27 July 2007

The Trumpet

Someone just sent me an article written in New Orleans' own The Trumpet. It also happens to be mine...so enjoy:


24 July 2007

Yeah, I'm "That Guy"

My extended weekend sign expedition ended yesterday as I was headed home to take a shower. That's right, I bathe regularly. I had been walking around for a good six or so hours putting up both the paper sketches and wooden signs. Much to my dismay, I had forgotten extra nails and had to carry a couple of the heavier wooden signs a few blocks back to my house.

About a block down from my house, after I had gotten a few paces past a couple talking at a gate, the guy says, "Hey, You're That Guy." I turned around and said, "Yes, I'm That Guy." He responds, "Yeah, Nola Rising. Man, that's great." Girl of couple says, "Oh yeah, that's really cool." I gave my thanks and took my leave. It wasn't until I was walking into the gate of my house that I realized I really should have gone back and introduced myself other than being "That Guy." I wasn't in meeting mode because I was thirsty as all hell and I was bordering on being later than my usual and tolerated lateness(Thanks MM).

Ordinarily, I do not like being called 'guy'. For example, when eating in a restaurant, I detest a waiter calling me guy. I've gotten better at not being, a-hem, vocal about it, but I still don't like it. However, no such anger chilled my bone when 'this guy' said "that guy." Taken in context, it's probably because I knew exactly what he was talking about and it wasn't some generic address.

It was nice, however, because it has followed recent recognition for the stuff I'm doing. E.G. "Hey, you're the sign guy." Yes, her also.

Later that very night, after I had gotten back home and went back out to put up more signs, I met someone else who commented on how much they liked the signs I was putting up. Okay, okay, so it's a bit of a mushy, human interest style posting I'm about to put up, but it made it seem worth the effort.

I first started doing the sketches on this board because it was something easy and portable. Then it was, what the hell do I do with these. Then the bright idea happened...mesh Nola Rising and these sketches and put them up as a free diversion from the boring and ordinary. Yes, yes, keep life to a dull hum under the electro-glow lights of an office building, I should know by now, BUT, I refuse. It's now morphed into street signs that are painted; some of street names and others of whatever the hell comes my way in this "creative and artistic*" mind of mine. (* not my words and I'm not very sure if that's a compliment because I'm not good at taking compliments *)

Anyway, I am re-energized even though I've faced some skepticism from someone who I don't feel ever understood me anyhow. Thus, I will continue 'The Project' as is and will continue to encourage friends, family, neighbors and complete strangers to draw for the project.

REX ( a.k.a. Syh )

From Audrey

From Davis

From Melba

From Sophie

From Me

+ soon some from Claire (an artist already!)

My Sister's Studio Part I

Some fragments of paintings in my sister's studio:

My Sister's Studio Part II

Some fragments of paintings in my sister's studio:

09 July 2007

Some Guest Art from Matt Liedtke

Concept: Creative Entropy. Getting People to Let go of their concepts of art and what things look like in their head. But, more importantly, to get anyone who wouldn't ordinarily be inclined to draw, paint and/or create something artistic to do so. Then, to publicly display it. Matt is one such person who willingly participated in a 'just draw something' gathering.


08 July 2007

Nola Rising Street Style

On the corner of Alabo and St. Claude in the Lower 9th

On the corner of Chestnut and St. Andrew

On the corner of Camp and something

On the corner of St. Mary and Sophie B. Wright by Half Moon

On the corner of St. Mary and Coliseum - Painted by Matt Liedtke

Memphis, Tennessee

01 July 2007

NOLA RISING - Public Display of Art

Outside Juan's Flying Burrito

On Josephine Street at the corner of Coliseum

In Front of My House

Outside Half Moon - Extra Thanks to Adam for the Ladder and to Denyka my lovely Assistant

On the corner of Magazine and St. Andrew