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April 26th, 2010


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11:40 am - Projektfest & Doc Hammer Kambriel Portrait
Speaking of Philadelphia ~ who's going to ProjektFest? You have 95 days to plan a trip!

We attended back in 2002 and had a glorious time. That's also when Doc Hammer, Lisa and I took a short break from the Bazaar (where Mors Syphilitica had just performed) to head upstairs... Once there, Doc took some photos with the late afternoon light streaming in from the hotel window. One of these photos ended up over the next few months turning into one of his unbelievable oil portraits (the favour of which was returned with a custom tailored three piece black & white wool herringbone sacque suit). This was before Venture Brothers, and good thing, since goodness know "free time" is not so much in his vocabulary anymore! *Speaking of Venture Brothers, did any of you know my partner C is mentioned in one of the episodes? True!

The portrait (reminiscent of the modern pre-Raphaelite style of their Requiem in White cd paintings) ~ I've never been able to capture the depth and translucent richness of in a photograph, and hesitate posting a picture as it simply doesn't do his work proper justice. I wish you could see the delicate shimmer of genuine gold leaf, his brushstrokes on linen, but hopefully you'll get an idea of his extraordinary talent and skill.

visioluxus ~ do you recognize my dress, based loosely off the Sappho Gown?

All of his portraits of that era felt as if they had tears welled up in their eyes:



Here's another example from that same period of time, and the artist at work.

This photo was taken the day we drove down to NYC to pick up the painting and hand deliver his suit (which also included a jacket):



Fittingly, eight years later, Doc's new band WEEP will be performing at ProjektFest. The event is running July 30-31 (with a Merchants Bazaar on the 31st) (the fest was changed to a one night event, and Weep cancelled), which also coincides with Dracula's Ball so you can attend both, should you wish.

~ Kambriel

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From:christianet
Date:April 26th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
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Sam had gotten in touch with me about doing the green room at ProjektFest again; I had to decline, my life has gotten too busy now. But I do plan to attend, and I am very happy Weep will be playing.

My best memories of ProjektFest 2002 was backstage at the Troc talking to Lisa about Indian singing and all sorts of things. I really, really liked her, and I liked Doc too (I had first gotten to cook for them when they did a show at Ulana's). And I loved Mors Syphilitica's music.

I was so surprised when I got back in touch with her on Facebook and found out that they divorced, but it seems to have been amicable, since she worked on the show.

And I love the Venture Bros.

(Also surprised when I encountered Lisa Feuer on MySpace and she had told me that she and Sam had divorced; last time I had seen her was ProjektFest when she was devouring the strawberries I had supplied the green room with and gloriously pregnant.)
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From:kambriel
Date:April 26th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you'll be there!

Lisa Feuer dancing onstage during the evening show is one of my favourite memories of that weekend! She had this utterly sinuous, elegant style, combined with her 8th-9th month pregnant belly (I think she was literally at the "any day now" stage), and there as something just insanely cute and radiant about her up there. I think the entire audience was basking in her glow.

The Hammer's were one of those fairy tale couples (getting married at a castle whilst wearing a suit of armor and pre-Raph gown will do that!)... a love that spanned the ages, and you'd never think it could possibly come to an end. I had some other close friends (that used to be bandmates/roommates of them in years past) who fell into that category of complete storybook romance, that went separate ways around the same time. On one hand, it was like myths shattering, but on the other, I'm so glad they've all found the bravery and strength within themselves to strike out on their own fulfilling paths.
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From:solstice_lilac
Date:April 26th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
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Oh, thanks for posting Doc Hammer's painting -- I wanted very much to see it! I can tell even in the photo how he got some of the metallic shine of the fabric in the painting!

I ordered my tickets for the Projekt festival yesterday! Now I just need to dig up some affordable plane tickets. I'm not very experienced in shopping for air travel, but happily I have some time to figure it out..
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From:kambriel
Date:April 26th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
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My bet would be the gown probably drove him a bit crazy with all those textures and shimmery reflections (though I was good and didn't wear either black or red velvet, per his request!). His real forté tends to be the skin itself ~ he even includes the subtle undertones of the veins beneath the surface...

