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In Which I Talk About My Favourite Damn Music

So last week I wrote a kind of rambling post about my connection with Popular Culture in which I intended to tell my reader(s) about my favourite things in that realm. But that didn’t happen, so I’ll do that this week, starting with music. The problem with doing so, is you dear reader(s) will see […]

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In Today’s Blog Post: More of that Dammed Pop Culture!

There’s a song from the 80s by the Canadian band The Pursuit of Happiness called I’m an Adult now. There’s one line in that song that I can particularly relate to “I can’t take too much loud music I mean I like to play it, but I sure don’t like the racket…” That’s exactly how […]

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What the Hell’s with all the Damn Pop Culture, You Ask?

Well, maybe you didn’t ask that question, but here’s the answer anyway. Popular Culture is culture in North America. I’m sure the contemporary art world wouldn’t love to hear me say that, but I really believe it’s true. Well, not entirely. Contemporary art, New Music, Contemporary Dance, and other forms of ‘high culture’ are also […]

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What the Hell is Instagram Trying to Tell Me?

I’ve been posting to Instagram for a few years now. When I first joined I wasn’t really using it to promote my art, so I posted infrequently. When I eventually read up about it and realized it was a good tool to promote my work, I was still hesitant. It’s becoming a cliche to say […]

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Dammit! Sometimes I Have to Start All Over!

Just to clarify, for a while I thought I had to have the word “hell” in every post title, but then I went back to the beginning of this blog and realized that the first one had “damn” in it and not “hell” as I had falsely remembered. So that means going forward, it will […]

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Who the Hell is Stan Dickie?

Since I’ve been writing about Stupidism for the last two weeks, it seems like a good time to bring up Stan Dickie. Stan Dickie is a character–an alter-ego–of sorts that developed, well by accident  when I was doing my Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Ottawa. He happened because I was stuck. […]

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Here’s the Damn Stupidist Manifesto

Last week I wrote about my long-standing idea for an art movement called Stupidism, and I mentioned that I had written the Stupidist Manifesto while I was in grad school. I also mentioned that one of my professors at the University of Ottawa was somewhat offended by it. But that’s not to say that there […]

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What the Hell is Stupidism?

Back in the 2000s, when I was an undergrad at the University of Manitoba School of Art I had an idea. And that was to start an “art movement” called Stupidism. This idea has been floating around in my head for years, so does that mean it’s a good idea? I mean, bad ones don’t […]

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What the Hell is it with Caricature?

As my regular reader(s) knows, I have of late been using caricature as a starting point for my pop-culture paintings rather than regular portraits. And I’m having a lot of fun with it, but I’m certainly not the greatest caricaturist in the world. I mean there are amazing ones out there. But, as I’ve written […]

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