Thursday, January 24, 2008

After the Robbery... the Police came

Hey guys,
thanks for all the kind comments about the burglary. I am also very thankful to all those who forwarded me in info. I have managed to retrieve most of my workshop files. You guys work fast. Once again thanks so much...what a help.

So it's been a week of the police and the Police (with a capital P). After the robbery we went to see the reunion tour of the band. You may have seen mention of this on a previous post and then it dissappeared. That was because we decided we shouldn't advertise that we were going to be out of the house on a particular night after just being robbed. So now the event is over and I can tell you it was great. The music reminded me of the years of high school...Sting's beard, and Stewart Copeland's grey hair made me feel old (oddly enough Andy Summers looks the same). A very nice night especially as the moon peaked over the Olympic Stadium walls. OK so, you may ask, what was the set list? Here you go...
  • “Message in a Bottle”
  • “Synchronicity II”
  • “Walking on the Moon”
  • “Voices Inside My Head/When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What’s Still Around”
  • “Don’t Stand So Close to Me
  • “Driven to Tears”
  • “Hole in My Life”
  • “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”
  • “Wrapped Around Your Finger”
  • “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da”
  • “Invisible Sun”
  • “Walking in Your Footsteps”
  • “Can’t Stand Losing You/Regatta De Blanc”
  • “Roxanne” (including glorious red lighting over the crowd)
  • Encore I: “King of Pain”, “So Lonely”, “Every Breath You Take”
  • Encore II: “Next to You”
Great time...if you have a chance check out the show...it's well worth it.

cheers,
Michael

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

HELP!! THIEF!!



Well, what a pain...
We have had a burglar...in the middle of the day. I was home....down in the studio, working away. Judy's son was in and out, house all locked up and through a window crept a human spider man. I say this because this is no easy window to ascend...something like this:...okay I'm exaggerating, but still an amazing feat. So in the window, and he snagged a few things...
a watch of mine, my camera, a few things of Judy's, and my laptop
...with everything on it.

Luckily I had everything on an external hard drive....
Oh rats! He decided to take that too!


And then he was gone. I didn't hear a thing, and if I did I must have assumed Ari was still at home. No one knew anything had happened until a neighbor had mentioned that they saw someone jump out of the window. Spry little bastard.

Much of my life has flown out the window...well not that bad...just a pain, because all my email addresses, schedules, class descriptions (photos etc.) gonzo. Some of these items, I have on my computer at home but not the most recent stuff. I almost left my hard drive at home, but brought it just in case something happened to my computer. I was using it to transfer data that morning and left it on the table with it. Oh well....nothing tragic happened, at least.

So a simple request to those who can help...
  1. Anyone who was on my email list, just drop me a line so I can save your info...I have some of this stashed away on my newsletter program back home, but it wouldn't hurt.
  2. Also, I'm trying to recover some of my files relating to workshop proposals. so anyone with class descriptions and images. I would love to have you foreword them my way.
well that's it, a bit of adventure...and I feel a bit violated (blush), El Charro where are you?
M

Monday, January 21, 2008

Dr. Cyclops presents: This Little Piggy Went Wee Wee

Okay I promised y'all a sneak peak into the Laboratories of Dr. Cyclops...and here it is. I have been working on a number of framed pieces involving the mutated hybrids of man and beast. I have about ten done so here's a sneak peak at one of them...this is my ManPig from Hell. I also have a Man-Cow,


A Bulldog-Man,


a Bull-Man,


a Man-Rhinoceros,


a cyclopian Man-headed Bird,


a Woman-Dog,


and an Elphant toddler.

I have more on the way but here's the first peak. It's a slightly different format than you've seen from me. This was a direction the beautiful Judy had offered up as a direction. Originally this head was going to be a Krampus...thus the tounge and the horns...I then removed the horns but ultimatley the horns looked better than without...so ManPig from Hell.


This little piggy went wee wee wee...all over the bones.




Went to the Art Gallery of New South Wales Today...a great retrospective on Australia's most reknowed painter Sydney Nolan. Great exhibit...the painting is phenom...especially if you see some of the techniques he played with throught the years.

