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Last Day in Maya [19 Oct 2012|08:05am]
[ mood | New Video! ]

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FIRE! [05 Jun 2010|08:49pm]
[ mood | FIRE! ]

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New Video! [20 May 2009|12:23pm]
[ mood | suckie fuckaye ]



Check out the brand new video! It's now available on youtube, or you can watch the high quality version over at garnishfire.com. Enjoy!

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Philadelphia Inquirer Article [21 Mar 2009|03:40pm]

Students at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts dismantle a horse dropped off by a class at Temple University's Tyler School. The Tyler class left horses at three other art schools as well.

Tyler students wage a friendly art war
By Susan Snyder
Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer


For nearly 30 hours, the new art students in town built their self-proclaimed acts of "art war" - eight-and-a-half-foot sculptures of Trojan horses - which they then stealthily installed on the campuses of four Philadelphia arts colleges earlier this week.

"Art war," proclaimed Alyssa Brubaker, 22, a Medford, senior studying at Temple University's Tyler School of Art, which relocated from Elkins Park to North Philadelphia in January.

"We're here now."

The prank, however, had a larger purpose: to open dialogue among students at major art schools in the city.

Chester Zecca, 22, a Tyler school senior from Berwyn, said he often lamented that there was not more communication.

"It's really important for artists to have a strong community, the more the better," he said.

The idea was born in mid-February in an advanced sculpture class when assistant professor Karyn Olivier asked students to think of a project that would require them to work together for an extended period of time, as artists must sometimes do. The group of 12 students decided that a calling card of sorts was the project to embrace.

They invited retaliation from their four targets: Moore College of Art & Design, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the University of the Arts and the Art Institute of Philadelphia. In 100 declarations of war stuffed inside each of the horses, they wrote that they "stand by our gates at full attention waiting for the battle to begin."

Some students at the target schools have already taken up arms, or paint brushes.

"Consider this an official acceptance of your declaration of war . . . and you can expect a prompt and well-crafted response," a Moore student warned on a YouTube video.

Even faculty and administrators were intrigued by the "collegial competitiveness," said Stephen Tarantal, dean of the college of art and design at the University of the Arts.

"We are going to provide a response. . . . in the same spirit," he said.

Tarantal said, however, that some on campus were "concerned" that the Tyler students delivered the lode during a major art exhibition to raise money for scholarships. The school had to quickly dismantle what he called "the gift horse."

And at PAFA, some were miffed that the Tyler students had listed their name wrong - using Philadelphia instead of Pennsylvania - on the declarations.

But students at the academy, founded in 1805, decided to take it in stride and are planning a response, said David Wilson, 35, a graduate student.

"We do feel that it is our responsibility as the oldest art academy in the United States to foster the development of these younger schools and help encourage their growth and maturity," he said.

Tyler students pulled a pizza- and coffee-laden all-nighter to build the horses, which they made with wood and cardboard left over from the school's recent move to Temple's main campus in North Philadelphia.

Some students sewed. Some welded. Some cut and pasted. Others wrote declarations and hung a Tyler flag from each horse's mouth.

The Tyler students and their professor installed the horses in the lobbies and administration centers of the other art schools Tuesday evening.

They encountered no resistance, they said. But there was a lot of curiosity about the ancient Greek symbols.

"The first thing I did was to make sure there weren't a gaggle of students waiting to jump out," Wilson said.
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Philadelphia City Paper - "Don't Look an Art Horse in the Mouth"
Construction of the Tyler School of Art War Horses ~ Video
Moore's Response to the Horses ~ Video
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Imperfect Moments: Mapplethorpe and Censorship Twenty Years Later [02 Mar 2009|12:28pm]

Karen Finley, Tim Miller, Andres Serrano

Imperfect Moments: Mapplethorpe and Censorship Twenty Years Later

On Friday, February 13th, 2009 the Institute of Contemporary Art hosted a symposium at the University of Pennsylvania entitled “Imperfect Moments: Mapplethorpe and Censorship Twenty Years Later”. The symposium was organized to discuss the national controversy that arose following a Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition at the ICA in Philadelphia during 1989. The public outcry at the time was so severe that the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC cancelled their exhibition which was scheduled for later that year. This debate raised many questions concerning the use of NEA funding for fine art which some considered to be “obscene” or offensive”.

