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  1. Art is not a conversation piece for mental masturbation! (11/20/2018) - Sometimes I say or do something that’s so obvious to me that I can’t believe nobody else has done it or said it. Apparently the above is an original quote by me [I also made the graphic.]. You can even take out the “for mental masturbation” part, and “art is not a conversation piece” is […]
  2. Parody Articles Published in Prestigious Academic Journals, And Why The Art World is in Denial (11/19/2018) - [When you know what you are supposed to think, it means that you aren’t supposed to think.] I wrote a whole article about this, and then decided I don’t want to engage or react to the radical left (or right) ideologues, or poison my peace of mind with their neurosis (anymore), if I can help […]
  3. Alien Monster Messiah #2: Martian Soul Harvester (11/12/2018) - This is the 2nd piece in my new series. If you are one of my perspicacious fans, you’ll have seen this before, but it’s a larger, revised, impasto version, which will be more evident in the close-ups. The original is below: I could have probably done with just touching up the original, but I wanted […]
  4. Schoolmarmy Regurgitation of the Correct Political Opinion is Not Performance Art (11/11/2018) - Righteous political posturing is not synonymous with significant artistic achievement. The art world is so afraid of the political moralists that it is compelled to make any trivial political protest into front-page art news, and refuses to criticize it, even as art. Allow me to put a little perspective on this boring-ass, preachy, completely unoriginal […]
  5. What Is the Secret to Making It as an Artist? Bad News, Folks…. (11/10/2018) - According to an article in artnetnews, the key is merely to be picked up by a big name venue early in your career. Sorry everyone else, your actual art is irrelevant, and THAT is F’ing pathetic. This is super depressing shit, and stupid. News flash: terminal myopia is not the right metaphor for visual art […]
  6. Julian Schnabel’s Clueless Self-Indictment (11/10/2018) - This photo makes me angry. I haven’t seen or suspected anything could be this delusional in the art world since Jeff Koons claimed he improved upon old-master paintings by affixing a gaudy, blue gazing ball to assistant-painted copies of them. It’s not just that Schnabel had the arrogance to curate his own work next to […]
  7. New Art, New Series: Alien Monster Messiah #1 (11/2/2018) - This might seem an unexpected departure from my self-portrait series (I’m taking a break from it), unless you already know me or my blog, in which case you might think, “Here we go again!”. I’ll grandfather in (not sure if that’s the right term here, but you get the idea) several pieces that fit nicely […]
  8. New Art: SFAU # 29 [Complete] (10/24/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from alternate universes. This […]
  9. New Art: SFAU # 29 [Right Side] (10/19/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from alternate universes. There […]
  10. Banksy Laughing His Way to the Bank, See (10/6/2018) - Banksy’s “subversive” publicity stunt was a smashing succe$$! If I were the buyer, I’d be thrilled. Of the more than 750 similar fine art “limited editions” of the same print, starting at $50,000 each, this is the only one the marketing mastermind has outfitted with a self-destruction device (which also creates a new work of […]
  11. Runaway Rant: A New Paradigm of Art Connoisseurship (10/4/2018) - The current paradigm is Investment, which is cynically boring in terms of art appreciation, and tragically myopic. Art is reduced to objects with price-tags on them that investors gamble on, while also trying to influence the market by promoting the artists they invest in, and so on. The end result is a handful of superstar […]
  12. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 28 (10/3/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from alternate universes. Dear […]
  13. The tantalizingly Mysterious Painted Figures of Amy Regutti (9/28/2018) - One of the good things left about the Internet and social media is that we can still discover artists we appreciate on our own, before they become popular. Amy Regutti (a.k.a. “spacethrob” on Instagram), with her deceptively simple, brightly-colored, and peculiar paintings of mannequin-like, animated figures is one of the more unique artistic voices I’ve […]
  14. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 27 (9/20/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from alternate universes. With […]
  15. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 26 (9/11/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from alternate universes. It’s […]
  16. New Art (#49) ~ Alienscream (8/30/2018) - I’ve been picking away at this one for a while, abandoned it a couple times, and finally finished it. It was more difficult than my prior piece for this series (below), and the main difference is just that I used a smoother brush. The smoother brush is more technical and demanding in terms of rendering […]
