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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.

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 • 31.25″ x 55.5″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

Schadenfreude is a German expression meaning “to take pleasure in the misfortune of others.” You see three characters:

  • The hapless victim who is too caught up in feeling sorry for himself to fix the situation
  • The jerk who is satisfied and amused by the greater status he was able, with no effort of his own, to achieved relative to that of his friend
  • The opportunistic ram who takes advantage while the others are distracted
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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 • 34″ x 17.5″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

Before coming to the San Antonio, I hadn’t known of the German culture here and in the Hill Country, much less the mixture of Texan, Mexican and German that I understand is part of what is loosely referred to as Tejano. Being of German decent, I fixated mostly on the polka beat and accordion heard in the folk music of this area, reflecting the 19th century German influence in this part of Texas.

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2014 • 34″ x 17.5″
acrylic, spray paint on used fence pickets

Before coming to the San Antonio, I hadn’t known of the German culture here and in the Hill Country, much less the mixture of Texan, Mexican and German that I understand is part of what is loosely referred to as Tejano. Being of German decent, I fixated mostly on the polka beat and accordion heard in the folk music of this area, reflecting the 19th century German influence in this part of Texas.

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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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