Saturday, July 31, 2010

Ben Heine's Art


More here

Friday, July 30, 2010

Mug Shot

Ha ha!!

Mug Shot

“Mug Shot” t-shirt by Maxim Cyr on Shirt.Woot!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Meanwhile, back in Greece...

A couple of small studies while in Greece a lifetime ago ~ 9 x 12 inch - Acrylic on paper

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Art we never want to see anymore

This cracked me up..

They nailed it...(Of course we would add "Anything from Art Trip")

1. piles of sand or gravel
2. 3D severed arms or legs (severed penises are OK ladies)
3. branches or roots
4. exposed stretcher bars
5. small 3D objects made really big
6. neon lights with words or not
7. movies with old film footage
8. beds
9. balloons
10. shelves with stuff from your attic
11. dinner tables
12. rehashed porn
13. faux naive portraits by MFA's and/or PhDs
14. robots made of found junk
15. abstract paintings with landscape horizons from Skylar Arts
16. feminists shows
17. mundane photography
18. food art
19. work that's more about the frame than anything else
20. picnic tables
21. chairs made unusable
22. crap piled against a wall
23. illustration posing as art
24. any t-shirt or skateboard pllllleeeezzzzzzzzz
25. wittle animals
26. teen angst drawings made on their beds
27. knitting trying to pose as art
28. obsessive drawings especially made in Brookland cafes
29. f'n stripe paintings or fan shapes!!!!
30. handguns in fillytown, not funny
31. skulls made by white, privileged posers
32. blurry nude photos
33. painting with plywood showing in areas
34. hand scrawled notes
35. blue masking tape
36. did we say food, animals, neon, yet??!!!!!
37. vases with stupid plants on stupid shelves or not
38. furniture piled up
39. real or fake life-size vehicles
40. Mushy brown-turd encaustic abstraction or other
41. figurines posing as sculpture
42. meaningless monochrome redux yuk
43. babies, puppies, shark teeth
44. minimalist cubes of any color or material
45. cages of any color or material
46. empty art crates on display
47. combinations of the above

From Art Blahg

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

How I Work

Because painting is so difficult for me I tend to do multiples of the same painting. I get it to a stage that I like and then start another to get it to that stage and then work on the original painting again to get it to the next stage. That way if I lose my way, I have a road map back to where I got off on the Superhighway of Art.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Body painting, then and now - NSFW

Love body painting...I do!


Overspray: Paint from norman hathaway on Vimeo.

(There was a video but it disappeared)

"There has been a revival of body painting in the Western society since the 1960s, in part prompted by the liberalization of social mores regarding nudity and often comes in sensationalist or exhibitionist forms.[1] Even today there is a constant debate about the legitimacy of body painting as an art form. The current modern revival could be said to date back to the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago where Max Factor and his model were arrested for causing a public disturbance when he bodypainted her with his new make-up formulated for Hollywood films.

Body art today evolves to the works more directed towards personal mythologies, as Jana Sterbak, Rebecca Horn, Youri Messen-Jaschin or Javier Perez.

Body painting is not always large pieces on fully nude bodies, but can involve smaller pieces on displayed areas of otherwise clothed bodies.

Body painting led to a minor alternative art movement in the 1950s and 1960s, which involved covering a model in paint and then having the model touch or roll on a canvas or other medium to transfer the paint. French artist Yves Klein is perhaps the most famous for this, with his series of paintings 'Anthropometries'. The effect produced by this technique creates an image-transfer from the model's body to the medium. This includes all the curves of the model's body (typically female) being reflected in the outline of the image. This technique was not necessarily monotone; multiple colors on different body parts sometimes produced interesting effects."


Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Winner, a coffin and Mary Lou Williams

First off, congratulations to Lou from Canada for winning an Art Trip in the First Art Trip Giveaway.

On another note, I found this coffin in the Musuem of Natural History. Awesome!

And speaking of notes, the music of jazz legend, Mary Lou Williams, played by the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra at the same museum. Another great Saturday stroll in DC. Love this city.

And here is how she played...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

She slipped away. We were so poor. (New Orleans 1976) II

She slipped away. We were so poor. (New Orleans 1976) II ~ 8 x 10 inches - photo, paint on paper

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Lego Art

Damien Hirst

Edward Hopper

Other Art Lego here

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

She slipped away. We were so poor. (New Orleans 1976) I

She slipped away. We were so poor. (New Orleans 1976) I ~ photo, paint on paper - 6 x 9 inch

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Jackson Pollock Pants

This photo and the next are of artist Jackson Collins. Painting is by no means a neat endeavor. Oh, and his pictures are pretty good as well.

From the Foggy Dew

Monday, July 19, 2010

Terence Blanchard and Nam June Paik

No connection between these cats, just thought I'd mash them together since I saw them both on Saturday. Terence at Blues Alley and Nam at the Musuem of American Art.

