• earth day

  • david simpson

  • happy easter, eastre, oestre

    once more, for the holidays

  • i can't help it

    this makes me happy

  • moment|movement

    this is the last week of my show, moment|movement,  in denver w/ralph wiegmann, @ visions west gallery, downtown.

  • irrigation

    shea butter & irrigation system "nourish" the viewer @ the MCA - denver, in rashid johnson's exhibition/installation, new growth. some of the shea butter dripped onto the floor and i rubbed in on my hands. a physical connection to a powerful installation.

  • new growth

    i was fortunate to see rashid johnson's installation @ the MCA - museum of contemporary art, which opened the night following my opening in denver. the huge blocks of shea butter scented the atmosphere. here's a detail of heavy, dark, burned and carved imagery. see below for MCA's write up.

    "In Rashid Johnson: New Growth, the artist works with personally and historically loaded material such as shea butter and black soap, combining it with LP covers and books in complex paintings, sculptures and installations. His works challenge conventional representations of collective identity. Beginning with the question, “What would happen if Sun Ra, George Washington Carver and Robert Smithson started a community together in the desert?” New Growth's playful scrutiny intertwines cosmology and escapism in an attempt to blur the lines separating past, present and future.

    The physical manipulation of biomaterial into an abstract, aestheticized form is a concept that runs through all of the works in the exhibition. Johnson references the ongoing transformation of both bodies and landscapes, and the identities embedded within them. New Growth features newly commissioned works including the video Samuel in Space and the Shea Butter Irrigation System. Works in wax, burned wood, tile and mirror, as well as brass chairs, wood chairs and rugs round out the exhibition."

  • moment . movement

    an installation view of my work on the left wall as you enter the gallery. with ralph wiegmann @ visions west gallery - denver.

  • down the wall

    view further down the wall

  • looking back

  • view back

    looking into back room. 2 of ralph's banded paintings in background.
  • back gallery

    ralph's paintings in foreground. my row of 6 encaustic boxes in background: states of matter.

  • installation view

    nook view of some of my work as you walk towards back gallery

  • little stones, big drawings

    two of ralph's floating stone drawings in the front gallery

  • (solid/fluid)

    suspension ii (solid/fluid), encaustic on panel is hanging in our moment.movement show @ visions west gallery - denver.
  • happy valentine's

  • glow

    detail of recurrence

  • collaboration

    ralph & i collaborated on a series. blocks cut from reclaimed timber: coated with beeswax, resin, burnt graphite; back glows orange, floats off the wall and mounted with magnets.

  • item falls

  • save the date: 2/20!

    my show with ralph wiegmann in denver will be thursday, february 20th, @ visions west gallery.

  • msu iAir installation

    revisiting installation shots of pod bay door, a multi-media installation w/msu students and iAir, jan christensen:

  • Happy New Year!

    happy new year, all! i spent one new year's eve here after the wall came down. 2014-year of the blue horse.

  • winter solstice

    happy winter solstice. celebrating the darkest day here at the 45th parallel for tomorrow the days grow longer.

  • black and blue

    Ok, it's not the best snapshot but i'm into the lush quality of this graphite over blue encaustic series i just completed.

  • lapis skies

    while home in arizona, i was fortunate to meet and share some time with the visionary inlay artist, jesse monongye, at his home studio.

  • painted desert project

  • studio work

    studio work in progress for my show w/ralph wiegmann at visions west in denver, opening february 13th.

  • montana nations

    went to see the montana nations exhibition at the danforth gallery in livingston. here's the witty easy rider poster (peter fonda lives down the road in paradise valley) created by native artist and co-curator ben pease:

  • students' work

    here are 9 snapshots of recent work from my beginning painting students at MSU.


  • ash

    "ash: 4 cotton, 6 sedges, 12 gal. H2o", is in a group show opening this week at tart, in the emerson cultural center. the shows's theme is "invasive paper" - using paper made from invasive plant species found in montana and classified as "noxious weeds". through my frustrations with trying to work on the very fibrous and dark handmade paper, i began burning it. in turn i used the ashes in this new encaustic piece for the grey and black pigments.

