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Light graffiti by Vicki DaSilva - Never Sorry

Monday, February 06, 2012


Light graffiti photograph live and on location. Jasmine/Never Sorry (for Ai Weiwei) references several events and topics starting with the well-known artist and the documentary film being made by Alison Klayman titled Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, the first feature-length film about the internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist. As graffiti has at its core an authority defiant driven motivation, my idea was to cover the two walls with the words 'never sorry' using a pale yellow lamp to reference the color of the Jasmine flower and the Jasmine Revolution of 2011. Ai Weiwei posted a tweet on Twitter February 24, 2011 saying: "I didn't care about jasmine at first, but people who are scared by jasmine sent out information about how harmful jasmine is... which makes me realize that jasmine is what scares them the most." While making this work in the dark I thought very intensely about his detention, interrogation and suspected abuse and torture.

Wall - Exhibition BACK AND FOURTH by 2501 by TAG and JUICE

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Wall - Exhibition BACK AND FOURTH by 2501 from TAG and JUICE on Vimeo.

Round trip: Art from the Bone Yard Project via Lost at E Minor

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Art from the Boneyard Project (1)

Round trip: Art from the Bone Yard Project was conceived by Eric Firestone. The Bone Yard Project resurrects disused airplanes from America’s military history, taking entire airplanes and their elements out of aeronautic resting spots in the desert, known as ‘bone yards’, and putting them into the hands of contemporary artists.

An abandoned DC3 comes to life with a striking picture of an eagle leading men through the skies, and the idealized dreams of flight are able to soar once again in our collective imagination. With a nod to the airplane graffiti and ‘nose art’ that became popular during WWII, the project offers a vision of the wonder by which humanity takes to the air through some of the most prominent and acclaimed artists working today.
Art from the Boneyard Project (2)
Art from the Boneyard Project (3)
Art from the Boneyard Project (4)
Art from the Boneyard Project (5)
Art from the Boneyard Project (6)
Art from the Boneyard Project (7)
Art from the Boneyard Project (8)

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Time Lapse Illustration of "Dead Lips" by StuntKid - Pretty amazing

Friday, January 20, 2012

Kids, Animals & Street Art In 'Living Walls : Albany by

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Street Art events which pair local and international talent with bare walls continue to multiply in unexpected locations around the world as young Street Artists and their fans push forward this D.I.Y. scene that had early roots in graffiti. From festivals and week-long events in Toronto to Melbourne to London to Paris to Stavanger (Norway) and Grottaglie (Italy), the first worldwide people's art movement continues to enliven previously moribund areas of cities and engage local conversations about culture and public space.
Two youth pose in front of a new piece by Street Artist ROA in Albany, New York (photo copyright Jaime Rojo)

After a successful first tentative "Living Walls" event in Atlanta last year, the city of Albany, New York had its first "Living Walls: Albany" street art show last week. The themes weighed heavily toward figurative surreality and the animal kingdom aesthetically, and toward a broad discussion on the appropriate use of public space for art.

Mostly, we just saw people stop and stare as these pieces were going up in their neighborhoods, and we watched as kids could barely hold back their enthusiasm and curiosity. For some areas, this was the first time any new visuals had appeared in years, unless they were pitching tobacco or soft drinks.

Street Artist Overunder with his assistants Roberto and Messiah (photo © Jaime Rojo)

As Street Artists installed new works on walls around Albany the common story was the level of engagement of adults and kids stopping on the sidewalk, in their cars, watching the process, photographing and discussing the art, exploring the creative process. Some kids even became assistants to the artists, creating a sense of ownership, and yes, community.

During a period of retrenchment and after years of incremental cuts to arts programming in public schools and cultural institutions at every level, it would appear that an event like this is filling a void in kids' understanding of their own creativity. The organic route of Street Art's popularity has shape-shifted yet again and its emergence looks sometimes like a democratic movement, messily reaching a new generation while budgetary axes continue to fall around them.

Joe Iurato mounts his stencil Inside an old church

With placement like this, Iurato's figure appears to rise upward.

Photo copyright Jaime Rojo

Creep Machine Interview: Paul Chatem

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 12:17 PM PDT

Back in May I reviewed Paul Chatem’s latest solo show “Island of the Colorblind”, and ever since then I had the plan to interview Paul and get a deeper look into his working process, what inspires him, and how he deal with being colorblind. Of course it took a lot longer than I thought to get this interview going, but luckily for me Samantha Levin came to rescue and helped out with the interview, coming up with some great questions and acquiring the images you see below. So this is the very first dual-interview here on the Creep Machine, and I think it worked out very well. Perhaps we will see more in the future. Make sure to click the “read more” for the full interview.

