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“Waltopia”, Odds and Ends Series, No. 98

25 Oct

Nearing the end of the TENxTENxTEN project I decided to hop on to a new venture in art with Leslie Combemale of ArtInsights out in Washington D.C. This project, entitled “Art Outsiders”, was a collection of portraiture work focusing on the people who revolutionized the world in their field. People like Divine, Alan Turing, David Bowie, Judy Garland, Amelia Earhart, and more became portraits in this project… but I wanted to take it a step further.

Before TENxTENxTEN, portraits (which mainly consisted of drag queens) were my main focus in my work. At this time they were just paintings swirling in the background of a sweltering ballet of geometric shapes and rays…. and while I loved doing that.. going back to that style just seemed regressive because I had become so much more complex in my sketchwave style.

The one thing that I sought to do is research the entire story of these amazing individuals and write out their history in the architecture of their portrait. I did this because I wanted to become as transparent as possible with my work so that the viewer wouldn’t question who the person was or what they were about.

Simultaneously working with the Art Outsiders project and TENxTENxTEN project, I realized a hidden parallel between the two and began to do an ode to Walt Disney’s history around Mickey Mouse’s face. This painting, entitled “Waltopia”, starts off the history with the middle main triangle, continues with the left triangle, and ends with the right triangle. It is with this piece that I thank Walt for pushing for innovation in the arts. Without Walt Disney I would never have had the opportunity to showcase my work, as his company (continuing in his tradition)… from the very start, believed that there was something great in me.

This piece closes out the Odds and Ends series, and resides as No. 98 in the collection.


“Hammer Time”, Battle of the Senses Series, No. 58

2 Sep


This was the 4th piece of the Odds and Ends piece. I created this in an incredibly jam packed basement of a place I was renting in the SOMA district of San Francisco. When creating the chapter for “Odds and Ends”, this piece was the first creation that came into my head. But much like the previous Odds and Ends pieces, this idea on actual execution was a little foreign to me.

In my 5 months stay in San Francisco, I was seeing a gifted wood jewelry designer named Matt Van Horn. He and I were inseparable for my entire personal residency in fog city, and he’d often hang out with me while I drafted and painted for hours in my studio. Explaining my frustrations on my Odds and Ends series, he offered advice on what exactly to do. I, however, due to my control issues, wouldn’t let him physically help me with the project, because well.. I’m slightly crazy and obsessive in making sure that this project is primarily fabricated by myself.. Not sure why I can’t let go of that. All artists have guidance, but in this 10x10x10 project, I just … well… I’m just crazy pants mcghee at this part of the project. He, however, was incredible at helping me get this project in the right direction and I’m forever grateful for it.

This project is made of hundreds (and HUNDREDS) of 3 1/2 bright finish nails, that are rust-oleum coated, and hand painted with Holbein matte black and titanium white. The board was drilled, and then hammered one by one affixed with a combination of super glue, wood glue, and a finishing coat of shellac.The process took about 21 days to complete. I did want to call this piece “My Neighbors Hate Me” or “I Have a Headache”, but I settled on “Hammertime” in the end.

This piece has been featured on ABC News 10 in Sacramento as well as various new outlets covering the 10x10x10 booth at the D23 convention in Anaheim. This is number 66 in the TENxTENxTEN collection.