Is This Thing On?

I’m so excited to be part the upcoming show, Is This Thing On?, presented by Gallery 1988 Melrose and Funny or Die.  Each artist participating was given a stand up comic to base a piece on, mine being the lovable, Steve Martin.

I recently finished reading his book, Born Standing Up (which I highly recommend), which is an autobiography of his very earliest years doing stand up in the 1970′s.  I decided to take the super minimalist approach to this piece, painting 2 small iconic objects on wood panels, and sealing them with resin.  The show opens in LA on January 7th.  rumor is that lots of the comics represented will be in attendance.  Woot!


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  2. Comment by daisy
    January 8, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

    These were beautiful! So elegant and understated, but so strong! I got the best pic of myself in the reflection with the arrow going through my head; I’ll have to send it to you! Congrats on the sales!! :D

  3. Comment by kiersten
    January 9, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    Wow, thank you so much! Definitely send me the photo, Id love to see it! :) Wish I could have gone to the opening..

  4. March 2, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    [...] second installment of Is This Thing On?, I jumped at the chance.  Last year I depicted the great Steve Martin, but this year I decided to take on my other favorite comic, the late Mitch [...]

  5. May 29, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    [...] Anyway, I’m very excited to be participating in the Steve Martin tribute show, Exuuuuuse Meeeeeeee at Gallery 1988 Venice.  Unfortunately there was a bit of a catastrophe in my studio (a real-life version of the game Mouse Trap is more like it) and the piece I had been working on was completely ruined.  Without much time to fix it, I decided to leave the painting flat-lined, & just contribute this tiny one below.. Which is sort of a continuation of my last Steve Martin piece that can be seen here. [...]

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