Beautiful/Decay and Canson/Royal Talens Team Up

There’s a very generous art supply grant that Canson and Royal Talens are doing through Beautiful/Decay Magazine.  I’m so psyched to see a company get behind creative people. Especially when money is tight. I already use Arches paper, which is one of their products.  They make a ton of different types of paint and other cool stuff too.

  Basically they are giving eight artists a large amount of supplies.  They’ve picked the first artist, Wendell Gladstone, and they’ve got 7 more to go.  It would be really great if B/D gets a strong response to the program, because then they could get the program extended.

 Please click through to the Beautiful/Decay article – click here.  Then do some of these things: 1. click the word Canson and “like” Canson on facebook;  2. click the link for Royal Talens; 3. leave your mark – write a comment, tweet, or post the link to your facebook.  Tweeting and posting to facebook are easy if you have accounts, you just have to click the little buttons at the foot of the article.

>Updates: Gallery Poulsen, Beautiful/Decay Magazine, New Website

>  Summer doesn’t officially start for another 2 weeks, but there’s a heat wave here in New York.  I’m sweating over my keyboard to send this update.  I have a couple of fantastic things to share.

  If you missed it, I did a studio visit with Melissa Brown for Beautiful/Decay Magazine’s website, which was republished on the Huffington Post.  Here’s the original, and the HP link too.  Melissa is one of those amazing people who makes inexplicably good art, she doesn’t need my help, but I tried to get her to talk about her inspirations.  There’s a ton of pictures of the interior of her studio, which was set up partially for collage and drawing, and partially for printmaking.  In addition, Melissa just came out a week or two ago with a new silk screen which I like a lot; for a meager $100 you can get a print that could end up holding a place in art history, you can see that here.

 It was my good luck to land an interview in the upcoming print Beautiful/Decay, Book 6 “Future Perfect,” with Corey Thompson.  Out of hundreds of amazing submissions Corey won B/D’s contest based around the theme of “Future Perfect.”  I got to grill him on his inspirations, work habits, utopian/dystopian ideals, and also his REALLY GREAT ART.   Great, for me, means something has both extremes of good and bad, and those coalesce to form a bigger meaning: the greater picture.  If you want to see what I mean, sorry, you can’t see the interview online, because it’s in the print mag.  You have to get a copy, and B/D sells out fast – so it’s better to subscribe.  (I have an article/interview in the current Beautiful/Decay, Book 5 Psychonauts, about Saul Chernick and his a m a z i n g ink drawings, but, illustrating my point, it has saddled its horse and rode into the sunset, having already sold out.)

 Also, I’m very psyched to announce I’m in a group show: Bitches Brew – New Art from New York Part II, opening June 17th, at Gallery Poulsen in Copenhagen.  There’s some amazing artists in the show, to name a few that I look up too: Tom Sanford, Aaron Johnson, and Michael Anderson.  In reality I’m in over my head with this crowd of art-world-giants, but that’s the best way to grow. I like situations that make me push myself further, to paint/draw/write more eloquently, and this is one of them.  I revamped my website last week, that’s here, there’s links to my artwork, but also all the studio visits I’ve done for B/D which I am very proud of.

Here’s Gallery Poulsen’s press announcement for Bitches Brew:
English Version:

One year ago, Morten Poulsen opened his doors to new premises in the meatpacking district with an explosive temper assholes-gang from Brooklyn, New York.

Morten Poulsen found “The Irascible Assholes”, as the seven contemporary artists back then called themselves, in a disused industrial area in New York. Here ghosts of past workers mingled with the kings of creativity in the shadow of blackened chimneys.

From one continent to another – a formerly vibrant industrial area to another – Morten Poulsen took them across the Atlantic and introduced Copenhagen for the young Americans, who currently dictate the art-scene of the world.

It’s a year ago. Now they are back and they are over twice as many!

The former assholes have become bitches, and under the name “Bitches Brew” 18 men and women experiments with both pastel, ceramics, video, pipe cleaners, photography, textiles, painting and even a dying plant in order to get the message through.

With their individual works the mission is to paint a comprehensive picture of an America that is uncertain balanced on pillars of grotesque sexuality and natural decay – a breeding place where coincidences and reinventions pair up to become reborn again in an unprecedented form.

With more than 30 works the exhibition becomes a massive installation, where both video-works and installations contribute to a homogeneous experience of the bitches art, that communicates a contemporary picture of a changing world.

From the vulgar mundane to the grandiose stupid!!!

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I was so psyched to get to draw with Taylor McKimens and Ted Gahl a couple of months ago. That’s sort of the drawing equivalent of getting to shoot free throws with Michael Jordan.

>New Art

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Most of this work is completely new, some of it is reworked.  

>Studio Visit: Bill Donovan (self-portrait)

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This is the garage I work in.  Straight Sexy, haha.


What can I say?

I like art a lot. I guess that’s obvious.  This has high-gloss acrylic on it, so its too shiny to photograph well.  If you like my photos, then you like it raw anyways.

I like seeing what other people are up to, but it feels uncomfortable to expose myself. The way I’m going bald looks like a double mohawk, you can’t take the punk out of the boy.  I did have a mohawk once, as a dare, I gave it myself on the last day of highschool with a pair of scissors.

I’ve always liked to draw Laur. She’s my dream girl.  When I was in college I made about 50 paintings of her, and they were how I got into the painting program at the University of Iowa.  When I was 21 I won a $600 fellowship from paintings of Laur, that was a lot to me back then.


Ok, so this drawing is a little weird. I made it as a way to explain why I draw old cartoons, to give it a backstory. So I drew (copied) all these old portraits, along with a couple from a J Crew catalog, and was thinking of them as the founders of a cult that worships my strange cartoons. That way my irrational predilection for drawing early Americana cartoons would be explained, but in retrospect I just made it weirder. That’s where my natural talent lies anyways.

Wes Lang

Just finished a new Wes Lang Studio Visit, will be available in the next day on Beautiful/Decay. Only place to see his new work, it’s bound for Europe on Wedsnesday.

UNCOVERED chapter 1: Wes Lang from sacha cesana on Vimeo.

Being Intellectual without Reading

The Swiss based European Graduate School, which has English instruction, has a youtube channel with a shitload of contemporary philosophy videos, including the exciting luminaries: Manuel De Landa, Slavoj Zizek, Jean Baudrillard, and Michel Houellebecq.

If you don’t like to read, but are interested in philosophy, this is as good as you’ll get.

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