I’m working on these little dudes for a Circus Posterus show at Rotofugi in February, and I’m not usually this pleased with myself, but these make me laugh so hard.
Today is the last day for shipping in my store, if you are absolutely devoted to receiving your items before Xmas!
Original paintings, postcards, some sculptures, books …yep, blah blah, you know the drill.
I’m participating in Stranger Factory’s Winter Salon this year, opening this Friday!
Works I’ll have include two fattybug diorama boxes, and collaborations with my mother(four bronze casts) and the very awesome Tim Lee.
Below are images of the Bantayan Reef Fattybug! If you can’t make it to the opening and are wondering how to purchase work from Stranger Factory, I wrote an easy guide to the online preview purchase process here.
I’ve been experimenting with some super traditional mediums lately due to a complicated relationship between Magic Sculpt, resin dust, and severe skin allergies. It’s true, I’m a delicate flower.
My mother bought me a small electric kiln a few years ago at a garage sale, and I haven’t done much but melt glass in it. I figured I should actually try and have it serve its intended purpose.
My first experiment was to make these little ceramic bug cocoons that would hang on walls.
Here’s the first batch, about to go in for a bisque test fire. I metaphorically held my breath for twelve hours, hoping they wouldn’t explode.
Ain’t no party like a bisque test fire party, and the bisque test fire party don’t stop until the kiln sitter tells it to, which I really hope it does.
After that, they got glazed, and refired, but only the one in front turned out in a colour I actually liked! The others are going in for another firing. They’ve been touched up with acrylic paint, but the sandstoney colour on the little big cocoon in front is all ceramic glaze. I like the unpredictability of it.
Here’s the second firing… a much bigger one now that I’m fairly confident that I won’t be exploding my pieces.
(note, you really should have three witness cones, but…eh.)
I’m excited about these new pieces…gonna do another glaze firing this weekend, fingers crossed that they turn out pretty rad!
DesignerCon 2013 is fast approaching, and this year I’ll be hanging out with the Circus Posterus crew, instead of in my own booth!
You’ll be able to find me, and artists much cooler than me(specifically, Brandt Peters, Kathie Olivas, Amanda Louise Spayd, Chris Ryniak, DrilOne and Travis Louie) at Booth #400 this weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center.
I’ve done a couple of editioned pieces for the show…fattybugs and scaleybugs and gravebeasts…
The next fattybug edition is the Autumn Fattybug! A tiny edition of just FIVE(and all of them have slightly different expressions), he’ll be hanging out at the Circus Posterus booth at DesignerCon in Pasadena on November 9th and 10th(I’ll be there too…but as the Circus Posterus booth is generally swamped, if you wanna chat, you should just wave to me and pull me aside and I will give you a juicebox).
I made this doofy fartface for Bewitching III at Stranger Factory. He’s inspired by videos of sloths in pajamas and penguins in little sweaters. It might be bigger than it looks, Scott’s giant man hands are holding it in that second picture.
I also made this mutant bug.
The Bewitching preview list is linked, and online purchase instructions are at the top of the page(the sweaterbug is sold, alas, but the mutant bug is still available)!
I’ve been a bit scattered since getting back from Albuquerque earlier this month, but I wanted to write about my show at Stranger Factory, A Nervous Harbour.
A couple of years ago, I came across the work of the Circus Posterus collective, and I was completely blown away. From the janky buck toothed Amanda Louise Spayd bunnies, to the wide eyed Chris Ryniak critters, and the personable and expressive figures from Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas, it was like discovering a whole new side of the art and toy world I hadn’t really seen before.
I thought – this is the work I want to be doing, which was fortunately pretty easy, because it was the work I was already doing. But seeing other people be successful at it, doing this sort of fantastical narrative work full of monsters and creatures and bright colours, and be taken seriously as real artists, exhibiting in real galleries – that was heartening, and special.
In 2011, I made a five year plan, sort of where I wanted to see my art in the next five years. As part of that five year plan, I wanted to do a solo show at Stranger Factory, which is Kathie and Brandt’s store and gallery in Albuquerque. At the time, I’d never visited Stranger Factory, and I hadn’t even met Kathie and Brandt, but I just knew that it was a place I wanted to be. I was pretty sure it was a pie-in-the-sky sort of goal at the time, but I’m not one to talk myself out of simply having goals.
In 2012, I was part of a group show at Stranger Factory. In 2012, I met Kathie and Brandt for the first time, shortly before I went out to Albuquerque(for that group show), also for the first time. Kathie bought me whiskey, and I told stories about embarrassing bedroom incidents. Since then, I’ve made so many friends through this little toy community, so many people that I’d be happy to buy a drink for, but more than that – people that really get me.
In 2013, I started also working as part of the Circus Posterus press team, and I have learned more about the intricacies of running a business and art collective in one year than I think I would have in four years of art school(I didn’t go to art school). A few months ago, I also officially became part of the Circus Posterus collective. Yes, it is still a bit weird seeing my name on this page.
Earlier this month, I did my first mini-solo show in Stranger Factory. A few people that I’ve met through the Circus Posterus/Stranger Factory community came to my opening! They bought my art! I’ve sold almost 2/3rds of my show now, which I’m proud and happy about. I’m not remotely close to selling my work at the price point that many of their other artists are, but like I told my friends Jason and Robyn(they came from Boston), I hope my early work contributes to their kids’ college fund someday.
The theme of my show is in short – aquatic critters – but it’s also about anxiety, and home, and finding a port in a storm. Anyway, I couldn’t be happier to have found a second family in this amazing, wonderful, creative, focused crew, and I suppose I’ll need a new five year plan if things keep on working out the way they do.
The entire show preview is here, if you’d like to check it out! You can inquire about any art via the instructions at the top of the page, but remaining pieces will also make it online in a couple weeks.
Up next – I have two more group shows at Stranger Factory this year, and I’ll also be at DesignerCon, at the Circus Posterus booth.
In 2014, Leslie and I are going to blow your minds with all sorts of natural history inspired critters! We’ve been building a wonderful little world for our upcoming shows together and seriously, it’s going to be so good. I’m also building a 30′ post apocalyptic haunted house and hauling it out to the desert, but that’s neither here not there.
Thank you for following my work.
Watery gravebeasts are the aquatic counterpart to their land dwelling cousins, the desecrated gravebeast. They are often spotted near the location of maritime tragedies.
1. No one has ever seen the back half of a gravebeast.
For my solo show, A Nervous Harbour, at Stranger Factory, opening September 6th, 2013. If you’d like the show preview and online purchase instructions, please join their mailing list!
A preview of some of the fattybugs that will be appearing for A Nervous Harbour, opening at Stranger Factory on September 6th(runs September 6th to 29th)! You’ll be able to purchase online, so join their mailing list for more details!
I made about 10 diorama boxes for this show(and about 20 more sculptures and paintings)…they are pretty much the most fun things to build.