so i went to the studio this afternoon briefly to grab a few things (two thirds of the studio remains in the old building, one third is here so i can work from home) and i pull into the BP that is right at the exit ramp to get a pop…BAM (not boom), it all comes rushing back..there are two bad guy punks standing in the middle of superior glaring at the cars passing them….i get my pop, get in my car and go to the driveway so i can go three blacks to the studio. there’s this suv sitting in front of me, blocking both the entrance and exit to the gas station. they are just sitting there, i give it a minute and then honk…there response was to roll down their windows and throw out pop cans….nice. i get to the studio and i meet the woman who moved into my space, she seems nice enough, maybe too nice for there. she has been there a total of two days and already had her car broken into…welcome to the neighborhood….i heart my street in euclid ohio.

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best food ever

me and my pal dawn went to the opening day of cleveland’s oktoberfest yesterday. gates opened at 4, so we arrived at 4:15. we were in it for the fine german cuisine so the early birds had no line for the cabbage and noodles. the other reason we went early was to get in, have fun and get out around 8pm as to not have to mingle with the idiots..i mean drunks. a highlight was a two story coo coo clock where every hour dancers came out, danced, and interacted with the folks..pretty cool.

today i have to work on writing out the credits for “forced perspective” and some things for the burned out pieces that will go on sale very soon on 1xrun‘s web site.

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the second segment on me ran last night and i totally forgot to post about it. this one is different than “forced perspective”, it’s a WVIZ 25 / PBS production. i believe there are 3 parts. last night they ran the first part, which has aired before, followed by an interview with the new owner of the euclid tavern, then followed with part two, which was the first time shown….if you missed it, don’t fret, it will be shown again Saturday at 4:30p and Sunday at 12:30p m, that’s east coast time, the show is called “applause”. i’m not sure when the final part shows, but when i do, you’ll know….i’m sure there’s some way to see it on line, i’m just computer dumb and can’t figure it out..here’s the site WVIZ APPLAUSE, check it out…also if i get, i’ll post it….thanks out to dave

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i’m pleased to announce a film called “the color of noise” by eric robel is starting to make the circuit around the country. it’s about ‘haze XXL’ (tom) who founded the record label amphetamine reptile records. had it not been for that label, many artists of the late 80′s early 90′s who were part of the concert poster resurgence would have taken a different path, and our culture would be much different today. tom made an impact. i booked every amrep band when they toured through cleveland…cows, helmet, god bullies, boss hog, etc. this post is for the cleveland showing at the beachland ballroom pay attention and watch for it to play in your city soon.

CON_BBfly,

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burned

ok…me and rommel spent the day in detroit at 1xrun / interstate gallery to work on my next laser burned edition. this one will be “burned out”. like the hemorrhage etched run, these are burnt into the wood. there will be four bolts on the corners to hold the piece off the wall to create nice cast shadows and each one is unique because i put down the red on the arms with a wire brush, see pictures below….1xrun will be selling these so contact them HERE if interested.

bask was in the house as well. he had an opening in the gallery on friday and i was lucky enough to timed it right and saw the work…bask is brilliant. there’s the one with cleavage that stood out for me…pictured below…i swear, i always get caught looking into the sun (Seinfeld reference)…i’ll start talking to ‘her’ and i’m saying to myself….look at the forehead, look at the forehead, look at the….oh damn, i glance down and get busted, oh well, it can be a compliment…can’t it?

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isis who

i wonder what isis thinks of isis…or, will the real isis please stand up. i don’t know who those clowns in black pajamas are, but they are no isis. isis was around before isis..get it? isis were an amazing band and their release “oceanic” continues to be one of my favorite cd…my isis can beat up your isis…check out an article about them HERE. and a taste of isis in the youtube below.

here’s a shot of sunday morning at the new place…maybe some work today, tomorrow we’re off to detroit.
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neglected

well…i guess i got caught up with watching CNN and seinfeld and neglected my blog…maybe because i haven’t had anything to say except that i’ve been watching CNN and seinfeld.., that’s not exactly true…i have cut the lawn for the first time..the front lawn AND back lawn (or is it yard?). i haven’t ran a lawn mower in over twenty years…nice to be back in the game, top picture is a portion of the front lawn. i just finished another fish wwII piece, this one is a mix between a sturgeon and an italian savoia-marchetti s.m. 79 bomber. i always thought the italians had some of the best camouflage of the war. check it out HERE. …back to the house, sleeping has been a challenge, it’s too quiet…with the exception of a course of crickets it is a silent night, every night..i think i’ll get used to it though. i’m doing another laser etched print on wood with 1stxrun out of detroit, this one will be the “burned out” image. i’m going up there monday to go over it and will post some pictures shortly afterwards…the fish tank situation has been resolved..thanks to kevin and keith for taking me to catch what was needed. kevin took me to a spot behind pat’s in the flats on the cuyahoga and keith took me to the rocky river metro parks and we fished some out under the route 90 bridge. unfortunately the rock bass where on the verge of injuring themselves so i released them…i replaced them with a cool little pumpkin seed i got out of the rocker-feller lagoon at the end of martin luther blvd in cleveland,

 

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the illusive fish

got my tank all dressed up and no where to go….still searching for a yellow bullhead and a rock bass before the fall….my fishing guide kevin has taken me to the ideal spot but all we catch are big channel cats…catching the big ones when fishing for the small ones…pretty ironic. a concert poster print is still offered to someone can take me somewhere to catch one of those two species…ideally one of both. easy catch, not into working it with lures, worms on crappie rigs is how i’ve always got them…if you can, email me and let me know when you’re available.  info@derekhess.com

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ok…finally got my studio semi up and running here in my new place…and what i’m doing right now is more of the roses that will be in vases..check several posts back. here’s some before the paint….and there’s an 8 track i just did on the first led zeppelin release, it’s a rose too..check it out HERE 

have a good day, d
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with my big ‘five oh’ coming up (see previous update) i’ve been reflecting on some cultural events i have been blessed to be alive for…very young derek saw the landing on the moon…a little older derek was told to stop playing and watch the tv because history was happening as nixon resigned, the berlin wall came down, my parents were very cool and took me to several movies when they came out, “2001 a space odyssey” which at 5, i didn’t get, just knew the space ships were cool, about ten years later dad took me to see star wars, and the space ships were cool once again, cream magazine, AC/DC…and a tv show aired when i was in the 8th grade, it was called  “mork and mindy”. i quickly got a crush on mindy, and was in aww of mork…robin williams. i grew up with robin williams, he never failed to amaze…amazing, brilliant, genius are some terms that fail to capture what he was. and that could be because it didn’t capture the whole package, what made robin so successful probably came from what he struggled with, depression. i can relate on a far smaller scale as far as my public profile goes, but not as far as the disease goes…. i get it..i got it. i know my work stems from my issues of depression and bipolar, it’s hard to escape it, i’ve even made it work for me, it’s fairly obvious i would think. robin on the other hand seemed to keep his well in check and out of the spotlight. suicide is always a shock, although people can say “i saw that coming” …………like with me ;), but with robin williams it was a blind side..who would have thought!?

the alone feeling increases with the more attention one gets. i didn’t know robin, that’s just what i know is true for me…and with the more details coming out regarding his mental health issues’s, i tend to believe it was true for him as well. 

*side note…the last song on AC/DC’s record ‘highway to hell’, ‘night prowler’ and at the end of that song bon scott their singer (last song before he died) say’s “nanoo nanoo”…robin williams even influenced AD/DC, me and my delinquent friends always thought that was so cool because we listened to AC/DC, and watched mork and mindy.

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