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VELVEETA HEARTBREAK is the Abstract, ALT, Beatnik, Biker, Bio-Morphic, Bizarre, Boho, Brut, Confusing, Cosmic, Crazy, Creepy, Cute-Brut, Dada, Decadent, Degenerate, Delusional, Demented, Deviant, Dilated, DIY, Eclectic, Esoteric, Existential, Experimental, Expressionist, Fantasy, Folky, Freaky, Funky, Graffiti-esque, Gross, Grotesque, Hippie, Horror, Intuitive, Lo-Fi, Lowbrow, Messy, Mixed-Up, Mutated, Naive, Neo-Tribal, Obscure, Obsessive-Compulsive, Occult, Organic, Outsider, Paranormal, Pop, Pop-Surrealist, Primitive, Psychedelic, Psychic, Punk, Puerile, Raw, Rock, Sci-Fi, Self-Indulgent, Skater, Sorrowful, Soulful, Spiritual, Surfer, Surreal, Symbolic, Symbolist, Tattooey, Tragic, Trippy, Ugly, Un-Beautiful, Underground, Visionary, Wacky, Wanna-Be, Weirdo, Whimsical artwork of Michael J Bowman.
Velveeta Heartbreak (ne Michael J. Bowman) is an artist and self-taught musician who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, USA with his wife and daughter.
Mr. Bowman was born in Elk Grove Village, IL in 1962 and attended art school in Syracuse NY in the early 1980's. He is of the first artists to hang a painting in the now legendary Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, when in 1990 he created paintings, posters and installations for the Lizard's Tail performance space and "Cat's Head" warehouse art events on the then un-developed Williamsburg waterfront. More recently, Mr. Bowman's large-scale drawings have been exhibited in several Brooklyn art galleries, including a 2005 solo show in the Williamsburg neighborhood, of which the New York Daily News wrote "large drawings littered with psychedelic shapes and subversive punk slogans". Mr. Bowman has also published collections of his drawings as the "Nova Feedback" zine series, of which Arthur magazine said "a hot bouquet of drawings and collages that range from extremely casual to speed-freak-detailed...some of them have a very ‘50s animation feel to them".
Prior to devoting his life to his artwork, Mr. Bowman was an outsider musician active in the "cassette culture" scene of the 1980s and 1990s. In the mid-to-late 1980s Mr. Bowman played drums for a variety of New York City punk and rock bands. In 1987, one of these bands, "The Hungry Dutchmen", won MTV's Basement Tapes Award. In 1989 Mr. Bowman quit drumming for other bands in order to write and record his own music, singing and playing all the instruments in his lo-fi basement studio. Between 1989 and 2009, Mr. Bowman wrote, recorded and released 20 full-length cassette and CDR albums of experimental pop-rock on his homemade Semper Lofi label, garnering dozens of rave reviews from the underground press. In 1990 the NYC magazine Musician's Exchange voted Mr. Bowman one of the year's "Best Unsigned Artists". A profile in the March 1996 issue of Alternative Press called Mr. Bowman's music "an acid-dosed cube of unrefined sugar". In the Summer of 2001, Mr. Bowman's recording "Joe" reached #2 on MP3.COM's IndiePop/LoFi chart.
"a riotous multimedia pop inflected explosion of unlikely juxtapositions..."
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"large drawings littered with psychedelic shapes and subversive punk slogans"
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS FEBRUARY 2005
"bowman's approach to large scale drawing draws inspiration from the automatic drawing processes of the surrealists, street art, graffiti, outsider art, psychedelic art, and the art of the insane."
L MAGAZINE, FEBRUARY 2005
Psych Ops, Freak Flags, Breakdowns and Revelations. Esoteric, Eclectic, Eccentric, Experimental, Expressionist, Psycho-delic, Psychedelic, Primitive, Surreal, Lowbrow, Fantasy, Cute Brut, Post-Modern, Abstract, Naive, Trippy, Psycho, Obsessive, Visionary, Intuitive, Graffiti, Tattoo, Art of the Insane, Sci-Fi, Comix, Madison Avenue, Wall Street and Hollywood, Cosmic Urban, Punk, DIY, Lo-Fi, Tribal, Acid, Decorative, Demented, Contemporary Visual Vomit
Between 2004 and 2008 I published my drawings in a zine called "Nova Feedback".
In their "Bull Tongue" column for Arthur Magazine, Byron Coley and Thurston Moore said: "Nova Feedback is also easy on the eyes. The first five issues collect a hot bouquet of drawings and collages that range from extremely casual to speed-freak-detailed. Some of them have a very ‘50s animation feel to them (although the subject matter has a tendency to be bit perverse) and it would be mighty interesting to meet a woman who was covered with his designs as tats."
and Rick Bradford of Poopsheet said:
"Michael Bowman publishes Nova Feedback, nice collections of his drawings and doodles. Very much on the abstract, surreal, art brut side of things and maybe even cute brut. I love this kind of stuff."
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Details from my painting "Free Yourself From The Chains of Irony" were used to illustrate the new Robin O'brien CD --- on the cover, the inside gatefold and the disc. The CD is available from Luxotone Records.
Who were the "hometapers"? Why did they release their albums on cassettes only? And what was the "tape trading network"?
If you've ever wondered about these things, or are curious now, check out Don Campau's LIVING ARCHIVE, a website devoted to the underground audio cassette scene of the '80s and early '90s.
Don is a radio DJ from the San Francisco bay area who has been on the air since 1971, broadcasting underground music at stations like KTAO, KUSP and KKUP. Don also was part of the avant garde experimental noise outfit The Roots Of Madness, whose 1971 LP "The Girl In The Chair" now fetches vast sums of money on eBay.
Don's LIVING ARCHIVE website is a treasure trove of information. The artists, the homemade tape albums and the pre-Internet networking are all covered in his archive, with lots of cool scans, pictures, interviews and links to other sites and downloads.