Saturday, June 27, 2009

My Work & Playlist Top 10, June 26, 2009

Kelly Rowland and David Guetta on France Television

  1. "When Love Takes Over" - David Guetta Ft. Kelly Rowland
  2. "Sing (Pete Hammond Radio Edit)" - Wynonna
  3. "Underneath (Scott & Arzadon Radio Edit)" - DJ Antoine
  4. "Infinity (Klaas Vocal Mix)" - Guru Josh Project
  5. "Lay Me Down" - Cyndi Lauper
  6. "More Than a Dream" - Pet Shop Boys
  7. "If (Re-Rub Edit)" - Freemasons
  8. "Mad World" - Adam Lambert
  9. "Happiness" - Kristine W
  10. "In Sympathy" - Depeche Mode

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

FOXNews 'Mis-lables' Sex Scandal (R)epublican as a (D)emocrat...Again.

Republican Governor Mark Sanford, who beleives in the 'sanctity of marriage' has admitted to having an affair with a woman in Argentina. When Fox news broadcast the story they labeled Sanford with a (D) for Democrat rather than (R) for Republican (hypocrite). An innocent mistake?

Well that excuse is a little hard to swallow when in 2006, they did the same thing with Republican Congressman Mark Foley, who was caught in an scandal involving an underage male paige.

Shame on you FOXNews for recycling old dirty tricks (and just about everything else you do).

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Release: 'Kirk'

Kirk joins Beau and Max in my series of Natural Beauties that began with the ponderance, are human males the more beautiful of the two sexes? As with the males of numerous other species, are men peacocks? Most societies celebrate the aesthetics of the female form over that of the male, so why is it women who wear makeup and perform a myriad of other rituals just to look prettier? If men did the same, would they be considered equally as beautiful? Or perhaps they don't because it simply isn't necessary.

The original is on consignment with the Lyman-Eyer Gallery. While available for purchase, it will remain with the gallery through the end of my upcoming show, the Breathtaking Blue, next month. Limited edition Gallery and Studio prints as well as open edition Portfolio prints are available for purchase at the Special First Day Price through Midnight ET tomorrow.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Is Obama's Gay Honeymoon Over?

He said he'd work for equality for the LGBT community, repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, and the Defense of Marriage Act, so we let it slide that he favored civil unions over same-sex marriage.

We forgave him for Rick Warren at the inauguration. Fine, he was trying to be inclusive.

A comment about the recent legalization of same-sex marriages in Iowa, New Hampshire and Maine or the California court upholding Prop 8 never came. But, whatever no big whup.

However, recently a case challenging DADT came before the Supreme Court, and the White House urged the court not to hear it and let the lower courts ruling, upholding the discharge of a gay service member, stand. The statement also said it won't stop the military from dismissing gays and lesbians who admit their sexuality.

Last week, a legal brief from Obama's Department of Justice outlining the White House's position on DOMA, not only defended and supported the unconstitutional act it did so in a vile and insulting tone, ridiculously comparing same-sex marriage to incest and marrying children.

Despite Obama's executive order (which expires when he leaves office) granting same-sex partners of federal employees 'some' benefits, (health benefits not among them) many LGBT leaders, organizations and individuals feel its way too little and way too late. This is evident in the blogosphere and in the pocket book of the DNC as groups such as Stonewall Democrats pull out of an upcoming DNC fundraising event.

At this point, Obama needs to apologize and withdraw the legal brief on DOMA, and take BIG actions toward repeal of DOMA and DADT. More talk and token gestures are not going to cut it.

A recent White House statement said, 'The president remains fully committed to advancing LGBT rights." Really? Cause it doesn't seem that way.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

My Work & Playlist Top 10, June 12, 2009

  1. "Underneath (Scott & Arzadon Radio Edit)" - DJ Antoine
  2. "If (Re-Rub Edit)" - Freemasons
  3. "I Feel Gorgeous (Klubjumpers Ext’d.)" - Houston Bernard
  4. "Mad World" - Adam Lambert
  5. "When Love Takes Over" - David Guetta Ft. Kelly Rowland
  6. "Jai Ho! (You are My Destiny)" - A.R. Rahman & Pussycat Dolls
  7. "Sing (Pete Hammond Radio Edit)" - Wynonna
  8. "Lay Me Down" - Cyndi Lauper
  9. "Infinity (Klaas Vocal Mix)" - Guru Josh Project
  10. "If I Know You" - The Presets

Thursday, June 11, 2009

"Stripped: Uncensored" arrived today!

My complimentary copies of "Stripped: Uncensored" just got dropped off by the UPS guy.  As I thumb through this wonderul collection of contemporary gay art I am truly honored to be included among so many talented and well known artists.  It's a special thrill to be mentioned on the back cover as one of the 'including:" artists along with a pic of  'Dream of the Dolphin'.

