Monday, May 31, 2010

05.31.2010; new entry

Saturday, May 22, 2010


Today went well, I learned a lot of things:

1) My internal voice on art gets the best of me sometimes. My head doesn't listen to my heart and my heart doesn't listen to my brain. Instead of trusting that my paintings could stand on their own I try and build some "crazy" installation, that at the end of the day, looked incomplete and thrown together.

2) "The Shortest Distance" is the most underrated singer-songwriter in the DFW + Denton area.

3) I love to do these outdoor festivals. They're different than galleries, lot less stressful and a different set of challenges to work with.

4) The sun is HOT! Respect the sun!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Pre-Babel Construction

Been attempting to read Plato's "Republic" and listening to Sir Thomas More's "Utopia" on audiobook and "Wave Twisters" by DJ Q-bert. I'm really interested in this idea of the perfect society. This piece is based on these things along with the story about the Tower of Babel and the other versions of this story.

You will be able to see the full installation on May 22, 2010, Arlington Highlands shopping center from 12pm - 5pm.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Daniel Higgs

Was never a big fan of Lungfish but loving his solo stuff.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Exit Through the Gift Shop

A must see movie for street artists, artists, and people who love art especially street art. Banksy is one of my favorite artists. I appreciate his willingness to create art under the assumption that no one will know who he is and the viewer is left to their own to decide what the pieces mean and if they're really art or a practical joke.

Monday, May 10, 2010


tumbleweeds of dust
float dotting the sky around
rusty motors groan


Pretty good weekend, even though my throat was killing me and I didn’t get any sleep. Although, I didn’t find anything at Half Price Books or C D Source, I didn’t get anything built for school or my upcoming show, but other than that everything else was fine.

I finished up new tracks for an upcoming cd, “Do You Make Jesus Want to Vomit”. I’m using mostly sound samples recorded during the weekend of Hentai Improvising Orchestra’s recent show at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.

Today, I started the beginning processes of “creating” this Merzbau, The Fort Worth Merzbau, a public/private sculpture in my backyard. I’m not real sure why I want to create this sculpture other than because I can but the more and more I think about it the idea of a sculpture that can be moved around in inspires me. I like the thought of this structure that will contain everything that I like and uses mostly trash is exciting.

How to avoid it becoming a pile of trash?

The first stages of the construction will be presented at the Art in the Park, May 22 at the Arlington Highlands shopping center. I have a small space of 10’ x 18’ that we can treat like a portion of gallery space. I think I will install a little installation that once the show is over I can move back to the house to be part of the installation there.

“Do You Make Jesus Want to Vomit” was completed over the weekend.

Saw Iron Man 2, pretty average at best, but it is a mainstream movie based off of a comic book so you get what you get.

“Cabinet of Curiosities; Day 4. The Meeting of Self and God”, was begun this weekend. Supposed to go along with the songs on “Do You Make Jesus Want to Vomit” cd. This film is more about life and death that actually meeting God but that was the title I thought about.

Prom is next weekend and the gallery show at the school the following weekend.

New music

the owl and the octopus
"Do You Make Jesus Want to Vomit"

Samples were taken from a recent Hentai Improvising Orchestra performance at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center show for Other Arts. Other samples were taken from the same weekend field recordings, one field recording taken earlier that week, and some gopichand samples Hickey sent for a past performance that he couldn't attend.

There will be a few limited edition cd's for sale soon.

*The bird in the photograph was found already dead in my neighborhood, I assure everyone that I did not kill the bird.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Alexi Biryukoff - "talmenka"

When listening to this current release by sound artist, Alexei Biryukoff, "talmenka" made me forgot where I was. I actually got “confused” with my surroundings because as I listened to this through my noise canceling headphones I knew there were no geese or trains anywhere near urban Fort Worth.

Most people don’t hear the music in everyday life and sounds so it’s always difficult for people to appreciate pure field recordings. It was hard when I was given an early Chris Watson release to listen to but as I listened I got used to hearing natural sounds in recordings, also to someone who doesn’t travel these documents are a treasure. How do you review a release of sounds from one’s surroundings? It’s like walking out your front door and reviewing what you see. I just love listening to the natural rhythm of my surroundings and this is a good example of pure field recordings. From the industrial sounds found in “a six min trip” to “rain” Mr. Biryukoff presents a nice audio presentation of his town.

Monday, May 3, 2010


Pretty decent weekend.

Nothing notable happened on Friday. Last day of TAKS testing, that’s about it. Went out to the first night of the Other Arts show at FWCAC to see Tammy Gomez/Ramsey set.

Saturday, May 1st was a pretty peaceful day. Worked on a new kalimba and went to a few yard sales. Found some books, an old wine box, and a free end table. End table will be found as part of an installation to be installed at the Arlington Highlands shopping center in May.

The kalimba was made from an old dominoes tin, it was used later that night at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center show, for the first time and probably last time. Sounded “dead”, no resonance and some of the keys had no sound at all. Picked up Ken and headed up to the theatre to set up early for the show. Once that was done we headed up to the seafood place for some grub then went over to The Grotto for the HIO Pub Crawl, besides we needed to wait somewhere for Hickey to arrive after slopping the horses and feeding the pigs. After a couple drinks and enough Kentucky Derby watching to last a decade we headed back to the FWCAC to pick up Hickey and head over to our usual spot, Bull & the Bush.

Once there we walked across the street to Doc’s Records to crate dig before they closed. Found a couple records, which I didn’t purchase, but I did find an old autoharp, which I did purchase. It’s old, missing about 5 strings and the one’s that are still there are rusted. Sounds amazing. Creepy.
My new favorite toy.

Over at the B&B we just did our usual thing, reverted back to our childhood and made silly jokes that only we would laugh at, drank, etc... Dan McGraw found us and decided to join us. Told a wonderful story about writing a story somewhere about drugs, his current story, and how Fort Worth is boring and has nowhere to get good food. Also, gave some helpful grooming tips to Hickey. While Ken conversed with some other patrons and Hickey breaked for some more beverages I walked up to Dairy Queen for some much needed grub, again.

Off to FWCAC for our show we go. James Talambas/Paul Thomas started the night fairly subdued but quite interesting in it’s simplicity. SWIRVE was next, jazzy spoken word to close the first half. During intermission Hickey and I went to McDonalds for some coffee and apple pies. Second half began with Paul Unger/Max Oepen, interesting jazz. HIO closed out the night. Quiet, creepy, and a bit sloppy but after listening to the audio from that night most of Sunday much more interesting than once thought. Two out of three members wasn’t really into the night, for whatever reason, and it showed in the music. Music seems uneasy. Ken couldn’t hear me, Hickey had a few technical issues with a new instrument but through all that we got about 30 minutes of audio. Later, Herb mentioned it was quite different than anything else he heard from us but wasn’t as bad as we assumed it must’ve sounded.

Sunday, was lazy. Didn’t get too much done around the house. Jo laid out in the sun while I worked on a new wood kalimba, dumped the audio from the night before, and read a little bit.