(photo courtesy of VICE).
1: So, this happened. The article appeared on Vice yesterday afternoon. I found out about it while stealing WI-FI at a Tempe McDonald’s. My inbox has been flooded ever since with messages from complete strangers about how I’m throwing my life away. I’ve been getting a lot of “career advice” too. Thanks, I guess? But I know what I’m doing.
People have also been asking me to elaborate on my “moral reasons” for not having a driver’s license. I don’t really have a moral opposition to driving. I just made a decision early on not to do it. It all started when I was 17 years old. I had a learner’s permit. I was practicing my driving out in the desert when a rabbit suddenly jumped in the middle of the road. I swerved to avoid hitting it and nearly ran us off the road. My instructor told me that in situations like this, it’s either me or the rabbit. “These things kill rabbits”, I thought. “I’m never doing this again.” And I never did. I’m 41 now and still manage to get around on my bicycle just fine. And not one rabbit has ever been hit.
2: About 30 seconds after posting the Vice article on Facebook, I learned some terrible news about a family friend. I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Nikki Dahling. My heart goes out to Marco Turrubiartes, and to everybody who knew and loved her.
I moved the date back by a few weeks, so please disregard that other flyer.
1: I don’t know what to say, Tempe. I knew some of you would participate. Maybe a few friends, perhaps some friends of friends, possibly a couple of people from the Maple - Ash Facebook group… I had no idea so many people would go hunting for art. I’m still just kind of sitting here staring at my laptop in stunned, joyous disbelief.
I had a reporter with me. I don’t usually let people accompany me on these things. I figured it’d be a lot like some of the other hunts — I’d hide the paintings, then go find a coffee shop with a decent wifi connection and post a couple clues on the event page. It was like that at first. We’d take a break every few miles and he’d interview me while I made some minor adjustments to my bike. We’d stop and talk with some of my favorite Oracles along the way. It was fun. I enjoyed the company. We finished hiding art and said our goodbyes. I headed to my favorite wifi hotspot (the bus stop in front of Alternative Copy Shop) and checked my Facebook.
The hundreds of notifications coming in told me this was probably not gonna be like other art hunts.
A couple of you were angry with me. That surprised me. I wasn’t trying to pull one over on anybody, I promise. There were only 23 birds. If you spent half the day looking for art to no avail, then decided to resent me for wasting your time, I’m really sorry. I’d have painted more if I’d known how many people were going to be participating. I promise you there really was a painting hidden in the parking lot of Long Wong’s. Somebody else got to it first. I was not attempting to be ironic. I drew a bird with my pinkie on the dirty windshield of some abandoned car a few nights back. I rode through the parking lot and saw some people drawing on it. Figured I’d join them. I did not intend for that to “be one of the paintings”. I had forgotten all about it.
But the overwhelming response has been positive, and for that I owe you everything. I hope you got a chance to meet some of my Tempe heroes along the way — the guy with the faux-paramilitary compound in his front yard, the guy with the mobile observatory parked at Tempe Camera, the guy who sells his poems on the street — I hid some in their general vicinities, hoping you’d run into them. There’s an inherent weirdness in Tempe that its councils and committees have never been able to drown, regardless of how hard they try. We’re still here, we just moved a few blocks down. The battle is relentless, but I like the fight. There’s no place else I’d rather be.
2: TEMPE ART -A- GOGH GOGH @ THE SAIL INN, FRIDAY, FEB 28.
So, with that said, I’m going to be at the Sail Inn Friday, celebrating what happened today with a lot of my friends. I have no idea what I’ll be showing, as everything was either hidden earlier or will be hanging at Art Detour in two weeks, but I’ll think of something. You should come. There’ll be (___insert names of bands here___) and (___too lazy to check and see___). Here’s the facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/250937255079738/
I made the flyer.
3: ART DETOUR
I only learned a few days back that I’ll have something hanging somewhere. La Melgosa is the name of the gallery, but you know me — most of my work will be hanging on telephone poles and chainlink fences. So, March 7, 8, and 9 for that.
4: THIS NEW TIMES ARTICLE
I get the feeling that I have Katrina Montgomery and The New Times to thank in large part for the turn-out earlier today. I just checked the article a minute ago and it’s had 449 shares on Facebook since Thursday. I say a lot of the same crap I’ve said a hundred times in other interviews. I always re-read these things and cringe at what an idiot I am. Thank you, Jackalope Ranch, for knowing this about me and putting it out there anyway.
5: Time to go sleep for three days now.
(photo courtesy of State Press Magazine)
1: Special thanks to Taylor Costello and State Press Magazine for the lovely article they wrote about me and the paintings I hide around the city. They made me sound a lot more interesting than I probably am in real life. Thanks for that. You can read that here:
2: NXOEED: 23 BIRDS FOR TEMPE
I had a show planned for February 23rd. That fell through. The date is important to me, so rather than try to find another space that would hang my work on such short notice, I figured I’d take some of the pieces and scatter them around Tempe. So on Sunday, February 23, around 4:00 pm, keep your eyes peeled. I’ve got 23 different bird paintings that I’ll be putting up on telephone poles, back alley fences, and basically any structure within 3 miles of ASU that happens to have a rusty old nail sticking out of it. As with all our art hunts, you keep everything you find.
I have a bunch of these. If you see me around, ask me for some.
I’ve got a few things to mention. Might as well put this site to use for a change.
First, I’ve got a show in a few weeks. Final Friday, December 27th at Cartel Tempe. For those of you who don’t know Tempe very well, that’s on Ash, just south of University, right next to Casey Moore’s. I’ll be showing all new work. Here’s a little preview of what you’ll see when you get there:
Second, I’m on Instagram now. Wanna follow me? http://instagram.com/nxoeed
Third, you can stop asking about The Ova Concilium Scroll. It no longer exists. I divided it up and scattered it throughout Phoenix a couple months back, then posted clues to their whereabouts on Facebook. That left me with five panels. I sold four of them. There’s only one left, and I’m keeping it. I miss working on it, but it was taking up so much of my time. It was time to move on.
Fourth, I’m working on a super secret project for Art Detour in 2014. I’d like to make it a group show. If you’re an artist looking for a place to show in March, get in touch with me. I should probably warn you, this show’s gonna be a bit of a challenge, and you’ll probably never see your painting again. If you’re cool with that, then let’s get together and make an interesting thing.
Friends, I’m done with this project. It saw me through a very hot and irritating summer, and for that I’m grateful. But every time I open it up and look at it, one thought crosses my mind: “This thing needs to burn”.
I’ll be showing it at two engagements this Friday: Earlier in the evening, I’ll be hanging it at the “It Gets Weird” fest at The Firehouse Gallery, and about 9:30, I’ll have it up at Tempe Art-A-Gogh Gogh. It might turn up again at The Firehouse Saturday. This will be your last opportunity to see the scroll in person, before I do away with it for good.
If you’re interested in owning a particular part of the scroll, you can meet me in person at one of these events, or contact me online, and we can discuss the matter further.
I took a few pictures of it just a little while ago. Here they are:
AUG 30 // TAAGG @ THE SAIL INN
SEP 6 // PHX FIRST FRIDAY @ LHAUS
SEP 13 // DOWNTOWN MESA SECOND FRIDAY
SEP 21 // EL DUB TEMPE
OCT 12 // AFO TUCSON
OCT 25 // TROUBLE SAN DIEGO
OCT 31 // TEMPE HALLOWEEN IT038WHY70