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Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski

Just before Xmas I watched on Netflix Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski, which had come to my attention because it features Tool‘s own Adam Jones.  It’s a fascinating documentary, or a quite intriguing artist who has made quite an impact on Adam, who is as most of you should know a reasonably accomplished sculptor himself.

Here’s the trailer:

Polish sculpture not your thing? Perhaps you’d be interested in Sixteen Legs, a movie about Tasmanian Cave Spiders I was lucky enough to see while down there for a conference:

Adam Jones Sculptures

jun2san tells us that Adam Jones has updated his Myspace page, with number of pictures of art he has done in the past, including some that seem to date back to college. He also adds the note:

FYI fellow surfers
___________________________ _ _ _
more added photos for my friends
cause i really do
love you
___________________________ _ _ _
fear nothing
adamj

Go to the Pics section to view them all.

Adam posts a “Mid progress Cover Art for P@M”

An interesting post on Instagram today from Adam, where he gives us a “Mid progress Cover Art for P@M”. The image itself looks kinda “Toolish” and is quite similar to another he posted a week ago.

The question is – is Adam working on some kind of art for a future Tool release? Is it for the “curveball” or for the new album? Is it for a video? What the significance of “P@M”? Maybe it’s for a next U2 album?

~ Mid progress Cover Art for P@M ~ #Zbrush

A photo posted by Adam Jones (@adamjones_tv) on

#Zbrush doodle fun -just a beginner -getting a good head start w guidance from bgff @matthewcsantoro

A photo posted by Adam Jones (@adamjones_tv) on

Update: Looks like the P@M refers to Pat Mastelotto from King Crimson, who posted a Youtube video with some music from a project called Komara. It appears as though Adam is providing artwork for this project:

Adam to provide art for new Red Hare album

Looks like one of the pieces Adam shared recently on Instagram wasn’t for Tool, but for punk band Red Hare‘s album Nites of Midnight. I’ve never heard of Red Hare but they consist of Swiz members Jason Farrell (also of Bluetip and Retisonic), Shawn Brown (also of Dag Nasty and Jesus Eater), Dave Eight (Swiz and Bluetip), as well as Joe Gorelick (of Garden Variety, Retisonic, and Bluetip). Here’s a album:

The album should be available via Dischord on May 21.

Original Oil Painting of Puscifer tour poster by Leslie Ditto

An interesting item popped up on Ebay recently – an original oil painted of a recent Puscifer tour:

According to the description:

This is a rare opportunity to own an original painting of one of the most Ionic figures in music today. …. for auction….The Original 36″x24″ oil on canvas painting created in 2012 by Leslie Ditto for Puscifer’s 2012 Conditions of My Parole Summer Tour Poster. Also included …one 2012 Summer Tour Poster signed by the band and the artist , Provenance Certificate ( a certificate of authenticity ), and a sheet on future care instructions

A little about the painting and poster ……
My wife is Leslie Ditto. We are both great admires of Maynard James Keenan and is drive to create. One of his most recent endeavors is the music group Puscifer that he created in 2003. Leslie was given created freedom to create an image that reflects the spirit and mood of Puscifer’s Music . Keeping with Leslie’s stylized imagery that she is recognized for , she composed this piece to playfully symbolize Maynard’s personality and his alter ego in conjunction with Puscifer’s well recognized feminine devilish figure sitting upon the wing of the “Verde ” toy rocket driven by MJK.

To create this oil painting Leslie used a techniques from the Dutch Flemish Old Maters . First she painted an under painting in grays using oil paints. Then using oil paints and a personal mixture of medium and linseed oil she applies ,with artistic precision , many layers of transparent color glazes to create this effect. After the painting is complete and dry a Damar varnish was applied.

Bidding is currently at US$1025, so clear some room in your wallets!

Adam posts a Toolish teaser?

