is a new UK-rooted designing, printing, creatively retentive hub of fright like malevolence. I have lent a horrible hand in their fundraising machinations via designing a two color Risograph print called "Wearing Them for a Cannibal Night in Fear.", well me and a nice number of other design types. That's right I did write Risograph, that antiquated producer of undead printing quality, making all your recent memories of inkjet one offs and mashed pdf four color drabness take a time machine vacation to the 80s and before. And let me say once more I did write fundraiser, meaning the mentioned myself and a small group of line placers and markers are helping the Landfill/Manymono lot make some extra bank account to purchase pieces of a rainbow for the Risograph printer, which will runoff the option of offering their future clients multiple options of printing colors. Oh....I forgot to mention, that the MANYMONO slice of LF/MM are open for business and willing to take your money to print your zine, poster, pamphlet, terrible drawing, Christmas in Summer card, etc.
SO! RECAP! I have made a new Steakcentric, non band piece of "Artwork", a first in a minute it seems and a new direction of photo manipulation started with last years Cult Ritual record and probably ending when I want to do something different a few months from now. Click all the links, links and links, understand the Europe to US sizing (A3) and hit the kids up for the nice nice from me or if you think I am terrible, then from the likes of the other styles and manipulators that LF/MM have group hugged into the basement of their new empire.
Here is my Martino sliced and spurted piece in it's pre-printed computer form. The final can be viewed here and man, did them kids do a nice job on quality control.
Pull the Sock : 2009 has been a dry time for me creatively. It has been nice to play the year pretty low, forgetting that I was so busy for like five years plus. But, the honeymoon is over and I am back to making the soft parts dribble drips into whole pieces. Currently I am sweat shopping two very big things : one obvious and in line with what you expect and one logical but totally not on the wild with making the punk kids swoon. Updates all around after that dick Jesus' birthday, but until that becomes an ash in the calender's camp here are two very awesome things I was apart of during the past year plus that you should check out if you think you want to check it out.
• Rome Snowboards. Stan, Minino and myself were all tapped to get extreme in early 2008, by Rome Snowboards. Now on the cusp of Winter 2010, they are reaching the kids who like to hit the white powder with outstretched arms and balanced bodies. If you have any interest in sweating in the cold, spilling your joint juice all through your body machine....and want to do it on some alright looking classic monster modeled Steak designs, then you should travel on this link and see the vamped undead frankenstein'd were-wrapped fish hydes they have for sale.
• Interview in ROCKSOUND. As usual with these things I run my mouth about commerce over art, meathead tactics across a drawing board and the comforting feeling of nihilism over PMA. But hey, Haley and the Boys are jumping at you on the front, so fuck it, life is exciting in color......apparently.
• GUILTMAKER "Dilemmas" is out now, available on all playable formats here, here. It was recorded a minute ago and is reaching out to bumble your listening life into split ends and blankets. It's a complex, labored record with an energy that seems transmitted from the future. It feels like advanced sonics and something out of the realm of what is happening in biped rock music these days : resonating, thoughtful and epically staged. I really wish everyone could hear it and be excited and to help ancient friends, I designed its elements front to back. Calling past what is normally expected of me and trying something that moves me past the kid who draws monsters for four chorded knights in training. So, I am stoked. The cover is attached below this paragraph. Hit those links linked above to spend the money on something that doesn't sound like it was fakebooked with hope of cool kid advancement.
For those in the bleachers that do not know yet : I am leaving New York and moving to San Francisco. I am doing this.....geez.....in a matter of days, with a estimated docking of around August 3rd. The decision comes at a good time personally, but a goofy time adultly, meaning I am moving without a job fully secured, some leads, but nothing set into direct deposit. SO, this is me casting my net wide to any and all of you faithful friends and readers who may hear/know of something lucrative, exciting, fine enough or at least rent supplementing. Drop me a line (eat(at)steakmtn.com) if you got something (really....I am down for anything, obviously I would love "interesting" but I will take "bank account lathering" just as easily) and I can pass you my VERY professional resume.
