Similar to the Bowie show back in April, I contributed a couple of pieces to the Prince tribute gallery show, "The Beautiful Ones Always Smash The Picture", at the Thunder-Sky, Inc. gallery in Cincinnati. The opening reception (as well as the upstairs opening exhibit by Antonio Adams) is tomorrow (August 26) from 6-10 PM. When I dropped my work off to be hung last month, the works were just very slowly starting to trickle in, so I can't wait to go back and see the full walls. Thanks to Bill Ross, Emily Bradenhoff, and all of the fellow contributing artists ... it looks to be a really fantastic event.
Here is "Computer Blue" (a favorite track from Purple Rain), with the blue robot done in Cartoon Colour cel vinyl.
And here is "Starfish and Coffee" (a favorite from Sign o' the Times). I went through about a thousand variations for this one, and maybe I will post some of the outtakes in a separate post later. The original idea included a group of starfish holding umbrellas while coffee rain poured down out of the sky, but once I added the purple rain falling on the "Computer Blue" robot (a last minute addition), I changed things with this one and ultimately went with something really simple (but I really liked the end result). Black gouache on watercolor paper.
Following in the tradition set fourth by Sesame Street, my pal Terrence and his Wump Mucket Puppets troupe will be making their television PBS debut (Cincinnati's local affiliate CET) soon. The taping will be happening today at 2PM during the puppet show at the Taft Museum of Art downtown. See you there!
Update: The performance was great! Can't wait to see it air.