Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Going On Tour

I am going away for a while, i'll post new stuff whenever get an opportunity. The Paybacks are going out for the "forty days and forty nights of rock" tour. If we are coming to your town please come visit us. We have a hot new record called "Love Not Reason."

Sep 1 2006 10:00P The Lager House, Detroit, MI
Sep 5 2006 9:00P Way Out Club, St. Louis, MO
Sep 6 2006 9:00P Mike's Tavern, Kansas City, MO
Sep 8 2006 6:00P South Park Music Fest-Fairplay Hotel, CO
Sep 9 2006 9:00P Bender's Tavern, Denver, CO
Sep 12 2006 9:30P Casbah, San Diego, CA
Sep 13 2006 9:00P Safari Sam's, Hollywood, CA
Sep 14 2006 9:00P Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz , CA
Sep 15 2006 9:00P Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
Sep 16 2006 9:00P Great Basin Brewery, Sparks, NV
Sep 17 2006 8:00P Great Basin Brewery, Sparks , NV
Sep 20 2006 8:00P Rhythm Room, Phoenix, AZ
Sep 21 2006 9:00P Plush, Tucson, AZ
Sep 24 2006 8:00P Aquarium, Fargo, ND
Sep 26 2006 8:00P 400 Bar, Minneapolis, MN
Sep 27 2006 8:00P Knickerbocker's, Lincoln, NE
Sep 28 2006 9:00P Mad Planet, Milwaukee, WI
Sep 29 2006 8:00P High Noon Saloon, Madison , WI
Sep 30 2006 8:00P Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, IA
Oct 10 2006 8:00P Fineline Music Cafe, Minneapolis, MN
Oct 11 2006 8:00P Double Door, Chicago, IL
Oct 12 2006 8:00P St. Andrew's Hall, Detroit, MI
Oct 13 2006 8:00P Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Oct 14 2006 8:00P Towne Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
Oct 15 2006 9:00P Lime Spider Akron, OH
Oct 17 2006 8:00P Mercury Lounge New York, NY
Oct 18 2006 8:00P Maxwell's Hoboken , NJ
Oct 19 2006 8:00P Middle East Underground Cambridge, MA
Oct 21 2006 8:00P Gooski's Pittsburgh, PA

Monday, August 28, 2006

Breaking the Symmetry

My work is evolving into symmetrical patterns that break in the center. This collision in the center of the canvas is a glimpse at the beginning of a new idea.

Roni Horn

Roni Horn is showing a mixed collection of the work at the James Kelly Contemporary. Displaying a great variety of media from rectangular bar sculptures with text to cone forms, photography, and painting. The experience is difficult like good art tends to be. There must be a story behind most of the work but some work is purely simple formalist compositions.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Jordan West at CCA

The Center for Contemporary Arts current show entitled Senic Overlook features art work relating to highways and the aestetics of highway engineers. Jordan West's work in the show is a series of paintings that look familiar. Im sure I have been to a couple of these places in different parts of the country. It goes to show that abandoned gas stations and boarded up restaurants can look the same no matter where they are. I feel a sense of nostalgia about these places and I swear that I have been there before.

Monday, August 21, 2006

POEH Center Opening

The Pueblo of Pojoaque, POEH Cultural Center and Museum had an exciting opening last Friday. The event included traditional Native American dancing, music, food, and the art of Roxanne Swentzell and Marcellus Medina. Nah Poeh Meng, "The Continuous Path" by Roxanne Swentzell is an impressive installation divided into six rooms. Each room is based on a seasonal theme describing aincent Pueblo life. The sculpture was great but I was really impressed by the murals in the installation. Swentzell's work, also on display in the gallery/tower building includes stone work, masks, and many clay figures with narrative themes. The band Chocolate Hellocopter (led by Swentzell's daughter) played, they mixed poetry with rock music.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Tasha Ostrander

Tasha Ostrander's show,“Deer Self I Hurt the Urth” is the currently on view at the Linda Durham Gallery. The large scale digital prints of plants and animals explores a psychological portrait of the self. This show is a little confusing but that may be the artist's intent. The strongest image in the show is of a deer's head mounted on a green and white wall. The image is seperated into four quarters. The scale of the piece really demands attention. I think that the deer represents the artist's self disconnected with nature. The digital media of plant forms seem to reflect an abstracted understanding of nature. The Linda Durham Gallery is always presenting shows that challenge the viewer. I may not always understand but I will keep going back to satisfy my curiosity.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Monks of Doom, "What's Left for Kicks?"

