Hit and Run!!!

April 29, 2011

Supreme Bunny Warlord graffiti found on a dry-erase board at WSU@Vancouver!


Original or Reproduction?

April 16, 2011

 I’ve been reading a debate on a mail art site that I like (the IUOMA) where people are discussing whether or not postal art should consist of only original works, or if reproductions (postcards, digital prints, etc) are a legitimate form of the art. Some suggest these mechanically reproduced pieces are a cop-out, mistake, or failure to grasp the principles of the movement (for lack of a better term; I was going to use the word “form” instead of “movement,” but that implies the existence of a set of rules or parameters that I’m not certain exist, or SHOULD exist; I suppose, however, that the fact that this debate is taking place suggests that such a set of parameters does exist, even if they aren’t openly expressed.)

Anyway, for the two or three people who are out there that might be interested, here is my addition (suitably wishy-washy, but trying to sound as clever as possible) to the debate:

“Connections, I agree, are key. I frequently make zines with my family (incorporating stories, poems, photos, drawings, etc) and I print 20 or 30 copies of each issue. Then, once I’m ready to send things out, I usually add a hand made postcard or little collage or tiny painting to make each “package” complete. At the very least, I’ll do something odd to the envelope. The point, whatever I send, is always an attempt to connect. (The quintessential existencial dillema: How does an individual connect with people beyond their immediate surroundings in a commercially driven, technologically isolating, indifferent world?)

 At the same time, however, I totally believe that a mass market item (a strange toy, a funny commercial postcard, a comic book) can have personal implications, and can gain something from simply being recontexualized. I get a light-switch plate in the mail, or a label from a used firework, or a deflated ballon, and I’m pleasantly surprised because it’s an unexpected experience. I’m cool with anything sent through the mail (or left in a bag on my porch) because it’s unexpected. And it’s fun looking at things in a new way and consider them in this new context. Think, ‘Why the hell did they send this?’ Maybe, because it’s funny.”

 Thoughts? Anyone care to continue the discussion, here or elsewhere???

One more batch of new paintings from SBW

April 15, 2011

Ok, I know… Too much, too much. But, in my defense, I’m pretty sure that all of the paintings from this post, and the previous two, were completed between January 2011 and today (the 15th of April, 2011). Most of these have only been seen by the BUNNYHEADSQUAD members and a handful of people from the Writing Center at Washington State University, Vancouver. So this is all recent work, and I want to post it. Who are YOU to tell me I can’t!!! Huh? Who? You wanna make somethin’ of it???

That’s what I thought you were gonna say….

So, here’s another-another batch of new paintings by Richard F. Yates (aka the Supreme Bunny Warlord):

Lollipop – acrylic on found cardboard

Losing Our Bearings – acrylic on found cardboard

Levitation – oil pastel on found cardboard

Imp – acrylic on found cardboard

Guillotine – acrylic on found cardboard

Forest Shrimp – acrylic on found cardboard

Feeding Time – acrylic on found cardboard

Family Gallery – acrylic on found cardboard

Alley-Gater – acrylic on found cardboard

Another batch of new paintings from SBW

April 15, 2011

It occurs to me that I paint pretty quickly (sloppily and without discriminating, some would say), but I’m usually happy with the finished image, once it’s dry. I love making these little monsters and otherworldly scenes. Makes me feel all fuzzy.

Anyway, here’s another batch of work by Richard F. Yates (aka the Supreme Bunny Warlord):

Man Confronted by the Ghost of Childhood – acrylic on found cardboard

Psychic X-Ray – acrylic on found cardboard

Scarf Snake – acrylic on found cardboard

Sharp Pointy Teeth (Evils of Aerosol) – acrylic on found cardboard

Zombie Stalker – acrylic on found cardboard

Skull Smash – acrylic on found cardboard

Sun Mask – acrylic on found cardboard

Toilet Face and Turtle Neck – acrylic on found cardboard

Zombie Walk – acrylic on found cardboard

New Paintings from the SBW

April 15, 2011

Here are a few of the newer paintings that Richard F. Yates (aka The Supreme Bunny Warlord) has completed.

Canary (Hollow) – acrylic on found cardboard

Coyote at Dusk – acrylic on found cardboard

Dance – acrylic on paper

Ghost Dimension – acrylic on found cardboard

Interdimensional Overlord – acrylic on found cardboard

Critter Parade – acrylic on found cardboard

Work – acrylic on paper

New Mail Art Going Out!

April 15, 2011

Sent this little monster to Test Tower a few days ago for his: 
A FLUXUS AFFAIR project currently rockin’ the interweb.

The Demon of Love and Lust


April 3, 2011

The BUNNYHEADSQUAD have created a little video to showcase a series of 21 “little” paintings and drawings by The Supreme Bunny Warlord (aka Richard F. Yates). The series is entitled “Our Little Lives Get Complicated,” and all of the works are displayed on newspaper backgrounds in hand painted, cheap-ass frames! The works will be on display in the writing center at WSU @ Vancouver (in Vancouver, WA, USA) from tomorrow (4 April 2011) until June! Stop by and check ‘um out!!! Meanwhile, here’s a link to the video:

Our Little Lives Get Complicated

(I tried to embed the video directly onto this page, but I’m not particularly techno-savvy. I prefer to cut and paste with scissors and a glue stick.)


Matter Gallery!

January 19, 2011

Greetings Citizens,

It has been far too long since I’ve updated this site. I’ve been busy editing a collection of West Coast Prose and Poetry with a colleague at WSU, Vancouver; working on new paintings; and–most exciting at the moment–putting the finishing touches on a dozen paintings and drawings which are now in the hands of Jo Gallaugher at The Matter Gallery in Olympia, Washington, USA. Click the link to see the cool goings on being perpetrated right here in the Northwest:


It’s a “green” gallery, meaning that the artists featured all use found and repurposed materials. (I use cereal boxes and recycled cardboard on a regular basis, and all of the frames Mariah and I built for the works we just delivered are made out of repurposed construction materials.) The gallery also has a Facebook page that you can access from the main website. Stop by and give them a look. I know you won’t be sorry!!!


November 19, 2010

This painting, most of which you can’t really see here, was intended (now try to keep up with this…cuz we didn’t do this kind of stuff when I was a teenager) as a present from my older daughter, Frankie (aka Killa Masta Fruit), to her boyfriend, Wayne, to celebrate their eight-month-anniversary. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it) Wayne liked the picture so much that he wanted to take it before the sucker was even dry. We made him wait until the next day, but he still managed to snap it up before I’d had a chance to photograph it. All we have as documentation for this picture is the photo Frankie snapped with her PHONE while I was showing the couple what the thing looked like under a black-light.


Considering… (Art Book!)

November 19, 2010

The Supreme Bunny Warlord (aka: Richard F. Yates) has completed an ART BOOK called (get this): CONSIDERING, IN TERMS CONCEIVED OF IN A STATE OF EXCITEMENT, THE EVIDENCE AS PRESENTED IN A VISUAL FORMAT. This object is a collection of poetry, musings, drawings, paintings, photos, digitally modified images, and collages all presented in FULL COLOR!!!

It’s super-fancy. You can get your copy through Amazon by following this link:

Considering… by Richard F. Yates

Tell your friends!!! (You’ll seem cooler for knowing about it first!)