8:35 AM

Still Life With Teeth - An Art Remake

Long, long ago, I traded Ron Reid, the manager of The Comedy Underground (which re-opens in it's new location on September 9th) a painting of Will Ferrell in exchange for a still life that he purchased from a possibly homeless-ish man. It was a super good trade on his end (he got a painting of Will Ferrell) an it was not such a super good trade on my end (I got this)

This is part of bARTer Sauce, my experiment in trading for art and odd objects.

This one happened to be both. And honestly (sorry Ron) I wasn't sure if anyone would ever trade me for it.

Then Nik came into my life. He runs scary-art.com and he wanted the still life because he said he was going to put faces on the stuff inside. Well, he did. And I wasn't sure what to expect, but I love the end result:


I tried to pick my favorite little character guy but I'm at a loss. It's a dead heat tie between the mosquito eating the brain out of the jar on the top right - the weird jar baby on the top left -- or the weird guy with the top hat in the front. Who cares! They're all awesome! Visit www.bartersauce.com to read about more of my recent trades for art and odd objects. And....if you're not too tired from that visit, check out Shower Art - waterproof art you can hang in your shower with a suction cup. Or anywhere else. We're no dictaors.
9:42 AM

Bald Guyz Head Wipes

Seriously. I went to the store and the store had these.

Yes, they did. I swear they did. That's why I bought them -- because I knew no one would believe me. Plus, they only had one box left. So either they only ordered one box, or this product sold out and they will need to reorder. And yes, I'll be checking back to see if they do reorder. Now, I don't want anyone to think that I'm mocking bald men. I'm not. I'm mocking the person who thought of this product and then decided to call it Bald Guyz Head Wipes.

Well, I guess I'm also making fun of the two models on the box who maybe thought ths was their big break and might have actually used their real names. If you can't quite read that part, it says, "Keith Pignetti, Firefighter" and "Shawn Wilson, Researcher." I guess this is supposed to show you that bald men from any background can use Bald Guyz Head Wipes. So, there are 16 wipes in the box. Post a funny comment here and I'll contact you so I can send you your very own Bald Guyz Head Wipe. For you. Yours. You don't have to share. And in closing, visit bARTer Sauce - my experiment in trading for art and odd ojects and/or Ugly Baby Shower Art - waterproof art you can hang in your shower with a suction cup. Or anywhere else. We're no dictators.

12:10 PM

Enough Said...

Yes, this is a real thing that I made. It's Shower Art - waterproof art you can hang in your shower. Abe wants to see you naked. Real bad.
4:18 PM

The Museum of Bad Art in the House

Michael Frank, the curator-in-chief of The Museum of Bad Art, spent the evening in our studio on First Thursday signing copies of their new book Masterworks and also giving two presentations on what makes bad art. Thanks to The Stranger for suggesting it:

Michael showed a slideshow of some pieces in MOBA's permanent collection and some submissions that have been rejected. For example, they don't do velvet, they don't do paint by numbers, they don't do 'kid art', but they do do this (ha -- do do):

Some folks brought items to submit to MOBA's permanent collection and one lucky lady, Marlow, from Unusual Life, had an item Michael thought was worthy. His pronouncement was met with her screams of, "It's going in the museum! It's going in the museum! It's going in the museum!"

Local artist and bARTer Sauce supporter, Kelly Lyles, stopped by for the second presentation and took studious notes.

After getting a piece into MOBA, Marlow invited Michael and I to check out their house full of art -- specifically their Paint By Numbers Room. It was breathtaking. They even have an Elvis-shaped topiary in on their patio!

All in all, it was a lovely evening.

Especially if you don't count the pat where I borrowed a projector from work for the slide show portion -- a projector that was stolen within minutes of me borrowing it -- which required that I procure a second projector within one hour of the event starting.

Yeah, it was totally awesome as long as you don't count that part.

Ahhhhhhhh, MOBA. You rule.

8:05 AM

UCU - Cool

Applications are being accepted now for Urban Craft Uprising. If you make cool stuff you should totally apply. I've never done the show myself, but I've heard great things from vendors who have. I've got my application in -- do you?
11:45 AM

What You Should Do Next Friday

I've told you about my favorite toy store, Schmancy. And it does have toys, but it has so much more too. Art and plush dolls and just lots of generally odd and cool stuffs.
So this Friday, August 8th from 6-9pm, there's an art opening reception for Heidi Kenney.
If you don't know who Heidi Kenney is, check out her site: http://www.mypapercrane.com/. It's dazzling.
So, let's review:
Friday, August 8th between 6-9pm.
Schmancy Gallery
1932 Second Ave
10:58 AM

Museum of Bad Art in Seattle - One Night Only!

Yelp It Michael Frank, curator-in-chief of The Museum of Bad Art will be in Seattle for one night only. August 7, 2008 from 6-10pm Michael will be signing copies of the Museum's new book, Masterworks. At 7pm and 9pm he'll be doing a presentation about bad art. Everyone is invited to bring Michael some bad art to evaluate. You just might end up in the Museum's permanent collection. And if he doesn't take it, bARTer Sauce will probably trade you for it. So drag your bad art to Stir, 216 Alaskan Way S (under the viaduct between Main & Washington).