Monthly Archives: April 2011

Talking to Bryan Schnelle

Question: Tell me about “Apocageddon”

Apocageddon is a body of work I began in 2008 that deals with the sometimes overwhelming sense of emptiness and meaninglessness of much of what our current fear-and-consumption-based capitalist society promotes and markets as important. It also explores the whole end-of-the-world scare as we approach the year 2012. The title Apacageddon is a combination of the words Apocalypse and Armageddon. It’s supposed to be funny, like mankind in all its arrogance can’t even take its own demise and subsequent extinction seriously.







Talking to Mike Stilkey

Question: Tell me about “Reminiscent”

This was a commission piece and was in 2 parts when I created it. When the show came down they moved the piece to there Nike 225 store in Laguna Beach and stacked the 2 on top of each other, at which point I came down and connected them by painting her hair turning into the piano. They had a contest to see how who could guess how many books were in the piece.

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They received hundreds of votes and one lucky young kid guessed correct and won a bag of Hurley-Nike goodies. I think the final count was 3400 or something like that. When they finally took the piece down they donated the piano half to Laguna Beach High School (It’s in the Library) and the other half lives at Hurley.



Talking to Debra Broz

Question: Tell me about “Feeding”

There are two ways the oddities come about: by my finding specific things and having an immediate reaction of what I’m going to do, and by my acquiring things that interest me without knowing when or if they will become something…all objects in the latter case go into something I loosely refer to as “the box” (which at this point is about 4 boxes). After an inordinate amount of time I get everything out of “the box” and look at it. Then there is a mating.
Feeding was made during a mating – I had the leopard cub for a year or so and someone had given me bird piece…the leopard’s head had been broken off before, so I broke it again and I loved the way it fit over the existing bird head, like a mask.

I like the tension between subject and object in these works – little ceramics like these are most often passed off as benign so they can easily camouflage their strangeness behind their kitsch. In this work in particular there is something not purely, but possibly sinister about to happen. Is this a mother feeding a baby or is it an impostor eating a baby? This is the moment before the moment of truth…but there will never be a moment of truth because the time is suspended and the motion is stopped. That type of forever-unresolved question makes me laugh.



Talking to Mark Mulroney

Question: Tell me about “Rotterdam”

I was invited to paint a mural in Rotterdam. So I got on a plane sat next to a nice lady and her husband and flew to Amsterdam. Then I took a train to Rotterdam and walked to the gallery. I put my bag down and hopped on a bike and rode across the city to the paint store. I picked out my colors and rode back to the gallery. The next day the paint arrived and I painted a big pink thing. After just a few more days I was finished.

Rotterdam has many nice things like fake bird sounds throughout the city and free public skate parks for the teens so they don’t get hooked on drugs. It was a very short trip and I was happy to get back to the States where the birds are real and all the teens are Robo-trippin’

I appreciate the interest in both my work and the city of Rotterdam.


Talking to Abby Ronaldes

Question: Tell me about “Future Perfect”

Future Perfect: A Completed Action Before Something in the Future

This project started about a year ago as a way to think out what I wanted in life- and to think about the vast separation between the things I wanted.  When I was little, my cousin and I would play teenagers.  We would act out what we imagined our future lives to be, with the dramas and excitement of being older.  It was like deciding, if I was in this situation, this is how I would handle it.  So that’s what I did with Future Perfect.  Part of me loves kids and wants to be a mother, and the other part wants to work and not split my attention that way.  This is me trying on that hat and seeing how it would be.  I created this scenario and just tried to live it honestly.


This is a continuation from the piece I am showing at the Texas Biennial at 1319 Rosewood.



Talking to Mel Kadel

Question: Tell me about  “Back to Brick”

Back to Brick is pretty literal. It’s the spot we often find ourselves, that feels like the walls are closing in, or that the heaviness of all these things around might push us down. But, there is always that little space to push back and not let it win.



Talking to David de Lara

Question: Tell me about “Under Surveillance”

It really wasn’t planned out far ahead of time. I had the model booked for that day but the idea I was originally planning on doing wasn’t going to work out. I saw a couple of surveillance cameras I hadn’t installed yet and thought it would be interesting to use them for the shoot’s concept. It was split into two parts. The first was in the bedroom. She handled one camera focused on herself while the other was watching her on the bed. Meanwhile I had two monitors with video from both cameras displayed. The second part was in the living room. The tv in the background played a video she shot of herself on the bed while the small monitor had video from the surveillance camera of her posing on the chair.


Under Surveillance

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