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[02 Mar 2009|12:21pm]
When I got on the bus late last night,
the scrolling digital message board
over the door read . . .
Market Frankford Line to 69th Street Station
October 16th, 2028 1:28 AM
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The Rock Opera ~ [09 Jan 2009|11:50am]


Photos by Terry Pratt
From The Rock Opera by Ronnie Nelson
August 29, 2008 ~ Black Rock City, NV

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Paintings ~ Fall 2008 [07 Jan 2009|12:26pm]

Work in Progress ~ 36" x 48" ~ Oil on Canvas

I painted a series of nudes from life this Fall as part of my graduate studies at the Pennsylvania Academy. Several of the canvases are still in progress, although this work will be put aside for the moment as I'm planning to focus on other things during the spring semester. Any comments or criticisms are encouraged.

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Fruit Paintings ~ Fall 2008 [02 Jan 2009|03:00pm]


Apricot, Pear, & Two Grapes ~ 2008 ~ Oil on Canvas ~ 8" x 10"

Here are a few still life paintings I did earlier this month to give away as holiday gifts. I figure that every painter should try to paint fruit at least once in life. The silk scarf they're sitting on came from the Academy Store and also went as a gift to my Mom.

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Pastel Drawings ~ Fall 2008 [02 Jan 2009|01:17pm]
[ mood | draw ]



Here is a collection of pastel drawings I made this fall while working with Scott Noel at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. All of these drawings were produced by working directly from life, which was a really nice change of pace. I spent about 4 or 5 days a week working from live models.

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Sketches ~ Fall 2008 [02 Jan 2009|12:07pm]
[ mood | stuffed ]



Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you all had a good time during the holiday season. Personally I ate, drank, & slept entirely too much over the past few weeks and now I feel stuffed like a turkey. Time to run! Time to work!

Speaking of work, here are some sketches produced this fall during my first semester of study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. These are quick art pieces made for the purpose of exploring new concepts and generating ideas. Most of this work was completed during September and early October.

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Vincent Desiderio [20 Oct 2008|11:17am]
This weekend, I took a master painting workshop with Vincent Desiderio. It was challenging and interesting and I really feel like I got a lot out of the experience. He talked at length about the history of painting and the state of the contemporary art market.

We started with a charcoal drawing from the figure, then shellaced the paper and restated the shadow tones with a shellac based ink. Once this was dry, we painted with oils on top. The surface was extremely smooth and we worked in a semi transparent manner, using the color of the ground in the shadows. Vincent stressed the importance of color temperature when describing light on the form.

Vincent graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy in 1983 and is now represented by Marlborough Gallery in NYC. He has a solo exhibition opening on November 20th. I'm planning to go up to see the show during the weekend of November 22nd & 23rd. If you're in the NYC area, I highly recommend you go see this show if you have the chance.

Marlborough Chelsea
545 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001

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The Buddhas of Bamyan [14 Oct 2008|10:36pm]
In March of 2001 the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamyan in Central Afghanistan with dynamite and anti-aircraft fire. These 1500 year old sculptures were the largest examples of standing Buddha carvings in the entire world. The destruction took place over the course of several weeks, and many world leaders voiced their outrage throughout the process.

Each figure was hand carved directly from the cliff wall. The larger Buddha measured 180 ft tall, while the smaller stood 121 feet tall. Originally there was an outer layer of stucco on the figures that defined the fine details and provided a surface for the monks to paint upon. According to the writings of sixth century Chinese Buddhist pilgrim Xuanzang, the figures were at one time also decorated with gold and fine jewels.

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Barack Obama ~ Philadelphia, PA ~ Oct 11, 2008 [12 Oct 2008|01:23pm]
[ mood | OBAMA! ]

Yesterday, I took the train up to Progress Park at Temple University to see Barack Obama speak before a crowd of about 20,000 people. This was the first of four speeches given yesterday morning at four different locations around Philadelphia.

When I arrived at 7:30 am, thousands of people were already lined up along the sidewalk waiting to get in. There were people up in the trees and on all the rooftops. Once I got up to the gate, I could see tents set up along the sidewalk where the early arrivals had slept the night before.

