Monday, December 01, 2008

From The Rusty Nail Dust Bin

Here's some j-pegs I took yesterday of older work (2002-2008), while shooting film for a collaboration with Tanitao aka Dan Tower:

Smog Factory, Relief Cut in Fall 2002, Monoprinted in Spring 2008

Head Hunter, Relief Print on Specialty Paper (Anatomical Drawing is Factory Silk Screen), 2008

Freak Face, Colored Pencil on Bristol, 2004

Heebie Jeebie, Mixed Media, 2006

Check out Dan's previous film work at:
And UVU, his musical collab work with Colleen Tower:

Monday, September 22, 2008

Scary Monsters

I just finished a series of linoleum cut and rubber stamp prints based on the shadow puppets I created for the Monster Island "Children of Mu" Project

They will all be on display, along with seven larger watercolors

at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts in Rochester MI, October 3-November 8, 2008. The opening reception is Friday, October 10 from 7-9 pm.

I will also be giving a workshop at PCCA in mask and puppet building on Saturday October 18 from Noon until 2pm.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Kurma, Gamera, and Turtle Island

Photos, plus some reading about turtles, of a mural I recently painted at my son's pre-school in Ann Arbor, MI

In Hinduism, Kurma (Sanskrit: कुर्म) was the second avatar of Vishnu. Like the Matsya Avatara also belongs to the Satya yuga. Vishnu took the form of a half-man half-tortoise, the lower half being a tortoise. He is normally shown as having four arms. He sat on the bottom of the ocean after the Great Flood. A mountain was placed on his back by the other gods so that they could churn the sea and find the ancient treasures of the Vedic peoples.

Gamera (ガメラ, Gamera?) is a giant, flying turtle-like creature with flames flying out of the leg holes, from a popular series of daikaiju eiga monster movies produced by Daiei Motion Picture Company in Japan. Created in 1965 to rival the success of Toho Studios' Godzilla during the kaiju boom of the mid-to-late 1960s, Gamera has gained fame and notoriety as a Japanese icon in his own right.
In the United States, Gamera attained prominence during the 1970s due to the burgeoning popularity of UHF television stations featuring Saturday afternoon matinee showcases like Creature Double Feature and later in the 1990s when several of his movies were featured on the cult television program Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Turtle Island is the English language translation of many Native American tribes' terms for the continent of North America. The term is proposed as a substitute for or synonym for North America. The term was brought into popular usage by Gary Snyder through his book Turtle Island[1] in 1974. In a later essay, published in At Home on the Earth,[1] Snyder claimed this title as a term referring to North America which synthesizes both indigenous and colonizer cultures by translating the indigenous name into the colonizer's languages (the Spanish "Isla Tortuga" being proposed as a name as well). Snyder argues that understanding North America under the name of Turtle Island will help shift conceptions of the continent.
Referring to North America as Turtle Island suggests a view of North America not merely as a land "discovered" and colonized by people of European descent, but as a land inhabited and stewarded by a collection of rich, diverse, and civilized peoples. This collection may have room for both indigenous and colonizer cultures. This re-framing of the identity of North America is intended to bring about a better cohabitation of these two groups of people. Finally the term suggests to some interpreters a more holistic relationship between people and the continent's ecology, visualizing Turtle Island as an amalgamation of bioregions.
All Turtle Trivia taken from Wikipedia.

I also painted a smaller mural across from the turtle with tree of a tiger and elephant:

Wednesday, July 02, 2008


"Famous Monsters of Mu Land"

"Petro Loa"

"Rogue's Gallery"

"Rust Belt"

"Vishnu and Sheesha"

Several of my relief prints, pictured above, are included in a group show at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts in Rochester MI entitled, "UNEASY".

The show opens July 3 and runs through August 9th, 2008

The opening reception is Friday, July 11th from 7-9 pm,

with a Gallery Talk on Saturday, July 12th at 2pm.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Rusty Nail Studio Summer

I have two shows coming up this summer, hope all you Rusty Nails out there can make it out to see some of my new art!

"Uneasy", a group show at Paint Creek Center For the Arts
407 Pine Street, Rochester, MI
July 3-August 9
Opening Reception July 11, 7-9 pm
with a Gallery Talk (Yipes!) July 12 @ 2pm


One Night Only (Han) Solo Show At the Motor City Brewing Works
Canfield at Second, Across from Traffic Jam in "New Detroit"
September 3, 7 pm-12 am

Have a (LL) Kool (J) Summer, Listen to Scott 4, Donna Summer,
and Dennis Wilson, Tommy

Monday, May 12, 2008

Part 2: Pics From Monster Island @ MOCAD

Special Rusty Nails to Cara G. and friend for taking the pics.