|Mixed-media Pee Wee Herman painting. Here I worked on up-cycled building material as my substrate. I included things like vintage colorforms in the upper left and metal letters, screwed into the wood.|
Lately I've been including pop culture references in my art. It began when my good friend and former high school pal, Scott Martin, asked me to do a series of paintings for his bar, which is called Simon's Tavern. (The original owner was named Simon, in case you wondered.)
A few months ago, I happened to make a funny art piece on glögg. I sent Scott a photo of it, just for fun. It was something he wanted to see more of. He has always appreciated comedy, once studying at Chicago's famed Second City. I can vouch for his status as class clown in high school.
That first piece I did featured a parody lyric, "You might as well face it, you're addicted to glögg." I had not planned to do any more. It was a joke because I was drinking glögg with friends while I was painting it. I was just kind of passing the time.
When Scott told me he wanted more paintings along this line, it got my creative juices flowing. Glögg-ifying song lyrics was a blast. I couldn't write them down fast enough. Then trying to turn those ideas into paintings was another piece of a fun puzzle.
How can I tie in some kind of visual, with a funny viking, that goes with the gag line? They started out as parodies of lyrics, but eventually I moved into TV shows. I'm working on pieces that are movie-themed as well. I have an idea for a future piece that will merge sports and TV, with glögg of course! Always with glögg!
|I was going for a bit of a graffiti-style with this Johnny Cash inspired painting.|
Thus my art has moved into comedic, pop-art, which I love. I think I'm something of a closet comedian anyway. This gives me a way to let that side of me out. I aspire to be a Swedish Weird Al meets Andy Warhol. There's a combo for ya.
Incidentally, the Pee Wee piece is not part of the Simon's collection, while the Viking Named Sue piece is part of it.