Friday, July 02, 2004

Our B-movie Livingroom is coming along...we just aquired two new paintings that are large- god knows where we are going to put them. One is of an Indian goddess and one is a tribute to King Kong diorama done entirely in glitter. We just bought our stainless steel backsplashes for the kitchen, and we put down granite countertops and a steel sink to replace the 1979 chocolate brown (K has another word for it) colored sink and toothpaste colored tile counters.Still have the "chocolate" colored fridge though- we are trying to get a steel one. Those suckers are spendy though!
All my Tiki Crawl pix turned out way too dark- this was the exception- our pals D + A, which should give you a clue about the kinda wierdos we like to hang around with.

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Fresh batches of cute...
the new crop of kittens- one of these is little Mothra. I get to pick one out soon.
Hello darkness my old friend....
K and I moved into our condo in only has 5 units so we quickly got to know our neighbors- all of who are great. We just found out last night that one of our neighbors died last Friday- he and his wife had been in the building for like 20 years or so. We were just talking to them last Wens...we were out by the pool in the evening and Don and his wife walked by on thier way indoors after having dinner out and mentioned Don was going into the hospital. Don was making a joke about it, so we didn't think it was serious...I guess something bad happened and he died on the table. I keep thinking about his wife. Don had acted as our handyman more or less- always kept the place looking tidy and swept. Today K went out to sweep and Don's wife came out, looked at Kenny and thanked him for sweeping because Don would have appreciated that. It's pretty shocking. I keep thinking about when I last saw them by the pool, Don had a little doggy bag with him which I thought was cute...and now he is gone forever. I couldn't sleep last night thinking about losing K suddenly. I see why people believe in life after death- because losing someone you love is so awful...and also how fast and unexpected it can happen, and how you must deal with it. The worst part is that you will NEVER know what happens when someone dies until you yourself die (even then you might not know) You can never console yourself that it's going to "be alright"...because there is no one to tell you that it is. I guess you just cling to whatever works.
I'm in the new issue of Northwest Home and Garden magazine...they asked four art dealers what thier favorite things were, and 2 of them picked pieces of furniture. Odd. I pimped the Clayton Brothers.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004


Johnny Ryan

The gallery is going to host a show next weekend called "Painters Of Blight"- it's 2 days only but will be great- I'll let the press speak for itself:

Curated by Erin Norlin, David Miller and Kipling West
Two Nights Only: Friday July 9, 2004 & Saturday July 10, 2004
Opening Reception: Friday, July 9, 6:00 -10 (Saturday hours 2-6)
Roq la Rue Gallery, 2316 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

"(This is going to be weird and scary and funny. Do come! I have no idea what to expect, and I'm one of the organizers! The art that I've seen so far is amazing. Roq la Rue kindly allowed us to take over their space for two days,so don't blink and miss it. Seems like just about every creative person around has something to say about the World's Most Popular Artist; in fact at least one very well known cartoonist declined our invitation to be in the
show because merely looking at Kinkade's work makes him nauseous.
We figured a perfect counterpoint to the aggressive pastel pastorals of T.Kinkade's all white all Christian world---and "art" worth thousands of dollars---is the grainy black and white newsprint of the famous Chick tracts, handed out on streetcorners and left in lonely corners for over 40 years. Chick gives you the salvation of belief in an inky Jesus--and fear of a hell full of rather Semetic looking devils laughing HAW! HAW! HAW!--while Kinkade lulls you into simplemindedness with a sugar crusted false nostalgia and houses full of what seems meant to be homey warmth but is fact is the exact color of...hellfire)

For two days only, Painters of Blight will occupy Roq la Rue Gallery, featuring two dozen artists paying tribute to the work of
Thomas Kinkade and Jack T. Chick.
Renowned and beloved as the "Painter of Light," Thomas Kinkade is America's best-selling fine artist. One who purchases a reproduction of one of Mr. Kinkade's paintings may elect to have their purchase brought to life by a Kinkade-trained Master Highlighter, who adds color and definition with oil paint, truly bringing the lithographs to "light." In that spirit, artists
Jim Blanchard, Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley, Robert Hardgrave, Claire Johnson, Charles Krafft, Pat Moriarity, Erin Norlin, Marion Peck, Benton Peugh, Robert Rini, Bonni Reid, Mark Ryden and Kipling West have highlighted pages from the Thomas Kinkade Painter of LightŪ with Scripture: 2004 Deluxe Wall Calendar, in their own distinct styles.And with unique results: Pat Moriarity completely transformed Memories of Christmas, slavishly respecting the original but altering it into a candy land, while Jim Blanchard peopled Streams of Living Water with characters from covers of 1950's men's magazines, Benton Peugh recast the setting of Cobblestone Bridge into nuclear winter, and Robert Hardgrave transferred The Aspen Chapel onto entirely different media altogether as an articulated wooden homunculus.

Jack T. Chick is one of the most prolific Christian evangelists in America, spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and bad news of eternal damnation though 3" x 5", 24-page comic book tracts. Since 1961 he has created 175 proselytizing tracts, which have had more than 500,000,000 copies published in over 100 languages worldwide. Artists Tom Bagley, David R. Drake, Jed Dunkerly, Nathan Eyring, Rod Filbrandt, Cliff Hare, David Lasky, Deborah F Lawrence, Eric Reynolds, Johnny Ryan and Kamilla White have each created work inspired by Chick. In contrast to the Kinkade artists, they worked with no specific assignment, and came up with equally diverse outcomes: David R. Drake reduced an entire tract to its minimum visual information, creating 23 individual tiles still closely correlated with the original, Eric Reynolds has painted an original portrait of the reclusive Jack T. Chick, and David Lasky will display the original art for an entire tract written by Jim Woodring intended to be traded for unwanted religious pamphlets.

Jim Blanchard
I haven't really felt up to posting much lately. My cousin from England was in town recently- then K and I went to Portland for the NW Tiki Crawl. If you know me you know I loves me some tikis. The event was ok. Kinda fun- not sure I need to do it again though. Met some groovy people. Saw lounge/exotica band Lushy, who were really great. Saw the surf band Verbtones, who were good but by that time the Pina Coladas and the Zombies were kicking in and I felt like I had a hatchet in my forehead. I took pics but my camera died- so I'll post those soon. Strolled around Hawthorne Street- bought a bitchen belt buckle with a bat on it. All in all, GREAT to be out of Seattle- if only for a few days.