Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Eve of the Tanios Group Show

The last day before the show was spent getting things as close to completion as possible. I still have a couple of plexi "boxes" to pick up the morning of the show. These will be how I mount my Moleskine sketchbooks to the wall in my area.
You'll notice the chalkboard in my display area: this is to convey an "in the artist's studio" feel(and to dominate the room, I'm no fool). I used actual photos of my chalkboard from months past as source to recreact the gallery board.
"I looks like math" is what Hye Lim told me. It is, sort of, with light speed equations and habitat plans for malarial zones with settlements along rivers. I wonder how many will get the "DUNE" reference?
Here's some photos from the mad dash:

Alex Wald renders a Japanese Monster in his comment area. My comment area has a pirate flag: my personal banner; the last thing the crew of the Goa Maru saw before they shat themselves while ripping rig off the coast of Madasgascar.

High excitement: interns up the rigging and display men prepping the lightbox films (from Hellblazer:Papa Midnight). Caitlin and Hye Lim were indispensible! They did all the things I needed them to do without my asking them twice and they did it well!
They rocked. Caitlin is from the Co-op Program at The School of the Art Institute and Hye Lim is from Columbia College.

OK,...calm down.

The film for the lightbox is terrific. I bogarted most of the space in the show; I was perfectly willing to surrender ONE SIDE of the light box if Geof Darrow had come aboard :~)
The panels are from a 600dpi direct scan of the printed panel found in the H:PM trade. The dot matrix is sweetly in place, and the black is crisp.

The panels in place in the double-sided lightbox and lit as evening approaches in East Lakevew. Pretty sweet.
"Succeed. Beware.", words scripted by Mat Johnson(DROP,INCOGNEGRO), expresses it best for anyone venturing into the Arts.

I'll post more from tomorrow's opening!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

More T.C.G. "Wings" Trading Cards!

More Topps (T.C.G.) cards from the 1950s. The Triton is a fav. And the G.C.A. Model 2.
Who was the art team on this collection? They probably ended up doing cereal boxes in the 60's.

The Diane Tanios Gallery Postcard

This show happened very quickly and the stack of postcards I have have not been put to good use. Here they are. Pretty cool, huhn?

The Interns

Hye Lim and Caitlin. Yeah, they're all smiles now...

...But wait until they have to start hanging the Show.

Who's laughing now?

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

T.C.G. "Wings" Trading Cards: Cold War Tensions AND Hard Gum!

My friend Alex Wald gave me these cards that he had come across some years ago. He thought of me because I'm such a geek about aviation: Military in particular.
I've done a little research and these are part of a set put out by Topps in the
1950's. A total of 200 cards completed the set. Herald Tribune Inc. is credited as a source or sponsor on the back of each card, along with a silouhetted tri-view of a random aircraft from the series to test your "Friend or Foe" reflexes plus a description of the featured craft on the face side of the card. The backs of my cards are marred as some kid decided to paste them to a board around the time that Eisenhowers' prostate started giving him problems. Still the art for these are terrific. There's some vanquished, remote victim shown in each U.S. card, pratically "Beware!...this could be your village". LOL.
Reminds me of model box art from the Czech Repubic (yes, I meant "RePUBIC").
I'll post more as I edit. Maybe those guys at will notice my blog finally (boo-dee-hoo!).