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  • THE NEMESIS OF PROSE Paintings & Poems by

    Tyson grumm

  • PAINTINGS AND POEMS BY

    T Y S O N G R U M M

    PAT R I C I A R O V Z A R G A L L E RY1225 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

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  • The Nemesis of Prose

    M a y 7 - J u n e 1 , 2 0 1 5

    P a t r i c i a R o v z a r G a l l e r y i s p l e a s e d t o p r e s e n t T h e N e m e s i s o f P r o s e , a s o l o e x h i b i t i o n o f n e w w o r k i n a c r y l i c o n p a n e l b y T y s o n G r u m m . A r e c e p t i o n f o r t h e a r t i s t w i l l b e h e l d F i r s t T h u r s d a y , M a y 7 t h , f r o m 6 : 0 0 t o 8 : 0 0 P M . T h e e x h i b i t i o n w i l l c o n t i n u e t h r o u g h J u n e 1 s t .

    T h e N e m e s i s o f P r o s e i s a c o l l e c t i o n o f 2 0 n e w w o r k s t h a t c o u p l e s u r r e a l p a i n t -i n g s w i t h p o e t r y . G r u m m b e g i n s w i t h a p a i n t e d v i g n e t t e o f a n a t y p i c a l c a s t o f c a r i c a t u r e s i n t h e i r f a n t a s t i c a l l a n d s c a p e s , a n d s u b s e q u e n t l y w r i t e s t h e i r b a c k -s t o r y i n c h e e k y c o u p l e t s . I n t h e w o r l d o f T y s o n G r u m m , p o e t r y p l a y s t h e r o l e o f t h e n e m e s i s t o p r o s e . A s t a c k o f r h i n o s , a s p a c e c o w , a w a l r u s a t o p a g i a n t c r i -m i n i m u s h r o o m o u t t o s e a , a r e j u s t a f e w o f t h e c o n f o u n d i n g s c e n e s i n t h i s d r e a m -l i k e c o l l e c t i o n . G r u m m i s e s p e c i a l l y k n o w n f o r h i s u n c o m m o n s e n s e o f h u m o r , b o t h c h i l d i s h a n d s o p h i s t i c a t e d , u s i n g p u n s a l o n g s i d e s u r r e a l i s m t o c r e a t e j o k e s t h a t s e e m t o c o m e f r o m a n a l t e r n a t e u n i v e r s e . A s o n e p o e m s t a t e s , B e l i e v i n g i n M a r t i a n s a n d a l i e n s c a n b e p r e t t y h a r d / U n t i l y o u h a v e o n e m o o n w a l k i n g i n y o u r y a r d .

    A l l j o k i n g a s i d e , G r u m m i s a p r o f i c i e n t p a i n t e r , e a s i l y r e n d e r i n g w i d e l a n d s c a p e s , s e a s c a p e s , a n d i n d u s t r i a l b u i l d i n g s a l o n g s i d e z o o a n i m a l s a n d a s t r o n a u t s , a n d T h e N e m e s i s o f P r o s e g i v e s y e t a n o t h e r b r i l l i a n t v i e w i n t o t h e m i n d o f t h i s u n -c o n v e n t i o n a l a r t i s t .

    T y s o n G r u m m h a s e x h i b i t e d w i d e l y t h r o u g h o u t t h e U S A a n d i n t e r n a t i o n a l l y i n L o n d o n , H i s w o r k s c a n b e f o u n d i n m a n y p r i v a t e a n d p u b l i c c o l l e c t i o n s i n E u r o p e a n d t h e U S A , a n d i n 2 0 1 4 h i s w o r k w a s i n c l u d e d i n a c u r a t e d g r o u p s h o w a t t h e M e s a A r t C e n t e r M u s e u m i n M e s a , A Z .

  • A Fungus Among Us

    A mushroom on its top, bigger than a tree

    Bobbing in the ocean, a life raft in the sea.

    Hunkered in the fungus, like a knife in its sheath,

    sits a walrus and his ivory propped up by his mighty teeth.

    Its a lonely life, adrift in this mass abyss;

    where every speck on the horizon becomes a place just barely missed.

    The surreality of life upon a giant shroom,

    where thoughts and loneliness become your surrounding tomb.

    You wait, propped against its stem, holding like a truss

    Reliving the could-ofs and would-ofs, that are the fungus among us.

  • A Fungus Among Us, acrylic on panel, 18x 18

  • What If?

    What if every time a person ate a bite of cauliflower

    they progressively became smarter by the hour?

    What if when you ate a cauliflower head

    it made all your furniture turn crimson red?

    What if when you ate a piece of a floret

    it made you have a giant bunny for a pet?

    What if when cauliflower was even near

    you became fully dressed in scuba gear?

