I've been sitting on this article since last December , to post for the Martin Luther King Holiday. It was published on November 30th /2007, in the Weekend Journal for the Wall Street Journal It's serious story of the current conditions of (HBCU's) Historically Black Colleges and Universities. I liked the simplicity of the concept of these three men from different generations , just standing , doing nothing but displaying their college football logos. I also found the time line very interesting. Martin Luther King Jr. graduated Morehouse (Atlanta) in 1948, W.E.B. DuBois graduated from Fisk in 1888, and Thurgood Marshall from Lincoln ( Chester County Pa.) in 1930. I received an E-Mail the Friday morning it was published, from a prominent lawyer in Alabama that wanted to purchase the original. We quickly negotiated a price for the original and had it sold by noon. He paid immediately , and I sent it off . Over the holidays, we received a Christmas card from him saying that my art is hanging in his son's room, and , that his son is attending Morehouse College where Dr. Martin Luther King went. It's always great to find a good home for the originals.
I'm participating in this group show at the Sideshow Gallery that's opening tonight in Williamsburg Brooklyn. I'm showing these two small sculptures and my Three Stooges Wisemen from my Christmas eve Drawger posting , Frances Jetter has another print of her George Bush in the Bone chair that is currently showing in Steve Brodner's Society of Illustrator's show , and an amazing print of a Troll Doll. The Sideshow Gallery was founded by Richard Timperio in 1999 to create a space that would foster young Williamsburg artists, giving them exposure and a means to create a dialogue with the larger artists community. I snuck in from the East Village.
Richard Timperio, an artist himself, has been an esteemed member in the Brooklyn art scene since 1979, and has been curating since 1995. I met Richard many years ago when he was an airbrush illustrator. We even shared an agent. It's been interesting to watch his transition from an illustrator, to a painter, and gallery curator and owner.
When Leo Espinosa commented that my two sculptures looked like the Marc Caro movie, "City of Lost Children", I might agree,except. that these figures were created many years before the movie was made . I had so many influences, and still have, but one stands out. I remember reading the Gormenghast Trilogy , by Melvin Peake in 1950. He was an illustrator, painter, poet, novelist and playwright ( in that order) I 'm posting the sculptures in their original form . Many years later, I had to bronze them just to save them from falling apart.
These presidential races are so long that you can watch the candidates age before your eyes. I did one of my first elections drawings last May . I tried to make it interesting with the presidential food fight. It was my homage to the Animal House Movie. However, by the time of the Iowa Caucus, with Obama's speech, Hillery's tears , and Guiliani's crash and burn till Florida tactics, I found myself getting excited by this horse race. As far as I can tell, no one is screwing around with the voting machines and stealing elections....YET.