drugstore-cowboy-LO

2014 • 52.75″ x 19.5″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

Everyone has come to calling the full frontal male figures as the “penis paintings.” In 2014 I decided to incorporate a little Texas imagery i.e. cowboys, into the series. Of course I’m not one to explore a topic at just face value.

I’ve seen many people who look like cowboys in Texas, but I’m not sure if any of them actually were. I imagine my path doesn’t cross that of a real working cowboy very often, but I have seen plenty of Texas zealots who fancy themselves, and every cartoonishly macho actor who ever set foot in Texas, as a cowboy.
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2014 • 52.75″ x 19.5″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

Everyone has come to calling the full frontal male figures as the “penis paintings.” In 2014 I decided to incorporate a little Texas imagery i.e. cowboys, into the series. Of course I’m not one to explore a topic at just face value.

Here we see my rodeo clown, for example, with his prop gun, holding a target but somehow managing to shoot himself in the foot. Wikipedia says about Rodeo Clowns:

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2014 • 52.75″ x 19.5″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

Everyone has come to calling the full frontal male figures as the “penis paintings.” In 2012 I decided to incorporate a little Texas imagery i.e. cowboys, into the series. Of course I’m not one to explore a topic at just face value.

I’ve seen many people who look like cowboys in Texas, but I’m not sure if any of them actually were. I imagine my path doesn’t cross that of a real working cowboy very often, but I have been to Austin and have undoubtedly come across plenty of real live hipsters. This piece combines imagery of the hipster with ironic facial hair, tight snap-up western shirt, and redneck beer with the Texas saying of “all hat and no cattle.”

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2014 • 54.75″ x 31″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

The whole idea behind the concept of making paintings that highlight our use of food and the celebrations they’re tied to as a distraction to our existential angst came from a comment I made about art shows being essentially a “self doubt and cheese cubes” scene. So as I continue this series it is only fitting that I name my solo shows the same way.

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2014 • 17.5″ x 36.5″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

There was once going to be a “gamer” themed group show at a relatively well known gallery in San Antonio. I was creating this when I found out it was going to be moved to a grungy independent coffee shop/art studio/gallery in an “emerging neighborhood”. I bowed out, not wanting to do group shows in coffee shops at this point in my career.

Still, I was stuck with this piece, a bit of a departure from my usual work. I like it though. Any GenXer like me can relate to the feeling of bruised thumbnails from pounding that old school Nintendo controller too hard, for too long.

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2014 • 46.75″ x 17.5″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

(After the portrait of Jonathan Buttall by Thomas Gainsborough)

I loved the way the paintings and sculptures of the boy in the blue suit and the girl in the pink dress had a pop culture name of “Blue Boy” and “Pinkie.” We all remember seeing them in the beds and baths of our friends’ mothers, but none of us remember them having any impression other than an un-articulated feeling about their mothers’ bad taste. Later, when I found out everyone had similar experiences, it was great fun. I always wonder though…who among the people I meet today are the children of such women, or do they themselves have representations of these long dead children in their master bedrooms?

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WorldCitizen_LO

2014 • 46.75″ x 17.5″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

(After the portrait of Sarah Barrett Moulton by Thomas Lawrence)

I loved the way the paintings and sculptures of the boy in the blue suit and the girl in the pink dress had a pop culture name of “Blue Boy” and “Pinkie.” We all remember seeing them in the beds and baths of our friends’ mothers, but none of us remember them having any impression other than an un-articulated feeling about their mothers’ bad taste. Later, when I found out everyone had similar experiences, it was great fun. I always wonder though…who among the people I meet today are the children of such women, or do they themselves have representations of these long dead children in their master bedrooms?

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2014 • 15.75″ x 33.25″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

We’ve all been there. We realized as it happened the gateway those railroad crossings can be from one reality into another. Which side is right and which side is wrong is rather relative though.

This is from a series created from imagery derived solely from pictographs found in my collection of wingding and dingbat computer fonts.

Starting from a large selection of these symbols and shapes I made associations and pairings to match preconceived ideas or allowing them to inspire their own themes.

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2014 • 15.25″ x 29″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

The iconic first line of the even more iconic novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Louisville’s own, Hunter S. Thompson. It marks the time when the “drugs began to take hold” on a journey from LA to Las Vegas in a rented convertible.

This is from a series created from imagery derived solely from pictographs found in my collection of wingding and dingbat computer fonts.

