September 20, 2012

The Peanut Gallery Interviews: Sean McElroy & John Blalock










The Peanut Gallery Presents: Sean McElroy & John Blalock
Painter. Photographer. SeanJohn.


Sean & John stayed the night with Colin Matthes and I on their way from Seattle to New York. We ate cheeseburgers with burnt bacon and spent the evening sitting on the roof drinking and discussing Jeff Koons, New York, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the loud sounds of the country. After I scared them into thinking red ants were going to attack us all we moved into my studio. Midway through a faded yet in depth conversation about the similarities and attributes of Matthew McConaughey and Owen Wilson I decided to conduct the third interview of the peanut gallery. 

John Blalock is on the couch. Sean is on the incredible blowup mattress. See photo:





MF: Who would win in a fight between Matthew McConaughey and Owen Wilson?

JB: What is so sad about it is I feel like Owen would give up.

SM: But he doesn’t need to give up.

JB: No, he is probably stronger.

SM: That’s the difference between both of them. They are both from Texas and they are both blond 
dudes with big noses but Matt has no fear. He is fear.

JB: No he is a bro. Bros have fear.

SM: What’s his fear?

JB: He probably has some father issues.

SM: He’s a mama’s boy.

JB: I remember Matthew’s Wiki entry being very illuminating. I think he did have something with his dad. Lots of kids. Sort of like the dad isn’t around. Maybe I’m projecting.

MF: Who do you relate more to? Matthew or Owen?

SM: Personally I feel like I’m more of an Owen, but you want to be a Matthew. He’s more of an ideal.
JB: Ditto.

MF: Did you see Lincoln Lawyer?

SM: Is that where he is a scumbag?

MF:Yea, with Marisa Tomei.

JM: I served her an omelet once. She was with a younger 27-year-old dude from Europe or something.

MF: What kind of omelet?

SM: Tomato. She’s hot too.

MF: She looks better at 40 than I did at 20.

SM: I gave them bad service.

MF: Why?

SM: Because I am a bad waiter.

MF: Have you both been waiters?

JB:   I was a busboy, but never a waiter. I delivered trays at a VA hospital.

ColinMatthes: We can't all make it to the top.


MF: Who do you think would be the better waiter? Matt or Owen?

JB:  Owen would be a good waiter. Matthew better.

SM: Owen would be like; SO UM yeah there was a problem with the shrimp. I told you there was 
shrimp but we don’t have any. Matt would say something similar.

JB: I don’t think he would be nice, being a waiter is about being aware and perceptive of feelings.

MF: You don't think Matt is like that?

JB: I don’t think either is like that.

SM: Matt is like Clinton.

JB: And Owen is like Obama.


SM: You’re so right.



Sean McElroy collage


Sean McElroy is an art-man currently living in New York City. If he had an "About Me" on his website I might paste it here, but he doesn't. See for yourself  Golden Splinter

I found a lot more about John Blalock. You can see his work at JOHN BLALOCK


Here is what it says:The Artist In Residence at Seattle Children's Hospital, creator of the "Not Now" program providing arts for the young adult cancer populationJohn has been working in hospital arts for 10 years getting his start as a pediatric oncology nurse in 2002 he began work on the "Cancer Life" project which was a collaborative photography project following patients during and after cancer treatment. This work was exhibited at the Newspace Center for Photography in 2007. In 2011 he received a grant from the LiveStrong foundation to work as the Artist In Residence at Seattle Children's Hospital and in 2012 he founded the Not Now program with a grant from the Teen Cancer Fund.