For Malcolm in Venice Beach

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Hanging out with Malcolm this past week has been more than great. I painted his truck 11 years ago, and thought it was time for an update. Malcolm may be technically homeless, but he has the truck and it’s his home. He may not own much, but he is rich in spirit, optimism, humor and realness.

It’s amazing how much we take for granted. Running water, warm water, electricity, refrigeration, the value of 1 dollar etc. We’re so wasteful and consumed by consumption. When he’d make me sandwiches I caught myself almost throwing the paper plate away, but that paper plate isn’t just a paper plate - it has value and it is respected for what it is, so it’s kept and used again. . The more I painted, the happier he got and the more he wanted to give me. T-Shirts, food that was donated to him, which was very hard to accept at first. But the way it was is just that we both shared what we had, and it’s as simple and as beautiful as that. Great lesson in life. Most of us take without giving because we don’t yet know that giving IS receiving. As they say in Zen: ‘the nature of the bowl is to be filled. If your bowl is empty, go clean your bowl.’

In the end I painted every square inch of the truck, detailing it out and putting all my love into it, working with him on color choices, etc.

Here’s a list of things that would further help Malcolm, if any of u can help or donate these things please email me at theartofchase1@gmail.com  🙏:

-solar panel charging system so he can have electricity

-side window glass (it’s currently cracked)

-new engine

-chest of drawers

Ps: if you ever see him around Venice go say hello, he’d appreciate that 💘 . #givingisreceiving #venicebeach #muchlove #grumantruck #wonderbreadtruck

For PopLife / Mindstyle in Guandong, China

For PopLife / Mindstyle in Guandong, China. These are 3 of 12 walls on my floor at the ProAm Studio City Building that will house a creative hub, artist residency, film production and film school when finished. The other walls will be wall graphics I designs. Other floors have been designed and painted by Futura2000. MadSteez. Mark Bode, King Saladeen and others. Shouts to MD, Ben and RCNSTRCT!

'Into Light and Space' Solo Show

Very proud to introduce this new body of work. I'm delving into the world of fabrication using lightboxes, neon, plexi and various print techniques. After painting in the street for 25 years this is a real departure for me. See you at the show!

'Kingdom is Within' in Greensboro, NC

'Kingdom Is Within' // Painted for @createyrcty at Tracks Bazaar in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

Since this mural is painted in the South I thought I'd put a flip on something profound and mystical Jesus said: "Lift a stone and you will see my face, break a twig and you will hear my voice. The Kingdom of Heaven is Within." In essence saying that we have the seeds of happiness and self-realization built in us as a human beings, if only we had the attention to see it and develop it. Interesting that this concept also appears in Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism. Very similar to a Zen Koan.

The silo represents 'any old structure', useful yet mechanical. Sort of like us as people. We more or less all look and behave the same when looked at from a far enough vantage point. Eat, secrete,sleep and reproduce or simulate reproduction. The notes pinned to the outside of the structure represent 'notes to self' and have 5 symbols painted on them which represent some of the possible ways to gain access to a deeper understanding of the Self once contemplated and/or experienced:

1. yin/yang - balance

2. key - problem solving

3. infinity - boundlessness

4. death - the counter part to life

5. merkabah - mysticysm

The cluster of eyes represent Awareness, Playfulness and Creative Life Force.

I'll let you guys decide what the optical illusion part of the mural means.

Special thanks to Ryan Saunders and Kotis Properties!

'Putting Legs on a Snake' in Venice Beach

'Putting Legs on a Snake' - painted on Pacific and Brooks in Venice Beach for Elly Nesis. First painted at Art Center, Pasadena for the Outside In Show, yet I felt that it belonged in the street.

Inspired by the Zen saying 'Don't put legs on a snake'. Along the lines of: 'If it ain't broke don't fix it'. "Kindly let me help you from drowning" said the Monkey to the Fish as he put him up a tree. 'If you think you need to therapy you oughtta have your head examined'.

The hands in the composition are lighting up one of the three eyes (symbol for Awareness, Trinity). Having Awareness is not enough for the figure, it wants more. The figure was brought up in the Judeo-Christian West, so the very core of the figure's thinking is fundamentally influenced by Judeo-Christian thought (symbolized by the tattoo of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe - Catholic) and a Ceramic view of Reality (God made the world and breathed the breath of Life into the clay figurines of Adam and Eve. God as Creator, as opposed to Eastern thought and its Organic view of Reality where things 'result from' or 'grow' out of this world much like an apple 'results' from a tree.) The figure still wants more. This seeking of Awareness and Spiritual Growth is quite a happening for the figure and took quite some effort, it required 'breaking through' a wall (a term in psycho-analysis). We get a glimpse of the origins of the figure (the Universe, stardust) alongside the Dodecahedron, Merkaba, and Octahedron (Sacred Geometry) and it is revealed that the figure was in Harmony with all that Is all along, unbeknownst to the figure because the figure defined itself as fundamentally flawed. The symbolism of the wall aims to promote the idea that we can all work to better ourselves, but proposes not get lost in that work to the point of it becoming our identity. When we look at the clouds we never point out an ugly one or an irregular one, but we do it to one another all the time and the judging is particularly harsh towards ourselves. So relax and do you booboo! Special thanks to Elly Nesis for letting me paint this wall for the last 18 years!