January Rears Its Head

Good grief! The past couple of months have been a bit insane.

"The Backhand of God" 25x28 for "Asymmetrical Diptych" (email jch@coreyhelfordgallery.com)

"The Backhand of God" 25x28 for "Asymmetrical Diptych" (email jch@coreyhelfordgallery.com)

"The Enfleshing of Christ" 8x10 for "Animalia" show (email info@abendgallery.com)

"The Enfleshing of Christ" 8x10 for "Animalia" show (email info@abendgallery.com)

"BEHOLD! The Lamb of God" 11x18 for "Platinum Blend II" (email kim@moderneden.com)

"BEHOLD! The Lamb of God" 11x18 for "Platinum Blend II" (email kim@moderneden.com)

Mid December I realized that saying yest to 4 group shows meant no time to sit idly by the Yule log... or whatever. 

It has definitely been a crazy start to 2016 and I'm excited to see whats happening next.

January Group Shows:

Jan 9th: "Platinum Blend II" @ Modern Eden Gallery - San Francisco, CA

Jan 16th: "Asymmetrical Diptych" @ Corey Helford Gallery - Los Angeles, CA

Jan 29th: "Animalia" @ Abend Gallery - Denver, CO

Jan 29th: "Lapis, Papel y Tijera" @ Plastic Murs - Valencia, Spain

I will be in attendance for the "Platinum Blend II" show and the "Asymmetrical Diptych" show so do come out and say hello!

-Fernbeds

Limbo and An Insane Amount of Artists...

An artist friend of mine, Henrik Uldalen, asked me to take part in the group show at The Unit Gallery in London. Paintguide is an artist share feed on Instagram where selected contemporary artists get to share artists from past or present that they admire. I had the opportunity to curate a couple months ago, sharing some of my favorite artists: Hans Bellmer, Joel-Peter Witkin and Bathasar van der Ast to name a few.

Soooo, next month, over 50 artists who have curated Paintguide will be showing new works.

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"Limbo Under the Gaze of the Holy Trinity” 17.5x18

"Limbo Under the Gaze of the Holy Trinity” 17.5x18

I won't be flying out for this event but if you are in London next month, definitely pop by.

The Paintguide Show Featuring: Brad Kunkle, Aaron Nagel, Allison Sommers, Amy Sol, Andrew Hem, Anthony Hurd, Aron Wiesenfeld, Audrey Kawasaki, Ben Bjorklund, Casey Weldon, Casey Baughh, Conrad Rosat, Dan Quintana, David Kassan, Eric Fortune, Eloy Morales, Erik Jones, Esao Andrews, Greg "Craola" Simkins, Hsiao-Ron Cheng, Michael Hussar, Hollis Dunlap, Richey Beckett, Ivan Alifan, Jake Wood Evans, Jean Paul Mallozzi, Jeff Hein, Jeremy Geddes, Jeremy Mann, Joao Ruas, Kevin Llewellyn, Kit King, Linsey Levendall, Marco Mazzoni, Matt Marin, Nicomi Nix Turner, Ryan Hewett, Sail, Sean Cheetham, Shawn Barber, Tom Bagshaw, Vincent Xeus, Sam Wolfe Connelly and more!

Opening November 27th at:
The Unit LDN
147-149 Wardour Street
London W1F 8WD UK

For more information and for show preview, email art@theunitldn.com

Fernbeds

Golden Days & Carpathian Fever Dreams

FALL! I'm so excited that Summer is waving goodbye.

I've been working on a lot of group show pieces, traveling to see friend's new works displayed, reading heaps, watched a few documentaries, had a blast getting interviewed for Mike Maxwell's "Live Free" podcast, packing orders for the new "Slouching of Grace" gicleé print and enjoying moments to just step back.

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I was asked to be in the last (last) show at the old Corey Helford Gallery. This is the last show before the gallery closes its doors and re-opens in a newer and bigger space. The theme for the show was "Penciled Masses"- all artists were asked to create a piece using colored pencil. I don't "do" color. I just choose not to, but I figured I would let myself play a lil' and worked on a large study of a piece I've been wanting to work out.

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"Suspension of Calamity" 12x15 (SOLD)

"Suspension of Calamity" 12x15 (SOLD)

It turned out pretty good and swiftly found an owner.  I'm really stoked for the show and will be flying down for the opening so stop by and say hello if you're in town.