  17. Runaway Rant: Why is the Art World So Toxic? (8/30/2018) - My last article was an attempt (I like to think a successful one) at disentangling the verbose “theory” of Roland Barthes that “The Author is Dead”. I shared my article in a couple Reddit forums, one being “philosophy” and the other “art theory”. There were a lot of responses, most the initial ones fairly reasonable, […]
  18. “The Death of the Author” Debunked. (8/27/2018) - The belief that “the author is dead” is one of the unquestioned bad ideas that has become gospel in the art world. It’s usually just asserted — along with its companion notions that originality is impossible, and the artist’s intent is irrelevant — as if to deny it is as hopelessly naive as denying evolution. […]
  19. Runaway Rant: Morality is the Enemy of Art (8/20/2018) - Anything that opposes art is probably immoral, even or especially when it wraps itself in the cloak of morality. The least we can ask of moral crusaders is that they are fighting for the highest good, and not merely advocating for their own special interests and personal benefit in and through alienating and disenfranchising others. […]
  20. Eric Wayne — Loud Alien Noize (8/14/2018) - Loud Alien Noize did a feature on my Selfies From Alternate Universes series. Click on the pic or the link to check it out, and he’s got lots of other fascinating content about art, music, film, and culture. Seriously folks, the public reaction to this series has been somewhere between milquetoast and viscous (and stupid) […]
  21. Video with Morphs of 1st 25 images in my SFAU Series (8/13/2018) - I used an old-ish free program to create morphs between images for the 1st 25 pieces in my SFAU series. I have to do it mechanically by creating reference points between images, and so on. I zoomed in and cropped on the faces where necessary, so it’s just the faces and not the whole paintings. […]
  22. Alex Jones is a nut, but his being universally banned is chilling. (8/7/2018) - I’d sooner get my news from The Onion or The Weekly World News than from Alex Jones, but his sudden disappearance is cause for alarm. The underlying and inescapable message is that anyone can be scrubbed from social media without accountability. Your on-line existence can be ERASED, and we must simply have blind faith that […]
  23. The day I decided the art world was a toxic sea of relativist bullshit (8/5/2018) - I can’t pinpoint the day, exactly, but it was recently. I suppose I clung to my faith as long as I could. It’s easier for someone who doesn’t have a Master’s in art, and who hasn’t dedicated his life to art to accept that the paradigm has become poisonous. It wasn’t so long ago that […]
  24. Practicing Drawing Skulls (7/21/2018) - Skulls are really good practice, and interesting. Even though I got my MFA a quarter century ago, I regularly learn new things (ex., a sculpting program like Zbrush), or hone my skills. In the last two days I knocked out a couple skulls. They took about 60-90 minutes each. There are multiple reasons this is […]
  25. New Art (#48) ~The Giant’s Den (7/18/2018) - This is a style of B&W drawing I return to again and again. Not only have I done at least 10 using  the same approach recently, I used to use the same technique for charcoal drawings 25 years ago. The procedure is super simple and direct, and it relies entirely on my imagination, memory, and […]
  26. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 25 (7/12/2018) - Hi kids. It’s your Uncle Eric. I’m back with another image in this series, and I know you’ve been dyin’ t’ see it.  If you don’t know,  all of these digital paintings are based on my humble visage after feeding it through the ever popular neural network that is Faceapp. Now, your uncle has been […]
  27. Swell-with-Bikini-Dancing-Girls No More Swimsuits for Miss America, and why that’s a bit weird. (7/11/2018) - There are 2 inconclusive conclusions I’ve recently come to appreciate. One is that nobody’s perfect. Two is that nobody lives in reality. These aren’t grand new observations, but just the kind of thing one grows to understand more over time. It helps me deal with other people and with my relationship to them. We’re all […]
  28. Runaway Rant: Is Reality the Enemy? (6/26/2018) - [One way to interpret the image above is that the mechanical yellow creature is seeking truth, clamors around a blind corner, and discovers a mysterious mask, snake, worms… The extended mouth is the hunger for knowledge and discovery, but the creature seems frightened by what he found. Note that I find interpretations a useful tool, […]
  29. Runaway Rant: Why I never Wrote a Manifesto (6/20/2018) - This is an easy one. Generally, a manifesto is a declaration of what art should be and that everyone, or anyone relevant, should somehow follow. It is by nature prescriptive. It is also constitutionally against my nature. I rather believe that art should be idiosyncratic, and each individual should have his/her own approach, style, content, […]
