Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Sunday, February 15, 2015
About 5 winters ago, I was invited to participate in a group show & my first gallery spot ever. The gallery was called Fast>>Forward and was ran by a few local artists for one year. 12x12 was the piece dimension requirement and each artist could submit up to 4 pieces. The Rewind is a show currently on display at Modern Formations on Penn ave in Pittsburgh PA for the month of February. It contains all of the artists that originally displayed in the first show and then some, mostly connections made since. The opening was a full house, so much so it was difficult to look at everything! I decided to paint 2 electronic drawings i've done in the past as i'm still on block down. They got some laughs, and that's about all I can ask for.
Posted by Jes Ha Ka at 8:52 PM
New Academy Press makes these ridiculously rad paper bug pieces that are so intricate, delicate and odd. They're a hit at every show in Pittsburgh! My bf really likes their work, but as is most great art, it is expensive, so I decided to take a whack at creating my own as a Christmas gift. The pictures don't do it justice, but I also know I could've done better. For a first go, they're great! I used glitter & shimmery paper with acrylic paints, dried flowers and an amethyst. They weren't exactly easy to make, but came together more naturally than expected. :)
Posted by Jes Ha Ka at 8:44 PM
Even though I was practically brain-ded last year, artistically speaking, I still managed to do some shows and get my stuff out there. Most of my inventory is wiped out at this point, but i'm hoping to make a come-back soon, focusing on merging what actually sells and what I want to explore and create.
You can find some of my artwork/stuffs for sale in the Mattress Factory Museum gift shop! It is THE coolest museum in the city of Pittsburgh and still might hold the title as the nation's only all installation art museum. They had a Winter Art Market that I submitted some older paintings to, it was neat seeing other local artists that i've never seen before all in the same space. Check them out sometime if you haven't already!
The Pancakes & Booze Art Tour is a traveling art show that makes stops in big cities and lets local artists showcase their work AND they make you pancakes in a space where there is booze, hence the name. For this, I decided to go big with my largest piece to date: 5' tall by 4' wide. I call this piece 'colossus'. I bought the canvas on super sale at Michaels on Thanksgiving day and easily slaved 10-20 hours on it. My back was a mess for a month after until I could see my chiropractor! You can now see this guy at the Brillobox in Pittsburgh (the bar where LazerCRUNK is held). FOR SALE!!
My good friend and super amazing fantastic grossweirdcool local artist LIZZEE SOLOMON put together a 90's themed group show at the Mr. Roboto Project in November. I was so excited and made these Rocko's Modern Life heads out of Celluclay - a powdery paper mache that you add water to, mold, sand and paint to yr liking. Very cool/messy, but happy with the results! I've been really into experimenting with different mediums lately.
Some cool local weirdos decided to put on craft fair called the 'Freaky Flea', so of course I was in! Low vending cost and it was held at a bar, so I could sip on brews while selling my stuffs. Pretty decent turn out and pretty cool stuffs for the first time around!
Posted by Jes Ha Ka at 8:34 PM
On the 2nd Friday of every month at a sweet bar on Penn in PGH, there is a night called 'LazerCRUNK'. Its been going on for almost 7 years now, and i've been attending for almost 2. My bf Cutups and his accomplice KEEB$ bring in awesome guests and have themed nights. I've had the pleasure of helping decorate a couple themed nights. My favourite was, of course, Adventure Time edition, where I did flyers, life-size cut-ahts n'at. We had a costume contest and it was absolutely amazing! I made shark heads for Shark Week edition and some more stuffs for LazerCRUNCH, a cereal themed night. Always a good time, check out their FB page & stop by sometime!
Me dressed as 'Duchess Gummy Buns' (aka LSP) from the dinner party episode with one of the gum ball guardians we made!
Keeb$ as Finn & Cutups as Simon
Posted by Jes Ha Ka at 8:13 PM
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
I almost can't believe that I haven't updated my blog since March. Its been a YEAR! I was in a mad job hunt last spring and got hired at my current position in May. Ever since, i've had a terrible artist's block. I've only been able to make a few things here and there. Still suffering, but not as bad.
These were the last random drawings I did that weren't for anything in specific. :) I'd like to make 'Wut Prez' into an animated short some day.
Posted by Jes Ha Ka at 4:42 AM