Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Art of Joe Sinness

I recently applied to a juried exhibition in St. Cloud, MN. I am excited to hear back from this one, as the juror, Joe Sinness, makes really intriguing work. I find his meticulously detailed and highly rendered color pencil drawings oddly fun and technically impressive. However I am even more drawn to his sculptures which are whimsical and quirky, telling often absurd narratives.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


I am very excited and pleased to announce that I have been commissioned by to do a large public art piece for Northern Spark 2012 titled THINK AND WONDER, WONDER AND THINK. For this piece, I will span this Dr. Seuss quotation in the form of 28 giant illuminated letters (think 8' tall) across the outer walls on both sides of Minneapolis' Stone Arch Bridge. It will be on display for the week leading up to the festival and turn off on the morning of Sunday, June 10th 2012.

Below is a sneak peak of one of my first prototypes for the letter "R"
Please check back frequently for progress updates and my upcoming Kickstarter campaign which will launch January 9th, 2012 to help support this project!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

For the love of Children's Books

Just when you think it's a cold day, or a grey day, or an uninspired day, you remember that thousands of small books with colorful illustrations and silly little stories exist.

And then you realize other people color code their lives and it doesn't make you feel quite as compulsive for feeling the need to color code your own.

And then you find illustrations like the ones by NY based artist Jane Mount who custom paints and makes prints of our most ideal bookshelves. My pick-why children's books, of course. This reminds me of the built-in window shelf I had as a child, and the many late nights of hiding under my blankets with a flashlight entranced by pages and pages of drawings and text. And then you remember, life is fantastic because things like this.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Routed Texture Sample Board

Designed, routed and painted this last week as a sample for the shop at the University of Minnesota Department of Art where I work as the CNC Router Tech. Some of the textures I made in Photoshop as bitmaps, some were made in Illustrator, and others were used from the EnRoute software's texture database.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Parade

This Friday I had the opportunity to check out Nathalie Djurberg's incredible exhibition, The Parade, at the Walker Art Center. The 80 handmade bird sculptures alone were incredible with their life-like human qualities, intricate textural and colored details and dramatic shift in scale, posture and personality. But on top of that was a series of six stop-motion animation videos, whose deceivingly whimsical aesthetic was a stark contrast from their darker themes including gluttony, greed, lust and torture. It was incredible how a material as primal as a colorful clay could communicate such powerful imagery and squeamish responses. If you get a chance to see this one, I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Give to the Max Day

Northern Spark 2011 - trailer from Northern Spark on Vimeo.

Today is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota, where donations to non-profits will be matched. Please take this time to support Northern Spark 2012 and the arts by donating any amount! CLICK HERE TO DONATE!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Work of Mike Davis

I am a HUGE fan of local artist Mike Davis of Burlesque North America. So much that one of his prints hangs in the treasured spot, centered above my bed. And I recently had the joy of buying some of his alphabet keychains made by KidRobot. And then I had the even more exciting joy of bumping into him at the grocery store! Anyhow, thanks for making awesome work Mike.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Work of Erik Benson

Eric Benson's paintings are informed by fragments of urban landscape and culture that are found in the everyday. His process involves pouring acrylic paint onto sheets of glass, allowing them to dry, then peeling the dried shapes off and collaging them into larger compositions. I admire his attention to detail, shifts in visual focus, and his conveyance of both isolation and temporality. I particularly admire the playgrounds.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Wonka Accessories

Happy Halloween! In an effort to make this year's costume, Veruca Salt from the original Willy Wonka movie, I had the most fun creating the accessories! I hand cut, folded and glued paper over a color stix box to make this Wonka bar, and printed out my own golden ticket!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Kid's Caricatures

Yesterday evening I had the fabulous opportunity to teach the little girls of Torah Academy (ages 5-7) how to draw caricatures. These were some of their drawings.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sculptures Repaired

This August, Ms. Daisy and the Lonely Tree got vandalized and destroyed during their stay at the Bethesda Hospital Sculpture and Healing Garden in St. Paul. I finally finished repairs and they are back in decent shape. If you are near the State Capitol, you should travel two blocks north and go visit them. Let's hope they stay in good shape until June 2012!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tonya Solley Thornton

Dear Ms. Thornton,

Your work is beautiful, bizarre and delightfully eerie. Please keep making more and sharing it with the world.

Your loyal fan,

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

House Illustration

I finished up this drawing last week as a housewarming present for my aunt and uncle who just got a new summer home on the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, MD.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Weird Mini Golf

My last few weekends have ended on the right note...with rounds of mini golf! Here are some of the weirder images from Goony Golf in Silver Lake, MN.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Weekend Caricature

I drew at a wedding in Grey Eagle, MN this weekend. This was my favorite sketch of the night.

Sweet Martha's

Inspired by the Sweet Martha's Chocolate Chip Cookie stand at the Minnesota State Fair, I did this little sketch.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

There's a Party in My Tummy

One of my favorite videos of all time. I LOVE Yo Gabba Gabba!!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Work of Alex McLeod

My friend Ben Brockman recently sent me a link to the incredible work of Alex McLeod. McLeod creates small scale, fantastical worlds of artificial nature, which he carefully lights, photographs and digitally renders. Super fun, super beautiful.

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Work of Benedetto Bufalino

Silly, smart, incredibly fun...and did I mention smart? Benedetto Bufalino has a knack for merging the playful and the absurd with good design. Some of my favorites are his phone booth fish tank, light-up pac man, giant hats and oversized picnic table.