There is a lovely new gallery in town down at the end of Casey Street called Gallery 24 that opened this weekend in a grand fashion. It's a really nice little spot with a great selection of local artists such as Candace Fulford, Jennah Turpin, Kathy Oke, Noah Bender and yours truly! Go on down there and check out my latest painting (shown above) plus a couple other pieces. Also you can pick up a copy of Birds of Newfoundland down there if you are so interested. It's a lovely spot. Representation! Exciting!
With my better half out on business for a couple weeks I figured it was a good time to do an annoying project in the house that I could start and finish in a few days. My latest Sad Tax album has been getting a really positive response from people so I got busy on making a Sad Tax video. This song "The sun is a horrible thing" might not be a catchy pop song but it had the right texture for what I had in mind and I like anthropomorphizing landscapes. Making the video involved quickly shooting and editing a lip-syncing video then arranging each frame of the video into a couple dozen contact sheets, then printing each of them out, then mangling and altering them, spraying them with water and carefully scanning them in and re-animating it. This is what that looks like.
My 7th consecutive RPM challenge album is out in the ether now. "Rabbit Parallel Miracles" the 4th Sad Tax album and I think it might be my best RPM album so far. It was a bit of a struggle this year, I was sicker than I have been in a long time and inspiration wasn't smacking me in the face as much as I would like. Some of the songs were hard fought slogs of lyric re-writes and a million re-mixes but I think the songs flow really well together. Give it a listen down below!
Every Year I make a Christmas song and video from scratch in the last few days before Christmas day. I've become quite taken with writing Christmas songs as the genre fits beautifully into my quest to write the saddest song in the history of the world. No other yearly event has so much inbuilt, intense expectation for happiness and familial joy that it's impossible to examine it without coming across infinite opportunities for disappointment and sorrow. Literally any sad topic or event can be made immensely more tragic by having it take place at Christmas time. So this years song is about Alzheimers. I came up with the concept while on vacation in Hawaii making it a Christmas song that takes place in Hawaii adds an extra layer of absurdity to the mix as everything about Hawaii is absurd. The video is basically my vacation footage chopped up to a beat, nothing too fancy. The song (which you can download here) features my wonderful girlfriend Michelle singing in duet and playing piano, she shows up in a few shots in the video as well. Anyway, here it is, enjoy!
Over the course of last summer, in a partnership with local small press print masters Pink Eye Print Company, I created my first art book "Birds Of Newfoundland". I think it's my most accessible and potentially successful work yet. The book is basically a collection of phantasmagorical illustrations of common birds of Newfoundland and Labrador with captions that start with an actual fact about them but then quickly become something else entirely. I am so proud of how well the final product came out. The cover is a TEN layer silkscreen on black Canson cotton paper with masterfully hand sewn and and bound interiors. It is such a beautiful thing to have in your hands. Jon and the folks at Pink Eye did a fantastic job in the production of this book, and my experience at the Pink Eye Print Christmas Expo was fantastic. To sell out all the available copies within three hours and sell more than half the run of the first edition throughout the rest of the day was an awesome life affirming experience. I think I made a properly nice gift for anyone in your life who likes birds, or Newfoundland, or psychedelia, so check it out and buy yourself a copy.
As long as I've been in St., John's, the Eastern Edge's annual 24 hour Art Marathon has been one of the highlights of my year I look forward to the most, and this year's was no exception. Amid the artists, musicians, weirdos and friends over that 24 hours I finished a 3' by 4' painting I titled "S.H.H.L". I'm pretty happy with it. The event is always an inspiration and always a crazy fun time.
This year I was privileged to win the 2014 Arts and Letters award for my drawing "D.A.B.P". It is currently hanging in The Rooms with all the other winners from this year. Those of you with sharp enough eyes will notice that most of this drawing was used for the album cover of Monsterbator's new album The Libel Belt. Figured I could kill two birds with one stone and have an A&L award submission out of it as well.
Well the RPM Challenge came and went again and left me with this thing. The latest Sad Tax experience. It's the most aggressive album I've made to date I think. It's plenty weird. I was all about my new midi controller and my new ebow toys this year. That ebow makes it's way onto almost every track. My personal favourite is "You were high I was screaming". I'm gonna try making a video to that one when I got the time. Anyway, try not to get discouraged by the opening track, I like to put the challenging one up first to weed out any "casual" listeners, only serious listeners wanted!
This years Christmas video is here! Made the music yesterday made the video today, kinda cheated this year and mostly just stole clips from youtube of children having hissy fits. This annual last minute Christmas video tradition I started was originally an attempt to get some viral exposure happening for me but now I've clearly abandoned that motivation altogether.