Inspiration + Influence: James + “Moving On”

James is one of a few musical acts I’ve caught multiple times (4 to be exact- 1997, 1999, 2011 and 2012).  They have several qualities I admire – positive vibes, unpretentiousness, energy, leftist politics, pro-women and pro-gay.  They write songs that are artistic and relatable to the average bear, not an easy combination.  “Moving On” is one of those perfect combinations, the message of which is even more expertly communicated by Ainslie Henderson’s stunning video with yarn people.

Can emotion be communicated without faces, by inanimate objects?  Absolutely.  These yarn people will break your hear and fill your heart.  I know exactly what it’s like to have a parent dying in a hospital bed and what it’s like the first time your baby clutches your thumb.  I feel very strongly that art should be about actual human experiences and not esoteric questions of the art world.

I’m working on ways to bring the clay sculpture and photography I do closer together and this gives me a lot of inspiration.

This may be my favorite music video of all time.

Artificial Human – “Unconsciousness” Music Video

Artificial Human – “Unconsciousness” Another collaboration with model and singer Luxbot Lacheln.  I remember writing this around the time I saw the movie “Drive” and falling in love with the main song “Real Human Being” by College + Electric Youth.  Our song features a similar single octave arpeggio and some melodic strings alongside dreamy vocals, though the Artificial Human song only has one word to it!  Lacheln and I filmed this video in about 2 hours at her house with 3 costume changes being pulled magically from thin air. THE ARTIFICIAL HUMAN LP GODDESS (featuring this song) IS NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES AND AMAZON!

Ammalynn + Friends

Ammalynn + Friends

Model Ammalynn with real live worms coming out of her eyes and mouth. I xeroxed the image, exacto-knifed the holes, bought worms from Wal-Mart and had an interesting time getting them to “act.” Then I gave them a moist shady home in my garden.

The model knew we were going to have an image like this and she was really into the idea, which is exactly what you as the photographer want. Last year someone told me “I have no wish to appear decapitated,” and I quickly dropped that shoot. I’m not saying everyone should love a photographer or director’s ideas, but if there’s conflict better to just drop the whole thing and work with people who gel.

This is part of my ongoing “Scream Queens” series, which I began a couple years ago and thought I had said everything I could say. There have been a lot of variations on the theme, and it turns out I have a lot of previous work that fits in with the series.

This particular idea was based on Halloween 3, where Halloween masks melt a person’s head and bugs come rocketing out of the eye sockets. I also saw a similar thing on the PowerPuff Girls involving cockroaches. I may get around to doing a cockroach version, my cat usually presents me with dead cockroaches during the hot summer months when they invade my laundry room…

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Artificial Human – Play Dead music video

Artificial Human – Play Dead

featuring Luxbot Lacheln (lead vox) Glass Olive (backing vox) who also model in the video. 3rd model is Ammalynn. Lacheln’s alienwear by Dan Richters. Music and video are all by me.

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Review: National Gallery of Macedonia

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Simon Semov – Child Sitting In The Apple Garden 1980

There are rare artistic institutions where I just like everything that is within the walls.  The Anderson Contemporary Arts Museum in Roswell, NM, leaps to mind, as well as the Mesa Arts Center where I also happen to teach classes.  These institutions are examples where quality meets craft minus the pretension.  This May I was fortunate enough to find another museum that inspired me with its collection:  the National Gallery of Macedonia.

Founded in 1948, it’s located in a downtown Skopje building that used to be a Turkish Bathhouse dating to the 15th century.  It’s also the first museum I’ve been in where the attendant tells us he’s locking us in so he can run and get a sandwich.  Ah, Macedonia.

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Aleksander Ivanoski-Karadare – Lottery Ticket Seller 1981

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New Ceramic Masks

2013 was a revival of making ceramic masks for me, and in 2014 I’ve been able to get a better workflow of creating around 30-40 masks in a 2 month period and getting them glazed/ fired/ photographed in the 3rd month.  This batch was a pretty even split between Nobodies (weirdos I make up in my head), Pop Culture characters, cultural guys that reference things like Noh Masks and mythology, and animal faces that give alternatives to hanging innocent dead creatures in your house.  I had quite a few requests too, and I can’t make a batch of masks without Futurama or Simpsons guys showing up.  Here’s 18 of the latest characters, most of which are available on my Etsy and Ebay.  2014-07-08 16.25.55 2014-07-07 20.27.57

Americana Swimwear in Seattle

Americana Swimwear in Seattle

Happy 4th of July!

Whenever I do submissions, I dig around what I have, what I’ve been working on, old stuff that I can crowbar into new series. Here’s one I found from 2011 I think, model is Laura Jean Marie in Seattle. Really good model and we came across this Americana village shop area that matched the Bonsoir Bella swimsuit top. I think Aly Fugit did the makeup. Not an image that’s gonna make it in any art show or print but a shot I like, it has a nice feel.

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