Monday, February 12, 2024


This spring we are very lucky to have a new Artomatic for the first time since 2017, and it will be right downtown on the Red Line: 2100 M St. NW. Opening night is Friday, March 8th. My space is on the 8th floor between the bar and the lounge.

This will be my fourth time showing work at Artomatic (sixth, if you count two tiny shows at National Airport). Here is a little retrospective of my and Dan's Artomatic work. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

AOM 2024

 [Yes, I am going to do something for Artomatic. Details to follow!]

Sunday, December 10, 2023

Open Studios, Local Community, Stuff About Me

 Yesterday, Mr. Darkness and I had a lovely walk over to Mt. Rainier and Brentwood, to the open art studios at Otis Street Arts Project and Art by the Tracks, the Washington Glass School, Portico, and the Brentwood Arts Exchange.

We had some terrific conversations and gave out several stickers with this blog address. So now seemed like a good time for a little reintroduction.

Sticker image: a chunk of melted green glass swathed in rusty wire

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Ambiguously Available Art

 A few weeks ago I visited DCAC and saw that one of my pieces, "Fear Eater," had a happy red dot on the wall -- sold! One of my friends expressed an interest in another piece, but we were told that it, too, had been sold -- as had a third! (despite their lack of happy red-dot stickers)

Alas! Confusion! When I returned to the gallery this Friday, the previously unstickered sculptures were unstickered once more. A different staffer told me that some mysterious glitch in the "Square" interface had led to a number of false positives around the exhibit. Only "Fear Eater" had actually been sold; the others had been suspended in a liminal state of nontransaction.

I still cannot guarantee that the hypothetical illusory buyers are not, indeed, real -- was it the sale or the unsale that was the glitch? Perhaps at tonight's Wallmountables closing party (6-7 p.m.), someone will reveal themselves as the secret, elusive, patron(s) of my art. But if not, you can still buy the things!

Unseen Toolkit: Night
(not one of the pieces that attempted to become unavailable)

Friday, July 7, 2023

Nutrition Information (Do Not Eat)

Further details of my 2023 Wallmountables (currently on view at DCAC)

Everything but the glue and paint has been salvaged, picked up off the ground, rescued or recycled in some way. A broken and melted glass jar dug up from the bank of the Shenandoah River. Scraps of rabbit fur found in a friend's childhood basement, from a decades-ago abandoned craft project. Copper wire unraveled from the transformers of broken gadgets. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Coming up at DCAC

WallMountables 2023 opens this Friday...

"DC’s largest open community exhibition" (at least while Artomatic languishes in its interminable liminal state) will run from July 7th to August 6th. Friend of the Collective Joan Arkham has already installed new work, and my own installation is scheduled for this Thursday afternoon (i.e. the last possible date). Come and see! And buy art. WallMountables is a fundraiser for the DC Arts Center, so you can support the gallery while you acquire new art.

Opening Celebration: Friday, July 7th -- 7 p.m.

Closing Reception: Sunday, August 6th -- 6 p.m.

saw blade, horseshoe, wasp nest
work in progress for WallMountables 2023 -- DJH

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Extreme Forestry Arcadian Corps - Factsheet #2

The Blithe Stinglider is seldom found in the Tamaqua area. They are almost never harmful to large mammals such as humans! (Only three decapitations have been recorded in this area in several decades.)

Due to their larval/nymphal diet of anthracitic gravel and coal detritis, both Blithe and Vapid Stingliders excrete petroleum-laced, plasticine substances. Stinglider fewmets resemble small flared, hollow cylinders with one fringed end.

These cryptids have also been observed to create cocoons or chrysalids out of plasticky secretions, which is extremely unlikely to happen here.


Information from the EFAC Field Guide to Tamaquan Cryptozoology, 3rd Edition, 5/2023.