I thought this piece had been lost. I’m glad I found it. This was created at a time when I was attempting to isolate viewers from the social trappings of a gallery. It was my intent to make every piece viewable in its own booth, so viewers would have to make a conscious decision to engage with the work. It took me a while to realize that this concept was overkill, but eventually the booths were ditched.

This particular piece would’ve had its own booth, hopefully lending a sense of privacy. The viewer would enter the booth and begin answering the questions on the survey. Signage would ensure the viewer that his/her name would not be attached to the survey in any way. Elsewhere in the gallery, a separate monitor would be broadcasting the survey as the viewer interacted with it. Almost everyone I knew was against this concept.

Ultimately, the piece didn’t make it into the final show, because it didn’t match with the rest of the body of work. I think it’s cool, though, and it deserves to have a venue.

Click on the words below to start.

To start over at any point, click the circle in the bottom right. Oh, and your name will not be attached to this survey in any way.

Published Mar 15, 2011 - Comments? None yet

There are a lot of projects that I start just to challenge myself, or just to have something to work on. Many of such projects sit unfinished for a long time. I always hesitate to publish works in progress, but I am resolving right now to change that.

I love Philip Baker Hall’s acting, and I have a feeling that if I had a chance to know the man, I would learn to love his long-winded stories, experimental cooking, and his incessant show-tune-singing. Previous to this sculpture, I had attempted to do only a few likenesses, to varying degrees of success.

Philip Baker Hall

This is the actor as he looked around the time he made the movie, “Hard Eight” otherwise known as “Sydney” (Paul Thomas Anderson’s first film, and an exceptional one at that). The paint job on this piece was done entirely in Photoshop (made by the fine people at Adobe–real up-and-comers). And speaking of virtual paint-jobs…

Xenophobe Alien

This dude is a full head mask that I sculpted based on a drawing by Mike “The Spider” Doran of “I’m not the guy who played Worf” fame. Here is his original sketch:

Xenophobe Alien

If you click on the image, it will take you to a t-shirt design that this sketch was incorporated into.

Published Feb 22, 2011 - Comments? None yet

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

After my first post regarding the work of Dino Campbell, I received quite a few messages from individuals who had either known him, or his work. Individuals who, like me, wondered why more isn’t available on his remarkable talent. As such, I sort of became the repository for all things Dino. I have more of these which I will eventually be posting, but they need a lot of clean-up, so it will happen as time is available.

This one is entitled “Blessed Are the Peacemakers”, and I am 87% certain that it was one of the prints that my father used to own.

Here is a bit more that I have learned about the man since my initial post: Dino Campbell was born in St. Louis in 1935. He attended the Choulnard Art Institute, the Art Center School (both ln Los Angeles), and he also attended Mexico University and the American Academy ln Chicago. He won scholarships to the Otis Art Institute ln Los Angeles and the Koelner Werkschule in Cologne, West Germany, and has travelled and painted extensively in Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Greece and Turkey. In fact, I have received accounts of his travels (and residences) all over the world. I still have no information on his death other than hearsay.

Published Jan 18, 2011 - 12 Comments and counting

Somewhere Script

Everything in Movieland moves so much slower than most people realize. A few months into 2009, Schell Sculpture Studio was contacted about being featured in Sofia Coppola’s newest project, “Somewhere.” By middle of the year it had been shot, and by the beginning of 2010, I had gotten to see the final product (sitting immediately behind Sofia, no less). So for some reason (I think something to do with pregnancy), it has only just come out. If you manage to find it in the theater, you can see me life-casting Stephen Dorff (translate: doing my job). You can also see me doing it briefly in this trailer:

I know this film has caught some shit from critics, but I really believe that it would’ve gotten nothing but praise had she not already made a film with similar themes and tone (Lost in Translation).

The image at the top of this post is from a shooting script someone left behind, and I kept. It links to the artwork from the t-shirt that I’m wearing in this film.

Published Dec 20, 2010 - Comments? None yet

The second website I ever built was designed as an experiment in illustrated story-telling. I thought maybe the internet was a new avenue in art, and I was trying to explore what possibilities it might have regarding visual media. I decided to illustrate the song “Ana Ng” by They Might Be Giants.

When I look at this website, I am embarrassed by many of my aesthetic and design choices (as a consequence, you won’t be seeing all of these choices). Some of the panels are cool though, so I’m posting them here. The interactive graphics are loaded into the window below. Without certain panels and overall structure/logic, the story is lost, so there’s no need to try and figure it out. Unlike the original website, this presentation is linear–each page only links to the next and they all link in a loop. The idea is to move the cursor around and discover things, so have some fun.

Although, I believe it is up to an individual’s interpretation, this is the story in the song as I see it: The love interest or “meant to be” of the protagonist lives halfway around the world, so he is likely to never meet her. He may have had the opportunity once during the 1964 Word’s Fair, when they were both children. If you are not familiar with the song, try to give it a listen sometime.

Published Oct 03, 2010 - Comments? None yet

Wedding Invitation

Sorry, ladies, but Joey (that’s right; that’s me in the 3rd person) is off the market. On September 18th, I up and married my favorite person–Jennifer Rocket. And before you start thinking I married a blood relative (I am not my parents), Rocket is her married name. Previously, she was Jennifer Bailey, half of the infamous Bailey twins. The image above was our wedding invitation. If you would like to know more about my Love, you may visit her website, which I built, because that’s what men do for the women they love. They build shit. You can find it here: JenRocket.com

Published Sep 21, 2010 - Comments? None yet

This is a very brief update just to show you that the alien project is still alive. Suck on that nay-sayers. And to all of you yay-sayers–thank you (to be conveyed with a lump in my throat and a single tear on my cheek).

Here is a picture of an alien head that will be molded and modified many times over.


It still has symmetry issues and will get some further detailing and whatnot before molding.

Published Aug 31, 2010 - Comments? None yet

So I was posting these podcasts for a while an then suddenly I wasn’t. So what gives, Joey. I shan’t leave you hanging; here is what does give: we made a bunch more (27 total at last count), and then we just kind of… stopped. They were fun to do, but sometimes difficult to organize, and we could never really tell who gave a damn. Interestingly, I checked on iTunes tonight, and every single posted episode had a popularity rating that was completely topped out. Weird. We may do another one someday, but no promises shall be made here and now.

Anywho, here is one of my favorite episodes, with special guests Jenny Flack and Derek Mears.



Published Jul 29, 2010 - Comments? None yet

Mister Sensitive:

Joey "Mister Sensitive" Rocket is an artist over the age of thirty with a deflated knee and an inflated ego. This blog is an exercise to remind him that he can be productive.

If you want just a quick overview of Joey's work and credentials, click this link to his quick page.



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