  30. Against Competitiveness in Art, and a Defense of Digital Art (6/19/2018) - “Digital painting isn’t painting.” ~ Charles Thomson, co-founder of Stuckism. “I can appreciate digital art, I just don’t want it on my wall.” ~ Bill Schafer, gallery owner of the Hyaena Gallery in LA. “I just don’t like digital, computer generated art. All of it I’ve seen comes across as kitschy and more for a […]
  31. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 24 (6/18/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from alternate universes. Though […]
  32. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 23 (6/13/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from alternate universes. If […]
  33. Runaway Rant: The Problem with “White Privilege” (6/10/2018) - I like to stick to talking mostly about matters of art, but politics has so infiltrated the art world that you can’t be an artist without being clobbered over the head with certain ideas; and your work and career are evaluated, bolstered, or derailed in accordance with them. One of the biggest, most contentious and […]
  34. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 22: With Puppy (6/9/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from alternate universes. If […]
  35. Runaway Rant: Roseanne, Crime & Punishment (6/6/2018) - How serious of a crime is a foul tweet, and what should the punishment be? The Crime Roseanne tweeted something stupid and offensive. Agreed. She said someone who is part black looks like a cross between the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes. It’s not just sophomoric, it’s elementary school recess time bullying — […]
  36. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 21 (6/5/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from alternate universes. By […]
  37. Runaway Rant: Social Engineering and the Suppression of Thought. (6/1/2018) - I’m doing these rants – and by rant I mean getting down my thoughts in one go without much editing – because I will have ideas I’m mulling over and want to share, but don’t have time to do one of my more thorough blog posts. Social engineering is huge these days, especially once you […]
  38. Runaway rant: The enemy of your enemy is not your friend. (5/30/2018) - Almost every day I am disgusted by politics and ideology. Recently I wrote about how you can never have all the answers, or most of them, because your relation to those answers is perpetually in flux. No hard fact has any import except in relation to a subjective, vulnerable consciousness. We can all agree on […]
  39. Return of the Human Fly: A Defense of Digital Painting (5/28/2018) - This is a re-post of one of my earliest posts from roughly 5 years ago. Then, and now, I have to contend with people dismissing my art entirely with this or that foregone conclusion about using the computer as a tool to make art. Someone recently (OK, yesterday) accused that “the machine” makes the image, […]
  40. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 20: Boy With Dog (5/26/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after basically being fed through a neural network (which can change age, gender, etc.), then edited and painted using various programs. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from  alternate universes. This […]
  41. Runaway Rant: How I Conceive of People Vs. Identity Politics (5/22/2018) - You are not a thing. You are a phenomenon. And here are several things I’m mulling over because even if we have firm conclusions about anything, how much those conclusions resonate, and how we relate to them is in perpetual flux. This is why I find myself reexamining the same questions on an almost daily […]
  42. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 19: with Gan-Q (5/21/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after being fed through Faceapp (which can change age, gender, etc.), then altered in Photoshop, and then painted in Corel Painter. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from parallel dimensions or […]
  43. Runaway Rant. Instagram – Tit for Tat – Spammy artists… (5/16/2018) - Sometimes I wake up and it just seems like everything is stacked against me, though not me in particular. As people like to say, “it’s not personal”. No, it isn’t. It’s an affront to the personal and the individual. It’s calculatedly indifferent. It’s clinical. It’s commercial. It’s about power and money, money and power. It’s […]
  44. Quotas for Art Museums. It’s here! (5/9/2018) - QUOTAS FOR ART MUSEUMS Are quotas a good idea for art museums? Should museum collections be based on race, gender, and sexual orientation/identification? The Baltimore Museum of Art is doing something very similar to that: selling off works in the permanent collection by white males, and replacing them with new art by marginalized persons. Some […]
  45. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 18: The Cure (5/7/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after being fed through Faceapp (which can change age, gender, etc.), then altered in Photoshop, and then painted in Corel Painter. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from parallel dimensions or […]