See you on the West Coast.
TOTALLY EERIOUS : A piece of the the press release from Parklife, verbatim, just in case my above was a little over the realm - Alexis Mackenzie’s dreamlike collages intertwine the style of early 1900’s Dadaist Max Ernst with a strong botanical element to create strangely powerful scenarios. Benign elements such as flowers, human and animal figures, and other assorted Victoriana graft together symbiotically in tableaux which seem to deal simultaneously with both evolution and entropy. The resulting images pay homage to the Surrealist importance of the subconscious, where the meaning is left deliberately ambiguous.
WORMS : And so, the heavy handed boyfriend acts like an adjective acquaintance, dually writing double barreled, demanding you buckle to the truth and suckle from it's run-off. The opening is from 7 to 10 and Parklife is at 220 Clement Street in the shrouded city of San Francisco.
THE STAIN TRAIL : I can't tell if any well proportioned listeners of punk music will take to Cult Ritual's leveling use of the form as a prison for flayed ideas & quartered mangles of nihilism, anger, manipulation........but I would like to think it's at least possible. For me, 30 some odd years after....let's say....Black Flag angsted about the West Coast, a hardcore band should be less about how well you beat your instruments up and more about how horrible you sand the genre's primal elements across any listener's tuned appreciation. It's about making sure it feels like everything is about to break into pieces, blow the seams, boil the body. It's about about gutting and slicing the lively parts & wearing them for a cannibal night in fear. It's about muddled mastery and enthusiasm for atmosphere over etched regurgitation. Or maybe, I am projecting to wide a net for something so rooted in being a mannered, musical troglodyte. Regardless, I am obviously about to say that I feel Cult Ritual is occupying a ferocious spot in all of that well-trodden land, giving credence to my "yes" of designing a record cover for them.
I would like to think I can make that personal account of heat hate feed right into the fact that I am writing up this commercial for the new IT'S THE TOTAL DOOMRIDE! tote bag, but....well, I can't. So, let me just say in plain words again : the IT'S THE TOTAL DOOMRIDE tote bag is finalized, finished and ready for your whatever dollars. This is the first item in my new EXORCISE! product line and basic English would have me tell you that it's mainly inspired by my love of old WW2 exploitation films (or Men On A Mission films as Tarantino would say) like Salt in the Wound, The Dirty Dozen (not really exploitation but.....), Castellari's Inglorious Bastards, etc. etc. etc. with a little dose of G.I.S.M. enthusiasm sprinkled in. You may remember me sprouting this image as a graphite drawing last year when it started travelling with the DRAW! Travelling Art Show, which the original piece is still mixed up with.
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Opening Party Friday March 13 from 7pm to 10pm
Hope Gallery, Echo Park, Los Angeles
I always say this, all the time to anyone who will listen : Mark McCoy is one of my favorite artists, ever. He's a polymathic and confidently driven artist, successfully upturning multiple means of communication to project what his bio states as an exploration of "identity formation, socialized sexuality, and psychological ramifications of developmental behavioral patterns." Heavy for sure, but just shows that he is conscious of what he is doing, from low to high and is a great example of what I feel has become the newish lore of our generation : smart kids who like dumb stuff. Sure it's dark, sure it's occasionally loud, sure it hits you on a base level with it's design, violence and/or titillation....but if given the chance the work can be busted open to reveal an intellect and excitement unplaced in normal interpretations of these types of images.
To get the non-punk kids up to speed, McCoy's most recognizable work is the graphic design done for the numerous bands he has fronted and/or the records he has scattered out through his label, Youth Attack Records. A few years ago on a quest to fully realize what he was doing past the monochrome that populated parts of sweaty hardcore kid's record collections, I asked him to see what he had, was working on, etc., etc. We went through a lot of his work as he was in the process of trying to get a portfolio of his extended abilities online. I was not fully ready for what he showed me : transgressive collage work, phantasmagoric polaroids and these carefully rendered ink drawings of melded nudity and mashed architecture. At the time, I am sure I embarrassed both of us with my enthusiasm, but it felt like I was seeing something that needed to be represented publicly.
