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Is This Thing On? 2

UPDATE: For those inquiring about purchasing, they are now available here!

When Gallery 1988 asked me if I’d like to participate in their 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 Hedberg.

I was first introduced to Mitch’s stand-up years back, by my roommate who used to play his recordings while we worked in the studio.  I was instantly in love.  His wit,  play with language, and absurd observations paired with an odd, but enduring delivery made for a great comic who continues to be missed.

I once read that Mitch suffered from almost paralyzing stage fright and often wore sunglasses while on stage, so he could close his eyes while speaking.  I thought about this a lot while sketching up ideas for my piece, and decided that a straight-forward portrait of Mitch would not suit him.  To me, his words are really what he’d most likely prefer to be remembered for, so I tested out a new technique and created 8 small, wood etchings of my favorite quotes.  All wood panels are sealed in resin.

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kinda crappy shot of them in resin:

Is This Thing On? 2 opens Friday, March 9th

Gallery 1988 Melrose

 

 

 

20 Comments »

  1. Comment by David
    March 4, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

    Are these for sale?

  2. Comment by kiersten
    March 4, 2012 @ 2:50 pm

    Yep, they’ll be on sale at Gallery 1988 at the opening of ‘Is This Thing On? 2′ on March 9th!

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  4. Comment by phil shannon
    March 5, 2012 @ 2:34 pm

    Cool stuff. I’d like to purchase.

    p.s. I think your twitter “Follow Me” link on the right side of this page is broken.

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  8. Comment by kiersten
    March 5, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

    Hey Phil, thanks so much! You can contact Gallery 1988 to purchase.. They’ll be on sale (individually) starting this Friday, March 9th!

    :)

  9. Comment by John
    March 6, 2012 @ 1:05 am

    So do you only have one of each piece?

  10. Comment by kiersten
    March 6, 2012 @ 2:08 am

    Yes, I only made one of each quote.. You can contact Gallery 1988 for availability at: (323) 937-7088 or gallery1988melrose@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  12. March 6, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

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  13. Comment by JL
    March 6, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

    That VEST one is terrible.

    Technically absolutely incorrect.
    Historically a jacket is ONLY classified as a garment with sleeves.
    Anything without is NOT. Simple.

  14. Comment by JL's R2 Unit
    March 7, 2012 @ 1:59 am

    JL had more to say, but someone threw a sockball at him and he left. To summarize:
    “An object itself cannot be blurry.”
    “‘Burrito’ describes the entire food item, not just the covering.”
    “‘Used to’ by definition means no longer practiced.”
    “Waffles generally contain more butter, and therefore are distinct from pancakes in substance.”
    “2000 grains of rice are not enough to satisfy extreme hunger.”
    “Strangling implies suffocation, and a turtleneck does not supply enough pressure.”
    When JL returns, he will educate you all as to why WALL-E’s solar cell could not possibly provide enough energy to power his daily energy requirements.

  15. Comment by JL's R2 Virus
    March 7, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    What an asshole that R2 unit is. Obviously doesn’t understand comedy. Midgets can’t strangle very hard.

  16. Comment by MB
    March 7, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

    JL – I want to thank you for saying those things which absolutely needed to be said. However, while the accuracy of what you said is undebatable, I fear I may never laugh again. 8-( Thank you

  17. Comment by Lytchell
    March 9, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

    These almost are wonderful! However, Mitch didn’t have ‘almost paralyzing stage fright’. I think that is an internet myth.

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  19. Comment by Jamie
    March 22, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    Congrats on selling out the pieces of Gallery 1988. Any way to commission another one?

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