  46. Egg On Egon Schiele (5/4/2018) - Maybe Egon Schiele was a bad egg, and maybe not. Maybe I watched too many Frankenstein movies as a kid, because whenever people get out the torches and pitchforks I find myself sympathizing with the “monster”. What if he’s just misunderstood? I tend to think it’s better to be the person weighing the stone in […]
  47. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 17: The Prisoner (4/28/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after being fed through Faceapp (which can change age, gender, etc.), then altered in Photoshop, and then painted in Corel Painter. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from parallel dimensions or […]
  48. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 16 (4/24/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after being fed through Faceapp (which can change age, gender, etc.), then altered in Photoshop, and then painted in Corel Painter. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like self portraits from parallel dimensions or […]
  49. Reflections on 5 Years of Blogging, and a Few Insights (4/24/2018) - A small graphic from WordPress appeared a couple days ago notifying me that I’ve been blogging for 5 years. Two things come immediately to mind when faced with that fact. One is that I’ve continued to blog, and expand my site far beyond what I could have ever conceived when I started. I have 560 […]
  50. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 15 “Elle” (4/14/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after being fed through Faceapp (which can change age, gender, etc.), then altered in Photoshop, and then painted in Corel Painter. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like portraits from parallel dimensions or alternate […]
  51. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 14 “Mad as Hell” (4/13/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after being fed through Faceapp (which can change age, gender, etc.), then altered in Photoshop, and then painted in Corel Painter. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like portraits from parallel dimensions or alternate […]
  52. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 13 (2bl Portrait) (4/8/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after being fed through Faceapp (which can change age, gender, etc.), then altered in Photoshop, and then painted in Corel Painter. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like portraits from parallel dimensions or alternate […]
  53. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes #11 & 12 (3/23/2018) - If you are new to this series all the images are based on recent photos of me after being fed through Faceapp (which can change age, gender, etc.), then altered in Photoshop, and then painted in Corel Painter. None of the people actually exist, and thus they are like portraits from parallel dimensions or alternate […]
  54. Pretty Dumb Bombast: Hirst’s New Shit (3/22/2018) - From birthday parties, to showers or a night out with friends, you can reserve our splatter room for a fun get-together. All can join in to make one large masterpiece or everyone makes their own piece of art, there is no age limit or skill required!! There are formulas, or templates one can use to […]
  55. Instagram Gem O’ Th’day #5: Troy Brooks (3/21/2018) - Because I find some of the most striking visual art when prowling through people’s Instagram posts. @officialtroybrooks Troy Brooks always paints elegantl, extremely elongated, idealized, beautiful and frightening women. One of the things I most like about his art is that I like it in spite of myself. By that I mean that it’s not […]
  56. Instagram Gem O’ Th’day #4: Trude Viken (3/20/2018) -  Because I find some of the most striking visual art when prowling through people’s Instagram posts. @trude_viken Trude Viken is an artist I discovered while searching #contemporaryart, and is a perfect example of why I am sharing Instagram posts. Normally we get our art filtered through art publications and critics. It comes with the stamp […]
  57. Instagram Gem O’ Th’day #3: Lucien Freud (3/19/2018) - Because I find some of the most striking visual art when prowling through people’s Instagram posts. I intended to feature living artists from their own posts, but this Freud leapt out from my feed as an amazing and audacious painting. @truevisionaries_ I think I can safely say that Lucien Freud is the greatest portrait/figure painter […]
  58. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes #10 (3/18/2018) - This is #10 in the series so far. I’ve started sharing these on Instagram, which I didn’t do earlier because people mostly just look at the pics without reading, and if you don’t know the back story, you will just assume they are photo-realistic paintings of people that exist, or if you don’t look that […]
  59. Instagram Gem O’ Th’day #2: Alex Grey (3/18/2018) - Because I find some of the most striking visual art when prowling through people’s Instagram posts. This is the second installment in a series of more brief articles I’m doing revolving around one image by a living artist, taken from an Instagram post. This time I reproduced the whole post, and I’ll also share the […]
