I'd seen this man around Chicago for years, selling umbrella hats to tourists, before I finally stopped one day to ask if I could take his picture. "Umbrella hats, one size fits everybody! Umbrella hats, hats for the head!" That was his pitch. We talked for a little bit and he said his name was Carl Bonafede. Carl was a producer/promoter of local garage bands in the 60's, the manager of The Buckinghams. He also arranged the musical score for films in the Friday the 13th franchise and probably did about a million other things.
This photo was taken of the band Earth Girls for use on a 7" E.P. on Grave Mistake Records. It was shot on film in black and white, colored with watercolors and doodled upon with ink.
Recreation of Lichtenstein's "Hot Dog with Mustard" made with paper scraps and permanent marker.
Recreation of Mondrian's "Composition with Red, Yellow, and Blue" made with, scrap paper, permanent marker, and a cookie wrapper.
Recreation of JR Eyerman's iconic 3D movie audience photo using star wars dolls, markers, and paper.
Recreation of Neil Leifer's iconic shot of Muhammad Ali vs. Cleveland Williams made with Star Wars dolls, paper, and ball point pen.
Recreation of 1950's fake UFO photograph done using the metal lid to a pot. The truth is out there.
Atomic Bomb test photo recreated using a shredded maxi pad and scotch tape.
Using old CTA passes given to me by a friend, I wrote out "Ventra Sucks" and taped it up at the Logan Square Blue Line stop.
After "Ventra Sucks" I had such an abundance of CTA cards left over, I decided that on the day the CTA card was no longer accepted, I would return to the Logan Square Blue Line stop to create this epitaph entirely out of transfer cards.
I suppose you could say this is my first sculptural work.
Bozo waiting for the train