August 30, 2012

The Peanut Gallery Interviews: Colin Matthes

Yes. Welcome to The  Peanut Gallery Interviews.
I love asking questions and I love good stories. My first interview is with Colin Matthes.
Since we live together it was a good way to start.

Artist. Inventor. Math-Wiz. Boyfriend.

We are seated in our room.

MF: I see you are wearing new glasses. Are you going for a Malcolm X look?

CM: Not really. I just got sick of the glasses I've had for the last 12 years. Plus they have
        been broken and taped together for the last 10 months.

MF: Those black frames are pretty popular now too. Would you say you're a trend setter?

CM: No. Well, if people start ripping the sleeves off of dress shirts and all their
        buttons go missing I guess I could be.

MF: It is hard times out there. You never know.

CM: I'm a trend setter for a struggling economy.

MF: Am I your girlfriend?

CM: Yep.

MF: How's that?

CM: Pretty good.

MF: Just  pretty good?

CM: Yeah.

MF: Ok. So...What's up?

CM: You didn't  prepare a lot of questions for this interview huh?

MF: I'll ask the questions here. So you're going back to Ireland in a few weeks? Tell me about that?

CM: I'm doing an artist residency at the Cow House Studios in Wexford, Ireland for 2 months. I'll
        probably keep working on my invention drawings and imagining what the inside of
        Cheyenne     Mountain looks like.

MF: What is Cheyenne Mountain?

CM: I think it's the most secure place in the country. It is a mountain bunker that is hollowed out that has at least 14 buildings in it that can withstand nuclear blasts, natural disasters and other things.

MF: Who's is it?

CM: I don't know but the U.S. and the Canadian Military are involved. I just started researching it.

MF: Do you think I am pretty?

CM: Yes.

MF: Can you elaborate on that?

CM: You are a very pretty sexy interviewer.

MF: How come you don't get me a Cheyenne Mountain?

CM: You bet on the wrong horse I guess.

MF: Have you ever been in a fist fight?

CM: Just once.

MF: What happened?

CM: No comment.

MF: Was it over a girl?

CM: (shakes head yes)

MF: Come on!

CM: Is this an interview or an interrogation?

MF: What's the difference? Would you fight for me?

CM: Yes. I hope I would.

MF: Do you think I am a good fighter?

CM: I've heard you're not.

MF: From who?

CM: You.

MF: When did I tell you I was a bad fighter?

CM: You said you tried punching a girl in high school and she just laughed at you.

MF: NO. I said I was fighting her and when I tried to knee her because my friend was yelling at me to   do that she started laughing at me and then she beat me up. So what are you working on at the moment?

CM: Starting a drawing for an upcoming JustSeeds show at Munch Gallery in New York this December. And.. throwing a lot of darts at my wall.

MF: What are you into lately?

CM: Well. I was just thinking about Ian Davis's paintings. I've been thinking a lot about toys and games lately. I went to KMART the other day trying to figure out ways to use them. But they are all too fucking expensive.

MF: What have you done this summer?

CM: We came back from Ireland then I started the summer by doing electrical work with my dad for the Jefferson County Fair. I recently made a carnival game that went to an exhibition in Braddock,  pennsylvania. It is called "American Dreaming." It's a ring toss game about class mobility.

MF: What do you think about the upcoming election?

CM: Ugh. That's kind of my answer. American elections are gross.

MF: Do you vote?

CM: Yep. But thats about it as far as energy I like to spend on electoral politics.

MF: But you make a lot of political work?

CM: Yes but  politics doesn't mean electoral politics.

MF: So what are you?

CM: Human.

MF: Human in this country means Democrat or Republican.

CM: Neither.

MF: If you were not an artist what would you be?

CM: I think I would be either a carpenter or an electrician.

MF: You are a good builder. Is it true that in High School they called you Colin Math-Whiz?

CM: Dirty. Yeah that is true. It might have been in grade school. In High School you don't really get math nicknames. 

MF: So you were selected to be in New American paintings this year! Thats exciting. Does it make you feel good?

CM: It sounds like you're interviewing a 5-year-old.

MF: So... you were happy or...

CM: Yes. I was happy. I listened to Neil Young's "Le-Noise" album today. That was good.

MF: I didn't ask you that.

CM: Just telling you.

MF: Do you want to watch Game of Thrones?

CM: Later. Do I get editing rights to this?

MF: No.

To see Colin Matthes work go to

August 26, 2012

Heads & Hands: The Codeine Drawings

I was just strolling along the farmers market in Madison taking advantage of free cheese when the worst toothache in my life came on. An advantage to living in the country: getting antibiotics and codeine from a dentist you've never met and who is in California by having your boyfriends mom make a call.
Since then I've been laid out in my room watching The Wire and making drawings.



These are for sale.
Isn't everything?
8x10 25$

August 24, 2012

Back to the Blog. Upcoming Shows and the Baby Detektive Club

  Back to the Blog! There are a few exciting things coming up that I wanted to share. September 14 - 16 I have been invited to participate along with 10 other Wisconsin Artists in the Emerging Artist Gallery at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield, Wisconsin. 

Along with that I am really looking forward to being included for the first time in ART VS CRAFT ! Which if you don't know is Saturday, November 24th at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. I'm setting up my screenprint shop Brickhouse this weekend and getting ready to make some products! Here is one:
These guys are like old judgy hippies. 


Finally. I joined a club. Not just any club either. What is the club you ask? I'll answer that soon. 
The BABY DETEKTIVE CLUB is the official new club of Kati Heck

It's things like these that make her my favorite artist:

I was excited to see that my drawing of Roseanne is on the back right wall. 

My official membership letter:

August 23, 2012

All The Things I Desire (Christmas Drawing series book)

While in Ireland last year I started the Christmas Drawing project. In exchange for 10$ or 20$ I created drawings or poems and sent them through the mail in the hopes that I would make enough to fly home for Christmas. Instead I made a book of the drawings. It is 97 page full color. 

You can view all the drawings from the project at:

The Bricks Are Dipped in Marble Dust

These drawings are from my most recent exhibition The Bricks Are Dipped in Marble Dust that was on view at the Sky High Gallery in Milwaukee earlier in the summer. 

The Bricks Are Dipped in Marble Dust is a series of mixed media works (pencil / gouache) created during the 9 months I lived in the land of rock and wind on the west coast of Ireland. I spent my time there hunching my shoulders to protect myself from the wind and rain, playing cards, developing a taste for whiskey, drawing and unhealthily, perhaps, turning my attention to the handful of people that shared the village with me. In a city your existence can remain anonymous, your little peccadilloes, your history, your secrets, your fears are yours alone. Life in a small village is different. There is nowhere for anyone to hide. Not from others, not from yourself. Your neighbors and even distant neighbors are the keepers of secrets yours, mine, theirs. It’s unavoidable really, to think that you yourself won’t know the ins and outs of those around you. You may as well just give into it. As I did Then I made drawings. 

I was invited to participate as an emerging artist at the Sharon Lynn Wilscon Center for the Arts in Brookfield Wisconsin September 14 - 16th 2012. 

Neil and Kate (Masters of Duck Creek Road of course)