Above is a page of a sketchbook framed up and sent off for a show at Spoke SF. THe show opened tonight, and will be up until the 21st.
ink and acrylic, compiled digitally
Mike Farrell at Fearless records hired me for another project recently. This is my favorite illustration out of the ones we worked on together.
The last scans from rolls of film shot over the past month. I like the sky in the first and last, they are from Mississippi somewhere.
New Orleans, LA
I've been moving the past month in a roundabout frenzy from Maine through the Midwest and South to New Orleans. I'll be periodically posting some photos I shot over that time. Unequipped to make much artwork to speak of, I shot these film photos with the camera I always carry in my backpack. Here's the first few.
film scans from canoeing the Machias river in early October.
no title, ink and watercolor on paper
The Long Memory is the Most Radical Idea in America
...It is the loss of that long memory which deprives our people of the connective flow of thoughts and events that clarifies our vision, not of where we're going, but where we want to go. -Utah Phillips
Created with the Beehive Collective, this picture is of a true story. It's something that is actually happening.
The Beehive's well known for making hyperdetailed posters that are hand-drawn stories about global struggle, climate justice, and class inequality. The pictures dissect our moment in history, and tell stories of resistance from the ground level. What many aren't familiar with is the Beehive's local work in a rural town in Washington County, the most economically fucked-over county in Maine.
The Beehive has been in Machias for the last decade, and this picture is a hopeful look at what's going on downtown. They've restored a historic Grange Hall for public use, are starting a community kitchen in the building next door, are fixing up an old five-and-dime for use as a community artist space, and are hoping to one day restore the empty, contaminated autoshop into a skatepark and rollerrink. The drawing also includes ghosts and relics of historical significance. The Passamaquoddy canoe characters from the past and future are included because the land is their territory, and their well-being is integral. The loggers, farmers, and ships out in the water are other significant pieces of the town's past. Taking a long look at the past has been the best way for us to keep the real needs of the people here first and foremost, and avoid slipping down the mudslide of unintentional rural gentrification.
The local work in Machias is remarkable because it is becoming a tangible example of a small-scale counternarrative. Beehive posters depict the runnaway train of generic globalized economies that propel a ruling class and leave a wake of atrocities.
This picture isn't about that. It's about where our community wants to go, and we're excited to help make that happen.
Some excerpts of film scans from August 2013. The pictures are from Northern Michigan, Maine and New Engand.
Lake Michigan is still better than the salty sea, being free is still cheap, and the globe is still whirlling through space. More below,
Illustration for Science News about Lake Vostok. Big thanks to art director Marcy Atarod. This was such a fun commission to work on. Here's the first part of the article:
"Even by Antarctic standards, the Lake Vostok research station is inhospitable. The outpost at the heart of the frozen continent holds the record for the lowest naturally occurring temperature ever observed on Earth. Scientists commonly describe the place as punishing, unforgiving, the most desolate place on the planet.
That’s nothing. Nearly 4,000 meters below the station, beneath the crushing East Antarctic ice sheet, sits an enormous body of water. Lake Vostok has existed for millennia in dark, frigid isolation, presumably harboring nothing but the toughest microbes. But now a Russian team has drilled through the ice, breaching Lake Vostok for the first time in 15 million years."