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Beacons @ Faultline Artspace

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Faultline Artspace has a show up now curated by Mario Navasero titled “Beacons.” The idea behind this show was for Mario to feature some artist peers who inspired him along with his work. It’s a nice collection of talent which I am proud to be a part of. Artists include: Mario Navasero, John Casey, Max Kauffman, David Polka, Cannon Dill, Jared Roses, Chris Granillo, Santos Shelton, Sydney Cain, Lauren Napolitano, Deadeyes, and Pancho Pescador.

Painting is Fun!

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I forgot how much fun painting is. Dang, it it so freaking liberating. I’ve been warned off using the interior latex paint I have been using for my backgrounds, so I think I will use tinted gesso going forward. But here are some of the paintings I have been working on…

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BTW… This is my 1550th post on this blog. And here I thought I was slacking some!

Barn Hexes

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Chuck Stilphen of The Trappist fame is opening a BBQ joint in Berkeley called Perdition Smokehouse. Chuck asked me if I would make some barn hex signs for the restaurant. I have to say, I really liked making these. I looked at a lot of traditional designs and decided to come up with a beef-pork-chicken combo. Cutting and painting plywood circles are a challenge but these are hanging up high, so they look pretty good. Perdition is tentatively scheduled to open in June.

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Nychos in Oakland

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Artist Nychos has a show up at Upper Playground in SF. While he was in town he knocked out this epic rabbit-themed mural in Oakland in just a few days. Just in time for Easter!

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Click to enlarge!

Click to enlarge!

Watling & Dunlap @ NWVSF

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Jake Watling

Jake Watling and Bill Dunlap have a cool show up at NWVSF in SF. NWVSF, short for Nowheresville, is a new space run by Paul Urich. Good stuff here!

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Bill Dunlap

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Bill Dunlap

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Jake Watling

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It’s Alive! @ The Compound Gallery

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The Compound Gallery has a very, very cool printmaking show up now titled “It’s Alive!”. So many great installations in this show. The whole show is pretty much a big collaboration of prints by Melissa Brown, Kevin Bradley, Kevin Haas, Nathan Haenlein, Adriane Herman, Eric Hongisto, Amanda Knowles, Jeanne Lorenz, Anthony Ryan, Camilla Taylor, Richard Wohlfeiler, Defne Beyce, David Spiher, Zach Clark, Mari Pinotti, Moonyoung Sung, Jaymie Johnson. In the back gallery is an intriguing show of prints by inmates at San Quentin Prison. Makes me want to venture into printmaking some!

Carpe Diem Opening Pics

Loakal Gallery

Loakal Gallery

Brett Amory (left), Jessica Hess (right)

Brett Amory (left), Jessica Hess (right)

John Casey (left), Max Kauffman (right)

John Casey (left), Max Kauffman (right)

Marcos LaFarga (right), Cannon Dill (left)

Marcos LaFarga (right), Cannon Dill (left)

Zoltron (left), Daryll Pierce (right)

Zoltron (left), Daryll Pierce (right)

Chris Granillo (right), Reggie Warlock (center), Nite Owl (right)

Chris Granillo (right), Reggie Warlock (center), Nite Owl (right)

Lauren YS (left), Ian Ross (right)

Lauren YS (left), Ian Ross (right)

Jet Martinez (left), Hueman (center), Lisa Pisa (right)

Jet Martinez (left), Hueman (center), Lisa Pisa (right)

Eddie Colla (left), Cameron Thompson (center), John Wentz (right)

Eddie Colla (left), Cameron Thompson (center), John Wentz (right)

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Marcos LaFarga

Marcos LaFarga

Daryll Pierce

Daryll Pierce

Max Kauffman

Max Kauffman

John Casey

John Casey

Chris Granillo

Chris Granillo

Nastia Voynovskaya, Loakal Online Media Manager

Nastia Voynovskaya, Loakal Online Media Manager

Painting Process

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Aside from painting sculpture, I generally have not painted seriously for 20-something years. My BFA major at MassArt was Painting but after graduating, I quickly moved into sculpture end eventually drawing. Anyway, I have ventured back into the world of color and here is a few pics to show my process.

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Carpe Diem Press

Some really solid press for the Carpe Diem show at Loakal in Oakland. I had a lot of fun during the event and the opening is tonight, 4/4, 6-10pm to see the finished works by the 19 participating artists.

Juxtapoz feature here.

HiFructose feature here.

Huffington Post feature here.

Carpe Diem Pics

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Some in progress pics here from the Carpe Diem event at Loakal in Oakland. I was super impressed with the work of the 20 artists, especially the ones who worked for almost the full 24 hours on their piece. Although I made some edits on mine periodically, I managed to work for about 13 hours with a dinner break. I’ll tell you, six hours at a stretch is my usual maximum. At a certain point I experience diminishing return on my effort due to fatigue. Needless to say I am super sore still from the hours of standing, squatting, ladder stepping, and arm moving. I will take some pics later this week of the finished works in the show along with artists names.

Two little pre-sketches for my piece.

Two little pre-sketches for my piece.

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