[peep.show.]@[Black.Earth.Gallery]

What an amazing collection of art from incredibly geographically diverse group of amazing artists! I'm glad this silkscreen was accepted- especially since I made it specifically for this show, which was themed on "peep shows". This was created from vintage pinups, digital drawn, and screen printed.

"Vintage pinup #2," 14x14, digital drawing and silkscreen. 

"Vintage pinup #2," 14x14, digital drawing and silkscreen. 

[.NEW.][!!!!]

I'm pretty excited about this one. It's the first print I've done with my large format printer, so I can increase my scale and resolution! I'm glad to finally be done with laser prints on transparencies. 

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[.CHEAP.ART.SALE]

This was the first time I've sold art at an 'art fair' type event but it went surprisingly well. It was cool to see what people look at and talk about.  

 

This was hosted at Public Space one & Iowa city press coop. 

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[.life.drawing.] [random.4.2016.]

I've been going to drawing regularly, and generally producing work I'm proud of, however I haven't completed much else... or so it seems at first glance... I mean- I have a few silkscreen projects slowly progressing, and photographing tons of abandoned school buildings, but not quite as much visible progress as I would like. I think for me the fact that all of my projects are still in progress, as opposed to completed, makes me feel like I haven't been working enough.

After mentioning the things I'm working on I suddenly feel like I'm busier. I need to try harder to appreciate the things i'm working on, as opposed to just the things i've completed. 

[.LUSH.VIBES.][EXHIBTION]

I'm honored to be included in a recent exhibition in Brainerd, Minnesota. 

"The Franklin Arts Center Resident Artists Gallery presents Lush Vibes, our 3rd Annual Spring Juried Exhibition. This year, we are excited to announce that Sam Bruno is our guest juror for this exhibition. This show will be on display in our gallery from late March through April. Gallery Hours are Wednesday - Saturday 10am-5pm. "

 

[abandoned.photography]

It's been a while since I've taken photos in an abandoned building but I recently got the itch to do some urban exploring. I did a bit of research online to find places and google earth to confirm where they are and currently have a long list of places I'd like to go to. On our first trip this weekend I took 64 GB of HDR photos and have begun processing them. They should be here soon.

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Im hoping to plan another trip within the month.

Recharging

The weekend before last I had a chance to get to the Chicago Institute of Contemporary Art and see the Van Gogh Exhibition of his bedroom paintings. It was nice to see some art and recharge a bit. I absolutely love the Art Institute- I could have easily spent all day there, except for a brief bout of art-fatigue.

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I was really reminded of my 20th Century art history classes and how much I enjoyed them. 

[random.happenings]

Random happenings (in pictures) 

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Im still proceeding with my musician series and really happy with how my print quality and registration has improved. I'm also starting to work on some old linoleum cuts, which will be a nice change of pace.  

[.C.M.Y.K.][.SOUP.]

I took a week off for a quick vacation to Florida (and catch a photography convention) and also haven't posted in a while so I thought I'd just post a few pics from tonight. 

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[.life.drawing.2.9.16]

This was an 1.5 hour pose broken into 3 sittings. It was drawn with pencil on small paper, 9x12. I like it. 

[.life.drawing.2.7.26]

These are large drawing with charcoal and a 2 of them have some pencil too, but really they're mostly charcoal. I'm digging them though. They are in order that they were drawn. Each was a 25 minute pose.

[future'ing]


I'm hoping to get back to printing more regularly- I took a week off and totally feel like I'm behind. 

Regarding Prints-
I think I need to:

1- continue collage screen images

2- print editions of food

3- document work from previous year

4- get back to copper plate work

I really need to figure out how much I want to continue screen printing while I get back into metal plate work....... I'd like to say one way or another but I know what will end up happening is the exact opposite of what I predict.... honestly I think it would be cool if I continue screen printing while I work on dry point work but i'm not sure if ill be okay with splitting my time that much.

[life.drawing.1.3.2016]

Welcome 2016! Today we did 20-40 minute poses and I initially tried blind-line drawing but immediately felt unconfident and unhappy with my start. I quickly decided to just draw with a pencil. There are somethings I like about these drawings, and things I dislike too. I really like the 1st image- It just has lovely distortion and line quality. It really makes me want to draw with pencil more... but I haven't decided what to draw with next....

 

2015 in review

Lately I've been thinking about the fact that I've had an incredibly productive year. I've even said those words a dozen times lately. 

This year I've turned the volume to 11 on my screen printing, participated in a couple art shows, and had a chance to really grow as an artist. I'm incredibly happy with this year and can't wait to see what 2016 will hold.

Things are changing quickly in my life and I'm very pleased with how everything has turned around. I'm both excited and nervous to go back to school for something other than art- however I firmly believe that creating art will always be a major part of my life and maybe having a job that is less dependent on creativity will save some energy for me to create in my spare time. I think a career change will also open tons of possibilities for me, especially since I'm going to school for a mobile occupation; there are CNC positions in every state. I am chomping at the bit to do CNC prints!

I think I've basically exhausted my exploration of what I can do with a photoshop job. I haven't learned anything new and haven't been inspired from photoshop for the past 3 years. I come home creatively burnt out, feeling like I'm drudging the bottom of an empty well. I'm excited to do something different and feel alive again. I think it will also be cool to do something that will keep me diverse and well rounded (I'm going to have to get better with numbers and math!).

This year has also brought me a serious relationship with a girl that I find myself falling deeper and deeper in love with.  I never would have guessed I'd find someone that is so encouraging and inspiring to me. Half of my artistic growth this year is directly connected to this person and for this I am grateful.

I cant wait to get new stuff posted! In the past 2 months I've created 10+ printed images!

October 17th: Coe Alum Show, The Cherry Building, Cedar Rapids, IA


November 17th: Margins of the Multiple, Public Space one, Iowa City

The theme of this art show was graffiti (specifically wheat paste). Since I had already been working on images of food, and had a cmyk print of a hot dog, I thought approaching the "Flying Wienie" would be a great way to; 1-legally paste up my art up, and; 2-use a place that I like. It seemed like a no brainer to me.

I heard the owner was kind of tough but I really had no problem getting him to agree to letting me do this. Feel free to check out the hot dog wheat paste behind the restaurant.. and get a Chicago dog while you're there! 

 

[life.drawing.11-21.15]

Whoa~ It's been a LONG TIME since I've posted anything here. I'd like to say that I will be posting more stuff and more regularly but honestly I'll probably be posting sporadically as usual.

I hadn't attended life drawing group in a while but had a decent session. Here are the two drawings that I felt were worth posting.

I've been super productive in the last two months. I'll be updating my galleries soon with finish work. Check back!

[Life.Drawing:August]

My studio has been under construction for a month and a half, so i've been unable to photograph any work until now! 

I think August was a great month for life drawing!