Hearts & Kisses for Valentine’s Day

14 Feb

Miriam Schapiro, Pagoda, 1982.

Jim Dine, Walla Walla Heart on a Rock, 2005.

Robert Indiana, Love, 2006 (New York City).

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2003.

Picasso, The Kiss, 1969.

Ed Paschke, Kiss 1, 1996.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, In Bed: The Kiss, 1892.

René Magritte, The Lovers, 1928.

Man Ray, Untitled, 1922.

Praxis Makes Perfect | Trial & Error: On Teaching with Beverly Fishman

10 Feb

My newest article for Art21 features an interview with my mentor in graduate school, Beverly Fishman, who shares her thoughts on being a teaching artist. Read the entire post here.

“Being an artist is a very rich and self-directed life. The rewards are great because you are living out your own vision, but you have to work very hard at it.” — Beverly Fishman

Image courtesy of the artist and Galerie Richard, New York, NY.

Top 10 Memes of Occupy Wall Street

29 Dec

Occupy Wall Street!

I wrote an article for Art21 on Occupy Wall Street and how it has been shaped by its internet memes. You can read the article, “Top 10 Memes of Occupy Wall Street” here.

Below are several images that did not make the cut…

Happy Holidays!



F for Fre$h! | Praxis Makes Perfect

12 Dec

In my post this month for Art21, Artist Beverly Fre$h and author Gigi Rosenberg offer pointers on funding for artists. Read the article here.

Work in progress

16 Nov

There are new paintings in my studio but they are all still very unfinished. It’s been a long time since I’ve shown any images of my own work on this blog, so tonight I am posting a picture of one of my new paintings in progress… 


11 Nov

Yesterday my newest article for Art21 posted about the incredible performance artists Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw. You can read about how these two young artists make ends meet, rat tails and much more here.

My fellow alums, Jen and Paul will be featured at the grand re-opening of the Cranbrook Museum of Art today, November 11, 2011 as featured in The New York Times!

2.1 Million American Artists!

3 Nov

This month the National Endowment for the Arts released a study that examines the demographics of the country’s artists. Here are some of the highlights:

  • There are 2.1 million artists (defined as the following: Actors, Announcers, Architects, Dancers and choreographers, Designers, Fine artists, Art directors, Animators, Musicians, Other entertainers, Photographers, Producers, Directors, Writers & Authors) in the United States.
  • These artists make up 1.4% of the total workforce, and 6.9% of the professional workforce.
  • Artists in America are 3.5 times more likely than the total U.S. workforce to be self-employed.
  • Over half of all artists have received at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • Women artists earn $0.81 cents for every dollar earned by men artists. This gap is similar to that in the overall labor force (where women earn $0.80 cents for every dollar earned by men).
  • To no one’s surprise, New York and California have the most artists.

Jane’s Carousel

21 Oct

Photos of Jane’s Carousel and the Brooklyn Bridge at night.

“The Brooklyn Bridge Blues”

by Jack Kerouac

I looked at the red winter
disgusting dusk of the world,
saw the alleys beyond,
Brooklyn, Wolfe’s redbrick
jungle (that I’d only
last night walkt, unto
Gowanus Cana!)—-O!
–& I remembered the dreams
the dreams about racks
and Joan Adams and drear
and a tear appeared
in my eye over the river
on the Bridge of Sights
that as soon as I’d
(c r o c o d i l e)
crossed it, had taken
me to the shore
I was looking for!
Svaha! I am
the perfect man
the Buddha of This World

End-troducing | Praxis Makes Perfect

14 Oct

My first post for the new column Praxis Makes Perfect at Art21 is now online! In this post, I introduce myself to readers.

I have also included a selection of work and a few words from 13 recent MFA graduates. Check out what they have to say about being a young artist!

Here is the link to the article, “End-troducing” | Art21.

Big thanks to all the artists who contributed to this post:

Amanda Long, N. Sean Glover, Ely Kim, Christian Benefiel, Christi Birchfield, Mary Reid Kelley, Johanna Wolfe, Jordan Wayne Long, Robin Walker, Brie Ruais, Brendan Clark Smith, Lauren Ruth, Joy Holland, Satoru Nihei, Santtu Mustonen

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Occupy Wall Street

10 Oct