Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Dunwich Horror

This and the next 15 images are details of some of the drawings for the "Word Posems" collaborative project with poet John Eaton, to be published by Shattered Wig Press in 2007. To see samples of some of the poems and read a short history of the project dig:

Holy Mountain (Drawing)

You can view a larger scale painting based on this image below in the post titled, "Holy Mountain".

Tears Of A Clown

Tucker's Ghost

Double Gator

Bread Winner

Temper Tantrum

Anarchist Robot

Child Of God

Old Miami Regular

The Architect

Geodesic Gnome


Mush Mouth


Road Kill

Monday, October 30, 2006

The Book Show

I have several books in a group show of book art at the University of Michigan's Slusser Gallery, on North Campus in the School of Art and Design. The show was curated by U-M School of A+D Assistant Professors Phoebe Gloeckner and Hannah Smotrich, and A+D Field Librarian Annette Haines.

The Book Show runs Oct. 13-Nov. 10, 2006
Slusser Gallery, UM School of Art & Design, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor

photos by Annette Haines

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Artist Statement

My work is figurative. Hieratic, Apocalyptic Monsters and Mermaids, Angels and Demons. Formed from the scrap heap of twenty first century life*, sifted through the sands of my conscious and unconscious mind. I am trying to discover the mythic figures of the new millenium, or uncover atavistic old gods like Cthulu and Quetzalcoatl.

My work is formal. Much of my work over the past two years has been done on an intimate scale. Images that could be held in one's hands and examined closely; relief prints, watercolors and hand made books. In my mixed media drawings, "Before the Show" and "Mother's Worry", I put down a primary layer of orange monoprinted gestural strokes, then blue relief prints of wood grain and abstract shapes before a final, figurative, layer of india ink dry brush. This layered approach allowed me to unearth the image, like discovering a hieroglyph covered stele during an archeological dig. The "Word Possum" relief prints were also done using a three step process. Instead of registering the different colored elements, I layed them down on the blocks spontaeneously, not always knowing how they would interact with each other untill after the print was pulled. This "close work" facilitated my exploration of personal iconography. Currently, I have increased the scale of the work, like the gouache and acrylic painting, “Holy Mountain”, to make the figures compete with the viewer for space, to make my myths real.

*tape hiss, prog rock album covers, exploitation film posters, third rate comic books with bad color separations, hand painted signs for hub-cap shops, air brushed portraits of the dead on black denim jackets, hair on the film projector’s lens.

Holy Mountain


My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

Sea Drum

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

More From the Secret Land of If

Here are some more images of Jamie Easter's work from the show.

The image below is from a holographic peep show diorama Jamie built with moving parts and sound. Must truly be seen to be believed.

Opening the Secret Land of If

The opening of my new exhibit with Jamie Easter at the Book Beat was great. Special Rusty Nails to Jamie for his amazing art and Cary Loren for setting up the show. The show is up through October, if you weren't there I hope you can get a chance to check it out. www.thebookbeat.com.

Thursday, September 07, 2006


Noise Putty Art Show, Opening Reception Saturday, September 16, 7pm
The BookBeat Gallery 26010 Greenfield, Oak Park, Michigan 48237Phone:248.968.1190 http://www.thebookbeat.com/
"Rusty Nail Studio", drawings and prints by Tom Carey
"The Secret Land of If", an installation by Jamie Easter

Monday, August 14, 2006

Eye 94

Eye 94 is an art brut tribute to the hot rod art of the 1960's, AND a critique of the carcinogenic car culture that is shortening the human race's life span on this planet. It is seven pages of photocopied art on green paper with hand printed covers on orange construction paper. Available now for $5 postage paid (or an interesting trade). E-mail me at sadrobot2001@yahoo.com to order.

Prints Drying Inside Rusty Nail Studio

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Two More Word Possums

The Word Possums are three color relief prints, with "spontaneous" registration. Every Word Possum has something unique to say. These prints grew out of the collaborative book project "Work Posems"; drawings by yours truly and poems by John E, to be published by Shattered Wig Press in 2007.

Funny Car

Fish Eyes

Car Crash

Slug Bug

War Pigs

Let's Spend The Night Together

"10-4 Rubber Duck"

Sagrada Familia

Popol Vuh

Hang On Saint Christopher

Ghost and Demon

Electric Teepee

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