A. M. Schaer, March 2020

Studio Update

Max the Mad Monkey is back. He was last seen accidentally starting WWWIII, and I originally thought of him as a purely negative symbol, representing human stupidity and our collective Id run amok. Although Who's in Charge represents Chaos, it recently occurred to me that this guy might not be all bad.

The first "Max", shown to the right, was a decidedly negative comment on nuclear war, but he was *also* the first laser cut painting I ever made, the beginning of a brand new series of works; thus, he was the forerunner, the messenger,  the bringer of change in a positive way.

"Who's in Charge" is the last laser cut painting I will be making for a while, since the maker space where I do the cutting, TXRX Labs, has suspended all normal activities temporarily due to the pandemic. They have tooled up to wartime production now; they are using their equipment to manufacturer Personal Protective Eqipment for medical personnel. If you want to learn more about that project, point your browser at Fortunately, I have several back burner projects to take their place: Both digital and paper collages that will continue the spirit of my wooden cutouts, as well other digital works concerning my feelings about loss and change. 

If you didn't get a chance to see "Wonder Woman Hurdler" in the Assistance League show at the Kellogg Tower this January, here's a digital version:

What Happened to "Normal"?

It's gone, at least for now. Below are a few tips I have found useful in dealing with the chaos we are all facing.
  • No paper towel on the shelves? Buy paper napkins instead.
  • Trouble finding cleaning supplies? Try looking at office supply and home improvement stores if they are not closed in your area due to lock-down precautions.
  • Spirits sagging? Listen to this quarantined Itialian tenor doing what he does best--from the balcony of his apartment:

Artist's Spotlight: Erik Hagen

From now on, each newsletter will feature a Houston artist I admire. First up, Erik Hagen. Hagen is an environmental engineer turned artist who's interest in environmental issues is evident throughout his work. He makes large scale installations dealing with climate change, and dreamy, richly textured paintings that are meditations on the passage of time and the fragility of life.


. To see more of his work visit
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