Have you tried searching on Travelocity yet? I just checked for the dates you mentioned previously (July 28-August 3) and there are some non-stop (worth it!) flights currently available for $370. If you're able to fly home August 4 (I have no doubts we could find a way to fill an extra day), the price goes down to $330. Search with the 1-3 flexible dates feature, and it will show you the various options.
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From:mokosh_perun
Date:April 26th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
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Incredible painting!
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From:kambriel
Date:April 26th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
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He's a modern master ~ I remember at his apartment, seeing the R.I.W. paintings in person for the first time... it was just astonishing.
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From:diannadinoble
Date:April 26th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Oh my, that portrait is breathtaking! What an amazing talent!
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From:kambriel
Date:April 26th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
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Breathtaking is what I though of *you* in the picture you posted from the show! And yes, Doc is one of those "talents of a generation", although sometimes I felt he came straight out of the fin de siecle Paris bistro/Absinthe scene.
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From:acid_poptart
Date:April 26th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
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That painting is most incredible in person! I adore it!

I didn't know that about the mention of Curse, very groovy!
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From:kambriel
Date:April 26th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
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It's nigh impossible to capture in a photo though ~ I've got pictures of it on the brick wall in Salem, and still, there's just something about the smoothness and luminosity in person that I've yet to capture. The glaze of the varnish makes it harder too since although it gives that watery luminosity an extra layer of depth, it tends to find a way to reflect the light no matter the angle. I remember you seeing it for the first time ~ you immediately recognized his talent!

Are you home after having conquered Pittsburgh?

I didn't know that about the mention of Curse, very groovy!

Yes ~ it was in the "Fallen Arches" episode from 2006: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0845936/
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From:xdarkstarx
Date:April 26th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
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a) THAT IS GORGEOUS.

b) is there anything that Eric Hammer is not good at? seriously.

c) i wanna goooooo!
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From:anricat
Date:April 26th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
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Ditto all of these!!!
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From:stroppy_baggage
Date:April 26th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
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Well, I'm a tad astonished. Not only do you have a breathtaking portrait, it was done (if I read correctly) by a co-creator of the Venture Bros?!?!

I have paint-envy.
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From:kambriel
Date:April 26th, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
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Not only do you have a breathtaking portrait, it was done (if I read correctly) by a co-creator of the Venture Bros?!?!

Indeed Sir, it was. Doc Hammer painted this back in 2002... Years later, I still feel so lucky and honoured that he was willing to put his time and (immense) talent into such a thing. It's definitely a treasure and hopefully someday things will come to pass that you and Jillian can see it in person.

And just because I think you'd get a kick out of this tidbit (from his Amazon profile):

Doc Has filed all the necessary paperwork to have his name legally changed to "Teen Modeling Sensation Doc Hammer".
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From:kambriel
Date:April 26th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
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I wish you could see it in person! Seriously ~ the photo doesn't capture a tenth of its luminosity.

Remember the puppet Elisa had that I noticed as we were all on our way out after brunch? The next day I brought the same dress I was wearing in this portrait (why yes, I did just happen to have that in my suitcase!) and we took photos with the puppet and me in that gown. I'll have to post them soon for you to see, but one of them is where this avatar photo came from :) I think this is officially my "art" dress now.
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From:blooddrop
Date:April 26th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
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YOU SAT FOR ERIC?!?!?!?!?! (oh, wait he worked just from a picture!)HOLY AWESOMENESS!! Do I haz a wee jealousy! MAN, I envy his painting skills. Goddamn that man knows color and technique. I saw a bunch of his work in New London, CT several years ago. I was just drooling between simply the beauty of it and his affinity with the paint and brush. I have a bunch of pictures of his work that I need to blow up and frame since that will probably be the closest I ever come to having some of his work on my walls.

As for Projektfest... gosh, it HAD to be THIS year. I would have gone and vend if I weren't to have a newborn at that time. Thanks a lot, Rosenthal!

WEEP's cd is good. I'm glad he's back in a band!
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From:kambriel
Date:April 26th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
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YOU SAT FOR ERIC?!?!?!?!?!

