I am a multi media artist interested in making a lot of music and artwork of all kinds. Mostly I take pictures and write albums. I also like to build furniture for myself and sometimes others. I make sculptures, draw and paint. I just like to create things because it makes me feel good and I like to inspire others. That makes me feel the best ever. I hope you enjoy my site. Thanks.
SEKDEK is a collaborative project consisting of a series of fantastically colorful, expressive & psychedelically gory sculptured head and torso images/video installations that were caught using an expressionistic painting/messy visual chaos technique that includes throwing, spreading and or spitting clay, acrylic paint, glitter, fake blood, wigs, fabrics and flour etc.. all over ourselves.
For years the images of Mathew Barney & Bjork, Charlie White, Patricia Piccinini, H. R. Giger, the beings in Where the Wild Things Are, that Howie Mandel movie Little Monsters, the dudes in Nightbreed, They Live, The Dark Crystal’s cutegore, Naked Lunch’s psychedelic rapture, Evil Dead’s comedic beats, Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s stark creepiness, Henson characters in general, Fangoria Magazine, Gwar... and the rich artistry of gore/horror art and make-up design have inspired me. Also directors Jörg Buttgereit, George Romero, John Carpenter, Rob Zombie, Ronnie Bronstein for his infectious charismatic artistic character and David Cronenberg. The book Philosophy of Horror: Paradoxes of the Heart was a great influence as well along with a class that I’d taken at UW Madison, WI. with the author Noel Carroll. It introduced me to a more thoughtful psychological window to peak through while assimilating this terribly influential material. And we re-watched and discussed all the classic horror films. It was great. Oh, and of course, all of the tribal Indigenous iconography I've seen throughout my life in National Geographic and documentaries. Oh And Thee WWF.
I also had this thing in college which some may remember, where I would put clear packing tape on my head and then spread black clown make-up on over that and add fake blood. A friend dubbed it Bloodwolf. The effect was a burn victim type fetish gear madness that I think I just kept doing on my free time here and there. I took this further with latex and more gore effects and would go out in public and act normal just to raise some eyebrow. Tape over the head was always good. Sometimes just tape over the mouth and then cutting a slit can be creepy enough to set off a few red flags. Once for a laugh, I went to the corner store to get beer all decked out in full torso bloodbath but I forgot my keys. Chaos ensued and as I was waiting for my roommate to get home to let me in, (pre-cell phone days) someone had called the ambulance. It was a mess trying to convince the paramedics I was ok. This type of real life blood situation was normalish for them so they seemed bummed that I wasn't actually hurt. Anyways, I did this mildly public self entertainment/irresponsible gag for either a few friends and for the laugh, or for the corner bar and a few shocked pedestrians on my way back into my apartment. I did it a bunch of times. And of course for about 13 Halloweens in a row. But save a few pictures, I never really made much of in it terms of any lasting art project.
So one day…heavily influenced by French performance artist Olivier de Sagazan after a watching his performance art scene in the movie 'Samsara' where he violently applies clay, dots and slashes of red and black paint and dust all over his suit, it inspired me to do something weird too.
I credit all to the the mentioned artists as well as a ton of others. I also credit all the art I have ever seen and music I have ever listened to. And every person I have come into any kind of contact with, as you have unwittingly helped craft me into whatever kind of human that stands before you now. I thank all the evil in my life as it probably helps me clarify it’s beautiful and horrible existence into useful sound and image. I thank all love for it’s boundless goodness and generosity and for granting us all the life we share now in this single moment of fracticular eternity. I also credit everything that has ever happened to me as well as everything that has ever happened in the universe throughout time and space. Thank you so much everyone that has done killer art and music because you made this stuff happen. As it will happen again and again forever and ever.
thanks to all the models
Brice Frillici, Chrissie Six, Andrea Bishop, Carole Acuna, Chris Holleran, Erin Frillici, Marshall Frillici, (yes my Dad and Sister got messy) Justin Berthiaume, Merkley, Michelle Youngstrom, Nicole Mcfeely, Pietro Straccia, Rachel Hoiem, Sam Solano, Lee Sayer, Tenka Kariya, Sarah Eileen, Natalie Nelson, Akilah Ayanna, Tyler Snow, Melony Iris, Jessy Dawson, Jonathan Hyslop, Tora Fujimoto, Naoko Nozowa, Racheal Long, Dan Nazarian, Nicolai Cranium, Lisa Light, Ryan Cartwright, Heather Holton, James Morales, Todd Steele, Phil Becker, Johnathan Gonzalaz, Jorge Rodriguez, Shannon Harney, Branden Reim, Chase Hamilton, Holly Maclean, Devon Athey, Trevor Alexander True & Sean Eiserne Drossel Twomey, Marcus Bower, Mikel Ross, Tori Seller, Kelli Bratvold, Nate Budroe, Nate Rowley, Mark Weiler, Mike Pynch, Saturn Jones, Jillian Gnarling, Scott Hatch, Krista Miloslavich, Adrian, Lee, Lija Kukle, Jane Wiedlin, Racheal Marie Simeone, Donny Newenhouse, and Jennifer Ivanovich
I wouldlike to thank all the people that collaborated with me on this project. It is hard to pinpoint what you have all done exactly because everyone has done so much and so many different things to help make these images come alive. It really is a true collaboration. I think because it is all just so fk’n fun …it is just easy to do, so you all just do it no problem. Like, it sure beats a night home with Netflix eh?
