That is the link to BenDen Productions first video. It's a short film about my big sister Linda who got killed at age 9. But it's also about racism, immigration, and forgiveness. Watch it. And look for our ext project, a massive episodic space opera.
Friday, September 22, 2023
Saturday, September 2, 2023
The Anxious Cat.
(Acrylic and marker on 30x38" canvas)
This work is all one line. I started with my marker on the canvas and filled in the spaces with paint.
Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Monday, June 19, 2023
My first solo art shw was a smashing sucess. I priced my work so that working folks could afford it and I ended up selling a lot of work. This piece went to a good friend's home. And this show has other dealers in the area interested in giving me shows in 2024.
I'll be giving most of my money from it to non religious charities and using it to buy art supplies for the elementary school down the street from us.
I'm over the moon.
Sunday, April 30, 2023
Monday, March 6, 2023
Sunday, October 30, 2022
On October 14th I was attacked and assaulted by a cardiologist named Jeff Schoondyke at Karing Hearts Cardiology. I have the police report to prove it and I have filed a complaint about this incident to the TN medical board. This man attacked me while I was having an anxiety attack and my neuropathy was flaring up. He is a menace, a bully, and a person who thinks he is a god.
If he loses his license to practice medicine in TN, I won't hold my breath, then he deserves it.
I fear for my life as long as he is allowed to practice medicine and lives in Johnson City, TN.
Thursday, October 13, 2022
Thursday, June 2, 2022
In 1975 white America was beginning to find out what black folks always knew, that the USA was still segregated as hell. This piece is all about that. Ask any white person you know if they know what 'redlining' is and most can't tell you. Banks literally took a map of a city or county and drew red lines around areas they didn't want black folks living in. Home loans were declined to black folks because white folks feared them and feared they would bring down property values.
Notice how the black(ish) birds are cooped up behind the redline while the 'virginal' innocent 'normal' whiteish bird has plenty of room to grow and get access to good schools and a better life since property taxes pay for schools in all areas, those in neighborhoods with better housing got better schools and more, while at the same time black kids were expected to do as well academically as white kids despite having virtually no school funding and trigger happy cops ran wild to enforce laws that protected the institutionally racist system. Bankers and mortgage company owners exchanged Klan robes for business suits. And the sad thing is it hasn't changed much since 1975.
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Sunday, April 10, 2022
1973 was one of the worst years ever for me. In late winter/early spring in Detroit an incompetent doctor killed my mother on an operating table. I was not ten years old yet and I had watched my big sister Linda get hit and killed by a car and then a little over two years later I lost the most important person in my life, my mom. We, my remaining siblings and I were forced to go live in a farm, in what turned out to be the Klu Klux Klan HQ of Michigan, with my dad's half sister, her adulterous husband who was obsessed with proving at all times that he was the Alpha male, and their bullying children. It was made clear from day one that they came first and we were second class citizens in a place I did not want to be. I was bullied by my aunt and uncle, whipped with belts, slapped, kicked, and under constant threat of violence. Many foster kids had it worse but any abuse of children, especially ones suffering the trauma I was suffering, was wrong. And to this day my bullying cousins refuse to admit they bullied me. Too bad their parents are dead because I wanted them to admit how badly they treated me and my siblings and to spit on them to show my contempt. Still though, dancing on their graves is pretty satisfying.
This work represents on one level my mom leaving my physical life and on another it represents the gains made by women in the fight for equality. I added bits of color to the female figures to give a nod to all the courageous women of color who had it worse than white women. And the crow/raven has long been associated with death in western art.
Monday, March 7, 2022
Thursday, March 3, 2022
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Monday, February 21, 2022
Hi kids! Rand Paul here, I'm a board certified doctor of something, never you mind that the board is made up of me, my wife, and some toothless homeless guy who gives me blowjobs for not calling the cops on him for vagrancy. So you can be sure I know science, not like that smarty pants Dr. Fauci.
Ready for some fun science for conservatives? Here we go!
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
(All answers are actual Trump quotes.)
You said you could shoot someone dead and get away with it.
"No matter what you do - guns, no guns - it doesn't matter. You have people that are mentally ill. And they're gonna come through the cracks. And they're going to do things that people will not even believe are possible."
What's up with all your lies that the election was stolen?
"Our country is in serious trouble. We don't have victories any more. We used to have victories but [now] we don't have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let's say, China, in a trade deal? They kill us. I beat China all the time. All the time."
Childhood discipline, where do you stand?
"When you see the other side chopping off heads, waterboarding doesn't sound very severe."
Tell me something demented about yourself.
"To be blunt, people would vote for me. They just would. Why? Maybe because I'm so good looking."
Who is your favorite Middle Eastern dictator?
"If you look at Saddam Hussein, he killed terrorists. I'm not saying he was an angel, but this guy killed terrorists."
How do you feel about Eric, your son?
"I never attacked him on his looks, and believe me, there's plenty of subject matter right there."
What have you nicknamed your tiny ball sack?
"I look very much forward to showing my financials, because they are huge."
Jesus, who you claim to believe in and even worship, laid hands on people, how do you feel about things like shaking hands? If Jesus thought it was okay, then how do you stand on it?
"The concept of shaking hands is absolutely terrible, and statistically I've been proven right."
Respond to the rumor that you're a closeted gay man like your dead fascist Red baiting AIDS riddled buddy Roy Cohn.
"All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me - consciously or unconsciously. That's to be expected."
Denial isn't just a river in Egypt...
"She does have a very nice figure... If [Ivanka] weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her."
You're making me physically ill. You are a boorish pig fucking thin skinned idiot. I can't stand being around you anymore.
You sound like my cousin John who probably voted for you.
"There are those that say they have never seen the Queen have a better time, a more animated time."
So you just called my cousin gay.
"I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct. I've been challenged by so many people and I don't, frankly, have time for total political correctness."
I'm leaving you now. Go crawl back under your rock in Mar-a-Lago. Or better yet go swimming with hungry alligators. You are a piece of shit human.
Sunday, January 16, 2022
Imagine being such a shitty thin skinned asshole that in order to cover up your shitty bullying past that you scrolled through the posts on this blog and emailed commenters to tell them what I wrote about my shitty cousin John and his shitty family was a pack of lies. A long time loyal friend of this blog and Facebook friend from Mexico admitted that my cousin sent her emails telling her that I was a liar and his family never bullied me. But then again John punched me repeatedly in the nose to make me sneeze uncontrollably because he found it funny the first time he did it.
I look forward to shitting on his grave one day.
Saturday, January 1, 2022
One day I might explain the symbolism and context of these works, until then, read into them what ever you like. And if your jam is leaving hateful comments about other people's work, then know your comment will never see the light of day on this blog.