March 2nd, 2007

Art4 Crit Group

After a few months of talking about it on the sb Contemporary Arts (bulletin) Board, we finally managed to have our first Art4 Crit Group Meeting (also known as A.R.T. or Art Related Therapy group).

We met out in Goleta at Tellef Tellefson‘s shipping container which he has mostly customized (and is an awesome and inspiring use of space). Nibbling on peanuts, mochi, chips, wine, Sierra Nevada and french fries…We had a great set of very fun and interesting conversations; from possibilities for Ethan’s word-charts to Kim Yasuda’s program at UCSB, focusing on making artful, modular use of generic steel shipping containers. Also there were Ethan Turpin, Calico Brown, Yogi (pronounced Yo-Gee) who’s last name I can’t remember and Brooke Devenney from UCSB. Last but not least, self-described ‘amazing-human-being’, Christian “the Blacksmith” Hackett (aka the ‘tin-foil-man‘) .

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So yes. A very interesting and hopeful first meeting! Lots of lively conversation, good food, and great ideas. Hopefully more to come soon.

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February 5th, 2007

New Work (not so new)

Just decided to stop working on these – wasn’t sure about them. Can’t say I am now, but here they are.

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January 29th, 2007

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Yesterday I visited the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City today with some friends. I had never heard about it prior to this afternoon, and basically went there on a 2nd-hand tip from my friend Chris’s professor at CalArts. “He said it was pretty cool and weird” said Chris – so off we went.

First of all, I was baffled by the title. Jurassic Technology? I had never imagined the two words in the same sentence..but..Nevermind that.. We just went, opened thee door, and now, well…

The museum describes itself as a “specialized repository of relics and artifacts from the Lower Jurassic, with an emphasis on those that demonstrate unusual or curious technological qualities”. But what it really is is a bit more eye-opening.
The experience cuts directly to the heart of what it is that motivates my art on the most basic and fundamental level, and really made me re-think my approach to my own work. The curators at MJT have followed through entirely on an idea that very few people deliberately elaborate on effectively – including myself.

I can’t say enough about it.. I won’t say anything more about it here, except for;

1. Please Go See it
and

2. When you go, prepare yourself for a little mental wriggling.

Confusion can be a very creative state of mind; in fact, confusion can act as a vehicle to open people’s minds. The hard shell of certainty can be shattered…” — David Wilson in an interview with author Lawrence Weschler, originally aired on NPR, October 27, 2001.


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January 14th, 2007

Brendan Monroe

I recently reconnected with an old friend from a long time ago (back in junior-high). Brendan makes lush visceral organic infected and truly beautiful works on paper. Now I’m obsessed with his site and find myself googling for various interviews and projects he’s been involved with. All pretty damn cool.

Looks like he’s got a lot of other interesting projects both behind and in front of him. Looking forward to seeing what’s next.

Anyway. Check his site out {here}.

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January 11th, 2007

schizophrenia

I should I go into what’s behind these little guys.. I have been mixed-media-ing on these antique pages for more than 3 years.

I started when I found an old ‘dictionary of cookery’ (probably published in the early 19th century) at the flea market in Santa Cruz. Opened it, and immediately noticed old recipes handwritten into the cover..also noticed that the pages were not recipes, but for some reason someone (long ago?) had bound in the pages of an old anatomical textbook of some sort (my imagination is still running wild with that one). I kind of got stuck to the book there, and gave the guy 50¢ for it.

It took me a while to get to the point where I could actually tear the pages out and draw on them ( I have a geeky reverence for antiques from my childhood antique mall excursions across the country with my parents ).

At first the book just sat there. I would thumb through the outrageously outdated medical information (apparently, masterbation causes blindness and a host of other impure illnesses, and of course women are not to be allowed outside when depressed). About a week later, I decided to start tearing out the pages and doodling on them. It became very thereputic as it satisfied the need to doodle while watching StarTrek, and also to arbitrarily re-appropriate something intended for another use. I have always been bothered by the act of ‘defining’ and naming, and(to be honest) I do still love Barthes, and Bateson and Certeau etc.. but I have to admit, as time passes, some of that shit’s been internalized, and some forgotten, and I mostly just enjoy the textures and practice now.

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November 28th, 2006

Spent some time in the freezing studio tonight.. Huddling with my pizza and my electric heater, I figured I’d try some new ideas since I was stuck to the heat.

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Detail of a new piece destined to be cut/cropped to this size.

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New ‘new organics’ texture bag.

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Working out a new direction for the bigger wall pieces.

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November 12th, 2006

Glass Warren Schultheis

A few more like this one on the way.  Part riff on Guy Debord’s psychogeographic maps, part ‘fun with layers/textures’..

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November 12th, 2006

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Figurative stuff keeps grabbing me. Even though I haven’t done it in years..I took some photos at my brothers soccer game today and got a little carried away when loading them on my machine.. These figures are superimposed on that shot of my studio below.. I have probably 50 digital sketches to 1 painting that comes from them..
I think don’t have more than a few paintings that wern’t at some point run through the computer for sketching..

Who knows where this one will go..

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November 12th, 2006

Studio Yet Warren Schultheis

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November 12th, 2006

Studio Warren Schultheis

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