Wednesday, May 26, 2010

California Love

helloakland keith vaughn e t groff dead eyes

I am honored to be showing some drawings in this three-person show in Oakland, California. The show was curated by Devin Satterfield, who used to run Liminal Gallery and now runs Helloakland. E.T. Groff is an amazing artists as well as co-director of the Basement Gallery in Oakland. Good company, good times. Please check it out if you can.

helloakland keith vaughn e t groff dead eyes

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Poster Children

posters from bees and trees on etsy

posters from bees and trees on etsy

16x20 Bees and Trees posters available now in our Etsy shop! Finally! Yes!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

I’ll see you at the next Janelle Monae show.

“Tightrope” from Letterman. This is where it’s at. Wow.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Stuff we can all relate to.

WAVVES - “So Bored”

Devin the Dude - “Doobie Ashtray”

Friday, May 21, 2010

Everything about this is cool.

skateboarding in the 70's - from nadili on flickr

New Ben Pederson Video(s)

The ostensible battle in Ben Pederson’s new video appears to be a pretext for dealing with ideas of war, peace, chemical mind expansion and the visual language of dissent. The psychedelic style of the video is also one of its subjects. Like many of Pederson’s other videos it is ironic without being cynical, and funny without being a joke. “Battle” represents an exciting current of thought among artists who take the counter-cultural movements and icons of the past seriously, but are not so interested in nostalgia. Pederson’s work has a place at the very end of a long Romantic tradition. He has a special gift for giving ubiquitous pop culture subjects unexpected contexts and disquieting facets. It all ends up going in the bong.

Pederson and I used to laugh a lot about this place called Lidz. Lidz is a store in some shopping malls that sells hats-- lids, get it? But with a “z.” Lidz! Ben dedicated the video to me, which really flatters me to no end.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Jerry rubin Do It
I was cleaning up in the studio yesterday and I found a little piece of paper on which I had written this:
“Act first, analyze later. Impulse-- not theory-- makes the great leaps forward.”
--Jerry Rubin

Jerry rubin Do It

I wish when I was an art student, instead of wading through Lacan, Derrida and Foucault, someone had given me a copy of DO IT! and told me to cut my losses. It’s never too late…

Do It!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Bi-Mon Sci-Fi Con

I know it will be tough for you to believe, but I wasn't always the super cool, style maven that I am today. In fact, when I was in elementary and middle school I was into comic books in a big way. My tastes were pretty pedestrian: X-Men, Batman, Spiderman, but I was certainly enthusiastic.

Today, Bees and I went to the Fanaticon (!) in downtown Asheville, partly to reconnect with my geeky past, and partly to have something to do on such a nice day. Fanaticon is the first comic book convention I've been to in approximately 20 years. The scene has really grown up (irony intended).

There were Storm Troopers, Ewoks, Batmen, Spidermen, zombies, girls in corsets, and Ghostbusters to beat the band. I really enjoy seeing people who are aggressively into a particular interest or way of life getting a chance to fully be themselves and immerse themselves in their passion without any fear at all of reprisal from the "straights."

Being in the Fanaticon, terms like "nerd" and "geek" kind of lose their meanings, or at least their power. Our purchases amounted to 10 bucks worth of horror comics from the Bronze Age, or the 1970's, for those of you not down with the lingo. We had a blast. A laser blast! Excelsior!

More photos to come!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Phish on Phriday

It’s been a while since we’ve done a “Phish on Phriday” post, and truth be told, I thought about bailing on the whole idea. However, this morning I saw this and felt it was too good not to share. This is a video of Phish performing the Rolling Stones’ “Loving Cup” on Jimmy Fallon’s show last night. Actually, it’s more like a funny video of a great big Mets fan in sunglasses (?) waving his arms furiously while Phish plays “Loving Cup.” Check him out, watch him go! It made me laugh.

Rolling Stones Week: Phish

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon | MySpace Video

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Hands Plus Land

Joseph Diliberti as photographed by Allen J Schaben for the LA Times

Joseph Diliberti as photographed by Allen J Schaben for the LA Times

Joseph Diliberti isn't like most Rastafarian ex-Marine Vietnam veterans that you meet. He has some rather compelling ideas regarding housing and simple living. I found out about him and his amazing digs on the LA Times website. Check out the audio slideshow, and bail on your mortgage.