"Your Penciled Masses, Yearning to Be Free" Opens Saturday, October 3rd from 7-10PM featuring all new multiple-figure colored pencil works by amazing artists: Natalia Fabia, Sylvia Ji, Brandi Milne (see the attached evite for her image), Liz McGrath, Luke Chueh, Lola, Kukula, Korin Faught, Michael Page, Mike Stilkey, Van Arno, Andrew Brandou, Beau Stanton, Caia Koopman, J. Otto Seibold, Greg Gossel, Carlos Ramos, Joey Remmers, Kelsey Beckett, Ken Garduno, Cathie Bleck, Nicomi Nix Turner, Sarah Folkman and Richard J. Oliver. 

-Fernbeds

The Unseen & Forgotten

This Summer has been a little crazy (and humid and all around gross). I've been working on a lot of group show pieces that are all being shown in or around September...Things got a little carried away but everything is miraculously getting finished and shipped out (must be the "art fairies" working on things when I sleep).

I was asked to create a piece for FFDG's "4%ers" Group Show coming up September 25th in San Francisco.

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I will be attending the opening so do stop by and say hello if you are in the Bay Area. This piece will also be featured in a very special project (more on that soon).

Other than that, I am just finishing up other pieces. I also started LIVEStreaming art sessions and Q&A's over on the Periscope app, username: Fernbeds.

That's all for now, folks. If you want to see what shows are coming up, check out my CV page or Instagram.

-Fernbeds

Etnies x Fernbeds

I finally get to announce the launch of my Etnies collaboration!

The Talent Scout Artist Series is a collaborative footwear and apparel collection featuring the works of six different artists from a variety of mediums, genres and backgrounds. Each artist designed an etnies Scout colorway along with t-shirts to compliment the footwear, creating a comprehensive artistic showcase.

"For this collaboration I wanted to integrate life, death and powerful beasts into one story. Each piece has a certain mythos tied to it: The Tiger with the skull connects this strong beast with the strength of man, The Ram skull plays home to serpents and vegetation and the Two Skulls support the connectivity to life and death."
Stay tuned for more pieces in the Talent Scout Artist Series featuring work from: EWOK, Jim Houser, Juan Travieso, and Nathan Kostechko.

Super stoked to have been able to work with etnies. :)

-Fernbeds

Visions of the Heretic

Haven Gallery in Northport, New York will be having their Inaugural Group Show to celebrate the opening of the gallery. Opened by previous Last Rites Gallery Director Erica Berkowitz, the gallery will open it's doors to the public August 15th alongside the solo exhibition of Kate Zambrano.

The piece I created for the exhibition, "Visions of the Heretic" is an imagined landscape of sins and saviors.

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For more information on the show, or to inquire about "Visions of the Heretic" please contact the gallery at: info@havenartgallery.com (631) 757-0500

Haven Gallery Inaugural Group Show opens August 15th Featuring:
Matt Dangler, Kukula, Kari-lise Alexander, Nicomi Nix Turner, Dan Quintana, Shaun Berke, Tom Bagshaw, Naoto Hattori, Zoe Byland, Brian Mashburn, Regan Rosburg, Aunia Kahn, Caitlin McCormack, Rose Freymuth-Frazier, Redd Walitzki, Nom Kinnear King

-Fernbeds

Art Collector Starter Kit At Corey Helford Gallery

July 26th was the opening for Corey Helford Gallery's Third "Art Collector Starter Kit" exhibition featuring 30+ of some of the most well known contemporary artists:Caia Koopman, Carlos Ramos, Andrew Brandou, Korin Faught, Natalia Fabia, Luke Chueh, Sarah Folkman, Sylvia Ji, Brandi Milne, Joey Remmers, Melissa Forman, Eric Joyner, Sas Christian, Hush , Beau Stanton, Shark Toof, Richard J Oliver, Hikari Shimoda, Camilla d'Errico , So Youn Lee , Nicomi Nix Turner , Yosuke Ueno , Jasmine Becket-Griffith , Naoto Hattori , Lu Cong , Yoh Nagao , Hannah Yata , Yoko D'Holbachie , Lori Nelson , Travis Lampe , Brian Donnelly , Elizabeth McGrath , Hirabayashi Takahiro , Rodrigo Luff , Kisung Koh , Plasticgod , Fuco Ueda. Needless to say, it was a pleasure to share walls with such talented artists!

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"The Slouching of Grace" was an idea I wanted to flush out for a while now. I had started it a year ago, messed up, tore it into tiny pieces and left the idea alone. It's pretty much a fever dream of droughts and rebirth. I'm pretty happy with how the piece turned out. You can see more details of the works HERE and the full exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery.

-Fernbeds

Hawk Moths & Handfastings

I know, I know... It's been a while. I've been busy... really freakin' busy.

