Thomas Arthur Schaefer

Friday, June 30, 2006

A Lofty Gentleman In His Late Twenties Stands Before His Bathroom Mirror. It Is Dark And He Is Alone. His Reflection Never Talks Back.

CONFESSION: I never have food in the house. It enables me to 'not eat' for free.

JUNE 30, 2006
BARKER - Foreign Body Parts (stuffed baggie)

Monday, June 26, 2006

A Moyl Walks Into A Barber Shop And Sits Down. The Barber Asks What He'd Like And The Moyl Replies, "Just A Little Off The Top".

CONFESSION: When I was little, I ran over a pregnant gardner snake with the lawnmower and what was left squirming around has haunted me to this day.

Another rain filled evening here, but no loss of power. I finished painting all three of the works in the Jughead triptych. All that is left to do is go over them once more and fill in any thin layers of paint with another quick coat and then add the final polyurethane outer-coat. Once all that is done and it's had a few weeks to dry, the next step is the neon lighting. With the neon however, I have a felling these works might be sitting a while before I have time to get around to it... or the money.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

A Woman Walks Into A Shoe Store And Tells The Salesman That Her Shoes Are Killing Her. The Salesman Replies, "So's That Dress You're Wearing".

CONFESSION: Just like I lived in California, I too go thru other peoples medicine cabinets when alone in their bathrooms.

Power went out late last night and I was forced to paint the entire evening by flashlight... something I hadn't done since I was in school. What's funny, is that the lighting I got from the flashlight was better to work by than the light I was using when I had power. Go figure. I was wrapping up painting on the Blue Jughead triptych. The goal is to finish the main painting before I head off to Buffalo next weekend.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Friday, June 23, 2006

A Baker, A Bookie, And A Bishop Are Waiting For A Bus. The Baker Leans Over To The Bookie And Says, "Give Me $100 On The Bishop And $300 On His Wife"

CONFESSION: I spend to much time fixing my hair in the morning.

Dear god... all I want to do tonight is stand in my studio with a gin martini in hand and just fade away. What a damn week... is it me or are they getting longer and longer? I guess that would mean that the weekends are getting shorter and shorter. Is there still a weekend?

A newly blank room... this is really finally the end of a special time and time to move on as well.

It's a studio kinda 'rest-of-the-year' as each night is dedicated to studio work for the remainder of the year. Here I'm working on the finally realized final part of the 'Splits, Spreads, Spans, and Sprawls' series... this piece is one of the 4 year in the making elusive Sprawls. This only the second work in this now truely realized vein of the set — The Sprawl. The other 3 were developed a few years back but this final set took some time to come to. The first of this set [Carmella De] was created a month ago, but the final designation of the works in the set came today when I began the second work of such. The title is still out there on this but I'm leaning toward 'The Please'. This work will center to large green winged insects... I have a bit more entomology research to be sure of what they are before I post it here. When they were given to me by a former lover, I was told they were Sakeda's.... We'll see what they really are — and in Latin.
So the news of the day. Alright... these works close out the 1st of 3 sets of works that I plan to exhibit during the closing of this year and thru June of next year. Three solo shows. Thats right three solo shows. If Hirst can pull off 'Freeze' at a young age, I'll beat him with a 3 on 1.
Yes... I'm 'really' going to do them.
Yes.. I've been saving money for these shows for quite a while now.
Yes... I putting these shows together by myself, no gallery system.
Yes... There will be affordable works for the masses at each.
Yes... T-Shirts, buttons and give-aways.
Yes... The rumors that I've purchased billboards in town are true.
Yes... It's in a downtown location.
I said when I hit 30 I'd do this shit. Did you think I was kidding? You all really underestimated me didn't you. And after this I'm moving to New York City — yeah... think about that!

1. Splits, Spreads, Spans and Sprawls
2. The Fluoride Show - Retroconsumerism I
3. — (ha... just wait.)

Monday, June 19, 2006

I've Seen Butter And I've Seen Toast, But I've Never Seen A Breakfast That's Fit For My Ghost

CONFESSION: I'm shy around women I'm attracted to.

SONIC YOUTH tonight!!

Chillin' at El Myr before the show... few drinks and such.

Must be the cough medicine.

Me and my friend... wow he sure is tall

Start it up...

Friday, June 16, 2006

You Have A Heart Of Gold... Unfortunately In This Town, It Couldn't Even Buy You A Quart Of Milk


OK... no damn pictures today. Why? Because I was working like hell to get myself out'a this town. I have to say I'm totally unimpressed with Vegas. It has to be one of the most boring places I've ever visited in my life so far... and I've been all over this country. Now granted, if I had a sweet young lady with me there, I might have had a better time. But all-in-all Veags is exactlly what it is... a tourist trap in the middle of a desert. Pretty plain and simple.
Now I'm not saying that my time there wasn't enjoyed.... I'm just saying that I can enjoy over-priced booze with friends in the luxary of my own home. Now on to the prostitutes... yeah there's pleanty of them. All told I had eight approach me. Now they won't tell you they're prostitutes... but they are. There's signs you have to watch for... cause those girls can be tricky. However out of the eight that I ran into and that's six in one day too!!!... not a single one of them was interested in making money from me by doing a few simple 'drawings'. A quick $20 for randomly filling in a few squares on a gridded piece of paper... these girls had no time for that. Ohh well... can't say i didn't try.
But anyways... I'm sitting here in the airport staring at slot machines wondering when this nightmare will end. Ahh... "Now seating rows 10 - 16" ... that's me.

JUNE 16, 2005
BARKER - Striping Down Vegas I (stuffed envelope)
HARRIS - Striping Down Vegas II(stuffed envelope)
KANKA - Striping Down Vegas II(stuffed envelope)

Thursday, June 15, 2006

With The Charges Dropped, A Withdrawl Is Inevitably Imminent... But Only After My Game Is Unfurled


Headed for the strip

This has to be the stupidest town I've ever been in. What's up with this?

They have a 7-Eleven though.

The goods.... time to be the smuggler mama wanted me to be.

Stopped into a shop to check out these beautiful works again and ended up buying another HOLGA camera w/ a built in multi-color flash... sweet. Thanks Serria, hope ya do well in Paris.

What's For Dinner: The Elton @ House of Blues

So if this is the House of Blues... what's up with all this red?

Working on 'Hot, Young, & Eager On 25¢ A Day' at a bar in Mandalay Bay

JUNE 15, 2006
BARKER - Sticky Vegas (stuffed envelope)

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Even When Using A Fake Name, You're Susceptible To Detached Judgement Followed By Bouts Of Lude Behavior


Morning Again... Morning Again... Jiggidy Jig

Yeah... this is a Zoltar machine and it told me great things.

MLH and the Zoltar machine or in the Zoltar machine.

Video arcade madness... who needs slots when you can wield two guns.

To the party we go...

Me and Tom from NEENAH Paper... he was so happy there was no 'Bird Business' this year.

Caught dancin' with the ladies

Gin & Tonic and conversations with NB.

End of night... collecting the goods - amazing plastic hats.

MLH and NB... spotlighting it up.

A toast to the late hour... 4:30 am... yawn and then some.

JUNE 14, 2006
BARKER - Torure In Vegas I (stuffed envelope)
KANKA - torture In Vegas II (stuffed envelope)