This photo was taken around 1994. This is Rex from Portraits of Past. This show took place at some house where someone from Rancid lived and, I think, featured in one of Rancid’s video. At the time, with Rancid’s newfound pop success, we all got a big kick out of it. I attended the show with a b-boy friend of mine who commented afterwards, “I was the only guy in there with a fade!”
I think this piece was hastily put together. I wasn’t cocky about it but it felt wonderful to be so in tune with my art that I knew I could, more or less, whip out a successful piece quickly. It was relatively small… maybe like 12” x 18”.
The real inspiration for and title of this piece comes from a Torches To Rome song “Young Arsenal”
I believe in a sound. The sound of a threat. And I believe in the course of days- of days you will come to regret… The sound of silence. Such an unsettling sound. And anger boils deep in the underground. We might just take our cue. A young arsenal pointed at you!
This piece was pretty large for me at the time and is around 36” wide. Conceptually, it is based on the idea that, by in large, art as it exists in capitalism, is only the concern of those with idle money and time. Over 15 years later and I still stand by that. (Of course, the arts are actually a crucial element to enriching life and staying healthy… or should be.)
I have a box full of art I made in college (circa 1997). This might have been when I was at the height of being able to just focus on art and little else. I had the time, studio space, and money (or lack of need for it). Ah, the poverty of student life. I had kinda stored it away and didn’t want to dare open it for some time. After probably more than 10 years, I opened it.
For fun, the following posts will be what I re-discovered in that box.