Artist as Rock & Roll Enthusiast (aka ARE) Post: 18
I know it seems like all hell is breaking loose in the United States. I know there’s bullshit flying around you in every direction. I know it seems like the virus is never going to leave us. I know you’re concerned for your safety and the safety of your loved ones.
I also know it’s Saturday night! Time to make some boogie down productions of your own. Time to get up, get up, get, get, get down with this techno electro classic. Seriously, I love this jam.
Artist as Rock & Roll Enthusiast (aka ARE) Post: 8
I’ve always liked the Cult. A chameleon of a band. However, this post isn’t about them. Maybe another day.
This post is about current events. I was simply reminded of this song of theirs today when watching the news of the election results last night. You can draw your own conclusion. Just remember, there’s a song for everything.
Artist as Rock & Roll Enthusiast (aka ARE) Post: 7
Part three of my concert trifecta is tonight. The band is Howlin’ Rain, a band I’ve wanted to see for 10 years. The venue is the Earl. My favorite little venue in Atlanta. It’s gonna be great.
Howlin’ Rain was formed by Ethan Miller to pursue a more melodic sound in his music and express the influence of growing up in Northern California’s Lost Coast. Previously Miller fronted Comets On Fire, a heavy noise rock band. Howlin’ Rain have been described as a combination of psychedelia, blues, funk and classic 1970s arena rock. All of those are great in themselves. Howlin’ Rain combine it all in a sound that fills a space with soulful authenticity.
Howlin’ Rain’s new album The Alligator Bride is a return to form and their best since the aptly titled Magnificent Fiend from a decade ago. My favorite song on their latest album happens to be one they made a video for. Check out this thunderous track called “Missouri.”
Artist as Rock & Roll Enthusiast (aka ARE) Post: 6
Once again, it’s time to fight trucks!!!
Concert night is here. This time it’s the band Truckfighters, from Örebro, Sweden. One of my favorite bands. They lay down one of the thickest fuzziest grooves you’ve ever heard. Here’s the video for “Mind Control,” one of their very best songs.
Artist as Rock & Roll Enthusiast (aka ARE) Post: 5
Concert night is here. Concert week is here. Four of them in the next 8 days.
Tonight is Archers of Loaf at Terminal West. Looking forward to it. I’ve never seen them before. I like this band but I love one of their albums, White Trash Heroes, their fourth and final full length album. If you’ve not heard it, check it out. It’s super solid from start to finish. My favorite song form that album is a noisy groove called “One Slight Wrong Move.”
This song kicks so much ass in just a few short minutes.
“A hundred million people could be wrong,
A hundred million people have been wrong before,
A hundred million people could be wrong”
Artist as Rock & Roll Enthusiast (aka ARE) Post: 2
I’m surprised at how many people have NOT heard this song. Kids! Give it a spin! Adults, revisit this song and it’s message. It’s sounds like 2020 doesn’t it? We’re living through the Cult Of Ugly Personality.
I plan to make more Artist as Rock & Roll Enthusiast (ARE) posts here on this blog and more posts about other topics in general. Things I might normally post to Facebook. Hopefully I will live up to this proclamation. My mixed feelings about Facebook have helped me come to this conclusion. Post more of what I want on my own blog and post the links to that on Facebook instead of directly posting there.
My next post will be the first of many “song of the day” type of posts. There’s no agenda to these songs, just things I encounter within the soundtrack of my daily life.
Yesterday was a big day. I finally installed another large scale paste up installation. This time I was assisted by my colleague and friend Mike Brown and SCAD-Atlanta students Daniel Byrd, Sally Burns, Carmen Reyes and Ruby Chen. All students in Mike’s Street Art class.
I decided against using the wall on Wylie Street I used last year. It’s location is perfect, however it’s ridged surface was too difficult to work with. The weather was able to get behind the work which made it deteriorate too quickly. Those three works lasted about 8 months before complete deterioration. Therefore, I needed to find a flat wall so my work could be viewed for a longer period of time.
The students asked me what this work, titled “What Is Old Is New Again (God Machine)” is about. I can sum it up in one sentence. It’s about the business of religion.
The work is located in Reynoldstown, on Fulton Terrace, near the intersection with Chester Avenue.
It’s my summer break and as I promised myself, I’m at work in my studio more often. Perhaps I should I say, fighting in my studio. Because I’m fighting myself at every turn. Making art is a battle. A good battle to have, but still a battle nonetheless. My creative energy as well as my physical energy have severe peaks and valleys throughout the day. More often than not, I’ll have creative outbursts followed by moments of fatigue. My confidence level can fluctuate greatly throughout a day in the studio too. At times, I’ll feel that my ideas and instinctive abilities are strong. Then in a moments notice I’ll feel indecisive, unconfident and almost insecure about my progress. Almost like I’m stuck in quicksand. At these times, I will even need to walk away and close my eyes for a few minutes.
These days I have been waging some big battles in the studio. I’ve been working on something big. Both literally and figuratively. Stay tuned for more images and other notes about my progress.
I am a Professor of Foundation Studies at the Savannah College of Art & Design – Atlanta (SCAD-Atlanta). Most people that have visited this site already know this. If that is not the case, now you know. This coming week, I’ll be talking about my artwork at school. The plan is to cover a lot of area, both content and working process. In addition to addressing present concerns, I want to touch upon my past ideas and future goals.
Tonight is the last night of working in the studio for this exhibition. Tomorrow I load up the panel van and drive everything to the gallery. Once again, I survived the multitude of battles that take place in the studio of the artist. I plan to write more thoughts on that subject at a later date. For now, it’s showtime. Finally.
The Edge Of Convergence February 5 – February 26, 2015
Hammond Hall Art Gallery
Jacksonville State University
I finally decided on a title for my upcoming exhibition at Jacksonville State University (February 5-26, 2015). Titles are important to me, regardless of whether they’re mine. Developing a title is an organic process that I usually enjoy. Typically, my goal is to find a title that relates to the content of the artwork. However, good titles sometimes have autobiographical aspects to them as well which can still relate to the content of the artwork itself. After all, art imitates life and life imitates art. That’s the case with my title for this exhibition, The Edge Of Convergence.The Edge Of Convergence is the perfect title for this collection of artwork. It relates to the content of the work, the process in which it was made and the many moments of convergence that have occurred during the time the work was created.
I share my office with a few other professors but we rarely are in there at the exact same time. Sometimes, it seems like I have my own office. Overall, I like my office space. I have two windows and space to hang up a few things. The windows are important. I need to look something with space, a depth of field. The windows do the job well, on a clear day I can see for miles. The wall space above my desk has room for a few things.
Here’s what is hanging above my desk:
1. An important statement.
2. An appropriated Ramones logo with my own words added in place of theirs.
3. My own drawing representing communication.
I made this print titled “The Difference Between Witty And Clever” way back in 2002. Drew it entirely on the stone too. However, I only ran an edition of three prints. Don’t remember why. I probably didn’t have much paper once I finally got it to print the way I wanted it to look.
Do you know the difference between witty and clever?