Sunday, July 20, 2014

Zonkey in Art History

Cave Zonkey:
The earliest depiction of a Zonkey in Art History is this cave painting dating roughly 17,000 years ago. These Paleolithic cave paintings contain over 364 images of equines as well as 90 paintings of stags but this is the only know cave painting of a Zonkey.

Barking Zonkey:
Keith Haring and I both attended the School of visual Arts in NYC. His work was a big influence on me and obviously from this work, mine was for him.

Zonkey of the Great Wall of China:
Over time, many people have scratched their names as well as other images and symbols upon the Great Wall. See above, this Zonkey image's date is unknown but scientists believe it may be as old as summer 2014.

Banksy created this tribute to the Zonkey with spray paint on a wall in an unnamed city.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Zonkey Products

That's right Coke, you know where it's at! Zonkey Cola!

Here's where I stop and pick up my groceries when I'm on my way home from virtually spray painting the rest of Apex. It's the Food Zonkey!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Trip to Wrightsville Beach

A weekend excursion to Wrightsville Beach and some fun Zonkeys. Above, ate at 22 North. Yum!

I used to teach middle school in Sampson County so i gave them a Zonkey too.

Zonkey will keep the pool open! Go Zonkey, go!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

More vGraffiti near and around Raleigh, NC

Found a few fun places that looked like they needed a Zonkey. Above, a doorway on the side of an outdoor shopping mall. This spot didn't look all that attractive yet it was right in a place where everyone would view it. Went with pink stripes to pretty it up!

They just leave these trains sitting all over the place. you think they would move them to a train yard or something but no. I was looking at some of the other graffiti and like the outline effect so i tried to mimic that with this Zonkey. I'll keep looking and working on that.

Tomorrow, i'll be in Wilmington and i'm sure i'll find a place or two that need a Zonkey!

Monday, May 05, 2014

Street Art : Gripe

start rant --

I'm not one to complain. In fact, I bet if you look through all the posts on this blog you won't find even one post where i'm complaining... till now :)

OK, here's the thing. It's 5:30 in the afternoon and you're driving home from work. The traffic is heavy, stop and go type stuff, and all you want to do is get home. Then, of all things the train lights turn red and the little bars come down so you can't pass. So what's the big deal? It's just a train right? Well no.

You see, the trains in Apex for whatever reason actually stop dead in the middle of the crossing. The lights don't stop flashing, the bars don't go up, the train doesn't move. The trains in Apex literally block traffic in Apex for an extended period of time right at the peak of rush hour.

Next, this is a photo of downtown Apex during Peakfest. Peakfest is an annual event where the streets of downtown Apex are closed (I know, what's up with Apex and road closings?) and they have venders and food and bands. So what could be so bad about that?

Well, my band the Dead Hamsters applied to be one of the bands to play but we were rejected! That's right. My home town of Apex rejected my band and instead got some lame bands from who knows where that sucked.

--end rant

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Street Art: The NC Museum of Art, Raleigh

(above: Zonkey of the NCMA sign)

Yesterday, I stopped by the NC Museum of Art for their ArtScene 2014 Spring Teen Event. Three Apex student's work was accepted into  the show, which is pretty exciting.

The Museum made a day of it with live bands, food, art activities that everyone could participate in and even free entry into the current exhibition: Estampas de la raza/Prints for the People: The Romo Collection 

(This might be one of the largest  Zonkeys I've done so far)

I'd like to think I have a pretty good relationship with the NCMA. I've work on a few projects with them including taking part in a think tank group for their virtual Game Design class, leading a week long Street Art workshopand having an artwork selected for the Art of the Auction. With all that in mind, the NCMA makes a pretty good spot for a little virtual graffiti... don't you think?!

(wall at the entrance to the NCMA west building)

Did you know that there was a Zonkey born in zoo in Mexico this week?? At the same time, this exhibit about Mexican prints is opening up at the NCMA.. so doesn't it make sense that a Zonkey appear (virtually) on this wall at the NCMA??

Ian Sands is considered a leader in the virtual street art movement. His virtual street art has (not) appeared on spaces in San Diego, Raleigh and even Apex, NC


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Street Art: More from Apex, NC

Zonkey outside the Music & Rock School building. A great place to learn to play an instrument certainly needs great art!

I'm not sure who Wrench is but I tried to match the colors of the Zonkey to compliment the writing. I like the large, forward facing Zonkey portrait. It works well on this type of space.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Street Art: Washington, D.C.

Spent last Friday in Washington DC checking out the art in the National gallery and also the Hirshhorn Museum. The photo above is part of the National Gallery's Sculpture Garden. This is part of the bench that surrounds a fountain pond. In the back is a stabile by Calder. I choose the red stripes on the Zonkey to compliment Calder's red.

I really enjoyed the Hirshhorn's recent exhibit titled Damage Control: Art and Destruction. There was one work of art where the artist didn't like what he created so he burned it and baked it into cookies. How fun os that?! You know what else is fun? A Zonkey. So now the Hirshhorn has one. Their collection is now complete!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Street Art: Apex and Raleigh

Along with the street art I saw when I was in San Diego, I'm now trying to do a better job of documenting the Zonkey street art I find from all my travels.  

Here are some recent examples from Apex and Raleigh. I also have some to post from my trip to DC.. coming soon!

Zonkey on a train in Apex NC

Zonkey on a wall at City Market Raleigh, NC