Derek. I was born in Ohio and then lived in Southern
California as a child, and then moved back to Ohio as a teen. I
went to Kent State University ("Kan't read, Kan't write, Kent
State!) for English, but dropped out to work at a copy shop.
(Out of Sight Seattle, 2017 | Photo by Ashley Armitage)
the copy shop (& making zines on 3rd shift at Kinko's
in Kent, Ohio) I fell in love with clip art, especially by Tom
Tierney, and the 90s zine called Crap Hound. I moved to Chicago
and worked at record stores, eventually owning one in Hyde Park
that is still there today (it's still covered in the signs I painted).
While there I started making paintings of clip art-like images on
squares (that looked like record covers, tbh), eventually selling
the store to paint full time, mostly "for the people" simple and
affordable paintings. Soon after I saturated my market and was
forced to take myself vaguely more seriously, painting on slightly
uneven large canvases.
(with Mark E. Smith in the 1990s)
much Midwest, I moved to Seattle to work at an "alter-
native weekly" called the Stranger, and eventually at the record
label Sub Pop, all the while still painting. Soon after I realized
that I hated the constant drizzle and weird social dynamic of the
Pacific Northwest and moved back to Chicago. I like running,
sleeping, baths, eating, reading, and long road trips.
The usual stuff, really.
(not my driver's license)
Thanks for looking at my website, nice to meet you.
Here's a vague CV / list of things I've done lately:
to Seattle, New Person" Feature
Seattle Stranger Weekly
08/2017 Out Of Sight Schoenfelds' Building, Seattle WA
03/2017 No You Catch
Us Outside How About That
With Brandon Vosika, Vermillion Gallery, Seattle WA