Just wanted to give everyone a heads up. I have been working the past week or so on moving the Creep Machine to a new host. This is pretty intense, as the site has been up since 2007 and is image heavy. So there is a massive amount of images to go through and prepare for the next site. I am excited to have the new site released, and to get back to writing about art. Thanks for sticking around, and I hope to see you all on the new version of the Creep Machine soon.
I just wanted to make a post and let all the fans know that the Creep Machine is still here, even if there has been a bit of silence lately. This is longest I have ever gone without making a post and I am not very happy about it. Without getting into too much detail, I was recently laid off from a job (as many people have been this past year) and I needed to rearrange my life in order to take care of family. So this left me with little time to update the site, and for a bit I wasn’t even sure I would be able to keep the site alive during this hiatus.
It is my goal this year to get going with the site again, change the look, and even move to a more reliable server. I may have had bad luck with a job, but this could be an opportunity to work harder on this site. The Creep Machine Facebook page (here) has stayed active, with the help of the amazing Maria Pickering, so please make sure you check that out as well, she has done an amazing job with that page. It’s a tough economy out there, and while I would love to do nothing more than write about art, I refuse to allow this site to get cluttered with garish ads dominating the site. I am confident this year will bring new things, and a job will come soon. What happens when we get knocked down? We get right back up, swinging. Thanks to all the fans that have stuck around, and I hope all of you had an amazing holiday.
Porterhouse Editions is set to release the first book by artist KRK Ryden entitled “Double Talk”. This hard-bound book is a collection of homographs by Ryden, is 15-1/4″ x 9-3/4″ x 3/4″, 114 pages with 51 black and white illustrations with a short essay about the artist. The book comes in two editions, the standard with just the book, and the Special Edition (limited to 50) comes in a handmade, clothbound, foil-stamped, clamshell box, a bookmark, and a signed and numbered limited edition letterpress print. This book will be available November 20th, and pre-ordered books will ship November 26th. Take a look at the preview and then head over to Porterhouse for more images as well as a video that features KRK Ryden reading some excerpts from his book.
First off, I apologize for the delay in postings the past few weeks. I am still here, and still determined to keep this site going for as long as I can. Work has been a little too hectic lately, but i’m working on getting back to posting more. So, with a bit of a delay, here is this years Halloween feature. Art from Jason Edmiston, Travis Louie, Dan Harding, Ego, Scarecrowoven, Ken Garduno, Jackie Gallagher, Tom Haubrick, Matthew Bone, Chris Mars, Jacob Bannon, Darwin Enriquez, Matt Buck, Patrick Fatica, Tom Bagshaw, Chet Zar, Apricot Mantle, Brian Smith, James Groman, and Fernando Carpaneda. Click on The Bride for the full feature.
On October 6th, the WWA Gallery in Culver City opened a group show entitled “The Noise In the Basement”. Overall the work in the show is good, however what stood out the most for me was the art of Joka. I have seen his work for a while now but was really taken with these new pieces. Every painting by Joka is created with the use of toothpicks, so in the style of the pointallists during the late 1880s, Joka goes even further and uses toothpicks in a technique he calls “hyperpointallism”. The works are colorful and have multiple layers. Pointallist works tend to blend smoothly when you are at a certain distance, and then break into the dots that create them, but with Joka’s work the closer you get you see the dots, but there is so much more there that it ends up creating this dense texture. In a way it reminds me of the grain found in certain types of films with a high iso. It looks amazing. Head on over to Joka’s Homepage for more, and then over to the gallery for the rest of the show.
Mike Correll currently has a Kickstarter campaign going in order to raise the funds needed to make his documentary on artist Chet Zar. Entitled “I Like to Paint Moonster”, this introspective look into the life and art of this inspiring artist, will give fans a closer idea of what drives him to create the work he does, and what it took to get there. The campaign is doing very well, and has around 21 days to go, with a closing date of October 12, 2012. Take a look at the video, and then head on over to the page to see how you can help.
Michael Hussar has dropped his second limited edition print of 2012 since Modern Devotionalback in February (featured). This print entitled Red King is 12.5 x 9.5″ inches, signed, numbered, and titled in an edition of 88 and also comes with a certificate of authenticity. As with most prints I have seen by Birdbath Publishing, this print is sure to look outstanding, is on top-notch rag paper, and presented and shipped in the best way possible.
Also, for fans that happen to live in London—or can simply fly over there—on Sept 28-30th, Micheal Hussar will be at the 8th International London Tattoo Convention. On Saturday, Michael will be giving an “Alla Prima” painting demo, so if you have ever wanted to see Hussar paint in person, and paint in the Alla Prima fashion which is simply “at once”, make sure you are there. Otherwise he will be at another location following the convention. Full details on the site here: London Tattoo Convention.
For the Red King print, that can be found here: Red King print by Michael Hussar
Coming this Saturday, September 8th, to the Varnish Art Gallery in San Francisco is the debut exhibition For Smoke & Mirrors by Ransom & Mitchell. This SF based art duo includes Jason Mitchell, photographer-director, and Stacy Ransom, set designer and photo-illustrator. Since 2004 the couple has Purebred Studios, a still and motion production studio in SF, that along with client work also serves as the studio they use for personal projects. Not only do Ransom & Mitchell create breathtaking images based on artist they respect, they also share how these photos were created in a behind the scenes website they call Fake Believe. Fans are able to see that what they believed to be photoshop illustration in the image was in fact part of the set, or even a full costume that was constructed just for the shoot. While living in San Francisco for a short time, I was asked to stop by the studio and hang out while the the duo and their crew worked on a new artist shoot with Scott Musgrove. Below is an exclusive image of one of the final photos from the Scott Musgrove sitting. Read more for a breakdown of the days events, and more images of this upcoming exhibition.
Dan May added a new limited edition print to his online shop today entitled Moonlight Meeting. The print is 11″ x 11″ on Hahnemuhle German Etching, 310 gsm, signed and numbered in an edition of 45. The great thing about this piece, is that is signifies a change in Dan May’s work. The monster to the left showcasing the style we have seen in his paintings for years, and the figurative foreshadowing on the right side. His paintings are becoming more figurative lately, so this piece in a way visually shows this transition.
Get it here: Dan May Online Shop
Tim Biskup has released a new print to his online shop, and while it is not the most affordable print, it’s one of the more interesting ones I have seen for a while. Doom Loop #19 is a massive 40″ x 30″ on 255g Somerset Velvet Paper, signed and numbered in an edition of 20 for $500 each. The polygon style that Tim is known for in many of his works, is really striking with this skull.
Check it out here: Tim Biskup Online Shop
San Francisco artist Robert Bowen, who also happens to have a feature spread in the August issue of Juxtapoz, has just released two new limited edition prints to his online shop. N.I.M.H. and Lucky Strike #5 Turtle Power are both 13″ x 13″ on velvet rag paper, signed and numbered in editions of 50 for $30 each.
Get em here: Robert Bowen Shop
The sixth annual Crazy 4 Cult group show opened this past week; the big change is that this time around it is in New York. There is a new lineup of artists with a good mix of new and returning favorites. Looking around the net there are stories of the long lines, people camping out to see the show, and an overall amazing night of art and cult movie entertainment. Just a handful of the artists that graced the show this year are Aaron Jasinksi, Allison Sommers, Casey Weldon, Cate Rangel, Chris B Murray, Dabs Myla, Fred Harper, Jason Edmiston, Lora Zombie, Sam Wolfe Connelly, and Travis Louie.