Extra special thanks to you, Chrissie Dieu aka Milk Jarry for doing a ton of the photography and helping design and amazetize the models. Prolly the most helpful being during this entire thing. You helped get things out there into the public eye with your crazy ass distribution skillz. You helped a ton during this project with the conceptualizing, planning, and with a hands on approach. Also, you were my favorite model. Sorry others. None compare. I love you and thanks again one million.
Phil Becker is basically Thee silent Producer of all this work. Phil helped me print 200+ 16x19 color prints which is no small task. He is also a super cool character in the shots. His piercingly cold blue eyes make it easy. His silly personality works great in these. You can see it shine through. And thank you Thank You BIW for printing over 300 of the the 16x19s for me. You are BIW!!!!! BIW!!!!! And you also inspire songs. The shots we got with you are killer. So pumped you got in there finally. Phil you are now the official SEKDEK Producer.
Ryan Cartwright put it so well in the foreword he wrote for the book. Read it and be inspired. It made Chrissie and I cry when we read it. That was one of the nicest things anyone has done for me man…to write that, was awesome of you Ryan.
Thank you Laura for helping get this thing off the ground and for being the OG photographer and for understanding the project from the beginning and working easily with the process of conjuring these characters and for simultaneously laughing with it all. /// identity will remain encrypted per your request///
Kelli Brat, thank you for being a key component in helping to solidify the system that we utilized throughout the project. Your amazing craftswizzardship and help putting weird shit in funny places made ok shots better than they could have ever been. Michelle Youngstrom, thank you also for rocking out with the sculpting. And Shawn Richmond, thanks for your eye molding techniques.
Pietro. you were very instrumental in helping excite the project and that was awesome when you hosted the Muse shoot and when we shot your video for Elettrodomestico. I super appreciate your continued support. Your modeling speaks for itself. Bad-Ass. Also thanks for being cameraman when we needed you.
Thanks again Merkley for inspiring the grandeur of the project. And for the advice and positive vibes you gave me in general. And for being particularly colorful in your modeling and imagery. Thanks, Jet Black for hanging and taking some great shots during one of the shoots.
Melony! You let us use the shit out of those lights and cam gear and finally traded stuff so we could keep it all. so cool! And your images are hell of crazy good.
Lee, thanks a lot for getting in there a bunch and making such amazing images. And Damn thanks for hooking me up with the Muse project. That was a very cool experience to shoot with them and all you guys. You really went above and beyond and put this stuff out there and got those guys interested. I appreciate it a lot. Thanks Tom Kirk for shooting with me as well. We did a great shoot together.
Dan Nazarian you were so cool to write me up a nice blog spot and pump the show up. It was fun telling you all the off the record stuff that I wouldn’t let you to print. :)
Branden Reim you maniac. Will you be my manager? Thanks man for all that great advice and help getting things out to the right people. And for the awesome ideas for the future of the thing.
Many of the models found their own monsters as well so thank you, all the models for getting properly freaky. Sometimes I wouldn’t have to touch people and they were already perfect. I cheat I cheat.
I raise my glass to the people who helped in the background with dry hand equipment operation, filming some behind the scenes stuff and doin' general non-messy tasks. You always need a clean guy. One like David Shendel works great.
Thanks David for capturing one of these magical sessions on vid. This footage will compile into the documentary for sure. It is amazing to look back and see this craziness. It holds up. You were the fly on the wall for sure.
Nicolai Cranium filmed a lot as well during the Muse shoot as did Tenkai. We got tons of great footage from those shoots. The Video aspect of this is in its infancy. Just you wait. Nicolai Cranium! You captured a LOT of crazy video . I 100% guarantee that this will become a full documentary someday. Your amazing cam work will shine. I very much appreciate that extra effort and driving down to deliver footage as well.
Thanks gallery hosters Adrian Lee, Tenkai at your old warehouse, Micah LeBrun at 111Minna, James and Heather and Tiare Ribeaux at B4BEL4B (killer show at killer spot), Leo Madrid at The American Steele Building & Melony for setting up that holistic therapy office show. (we chose the tamest of the tame for that one)
Thanks Mikel Ross at Hemlock Tavern. You facilitated my live performance that night and helped get the music side of things off the ground and running. Then you came, saw and modeled your ass off and we got lots of killer monsters!!
Kyle McGraw for engineering the SEKDEK album. Sounds prIT…ty good indeed.
Travis, its me and you on the next records right?
Travis, Molly & Kelly (you are next) you helped a lot during the ever so fun and hilarious Elettrodomestico music video shoot.
Fucking CJ Lucero. for shooting amazing shots. I say we are a team now. Correct? A team. I wish. That was the best cam work man. Your knowledge of photography and the directions you go with your work are inspiring and it was so cool to mix our different talents to get the shots. CJ was key in the Conan the Barbarian shots as well as capturing many many other classic shots including the Flyer for the 111 Minna show with Krista as the witch from The Ring. I think that pose was his idea. Nice.
‘Member when a bunch of you guys came and helped me mount like 60 of them onto those huuuuuuuuuge 5x10 foam core boards? That was awesome.
Krista Miloslavich has been an integral part of our studio Bubblegore Productions. She is always participating and making cool art. She is an exceptionally easy person to shoot and knows how to bring whatever 'it' is. She has got it plus all this other stuff. Can't ask for more. Happy to be sharing this all with you.
Lastly, I'd like to thank my family Judy, Marsh and Erin. You all have been very supportive throughout my life. Participating in the shots was so generous of you guys.
Mom, you were so helpful during the shoot with Dad and Erin. Would you have ever guessed you would be doing this kind of art with your son? Well, you were knee deep in it and that makes you extra cool in my book.
Dad and Erin, damn... color me impressed.
History has been made :)
Thank you all.