"What's the furthest place from here?"

I feel like I've been running around with my head stuffed in a dusty box; shoved somewhere in the closet. Lots of shipping-and-framing-and-life stuff-and-shipping-and-sorting going on around here these last few days.

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This entrance of Fall has brought a lot of changes with her and there is no better time to sit and meditate... Open up and out.

As the rest of the week comes to a lull, I'll be here working on some smaller commissions that I've wanted to finish for some time now, starting new works & projects and catching up on some movies (Highly recommend: The Double for all you Dostoyevsky fans...all three of you)

"I learned your name without words.
I used my eyes, not my hands."

-Fernbeds

Of Wormholes & Mayors

Starting in...

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I've sat here all day working and thinking about constants: Ernest Hemingway had 'Pilar', the Stars have the Moon, a Story always has its Beginning... That feeling of a constant is like a warm pool as you lie buoyant and surrounded.  

The Sun has been warming my workspace and casting sundials across my paper. Distracting and turning me into a languishing reptile? Sure. Recharging and relaxing? Hell yes. 

I'm not sorry for this ramble. Its' been a long one.

-Fernbeds

Runneth Over & Under

This month is proving to be kind of nuts...

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Last weekend's show at Corey Helford was pretty awesome. There were some really beautiful pieces available and lots that got snagged up.

The drive was long but I am easily entertained (I listened to enough tough-guy hardcore to grow chest hair and lose my voice, laughed and learned with some Ram Dass and counted neatly piled roadkill along the highway). I must say that through its sunbleached humidity... LA has grown on me. 

I came back home to a lot to do. A lot.

Coming up early next month is the Opening Reception of Last Rites Gallery '13th Hour' Group Exhibition. Stay tuned :)

-Fernbeds

 

Teenage Moments & Rosemary's Baby

Finish one piece...On to the next ones.

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I get wave of excitement after a piece is done because it means I get to start on something different. Fixate on another world. There is a project I've started working on with a very talented musician that has been giving my imagination a run for its money, which is thrilling in an of itself. I've had the fortune of always starting in on something with someone who I can align with, which can sometimes be hard for artists of any path. Good things to come on this one :)

Also on the horizon, works for Last Rites Gallery's 13th Hour show coming up in October and a handful of there goodies and commissions to work on.

P.S.

Don't miss the opening of 'Art Collector Starter Kit' this Saturday at Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City. 

"To 1966! The year One."

-Fernbeds

"Every Time We Do This I Fall For Her..."

"...wave after wave after wave, it's all for her."

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I've been wrapping up my piece for the Corey Helford Gallery's "Art Collector Starter Kit"  featuring works from artists including: Bob Dob, Brandi Milne, Chloe Early, David Stoupakis, Shag, Lola, Michael Hussar, Miss Van, Natalia Fabia, Paul Frank, Sylvia Ji and many other talented folk. The show opens Saturday August 30th. For the complete list and more details, visit coreyhelfordgallery.com

I'll be driving down for the event, so do stop by and say hello if you are in the area.

Currently Reading: Standing In Two Circles: The Collected Works of Boyd Rice
Currently Listening: The Cure - Wish

-Fernbeds

Busy Beelzebub & Other Happenings

A little bit of radio silence lately. I am working away on getting commissions finished as Fall starts to bring her humid touches to the end of Summer. I've been drawing foxes, beloved felines, skulls & children for patrons and it has been nice to explore techniques that I have not tried previously.

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There are a couple smaller pieces I have made over in the Shop. I'll be adding a few new goodies so check back later this month.

-Fernbeds

Melancholy Menagerie | Fullerton Museum Exhibtion

Earlier in May, I was asked to take part in an exhibition at the Fullerton Museum showcasing the art of the Big Eye Movement. Apart from original works from Keane and Eden, the exhibition showcased works from Mark Ryden, Paul Frank, Camille Rose Garcia, Tim Burton, Fawn Gehweiler, Liz McGrath, Ana Bagayan and many other talented creators.

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Not only is the Fullerton Museum a really beautiful landmark but the exhibition was nothing short of impressive. (We even got to rock out in the Fender Room...) If you get a chance, you can still catch the exhibition before it closes July 27th.

 

Side Note:
I remember the first Big Eye art I had seen was a torn Eden print of blonde girl in diamond tunic at a thrift store as a kid. (I think I really liked her but I also hated clowns thanks to Stephen King and her tunic screamed "Pennywise"). 

-Fernbeds

The Little Engine That Probably Could But Drank A Beer Instead

In between exhibition works and commissions, I've had a little bit of fun for myself. 

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I've been finding it helpful to draw as many studies as I can when I am not working on larger pieces. It helps me figure things out along the way. It's easy to draw things the same way, as kind a crutch, so I've tried to curb that way of doing things by relearning techniques I thought I had "mastered". Never stop learning.

Currently Reading: Pym by Mat Johnson / A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
Currently Drinking: Peak Organic IPA (meh...)
Currently Listening: King Buzzo - This Machine Kills Artists

-Fernbeds

Etnies Skateboards & Fernbeds Part I

I have had the pleasure to work on an Artist Collaboration for the past couple of months with Etnies Skateboards.

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Needless to say it was a blast to create the final pieces for the collection and I can't wait to share the end results. In the meantime, I'll be off to the framers with these pieces. To inquire on availability, email: contact@nicominixturner.com

-Fernbeds

Weird Sisters & Dark Power

'Fair is foul, and foul is fair...Hover through the fog and filthy air'

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This month has already been full of field trips and unexpected meetings with the departed.

I've been quite busy working on collaborations and commissions but I have taken a little time to make a few small pieces for you all. Also, if you are lucky enough to be in Portland, stop by Antler PDX this month to catch my show "Foes & Hindsight".

May Mercury's Retrograde not smite your intentions this month.

-Fernbeds

 

Fortune Telling & Talking Shop

Last night was the opening night for 'Foes and Hindsight' as well as the reception showing the new collections of work from artists Ajay Brainard and Caitlin McCormack at Antler PDX Gallery.

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It was also Portland's Last Thursday which was pretty entertaining! The show's opening went really well and it was a pleasure to meet all of you who came out and checked out the works!
A big thanks to the wonderful Neil and Susannah for your hospitality and for putting on such a great show. (If you want to read more about the show, check out the interview from Empty Kingdom.)

If you are in Portland, I would definitely recommend checking out the show which runs through June 25th. If you are not local and would like to inquire on works, you can email Antler PDX at: Antlerpdx@gmail.com or reach them by phone at 503.284.6757

When in Rome...

After traveling many miles with art tied to his back, this Caravan Beetle needs some sugar...

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This Thursday May 29th, come see the opening of 'Foes & Hindsight' at Antler PDX Gallery! I will have 13 pieces on view and have brought some other goodies for those who come early.

Hi-Fructose Magazine paid the loft a visit to see the works and talk about the show. You can also check out the studio tour and write up for the show via HiFructose.com.

-Fernbeds

Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright

In the forests of the night... What immortal hand or eye... Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skies...

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This past week's heatwave has made me crave a cold & crisp fall; crunching leaves, wood burning and damp soil. Things have been wicked crazy around here. I have been working on some pieces for Etnies Skateboards and have been really having fun tricking out details. Also on the shop table is piece for Pangea Seed, an amazing international organization trying to raise awareness and education for the sharks and marine life in peril on earth.

Stay tuned for more on the upcoming collaborations and in the mean time, pop over to The Shop to view some new (and almost sold out!) goodies!

Currently Reading: Pym by Mat Johnson Currently Drinking: Beer 

-Fernbeds