It will come as no surprise to those that know me remotely well that to see "The Divine Gas" by Chiho Aoshima celebrated in the bigwig art world (connected to Art Basel that is) brings me great delight.
Art Basel Miami Beach, "the most prestigious art show in the world", (is that if you don't count the original in Switzerland...?) is the largest annual U.S. contemporary-art fair, with 250 exhibitors from 33 countries showcasing more than 2,000 artists and 46,000 attendees. Booth rentals for big name galleries can run $100,000. It's a never ending orgi of art, art art, art parties, fancy people watching, great art deco architecture, beach time, and more art. I went a couple years ago, the year that Pamela Anderson showed up to an opening night party in her panties, and I'm going again this year, sent on a mission along with Ian Lucero of Block My Eye Films, to document the madness.
My favorite latest painting, completed recently.
Inspired in large part by a visit to an amazing art deco era theater on Catalina Island - see it here and here and here and here.
That place made me damn near poo my pants.
So I was cruising the candy aisle in my local Dollar Tree (nasty dollar store, you know) and the selection was actually pretty decent- a lot of vintage type candy for a buck. Bags of Mary Janes, Rainbow Nerds, Smarties, Boston Baked Beans, etc. Then what to my wondering eyes should appear but... this box... the "Bullseye" "Cream Filled" "Goetze" candy... something is not right here... if you know what I mean, you know what I mean...
Check it out dudes. You all know the "This is Why You're Fat" site, right? (damn, that Jalapeno Popper Casserole is lookin' pretty good right about now...) Have you seen the new "This is Why You're Fat" book? I just noticed it's out now... I want to go see the real deal. They used my "Reggie" biscuit sandwich shot that I posted on flickr in it!
I've made it!!! Yessss!!! I can now add another thing to my list of 'publications' on my artist resume!
Ian and I attended the annual Portland Zombie Walk the other day. It was hilarious to watch as hundreds of Zombies grunted and stumbled past Macy's and Nordstroms and northward into the fancy Pearl District, masses of them attacking a passing train as chants of "Brains, Brains!" turned to "Trains, Trains!", and leaving fake blood smeared everywhere in their wake. We were too lame to dress up but the fact that we'd been sick and hitting the Nyquil helped us to feel the Zombie vibe. Thanks for urging me to go, Kipling!
I kind of expected to see some not so great pet art, or a silly quickie photoshop 'creation' of some sort as that's most of what you see online and I didn't know who this person was. Needless to say I was floored when I clicked on the link and saw this! Holy Crap! I am awaiting word from her to hear whether it is for sale and if so how much... I love it so much.