  • student work

    here's a shot of my beginning painting students' work from early in the semester. the focus of this project was mixing and using chromatic grays, using a strong tonal range, maintaining subtle detail in the blacks, and creating an interesting composition with foreground, mid and background.


  • i have a dream

  • neighborhood

    artwork by visiting kids in the neighborhood.

  • danforth gallery

    picked up my triptych today from the "legacy" show at the danforth gallery in livingston.                                                  

  • livingston art walk

    i have a triptych in the legacy show at the danforth gallery in livingston, montana. opening for art walk this friday. works are by artists that exhibited at the danforth early in their careers. when i was an undergrad my experimental photography (large scale manipulated polaroids) was in the show "four women four non-traditional mediums", curated by audrey hall. my paintings have been shown at the danforth several times since.

  • in denver

    wild abandon and conscious captivity @ visions west denver. work by friend & neighbor peter smuts. 

  • dashboard shot

    shooting from the passenger seat. i like the way the windshield crack appears near the white cross. on the way to a show at turman larison contemporary.

  • paint by numbers

    bing crosby visits yellowstone, one of willem volkersz's neon pieces at turman larison contemproary.

  • opening tonight

    willem volkersz: short stories @ turman larison contemporary in helena, mt. 5pm artist talk. 6-8pm reception. willem is using neon again and i'm looking forward to seeing it.

  • small works

    i have some paintings in turman larison contemporary's current exhibition. if you're in helena, check out the show: 337 last chance gulch. up 'til june 8th.

  • zihuatanejo

    street art painting, zihuatanejo. shot during my recent travels in mexico.

  • schlotzhauer

    traveled home from mexico and l.a. via portland, oregon where my former painting prof, harold schlotzhauer, has a show @ the portland art museum. if you're in the area, check out his vivid and dynamic work. up until july 14. here's the p.a.m. write-up: using a complex system of digital imaging and hand-painting, harold schlotzhauer emblazons surfboards, snowboards, skateboard decks, and kites with dynamic pop imagery. having spent his formative years in california and now living and working in bozeman, mt., schlotzhauer’s love of water and snow sports energizes this eclectic presentation of works. no matter what shape or surface he chooses to work on, a mastery of formal compositional elements can be seen throughout. drawing from influences as diverse as japanese block printing, asian & american comic book imagery, & picasso’s synthetic cubism, schlotzhauer produces works of stunning originality.

  • no speak americano

  • clap your hands

  • light & shadow

    shimmer across my studio wall. the split-tone is an anomaly generated by my phone camera.

  • the filler

    tracy bone & j.c. campbell tonight @the filling station, bozeman, mt. more info on the award winning artists: 

    http://www.ourstage.com/profile/jccampbell;  http://www.ourstage.com/epk/tracybone

  • shout across time

    a shout across time is part of the celebrating einstein week-long event: learn more about einstein and experience the world of relativity and gravitational waves. the night will feature a multimedia music performance featuring dancers, a live orchestra combined with gravitational wave sounds, and an original film that will include the scientific visualization of black hole collisions and gravitational waves. a shout across time will be streaming live on the montana PBS website. friday april 5 & saturday april 6, 7pm. emerson center for the arts and culture, free public event.

  • act 1

    act 1: a shout across time, part of the celebrating einstein event, features headwaters dance company, presenting a "danced" lecture on the gravitational waves generated by black holes and groundbreaking advances in the devices used to detect them.  this folds into "epic," a dance inspired by the orbits of black holes, featuring five dancers and a former cirque-de-soleil aerialist.  in "epic," dancers roll and run, turn and leap beneath a luminescent, flying figure, who spins and swings to the space music of john murphy.

  • a shout across time

    act 2. live interview with physicist jim Gates on friday, april 5, and with bernard schutz on saturday, April 6th. celebrating einstein organizer nico yunes conducts a live interview with one of the world’s experts on einstein’s theories.  the questions have been chosen by members of the celebrating einstein collaboration, which includes students and professors across many disciplines.  topics will range from einstein’s theories to philosophical questions about the meaning of success and the role of science in our culture.  friday’s show will include an interview with professor jim gates from the university of maryland, and saturday’s interview will be with professor bernard schutz from the albert einstein institute.

    act 3. live symphony orchestra & original film.

