- Book Release and Art Show in Berkeley CA
- Zombie Nation – Limited edition art book
- Zombie Jesus Occupy Your Mind Limited Edition Print
- Zombie Nation Art Book Kickstarter
- The Death of Money
- I’m a Beleiber
- Infinite Lion Cobra, artismobilus project
- The Monsters Birthday Party
- Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep
- Conan The Destroyer
Tag Archives: art
My recent work has centered around ideas of value, worth, illusion and control. What do we value in life, how do we create our own self worth? How do we control our own destinies and how are we steered through life by the influence of others? My zombie series is particularly influenced by these ideas. How are we controlled and influenced by money in defining our day to day decisions on how we run our lives? The first zombies I started were the Undead Presidents – the figureheads on our currency whom we keep alive through commerce. Then came the myriad of other souls captured by foreign nations and printed on their currency. All of these currencies are like so many puppet strings, orchestrating actions and flow of resources throughout the world. How can we break its spell and awaken from our slumber?
Exhibition of altered banknotes runs though summer of 2012 at Oakland Silver and Gold
3929 Piedmont Ave.,
Oakland, California 94611
Monday to Friday: 10AM – 6PM
Saturday: 11AM – 4PM
Pink Slime is the colloquial term used for “lean finely textured beef”, a mixture made of ground up beef trimmings, cartilage and connective tissue chemically treated with ammonium hydroxide, which helps to give it its pink color. It is a favorite of monsters, as they love the greasy boney bits of animals that humans might find less than desirable. Monsters will often have a pink slime feed in lieu of a birthday cake for monster birthdays, as you can see in this charming photo here. A pink slime feed is easy to achieve for your little monsters! Lay down the hop-a-long Cassidy tablecloth, pour on the pink slime and let the party begin!
This piece will be on exhibit in Brooklyn next month
I first created this image back in October of 2010 for my mini zombie coloring book. In light of recent events I felt compelled to “bring this one back to life” so to speak. This one is larger of course, than my mini coloring book version, and it is in color. For the first time in a while this piece felt like it had to happen – I felt compelled to create this image as a response to the media onslaught that has people reveling in the streets because we murdered someone unarmed in their own home.
Some of you out there in internet land might remember the brief fame of our Kittenzilla mural, which we painted and installed on the old Harding theater in San Francisco in November of 2010. Bunnie Reiss, Myself, and our good friend Garrison Buxton produced the piece and installed it as part of the Gallery Heist One year anniversary show. It received great reviews and was instantly welcomed by the local neighborhood and the larger internet community. Unbeknownst to us, we had tapped into an internet meme, and the simple joy of seeing a giant kitten with laser eyes seemed to leave people with a sunny happy feeling. We just like to paint giant kittens.
The location was secured for us through the gallery owner, Julianne Yates, over at Gallery Heist. She assured us the mural would be up for somewhere between two and three months, and that she would contact us when it was time to remove it and replace it with art from another artist. So imagine our horror when Andrew Dalton, who reports for the SFist and runs his own blog the aggressive panhandler that first brought Kittenzilla to the land of the internets, sent us an email that our mural, barely a month old and loved, had been completely defaced. Not just a tag, not repairable, but completely and utterly destroyed, overlaid with the artwork of another. I was baffled, upset and hurt. Who would do such a thing? And why? These questions would soon be answered, but only to create more questions. As word spread of the vandalism, people chimed in with their blog comments, and we tried to get to the bottom of it all.
I sent Julianne Yates from Gallery Heist a message, telling her that someone had defaced our artwork and we would be taking it down. Imagine my surprise when she phone me back almost immediately, and let me know that she had been their while the painting had occurred, and that it was a friend of hers (street artist Gaia) who had done the work, sanctioned by her gallery. I was blown away. How had at least two months become barely more than one, and why had she not contacted us? We had purchased the boards for the installation, done the painting partially in the studio and finished the installation on Divisadero. This was our work of art, and she had no right whatsoever to destroy it. We had plans to relocate the mural once it’s time was up on Divisadero. These are questions that have still not been answered.
Luckily, we had been able to get a good friend and professional photographer to get out there barely a few days before our mural was destroyed and take some nice photographs, so that Kittenzilla may live on. We will be offering high quality prints through Adhoc gallery, so that Kittenzilla may live out its nine lives, even after the original is no more. We are interested in finding more spaces to bring our giant kitten love to as well, so if you have a wall available in the bay area let us know!
What many people told us is that they loved the positive, playful energy of Kittenzilla, and that we will try and keep moving- we hope to make lemonade out of lemons and move forward into 2011 with a positive, playful vibe, bringing more giant kittens to a neighborhood near you.
The amazing Bunnie Reiss and myself recently finished this painting for the Gallery Heist one year anniversary show at Gallery Heist in San Francisco. ( See it in person! Until November 27th at the Gallery Heist annex space 1036 Hyde st @ california- call gallery for hours) It was the first in our new kitten series, and the inspiration for our Lazer cats Kittenzilla mural on Divisiadero, next to the independent in San Francisco. More Kittens to come!