It's 2006, the Monks of Doom from California just released their first album since 1992, and it's all cover songs. The new album entitled "What's Left for Kicks?" is a representation of the groups biggest influences. The album contains sixteen covers from bands like Soft Machine, Red Crayola, the Kinks, Peter Green, Steve Hillage(from Gong), Richard Thompson, Syd Barrett and it gets more obscure from there. The finest moments are in"La Dolce Vita Suite"which you can listen to here under recent news, "What's Left for Kicks?". The record is all over the place and like all Monks of Doom records, if you listen to hard you might get sick. The guitar work of Lisher is precise and Immergluck's guitar is all emotion creating a marriage of guitar styles to blow one's mind, while the drummer Chris Peterson (one of my all time favorites) is directing the group through the often complicated musical journey. "What's Left For Kicks" is as good any other Monks record but they had their true climax with the "Meridian" record about sixteen years ago. Don't hold your breath for any original material, the drummer lives in Australia and they can't do it without him, I wouldn't want them to anyway. This album will continue to creep up with continuous listens becoming very atmospheric. Well done Monks, thanks for the new record!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Variations on 14

Here are some recent study's for a current series of work, variations on fourteen. The dimensions are 13"x 10", oil on canvas, $200 each.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Ellsworth Kelly- Collages in Black and White 1973 to 1991

James Kelly Contemporary in Santa Fe is showing Ellsworth Kelly's black and white collage work. Ellsworth Kelly's shapes are simple, remarks on positive and negative space. Removing the color element in his work, Kelly focuses on composition with one black shape of paper on white paper. Accompanying the black shape is pencil drawing. Line is used to create borders where the shapes fit completing the composition. I always look for the artists hand in hard edged work like this, finding satisfaction in any imperfections of the drawn edges. Kelly's intent may not have been for these imperfections to be a part of his conversation but irregularity is visually satisfying in these situations. Kelly was surely aware that with odd or irregular shapes, there is more potential for the composition. This show which at first appears to be colorless, and possibly less interesting work by Ellsworth Kelly finds its way into the core of his art making practice, becoming an important, unified body of work for one's interest in post painterly abstraction.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Paintings on Paper

Here are some of this weeks paintings. They appear a little more struggled over because I didn't use a brush very much. I mostly pushed the paint across with a stick. If you see one that you like send an email to and I'll send you a painting for forty bucks. The dimensions are 8"x 6" each, oil on paper.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The Fondas

The Fondas from Detroit just released a new record, "Runaway Bombshell"on Sympathy Records. The single, "Make You Mine" is a Kinks-ish jam with a big drum sound. The Fondas display the influences of rock n roll and old timey blues on the new record. "Runaway Bombshell" is mostly original material some of it sounds like it could have been made in the 50's like the Mark Niemenski's piano and saxophone driven "Might As Well Go" but the record jumps around to modern formats with intense ballad performances like "Infatuation" and "What" moving through soul covers like "Upset My Soul" to the twangy country sounds of Steve Shaw's "Tell Me Lovesick Blues" to fast paced numbers like Greg Cartwright's song "Don't Come Back". Julie Benjamin is the main character of the group singing with strong and natural style. The Fondas are sure to have success with this record. Check out the Fondas.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Charles Fresquez "Pattern and Flow" at Exhibit 208

Charles Fresquez's show in Albuquerque at Exhibit 208 included old work, sketches and photographs as well as his new work. Charles, who is also showing at the Levy Gallery was exhibiting his other directions, mediums and ideas. The small work is in colored pencil which allows more light of the paper to show through the color. Charles was at the gallery when I visited and we talked about the small pencil work as a possible study for large installations of his Plexiglas paintings. Charles also suggested the inspiration for his work came from reading about the future world in computers and what he imagines this world to look like. The Exhibit 208 show provided a broader view of the evolving patterns and ideas involved in the work of Charles Fresquez.