Anthropomorphic sculpture, digital photographs, 500x400 and 400x600 pixels, 2009
My friend Amy D was bored yesterday and decided to make a jam band out of stuff she had lying around the house. You're probably thinking that making your own jam band takes days or weeks, but it doesn't. You can do it in 30 minutes! Just follow the five easy steps:
Grab anything you have lying around the house that has a face on it and that you can easily lift (like a stuffed animal or a cookie jar). These will be the musicians.
Collect all of your real instruments (like drumsticks or a harmonica). If you don't have real instruments, make your own out of boxes, toothpaste tubes, or old cans.
Take each of the instruments that you've collected and tape them onto the musicians.
Make up a back-story about a sleazy traveling jam band in the 1970s.
Sit back, have a beer, and watch your band have a fantasy jam session.
Here is Amy's band and their captivating story:
"The band was Vegetable Basics. The year was 1977."
"Raul 'The Boss' Estramado had a bad temper and a problem with authority. He also had a problem with methamphetamines. The other band members dubbed him the leader, not because of his middle-school education or because he claimed to be related to Ulysses S. Grant, but because he frightened everyone."
"The Albertini brothers joined Vegetable Basics straight out of an Idaho penitentiary. If there was one thing the brothers were good at, it was electric guitar and bass. If there was one thing they were bad at, it was saying no to dope and loose women."
"The band's distinctively heavy sound came from the keyboards and there was no better keyboard player in those days than Tommy 'One Ear' Ghiradelli. He was also the shy one of the bunch, but the other guys liked having him around because he studied chemistry in college and knew how to make his own drugs."
"Vegetable Basics had a mighty good run. They performed on Japanese TV and played festivals all over the world, but, like all good bands, they were eventually ripped apart in a tornado of booze, embezzlement, and venereal disease."
Super 8 film, digitally edited, 4:25 minutes, 2008
This film was made for an experimental film class in 2008. It stars Teresa U.
I'd been trying out my rental camera by filming scenes in my neighborhood and creating stop-motion animations of various objects in my apartment. This was my best attempt at pulling all of the footage together into a single project.
You can tell this is serious artwork because it has classical music.
UPDATE: I just realized that with the recent transition to digital TV, the static featured in the film is now a thing of the past. If you are reading this in the future, the static is what used to happen to TV shows when the electrical beams got scrambled in the atmosphere.
Drawing, pen on paper, digital coloring, 500 x 500 pixels, 2009
It's hard to believe that a year has passed since the internet gave birth to this site. In honor of the special occasion, I've created a new celebratory header and tidied up the images on the side bars.
I'm so proud of my little one-year-old that I bought an iPhone as a birthday present! Now I'll be able to make mobile updates from anywhere. Work, home, on the bus, it doesn't matter. I'll be snapping pictures, podcasting, cutting deals. This is like getting called up to the big leagues. VERY EXCITING!
It's sure been a wild year. Here are ten notable posts from the last twelve months:
If you are new to the site, you should also check out the collaborative pieces in The Buddy System series. Because this is a community blog, anyone can send their art projects to firstname.lastname@example.org. You don't have to worry about making bad art because I don't publish anyone's last name. Future employers won't be able to find your sketches of penises and devils.