"Obama Said Knock You Out" in the wild pt. 39 (Philly 2: Electric Boogaloo)
The first two pieces in this bunch are some of my favorites. I met this gentleman as I plasterin' the town & we had a delightful repartee. He was reluctant to let me use the box as he claimed ownership of the space, but quickly relented when I offered to rent it. He did offer though that Obama was "going down". A good time was had by all.
When I returned home, I found that an excellent photographer who goes by the handle Digital Witness had captured the moment perfectly.
A wonderful surprise indeed!
Please do send in any pix of the piece that you find in the wild, or better yet- please, please do put some up & send me the photos. I will post any & all that I receive.
Let's make this a worldwide jam!
I, & your President, thank you for your service...
I am an artist, a lover, a father, a teacher, a dancer, an imaginary boxer, a self-indulgent, egotistical, totally insecure, anxious & angst-ious little man…
I like to see & be seen.
I used to do a lot of art, mostly scratchy pen & ink scrawlings of the navel-gazing sort.
It’s just that a very happy marriage & the subsequent birth of my wonderful son along with a teaching job that I love have kept me too busy (& too happy!) to produce much work in the last some-odd (& some have been very odd indeed!) years.
The "being too busy" has not been as much of a factor as the "being too happy". Happiness & contentment, it seems, did not serve as well as muses as loneliness & desperation did in my bachelor years.
Before this horrific bout of satisfaction & joy, I was a very productive artist, first in New York at the School of Visual Arts, wherein I worked on many fanzines & underground comix, then at Rutgers University, wherein I was the staff cartoonist for all three major college newspapers (either I’m very good, or I get fired a lot... Only my editors know for sure!).
I then had a few solo shows in New Brunswick, Princeton & various other sundry locations- in galleries, museums & cafes. I also published in several disreputable newspapers, magazines & books. I even had a piece in the Ellarslie back in the day (under my "maiden name" of Schreiber). This fruitful period was capped off by the publication of "Angst Funnies: Very Secret Monster Things", a retrospective of the then-young artist’s work, which is now long out of print & a very sought after collector’s item (at least by the artist who seems to have misplaced all my copies!).
But then the artist's worst nightmare reared her ugly head~ happiness.
I met a beautiful girl.
No longer prodded by sleepless nights & lonely days, I slowed my pace on the bristol board & my fingers became no longer ink-stained. The impetus to hold a pen was superseded by the desire to hold my wife’s hand or my son’s bottom (or vice-a-versa). I have produced a few notable works during this somewhat dormant period- mostly pieces for charity auctions (political causes & animal rights groups & various other liberal-agenda types) as well as branching out artistically & painting some large scale murals for area schools. "Windows on Japan" was a brief return to the art world. Inspired by my Fulbright Scholarship to Japan, I created a mixed media view of my experiences in that breathtaking place of wonder in, to allow my community back home to share in that extraordinary experience. Even more recently, Barack Obama’s campaign inspired me to create some works to promote his message of hope & change. Which brings us full circle~ those pieces are being collected in a real-live book & I created my website, http://sweetestbaboon.blogspot.com/, to not let that opportunity of shameless self-promotion go to waste.
Hopefully, along with posting funky tunes & other internet foolishness, I will produce some new work to show right here… right now.
rants & ramblings, artistic shenanigans (self-created & stuff that inspires such self-creativity), funkyass music, comix & graphic novels (not just for kids anymore!), sporadic navel-gazing, balderdashery, new & improved longer-lasting ephemera, tales to astonish, doodles & dawdles, & any & all stuff that tickles my fancy (& hopefully yours as well!)...
If you find any of it moves you either body or soul (& especially ass), please purchase the art &/or music legally to support the artists. If I've posted your art &/or music & you want me to un-post it, let me know & it will disappear posthaste. If you download an image or a tune, please have the common courtesy to comment on that post & give me some love, my friend. It's relatively painless, quick & easy, & a small token of kindness for seein' & hearin' such brilliant stuff, y'know.
"Seda-Schreiberlets you into his mind, and it turns out to be a worthwhile place to rummage around... (His work) is like receiving a long letter from a friend you didn't know you had."~ cat yronwode