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So some guy buys an old Jimi Hendrix album and just loves it. It’s so beautiful. Geezus just listen to that solo! But how was it done? Was Jimi a magician with super powers? He must be!

Time passes and the guy starts ‘understanding’ what he’s listening to. “Wait!” says the guy in a moment of arrogance that he thinks is clarity “That’s a guitar! It’s just a piece of wood with strings. That’s the trick. I thought this beautiful sound was coming out of Jimi’s ass, but it’s a trick. It’s a guitar!” So this guy buys a guitar. He has plenty of cash and even more self confidence so it’s a drop in bucket. Why? He’s going to play a Jimi Hendrix solo. Is he inspired and wants to learn to play the guitar, and ya know, write songs and stuff? Hell the fuck no! Jimi didn’t do that! This guy knows exactly how Jimi made art. I mean, if it’s even art. He cheated! He used wooden tools and amplifiers. Yeah, this guy is gonna show the world that there’s a trick to making those sounds, and in no way is Jimi a visionary or even an artist. It’s all a trick. So he sits there with his guitar and can’t play a fucking note and it doesn’t matter. Ya see, he knows that Jimi couldn’t either, and this guy is gonna prove it. He’s gonna debunk Jimi Hendrix.

So this guy invents a little gadget (He names it the Note-u-lator) that that plays each single note on the CD that Jimi plays in this guy’s chosen solo. It just plays it over and over. Then the guy takes his guitar and plays every note on the neck of his guitar till it matches the CD's corresponding note. Then on his “Record-u-lator” he sounds the correct note. The duration of each note is measured by using a sun dial. Those are available at your local hardware store. “Oh Jimi! I got you now.” He does this over and over. It’s painstaking, but hey, This is what Jimi did. It takes this guy four fucking years to finish his solo. But at the end it was so worth it. Here it is, proof that Jimi Hendrix Was just a goofy old mechanic, and anyone with four years and a whatever-u-lator can do the same thing. I mean, this guy has a bloodless, stilted copy of Jimi’s solo! It’s proof! And I for one will never look at Jimi’s songs the same. He’s a fraud!

Why am I telling this ridiculous story? Because I saw 'Tim’s Vermeer' last night. Penn and Teller should be ashamed of themselves for being so afraid of any art they can’t make that they need to debunk it. Yeah, Vermeer used optics. He’s not a fucking wizard, he’s a painter. He’s not magic, he is just a hard working visionary. He’s like Jimi Hendrix, who used tools and discipline to write and perform songs. Fuck you, Tim, you self obsessed turd, for not just taking an art class. Your conclusion was embarrassing. Debunk Wu Tang Clan next: "Wait! That's just a part of someone else's song! They cheated! I can do this! Just give me four years and I'll make a bad copy of C.R.E.A.M. ... Because I'm a fucking idiot."

I’ve decided That I will no longer show my current series of paintings on the internet. I’m not even gonna photograph them. I don’t want the image removed from the object, or the experience removed from the direct commune with the object. My object: painting, exists as a singular event, not as a concept, illustration or a even a narrative. The image is an integral part of the object and I feel it must be seen as such. The paint, the canvas, the hand… all the things that have been shit on for 50 years of Academic* dogma are what I want to show you.

I will absolutely show my work. It doesn’t exist till it’s seen. When you are moved, amused, offended, humbled, elated, bored, or part of these objects, they function. They are not concepts, and they are not dialogue contingent, they are EXPERIENCE CONTINGENT. Therefore an image of them I will not propagate. This isn’t Performance Art, or an Installation. In contrast, it’s simply creating a sacred space for people to view an object that was crafted with intention. Ya know: a gallery! Or even a rented warehouse because nobody wants to show them. Whatever. I’ll figure that shit out later.

Why am I doing this? Because I’m pissed. I’m pissed because I can’t fucking stand walking by the the New Museum. It’s a pile of soulless excrement with an ironic boat stuck to it. It hates my humanity, and insults my need to experience the sublime. I’m pissed that almost every gallery I see seems to despise everything I love. It all reminds me that the Academy has suppressed magicians and rewarded incompetent cowards whose only artistic talent is kissing the bloated, ever-out of touch Academy. I feel like I have to stop turning away. 

I do this in direct opposition to Conceptual Art and its descendants.

I piss in Duchamp’s Fountain.

I don’t fear the esthetic. I don’t despise illusion or magic. I don’t believe that art, unlike science, is a linear event wherein we must move forever forward. I see that 100 years of missteps and false directions have put us so far off the path of Truth, that to continue on it makes my bones ache.

Without shame, I will attempt to put authorial presence, expression, skill, intent, illusion, grace, and fucking Truth into my world - Into my work.

I am making objects to dream upon and commune with, not oblique statements so philosophers can call themselves artists, and critics can call themselves philosophers. 

To create change, sometimes you have to risk being seen as an idiot… Or actually being one.

This I decide only for my current doings. The series of paintings I’m working on are specifically a condemnation of the bullshit that has been shoved down our throats by teachers, critics, galleries, museums and philosophers for the past 50 years. I don’t condemn work shown on the internet. I love seeing stuff online. I love VISUAL ART! I fucking make it! So I’ll stick around and discuss stuff, and look at your work and be inspired by it. And maybe I’ll post some things that aren’t a part of the series of paintings I’m working on.

I love you,


[* “Academic” is was used in the true sense of the word. Not in the sense of Academic = Traditional, but in the sense that it is the position of the current Academy.]


