Monday, December 31, 2007

Monster Island/Children of Mu Shadow Show

I am helping out with the visuals for this show, If you are in/around Detroit, come check it out.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Article About Solo Show at University Liggett

from the Grosse Pointe News, November 29, 2007.

Twisted, subversive and flat-out brilliant. That's how the work of artist Tom Carey has been described. His art is something everyone should see, nobody understands…yet everybody wants. Tom Carey was born and raised in Detroit. He showed an early interest in drawing, and was especially fond of creating monsters and robots. "I wanted to be a superhero when I was five," Carey said, "But when I realized that it was not an easily attainable career goal, I choose the much more practical, and economically rewarding, vocation of visual artist." Carey attended Wayne State University, receiving his Bachlor of Fine Arts in 1996. After graduation, he began showing his artwork at the Willis Gallery and the Weber Building in Detroit. He moved to Philadelphia in 1998 and completed a Master's of Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2000. In 2002, he had an artist's book purchased by the Print Collection at the New York Public Library. He returned to Michigan in 2003 and continues to produce paintings, prints, drawings and ceramics. Carey's inspiration's for his works include Mayan hieroglyphics, Silver Age Comic Books (especially the work of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee), and '70s black and white horror magazines. His quirky style elicits a variety of responses, including harsh criticism. "I take it with a grain of salt," Carey said. "I incorporate criticism, good and bad, from my peers into my own interior critique of my work." Carey explains that his favorite work is, "whichever piece is currently sitting on my easel or drawing table, unfinished." He believes that his greatest accomplishment in art is teaching his daughter how to draw, and learning from her at the same time. His pieces from 2000 to the present can be viewed at University Liggett School, 1045 Cook, Grosse Pointe Woods. The show will run through Dec. 21. The gallery is open during normal school hours, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., or on evenings when there is a scheduled school function.

By Luke Eckstein, ULS Sophomore

Monday, November 05, 2007

Jes Groovin

Away In A Manger

painting, 4x3 feet with collaged woodcut prints, fall of 1999

Night Town

detail of a large scale woodcut print, made in spring of 2000

Trading Post

Nimrod's Son



Shell Fish

Witches and Devils

One Person Show at University Liggett School Gallery

I have a retrospective of my work from around the year 2000 to the present at University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods MI, 1045 Cook Road,

The show will run through December 21, 2007. The Gallery is open during normal school hours, 8:30-3:00pm, or on evenings when there is a scheduled school function.

Here is a schedule of evening events, and days the school will be closed, concurrent to my exhibition:

Wed. Nov. 7th, Modern & Classical Language Dinner
Sun. Nov. 11th, Open House, 1-3 pm
Thurs. Nov. 15th, Upper School Parent Conferences; 3:30-5:30pm, and 6:30-9:00pm
Mon. Nov. 19th, Upper School Parent Conferences; 3:30-5:30pm, and 6:30-9:30pm
Wed. Nov. 21st, Half Day of School (Thanksgiving)
Thurs. Nov. 22 and Fri. Nov.23, No School (Thanksgiving Week-end)
Friday, Nov. 30th, 7th & 8th Grade Dance, 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Saturday, Dec. 8th, Upper School Dance 8:30-11:00pm
Thursday, Dec. 20th, Upper School Holiday Festival, 7:30pm

View the invitation at:

Special rusty nails go to Jim and Karen at ULS for giving me this opportunity to show an overview of my work.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Shadow/Rod Puppets

Hydra Headed Sea Worm Mothra Larva

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Deep Inside Rusty Nail Studio

Tow Truck Ceramic Relief

Updated Current Vitae

Tom Carey aka Rusty Nail Studio


MFA, Painting and Printmaking, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
PA, 2000
BFA, Studio Art with a concentration in Painting, Wayne State University, Detroit MI,

One Person Shows
“Populist Mechanics”, Alley Culture, Detroit MI, 2002
“Hallucination Warehouse”, University City Arts League, Philadelphia PA, 2000
“Graduate Thesis Exhibition”, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
PA, 2000

Group Exhibitions
“State of the Union”, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI, 2007
“Print Portfolio”, Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD, 2007
“2007 Michigan Fine Arts Competition”, BBAC, Birmingham, MI, 2007, Second Place Prize
“75th Anniversary All Media Juried Show”, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit MI 2007
“The Book Show”, Slusser Gallery, Univ of Mich, Ann Arbor MI, 2006
“Noise Putty/Secret Land of If”, two person show with Jamie Easter, BookBeat Gallery, Oak Park MI, 2006
“Drawing Into Painting”, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor MI, 2006
“Summer Group Exhibition”, District Arts Gallery, Birmingham MI, 2005
“Beaks and Bucks”, Pr1mary Space Gallery, Hamtramck MI, 2004
“November Coming Fire”, Alley Culture, Detroit MI, 2004
“Five Shows/ Five Days”, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit MI, 2004
“Philly: People, Places, Things”, Spector Gallery, Philadelphia PA, 2002
“Works on Paper 2001”, curated by Thelma Golden, Arcadia University Art Gallery,
Glenside PA, 2001
“Tom + Tomo”, (two person show) Spector Gallery, Philadelphia PA, 2001
“Fresh Blood”, curated by Andrew Jeffrey Wright and Shelly Spector, Painted Bride
Art Center, Philadelphia PA, 2000
“Sold Out: Silent Auction”, Freeman’s Auction House, Philadelphia PA, 1999
“Hand to Hand”, Sponsored by Mercedes Benz, Exhibited at International Auto Shows
in Detroit, Barcelona, and Frankfurt, 1997
“The Linen Show”, Willis Gallery, Detroit MI, 1996

“Flat Files”, Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY, 2002.

Public Collections
“Print Collection”, New York Public Library, New York, NY

El Diablo

Dog Star Man

Helmet Head

Gemini Robot

Dirty Scans Two

Here's a few more relief prints scanned in from the Rusty Nail Archives:

Dirty Scans

Here's a few quick scans of some relief prints from the Rusty Nail Studio Archives: