Plans for Saturday. MOCCA Fest, food, Opening for Scales and Feathers at Spoke Gallery in the Lower East Side around 7pm!
Fun thing, I usually pick up a cool or weird T-shirt from an underground comic artist. Last year I picked up a cool one. Hard to explain here, but it's not your typical Walmart swag. This year I'm willing to trade shirts at the gallery opening with equal T-shirt coolness for coolness. I'm a Large by the way.
"Paved roads rule" Oil on panel. 8" x 10" Yes it's for sale!
Movie review Pacific Rim Uprising 2018
Ink on paper, illustration for White Wolf publishing. Currently pulling art for a show in May with plans to have some new ones. See the calendar on the right!
I took a break and saw Pacific Rim Uprising before it was released. I didn't plan to go but when opportunities present themselves I'll take a free ticket to most things. Last fall I saw a rodeo at Madison Square Gardens. I would have liked to see more clowns jumping in barrels but it was free and so was the bourbon!
If you've seen one Pacific Rim movie I think they are all about the same movie. All the usual tensions and dramatic music. I think to mix things up they should have a dance number or two in the next movie. Maybe have the fighting robot guys doing a dance off with the Kaiju, perhaps a synchronized swim in the middle of the Pacific ocean! It's begging for it!
My review is it was solid and what you can expect based on the previous movies. I had fun and was with some new friends that I met in line to pick up my ticket. I had a cup of coffee prior to going in to the theater but had time to hit the men's room before it started. Story telling was a little confusing as I was never sure about how far into the future it was set. It said ten yen years since the last movie and I like that they show some of the likely reality of the world recovering from the kind of gratuitous destruction of skyscrapers and infrastructure from the previous movie.
I did find it odd they didn't have more back-up on the robots but I guess if you think everything is done, why spend the money the world would need on recovery for robots you might never use?
One of the lines from the very important business lady who was making the robot replacements. was : "I've worked my whole life for this.." She didn't look more than 24 years old. Really? A life long dream? The scale of the dream she was referring would have seemed more appropriate to someone who looked at least in their 50's.
Another line that stuck out, this one I liked, referred to "%39 automated.." and showed how someone who relies on a business that is that heavily automated can not be as in control as they think.
A few things this 2018
I'll be in several shows coming up soonly.
"Of Fins and Feathers" A group show opening Saturday, April 7th, 6-8pm at Spoke Art Gallery 210 Rivington Street (ground level)
New York, NY 10002 Curated by my friend Travis Louie!
"Monster things" (working title) Two person show at MF Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Opening May 26th 7-9pm. with comic book artist Steve Ellis.
I don't promote this much, but I do have a little news letter, "Meta Fred" that I share things I've done or thought every two weeks. Not EVERYTHING, but some of the high points as they are.
March has already arrived. I had a dream when I began to write entries on my website. I would write something every day. Every day I seem to notice something about ordinary things in my environment. I think it'd be a good exercise to do and also make me pay attention to the world.
I have a lot of illustration work that is eating up my time for painting. I'm making more figure studies that might turn in to paintings until I have more time to devote.
So torn with my inking. I want to render and spatter and get gritty with ink and the occasional spot of white gouache. The dilemma, I want to be more efficient with my work so that it is contributing to a forward movement in my business. Here is the restrained version for a coloring book proposal I want to make.
It's fun to play around with patterns again. The Viking is from drawing in Ithaca with friends and the last one is from The Invisible Dog art space in Brooklyn.
My newsletter people already heard this story.
Saturday, Sept. 17th, 2016. I am sitting in the office of Paul Booth. He tattooed my arm a while back and owns the gallery I show in. Someone loudly announces as they read from their phone that a bomb went off on 23rd St. We all pause. More news comes in. No deaths mostly minor injuries. We collectively exhale. But that is replaced with, WHAT THE FUCK??? We were bombed!!? I finish my beer and say my good byes.
I'm on my way home. Trains are suspended. I hop in a cab around 35th St. It takes about 20 minutes to get to 23rd St where the police are redirecting traffic back up town. I get out and walk. My new Dr. Martins are salivating over how they are going to savage my feet. I stroll a few blocks out of my way to see if I can get in on stand by at the Comedy Cellar. Boom! I immediately get in to see a great show!
Wil Sylvince is the MC that night. I approached him after the show on the sidewalk for a photograph. A month later, I do an ink portrait of him from the photo, post it and tag him on my Twitter and Instagram. He wants to buy it! I am in a bargaining mood because I didn't expect him to buy it. He didn't ask me to do his portrait and just spontaneously asking to buy it and me telling him my price ($500) probably would have been off-putting. So I said just get me in the Cellar next time you're around. Deal.
Yesterday, Sunday, he calls me around 5pm. Fred, what are you doing at 9:30 tonight? I was planning to see him at the Cellar. He asks if I want to see him open for Dave Chappelle at the Cutting Room? I walked in the door around 9. Got a special pass to be in the balcony during the show. Wil came out and killed it for 15 minutes. Before I realized it Chappelle himself was out there instead of the other openers. He came out and torched the audience for over an hour and ended the show on such a positive note... it was really special!
It was only midnight when the actual performance was done. Turns out I was sitting by one of Dave's good friends, Josh, during the show. The audience clears out. Wil had to skip to go back to MC at the Cellar leaving me with his friend Tina who went to the same high school as Dave. I suggested she go and approach him on the stage but she got cold feet. "Not while Naomi Campbell is up there." WHAT??? I've heard of her! I go to speak to Josh who is sitting at the front of the stage as Dave is still walking the stage and talking to everyone who came up as Naomi seems to be training some super model how to runway walk. Josh is very nice to me even though I had no idea who he was. As we spoke, Dave plops down right next to us and I get one of those fancy handshakes from him as it deteriorates into me sinking into my seat as it becomes obvious I don't know what I'm doing.
Ten minutes later and Dave is pouring Tina and I generous shots of tequila. He remembered her and I made him laugh so I was in. He decides it's time to go to the Comedy Cellar. I followed him and a few guys out the door and into a giant Escalade and we're off! We came in while Dave Attell, Ari Shaffir, and my new buddy Wil, are all riffing onstage. Chappelle goes up to close.
I was fascinated how the material he had just performed at the Cutting Room had evolved into different forms by the time we got to the Cellar. I hopped in a cab after saying goodbye to my new friends and by the time I got home, the Pakistani cab driver was giving me his card and trying to pitch his leather garment sportswear at 3am. What a night!
Opening at MF Gallery
213 Bond St.
JUNE 15, 6-10pm
Please look over the Prints page and get them all.
Have a good Easter/Passover or month.
Now is a good time to commission a portrait or purchase some physical art for the winter!
If you'd like to commission me for a painting... Portraits with my surreal aesthetic only. The face you have and my paint brushes! Estimated turnaround 3 months. Shorter will cost more. Contact me now.
Last Rites Gallery 325 W. 38th Street, between 8th & 9th Ave, NYC: (212) 529.0666
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