Thursday, November 02, 2006

Show and Tell #002

A few charicatures to chew on. What did we do to deserve these turds? (The guys, not the drawings. Right? Not the drawings! Right?) Dont know. They are sure fun to draw. They are really charicatures in real life. You go, Rum-bum. Rush Limbo and the littlest loudmouth, Howard. -Stev

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Tour.............001

First stop. Henry's desk drawer. Hmmm. Lets see. A snake bite kit? WTF? Heres a small snapshot of Henrys room when he was in art school. I remeber some of those pieces on the wall. Snot rags. Oh, he says eye glass cleaners. There are an awful lot of knives in this drawer. And the loneliest condom package in the world. Nice. And "my" proportion scale. Hey. A Hoyt Wilhelm baseball card. One of the great knuckelballers. Can I have this? (He says no.) -Steve

Monday, October 30, 2006


Ann Gale. What can I say that can compliment her. Its like no other work I know. "I consider myself a formalist. Very concerned about the medium itself. And not just representational but more the abstract issues. I think of them a lot. The more psychological things that come through my work have a lot to do with the formal decisions. Things that a colorist would decide. Or a minimalist...." That from Ann herself. -Hoff

Sunday, April 02, 2006


Elliott Arkin. I looked everywhere for an article I have on EA. To no avail. Lets see. What can I tell you that requires no real effort. Hmmm. He is currently working right now. Many of his pieces are very small. (see the andy warhol in the slide) IN fact, I think all of these pieces are quite small. The last show of his I have on record is at the New York gallery, Artek Contemporaries. Hey, I just found his web site. HERE.

The gentelman in the red jump suit is Al Hershfield, the caricaturist. EA's work is right on. Beautifully modeled and with a great sense of humor. Check out the sculpures on his web site of people nailed to the wall. Excellent! -Hoffman

Saturday, April 01, 2006

The Wacky World on Art ......#001

Well, he's back. If you missed Matthew Barney's The Cremaster Cycle last year you missed not only big art with big ideas but a whole lot of tastemakers fawning over Barney and his big ideas. He is now back with a new movie/concept. Drawing Restraint 9. The quirky title alone lets us know we are in for big ideas. Big! But, alas, not everybody falls for this shit. The following is Richard Brody of the New Yorker's take on the new Barney fare:

"The Simple Life" for a pair of self-important artworld celebrities. With a combination of lavish pageantry and industrial exertion, the Nisshin Maru, Japan's last whaling ship, sails off from Nagasaki Bay. Along with its crew, it carries two guests, Matthew Barney and Bjork, who submit to elaborate rituals of tonsure, pomade and dress at the hands of solemn bearers whose job it is to keep from laughing at their employers' airs. They partake of a classical tea ceremony in an unabashed display of Oriental kitsch that makes "Memoirs of a Geisha" look like an ethnographic documentary. As their berth fills with what might be water or whale oil, the couple lovingly carve each other up into human sushi. Barney, the director of this unbearably empty spectacle, has in effect filmed at great expense the couple's designer-sightseeing cruise, with little more skill and vastly more pretense than the average tourist.

Thank you, Richard Brody (of the New Yorker), at least we know there is one person who sees through the murky waters (or whale oil) of fine art. -Hoffman

Friday, March 31, 2006

Studio 101......#001

And now its that time of the show were we share studio tips that really work. As opposed to the studio that don't work. Lighting. For those of you who have a custom made studio built by your doctor/lawyer/indian chief husband and have northern sky light to work from, you can skip this little portion of the show. As struggling artists, we resent your money and time and nice cloths and vacations to Italy, where I will never get to go ... and have an espresso machine worth more than my '92 Camry and having subscriptions to nice art magazines so you dont have to "borrow" them from the local library where they never get read anyway. Lighting. One word. Solux. I have a track lighting system that focuses six Solux lights onto my easel. (See third photo) The track lighting can be purchased at Home Depot for about $50 as I recall. This is for three lamp units. More can be added. Solux lamps are MR16 bulbs, so make sure you get this type of set up. The bulbs you want to get are 50 watt, 36 degree 4700 Kelvin. This is the closest to daylight short of having a doctor husband who can build you a studio with northern sky lights. (Bitter, isnt he. -Steve) The first and second photos show Solux task lamps used on my palet. You need two to cover the surface if you paint off of a palet like this. I bought mine at Dick Blick. Do yourself a favor and get some good lighting. Besides, we work when the sun is not shining, so it does'nt matter if we have northern light.-Henry

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Show and Tell #001

Howdy, y'all. This is a recent painting, an oil on masonite. I love painting on masonite but have recently purchased about $600 in linen and stretchers. Rabbit skin glue and oil primer. There is no way getting around the mess. But have you priced out prestretched oil primed linen canvas. Yow! This is a painting of an artist friend named Bill Brinker. The image is of him at an art show, doing what artists do at these shows. The title is Artist/Pearls. 24"x30". It has been accepted into the International Salon show in San Antonio, Tx in May. It is great getting into shows, but when you add up all the cost, it is not cheap. I guess the hope is always to get exposure. -Steve