Tuesday, April 22, 2014

More Split + Growing Work

Big thanks to all who made it out to this past weekend's reception 
at the Bureau.  We had a great turnout and your presence was 
so appreciated.  For everyone who was not able to attend, I will keep
posting a few pieces throughout the week to share this new show.

Split + Growing will be up at BGSQD until May 25th, so get over there! 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Sneak Preview

These are two of the 13 new pieces included in my most recent show,
which opens on Sunday at BGSQD.

I cannot stress how important, however, it is to see this show in person.
Much of the show happened even after framing, and the pieces clawed over
the mats and didn't stop.
Come see what I mean for yourself tomorrow, April 20th, from 6 - 9 pm.

Split + Growing Thoughts - Opening Tomorrow, April 20th!

Come to the reception on 4/20/2014 at the Bureau of General Services Queer Division
from 6 - 9 pm, it's going to be one hell of a time.
Ruby will be in attendance, for any and all who are familiar with my dog. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

BGSQD Show On Its Way

Split + Growing is a new, highly personal exhibit of work from transfeminist 
painter and illustrator Ketch Wehr.  Primarily illustrative gouache paintings, 
Wehr's show explores his personal understanding of his gender and queerness 
from an early age through the lens of synesthesia.  
Synesthesia is a condition which, in his case, lends colors and flavors 
to all letters and words.  

Split + Growing is the visual display of an evolving queer selfhood 
through the colors Wehr knew to be part of his identity
 before he had the words to describe it.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Split + Growing

I've been wrestling my way through the new body of work I am making 
to show at the Bureau of General Services: Queer Division in late April.
I have taken a lot of time to consider how what I make and what I enjoy 
and strive toward need to get a lot closer.
In preparing for this show, which opens April 20th, I wrote a lot 
and meditated on the intricacy, personality, and whole worlds I need to
capture in my work as I move forward.

This new show is going to be something different, hopefully more personal,
and certainly a next step in my process of growth as an illustrative artist.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

My Gay Banjo Art

This is the original graphic that I produced for My Gay Banjo’s newest album.  
We tweaked it and then their designer took it from there, 
I was happy with it all of the different ways it went.   
The original pictured here is mostly in gouache with a little bit of watercolor 
on a nice, cold-pressed Arches paper. 
You can find out info on their new record and tour here!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Fitz Roy Commission

A quick little landscape commission for an old friend - this one two a few short sessions over
a couple of days.  Gouache is stealing my heart every time I get to throw a new color down
that I've been waiting to find a good use for. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Meditations on Wildness

I am currently working on a selection of options for a friend's upcoming book's cover.

He and I spend a good amount of time thinking about and pursuing our own wildness,
trying to pull apart where that need comes from, and considering what that even means.

As a hyperactive, borderline feral kid, it very often felt like I had to learn to be a human.  
Sometimes people who meet me in a more formal situation have a hard time
imagining that I was a kid up a tree with matted hair and no ability to control 
the volume of my voice or most of the things that came out of my mouth.
I am always on the opposite end of that reality, 
forgetting that I have lost (or forfeited) so much of my sharp and feral ways. 
I know that this is crucial to my survival, but it still comes with an enormous amount of sadness. 

When you are young, especially a young kid with raging ADHD and few social skills,
 you eventually learn how to check every impulse, you eventually stop cutting off your hair in chunks
without any reason that you can understand or remember, you start figuring out how to sit still.
You find something you can focus on, and you draw.


Friday, January 03, 2014

Sarojini Naidu

2.5' x 5', Acrylic and Gouache on Pine
Currently on view at the Leslie-Lohman Museum.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Illustration Project

This is one of the many pet portraits that I worked on recently for the holiday season.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Holiday Discount

Holiday discount on my webstore til December 14th - 
winter means Star Wars season, so just type in RANCOR 
for 20% off the entire site!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Just Hold On To Your Friends

Now available for purchase, this limited edition run 
of holiday friendship prints is on sale and ready to land in your mailbox.

Also, any pet portrait orders placed from today until Nov. 31st 
will receive this print as a free bonus for ordering early 
before the holiday season is in full swing. 
Two arts for the price of one? That's good gifting.

Friday, November 08, 2013

New Phase Mirror Paintings Available Now In the Art Store

After a number of inquiries about the mirror moon paintings featured in my recent show
at the Leslie Lohman Museum, I have decided to produce a limited edition of 12
one-of-a-kind phase mirror paintings. 
These paintings are 8" by 6," made with a durable glass acrylic on hexagonal
mirrors, and are priced affordably for handmade art. 

They are definitely looking popular for the winter holiday season 
(you know, Krampus, Ursul, what have you) so go ahead and buy yours today.
If you want one in a particular phase or color, just e-mail me (furfaceart at gmail.com)!
I'm still cooking up a few more, so I am very open to custom orders 
at no extra charge.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Interview with Posture Magazine

My recent interview with Posture Magazine just went up - I think it was a lot of fun!
Big thanks to Winter Mendelson, Oscar Lopez, and Manu Gupta for their work 
on this piece, they make a remarkable team.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Selection of Work from Emblems of Things to Come

This is a collection of images of half of the work currently on exhibit
at the window gallery of the Leslie-Lohman Museum.
The reception was a great success, and I owe a great deal of gratitude
to the team at the Museum and to the people in my life who made so much of this possible,
particularly my partner, my family, and my longtime friends.
 This show took a lot of time and research.
It seems like I have just begun down a path where
I challenge myself to do much more than I have accomplished before.

Whenever I make a new show, it's difficult to avoid that fear
that your concept and actual work are in conflict,
and this is a show where put in a lot of time to
challenge my own expectations and not to get too comfortable.  
I'm very proud of this collection of paintings and intend to just
keep going on from here, collecting stories and histories for a long time.

Anne Bonney (1700 – 1722?) “The most famous of all women pirates, 
of Anne’s various activities… reporters are loathe to tell about her lesbianism.   
Anne is reported to have quipped during her final fray, 
“Dogs! In insteady of these weaklings I only had some women with me!” 
(The Encyclopedia of Amazons, Jessica A. Salmonson)

­Boudica (d. c. AD 61) “Derived from the Celtic word for ‘Victorious.’ 
Warrior-queen of the Iceni of Norfolk.  She led a rebellion in A.D. 61, 
sacking numerous [occupying] Roman settlements… [and] temporarily liberated her people
 from the Roman yoke.  The Roman army was urged on with the observation
 that the Celtic queen’s forces included “more women than warriors.” 
(The Encyclopedia of Amazons, Jessica A. Salmonson) 

Hypatia  (c. AD 350–370; d 415)was a brilliant mathematician and astronomer – 
at the time of her death, she was the foremost in her field in the West, 
and probably in the entire world.  
…Religious and secular tensions in Alexandria led to her murder.” 
(“Missed in History: Hypatia,” Tracey V. Wilson)