The combination of Becka’s art exhibit detailing the last 30 years of my work, and all the free time this isolation in lockdown has forced upon us all, I’ve been re-inspired to archive more of my own history on the internet.
First and foremost, I want to give many thank-you’s to my new friend in Kazakhstan, Aleksei Yu who has a commendable obsession with my dressup games. He singlehandedly scoured the internet & WayBack.com to gather all of the lost and forgotten dressups I’ve constructed over the last 20 years. These were for a wide assortment of clients, most of them having long since disappeared from the web, thus taking their custom games down with them. Then he fixed the coding so they work again, organized them by year, and surprised me through email with the full archive for future generations to study and enjoy. It’s simply unbelievable to me. So many of these I’d forgotten about. Over 60 games!
His actions have subsequently inspired me to piece together several other dressups I started, but for one reason or another never completed, like Danni Daniels Dressup! BTW, NSFW!
These too have been included in Becka Jean’s exhibition. In fact each section of her exhibit has been updated with more art too, so it’s worth a revisit if you were into it your first time through.
The Jesus Dressup section of my store has also been updated so it’s friendlier to the eye. Things have really slowed down around here, so if you’ve been considering buying these magnets but just haven’t gotten around to it, your purchases won’t be under appreciated. The Halloween sets are on sale for just $10! Only a few more boxes of those left before they’re gone for good.
On this topic of archiving the past, I’ve added an informative image lineup of each Jesus Dressup I’ve produced in order by year. 14 different versions over the last 20 years! It’s worth the scroll through, if only to refresh your memory.
And since we’re going soooooo far down Memory Lane, I’ve also added links in the right side menu here to 3 different versions of my original site as it evolved over the decades. A glimpse back to an internet long gone. If you’re like me and enjoy nostalgia surfing, these are a fun browse too.
This, my friends, is how I’ve been occupying myself here in the middle of nowhere on lockdown, in hopes that it can occupy y’all as well.
Where I’m living now, taking care of the old-folks in Conservative-Baptist-Land I couldn’t feel farther from an audience. It was an extremely good run there. Making my dreams come true whilst getting away with purging all that creativity out of my gut and onto the streets. I mean, looking back, it astounds me the total girth of what I put out, while simultaneously paying NYC rents. But “looking back” seemed to be the extent of all that remained. Now I’m 50, and the rules say, my time has passed.
When Rebecca got in touch with me last year she suggested maybe I do indeed deserve to be noticed? Still?
In fact, she was going to write her final thesis on me and this body of work. Now here we are, a year later sharing all of this again with a new audience. I could not be more happy or fulfilled as an artist by this acknowledgement.
This is the first time ever I’ve put out on display my entire Neptune collection. Ev-verrr.
In addition, it’s the first time I myself have ever put them in storied order to read as they were meant to be read! It wasn’t until clearly seeing them this way I realized it’s the illustrated emptiness I felt from a vanishing faith. It’s what I feared was on the other side. My prelude to atheism. It was quite the epiphany.
I still have no idea where I’m headed from here, but whatever happens I’m happy to still be of some consequence. Thanks Becka. Hopefully we can still make a real gallery exhibit happen in NYC one day in the future.
Her entire thesis can be viewed here, and it’s an incredible account of my life and how everything went down for me and my art. I just could not be more flattered and inspired by the words she’s written. Thank you Rebecca.
Well, it’s here. And the show I was talking about the other day, that’s canceled. I will not be flying to NYC, and SVA will not be open for any exhibitions whatsoever! BUT in its place there’s going to be an SVA sponsored online exhibition, curated by Rebecca Marsh. And since you and everyone else will be confined to the seat in front of your internet, you will be invited! This exhibition is scheduled to open May 1st, so there’ll be more said about it in the weeks to come.
In response to recent events, not only am I staying secluded, but I am also going to share with you scripture from my past to help prepare you for your future. It’s the limited numbered edition of Humpty Dumpty – The True Story of Neptune’s Messiah.
Depending on how long you’ve been a part of the Normal Bob Smith experience, this story has been told once before in the Neptune Section of my original site. I wrote this back in 1997, as a believer, on the crest of my epic reverse-repentance. Originally printing only 15 copies to giveaway to friends & family, now 20 years later, seeing the need, I’ve gone and printed 90 more. There are 2 sets of 45 available. The first set of 45 are the official Pandemic Print, numbered in black. The 2nd 45 are the Post-Pandemic Print, and will only be sold if we survive. And they will be sent out in numerical order, 1 thru 45 until they are gone.
This is an 18 page illustrated poem about the fall of Humpty Dumpty and his sacrifice for the Creatures of Neptune. I cannot emphasize enough that this small spiral bound booklet is the only salvation from Pandemic 2020. And while I’m here selling stuff I want to remind you even though I’m sold out of Trump magnets, I still have Jesus Dressups available, and you can still by all 6 for $66 while supplies last. In addition I’m also selling prints of my work.
Speaking of prints of my work, I just completed this.
I’m thinkin’ this is going to be a year that alters life as we used to know it. My plan is to stay secluded and give in to the urge to do lots more art. Oh! And ship out orders to you folks!!!
You’re all invited to the Normal Bob Art Reception at The Book Nook in Montague the evening of the eve of Christmas Eve – Dec 23rd. There’ll be food, friends, family and festive fun for all!
If you can’t make it then, stop in any time between now and January 5th, 2020. The Book Nook is such a lovely spot. My stuff looks right at home there.
And if Montague Michigan isn’t anywhere near you, I also have plans to bring an entire retrospective of my artistic life from the 90s to present day to NYC in April, so stay tuned for more news on that. It’s all very exciting.
I look forward to seeing those who can attend. This is exactly what I’d like to do a lot more of in the near and distant future for my art.