Ben Dunkle’s Blog


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Sep. 29, 2018

Small works on wood panel

Sep. 09, 2018

8″ x 10″ landscapes

Made these over the summer. Acrylic/collage on canvas.

Sep. 08, 2018

Lazy Chili

Just made this. It’s not quite bad. 1lb ground beef 1 jar salsa 1 can baked beans 1 tbsp chili powder 1/2tbsp paprika 1tsp cumin 1tsp ground black pepper 1/2tsp salt 1 can beer Brown and drain the beef. Mash it up with a fork or something. Throw in the other ingredients. Simmer for an […]

Aug. 26, 2018

Contrast is the new context, which was the new content, which was the new format

In the beginning, format was king. The mere fact that we were reading something on the web made it important. It had somehow come to occupy this new medium, which in itself was novel and beautiful and confusing. Whoever put it there had to be smart, and therefore the content as well. Then, at some […]

Aug. 19, 2018


I don’t even know what that is I read something about a 20 million dollar loss Whose loss? How does one even lose 20 mill? I spend the next 20 minutes looking for a new car In the classifieds, and land on one like new Kelly green Olds, only 40k and just inspected I call […]

Aug. 04, 2018


I’m a professor, which I suppose makes me a professional teacher. I instead like to think of myself as a professional learner. I believe that teaching is an extension of learning. It enhances learning. If I can teach you how to do something, it means I have learned it myself. There are other ways to […]

Aug. 01, 2018

Summer sketching

Liking the Sharpie Pen on tracing paper

May. 23, 2018

How trees work

Looking out my window at the leaves that finally came in the last few weeks, and having played this video game Fortnight where you build shieldish fortresses, I can see that my tree building a shield so it can incubate things along its thick brown branches behind the green ruse we use, we and our […]

Apr. 06, 2018


It started as I raced toward the escalator, trying to make it up to the train. They were getting on, only one of them casting a glance backward. Her eyes were deep and wet and blue and soft, the warm sun glinting from their epicenters. Then the mechanism of things pulled me away; I noted […]

Apr. 05, 2018

From my new stuff

Apr. 03, 2018

Art as Anthropology part 1

I often think of Picasso’s famous quote, “Art is the sum of my destructions”. I’ve always gotten that. Whenever I make art, I feel like the second I’m close to that perfect line, shade, shape or texture, there’s all this pressure that I’m gonna fuck up. When that happens, I imagine a little Picasso sitting […]

Mar. 29, 2018

Where they Bury the Bikes series

Mar. 25, 2018

Gouache studies for bikes series

Mar. 23, 2018

Where they bury the bicycles series

Mar. 21, 2018

The Darkness

I recently read an article about someone who experienced trauma when they were very young, and how it manifested itself for the rest of his life as “the darkness”, a kind of demonic presence that was always looming. It was a very sad read. Though a very busy person, he found no joy in work, […]

Mar. 05, 2018

Glass Comic

Feb. 03, 2018

Operating System developers should stick to developing operating systems.

Apple and Microsoft make some of the most popular OS’s in the world: iOS, macOS, and Windows. As software goes, that’s about it. Everything else they force down the users’ throats is pure garbage. I’m talking about iTunes, Mail, MS Office, Photo software, and the list goes on. I honestly don’t know why this is. […]

Jan. 30, 2018

Variable Width Fonts

I know very little, way less than I should, about the new variable typography stuff that’s been gaining traction and was discussed in css-tricks’ most recent shop talk episode.  However, I’m having serious skepticism about how they can replace entire font families. There’s a lot of the discerning human eye in creating various weights (and […]

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