  60. Instagram Gem O’ Th’day #1: Charlie Immer (3/17/2018) - Because I find some of the most striking visual art when prowling through people’s Instagram posts. @charlieimmer Don’t be deceived by the comically horrific subject matter, this is a serious and sophisticated achievement in fine art painting. Just stop and notice how the artist — Charlie Immer — has negotiated illusionistic three-dimensional space. Look at […]
  61. Good Guy Hunting: In Defense of Matt Damon (3/15/2018) - Matt Damon suggested that the punishment should fit the crime, and for this thought-crime the public deemed the fitting punishment to be the end of his career. This is the sad story in which an actor is forced to apologize for reminding us that we shouldn’t exact extreme punishment for minor transgressions. The irony being […]
  62. People Who Shouldn’t be Allowed to Teach Art! (3/12/2018) - Teaching should be like medicine, in that teacher’s should take the equivalent of the hippocratic oath: to do no harm! In a recent article in Hyperallergic a veteran teacher, Anthony Hawley, discusses the sort of bitter medicine he prescribes to his students in a Color and Composition class. I would be shocked if I didn’t […]
  63. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes #9 (3/11/2018) - The latest one surprised even me. when I conceived this series I didn’t imagine this image would crop up. I find that this image seems very familiar, and not just because it looks really a lot like me in an old lady who is very upset. I feel like I’ve seen it before, but can’t […]
  64. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes #7, #8 (3/8/2018) - If you just stumbled upon my blog, for this series I’m using the neural network in FaceApp to change my face, then I tweak the image in PS, then paint over it in Corel Painter. It’s more complex than that in terms of content and process, but you get the idea. I’m sharing them in […]
  65. New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes #5, #6 (3/4/2018) - Here are the latest 2 additions to my Selfies From Alternate Universes series. Now there are 6 of these apparitions. If you didn’t read my prior post, they are all based on recent pics of me, use FaceApp, editing in Photoshop, and digital painting mostly in Corel Painter. I think I’m going to share these […]
  66. New Series Underway: Portraits From Alternate Universes (2/27/2018) - These people don’t exist. They are ghostly apparitions created in the mad scientist’s soupy cauldron of neural network technology. They presage a time when we can play God and fashion artificially intelligent digital humans who live and suffer in a simulated universe. All of the images are based on recent photos of me. If they […]
  67. Movie Recommendation: Beautiful Accident (2/26/2018) - What would happen if you suddenly found yourself in a different life? Sometimes watching a foreign film is as good as going on a mini-vacation. You get exposed to a different culture, another angle of perspective, and the opportunity to immerse yourself in a rich humanity that isn’t your own. The Chinese movie, Beautiful Accident […]
  68. Is Immoral Art Bad Art? (2/22/2018) - When I started chipping away at this topic I didn’t realize how enormous it was. I’ve written about censorship and highly political cases made against certain artists, but those issues are mere TIE fighters – morality is the Star Destroyer. You can vote in the poll before I have a chance to influence you one […]
  69. New Art (#47) ~ with a Galapagos Marine Iguana (2/21/2018) - It’s a bit of a miracle folks. I haven’t added to this series since November 7th, and I haven’t been able to make art for about 2 months. I gave away my monitor when I moved home to America. I couldn’t stay in the U.S. because of some unforeseen circumstances, so moved (back) to Thailand. […]
  70. Wonderful Documentary about a Chinese Van Gogh Copy Artist. (2/18/2018) - This poignant new documentary [which you can watch here] brings together two of my favorite things: Van Gogh and China. When I say China I’m talking about the everyday China that I lived in for over 4 years, and the good, hard-working people who live there: not the economic superpower or the communist government. Here […]
  71. New Page for “Thought” (2/18/2018) - I’ve been blogging for over 5 years, have more than 500 posts, and more than 500,000 views (on average a post gets 1,000 views over  time). Most my views come from Google searches, and some of my articles are in constant circulation. There was much on my site now that there was no efficient way […]
  72. Everything You Never Wanted to Know about Francis Bacon, in HD (2/17/2018) - This 2017 movie is available on YouTube in glorious HD. Bacon is probably my second favorite painter after Van Gogh, and then I don’t even have a #3 (unless it’s me). Bacon’s sordid personal life, however, is not my cup of tea (there’s a very heavy dose of sado-masochism in that brew). The film lovingly […]