Creep: In order to create this latest series of interactive works, you learned an entirely new skill: clock making. This has given your works an extremely unique element to them, and added audience participation. Did you have any other ideas to create interactivity aside from the clock style works of art?

Paul Chatem: I’ve read a bit about clock making as well as gear ratios. Clock making is more complicated than what I’m doing. I’m just using the basics of gears or cogs to create a kinetic aspect to my paintings. At this point the movement in the gears has been pretty simple, there’s still a lot of things I need to learn so I can take it to the next level.

Samantha Levin: You’ve only just started showing these clockwork paintings in 2010.  How long have you been contemplating this phase of your work?

Paul: The idea started showing up in my sketchbooks around 2001 but I didn’t have the tools or the skills to execute them until 2009. In that time I worked many different jobs making props and sets for movies and television where I learned varied skills which I’ve been trying to include into my work.

Creep: The idea of encouraging the patrons to participate and interact with the works is unique, and I hope it catches on even more, What was your goal in having the viewers become an active participant?

Paul: The art scene has gotten really crowded over the years. I started to feel jaded about the whole thing, going to art shows where hardly anyone spent more than a couple of seconds looking at the art. I wanted to do something that drew people in and made them want to spend time in front of my work.

Creep:Over time your works have become more energetic and random with the textures and brushwork. The beautiful line-work is still there, but now there is this amazing texture that dances through the works. What has helped to create this slight change in style, and will we see more of a change in texture?

Paul: The construction aspect of the gear pieces dictated the change in painting style.There were certain techniques that I used to use that don’t work with the limitations of the frame and the gear axles. Along with that, I try to approach every show with a fresh eye. Some shows were based on sketches and  narratives figured out before any painting happened, others evolved completely organically, building panels and putting paint down without any preconception. I’m sure things will keep changing. I don’t want people to know exactly what to expect when they go to one of my exhibitions other than that I’m going to present the best I can with the time, money and energy that I have.

Samantha: I love your use of Ishihara colorblind plates!  They are oddly playful additions to your work, but also very curious since you happen to be color blind. I assume you can’t actually see the color variations in these elements of your own artworks.  Can you talk a bit about the methods you use to achieve color and the meaning the color plates hold in your work?

Paul: I’m Red/Green colorblind, so certain colors become difficult to distinguish from each other. I remember seeing the Ishihara colorblind plates from childhood. With this last show I really wanted to push my color use outside of my comfort zone, so to address my own color perception seemed like an obvious approach. While painting my versions of the plates I mixed up two different colors on my palette that were the same value, painted a number or symbol on a neutral background than filled in the rest of the field with the other color. In the end I couldn’t see what I painted first.

Creep: In your last two solo shows, you displayed ink drawings along with the paintings. Is drawing and sketching a regular part of your working process, and will this be a regular addition to your shows?

Paul: Drawing is the most important thing in my art. I may or may not keep exhibiting ink work, but you can see the importance of it in the line work in my paintings. When I first started to take art seriously it was all about black and white ink work. Painting was difficult for me because I lacked the confidence with my color choices, but when I got over those insecurities painting became a lot more freeing than the limitations of lines on paper. I will definitely always work on ink  drawings whether people buy it or not.

Samantha: Your work documents the lives of the human underbelly:  The underprivileged, the down and out and the underground.  While your bio states you grew up witnessing the gap between the rich and the poor, what sent your interests away from the wealthy side of life?

Paul: There’s a lot to that but some of the key points are: I grew up in a suburban community in between a wealthy town and a town with a seedy history. Like many creative people I grew up feeling like an outcast. I spent more time hiking around the hills over my house than I did socializing with other kids. In those hills I discovered ruins of old hunting cabins, sanitariums and mines. This made me curious about why things disappear. As I got older and my exploring took me to Hollywood and Downtown to seedy punk rock clubs, I witnessed a lot of depravity and social unrest. I was a senior in High School when the LA riots happened and that really brought out the worst in people on both sides. I’ve spent a lot of time with people from both sides of the track as more of a witness that a participant and the stories I’ve heard and read have lead me to tell the stories I do.

Samantha: Tell me more about hobo culture.  Have you ever hopped on a train yourself?  If not, would you?

