Thursday, February 19, 2009
I come to Love what i Hate.
You know them "25 Things About Me" jobs that were being filled out on Facebook (by the way, there's a Eaten By Ducks page on there & a bunch of us. Find it!) nonstop? Well, one of mine was "I come to Love what i once hated" or something along those lines. Anyhow, i've been tracking this non-drawerly drawing trend since about 2000, when i started seeing it pop up in Japanese magazines (this is when Japan was still kind of cutting the edges a bit), & even though i'm kind of sequestered out here in the boonies & in a culturally backwards little land, i've been tracking this sloppy abstract drawing stuff & seeing it rise. My first reaction to it was, "good, finally drawing is going to be okay for galleries." But the drawings were all in this naive, outsider artish, & quite often fruit of the looms style. Since then, the style has darkened & gotten bolder, with more neon & more blood & slime & guts & things. All good stuff. Looks just like these drawings me & Theo Carlson would do in art class where we'd draw for a couple minutes & then hand the paper over until the paper was totally filled with stuff. He would then take them home & look at them while on acid. The first big hitter was Neckface probably, in terms of largescale direction & popularity. I publicly didn't like Neckface but my gut loves his stuff. LOVES. Similar thing happened to me back in 1992 when i got a large package of comics & art from Mike Diana out of the blue. I loved it. But, i was also like, "man, i could never publish shit like this in my zine or do stuff like this cos it's just too far down that road." My art & zine & everything was the same weird mix of anti-social plus social that i am today, which is a weird fence to sit on, but that's the way it goes. Anyhow, having discovered Le Dernier Cri while trying to find more Gary Panter stuff a while ago, i rediscovered Mike Diana & this larger gross psychedelic art & decided that i'm going to have to start working in this style for the larger art world. Thus is born The Uzi Reptoid. Which, i'm not sure i even need to work under, because i'm there. But it's a cool name & i need to stop hitting up "SEAN" on the walls, because it's a little obvious don't you think?