September 21, 2021
See Willy Fly By
Song Print #8
Here it is, the latest installment in Jon Langford’s song print series. See Willy Fly By is a piledriving, dream-crunching anthem by Jon off of the Waco Brothers 2nd album, Cowboy In Flames.
And here's a video of the Waco Brothers playing the song live!
September 14, 2021
Kurt Herrmann ( b. 1972, Lock Haven, USA ) is a painter from the mountains of Pennsylvania who does both figurative and abstract work, but above all he is a colorist at heart. Two of his recent shows were featured in Time Out Chicago and the Philadelphia Inquirer, with recent shows in Tasmania ( Penny Contemporary ) , Canberra (Aarwun Gallery), Australia; Auckland ( 12 Gallery ), New Zealand; and Philadelphia ( James Oliver Gallery), Charlotte ( Sozo Gallery ), and New Orleans ( Octavia Gallery ). Although his exhibition schedule is increasingly international, Herrmann’s rural Pennsylvania roots continue to influence his work. “I’m very aware of the fact that even if a painting was initially inspired by something exotic, or an extremely personal event on the other side of the planet, all my work is filtered through my studio in the hills of Appalachia,” he explains. “The colors, silence, space, seasons, landscape, even the rednecks impact everything I make. It’s inescapable.”
"Many of my shapes, forms and colors have been extracted from the mountains of Pennsylvania where I live and work, but I also sample bits and pieces of memories and places I’ve never been. There are glimpses of big oak trees, tropical waves, winter skies, deer legs, and the pink from a summer watermelon – all under the soundtrack and influence of jazz. These are some of the sparks that start a painting but they are not the whole story. The initial inspiration is simply a launch pad to shoot a rocket off into the unknown. Color does not need to represent anything other than itself. It is universal yet nothing is more personal. And that’s how I present these paintings. I’m distilling something that struck me, but the interpretations and feelings others come away with are infinite."
August 31, 2021
July 21, 2021
July 07, 2021
In May of 2020, in an attempt to shine some light in the darkness as well as to give us something to do in lockdown, we launched Jon Langford's Song Prints series, featuring versions of his song paintings that are a bit smaller and half the price of his standard prints. You can find them all HERE. We just added #7: Death Of Country Music. And below is a video that Jon and Far Forlorn guitarist Bill Anderson recorded recently on a wind-swept mesa in northern New Mexico.
July 07, 2021
Yard Dog is pleased to present selections from Maine artist Michelle Hauser’s ongoing series of Camera-less Photographic Paintings. In this series, photochemistry is used in lieu of traditional paint. Michelle paints with historic light-sensitive materials such as cyanotype directly onto rag paper in a darkened room. Once completely dry the painted surface is exposed to sunlight. In a cool bath of water, the exposure is fixed and her marks turn blue.
This way of transcribing brushstrokes and achieving color exploits the variation in tone that can be achieved with different exposure times––the longer the exposure the deeper the blue. She then alters many of the blue layers by submerging the paper into toning baths, using a variety of solutions to transform the blue into a spectrum of yellows, taupes, mauves, or eggplant hues. Michelle’s idiosyncratic process builds up slowly over the course of twenty or so separate stages—sometimes introducing gum bichromate (photosensitized watercolor) into the mix. Each stage fixes her painted marks onto the paper as a unique layer that forms the final image.
Brushstrokes replace the need for a negative or an object as is the case in a traditional print or photogram. Unlike a Chemigram both light and chemistry are used to form the image. This work runs parallel to the groundswell of camera-less photographers working today and adds to the conversation of one-of-a-kind photographic imagery where all methods are in play.
Having made traditional photographic prints with these historic methods, Michelle has an understanding of how the materials will pre-form but it is not an exact science. She works intuitively allowing each layer to dictate how she will proceed. She embraces the limitations and challenges of working this way which force her to be more primitive in her expression.
Michelle’s painting and photography practice have informed one another bringing about these hybrid works that reflect the historical dialogue and influence that has existed between these two mediums since the advent of photography.
May 23, 2021
March 09, 2021
Like most everyone, Tom Russell has been laying low for the past year, but he has been painting and he just sent us 3 new ones to add to our inventory.
You'll find them along with the rest of our Tom Russell inventory on his page HERE
December 15, 2020
Hey, we've moved to a fantastic new space and we're chuffed! Still at Canopy but now with our own storefront. You can make an appointment to come by & check it out, just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 28, 2020
Every fall, starting in 1996, we’ve had a Langford art show and an opening party that featured Jon & various friends playing music. That’s 25 years of good times, the absolute best of times, and we’d like nothing better than to do it again. This being 2020, we had to find a different way to do it, so on Friday night, Nov 27 at 7pm central, we held a Zoom opening. Jon played songs and talked about his paintings from his studio in Chicago. We were in the gallery in Austin.
Meanwhile, don't forget to check out Jon's new art HERE.
November 13, 2020
Commit To Something Drastic
Nov 20 - Dec 31
Welsh rabble-rouser, painter extraordinaire, punk rock pioneer: Jon Langford confronts the world with new paintings and prints. Check it out here.
September 18, 2020
New Linoleum Collages
Online 9/11 - 10/18
Pittsburg artist Bill Miller works magic with bits & pieces of old linoleum flooring. Idyllic landscapes, iconic portraits, as well as sad, haunting symbolic visions of contemporary life, rendered in salvaged decorative tile from the early/mid-twentieth century. Check it out HERE.