Adam has posted in Instagram a partial image of something that looks like a drawing of his. No clues as to what it is except for the hash tag #soon:

Your guess is as good as mine as to what it’s for. Is it a poster for a coming tour (Tool or otherwise)? Is it some kind of artwork from the “unexpected” project or perhaps from the Pot DVD? Any other thoughts? I expect we’ll hear more in the next newsletter…

Update: It appears this image is part of the artwork for the new Red Hare album.

The Bride Screamed Adam

According to Blair, a very limited edition (only 100 copies) of The Melvins latest album The Bride Screamed Murder featuring artwork by Adam will go on sale here sometime tonight.  No word on what time it will be, so I expect you guys will spam the site and bring it down soon! 

Good luck to potential buyers, limit is one per customer, and from memory the albums cost US$50 each plus postage and handling (though I could be wrong).

Update: The Album is on sale now, though I expect will sell out relatively soon…
Update 2: All sold out now. Were available for about 3 hours from around 5:00pm Australian Eastern Time and sold out some time around 8pm…

Adam interviewed by Artist Direct

A new interview with Adam popped up today where he speaks with Rick Florino from Artist Direct.  He talks about his art, his involvement in the recent X-Files comic and the idea of there being a Tool movie:

If the Tool story were to be made into a movie, who would be the perfect director for it, other than yourself of course?
(Adam) Wow, if it was made for TV, it would probably be Roger Corman. If it was a feature movie, it would probably have to be that German director Rainer Werner Maria Fassbinder, and it’d have to be in German with subtitles [Laughs]. I’m being positive but my life in Tool is exactly like Spinal Tap meets a Shakespearian play.

So Spinal Tap meets Hamlet?
Exactly, but in a good way [Laughs]. I really love being in Tool. I love what we do and the result of everything. There’s a lot of dysfunction but, at the end of the day, it’s amazing.

Worth mentioning is that some of his art will be showing at the Alternative Press exhibition at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery in L.A, which opens on the 9th of July.  According to the interview the piece on display will be the sculpture used for the Peach cover.

Thanks to Sampson for the tip!

Tool Army need your help

An email came out today from Toolarmy (I didn’t seem to get a copy, despite being a member), asking for help in locating some specific pieces of Tool art.  If you have any thing listed below in your collection, then please check out the website mentioned and submit it.

Dear Tool Army,

The band would greatly appreciate a little help. We are looking for samples of advertisements that contain certain artwork that were used in advertising Tool shows and merchandising. Specifically, we are looking for flyers, posters, magazine ads, newspaper ads, etc., that advertise Tool and contain any of the following artwork. – Tool Wrench
– The eye from the cover of Aenima
– The picture of the white box on the back of Aenima
– The Opiate Priest that appears on the cover of the Opiate
– The Stinkfist characters
– The Prison Sex characters
– Novus Opiate Seclorum
– Medicine Man
– Infiniteeth
If you have anything like this, please scan and send the picture of the whole ad to us athttp://www.pure-eng.com/~toolemail/. If you know when and where the ad was posted – that’s even better.
Visit Our Website Thanks for your support!

Feel free to speculate on what this is really about below!  Thanks to funguy for the tip!

Update: There is some speculation that this may be a scam.  I don’t think it is, but have sent an email to Alan Jones  (Adam’s brother, and Tool’s attorney mentioned in the email) for a comment.  In the meantime, if you’re especially protective of your email address, don’t submit anything.

Update 2: It’s not a scam

Salival.fr interviews Cam De Leon

Christophe from Salival.fr conducted an interview with Tool associated artist Cam De Leon recently, and is now available on his website.  Here’s the question I know you’re all dying to ask him:

If you don’t mind, can you tell us more about what happened for this great combination to cease ?
Well, I appreciate your interest and concern about that, and I’m sure it’s coming from a good place, but I don’t think there are enough who actually care, to warrant spending much time on it. But I’ll just say in more than 10 years of working together, I contributed as much as I could, and I love Adam like a brother. Working with him was always a meaningful challenge, and I appreciate the experience. But they’re clearly in good hands with the list of super talented artists you mentioned so I don’t assume they have any particular need of me, and I have way more projects of my own than I can possibly manage.

There you go.  A great interview and well worth reading!

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