A LOT had to be edited out in order to trim this thing down to just cumbersome. All of my cool photos from road trips to the West and to South America had to to be omitted. There were things, people, and events that were, and in most cases, still are important to me, but I couldn't lay my hands on any images of them, so they didn't make this post either. My apologies in advance.
Let's swing into this trip down memory lane, shall we?
I started the decade still driving Truckasaurus Rex. I nursed that vehicle to over 300,000 miles. I don't know the final mileage -since the odometer quit working around 305,000 miles. Three vehicles later, I am back in a truck and I am as happy and as grateful for my new truck as I was to have Truckasaurus Rex. Thanks to Gary, Phil, and Wini for my truck-based joys!!
Artifice, Artifact, and Allegory. 2011. Quad City Arts Airport Gallery.
It was during ELEMENTAL, that Terry and I discovered that we worked well together (the first of many collaborations to come).
'Collaborative' works with Heidi Hernandez (Website) (and later Terry Rathje!) for Merican-Tastic! (2012) and Merican-Tastic! II: The Son of Tastic! (2014...maybe 2013, my memory is a bit hazy on that one).
In 2013 I was fortunate enough to work with Terry Rathje to fabricate a piece for his solo show at The Figge Art Museum (https://figgeartmuseum.org/), Questionable Architecture (Click to see Terry's show).
A shot of Terry Rathje, Monica Correia (Website), and me.
SPINE-Taneous! A one-night only group show pairing local artists and local chiropractors who created collaborative artworks for the show.
It was right around the time of SPINE-Taneous that Dean Kugler (Website) became a regular feature in my art/life -an overdue injection of mother-scratchers, verbal abuse, know-how, positive thinking, and enthusiasm.
In 2014 I participated in on-Som-bel at Water Street Studios (https://waterstreetstudios.org/) -an absolutely stunning venue!
One of the cool people I met at Water Street Studios was Jen Evans (Website). We have since worked on a couple collaboration pieces like this one, and occasionally talk about making more.
I have also had the privilege to help install several shows, fabricate portions of shows, and work with with several artist to help bring their's (and other artists') visions to fruition as an Exhibition Installer at The Figge Art Museum.
Ben Upchurch (https://benjupchurch.com/home.html)
Justin Schortgen (https://www.justinschortgen.com/)
Dean Kugler and Andrew Wallace talking with Jefferson Pinder (http://www.jeffersonpinder.com/) before his show Ghostlight.
Rose Frantzen and Charles Morris (http://www.oldcityhallgallery.com/).
In 2015 Terry Rathje and I took our show on the road and went to Suriname for a series of lectures, exhibitions, and to participate in the Moengo Festival of Art.
The salt and pepper action I had in my goatee in 2011 had decidedly become mostly salt by August of 2015.
Dean Kugler, Terry Rathje, and I created a sight-specific sculpture for the 10-year anniversary for the Figge Art Museum back in 2015 called allinitogether.
For several years we have worked to help with the Figge Gala. Here is a picture of our efforts from the 2015 Gala.
This image is from a different Gala, but it still captures the magic of the evening.
In 2018 I had a solo show at The Figge Art Msueum -Pop Culture Palimpsest (LINK TO THE SHOW). Dean Kugler convinced his good friend Keith Nester (of Cast of Thousands Photography) to photograph the show -which is why I have abnormally good images of it. Here are a few highlights!
After Victor Armendariz saw Pop Culture Palimpsest, he added me to Gallery Victor Armendariz (https://www.galleryvictor.com/) in Chicago. Nice!
Through being part of Gallery Victor Armendariz, I had work in SOFA (Sculptural Object Functional Art). Very nice!!
A huge 'THANK YOU' to all of the friends, family, and art-lovers who came out to lend their support over the last decade to see some of the various shows of which I was a part.
I also look back with a bittersweet sadness thinking of friends that won't be here for the next decade. You are missed.
A snapshot of a few of the pieces I have worked on this past decade.
My dumb mug.
My dumb mug after I blew the lid off of a kiln in a gas explosion that singed my eyebrows and goatee...
Cleaning the studio...