9/26 Hell's Belles Pinewood Derby and Art Auction

Don't miss this Fall's first major event at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco. Derby racers and fans of all ages will convene for the annual Hell's Belles Car Club "Pinewood Derby & Silent Art Auction". Get there early to ogle the miniature wonders of speed and creativity. Stick around to bid on exclusive donated works of art, plenty with low starting bids! All of the event's proceeds benefit the Bay Area Women's & Children's Center of San Francisco. Pictured above is my entry for competition. It's modeled after the 1965 Dodge concept truck, the "Deora".

Pinewood Derby & Silent Art Auction
Saturday, September 26th 2009
Doors open at 6 p.m., races start at 8 p.m. sharp
The Shooting Gallery - 839 Larkin St, San Francisco

More information about the Pinewood Derby & Silent Art Auction can be found at the Hell's Belles website here:

Sneak Peek...

9/20 Work in Progress 2

Here's a detail of something I'm working on right now for an upcoming show. I'll post details soon.

Photos from "Playdate" @lowerdeck, SF

"Playdate" at the brand-spanking-new lowerdeck gallery went off last night in a swanky basement near the bay. The show really came together nicely, with lots of good stuff from local heroes like Dave Crossland, Adam Flores, and Tony Papesh. All of us from the Local 303 were showing artwork as well. Matt Delight, Dave Gravey, and I held down the fort for most of the evening. Jason Dryg and his family hung in there until their toddler wore himself out. The variety of artwork was impressive, ranging from tiny and delicate watercolor pieces to a room-filling light/sound installation.

Here are my photos, via Flickr:
Tori and Todd
Matt, Liz, Dave, and Nicole  


And here's a video of Emmett Feldman's installation:

Weekend Painting

I've been painting a lot of little things lately. This is a little 6"x6" cat-crab painted with acrylic and water-soluble oils.

9/17 lowerdeck Gallery Grand Opening

I'm excited to be a part of the inaugural event of this great new space in San Francisco. Here's the info via the lowerdeck website:


Join lowerdeck for our grand opening!

Thursday, September 17th, 6-9pm

2295 3rd Street @ 20th Street
(below Sundance Coffee)
san francisco, ca 94107


Toy Karma II Recap!

"I just knew that having him in the house, meant having monsters in the house", said the woman down the table from us at the back patio of Cleo's Bar and Grill.

Her husband glasped his hands on his knees, and sort of grinned and grunted at the same time. The other artists wives sighed sympathetically and my sister ordered another Jager-and-Red Bull. Thus began the pre-gallery festivities for the kaiju centric art bonanza that was "Toy Karma II"

This second installment of Toy Karma featured more than seventy artists with artwork ranging from customized vintage toys to sculpted original figures, art prints, and full-on paintings. As with the first Toy Karma show, the event took place at Rotofugi gallery in Chicago. I had some artwork in the show including an acrylic painting of "King Ghidorah" and a matching custom Max Toy Co. "Boy Karma" figure. My little sister doesn't live far from Chicago so I flew in to hang out with her and check out the show. While I was there I shot some photos and put together a little video walkthrough. Please enjoy.

Video and Photography by Josh Ellingson
Music by dep

There are more photos of Toy Karma II on my Flickr stream. More information about the artwork and the event can be found at Rotofugi's Toy Karma blog at www.toykarma.rotofugi.com/

New Prints for September!

It's a brand new month, and that means a new batch of prints are available on my website store. For September I have four new prints. Pictured here is "It's a Whopper!", featuring everyone's favorite superhero-themed flavor. Hang on to summer with a double-scoop of sweet, gooey art.

Also available this month is "Raccoon with Stapler". This was a very popular t-shirt design and I've brought it back this month as an archival print. Stationary supplies and wildlife have always been a fascination of mine, and if you're like me, why not get them both in one place?

Back by popular demand is "Wi-Fi Diner", my homage to Hopper's "Nighthawks". Loads of thanks to those who've expressed interest in the image in the last month and thanks also to everone who tumbled, twittered, and blogged about it.

Last but certainly not least is "Stormcheaters", featuring some familiar goons in class. Here's a preview:

Please stop by my website store to see all of the prints. Thanks for your support!

Interview with Space Invader, from Hi-Fructose

Hi-Fructose -Space Invader interview

Below is an interview that I conducted with street-artist "Space Invader" for Hi-Fructose Magazine. The interview has been reprinted for the Hi-Fructose Collected Edition (published by Last Gasp).

Challenging Stage
An Interview with Space Invader
By Josh Ellingson

You might know French street artist Space Invader for his 80’s video game inspired mosaics. You may have studied the meticulous maps that pinpoint the location of each phase of the Invasion. Perhaps you have sought out one of his pixilated creatures but we found the Invader himself hidden in a mysterious nook in an oft overlooked Parisian cranny. Space Invader had this to say about creation, anonymity, and the further invasion of our space.

