Friday, December 19, 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Incredible work of Robert Franz, downtown Wausau. Active alcoholic/addict. Brain trauma. True outsider artist.

Roberts work can be purchased here
Incredible outsider art assemblage by Robert Franz. Titled "Odin". Robert has been working on this for a couple weeks and its great. Found objects, paint, plastic,wood and canvas. Overall size is 42" x 53" x 13". Three mixed/media on canvas pieces.
This is what I love about contemporary outsider art. Robert started coming in the shop about 6 months ago and really didnt say much. He has come in several times a week like he was on a schedule. Earlier in the week he brought in his first piece. He said he thought I might like to see it. He just brought in his third finished piece. That's a painting/collage about every two days. That is the kind of obsessiveness I look for in outsider art and artists. He left today with some old cigar boxes to try some 3-D stuff. I expect to see him tomorrrow . Robert lives in the Landmark Building, he has wandered around Wausau for a long time. He was in UWMC but suffered a traumatic brain injury in the late 1980's.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

SOLD. "Tater" 2012

My original work is available for purchase here

Thursday, October 30, 2014

"In the Voting Booth" 2014

My original work is available for purchase here

Monday, September 22, 2014

"Playin the Ryman" 2014

My original work is available for purchase here

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Reality of Addiction......

My current original work is available for purchase here

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nice mention on Art News Blog today.

9/11 Art

911 explosion
We never did get a Guernica equivalent for the September 11 attacks. Maybe because we don’t have a Picasso, perhaps because painting just doesn’t matter as much, or possibly because the images themselves are powerful enough. Cartoonists and sculptors did some really good 9/11 art, but painters, not so much.
It’s interesting, that on the anniversary of the September 11 attack we have a Nobel Peace prize winning American president being talked out of war by a so called Russian tyrant. What is it about September that gets the psychopaths of the world all excited about spilling blood?
september elever art
Gregory Hilton – WTC/Mosque Series #1345 – heat transfer on wooden panel. See his website here.
911 painting
Parker Lanier. I mentioned Parker earlier. See his website here.
eric fischl sculpture
Eric Fischl – Tumbling Woman. I really like this work. See the artist’s website here.
september 11 attacks
Miya Ando – 9/11 sculpture using steel from the building. See the artist’s website here.
911 soft toys
Johnny Ryan – Soft 9/11. I can understand why people would think these plush toys trivialize the September 11 attacks but I think they’re awesome. See the artist’s website here.
september 11 attack painting
12 year old Pearl Newman did this 9/11 work. Love it!
cartoonist peter lewis 911
Peter Lewis – Osama Bin Laden. See the cartoonist’s website here.
Have I missed any really good 9/11 art? See how Pablo Picasso dealt with a crisis. And lets remember building 7 too ;-)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Down Below" The Ginger Lees

First Nations Carver Shot by Seattle Police

Seattle police slay Native woodcarver and an outraged community is asking, why? 
By Terri Hansen

 SEATTLE – The police shooting of a talented, aging Native totem carver has sparked anger and outrage in Seattle’s Native community, and beyond. John T. Williams, long time Seattle resident and a Ditidaht member of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations of Canada’s Vancouver Island, was shot four times and killed Aug. 30 by police officer Ian D. Birk, a two-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department. Police said Williams advanced towards Birk when the officer spotted him sitting on a ledge with a knife and shouted three commands at him to drop it. As eyewitnesses came forward with a different version of events police then said Williams was crossing an intersection with a knife and piece of wood in his hands, refused to drop the knife and advanced towards the officer. “His body stance did not look threatening at all,” an eyewitness told The Seattle Times. “I could only see the gentleman’s back, and he didn’t look aggressive at all. He didn’t even look up at the officer.” Williams died between 1811 Eastlake, a private nonprofit home for chronic drinkers where he’d lived off and on, and the Pike Street Market in downtown Seattle, where he sold his carvings. Williams was crippled with arthritis and hobbled more than he walked, Randy Lewis, a leader of the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation said. He was capable at most of turning towards the officer when he heard him shouting, to show him what he had in his hands. That’s if he heard him shouting. Williams’ friends say he was deaf in his left ear from an infection eight years ago. Seattle police now say they don’t know exactly what happened. Seattle Police Chief John Diaz told reporters he has “a lot more questions than answers.” What is known is that Birk exited his patrol car, shouted out commands and then fatally shot Williams in the span of a minute. The officer’s in-car video caught part of the incident. The tape has not been released to the public. The folding carving knife carried by Williams had a three-inch blade, legal to carry in Seattle. The city’s code states a dangerous knife is one having a blade three and one-half inches or more. Locals have honored the Williams family for more than 100 years for their traditional carvings, and for making and selling them at the street level and in galleries. He was a seventh generation master carver who carried his carving tools with him, and carved in public. “It’s a great cultural ignorance for (the police department) even to admit they weren’t familiar with their carving with knives on the street (because it’s) not unusual,” said family friend Storme Webber, Aleut.