Paul: I’ve never hopped a train myself, that’s “illegal”. My interest in Hobo culture started with old country and blues songs. Specifically stories and songs from the depression. While I was going to college in Kansas City I met people that rode trains to go from town to town for fun.  When I moved back to Los Angeles I met a lot of homeless kids who would ride the train from the Northwest to Southern California for the winter. Over the years I’ve stayed friends with several people who use trains as a way to get around.

Samantha: What are your ambitions for your work?  What do you dream of doing with it?

Paul: I just want to keep evolving as a painter as well as a wood worker. I’m hoping to have the opportunity to make larger more complicated work. We’ll see what happens.

Creep: When we talked at your last show, I mentioned that I wouldn’t be surprised to see that you have pushed the interactivity to the level that allows you to move the gallery around the patrons. Can you give us a hint as to what the future will hold for your works?

Paul: Coming up next is a two man show entitled “Oil and Water” with Mike Davis at the C.A.V.E. Gallery, October 14, 2011. Then I’m planning another show at The Shooting Gallery in April, 2012 as well as a solo show in Hamburg Germany at the Feinkunst Krueger Gallery later that year. I’ve been working more spontaneous lately, trying to let things evolve naturally. I’m going to try to make my mechanical paintings more complicated as well as work on some more detailed flat paintings and ink drawings. It all depends on time, money and energy. I’m going to keep trying to do the best I can with every opportunity that is given to me.

Thanks to Paul for taking the time to answer these questions, and thanks to Samantha Levin for teaming up with me and making sure this interview actually happened.
For more of Paul’s work head on over to his homepage

Lost at E minor feature: Ronit Baranga

Friday, August 12, 2011

Creepy clay sculptures by Ronit Baranga


August 8, 2011 | New Art | by Julia Tepasse

I love these sculptures that ‘speak’ by talented Israeli artist, Ronit Baranga. And yes, like you, I don’t even want to know what they’re talking about!

Creep Machine Spotlight: Neil Dacosta

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

“Astronaut Suicides” by Neil Dacosta

Posted: 08 Aug 2011 06:59 AM PDT

Regardless of whether or not you were a fan of the space program, the fact the US no longer is funding the NASA program like it used to, and the fact that we recently found flowing water on Mars, the idea of space travel is a hot topic right now. With artists like Jeremy Geddes creating amazing astronaut paintings, those fans of space travel can now look to the art of Neil Dacosta. A photographer based out of Portland, OR, Neil worked on a series of photos entitled “Astronaut Suicides”. In 2010 Barack Obama stated that “I understand that some believe that we should return to the surface of the moon but I have to say this bluntly, we have been there before”, (source). So for all those with dreams of space travel, and those young at heart that wanted nothing more than to be an astronaut, check out the series below and see that others feel the sharp twinge of an era now passed.

Lost at E Minor Post

Monday, August 01, 2011
tattooed baby by Jason Clay Lewis
New Art /

Drill Baby artwork by Jason Clay Lewis

We’ve had tattooed pigs, tattooed hipsters (is there a difference? wink wink), and now tattooed babies. Well, vinyl babies, anyway. This artwork by Jason Clay Lewis is made from vinyl rubber, mohair, oil paint, plaster, and aluminum armature.
tattooed baby by Jason Clay Lewis
tattooed baby by Jason Clay Lewis

Time to rock your dead on! Call for submissions!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dia de los Muertos: The Art of Remembrance
Exhibition Dates:October 24 - November 4, 2011
Costume & Dance Party: October 29, 8-11pm

The Torpedo Factory Art Center presents its Third Annual Day of the Dead celebration from October 24 - November 4, 2011. This celebration has two parts; first is an exhibition of artist-made altars that will be displayed on the main floor of the art center, second is a dance & costume party on Saturday October 29th.

Altar Exhibition - Deadline for Entry: August 29th
Visit Target Gallery's exhibition opportunities page to see more details about how to apply!

Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to remember loved ones that have passed. In the United States and in Mexico it is traditional for families to build in-home altars dedicated to the dead.

The altar exhibition returns to the main floor of the art center and will be hosted by the Target Gallery. Local and regional artists are invited to submit altar proposals. This year's juror is Shane Pomajambo, owner of DC-area gallery, Art Whino.

Costume & Dance Party: October 29th, 8-11pm

This year we are partnering with Hungry for Music, a non-profit organization that supports music education and cultural enrichment, by acquiring and distrubuting musical instruments to under-served children with willing instructors and a hunger to play.

This year's party with include live music, dancing, cash bar, costume contests and more!
Check back soon for more details.


2009 altar by Torpedo Factory artist Rosemary Feit-Covey.