    What if when you had cauliflower in the round

    you loved how fingers on a chalkboard sound?

    What if just the site of the brainy mass

    made you the best student in your class?

    What if when cauliflower was even in your vicinity

    you could live to the ripe old age of infinity?

    What if when your mom made several cauliflowers

    they would give you heroic super powers?

    But alas, they reality is, none of this is true.

    Cauliflower just smells like the sock in a homeless mans shoe.

  • What if?, acrylic on panel, 15.5x 21

  • The Fish Whisperer: Sea Shrink

    Down by the edge of the Irish Sea

    lives the fish whisperer, Slick McGee.

    With a wondrous reputation, and mass appeal,

    relieving the stresses of cod, bass, and eel.

    He stands in the surf with his mask and pole,

    calming the nerves of link, skate, and sole.

    For Slick, fish whispering has become an obsession,

    counseling fish like a priest at confession.

    What people dont realize, and fail to think,

    is that fish just want to be able to blink.

    The strife of life through a constant stare

    leave many a fish stressed with despair.

    A fish may never have the ability to blink,

    but should always have access to a seafaring shrink.

    Entering the scene comes Slick McGee,

    who eases the fish and calms the sea.

    Hes an Irish Sea shrink with ears that care,

    and a heart that can absorb a fishs blank stare.

  • The Fish Whisperer: Sea Shrink, acrylic on panel, 20x 22

  • Freckleson Cl aires

    Freckleson Claires had an obsession with bears.

    He would eat like em, walk like em, and act like em.

    He would growl like em, sleep like em, and even attack like em.

    One day, his Dad surprised him at home, with a real life grizzly all for his own.

    He thought what better gift for a boy, than a twin-like bear for a toy.

    But grizzlies, with their teeth, claws, and thick coat of hairs

    dont really like kids dressed up as fake bears.

    So when the bear came round the corner and saw his fake friend

    he mauled up his suit and clawed his rear-end.

    The moral to this fable is as clear as day.

    Real and fake should not be mixed in any way.

  • Freckleson Claires, acrylic on panel, 18x 25

  • Yawn Fibbers

    If one fakes a yawn and tries to pull someones leg,

    they are a yawn fibber spreading fake yawns like the plague.

    No one suspects their trickery from within,

    as they unlock their jaw and lower their huge chin.

    Their yawn is so contagious it sucks you right in,

    like a mobile home in a twister or a rock that cant swim.

    There should be a law that keeps these fake yawners from yawning-

    put them in the dark and keep their yawning from spawning.

    These fake yawners should be trapped and turned into stew

    to stop them from spreading fake yawns like the flu.

    But as it is now, fake yawns gape and gleek in disguise,

    and seem completely real to our innocent eyes.

    So dont get tricked by the yawning out there,

    be cautious, alert, and always aware.

  • Yawn Fibbers, acrylic on panel, 18x 18

  • The Rel axing Tub

    This tub, its meaning,

    this container for cleaning.

    This vessel, this can,

    this upside-down pan.

    This trough of soapy suds,

    this excommunicator of cruds.

    This vat of relaxing heat,

    this warm meditative retreat.

    When the bathing and cleaning is completed,

    the plug in the drain is unseated.

    And as the last layer of suds swirls around,

    this peaceful tub makes a hilarious fart sound.

  • The Relaxing Tub, acrylic on panel, 36x 30

  • Tree Hugger

    On January sixteenth, in the year 1972,

    a disputed theory about trees proved to be true.

    A Canadian botanist named Biffarcher Funk

    invented a machine that hooked up to a trunk.

    Using a technique known as electrovisisis,

    he was able to manipulate a trees photosynthesis.

    This produced a schematic of what the tree was feeling,

    and what in a trees life was the most unappealing.

    Dr. Funk found what scared trees the most

    was the act of being tickled through a near-lethal dose.

    People and animals climbing up and down the trunk

    put all varieties of trees in a depressed-like funk.

    This incredible machine, aptly named the funka-sneeze,

    gave a voice to the long misunderstood trees.

    As society confronted these findings face-to-face,

    all creatures living learned to give trees their own space.

    And as recommended by the department of arborology,

    people were encouraged to give trees an apology.

    So now, as we plod through our lives full of jest,

    we should avoid tickling trees, so they dont get depressed.

  • Tree Hugger, acrylic on panel, 18x 20

  • The Horn Inspector

    Everybodys got a gift, some are big, and some are small.

    Finding that gift in your lifetime, thats the toughest task of all.

    Take for example, the inquisitive Igor Mammet,

    who inspects the horns of things that walk our planet.

    He didnt choose such a skill, its just the gift he was given,

    to inspect the tusks and antlers of all things livin.

    Early on when Igor saw his first horn-like projection,

    he knew his skill in life and followed its direction.