Yes! I love crossing things off the list.
This is a special sneaky peek (note: best set list ever, center) at what has gone into the production of the latest Night Viking & Friends album, Side Sauce. Inside a tidy vinyl sleeve, you get a b+w version of this “map”, with a collaborative crazy collage on the back, PLUS full-color front+back covers, and 31 TRACKS of awesome/inane sonic boom. I said BOOM.
Oh right! and back to that subject that I mentioned in the title, Ziney-zines. This project gave me a good vision and a process that I can use to accomplish my goals for The Lost Art (of)’s recordings.
[At some point a while back, I decided to make a February/Valentines’ mix this year, both to honor the Chi-do tradition* that has been dormant for some years, and to have a “gift” available for my audience at SVT on 2-14. Then– I added on to that ambition a desire to create xerox-copied booklets as accompaniment to the Recordings — to house extra stories, to indulge my urges to explain, to save honorable intentions from un-crossed off lists, and, of course, to design. Lovefully…]
Cutting and pasting is fun! Email me to order Side Sauce or to pre-order the February Mix.
*It’s a long story…
Check out the “Biggest/Bestest” Page under GALLERIES – – I finally put together what I consider to be a portfolio.
In other news, we’ve got SIDE SAUCE coming out next week, which is really a good album, and a total companion to ITALIAN FOOD WILDCAT CARAVAN. We (Night Viking) MIGHT be playing at Chaindrive on Wednesday the 13th with some CDS on hand and some new songs slipping in here and there…
And then there’s this:
More from the slide-sorting process…
I found these images that I made in high school — not ones that I think about much, but interesting to reflect back on, as they represent some of my variety…
The one with the binary code and heart diagram– I remember having an inspiration and then following up on it. I think I was listening to too much Nine Inch Nails and writing pretttty tortured poetry at that time. I like the weaving technique and “symbol-rich graphic design”.
Next up we have an Art 2 assignment from Mr. (Gary) Borreman’s class. He was a really cool teacher: treated his students like real people, worthy of trust and responsibility.
I took his class as a freshman, although he unfortunately got fired in the middle of the year for something. I can’t quite remember, but it was basically fearful parent backlash against his liberal teaching style or a view he may have expressed. Our second assignment in his class that year was to think about what happens when/after we die, and to make a piece about it. Having experienced the death of my father already at age 9, I had already found a metaphor I was comfortable with, which came from the Baha’i Faith, and which is illustrated here:
This last one is a little random. I didn’t spend much time on it, either in planning or in executing, and I painted from a photograph of Isadora Duncan.
But I do like her little smile; and I do believe that I had a painting breakthrough while making this. Plus, one of my mother’s friends from when I was a child used to say that I was Isadora reincarnated. So it could be a past-life portrait– who knows.
Leah commissioned me to make a “dark (balding) clown” wig for Next Halloween (I happened to finish a year early)…
and it turned out pretty GOO-OOd! Now accepting pre-orders…
Instead of making a Dia de los Muertos altar, I just managed to finish my beerbox mask in time for the Butthole Surfers show. I wanted to get it on to the stage so that they would accept it as a gift, but it ended up just on the ground on the side of the stage. <:-/
Who knows where it ended up?
IN OTHER NEWS!
what? Well, there’s a new show at Po’Boys, which I would like to post pics of, and Side Sauce (new compilation CD by Night Viking & Friends) is allllmost done, and the puppet theater needs to be documented, completed (with help!), and used.
That’s some news!
Chad and I are trying to get a coffee-shop show together. Here are some examples of my recent work, and some of his (below):
Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of All Ages,
Step right up to the Junk-A-Thon Circus, fun for the whole family, this Week-End, June 13&14th, 9am-9pm! More participants than ever before are camping out this weekend to share their home-made wares, such as fossils, unique clothing and art, greeting cards, party supplies, unusual stuffed animals… plus sift through other yard-sale items for something that is useful to you. This is probably the most fun alternative to going to a store that you could hope for. Keep your eyes peeled for the random performance art!
2608 Rogers Ave.
(with Time Tunnel)
Come see the Amazing Feet, whiskers–
No, really. If you wanna just get out of the house, rifle through some garage sale items, vintage clothes, comic books, ART, fortune eggs, puppet kits, unique stencil-covered wearable objects… and/or converse with neighborly types + iguana-dog-cats, crawl through a tunnel into the land of the future, enter other mystical portals, etc., we’ll be here. Probably’ll have goodies to eat, on the grill, as well. Bring your ham or pemmican, currency or other goods to trade.* 10am-7pm, Saturday and Sunday. Rain or Shine!
*If you are BARTER inclined, I know that I for one (Amanda), could certainly use: flower pots/planters, cinder blocks, mortar, rocks, plants, soil, etc. Chad mainly needs currency and/or publishing connections, since he is about to get a bunch of teeth pulled; but, he might trade for some awesome old magazines or picture books. I’m not too sure about the druthers of Lori, Leah and Kevin, who are bringing stuff to sell, but if you are totally broke and have nothing to trade, you can still come and just enjoy the festivities and weird landscape!
2608B Rogers Ave. – right across from Campbell Elementary School –
Lots to report today;
We are on a roll !
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Got started this morning with a gust of Lori 16mm, who came by to create marvelous
stenciled artistic creations on clothing,
filling up the reserves for 3 weeks from now when the Art-Hungry Populace comes to Ye Olde
With finesse and furious pizazze, she filled up one+ clothesline with wearable art. Chad and I made some, too.
Then, with batch #1 drying, spray paint cans were removed and additional supplies were found in preparation for the kids’ Art Class.
Not long after school let out across the street, Patrick, Marina, and Jennifer showed up to learn how to make Stencil Art! I demonstrated the process, from finding a surface/cloth, to choosing a stencil or a flattish object, to applying paint, and hanging to dry. Marina and Jennifer worked nonstop for an hour on all sorts of colorful designs; Patrick made a new stencil, of the letter “P”, with the help of Chad, who also took these photos:
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So, pretty good format for a day. Maybe we can get someone to come help do screenprinting on another Monday?
If not that, we’ll definitely be at work again next Monday, perhaps on the first mortar-and-object collage.
And Saturdays! The Quilt-Sewing gatherings must start! I think Saturday afternoon might be a good time for me (or maaaybe Monday nights). We’ll just get together, share our sewing skills, design a quilt, work on individual picture-squares, and put it all together. We don’t have to meet every Saturday, just when people don’t have better things to do.
Sundays are our great Clean-up days. I didn’t get pictures, but there was some fun Boy Scouting type of activities yesterday, as Jeremiah, Patrick and Brer-John explored into the thickets of the backyard and learned about some of the differences between live plants and dead ones. There just might be a garden sprouting up soon!
P.S. I am having trouble formatting this page!
A large rectangular cardboard box, containing a folded “game board” and a bag filled with little “game pieces”. However, there are no instructions except: 1) Make up a game to play, -or- 2) Arrange the pieces in a way that suits your fancy!
Cloth samples, rocks in netting, tiny orange traffic cones, bottle lids filled with various colors and textures, a nun and a duck (or other surprises).
Order one soon and it’ll be ready in about a month!