Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Joey Chou was asked to curate a show for Leann Lin's Wonderland and was kind enough to ask me to be part of it. The theme was Bed Time Stories and not to be a Debbie downer but I grew up in a rather large family (4 brothers & 3 sisters) and there was not much time for the nightly telling of stories. Because the run of the mill bed time tales didn't really resonate with me, I decided to create my own piece telling my own story. I immediately thought of the phrase "Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite". Bed bugs not being particularly attractive or necessarily desirable, I imagined a rhinoceros beetle instead. The image of a mischievous boy basking in the delight of teasing his teddy bear slowly came to life in my head and the phrase took on a new meaning. An old saying became a new bed time story well for me at least.
Gallery Nucleus has been so kind to me and they invited me to participate in a show for the launch of Mike Yamada and Victoria Ying's book called "Curiosities: An Illustrated History of Ancestral Oddity". It is a great book with amazing art and a great story. The show itself was called Curiosities and the idea behind it was that each artist just inherited an old mansion and in that mansion what kind of odd/scary objects did we find there? I immediately thought of a wedding portrait but I wanted it to have a subtle Day of the Dead feel as well as a impending feeling of doom. A marriage not meant to last if you will. So me being me, I chose the short lived coexistence of the male and female mantis. Odd enough for you? I love this piece and hope that someday someone wants to purchase it. "Till Death..."
After the Adventure Time Show at Gallery Nucleus, I received a few requests for commissions. I had a client who is in love with the Jiggler and had to have him. I immediately said yes and soon realized that the "yes" came with a few requirements. It was tough but I made the Jiggler to all my clients specs and it was love at first site. This Jiggler is two feet tall. He has several accessories including two sets of articulate arms and legs each with a snap at the end so that they can be positioned in any of the Jiggler's "ports". He also has three different expressive mouths. A smile, a whistle, and a frown.