Here's more of his work http://www.pictureaustralia.org/nolan/

Monday, January 14, 2008

Where'd my Money Go?

Hey everyone, w'sup?

So Judy and I have been busy making lots of art...though we have yet to start our collaboration...well, that's not entirely true. We were heading to dinner at Keith Lo Bue's and his partner Irena's new home, and at the last minute we decided we needed a house warming gift. So in two hours we put together a Chamsah/book cover/wall hanging. It turned out great, but it was stressful...I hate working like that. Now I know how my students feel right before the art discussion portion of my class when I play the theme song to "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly". I have to admit, though, nothing like a deadline to get some good stuff out of you. It actually turned out quite nice. Unfortunately we didn't have time to photograph it...sorry.

Ms. Wilkenfeld has been quite happy as of late with the arrival of her copies of Cloth, Paper, Scissors. She kept hearing about the article from her blog followers, and although she had seen the article, there is nothing like having the magazine in your hot little hands.

Okay now, we have been spending oodles of time junking and antiquing. We were at a great Antique Fair the other day with hundreds of vendors. And Judy came across a guy with tons of cast iron mechanical banks. I typically would not buy these because I sometimes feel a bit guilty transforming them. Now these are recast versions of a series from 1800s, so my guilt would be a bit less...even so, they are still pretty old. Now here's one that I bought because of Judy (Punch and Judy...I guess I'm Punch...at least Punch Drunk). We thought we could do something with it in my booth at ArtFest (by the way Judy is going to be selling some of her goodies there as well). The coin goes into Judy's frying pan...then Punch whack's her. Nice healthy relationship going on there.

The next one is a hunter at target practice.
You place the coin on the gun and fire it into the stump. By the way, the button is his shoe.
Takes a bit of practice, but saving is hard work.

Now this one is what started all the commotion about the banks. Judy saw this piece and tried to hunt me down in the large auditorium. The Magician Bank...you put the coin under the hat...press the button...the hat lowers and Presto!...the coin has magically vanished!The reason this piece is such a big deal is because my nostalgia about my Grandfather and his amateur magician status. Fond childhood memories. I talk about it in the introduction of my book, Secrets of Rusty Things. I'm not going to alter this piece. It's too nice.

As for the hunter...you may see it pop up for sale.

I have been creating lots and lots of art...it's quite amazing how inspiring Judy has been to me in my work as of late. I'm not going to show any pictures yet...I need to get a few more pieces done in the series first. I will tell you this...I have become a mad scientist...of sorts.Next Blog entry:
The Island of Dr Cyclops and his Bizarre Little Buddies
until then...bye bye

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

It's official! Day of the Dead 2008


Late October and early November is a wonderful time to be in southern Mexico; it is especially amazing in the city of Oaxaca, where the celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is perhaps the most amazing and beautiful event on the planet. A place rich with culture, art and magic. Last November, I was fortunate enough to offer a class during this amazing event in this magical place. Because of the overwhelmingly positive response we had from the experience, Colleen Darling (the event's organizer) and I have decide to return to the Land of the Dead.

This year's class is called:
Retablos from the RandomOne of the most amazing things about Mexico is there knack for transforming the most mundane object into something interesting and artistic. In this art adventure we will be creating shrines using mixed media and found objects...found objects we find wandering through the Mexican town of Oaxaca...the shops, the vendors, the streets, the rooftops...wherever. Old shoes, rusty machine parts, license plates, who knows what we'll find and that is the adventure. Then, back in the class, we will assemble, collage, paint, etc. the work into fruition. I'll also show students how to make little saints, skeletons or diablos out of broken dolls or toys. Mexico is so rich in inspiration when it comes to shrines, that we'll explore a number of possible styles and designs including Nichos, Quadalupes, Ex Votos, Ofrendas and Retablos. Time to turn that trash into treasure. Oh, and don't worry, we'll still have time for margaritas...or better yet mescal.
Along with all of this Colleen is busy organizing cemetery tours during the festivities as well as excursions to various historic sites and visits to the studios and homes of local artisans. As with last year it will, no doubt, be an extraordinary experience that you will not forget...I promise.

If you're interested drop Colleen an email colleen950@gmail.com