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art archives (a work in progress)


1967 Oldsmobile Luxury Sedan, oil on canvas, 16 x 22 inches

I've been gradually updating my "partial catalog raisonné" this year. All the following pages were tweaked with new and/or larger images:

Artwork 1977-96 (Vol. 1)
Artwork 1977-96 (Vol. 2)
Artwork 1977-96 (Vol. 3)
Artwork 1996-1999
Artwork 2001
Artwork 2002
Artwork 2002-2006

Hat tip to Brad Moody for the source photo of the above painting. My recollection of making it was gridding the photo to make a drawing, then starting the painting at the edges and working to the center in "wet on wet" mode, a chunk at a time, then procrastinating horribly on painting the carburetor. My friend DR came to the studio and said "you need to finish this painting," so I did, finally. Thus we have this semi-permanent, retro-factured relic of the Middle Internal Combustion Era.

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July 7th, 2017 at 8:45 am



ink on napkin, scanned
early '90s, Texas Hill Country, possibly Inks Lake

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July 6th, 2017 at 1:32 pm

soft machine sculpture


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June 28th, 2017 at 8:04 am



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June 28th, 2017 at 8:03 am

televisions (with and without recursion)

On the subject of recursive images, this post about Ken Shirriff's nested Alto computers reminded me of an earlier idea. In the late '80s I'd been invited to show in an exhibit on the theme of television, organized by some artists who did public access cable. The venue was a "major museum" so I wanted to make a statement. I had the idea of televisions in toilets receding to infinity. I couldn't make it work -- drawing a toilet seat is easy but it was hard to make a TV monitor that "popped" in the arrangement. Below is as far as I went with it:


An initial sketch:


After abandoning these I did this painting, TV Dinner (acrylic on canvas, 62 x 46 inches). The museum had a Philip Guston show up at the time and a local curator thought my painting was "derivative." One person's inside joke is another's failure of imagination.


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June 27th, 2017 at 2:14 pm

dinner conversation


When I lived in Dallas years ago, a friend described a nightmare date she went on, and I made this drawing to commemorate it.

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June 20th, 2017 at 1:08 pm



Ink and marker, 1990.
The source was a joke store package for a rubber severed finger, as best as I can recall. Possibly from China or Taiwan.

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May 30th, 2017 at 9:30 am



ink on paper, 1990

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May 30th, 2017 at 9:20 am



ink, felt tip marker, 1990

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May 30th, 2017 at 9:15 am

Big Squirrel, 1984

Tom Moody, Big Squirrel, 1984

oil on canvas, 66 x 49 inches
private collection

Am continuing to work on my archives. This painting is based on a photo I took in Riverside Park. The oil-on-canvas version is a detail from the photo. Painted and exhibited when I was living in Dallas. This photo was taken outside of the studio in Deep Ellum that I had for about a year and a half.

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January 30th, 2017 at 7:41 am