Monday, May 8, 2017

Peripheral Monkey is Watching You

I walked past this piece of advertising - I think it was for spectacles, can't recall. Point being, a part of the poster caught my attention out of the corner of my eye:


I point it out because as I walked past it, I thought "monkey." 
Can you see the monkey?
No?
Behold!

"Banana!"

Peripheral monkey is watching you - ALWAYS.








Bored at Work

I get bored - idle hands become the Devil's paintbrush...



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

New Collages - new style - new website

Friends!

I have rejigged my dot com, it's now way simpler and sexier and easier to navigate than ever before, so go have a squizz -


www.gadzooxtian.com
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I have added all kinds of collages you may not have seen before, including this new idea I'm exploring called No Additives. The concept there is collages - without anything added to them. I know, right? How do dat work? Well, I use nothing BUT the one image - and only whatever's in that image. Example:


"I woke up like that..."

Hit the website to see more! (I'm also sussing instagram - more soon!)


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Can I Play with Cap'n Beefheart's Commodore 64?

...is a question you should be asking yourself, often.
Allow me to expand on this.

So when I was a kid, I had a Commodore 64. It was THE GREATEST FUCKING THING I EVER OWNED, thanks Dad! (No joke.)

So there was a game there called Hawkeye - you're like a cyborg in your underpants, shooting stuff - how good is that?! Anyhoo, have a listen to the game soundtrack, it's killer. In particular, have a listen to the riff at 10:00. Very nice - catchy! The game, btw, is from 1988.



Now comes Exhibit B: Iron Maiden's Can I play with Madness? Truthfully, I'm not a Maiden fan, they have many great songs, but I can't sit through a whole album - too cheesy. But Madness is a great song - especially that riff... Have a listen.

Yes amigo, that IS Graham Chapman in his last acting assignment!

The song is from 1988. Are we beginning to sniff a pattern here? No? Yes? Don't answer, here comes Exhibit C: Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band with Moody Liz. You will not diss the Captain - EVER.
So behold this ditty, but for the purpose of our adventure, I implore you to fast forward to 3:36 and crank it. Oh and note, this song was recorded 1967 or 68.



This is what living in Heaven sounds like.

Soooooooooooooooooo, fellow cannibals, what have we sniffed out here?
Aha!

Something about a particular riff if I've done my job well.

Don't think about it too hard because all this is merely the intro(!) to a mash-up masterpiece by... me!
Special guest appearances by Arthur Brown and Zappa. Go on, clicky - it's awesome!


The world needs and deserves this!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

My research into conspiracy theories...

It's all true. Here's my findings:


Is this the right way up?



Schrodinger's Pants

If I walk down the street with no pants on = BAD.
If I walk down the street with pants on = GOOD.
If I walk down the street with my fly undone = BAD; yet I am wearing pants!
Thus, pants with fly undone is the same as no pants - yet there IS pants.
.: Fly undone is pants and no pants,
a.k.a.
Schrodinger's Pants.




It is not important for anyone to understand any of this.

As a sidenote: what would Schrodinger's Cat in Schrodinger's Pants be like?
(It is not important for anyone to understand any of this either.)


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Old and new collages and a self portrait (woah! Mixed!)

Hey friends,

I've been putting up some old stuff on my tumblr - I moved house so I found all these photos and what-have-you, detritus, etc. Scope it HERE.
There's new stuff there too, such as this brand new self portrait:

Chris Isaak would adore this - get in touch, Chris!

This is a rather special piece for two reasons: i) the boring part - most of the blue matches my current hair colour - go figure; and ii) I don't really do self portraits (or portraits of anyone, really). I think all my pix are self portraits, but this one I set out to make and name as such. In fact, it is called

SELF PORTRAIT WITH EMPHASIS ON IMMERSION AND THE KISS .

Lovely.
Now go to my tumblr (HERE).

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Let's talk about NOTHING

I am only speaking for myself here, but... I'm pretty sure my artworks mean nothing. No I don't mean they're worthless or that they mean nothing to me, I mean the age old question: "What does it mean?" or "What are you trying to say?" - they simply don't apply.
I'm not trying to say anything, or at least not a thing that is concrete, or a thing that can be explained in just a few spoken or written (or even sung) words.

Dali said something along the lines of "Just because I do not at the time of creation know what my picture is saying does not mean it doesn't mean anything."

But during, before and after - my collages aren't saying anything. They're not supposed to.

The picture is what it is - what is being said is right the fuck there - there are no hidden meanings. It is said via images - not words.
In words - my pictures mean nothing. I am not trying to express anything. I think people (even artists and critics) find it disturbing that someone would go to all that effort to say nothing.
Why do I HAVE TO say anything? What is the Universe saying by making a lump of rock? "Hey everybody, looky my rock! It's expressing quantum mechanics in a state of flux, but in a derisive way is mocking organic chemistry, vegetarians AND carnivores at the same time - that's right, you're Unky Universe is PRO rock-eating bacteria! But not really..."

What is the Universe trying to say?!!

Sorry, got side-tracked there.
I'm not saying I'm the Universe - well actually I am, as are you and everyone else-, but as a creator of images, I have to say I never launch into it with a clear-cut idea of what it will be - like many other artists, I search around until the image is done. It's not me communicating - it's the image telling me what it is. No, not in some stupid "psychic" or "occult" or whatever New Age bollocks sense - but in a "connecting with the unconscious" way. There (in the unconscious), it's pretty much just chaos and existence. It's the Last Words of Dutch Schultz - amazing, but jibberish (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv7WnmW9SsM). 

So there you have it. My collages say nothing, and I'm proud of that. You savvy?

New Collages (it's what I'm good at, right?)

Hi Friends!

I've been positing (ha!), posting new collages at my tumblr. Well, new pix of old collages you've not seen yet. It's what happens when you move house - you find old cool shit.
Anyhoo - if yer the tumblr type (or even if yr not), get your peepers onto this here URL and it's contents thereof:

where you can find all kinds of gems, like this little beauty here from the Desert Gods series, from back in 2006:

"I boogie, therefore I am."


Friday, January 13, 2017

NEW COMIC!!! Read it now!!!

Hello friends!

Here's part 1 of the adventures of Skeleton Bird - all drawn at my desk at work to keep my hands busy.
Questions?
Comments?
ENJOY!






























































Thanks for reading - part 2 when it's ready. Meantime collages coming soon - gotta scan them first.