  73. The Obama Portraits and Wiley’s Beheaded White Woman Paintings (2/15/2018) - The Obama Portraits My first impression of the portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama was that they were suitable, fresh, and good. I also instantly recognized Kehinde Wiley’s signature style in the painting of the president. A little research unearthed that Norman Rockwell made the depiction of Nixon; Elaine de Kooning had done the JFK […]
  74. Rebuttal to Sonya Boyce’s Defense of Removing Waterhouse’s Painting (2/12/2018) - Sonya Boyce’s political, conceptual art piece which included removing a Pre-Raphaelite painting from a museum is part of a radical left movement which has infiltrated the art world and increasingly seeks to censor art, shut down shows, condemn artists, and even destroy art. Her statement, which is designed to reinforce the rhetoric used to justify […]
  75. Get Politics the F out of Art! (2/8/2018) - [RANT ALERT!] It would be more accurate to say, “get art the F out of politics”, because politics has engulfed art and not the other way around, but then it sounds more like art is meddling in politics, which it is, but that’s a lesser problem for me. I want to free art from the […]
  76. The Waterhouse Water Nymphs Debate: Is Censorship Art? (2/7/2018) - One of the public’s favorite paintings – Hylas and the Nymphs (1896) – was removed from the Manchester Art Gallery in order to challenge historic sexism in art. Those responsible for taking down the painting insist their action was not censorship but itself a work of art. This is an incredible affront to art. Taking […]
  77. Chucking out Chuck Close for Allegedly Being Naughty (2/2/2018) - The Claims Against Chuck: Chuck Close is now believed to be a terrible person who has committed sexual harassment, in which case people further believe that his art should not be viewed. Allegedly, he uttered words like “pussy” and made lewd comments to females who he paid to pose for nude photos. He told one […]
  78. New Index of Artists I’ve Written About (1/30/2018) - You can now find this list permanently as a sub-menu of “art criticism”. This will allow readers to find articles which discuss artists they are interested in. I’ll update it as I add new posts. Abramović, Marina Why People Hate Contemporary/Conceptual Art (A section is devoted to her “The Artist is Present” performance.) The Debate […]
  79. Eerie Alfred Kubin: Forgotten Pioneer of Symbolism, Expressionism, and Surrealism (1/29/2018) - Here a new art was thrown open to me, which offered free play for the imaginative expression of every conceivable world of feeling.~ Alfred Kubin (upon seeing prints by Max Klinger). If this work from 1903 doesn’t seem really weird to you, and in a good way, with its bizarre crab fishing babies out of […]
  80. Bad Luck, or Bad Actors and Unimaginative Drones, etc. (1/26/2018) -   A long meditation on a very difficult period in my life, which ain’t over yet. It will be divided into 7 parts. 1) Bad Luck 2) Bad Actors and Unimaginative Drones 3) The Bitter Pill 4) My Original Sin 5) When I Decided I Needed to Make Art 6) How to Survive 7) A […]
  81. Missile Attack – Last Post – Purpose of Life (1/13/2018) - Recently I did a post about bad luck. Things can always get worse. Today I was on one of my long early morning walks and a car pulled up along side me. The driver yelled something. I wondered what the hell he could be upset about. I’m just some guy walking and most the people […]
  82. Dismantling the Dominant Art Narrative (1/8/2018) - Book Review: American Art Since 1945, by David Joseselit (which is a handy distillation of current art orthodoxy to deflate). This book could have been dictated by a blind person who had a peculiar obsession with rarefied conceptual art theory. The pleasure of looking at art is never considered. American Art Since 1945, by David […]
  83. Bad Luck & Rupturing the Protective Bubble of Complacency… (12/31/2017) -   Bad Luck: I haven’t been able to complete any new art this month [see samples of my art above], nor write articles. It’s because I had the opportunity to move back to the U.S. and stay somewhere where I could devote myself to art for about a year, and thus I moved. This was […]
  84. New Art: Splinter-Eye (Color Version) (11/29/2017) - This is the color version of a drawing I finished earlier this month: And this was based on a ball-point sketch I did in a lined pad of paper: I like the color version with its Impressionist colors and treatment, but the B&W I feel is more mesmerizing. Maybe that’s just how I feel at […]
  85. My Early Art is Rescued, and Musing on the Dumb Prejudice Against Digital Art (11/24/2017) - My Early Work is Saved There are many reasons being an artist is rough, or as we artists might say to ourselves at times “sucks”. 90% of art majors do not continue on to art careers (according to an article in The Atlantic), and I would guess that among visual artists that number is even […]
  86. New Art: Splinter Eye (Alien Messiah) (11/22/2017) - For my next exciting act I’m going to attempt to make this into a color, digital painting. I’ll save the commentary until then. For now the image can stand on its own. Be back soon with another baboon: ~ Eric Funding. Through Patreon, you can give $1 (or more) per month to help keep me […]
