Saturday, June 25, 2011

Crazy 4 Cult 5

Tonight is the artists reception for Life is Just a Fantasy as well as VIVA x CANNIBAL FLOWER. So whats next?

Crazy 4 Cult 5 at Gallery1988!

(flyer image by Andrew Wilson)

(poster by Alex Pardee)

Over 100 artists make art based on their favorite cult classic movies. It is their 5th year doing this show and it's my first time participating in it, and I'm very excited.

So here's my piece, based on Spirited Away, and a bunch of others:

Oil on Canvas. 15" x 30"

The show opens on July 8th, and I hear the opening nights are crazy crowded. I'm really looking forward to this show.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


This Saturday, I'll also be participating in big group show hosted by Viva La Art and Cannibal Flower called (that's right!) VIVA x CANNIBAL FLOWER.

I'll have this little guy up:

Alleged Bigfoot. 2011. Oil on Canvas. 12 x 12.

50% of the proceeds of all sales go to StandUp for Kids, an organization that helps homeless children. Really happy to be a part of this show!

Monday, June 20, 2011

"Life is Just a Fantasy" Reception

Saturday is the Artists Reception for Life is Just a Fantasy, a group art show hosted by Gallery 9.

I have six pieces in the show including Cold Spot, Electronic Voice Phenomenon, and Before Afterlife. Prints of which will be available for sale!

Featured Artists:
Tiffany Davis-Rustam
Outi Harma
Candance Metzger
Erika Thorpe
And yours truly.

Previews of the work can be seen at

Show runs from June 4th - July 31st.

Regular Gallery Hours:
Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 1pm - 5pm

Friday, June 10, 2011

Notes on Electronic Voice Phenomenon

I thought it might be interesting to come up with some notes on a few of the things that inspired this this little painting I did. I've always liked the idea of leaving my paintings completely open to interpretation, but I thought explaining some of the concepts behind this one would be fun. For me at least.

Electronic Voice Phenomenon. 2011. Oil on Canvas. 18" x 24"

1. Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) are audio recordings of noises that resemble human speech but are not the result of intentional voice recordings. At the time of recording, they are inaudible to the human ear, and they can only be heard upon playback. They are typically brief, usually only one word or a short phrase.

Some claim that EVPs are of paranormal origin and could be evidence of ghosts, demons, or other paranormal entities. Skeptics argue that EVPs have more natural explanations such as static, radio transmissions, background noise, pareidolia, or hoaxes.

2. Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon of finding significance, meaning, or patterns in vague or random stimuli. Examples include automatically seeing a smiley face when combing two dots and a line :), seeing the man on the moon, seeing shapes in the clouds, or seeing a religious icon in a grilled cheese sandwich.

In relation to EVPs, misinterpreting random, meaningless background noise as understandable words or phrases would be an example of pareidolia.

(The Face on Mars)

(A box that appears adorably shocked)

(The Virgin Mary miraculously appeared on a grilled cheese sandwich)

3. The Fiji Mermaid – The mermaid is one of the most iconic products of the human imagination. They can also represent the hidden, mysterious, and undiscovered – the secret, distant, unexplored realms of the earth where anything could exist.

Popularized by P.T. Barnum, the Fiji Mermaid was a common feature of sideshows, presented as the mummified body of a creature that was half mammal and half fish. It was made by sewing the torso and head of a baby monkey to the back half of a fish and covering it with paper-maché. It is a classic example of a hoax.

Fiji Mermaid

(An actual factual fiji mermaid!)

4. Retro-futurism – an artistic aesthetic influenced by depictions of the future prior to the 1960s, blending old-fashioned styles and futuristic technology. Such futuristic visions, offer a nostalgic, imaginative, and counterfactual image of what the future might have been, but is not.

(Forbidden Planet, featuring Robby the Robot)

[Sources: What I didn't just come up with myself is paraphrased from Wikipedia. Scholarly!]