×3′ prints of your two most popular photos. That’ll probably go over well.

4. Find Out The Truth


After the Oranje organization meeting, I knew what my actual space looked like and how big it was (actual measurements 13.5 x 15′):


5. Get To Work


Order and assemble lights. Buy lumber. Work with Dad to lay out the frames for the walls so that reassembly on site will be easier.


6. Put It All Together


Bonus points on this one if you get your friends to help you reassemble the walls, only to discover that you were too ambitious and the walls are too tall to actually exist in your space.

At this point, it might be useful to frantically saw everything down to 8′ walls, with chaos, confusion, and crankiness all ruling the day. However, after that, it should just be a matter of putting everything where the little diagrams said they go, slap on some paint, and oh, I suppose, hang some art.

If you shoot a photo and realize no one can read your signboard because it’s friggin’ dark, maybe shed some light on the subject.


And, that’s about it. How to spend $800 and two months of labor from five people in six easy steps. Repeat annually, with any luck.




Skia Giveaway Winner


I’m tired, so this is a real quickie, but I just wanted to congratulate the winner from last night’s painting giveaway at my booth at Oranje. One @marclebryk will soon be the (presumably proud, happy) owner of Skia, which is one of my favorite smaller works and part of my whimsical monocle series. Congratulations!

To the rest of you, thanks so much for coming out and participating. If you didn’t win this time, don’t let it get you down. I do one or two of these giveaways a year. Why, even right now I’m promising a free 2×4′ all-new painting to one lucky fan if my FB fan page gets to over 100 fans by the end of the month, to celebrate my show at Oranje and my birthday. So, if you want another chance, why not go over to Facebook and make sure you’re a part of making that giveaway happen?

A History Of Doing Shows

Sometimes They Opened Galleries, 2006

We Search For Another, 2010

Oranje 2011

And now I’m off to rouse the crew for a post-show tradition: enormously unhealthy breakfasts slathered in gravy.