Hope Gallery is excited to present an exhibition of new work by the New York City-based artist Mark McCoy. Entitled HALLOW, the exhibition runs from Friday March 13th through April 11th 2009. Hope Gallery is located at 1547 Echo Park Ave in Los Angeles.
HALLOW is a collection of ink drawings on paper depiciting a sprawling ethereal dimension of decaying corpses, architectural disassembly and alchemical transmutation. With a delicate handling of coarse subject matter, McCoy investigates man's profound desire for self-destruction and champions the concept of Death as a vital developmental process in reaching a higher understanding of the Self.
To accompany HALLOW's visuals, McCoy has created an audio soundtrack 2 x LP for the exhibition. Each musical composition corresponds to a drawing featured in the show, the side of each disc showcasing a consistent breakdown of structure mirrored by an intensifying sense of isolation and reverie.
This is McCoy at a new level, so if you have a moment tonight (or over the next month and are in L.A.), I urge you to stop in and see his show. It's a full production of doom and despair filtered through a controlled and knowing hand.
Thursday March 5th, 6pm to 9pm
Long Live the Ephemeral curated by Ryan Jacob Smith
Fontanelle Gallery. Portland, Oregon.
Ryan Jacob Smith bubbles up and brings together a disparate, mangled menagerie of artists who have made minor and major strides in making artwork for many rock bands and their consumer/consumable parts. A daunting task, but Ryan has really pulled tight a nice survey of some of us. There is me, Mark McCoy, Sam McPheeters, Seripop, Brian Roettinger and a mishmash of other quality "image" makers. It's up all month at the gallery, with an opening party of Thursday March 5th from 6 to 9.
Friday March 6th, 7pm to 9pm
Hereafter by Alexis Mackenzie
Threadless Gallery, Chicago.
Alexis Mackenzie will be exhibiting a full and frankenstein'd battalion of her freshest work at the Threadless Gallery in Chicago. Her phantasmagorical constructs will be bustling their ambience all of March, but if you breathe the wood paneling of Chicago then you ought to crawl your self to the opening on Friday, March 6th and project your enthusiasm for monumental, nonfinite artwork.
Here are some links for Alexis :
.......yes, thank you, you're right, it's factual, no kidding, sincerely, indeed there is a new Steak Mtn. webstore that has been created, brought to life, revived from a dead idea, etc. and it is called EXORCISE! Eventually it will be filled to the gills with un-band related Steak gear of many genres and races : shirts, tote bags, original drawings, printed matters....you get the idea...it's not high concept, it's commerce so all the usual buying stuff suspects will be accounted for. Right now as a test run, Nathan and the Merchline squad have created the site and I slipped them some of the limited prints from two years agos collab squeezefest : The '64 Death Pack. I realize the prices are steep, but realize that you might want to get in on the ground level with some of these prints cause Gabel, Bowen and Horsebites are only getting more popular and exciting to the kids with money to burn and having these will be a collectors something at some point. Look out soon for a limited edition shirt of my ADULTS ONLY! drawing and rocksteady colored totebag of IT'S THE TOTAL DOOMRIDE. I am sure I will be sending out a commercial for you to read about when they are available for you's to buy. BUT REMEMBER : EXORCISE!
Also, please note I have done a new Steak signature shirt for SHIRTKILLER. If you remember correctly, as you should, I ran freely into a overprinted frenzy with them for the Octoskull design a year or so back. I have returned to their fold with a shirt of my FUNERAL MOON drawing. They are taking pre-orders now and should begin printing and sending things off in the next few weeks, follow the link to get yourself outfitted with all the black metal breakfast table irony.
Here is an image of it :