From the Nam June Paik archives at the Musuem of American Art

Not from Blues Alley but gives you an idea how he plays.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Bullshit Artist

"Perhaps the issue is that the threshold for what qualifies as an idea in the art world is just too low. How else to explain Antony Gormley telling The New York Times recently that his public art project, currently on view around the Flatiron district, “has to do with questioning both the status of art and the nature of our built environment”? Or the Whitney publishing a catalog essay about the 2010 Biennial that describes the works included in the show as “interrogating … gaps and distortions” in history “while also reimagining personal images or memories”?

"In Mr. Gioni’s view, such vague and abstract language is and always has been so common in the art world because works of art are never meant to be understood or interpreted in any one way. Abstract language allows everyone to think what they want to think."

From the New York Observer

Also don't forget to apply for the BS for Artist Training

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Take a chance...

Friday, July 16, 2010

How to Sell Fake Art on ebay and Make Big Money

"Tired of working same old job? Ready to give up that nasty commute and work from home? Want to be your own boss? Need extra income? Well, fret no more because now you can make big money selling fake art on eBay. (It's OK; eBay doesn't care.)"

Full article here

A real Art Trip

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Be the color...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Stuff White People Like - Banksy

Along with art auctions, art galleries, MFAs and Jerry Saltz's Facebook page...

Read the post here

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Win an Art Trip

Created during the bleak disco days in the late 70s, this painting kept the artist from going mad and prevented him from jamming paint brushes in his ears. Sent in your best title for this painting to for a chance to receive a free Art Trip.

Fine Print: This painting will be given away to one person from a random drawing of all people who sent in a title. Send in your title for a chance to win this awesome Art Trip. Giveaway ends July 23, 2010.

Really Fine Print: Submitted titles might be used for future Art Trip art.

Waiting for a title ~ 6 x 9 inches - Watercolor on paper

Monday, July 12, 2010

Where the Brillo box came from

From an Abstract Expressionist!

"At the time, Harvey was known, if at all, as a second-generation abstract expressionist painter who applied his oils so thickly that a 1961 New York Times review described him as "obviously having a love affair with his paint." (Washburn worked at the Graham Gallery, which had hosted several of Harvey's exhibitions.) But his day job was as a commercial artist for the industrial and package designers Stuart and Gunn, creating redesigns for companies like Philip Morris and Bristol-Myers. Three years before, Brillo implemented his drawings for a redesign of the company's packaging."

Story here

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sphenopalatine Ganglioneuralgia (Damn Tree) IV

Sphenopalatine Ganglioneuralgia (Damn Tree) IV ~ 16 x 20 inch - acrylic on paper

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Me or the Hippie

Ringo is 70!!!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Sphenopalatine Ganglioneuralgia (Damn Tree) III

Sphenopalatine Ganglioneuralgia (Damn Tree) III ~ 16 x 20 inch - acrylic on paper

Sphenopalatine Ganglioneuralgia (Damn Tree) III (Detail)

Sphenopalatine Ganglioneuralgia (Damn Tree) III (Detail)

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Fascinating! A person's quest to find the location of Edward Hopper's Nighthawks painting.

From the New York Times

Others have also been digging for the location of the real Nighthawks

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New Show by Art Trip – Hot Dawgin’ with Art

Charles Closer for Ain't That Something Art Review Weekly

Stan’s Art and Polish Sausage Hut presents a new art performance by 90 year old hipster artist, Art Trip, entitled, “Hot Dawgin’ with Art”. Stanley Zombalski, the owner of Stan’s Art and Polish Sausage Hut invited Art Trip, who is known for his retro painting style (like 1869 retro) as well as his art satire, to create an art performance piece. Inspired by the Marina Abramović performance at MoMA. Mr. Zombalski explained, “I don’t know art from a sausage but my wife said a performance art piece would bring some real class to the joint. I thought she was nuts at first, but then I thought maybe it would help could sell more kielbasa.”

Participant in the Art Trip performance art piece

Though borrowing much from the Abramović performance piece, Zombalski said that there will be a major difference. “Well, they can buy a Polish sausage before they sit for the performance. You can’t do that at some fancy art museum”. The performance consists of participants sitting before a ‘portrait’ of Art Trip and Art Chicken while a camera records their reactions. When asked about Art Trip, Zombalski, replied, “He’s old as dirt and he don’t say much, but man, that chicken of his is a trip”.

Stan's Art and Polish Susage Hut

Participant enjoying the special Abramović kielbasa made by Stanley Zombalski for this performance only.

Editors Note: The extreme emotional reactions of the participants who sat before the portrait of Art Trip and Art Chicken are documented in the photos taken below.