Wednesday, July 23, 2014

OH ROB! Mary Tyler Moore as you've NEVER seen her! NSFW (really)!

What makes art great?
For one thing, passion. It's that desire that drives you to bring your vision to life.
Even if you aren't getting paid. Even if you have to work all night. Even if other's might not like it. You can't stop that fever in your brain from flowing out to your hands and then onto the paper.
And if this art has anything, it's got passion!
But I think it has even more. Humor. Sex.
And Mary Tyler Moore.

I'm going to be a little vague on the origins of these masterpieces because of their risque and personal subject matter.
In the late 90s a pal of mine was helping as a friend of the family for the estate sale of of very creative artist/designer/creator deceased gentleman, survived by his elderly wife and children, who were clearing out the house. His nominal fee would be a few things here and there that he liked. As my understanding goes, while organizing the rooms and rooms of stuff, he came across this mans erotic artistic passion.
Lot's of it.
Lot's and lots of it.
And thought, if the family doesn't know about it already, I'll just discreetly add it to my stash.
Eventually, through pleading and the offering of piles of valuables, I acquired them.
I love collage/photomontage art (Hannah Höch, Raul Hausmann, Max Ernst, Tom Wesselmann, Richard Hamilton and so many more -just Google away).
I also am fond of nude women (the cat's out of the bag now). I also have enjoyed watching The Mary Taylor Moore Show, but, I'm guessing, not as much as him.
I am also impressed by all the clandestine work that must have gone into making these. Checking the TV Guide for The Dick Van Dyke showtimes and surreptitiously  taking photographs off the screen. Scouring mainstream magazines and newspapers for appropriate MTM clippings. Going though your porno stash for just the right photo to complete your jigsaw puzzle of pleasure, then sitting at the drawing table with scissors, glue and tape all over your fingers, your glasses perched on the tip of your nose, tongue poking out the side of your mouth in concentration as you try to get ...just ...RIGHT!
Knock! Knock!
"What are you doing in there?!"
"Nothing Honey! I'll be back to bed in a minute!"

The collection is available for travel to major museums.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Urban Chainsaw Massacre- a Blast from the Past!

When around 20, while still attending The American Academy of Art and living in my Dad's basement (a just fine basement by the way), I had a spurt of doing a few stories and one cover for Heavy Metal magazine. For this story, The Moviegoer, I think I had just finished a school assignment of a scratchboard illustration (a ye olden method where you draw in reverse by scratching away the black coating on a white board) and must have liked it, since I went and did 4 pages on my own (but not enough to ever try it again). As for the story, I was obviously influenced by my love of attending every horror/sci-fi/wacky movie released during the time. Also, when you have a personal vision, why not star yourself? Plus my modeling fees were very reasonable.
After it was finished, I showed it to Julie Simmons-Lynch, the HM editor, who must have been hard up to fill out the issue. The rest is Art + Storytelling History!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cheesecake Anyone? A Salute to the American Pin-Up!

Thanks to David Metzger and the whole crew that put together "Cheesecake Anyone?" at the Artspace Gallery in downtown Elgin! It proves that, if you're going to bother doing something, go balls to the wall. Luckily David didn't literally do that, but instead decorated the walls with beautiful pin-up art. And had a parade of vintage hot-rods on the street! And decked out the table with delicious snacks! And filled the floor with lovely ha-cha-cha models! And had Alyson set up to do gorgeous glamour make-up sessions! And had raffles and prizes! And had sexy Peep Shows! And… And…
Let me catch my breath!
Also, David was kind enough to give me a whole wall featuring a 2' high M.O'C signature on display where I spent most of the evening taking selfies and exclamimg. "That's ME!". The huge space was filled at least 3 times over during the evening and everyone who attended was as pleased as punch (especially if they had more than two glasses of the punch)!
Luckily there were professional photographers snapping away, but I have a few, out of focus, underlit and overlit phone pics to give you just a small taste of the show you were either thrilled to attend, or need to get to today!

The life of a Pin-Up Gallery Mastermind-
Instead of ending the evening with models on both arms,
David fills his hands with a mop and paper towels.
We can only hope that things improved at the after party!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Spine Chilling and Spooky Thrills! Not for the Faint of Heart!

If you could go back in time, what would you do?
Kill Hitler?
Romance Marilyn Monroe?
Buy Apple stock?
All fine and dandy choices, but I'd do something much more important, I'd get an Animated Display Creators catalog, order everything, and refurnish the house.
Animated Display Creators was the go-to place for all things spooky, moving and talking Aliens, Skeletons, Voodoo Headhunters, Apes, Witches, Mummies, and monsters of all shapes and sizes for Amusement Parks, Funhouses, State Fairs and Haunted Houses!