Arthur Danto’s “The End of Art”: Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

Philosopher, and art-critic, Arthur Danto’s “The End of Art” is considered one of the most important and influential essays on art in the 20th century. The influence is undeniable, the importance determined by how important people take it to be, and the underlying arguments in relation to reality bonkers. Art ended before I was born,…

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New Art: Selfies From Alternate Universes # 28

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…

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New Art: (#12) Saucer Full of Secrets

With each new piece I try to do something a little different, and there are a few things about this one that are new to the series. First, this is the only one where I used my digital impasto technique. It seemed appropriate for another new thing, which is the under-water location. Another odd bit…

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The painfully obvious thing nobody is saying about the Bjork Exhibit at MOMA

I wouldn’t bother writing about such a piece of fluff if I hadn’t read several reviews in which the critics bent over backwards, and forwards, to not address the central problem or issues of the exhibit, or else denied it. Everyone is panning the show because of how it was executed, but also being extremely…

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Milo Moiré’s latest nude performance stomps on feminism with high heels and smothers it with silicon implants (NSFW).

You might remember Milo Moire as the infamous egg-expressing, Expressionist painter. I was critical of that piece, but blamed the art world for rewarding that kind of work, pitied her, and gave her a measure of the benefit of the doubt. No more. In her latest stunt – a performance entitled, “How Much Abstraction Can…

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On Kawara’s Last Painting, and the futility of a rarified signature style.

On Kawara is most recognized for the “date paintings” he began in 1966. He essentially decided to make one painting a day of the date, on a monochrome surface, by hand. This didn’t work out practically, so he missed days, and nobody seems to mind this. More than 25,000 of these paintings are credited to…

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Is The New Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold Horribly Flawed?!

You might have heard that Paul Gauguin’s painting of two Tahitian girls, When Will You Marry”,  sold for $300m (£197m), which it the most any work of art has ever sold for, but nobody is talking about the dramatic flaws in the painting. And yes, I do know the difference between exaggeration, abstraction, stylization, combinations…

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The Radical New Boring Shit

I’m speechless. Here’s what was said in the German art magazine, Dorfzeitung, which I translated into English using Google translate. First, I had this piece Groos has worked for 4 years as a more postmodern text panel. I laughed. I snorted. But I did not leave the show. Generations and artistic impact of the target, confusion,…

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Christopher Wool’s new introspective honesty

Christopher Wool has always been a hard-ass kind of artist, that likes to taunt the viewer. His B&W stencil paintings challenge the bourgeois sense of what art or painting is, and his messages, such as “FUCKEM IFTHEY CANT TAKE AJOKE” are just a little hostile. Wool is a bad boy with bad spelling and punctuation,…

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Artist exhibits Duchamp’s “Fountain” in restroom to take the museum out of art.

Artist pranks the original prankster, and makes us reevaluate what art isn’t. Art history tells us Marcel Duchamp’s submission of a urinal to the exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists in 1917 was the greatest artistic achievement of the last century, creating the avant-garde and setting art on a bold new trajectory. The comically named…

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What’s wrong with this picture?

Any takers? Can you guess what I think is the problem here? It seems to point to a real problem with contemporary art, and how we think about it, which significantly DOESN’T apply to other creative genres like music, film, or literature.

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Stenciling Over Banksy, article about me

Manhattan. Why stencil over Banksy, and why a giant ugly bug? Artist, Eric Küns stenciled over You Complete Me, Banksy’s most famous piece from his October, month-long-residency in NY. Many were surprised at the audacity of someone painting over a world-famous artist at the peak of his recognition, but Küns argues it’s no big deal because Banksy…

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Attack of the Existentialist Stencil Fly

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Does BIGGER make better art?

Magazine cover and feature article about my sculpture, “Exhibitionist Fly”. Click on the image to see the high-rez, readable version.

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Deconstructing Jeff Koons’ paintings, and why they are an attempt at original art (as opposed to his usual appropriations)

Jeff Koons’ new paintings represent a radical departure from his prior work, though recurring motifs such as foil balloon animals and mild erotica give a false impression of sameness and continuity. However, unlike any of his previous works, in the new body of paintings Koons hasn’t merely appropriated already existing objects or images in their…

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Worthless plaster mall rabbit sold as fine art sculpture for millions

The fine art crowd had been fooled again. They’ve fallen for forgeries of Abstract Expressionist paintings by a Chinese artist; paid record amounts for one-striped paintings; crowned a businessman who can’t sculpt the greatest living artist when he merely makes reproductions of the most innocuous kitsch; and now they’ve bought a cheesy mall sculpture mistaking…

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New art, “Last Seen in Vientiane”

If you saw my last piece, you might be surprised at how different this one is from it. The last one looked like a painting and was all drawn from the imagination on the computer. This one is a very elaborate collage of photographs I took in Vientiane (I’ve lived in Asia for about 7…

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The year of art starts today

Six weeks ago I announced I was going to take a year off teaching and devote myself to making art. I resigned from my job, but stayed on to finish out the term. Now the journey is underway. And what hubris it takes to “quit the day job”, and tempt fate to teach me a lesson…

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Best of my new work

These are my more serious new images. All are digitally created using only Photoshop, my own photos, drawings, and endless tablet work. Bellow the “gallery” are all the same images in standard format. Below are the same images. Some have links to in depth posts about them with close-ups, and background information about the process,…

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Alien Autopsy Gallery

Read the blog post about this image here. Prints available:

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Rorschach Experiment 1, revised Gallery with Details

For the full gallery experience, click on any image below: To read a longer post about this image, including the process and interpretation, go here. If you like this piece, you might like this one: Prints for sale!

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Rorschach Experiment 1, revised

I haven’t done a lot of non-representational pieces, and that has something to do with me thinking they are a cop out. Typically, one doesn’t have to deal with subject matter or meaning. One doesn’t have to call upon one’s life experience (or lack thereof) or have anything significant to say. Just flinging paint about…

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Fake Abstract Expressionist paintings sold for millions

A Chinese artist made fake big-name Abstract Expressionist paintings in his garage, and nearsighted chumps hoping to make a fortune on their investments snapped them up. This story is all over the news, but the focus is on the art world, buyers/sellers, and the law, whereas my interest is from an artistic and a cultural…

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Gallery for Mindscape 1

I created a gallery so people can see the images optimized to their monitors and with less distraction. See the original blog post with explanations, a process animation, influences and more…

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New art: Mindscape 1

I just completed this image to my satisfaction. Like so many of my pieces, it started as an experiment. The idea was to make a non-representational image with all the qualities of being representational: foreground, background, modelling, and shading. There are figures, recesses, protuberances, open space, geographic and architectural elements. All the building-blocks of reality,…

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Robert Ryman – Whiting Out Art for Posterity

“Ryman is the undisputed master of showing precisely which part of the wall you are supposed to stare at.” Back in the day before the dawn of photography artists would paint illusionistic pictures that were windows into another world, be that the world of their imaginations or just someplace other than where you were actually standing,…

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Andrew Newton stood on the shoulders of the giants of 20th century figurative painting, and leapt

One of the very best artists I’ve discovered through prowling around on the internet (in this case at Deviantart) is Andrew Newton, who did rather tight photo-realistic paintings in the past (the type that show every wrinkle, reflection, and wayward hair); but whose new work has broken out imaginatively into new terrain that faithfulness to…

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Help, I’m a rock!

Humorous art by me (sort of an existential-angst-karma joke.). The idea comes from song lyrics by, “The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Ensemble Band.” I’ve just been going around saying, “Help! I’m a rock!” a lot. It kinda’ got in my head and I thought about how it would suck to be a rock, and…

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