  • celebrating einstein

  • celebrating einstein

    celebrating einstein is a multidisciplinary outreach event centered around communicating the beauty and significance of einstein's theory to the general public. this event will be one of the first in the nation to celebrate the centennial anniversary of general relativity. celebrating einstein will culminate in events the first week of april of 2013 in bozeman, montana @ the emerson cultural center. all events are free and open to the public with seating available on a first come, first served basis. more info: http://www.einstein.montana.edu/index.html

  • installation

    golden surplus, mfa thesis exhibition by katie brown explores the ideology of farming. ceramic slab construction and feed corn installation questions overproduction in contemporary agri-­business and reflects on overuse of corn in the american food system. @ msu hec gallery, 4/1-4/7. reception: 4/4, 6:30-8:30pm

  • tonight

    forever more than once: thesis exhibition by david peters @ the msu hec gallery. reception: 6:30-8:30. show up until 3/29.

  • in-process

    white-on-white work in progress. i'm taking a break from encaustic work in sets & on boxes, and am working in oil w/cold wax medium on canvas. here's three of six.

  • TEDx Bozeman

    i am volunteering for TEDx bozeman: dreamers who do. live stream or attend the TEDx talks this friday, 3/22 from 12:30-5:50pm @ the commons on baxter lane and love. more info: http://www.tedxbozeman.com/

  • second sight

    interactive multi-media event by chris holten for his mfa sculpture/installation thesis exhibition second sight: continuum. hec gallery, msu school of art, 3/18-22. reception: 3/21, 6:30-8:30. 

  • hall art

    snapshot of another work from my painting 1 class, by gunnar p. mixed-media on sheet rock installed on hallway wall. 

  • mixed-media

    piece by gunnar p. - from my painting 1 class last fall.

  • mfa

    thesis exhibition of lively mixed-media paintings by jessica mongeon. drift ascend @ msu's school of art - hec gallery. reception: thursday, 3/7, 6:30-8:30pm. check out more of jess's work on her web site: jessicamongeon.com

  • quote

    by david foster wallace (1962-2008), who's birthday is today:  "postmodern irony and cynicism's become an end in itself, a measure of hip sophistication and literary savvy. few artists dare to try to talk about ways of working toward redeeming what's wrong, because they'll look sentimental and naive to all the weary ironists. irony's gone from liberating to enslaving. ... the postmodern founders' patricidal work was great, but patricide produces orphans, and no amount of revelry can make up for the fact that writers my age have been literary orphans throughout our formative years."

  • hold on

  • willem volkerz

    sculptural exhibition based on memories of the holocaust opening tonight @ the jessie wilbur gallery in the emerson cultural center; in conjunction w/participating msu faculty lobby exhibition, "from memory". bozeman, mt.

  • jerry iverson

    large-scale paintings will remain up in the weaver room @ the emerson cultural center until 2/28/. below: nerve block 45

  • last day

    to see work by jon lodge, jane deschner @ the emerson cultuarl center in bozeman. lodge's,"SEQUENCE & PROGRESSION: eleven triptychs" is on display in the emerson's lobby gallery. deschner's work is in the wilber gallery & jerry iverson's (up 'til 2/28) in the weaver room.

    jon lodge is a master of transforming the sound environment into eccentric visual statements akin to kinesthesia. he re-purposes materials from our ever-consuming culture, combines disparate objects and gives them new life as unique abstractions. lodge is attracted to working in a series, as evidenced by his current show featuring eleven wall hung triptychs. "fragmenting or expanding a work into multiples imbeds the work with a sense of evolution through the passing of time; this process resembles the experience of listening to or performing music, which is a source of inspiration in my work."

  • roots music

    alialujah choir opened for & performed some songs w/portland cello project tonight. here's one of their more heartbreaking (in a good way) songs w/a compelling artistic video.


  • portland cello project

    played reynolds recital hall @ msu tonight w/patti king. great acoustics & moving show, including covers  from beck's "beck hansen song reader". 

    earlier recording w/patti king in spokane

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