Starting from a large selection of these symbols and shapes I made associations and pairings to match preconceived ideas or allowing them to inspire their own themes.

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2014 • 19.25″ x 25.75″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

Meant as a foil to the “Free Range Chicken” piece this painting highlights how odd it is to picture our food as an industrial product rather than one made with love in a kitchen by a grandmotherly figure.

This is from a series created from imagery derived solely from pictographs found in my collection of wingding and dingbat computer fonts.

Starting from a large selection of these symbols and shapes I made associations and pairings to match preconceived ideas or allowing them to inspire their own themes.

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2014 • 19.25″ x 28″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

There are urban chickens and their country cousins the free rangers. There must be some yuppie chickens out there too making a life in the suburbs too. I can’t imagine closely packed houses on postage stamp lots segmented off by warped, sun bleached privacy fences being home to chickens. The constant barking of the pit bulls next door would seem to really hurt egg production and the judgmental Christians, worrying more about their property value than their immortal souls, would surely be shooting daggers from their eyes. But this is happening, I hear. Whatever.

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2014 • 19.25″ x 30″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

Liberals, if they eat meat at all, LOVE them some free ranging chicken. It isn’t just food, it’s a metaphor…and VERY likely to sell.

This is from a series created from imagery derived solely from pictographs found in my collection of wingding and dingbat computer fonts.

Starting from a large selection of these symbols and shapes I made associations and pairings to match preconceived ideas or allowing them to inspire their own themes.

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2014 • 19.25″ x 25.5″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

I don’t know if it is another hipster trend of if raising chickens in the city limits is a post postmodern return to tradition of when people had a little control over their food supply. Maybe some of us will be better prepared for the collapse of civilization than others. Maybe I’ll get hungry and eat them AND their chickens.

This is from a series created from imagery derived solely from pictographs found in my collection of wingding and dingbat computer fonts.

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2014 • 15.5″ x 33″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

The American dream…to willingly live your entire adult life as a debt starved wage slave to the banks in a cracker box, cookie cutter, vinyl clad house in a soulless manufactured “community” of identical structures occupied by racially and economically like-minded individuals of similar political persuasions.

This is from a series created from imagery derived solely from pictographs found in my collection of wingding and dingbat computer fonts.

Starting from a large selection of these symbols and shapes I made associations and pairings to match preconceived ideas or allowing them to inspire their own themes.

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2014 • 19.5″ x 35″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

Many of America’s cities were built with a light rail system in place. 50 years later tracks were paved over for buses. Now we cities looking to light rail to rejuvenate their downtowns that died when everyone bought a car, hit the interstate and drove to the suburbs.

This is from a series created from imagery derived solely from pictographs found in my collection of wingding and dingbat computer fonts.

Starting from a large selection of these symbols and shapes I made associations and pairings to match preconceived ideas or allowing them to inspire their own themes.

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LOLZ

2014 • 30.25″ x 11.5″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

Not just LOL…Multiple LOL’s! A couple against a cityscape looking up and presumably reacting to a shocking image in the sky. The acronym a nod to the computery origin of the images themselves. Are they laughing at the celestial jokester or they being told to?

This is from a series created from imagery derived solely from pictographs found in my collection of wingding and dingbat computer fonts.

Starting from a large selection of these symbols and shapes I made associations and pairings to match preconceived ideas or allowing them to inspire their own themes.

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FUBAR

2014 • 30.25″ x 11.5″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

Fucked up beyond all recognition! Who better to say this than the much maligned accordion player? A couple against a cityscape looking up and presumably reacting to a shocking image in the sky. The acronym a nod to the computery origin of the images themselves.

This is from a series created from imagery derived solely from pictographs found in my collection of wingding and dingbat computer fonts.

Starting from a large selection of these symbols and shapes I made associations and pairings to match preconceived ideas or allowing them to inspire their own themes.

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STFU

2014 • 30.25″ x 11.5″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

Shut the fuck up! Who better to say this than the much maligned accordion player? A couple against a cityscape looking up and presumably reacting to a shocking image in the sky. The acronym a nod to the computery origin of the images themselves.

This is from a series created from imagery derived solely from pictographs found in my collection of wingding and dingbat computer fonts.

Starting from a large selection of these symbols and shapes I made associations and pairings to match preconceived ideas or allowing them to inspire their own themes.

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