"Stripped: Uncensored" includes the work of more than 50 artists.  It's published by Bruno Gmünder and edited by Harvey Redding.

Expected U.S. release is in August, but you can pre-order from!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Is This Art?

When I was in NY recently, I made my first visit to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).  Now I am not a big fan of what is dubbed 'modern art'.  Though there was a variety of paintings, photographs, and objects of design that I enjoyed and found interesting.  But, there were many exhibits such like the one in this picture, that made me realize why so many people are intimidated and have an aversion to art, myself included.  

If you're not sure what you're looking at in this photo, its bundles of old flattened cardboard boxes stacked among scaffolding atop a 9 feet high walled structure.  No, I wasn't in a storage room.  This was an actual art exhibit.

Now as an artist, I don't usually like to criticize another persons artwork.  My issue here is not whether this is good or bad art.  My quandary is, is this art?  When did the 'art world' decide stuff like this was art?  It may be interesting, it might make you think, but is that enough to make it art?

Somewhere along the way it seems someone decided art needs to be intellectual, profound, and just plain hard. I don't buy into that.  It's emotive, something you can relate to, for the eyes and the heart. It's not science or even philosophy.  Art can make you think but shouldn't force you.

I know art is one of those subjective things, and I did not go to art school, so maybe I am simply missing something here.  But for me art should posses 3 basic criteria; creativity, visual appeal, and exhibit skilled talent.  Now I know my own artwork may not be every ones cup of tea, but I think most would still call it art, bad or good.  I don't particularly like or always get abstract art but I do see that it's creative, the shapes and colors often have visual appeal, and I see the talent behind it.  So what about the stack of boxes?  I suppose you could say there is some creativity in that someone was creative enough to take those old bundles of cardboard and call it art. Is it visually appealing?  Did it require a special talent?

Is 'art' such a vague concept that it can be diluted, tossed around and stuck on anything? Has it lost so much meaning that we need others to tell us what is and isn't art?  Just because someone says something is art does it make it so? Just don't serve me a turd and tell me it's lunch.  I was going to say, 'don't show me a turd and call it art' but that's already been done (Google feces, art).

Saturday, June 06, 2009

My Work & Playlist Top 10, June 5, 2009

  1. "If (Re-Rub Edit)" - Freemasons
  2. "I Feel Gorgeous (Klubjumpers Ext’d.)" - Houston Bernard
  3. "Underneath (Scott & Arzadon Radio Edit)" - DJ Antoine
  4. "Jai Ho! (You are My Destiny)" - A.R. Rahman & Pussycat Dolls
  5. "Mad World" - Adam Lambert
  6. "Fuck You" - Lily Allen
  7. "When Love Takes Over" - David Guetta Ft. Kelly Rowland
  8. "Walking On A Dream (Sam La More Remix)" - Empire of the Sun
  9. "If I Know You" - The Presets
  10. "Sing (Pete Hammond Radio Edit)" - Wynonna

Friday, June 05, 2009

First Day of Release: La Dolce Vita

A perfect day winds down as the couple shares a romantic dance by the cascading fountain and dusk falls upon the Italian piazza. Hand in hand and moving as one they are lost in their own moment as music serenades the duo into an equally perfect night. Together, living la dolce vita.

Thank you to all who participated in naming my latestwork! With hundreds of titles submitted, I had plenty to choose from. Each was a wonderful example of all the different and insightful interpretations that can be made from one image. Ultimately though, I had to pick one. I sifted through and rated them on the general appeal of the title... how it rolls off the tongue, cleverness... I like titles if they can add or enhance the piece, and apropos... how well the title related to the scene. I finally decided on La Dolce Vita. It has a nice ring to it, the sweet life conjures nice warm feelings and it establishes the locale as Italian. Congrats to the winner! Your prize, a limited edition studio print, is on its way!

The original is on consignment with the Lyman-Eyer gallery and will be in my upcoming show, The Breathtaking Blue in July. Limited Edition Gallery and Studio prints, as well as open edition Portfolio prints, are available for purchase at my online studio. The special First Day of Release price is only in effect until Saturday midnight ET.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Name It, Win It Contest!

I have a lot fun naming my works, and on occasion I like to share that. Sometimes I begin a work with a name in mind, and other times the right name just escapes me. 

So with my latest piece I am asking for suggestions (submit through the website, don't post on here) for a title, and if I pick yours you'll win a limited edition studio print of it! In the case of identical answers the prize winner will be the person whose email I received first. Submission cut-off time is 8AM ET Friday, June 5th. 

This work will be released on Friday, June 5th with all prints available at the special Day of Release price through Midnight on Saturday, June 6th.

New Website is LIVE!

My new website is LIVE!  Check out the all new look and new features like 50% large images to browse and interactive blog style postings for news items or your favorite piece of artwork.  

I also have a new expanded line of fine art greeting cards!  See ya there!