Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Three-and-a-half years ago, my friend Matt and I (collectively known as the Magnet Mafia) took a flight down to Arizona with suitcases full of paint, painted magnets, and empty spray cans...  We exhibited our work on the inside and outside of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) for their May Magnet Month.  It was an awesome show and experience, we made a few friends and did a lot of art.  During our stay, we drove down to Phoenix for first Friday where we were pleasantly surprised with how much support artists received from their community.  Imagine Denver's Santa Fe Art District, except it was on Kalamath or Inca...  A real raw vibe!  This is where Matt and I met S. Arden Hill, hailing from Winnipeg, Canada...  Somehow we wandered into the vinyl toy shop where he was exhibiting and the rest is history!  Arden showed work in Denver at Abecedarian Gallery earlier this summer, good stuff.   I'm glad to be able to call him my friend and an inspiration with his latest editions of artist books...  Check him out-


Friday, September 23, 2011

2012 dates

So far I have 2 shows next year to look forward to...  I'm looking to do at least 4 though, hopefully do a little traveling art also, maybe D.C. or Chicago or S.F.
Please email me if there are any places in particular you think I should show, locations and contact info would help too!  Thanks

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Evan Siegel at Spark Gallery


The First Amendment

I've been holding on to this newspaper clipping for a while, dated April 3, 2011...  Street art and graffiti has become a popular genre of modern day art, and it's important for these artists that venture into the realm of the fine art circuit to be aware of their rights, at least in America.  I'm not really sure how it is around the rest of the world, but I know that Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Fafi, Os Gemeos and countless others have made big names for themselves by traveling and expressing themselves publicly.  They have probably all been in trouble before, but it never stopped them from showing their work in galleries and museums.  Good work, SMEAR!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

something smooth to get the day going

Old School Vol. 6 DJ Chonz & DJ Dizzy-D by DJ Chonz

Plein Air

I went on a field trip with Delton yesterday and tried my hand at plein air painting...  It was sort of like live painting at events, with people all around asking you what you're doing or telling stories of their art experiences, but it's different.  I'm used to doing abstract work, but I really wanted to try to translate what I saw into something tangible yesterday...  Painting next to Delton makes my work looks like child's play, but I'll continue painting with him because it will only help.  Today is the last day of the Denver Plein Air Arts Festival hosted by the Golden Triangle Museum District, I'm not sure if I should get my piece stamped and try to submit it into the competition, I would rather submit an abstract...  Maybe I need another board to paint!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Golden Seconds

Golden Artist Colors is one of the premier brands of acrylic paints, they have a 'Seconds' program, meant to sponsor artists and non-profit art projects with good quality paints that simply aren't the colors they were supposed to be... I just applied for a donation, hopefully if it's approved the Wazee Union is going to get a much needed facelift! Crossing my fingers! More info: Golden Seconds Program

BTW, Thanks Alanna

Sunday, September 18, 2011

another day by the lines

Right across the street from my studio is a series of train tracks... There's always inspiration on the lines, graffiti from all over rolls through daily!

beyond qr codes

Preview of Interactive Art Book by Stereo Abstract from Stereo Abstract on Vimeo.

I am currently working on a book showcasing a collection of my present artwork. I didn't want to add a bunch of text to the book itself, but I still want people to have an interactive experience... First I thought of using QR (quick response) codes on each page, which at first sounded awesome, then I found the "digital watermark" technology. The technology has been developed by a company called Digimarc, in the past it has only been used to copyright images regardless of any manipulation. Now with apps and codes and the internet, Digimarc is offering new options, Digimarc Discover is what I am going to use in my book... I'm pumped on the concept of the book itself, but this 'discovery' is going to make this book of mine pretty unique!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Stereo Abstract book?

I have been looking for a way to share more of my work with my friends and strangers alike, so I am building a book from cropped images of my paintings, it should be cool! What I like about this process is that I can control the composition of images beyond the original piece of art. The images take on new life and they will stimulate the viewer further. The next step is telling stories of what these new compositions mean to me, I'm actually really excited!  Here's a few previews of images I'm considering...  Which ones will make the cut?!

My plan is to have my book available for purchase from my Blurb account before Xmas...  Good gifts people!

Monday, September 12, 2011

2010 Estria invitational - Denver's Own Represent!

Very inspirational... Good job Jher!

Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle 2010 from Estria Battle on Vimeo.

Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle 2010

Documentary Short

Produced & directed by Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Interviews of:

- Estria Miyashiro

- Marc Bamuthi Joseph of Youth Speaks

- Nate1/MPC - 2010 Judge

- Crayone/TWS - 2010 Judge

- Jason Mateo / EIGB Producer

- Vogue/TDK - Oakland

- Siloutte - San Francisco

- Jher/RTD KOG (2nd Place Winner)

- Twick / ICP - San Franciscso

- Prime / 808 Urban - Honolulu

- Dime / Visual Element - Oakland

- VyalOne / KOD COI - (1st Place Winner) Los Angeles

- Weyland Southon / Hard Knock Radio

Sponsored by Youth Speaks Life Is Living Festival & Montana Colors North America

recent work

Here's a couple detail shots of some pieces inspired by street beggars...  Found paper, aerosol, oil stick, and dirt, on board.  More details soon#

ten years later

Yesterday, I took a brief moment to reflect on the WTC attacks ten years ago...  I'm not really sure how I feel about it today, but I know I was terrified when it happened.  So whatever angles or views people have on "who," "how," or "why," it hurts regardless.  R.I.P. to those that lost their lives that day, and R.I.P. to those (anywhere/everywhere) that have lost their lives to present day.

Friday, September 2, 2011

skate deck - almost final photo

This photo is before two coats of clearcoat.  Painted for the bridge to skate program.  I used a combination of mediums; pastel, aerosol, lacquer, acrylic, and metal powder.  The metal powder makes the surface magnetic while adding some interesting texture to the piece, lacquer was the bonder for the metal to stick.  click the image to zoom~

security envelope patterns

I've had an abnormal number of bills this year, I was pretty sad about them all until I noticed that every envelope isn't printed the same...  I have been saving the envelopes all summer and I'm getting ready to use them in my newest paintings!  I will probably make a handful of my own repeating patterns as well, but here's a preview of the 4 patterns I will most likely start working with.  Peace-

P.S. I searched to see what other people have done with security envelopes, here's what I found- http://tinyurl.com/3e9y5c7