Book Review: Warhol on Basquiat

Warhol on Basquiat: The Iconic Relationship Told in Andy Warhol’s Words & Pictures It’s hard to know where to begin when discussing this fascinating book and the dynamic story it tells. The book itself is presented chronologically, starting with the initial meeting of Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat  and concluding with their deaths several…

Book Review: Frida, A Biography

I picked up this biography, written by Hayden Herrera, at the library recently, the second time I’ve checked it out. The first time, last year, I read it quickly, fascinated by the turbulent life of such a unique and talented artist and overwhelmed by the included images of so many of her works. I decided…

Newspaper Kindred Spirits

Back in October of 2016, I fell down an internet rabbit hole, via facebook no less, that ended up being the rare example of productive inspiration and not just procrastination and time-wasting. A friend shared this article from My Modern Met about a Japanese artist, Chie Hitotsuyama, who creates life-sized animal sculptures entirely from rolled…

pARTicipation Trophies

Consider, for a moment, the trophies you proudly collected as a kid, for soccer or baseball or mathletes, whatever your thing was. If you grew up in the 1980s or ’90s (or later), you probably acquired a few. Even if your team didn’t “win”, most coaches distributed small shiny statuettes to their players, and likely…

Cheesy Face

Cheesy Carl Boursinstein Dreams of Victory! In April of 2012, I gave the piece below, “Cheesy Carl Boursinstein Dreams of Victory!” to friends who own a grilled cheese restaurant in San Francisco. Their proximity to the ball park meant that they served a lot of Giants fans, so it seemed only fitting that Carl should…

Tin Soldiers

In between rounds of working on my larger pieces, like my current one, “Nolan’s Fireplace“, (pictured here in all its unfinished glory), I often start and finish smaller projects. In part, this is to keep my creative juices flowing when they might otherwise get dammed up when being channeled into a piece as intense and…