My talented friend and photographer Tamar Levine commissioned me to do a piece for her friends Cathy & Tony Hawk as a gift to them.

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I have to say, I have never done a piece filled with so much symbolism. It was a lot of fun creating this for such a loving & awesome couple. Congratulations, Tony and Cathy.

Apart from working on commissions, I've had my head down working on group show pieces for shows coming up. Up next is the "Alchemy" Exhibition opening July 10th at Inner State Gallery in Detroit. I created a piece with one of my personified beetles and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

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I really wanted to fly out for the show but I am too busy in the studio working on a new piece for the Corey Helford Gallery 3rd Annual "Art Collecter Starter Kit" opening July 25th. Stay Tuned!

-Fernbeds

Missing Friends...Missing Travel

I took an extra week off of drawing this month to spend time with new friends while in Philadelphia...

Days spent traipsing through overgrown cemeteries, digging for treasures and broken china in the riverbed, eating tons of grub (and bags of marshmallows), teaching cats to high five, meeting talented new friends, visiting galleries and museums and honestly, just really enjoying taking a break from drawing to enjoy life a little.

Lots of group shows on the horizon for Summer and some exciting collaboration releases set for Fall.

-Fernbeds

 

No God For A Wanderer

Last Friday was the opening of my solo show "No God For A Wanderer" at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia.

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The opening was an awesome night! A huge thank you to everyone who came out and everyone who checked out the opening online. There were quite a few pieces that sold, but there are still pieces available to purchase online or by appointment. To see the available works, visit: Paradigm Gallery

Before the show, my talented friend J.L. Schnabel of Bloodmilk interviewed me about the the pieces created for the show and the meaning behind "No Gods". You can read the full article here at Bloodmilk Blog.

One of the things that most strikes me about your new body of work is the feeling of suspended motion. The moths flutter around your central figures, and yet are captured in time, frozen in a beautiful silence. This feels a bit different to me than previous pieces and for me, strengthens your work. Can you talk about this ?

That feeling when you fall in your sleep or watching a glass fall is both beautiful and alarming. I have been trying to capture that feeling in between movement and stillness- a weightlessness. This body of work centers on the idea of limbo- a place somewhere between a possible God and nothingness so that feeling of suspended motion is its own protagonist in this body of work.

-Fernbeds

Time Enough at Last

"You can't convince me...What I want and what I need are separate things...All those distractions they’ll beg us to stay...We’ll give new meaning to running away"

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You know that episode of The Twilight Zone when the guy is surrounded by books and then breaks his glasses? I kind of feel like that lately. I found this amazing bookshop last week- you know the kind: books stacked in tidy piles, eccentric owner, smells like mold and wood and CHEAP. Needless to say I have swooped up some reads and Ive only been twice... That's all well and good but lately there is not much time to just sit and relax into another world. My To-Do list has become my "broken glasses" (Ha! See that?! Full circle, guys.)

I can't complain though... Lots of really exciting and fun stuff has been consuming my time. I've started in on my works for my solo exhibition at Paradigm Gallery and I am so beyond excited to see it all come together.

Other than that there's collaborations with Burton and lots of fun commissions that I've slowly been starting/finishing (if you are in the queue for commissions please bear with me. I'm slow at pretty much most things in life).

Hope you all had a good weekend.

-Fernbeds

There's No Need To Be So Knowing

"Spring Heeled Jim lives to love...Now kissing with his mouth full...And his eyes on some other fool...So many women...His head should be spinning"

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Currently Reading: 'My Friend Hitler' - Yukio Mishima & 'The Universe in a Nutshell' - Stephen Hawking

-Fernbeds

Charlie and Pogo's Greatest Show on Earth

The Circus is nothing but a masturbatory showcase of Man's supposed domination of animals; a reckless and tortuous repose of satire, gluttony and the inability to reason pain and suffering. We vilify the tortures of Man but ignore the abuse inflicted on animals solely for our entertainment or consumption.

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'Charlie and Pogo's Greatest Show on Earth' 15x15 - To purchase email: jch@coreyhelfordgallery.com

'Charlie and Pogo's Greatest Show on Earth' 15x15 - To purchase email: jch@coreyhelfordgallery.com

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- Fernbeds

The Capricorn & The Ring Around The Moon

'The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.' - C. Sagan
 

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I was born today and so was this goat.

(Listened to a story of my Grandfather jumping off a moving train in Germany in the 50's... I see where I get it from.)

Currently Watching: 'The Man Who Laughs' / 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

Currently Reading: 'Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World' by Amir Alexander

-Fernbeds