More like "stood" for him ;) He worked from a photo, but insisted that he be the one to take the photo (and had a lot of input when it came to positioning, right down to the angle of the chin), so it would still be his creation. The camera was a cheapy disposable one, so things like the details of my oil lamp were mainly done from recollections he had of holding it for me in the elevator!

Isn't it incredible though to have had such an opportunity? That moment was one of the things I'll always be grateful to Projektfest for since it's what put us in the same place at the same moment in time :)

Babies and pregnancy haven't stopped anyone in the past when it came to Projektfest! Check out my comment above about Lisa F. It would be crazy amazing if you were there too.
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From:spangle_kitten
Date:April 27th, 2010 08:30 am (UTC)
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You look like you're crying because you've lost your genie...

It's very, very beautiful.
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From:kambriel
Date:April 28th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
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Or just wondering when they'll come back...
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From:latemodel
Date:April 27th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
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That's a phenomenal painting. I've had it open in a browser tab for a day now, and I just keep staring at it. You're very lucky to have friends like that!
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From:kambriel
Date:April 28th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
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Too bad you didn't see it in person when we were all in MA ~ it was hanging up in Salem for years! Sometime I'll try again to get a photo that captures the tones better without the glare... I'd love for you to see his work as it really is.

Do check out some of his other paintings too ~ he may be known moreso for the cartoon work nowadays, but his portraiture is like something from another time.
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From:blueiduna
Date:April 27th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
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Aw, I had no idea there was another Projektfest in the works! And just saw I was completely oblivious there was one in 2007, shame on me. I have very fond memories from 2002... it was my first venture out alone into the world to find kindred spirits, and not my last. :) Still have the dress I bought from you there.

Alas, it's the weekend after Comic-con, followed shortly by C16.

And the painting, oh wow! Truly a treasure, it's beautiful. :)
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From:kambriel
Date:April 28th, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
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I just found out about it a month or so ago. Too bad the dates are so close to the other events, and that the location isn't better for you, because goodness knows I'd love to see you again.

Wasn't it one of the Doppelganger dresses? Those are still some of my favourite photos ~ I'm really glad you had those done!

Your Havisham illustration is framed and right next to the painting ~ ironically residing next to Buddha ;)
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From:madamemodiste
Date:April 29th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
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I'm late to this post but WOW!! What a stunning portrait!! And the suit you made is awesome, of course :D

"*Speaking of Venture Brothers, did any of you know my partner Curse is mentioned in one of the episodes?" What?! No! Which one??? We love Venture Brothers.
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From:kambriel
Date:April 29th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
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It was the "Fallen Arches" episode from 2006: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0845936/ Apparently Doc mentions it in the commentary on the DVD as well (really ought to get a copy next time we see him)!

You'd enjoy knowing that the watch chain he's wearing was made from Lisa's hair ~ it was so romantic.

I wish we had better pictures of the full suit. I kept a tiny swatch of the wool that I hold on to for posterity :)
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From:aniline
Date:May 9th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
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I am slow to comment, but I have to say how unspeakably jealous I am that Doc painted such a lovely painting of you. That is super awesome. :D
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From:kambriel
Date:May 12th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
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Thank you!

I think it all just came together at the right moment in time ~ it would be hard to imagine him being able to make the time to do such a thing today with all the work he does on Venture Brothers now. I remember one time when we had the building's fire alarm go off in Salem one Winter (it ended up just being triggered by a leak caused by frozen/burst pipes), we actually grabbed his portrait off the wall and brought it with us outside in the sub-zero weather! I'm sure the neighbors thought we were strange... even stranger than they may have thought us before ;)
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From:iijolieii
Date:July 29th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)

hi - driving up from VA

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Hello, :)

My boyfriend and I will be driving up to Philly from Virginia tomorrow and we're staying at the Hampton Inn. We'd love to meet some people while we're there. Are there usually any afterparties going down after Projektfest? We'd love to attend the Ball but we aren't able to stay the whole weekend. :/

Thanks,

Angela
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From:kambriel
Date:August 5th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)

Re: hi - driving up from VA

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Hi Angela ~ Unfortunately I just got your message, but we didn't attend any afterparties (if there were any). I hope you had a good time at their event!

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