HF: Can you elaborate on why anonymity is important to you?

SI: Anonymity is important for me because what I'm doing is illegal. That was the first reason why I didn't want to give my real name or show my face to journalists. I don't care about that though. The main point of an artist is the work. Also, I like this idea of being unknown in my normal life, like superheroes.

HF: How did the idea for this world-wide installation come about? Did you set out to conquer the world with your creations or did it multiply into something bigger as things went on?

SI: I started to do it in Paris, because it is where I was born and where I live. I realized pretty quick that to be an interesting this project should take place all over the planet. I started to travel a lot to "Invade" the most cities and continents that I could. That is an endless project because the world is so big.

HF: Have there been any aborted missions? Are there any space invaders out there waiting to be finished or repaired?

SI: I generally hate aborted missions. Each time that happens (for all kind of reasons) I go back to the same location to do it again until I get it. I never really failed!

HF: What was your artwork like before the Invasion?

SI: As far as I remember I have always been doing lots of stuff, but I did not know that that could be art. When I realized it could be art, I thought that I wanted to live as an artist and that means living for and around your art. Then before starting the "space invasion" project I did a lot of art and experiments with many different media.

HF: Some of your more recent work is created with Rubik's Cubes pieces or whole cubes. How did that idea happen? Have you always been fascinated by the Cube?

SI: I feel it’s a logical and interesting development of my work. Like the Space Invaders, the Rubik's Cube is a game from the 80's, made with colorful squares. The cube is a fascinating object because it is both very simple and very complicated. Did you know, for example, that there are more that 43 billion different possible combinations for a Rubik’s Cube ? At the moment I use the Rubik's Cube like a painter uses painting. I like the idea that it was not made for that use, but that's working very well. I called that period "Rubikcubist".

HF: Do you consider peeling the stickers off the cube cheating?

SI: I cannot cheat because the Rubik's cubes I use are fake ones and the colors are made of plastic and not stickers. That makes me good at cube manipulation, because I need hundreds of cubes to make one canvas and I have to manipulate each one of them.

HF: I like that some of them are made with what looks like unsolved cubes, creating a pixels-inside-of-pixels look. Do these creatures fit into a broader plan of the documented invasion, or are they more like stand-alone sculptures?

SI: The Rubikcubist pieces I do are perfect for indoor shows. That is the main reason I started to make some pieces. But I could not resist to put up a few pieces in the streets because that is so unexpected to see dozens or hundreds of Rubik's cubes glued on a wall. I love this idea. Last summer I did a piece in Paris with more than 300 Rubik's cube that I glued on a wall. The piece weight was more that 30 Kg and I needed 15 Kg of cement to fix it.

HF: What's up with all the European conceptual graffiti? I'm seeing a lot of unusual figurative street art from folks like you, Fafi, and Banksy. Do you think there is a movement away from the roots of letter forms and spray paint?

SI: I think that street art has been in existence since the origin of art! First drawings were made on walls not on canvas. In France there is a tradition about using the streets to communicate. In my case I did not practice graffiti before I started this project, but I was very excited by the idea of working in the streets. Street artists and graffiti writers are obviously connected, because they are working in the same space, they both watch carefully the city, looking for good spots! Then everybody notices the works of everybody.

HF: You made a special edition set of sneakers that leave a trail of Space Invaders when you walk around with them on. Do you have any other plans for "consumer culture" like toys, clothing, or personal grooming devices?

SI: I'm not really interested in "consumer culture". I just think that an artist is someone who produces things. When I think that something is a good idea I do my best to produce it. That can be a painting or an edition of sneakers. I don't think that making some sneakers is a good idea, but I think that making some sneakers with stamp soles to invade when you walk is a good idea. That is why I did it.

You can find more about Space Invader here on his website:

And more about Hi-Fructose Magazine at it's website:

DECK III @Pravus, Phoenix AZ Sept. 4th

Pravus Gallery in Phoenix, AZ is hosting the third installment of DECK, a skateboard art event presented my Molten Brothers. I've got a deck in the show, so if you can make it through the crowds of scenesters, please take a photo of it and send it to me. Thanks! Here's the flyer for the event:

9/5 Toy Karma 2 @Rotofugi, Chicago

I'm flying to Chicago to represent my art and support my kaiju-art pals! If you're in the Chicago area, you can't miss this line-up of 70+ artists and toy designers. Mark Nagata has assembled the largest ever art show dedicated to Japanese movie monster culture ever. I'll be there sipping something green and tasty. My little sister is driving in from Wisconsin to be there too, so have your cameras ready!

Here's the information from the Toy Karma 2 blog:

Toy Karma 2
Art Inspired by Classic Japanese Toys

Rotofugi Gallery
1955 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois, US

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 5
Music bydep

Exhibit Continues through September 20