March 30, 2007 at 8:50 pm (art, culture, drawing, interesting, life, painting, personal)

The band The Reverse used some of my work for their album cover. Actually, this whole thing went down ages ago, but because of convoluted reasons I only got to finally hold the CD in my hands today. And I am pleased to report: It’s awesome!!


(I know, I know – worse picture ever. It’s just that I wanted to get a pic of the CD as a CD, if that makes sense. Like I wanted it to be instantly identifiable as a CD rather than just a pic of my artwork. If you go to The Reverse’s site, they have a much, much better image.)

Anyway, I was thrilled to have them use my work and it’s great to finally see and hear the finished product. (There’s more artwork on the back of the CD, too!) A really nice capper to a really strange week. Hooray!


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Registration time

March 28, 2007 at 6:02 pm (art, culture, teaching)

Everyone’s walking around with their reg books and a dazed look in their eyes. Here is, starting with the summer, my teaching schedule for the next year. Sign up for my classes! I’d love to see you.

(All classes are at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, unless otherwise noted.)

Expressive Drawing to Music (FDC-2089A – part of the continuing education program),
Wednesdays 6-9pm, June 6th – July 18th
This is going to be a really fun class that is probably best suited for beginners, although all levels are welcome. It’s all about interpreting music through art, and I will be putting together an amazing playlist of really eclectic music. And yes, live music too! I really want this to be the perfect summer treat – hanging out in the evenings, making a huge mess, listening to music, and drawing. Yeah! Open to all!

Under the Influence (summer session) (AHC-2428A) (continuing education)
Thursdays, 6-8pm, June 7 – July 26
An abbreviated version of my Fall class on “altered states” (ie, mental/physical illness, religious visions, drug/alcohol use) and their influence on the creation of art. Open to all!

Visual and Critical Studies Workshop (SVA pre-college program)
Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm, July
This class will be an investigation into three key concepts championed in 20th century art-making practices: collage, process, and site-specificity. Every class will feature an historical lecture and discussion of some of the key figures involved in each practice, enabling the students to get a head-start on some of the grounding concepts of Modern and contemporary art. Assignments will involve a variety of media, including but not limited to: painting, drawing, design, digital photography, installation, performance, and sound. This class offers students a chance to sample a variety of different disciplines and ideologies in a hands-on manner, in the pursuit of a practice that reflects their individual interests. Open to high school students in SVA’s pre-college program.

Aldrich Museum’s “Art Daze”
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Aug. 7-9
Ok, this one isn’t at SVA. It’s at the Aldrich Museum in CT, and it’s a workshop on making pop-up books for 8-12 year olds. We’re going to be writing our life stories and then zeroing in on some key events, and illustrating them via pop-up. Open to um, 8-12 year olds.

Under the Influence (full version), Art History Department
Wednesdays, 12-3pm
See above, only this version is more expanded and in-depth. A discussion of artists that have been inspired by altered states, like Salvador Dali, William Blake, Judith Scott, and many others. Open to Sophmores, Juniors, and Seniors – but fills up really fast.

Foundation Drawing (Honors program),
Thursdays, 12-6
Foundation Drawing (Visual and Critical Studies program)
Fridays, 12-6
Required freshman drawing class for the programs listed above. Fall semester is primarily drawing from life and a crash course in the “visual world.” I love to work my drawing classes pretty hard, so be warned. Open to freshman in the above programs.

Understanding Kitsch, Art history department
Wednesdays, 12-3pm
My favorite class of all time to teach (“Under the Influence” is a very close second!). Yes, it’s a class about the history of useless, banal objects and their influence on art history. Lots of reading, but also really fun. Open to Sophmores, Juniors and Seniors, all majors.

Foundation drawing, (Honors)
Foundation drawing, (Visual and Critical Studies)
A continuation of the fall classes.

I have my work cut out for me! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of these classes and I’d be happy to answer them as best I can.

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More feedback, please.

March 27, 2007 at 11:23 am (art, culture, drawing, interesting, life, painting, personal, second life, secondlife, thoughts)

I’ve been thinking about making a travelogue of my “adventures” in Second Life. My thoughts behind this are that everything that I dislike about SL could actually be resolved in drawings of the space. They could be made more:
feminine (although I’m not even so sure what I mean about that)

…at least to me.

What’s interesting to me about this project is my reaction to the space, just like how in other work, what interests me is my reaction to politics or the news, etc. This is about injecting me into a space (SL as a whole) I see as being sterile and lifeless.

Basically, I’m a mess, and I’m just trying to bring my messiness to this clean world. This is a first, very timid step in that direction.

Anyway. Here’s the drawing:

watercolor drawing of zen center in second life

It’s of my friend Neal Nomad’s (that would be his SL name) Zen Center, one of my favorite places in SL. I want to make a little diary of all the places I go to, along with my rambling text.

If you want to see it bigger, go here.

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New drawings, 3/25/07

March 25, 2007 at 6:27 pm (art, culture, drawing, interesting, life, painting, personal)

Here are two new ones I worked on over the weekend. One of my ongoing obsessions is this idea that we don’t really know what we look like. Like, short of building a wax replica of myself (and even that would be an approximation), I truly don’t know what I look like, because the closest I’ve ever gotten to seeing myself is either a reflection (which reverses the image) or a photo (which flattens it, which mirrors do too).

