Working closely with a small independent publisher in Nashville David King and I produced Limestone. Based on a series of drawings that all feature a figure hiding under a rock, Limestone, follows this anonymous character through a series of changing stages, from celebratory and fortunate to tragic and humorous. 2017 5.5×7, digital offset, 80 pgs . Edited/designed by David King. Edition of 100. They are available to purchase at ExtendedPlayPress.com.
Different mediums weave strands of fractured narratives together in ‘They Were All Talking At The Same Time So I Grew More Ears’ at Seed Space in Nashville, TN.
Placebo Theater was a art show at Sauvage Galerie on August 20th. It included performances and a show of my works. Below is the text that went with it:
Even though art is mere shadow play, a theatrically induced placebo effect, we still take our art pills regularly. And hey, it’s done wonders for our backs and cured our pernicious certitude.
The 70 collage drawings in “Placebo Theater” are based on photocopies of a sketch I made at a low point during a break up. That faceless, cartoony surrogate peaking out from under a rock became the starting point for a meditation on individuality and narrative.
Scopophilia! Sounds like a pathology doesn’t it. But the image is not going away anytime soon. Look. Be aroused. And then let’s go into the world with our misunderstandings of it and ourselves and others and make things, pictures, hats, words, sounds. It’s the only way.
In addition to the works on paper there will be three performances. Jacob Bernardi Stovall leads a Powerpoint-assisted sermon via the inorganic vernacular of search engine query. Think Tony Robbins meets William S. Burroughs with a hint of Bill Gates. Meagen Crawford becomes her own hydra-mimetic monolith of audio & visual ekphrastic poetries. And I’m chanting.
Thanks to Matt Johnstone for helping arrange the evening.
This is a unique hand bound book called “Truculent Spores” made from 100 photocopied photocopies of several hundred drawings. Truculent meaning ready to fight and spores being this little fungal seeds that might grow up to be their own organism. I think this book as a compendium of argumentative baby ideas.
The Monkey Animation was in the Portland International Film Festival in 2014 and shown at the Deep Play Fun House Show at Seed Space in Nashville in 2015. Jenny Kroik, a good illustrator and animator in her own right, helped with the animation and Olga Oseth did wonders designing the sound for the piece.
“Either You’re Going to My Funeral or I’m Going to Yours” was a collaborative show Chelsea Couch and I had at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon, in May 2015. In the performance “Always Never Now” we appear dressed in ski masks with frilly collars banging on a homemade drum set and exchanging random words. Punctuating the performance is the refrain “Always! Never! Now!” expressing both affirmation and self-negation. Either You’re Going to My Funeral or I’m Going to Yours was our attempt to articulate frustration, urgency, and a little joy.
In 2015 I made 3 episodes of ‘Fake Brain’ that centered around me a dirty sock puppet. This is the second episode. It also stars Daniel Lopez and Jam Tolles.
Here are several performance pieces I did between 2013 and 2015.
This is a paper animation where dogs and doghands eat each oother in a landscape of waste.