rik-rat corn pile

Friday, October 29, 2010

Going to Kansas.

Old girl, Honda, hit her 200,000 mile mark a few weeks ago. I was on my way to Peoria. Today, she'll have a new milestone in her car-life. She's about to go to Kansas! Time to get an oil change!

I've never been to Kansas. I was in Kansas City, Missouri (good barbecue?)...I could have easily scooted over to Kansas and said,

"Hey, Kansas." quickly followed by,

"See ya, Kansas!"

In short, I'm excited about checking another item off my bucket list. Morgan Freeman would be proud. And did anyone else notice how fuckin' dusty my car is? This photograph is embarrassing.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

a trip to Chicago.

1. A dapper brick wall.
2. This graffiti is positive!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

a quickie.

quick bird poem.

When I was a younger kid
The age of twenty three,
I’d throw some seeds on piles of snow
And birds would sing to me.

Their colors popped on white, white ground
and Cardinals looked blood red.
I watched some blue jays fight for food
To get their bellies fed.

Monday, October 25, 2010


Friday, October 22, 2010

covered in fur.

I'm not sure if I just had an epiphany...lemme explain.

I've had trouble painting since leaving graduate school. I haven't stopped making art. I've sketched prolifically and have made about eight paintings. Six of those paintings made their way to the fire pit. They sucked balls.

The reason and epiphany? I was trying to make work that looked like my last body of work and I don't think I can (or need to) recreate what I did for my thesis show. The only two paintings I've liked are the ones that can't relate to my last body of work.

Which lead me to the conclusion, its time to make some new shit.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

big ol' catfish.

Study for a linoleum relief print. 2010

4-color suicide reduction woodblock print! 2007.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

puff duck.

This duck has a better hairdo the most people I know.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

bucks and does.

Ringer. 2006
portrait of a trophy buck, 2006
The best part about driving is trying not to hit deer. Around 2006 I became facinated with bucks and does. I never wanted to kill anything but these paintings are violent. I must have been angry back then.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hot Foot Quiniela

hotfoot quiniela triple encore. 2006

The show at the Morpho Gallery went well. I got to see friends, buy some art, meet some new people, and drink beer at a spooky bar called BOBBI'S. Bobbi gave me a free beer before the show, she said I looked high strung. I liked that.

http://www.morphogallery.com/ check out the webby if you get bored.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Bandages and Patches.

Bandages and Patches, 2006

Matt: Member of Team Underpants (travel squad) since 2005.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I-80 Olfactory Bovine.

i-80 Olfactory Bovine. 2006.

I-80 always smelled like warm cow shit. We spent a lot of time on that road.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Series: I was for Awhile

Snap the Stings, Sucker. 2006

My friend, Grant, inspired me to look back at old work. Maybe I can gather some insight into why I'm having trouble painting.

I made this one during my hobo days of 2007. All I did was travel, crash on couches, and see the sights. Its from a series of paintings called, "I was for Awhile." Snap the Strings, Sucker is the first in a series of paintings about closely knit friends and the importence of travel.

I spent my "growing up" years in Peoria, IL. This piece is a tiny painted icon for a city that I've grown out of but is still deeply appreciated. Peoria...its been called a hole that hard to climb out of.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

the painting was a BUST!

I'm dead in the water, boys. The painting is torn up and in the garbage can. Sorry guys, these things happen. At least it felt good to destroy something. I'm going to keep on trying until I get it...in the meantime you can check out this link from a show I was in a couple weeks ago.


Monday, October 4, 2010

group show and confessional

Their Botched Migration. 2009. A piece featured in upcoming show.

I'd like to vent some frustruation. Painting is hard.

Pictures coming soon. In the meantime, check out


I'm in a three man show with David Sisk and Ian Sherwin. It opens on October 9th, 5-9pm. If you live in the greater Chicagoland area, stop by and we'll shake hands in a formal fashion.