I don’t know, that’s the kind of thought that freaks me out if I really think about it for a while.

Anyway, here are the drawings:


See the second one bigger and better here.

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Art tour? (your feedback, please)

March 23, 2007 at 11:07 am (art, culture, drawing, interesting, life, painting, personal, sculpture)

Alison and I have been talking about this for a while, ever since I saw Paperrad speak at SVA last semester: Some sort of way to take art “on tour,” like a band goes on tour; bringing art into temporary spaces like people’s homes, bookstores, etc., outside of NYC.

I’m still not 100% sure what this means. What I’ve been envisioning is a cross between a tupperware party on one end of the spectrum and a garage band playing in your basement on the other. Meaning: Either a really sedate evening of sitting around with friends, passing art around and talking about it (and trying to sell it), or a really crazy night of guerrila-style art, thrown together and everyone invited. Or a combination of the two, which actually is what I think would work best. Something that’s sort of part art, part art fair, part travelling side-show, part something else. We’d invite the neighbors, local museum people (if there is a local museum), college students, and so on.

The art we’d take with us would have to be cheap – no way in hell am I checking $5,000 paintings with my luggage. But stuff like art zines, cheap drawings, little stuff (things like my pop-up or the girls you can smash to get a drawing) would be great. People who work in DVDs and videos are perfectly suited for this – we could easily screen stuff. We could do slide presentations of friends’ art even if we can’t take their work with us physically. There’s also stuff we could do on the spot (I’m picturing a book made after the fact of, say, “A site-specific installation in Bryan Campen’s basement” or whatever) that could be assembled really cheap and torn down afterwards. Just something to stimulate a conversation about art.

This could be really fun or really hellish. But I think, at least in the beginning, it would be fun. And it can culminate in us taking over a hotel room in Miami and doing this during the fair in December – which could be terrific and an absolutely perfect place for it.

Anyway. I’m clearly getting too excited about this. But here’s what I need from you:

1. Does this sound like a good idea to you?
2. If so, do you know of a venue (your home, some other place) outside of NYC where we could do this? (In May would be great, but I’ll keep it open.)
3. Would you be interested in contributing some art?

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New drawings, 3/18/07

March 18, 2007 at 6:24 pm (art, culture, drawing, interesting, life, personal)

Here are a few new ones. I wanted to rework some old ideas new ways, and here’s what I came up with:


(Oooh, she’s been Kusama-ed!!)



Also, someone was asking me recently about the scale of these drawings. Almost everything on the blog is 5 x 7 inches or smaller, simply because it’s really the only scale that looks halfway decent in this format. I have other work in other sizes, but as far as blogging goes… well, it doesn’t really make sense to put the bigger stuff right now.

So basically, that means that the size you’re seeing on your computer screen is probably just about the size of the real drawing. I really would like these to all be installed like a cluster, such as:


…ok, that’s a silly installation I know, but it should give you a sense of what I mean. And I threw in the ruler there on the bottom to be extra-helpful in terms of visualizing the sizes of the drawings, but I’m not so sure it really does anything in that regard. When I get more done, I’ll actually install them in our bedroom (which has one of the only good, clean, smooth, pock-mark-free walls in our apartment) and take a shot.

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Little drawing (3/17/07)

March 17, 2007 at 7:49 pm (art, culture, drawing, personal)


This drawing, like most of them on the blog, is really tiny – 4 x 6 inches. I’ve started laying them all out next to each other and I’m really happy with the result…

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Doll parts (I guess)

March 15, 2007 at 11:44 pm (art, culture, interesting, life, personal)

Killing time between meeting a student and heading over to the reception at school, I headed into our nearby Barnes and Noble, where I (somehow – it’s sort of a blur right now) wound up staring uncomfortably at a magazine designed for people who like to make clothes for their dolls. Like really insanely detailed clothes, and doll-sized shoes and purses, too.

After the reception, Isabel and I started talking about Hans Bellmer, which again brought up the idea of dolls. Honestly, I’m a lot more comfortable with his fucked up dolls than I am with the squeaky clean, this-is-just-a-hobby! dolls from the magazine, but whatever.

And then, just now, I happened across this blog:

I’m beyond confused, but kind of in love with it.

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Small drawing (3/15/07)

March 15, 2007 at 12:36 pm (art, culture, drawing, life, painting)


Watercolor, pencil, collage; 6 x 4 inches.

It feels good to finish something.

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Catching up

March 13, 2007 at 9:01 am (art, culture, drawing, interesting, life, painting, personal)

I know, for an incessant blogger like myself, it’s been ages.

I’m working on a series of large (for me) drawings and paintings that are very slow going. So there hasn’t been too much progress to show. Here’s a little piece of a drawing:


It’s these figures running along a lake, and their bodies are being reflected in the water below. What you’re seeing is just a tiny corner of the overall drawing, so it’s really nowhere near done yet.

I’ve had this weird, pea-soup fog of depression drift over me in the last 24 hours, that has left me wanting to do nothing but draw today. Specifically, I want to draw really simple little drawings that can be done with, and put aside these larger works at least for today. That’s very frustrating to me; I want the larger works done and they’re going so well and I have the time today to whip them into shape, etc. But I think I’m finally at the point where I’m willing to acknowledge that I have to listen to this mood and at least try and accomodate it, even if just for a few hours.

Hm. I think the “insane” ramblings may be back.

More soon, I’ll bet.

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