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Doctor Hammer
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Current Residence: NYC
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Like a women's medium.
Favourite genre of music: Snore Core, and my band "WEEP"
Favourite photographer: I liked Helmut Newton when I was a kid... Probably still do.
Favourite style of art: Style? Ummm, heartfelt and honest, but not "clever".
Operating System: Mac, G5
MP3 player of choice: Extra-old, 10G ipod
Shell of choice: Shell Levene (Ya know, Glengarry Glen Ross)
Wallpaper of choice: William Morris, in pale greens.
Skin of choice: Ummm, girl skin? Like, extra-soft girl skin.
Favourite cartoon character: Dr. Girlfriend, Master Billy Quizboy, Henchman No.21
Personal Quote: If your work can be easily copied, it should be.


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Timic83 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015
your show is boring
Nienna-Culnamo Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015
Your face is boring.
hygymyty Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
Mr. Hammer...your show, The Venture Bros., is AMAZING. I am a huge, HUGE fan.

Go Team Venture!
tundar Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
Big fan of the whole venture universe... sorry if this annoys you. I think it's art related...

The logos! for venture industries and the guild! any of the logos... are those yours? My questions are I guess (if you did them), first, what were you thinking? I ask because I think they are very good. I would never think of things like that. I usually think of logos as very simple but, take the guild's for example, looks like the best class ring ever, but I like it a lot. Maybe because of the sense of humor it's made with, but I also think it's really cool in a childish sort of way. (I sometimes enjoyed pretending to be the bad guys as a kid.)

Are any of these yours? Your thoughts on them? Not sure how many questions that is, but any related reflections on this would make my day. Thanks.
Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner May 28, 2015

The logos on Venture? Yeah, I did those. It’s funny that you think they’re not simple. They are all one color and have no halftones. That’s pretty simple. Not quite Saul Bass simple, but not too far away. The Guild one is slightly more complex. Ya see, they founded their organization when logos were more ornate. Theirs is more based on heraldry than a corporate logo. Sure, the Guild now is a corporate entity of sorts, but they began as group of hero’s protecting The O.R.B.’s secret. After infighting they splintered and formed The Guild of Calamitous Intent. Oh, I really overthink this shit. Cartoons are serious business!

tundar Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
lol saul bass... but yeah that's exactly what I meant. Just that it's not mostly basic shapes and letters in the blank spaces and that you are generous with the number of imagery / symbols :) a dragon, a globe, the letters and a skull!

You've made me love that skull btw. It's almost embarrassing to describe how happy I was when the skull slowly made its way toward me in the beginning of the trailer to season 6 as the music started up.

Thanks for the reply :)
NuntiusAutem Featured By Owner Edited Mar 30, 2015
As it were, by some string of choices made my way to typing this comment. I'm not sure what I'm doing, but if I get rid of all the voices from the perceived "eyes on me" it feels a lot easier to express myself. I'm constantly haunted with thoughts of where I am suppose to be going. Why am I letting all of these eyes influence what I do? Where ever passion is found in my heart, fear seems to creep about. What the fuck am I afraid of? Insecurity? Assuming I was destitute, I would still have my mind, my thoughts, my words. Or rather, still I think, I speak, I choose. Then what is destitute when life carry's on?

I feel like everyone thinks in terms of "the end" or "the beginning". Like the typical first relationship, with all the goo goo coos and puppy love that ends abruptly with the mental trauma that comes with experiencing bloody sheets for the first time. Heartbreak. But then 10 or 20 years later the experience matures into a funny story. Kinda like mushrooms from cow shit. Everything keeps moving, always in motion.

What aches my heart... is what I love doing best. It is a secret I keep. I will take my True role in life to the grave because it's that beautiful to me. I cry. At the same time, I feel incredibly loved to have found it, which brings me harder into tears. Elation on the backside of sorrow, what a coin. I want to see your paintings, the curiosity will tear me if I do nothing. Because I now see your Spirit, I have been wrapped up in the experience of your Schrodinger creations. I believe they exist and yet I've never seen them. That statement is crazy and in truth, very, very, heartbreaking.

 I don't care what you make of it, but things are lining up and I see the path lining up ahead. It's very hazy, but I know I am being guided in a way. Turns out I will be in L.A. around May 19. I don't even know if that's where you are, or if you even live in Cali. Fair assumption? Stop your crucifying stare. I'm there for vacation anyway.

Either way, If I die not seeing them, that's how I experience your creation. Now I feel Venture Bros was just a toe dip. I have the [AS] stream going right now. What I love about the series is underlying stuff. Everything is painstakingly chosen, every word, the order of events, like the brush strokes of a painting. Whats more, the experience occurs over the span of my existence, each re-run giving me something new and subtle to mentally chew on. Thank you for what you have given. I could not have invented that flavor of Love in my wildest imagination; sometimes it cries me into laughter. It makes me feel very loved to experience that laughter. Thank you so much, whatever you are.

You are very loved for what you are. I'm not talking about the love from a fan, but the Love that is in All . You change universes whether you know it or not. I enjoy your sunlight. It means Infinity to me.

I love you too,

powerman2000 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Doc-Hammer on Deviantart ? Awwww Snap !
I remember getting on an Escalator in Atlanta, and being right behind you dude !
ImaLumpyMonkey Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Student General Artist
EricFinnertyArt Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
I don't look at you as the "Venture guy". I see you as a artsee-fartsie  guy. ;) Love the work dude, I see what you mean. -Eric
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