The crowd was a diverse mix of people from all sorts of backgrounds. The mood was casual and family friendly, but the excitement in the air was palpable. There was an overwhelming sense that we were witnessing something profoundly historic.

Here are two video clips that I found online this morning. The quality of the first clip is a little shaky, but the story he tells is pretty funny. The second clip is higher quality and shows the last ten minutes of his speech.






A friend of mine commented that the four locations that Obama chose for his rallys were all in neighborhoods that had been hardest hit by the sliding economy. Judging by the response I saw yesterday, and by the 50,000 people who came to see Bruce Springsteen at the rally last weekend, I'd say that Philadelphia overwhelmingly supports Barack Obama.

"Obama's Saturday in Philly" News article on MSNBC.com

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30th Street Station [09 Oct 2008|02:23pm]
[ mood | Vivace! ]


30th Street Station ~ Philadelphia, PA

Here are a few photos of 30th Street Station in Center City taken on a rainy night last week with my new Nikon camera. This city continues to amaze me with it's architectural grandeur. I think the 6 years I spent living in LA surrounded by strip malls and taco trucks has given me a new appreciation for classical architecture.

Life here in Philadelphia has settled into an interesting routine. I take the subway to the Academy each day and spend about 10-12 hours in the studio exploring new concepts and ideas. The work has been somewhat frenzied and unusual lately. I'm trying to avoid my regular strategies and work habits in an attempt to find something new and unexpected. The environment the Academy provides is inspiring and I'm trying to make the most of it.

While my gut wants to jump into some large scale paintings, the Academy faculty is advising me to spend more time working on preliminary drawings and exploring new ideas. They're probably right considering I'm only one month into this two year program.


30th Street Station ~ Interior ~ Philadelphia, PA

One of the main benefits of being immersed in an academic setting like this is the availability of live models. Painting from photographs can never compare to the experience one gets working from a live model. Every day there are life painting and drawing sessions going on throughout the Academy. Most of the classrooms have vaulted ceilings with northern skylights. The electric lights are often not even turned on. I'm finding that my life drawing skills are rusty at best. Time to get to work.

Recently, I've been looking at the paintings of Antonio López García. The patience and obsession exhibited in his technique is stunning and downright humbling. I would love to have the chance to see his work in person. Also, I've been looking into the work of ex-Academy directors Thomas Eakins and Robert Henri. There are quite a few original paintings by both of these men on display in the Academy's Museum and in the nearby Philadelphia Museum of Art. Also, I'm signing up for a two day workshop with Vincent Desiderio who is coming down from New York later this month.

I got a DVD from the library recently of early short films by David Lynch. I was surprised to learn that Lynch went to the Academy as a painting student, and first used film as a way to animate a painting he was working on for a class installation. The films themselves were dark and somewhat painful to watch, but explained a lot about where Eraserhead might have come from.

At home, I find myself obsessing over presidential campaign coverage. Barack Obama is coming to Philadelphia to speak publicly on Saturday and I would really like to be there. Unfortunately, he starts in my neighborhood at 8:15 in the morning! I guess I'll have to see what I can do about rousing these lazy bones from bed at that early hour on a Saturday.


30th Street Station ~ Philadelphia, PA

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Updates and Reflections ~ [04 Oct 2008|01:29pm]
[ mood | Obama 08 ]

I saw Ed Ruscha speak at the Fabric Workshop and Museum here in Philadelphia last night. Then later I headed down to Old City for the First Friday Artwalk. There was a large crowd out in the streets and a few notable shows too. I really enjoyed the Jeanine Leclaire Show at Rodger La Pelle Galleries. Also, I was very impressed with the show at Pentimenti Gallery.

Today I'm heading over to the Barack Obama rally in Center City, Philadelphia. Anybody wanna come? It should be interesting. Bruce Springsteen is scheduled to perform. I've been really impressed with Obama's campaign here in Philadelphia. There are volunteers out every day all over the city registering voters and selling posters, buttons, and t-shirts on street corners. I got a silkscreened 'Progress' poster designed by Shepard Fairey for 2 bucks!