  87. New 6 Minute Video Showcasing a Bunch of My Work (11/14/2017) - Video may be the best way to share my art, because I can include close ups and pans and give it some music. For this one I used Camtasia, which is better for recording what you see on your monitor (useful for tutorials and such), but not so good with the specific things I was […]
  88. New Art (#46) The Prisoner (of Fate & Chaos), with new technique … (11/7/2017) - The new technique, as you can plainly see above, is how to go from a rough B&W image into a painterly, color one, without losing the roughness or drama of the original. I won’t go into the details of how it’s done, which is kinda’ a secret anyway, but it uses a combo of Photoshop […]
  89. My Amazing Patrons (11/5/2017) - Here are my generous and perspicacious supporters through Patreon or Paypal (who also choose to be listed). They help make it possible for me to continue making challenging new fine art images and writing art criticism and other articles. If you’d like to contribute (for as little as $1 a month), in which case I […]
  90. New Art: “The Last Supper” (Tribute to Emil Nolde) (11/1/2017) - If you are thinking something along the lines of, “Why the hell would anyone draw THAT in 2017?”, than I think you’ve answered your own question. Precisely. Why do something anyone else would do? And no I’m not religious or anti-religious. Please notice: The alien and its hand on the woman’s head. The whole snake. […]
  91. Another Critic Hates Francis Bacon, and is Clueless (10/31/2017) - I just happened across a 2015 article –  “Francis Bacon and the Masters review – a cruel exposure of a con artist” – by Jonathan Jones of The Guardian fame, about how he can no longer take Bacon seriously, in which case I can no longer take Jonathan Jones seriously. It very well may be […]
  92. Art Criticism Book Review: Tom Wolfe, “The Painted Word” (10/23/2017) - “The Painted Word hit the art world like a really bad, MSG-headache-producing, Chinese lunch.” – Rosalind Krauss. [If you know who Rosalind Krauss is, and her writing, you would know to consider the source, especially if you’d ever tried to plow through her attempts to harness and parrot the worse verbal excesses of the French […]
  93. Why the Still Image is Still Vital (10/23/2017) - I was going to say, “Why the still image is still relevant” but that’s already a conceit: it’s merely not irrelevant. What I’m talking about might be most evident in photography, say, when you compare it to watching an artsy 70’s film with lingering shots that work as portraits, and it’s one beautiful image after […]
  94. Believing is Seeing? (10/21/2017) - [Rant, which means I write this in one go, no editing. There’s a certain poetry to how sentences just unravel like a coiled rug. But mostly I don’t have time to write my more academic articles right now, and that’s because I’m much more subsumed in making my own art. Wait, I’d better do one […]
  95. New Art (#45): Now is the Season of the Witch. (10/19/2017) - Yup, this is #45 of images all made from my imagination, and unpremeditated. And this means there’s a lot of subconscious influence. I don’t know that I would have deliberately thought of that weird, striped creature, who is striped or entwined by snaky coils, depending on how you look at it. It’s also bending forward, […]
  96. F_ck The Fountain! (10/11/2017) - [An unedited rant written in one go over a cup of coffee. This time I’m leaving in my typos and other shit. Yes, I know that “it’s” as a possessive doesn’t get an apostrophe, and I know the difference between “your” and “you’re”, and between “there” and “their” and “they’re”… But when I type, I […]
  97. The “Spiritual” in Art for the Intellectually Rigorous (10/6/2017) - “Not only is the universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.” ~ Werner Heisenberg. I recently received an email in which someone addressed the sticky issue of me sometimes using the word spiritual (often in combination with psychedelic like this psychedelic/spiritual) in describing my art. Yes, I realize for most […]
  98. Video explaining my new piece, Ecstatic Communion. (10/3/2017) - I did this in one shot, and just used my laptop microphone, so the sound quality is not as good as I’ve done in the past. But I cover the main points, and there are some good ones in there. And now I want you to look at this shit: Occasionally I get somewhat dejected […]
  99. New Art (#44): Ecstatic Communion (10/2/2017) - This one merits some explanation, but I’m working on a video that handles that better than writing about it, because I can zoom in and out, and highlight areas I want to discuss. In the mean time, better to access it through the eyes than via verbal/written language, in the same way it’s better to […]
  100. New Art (#43): Gorgon-Odalisque (9/14/2017) - Look if you dare. Do the typical swipe before even blinking once. But beware if you linger. This is one of my darker pieces, dredged up from the subconscious. If you stare at it you start to get sucked in and images will suddenly appear. The more you look, the deeper it gets. There is […]
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