CODY LUSBY Smothers with Butterflies


(photo stolen from Matthew Hodges)

Name: Cody M Lusby
Nickname: Mustachio
Sign: Aquarius/Capricorn

Color: naples yellow
Scent: Bounce “outdoor fresh”
Food: cookies

MAOI: Are you superstitious?
CL: Not really, but I try not to walk under ladders and I don’t like breaking mirrors.

MAOI: If your art was a cereal, what would it be/ similar too and why?
CL: I would have to say “Basic 4” because it is a delicious blend of sweet and tangy fruits, crunchy almonds, and a wholesome variety of gains. Just like my art is a blend of spray paint, collage, acrylic paint and oil paint.


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Timothy Karpinski

Name: timothy john karpinski jr.
Nickname: tea moth y , pinski
Sign: pisces

Book. Still life with woodpecker by tom robbins
Animal. Kitty cats
Color. blissful blue

Q1. Are you superstitious?
A1. yes very, i love ritual and use it in art making.

Q2. Best show you’ve ever been too?
A2. artshow: souther salzar at jonathan levine, or barry magee at redcat, music: efterklang

Q3. What have you said you would never do, but have ended up doing?
A3. fall in love again

Q4. Bathroom read?
A4. pocket french dictionary / national geographic

Q5. Most Embarrassing Moment?
A5. getting naked at a party and reading poetry

Q6. If you knew when time would freeze for 10 minutes, what would you do in that time?
A6. make a sandwich

Q7. What was your favorite cartoon when you were a kid?
A7. pinky and the brain

Q8. What’s your vice?
A8. drawing in public places

Q9. When are you most creative morning, mid day, or evening?
A9. early morning, very late at night, and blends of both

Q10. You were slipped a radioactive roofie by an evil scientist and now have mutated, what’s your superpower?
A10.  i can read her mind.

There is something completely whimsical and delightful about the work of Timothy Karpinski. Like the butterflies of first love his work lifts your mood instantly. His close attention to detail and meticulous dedication to cutting out perfect pieces of paper to place back together sets him apart from most artists in the scene. The work has a completely organic and innocent nature to it like a child creating with construction paper in an elementary school art class. At his gallery shows he has created magical installations, awakening the curious voyeur in all of us. Walls covered with poems and doodles and decorated with owls and other eclectic nick-knacks give you the feeling that this maybe just what Timothy’s world at home looks like. The first piece of art work I ever purchased was a small piece by Timothy entitled “Ready To See My Sweetheart”. It’s a very modest piece of a boy standing with balloons and flowers in hand; calling to the romantic in me I hope to one day live that picture I bought and be greeted with balloons and flowers.

Please check out more of Timothy Karpinski’s work at his website and blog

Derek Gores – Art Feels Like Sex


Name: Derek Gores
Nickname: a few people call me Dodge
Sign: whatever is January 19

Food. : today i vote shepherd’s pie with black and tan.
Book. gonna pick a few…:
Picasso at Lapine Agile by Steve Martin
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
Une semaine de bonté by Max Ernst
Season. All


1Q. How many times have you been pulled over? And why?
1A. ehhhh speeding a few times in my 20’s…. but lamest was as a late teen i was pulled over driving dad’s old lincoln and guess my bright lights were on but the car was ‘upposed to take care of that whole thing for me but alas it. did. not. mr police didn’t care. but i’ve moved on.

2Q. What animal is your spirit guide?
2A. a tortoise i sometimes see when i go on pensive runs through trails at the local park. (extra points for saying pensive?)

3Q. What’s your vice?
3A. maybe that making art feels like sex. i stopped using brushes much because i want to feel the canvas, feel the paper, feel the slippppery glue under my fingertips. and searching for the imagery, is like creating my own longings…. things i did/will/want to find… i create my own psychedelics in the art apparently.

oops i meant to just say “peanut m&m’s”

4Q. If you could live in a movie for a day, which movie would it be? Would you be yourself or another character?
4A. i might choose john dunbar from dances with wolves… doubt and disappointment and what should i do about it. or Willy Wonka with his nonsense now and then or maybe someone in the Duran Duran ‘Chauffeur’ video.

5Q. If your art was an ice cream flavor which one would it be?
5A. chocolate chip maybe. is there Kiwis and Rain flavor?

6Q. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?
6A. nah other than stuff I drew but I don’t think they were aware of me.

7Q. Personal Quote?
7A. if it looks good, it is good.

8Q. Do you believe in horoscopes and zodiac signs?
8A.Not really, but I like the idea of analyzing the mystery… I’m glad they exist but I prefer a more self-made approach.

9Q. Do you drink coffee? If so how many cups a day?
9A. i’ve “recently started liking” coffee again. i have 3/4 of a cup. not because i have self control, and not because i drink slowly and it gets cold. its because i have a child-sized coffee maker.

10Q. Best show you have ever been too?
10A. Robot Love, in Melbourne, Florida 2009. I caught a glimpse of how far we can push this thing and activate a moment, a room, a crowd, a town

Derek Gores is the lastest “OMG did you see what he made” artist to come to my attention. His beautiful collaged materpieces are far from the elmers glue and seventeen magazine art projects of my High School days. If you ever doubted the strength of collage in the fine art world, one only needs to stand in front of Dereks work for a few minutes to realize, YOU ARE A FOOL!!

Please check out more of Derek’s work at his website

and of course don’t forget to add him to your Facebook