Tomorrow, my old friend Brian will be here from Providence hosting a small art show in our home town. Should be a good time.



And I got a new camera. It's a Nikon Coolpix P5100. Nate recommended it and so far I'm quite impressed. This strange little shot above has not been altered in any way.

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Philadelphia, PA [29 Sep 2008|12:36pm]
[ mood | almost civilized ]


City Hall ~ Philadelphia, PA

I made a few changes in my life over the past couple months. I moved from LA to Philadelphia and started graduate studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. I gave my loft to my roommate Satine and took over my brother's one bedroom apartment on Drexel Campus. It's a cozy first floor place with hardwood floors, tall ceilings, and bars on the windows. There are restaurants, coffee shops, and dry cleaners all within walking distance. I feel almost civilized!

I've been eating a ridiculous amount of cheese steaks and hoagies. These are things you can't find in LA. I ride the subway everyday. The train cars and platforms are clean but the tunnels smell faintly of old farts. The city is beautiful but deserted. I spend a lot of time walking the streets and rediscovering this town that I haven't known in so long.

And it rains. Probably about once a week or so. Maybe it's the change of season, I'm not sure. But after spending the past six years living in the dry desert climate of southern California, I welcome a little rain. It's refreshing.

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Black Rock City 2008 [22 Sep 2008|12:34am]
[ mood | suckie fuckie ]



Ladies and Gentlemen! Children of all ages! King Neptune's Journal is proud to present a plethora of photographs portraying the Garnish Fire Conclave's spectacular performance at Kamp Suckie Fuckaye on the evening of Thursday, August 28th! If you weren't there to see the show in person, then this may be as close as you'll ever get. So pay attention! Suckie Fuckaye!

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Factory Art ~ [18 Sep 2008|11:28am]
This is a short paper written for my Tuesday morning Reading and Research Seminar. It's been a few years since I wrote an academic paper so it may be a bit rough around the edges. Please feel free to discuss, debate, or disagree.
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"Aubade - Crown of Glory" ~ 2006 ~ Damian Hirst ~ Butterflies and household gloss paint on canvas

The industrialization of the studio arts began developing as a prominent genre in American culture during the early 1960’s and has grown in popularity ever since. In this model, work is created in a factory by paid employees and then signed and sold under the lead artist’s name. The lead artist directs the production, aesthetic, and vision of the work while the employees create the physical objects available for sale. Notable contemporary artists who have worked in this manner include Andy Warhol, Mark Kostabi, Jeff Koons, Damian Hirst, Dale Chihuly, and Shephard Fairey. Many critics tend to praise this manner of art making as it frees the artist’s hands and allows him/her the luxury of becoming more prolific and acquiring larger profits while simultaneously providing more time for daydreaming, socializing, and conceptual thought. However, others would counter that this process dilutes the artist’s singular voice and reduces the intrinsic value and humanity of the work in question.
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Dan Miller's Picnic ~ [13 Sep 2008|08:20pm]
[ mood | mmm ]



"Monet" ~ Dan Miller ~ Woodcut Print ~ 11" x 15"

I went to a picnic today out at Dan Miller's house in Christiana, Pennsylvania. It was out past Lancaster, about 50 miles west of Philadelphia.

Dan Miller, Head of the Academy's Graduate Program, bought 15 acres of land out in Christiana 45 years ago for $13,000 and has lived there ever since. He's got a 250 year old farm house, a barn, a customized printmaking studio, a wood shop, some cows, and several acres of corn fields. Most of Dan's neighbors are Amish. They waved to us as they rode by in their horse drawn carriages.

The landscape was pastoral and serene. Lush rolling hillsides of cornfields and cow pastures were sparsely punctuated by dense pockets of Pennsylvania forest. The air was thick with the smells of Indian Summer. We sat and ate lunch on the crumbling stone foundation of some colonial building that had collapsed long before I was born. Horses grazed in the field across the street and the landscape stretched out for miles all around us.

In the afternoon we walked through fields of clover and sketched the horizon beneath an old apple tree. We talked art and politics and passed the time in a lazy old way. It was the perfect remedy for my busted up body and soul. I feel renewed.

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