Sunday, February 12, 2012

Scenes from a Bad Life: Volume II

I've continued working on the "Scenes From a Bad Life" series, and here are a few of the later ones that I had some fun with.

It's Worth Mentioning that this is not social commentary.
It's just that if I were absolutely forced to make a zombie movie,
this is the one I would make. Also, fever dreams can be a blast.

Cragoe, out!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

And now, Evidence of my Mom Being a Weird Lady

These are images from a calendar I made for my mom for her birthday. They are all of historical/entertainment figures that she has a thing for. It's an odd collection, as you will see, and the calendar itself is entitled "A Year of my Mom's Weird Crushes."

Enjoy the pinups of dudes who should never be pinups:

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Books Obsession: a Continuation

Last March, as my stay in Baltimore was reaching an end, my roommate at the time (one ms. Laura Eng) and I had a dual exhibition at a tiny gallery in the derelict art valley of Baltimore. She makes models of imagined spaces in hollowed out computers, and just as an exercise I asked her if I could draw scenes in her spaces. She said yes, and so I started developing an idea. The way I like to describe it is, if what she makes are miniature film sets, I draw stills from the films that would be set there. To complete them, and bringing it back to the concept of a single image telling a whole story (or at least indicating a whole story), I housed the images inside of small book covers I made. The show itself was mainly set up on 3 massive bookshelves that were in the space, which I don't have images of (bad move, me), but I do have images of the drawing that went into the books, as well as pictures of the final pieces.
And it goes a little somethin' like this:

Nickel-Plated 8mm

The Manager




The Repertory Company

Marvin vs. the Machine

Sally Sherman and the Unbelievable Everything

The Year of the Avarice

Man! Books, am I right? So cool.

Remember that time I had a blog?

I remember too.

In the last two years, I've been making just tons of of stuff, but haven't really felt the inclination to post it or make anyone aware of it. Silly. Now, however, I am full-on embarking on a new creative path - filmmaking - and my partner in this, the lovely mr. Timothy Printup, has been asserting and reasserting the importance of The Internet. We even have a blog about our progress, which he will be very good at faithfully maintaining, and I will be very good at being pleased with him for it. Look:! This being as it is, I am encouraged to return to my own dusty, neglected documentation of progress. So here, let me show you some of the stuff I've been doing, presented alongside a weak promise to think about being more reliable in future.

Since it's been just about 2 years since my last post, I won't ov
erwhelm you. Let me just show you the three major projects I've done, does that sound reasonable? So first things first. For most of the time I was in Baltimore, I was completely obsessed with books, and I liked (still like) the idea of combining the look and feel of a book with the simple statement of a single image. I was also really afraid of color. I took both of these things in hand and came up with 4 little pieces for a juried miniature art exhbition, 3 of which are pictured below.
The elephant lady is the tallest one, ranking it at a height of 6 inches. For each one I made a tiny book, painted each page a color I would need for the image, cut into the pages, and pasted them done to create the final piece. It was a good learning experience, but probably not a process I'll be returning to any time soon.