February 21st, 2014


Portrait of the artists' laundry #laundryexhibit #heavygela #xseande


XSE&E participated in this pop up gallery in a laundry mat.

The laundry mat was open and people were doing laundry. Myself included. I sold some work, and gave a really embarrassing interview for some show on the Ovation network. This is a truth about LA- dudes with cameras everywhere. 

Portrait of the artists’ laundry

February 18th, 2014

Feedbacula Poster Preview

#feedbacula poster preview. #heavygela looks like #davidhockneys been hosting pool parties here.

4 colors down, 2 to go.

Heavygel looks like David Hockneys’ been hosting pool parties here.


January 20th, 2014


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Heavy Gel has been working on this massive album art project for Feedbacula pre and post moving to LA. And it is almost, almost done.

Project included the design and printing of the album cover, the inner record sleeve, a patch, stickers for the record and a sticker insert.

Still to come are a button being make by Anna Gregoline, a release show poster, and possibly t-shirts.

This is a REALLY great record and first vinyl release for the duo, be sure to pick up a copy!


November 18th, 2013

Nitetrotter Fest

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Printing The Funs‘ poster for Nitetrotter Fest 2013. Poster designed by The Funs, whose aesthetic we just love.

Check out more of their work and other projects from their label, Manic Static!

The whole festival is going to be great. Going from the 19th-23rd of November at various venues, The Funs play on the 23rd at Wally World.

September 13th, 2013



La Cosa just dropped their sophomore album “This Is It?” Available on tape or as digital download.

The download comes with 25 pieces of original art by Jayes Caitlin and the band.


La Cosa Tape



September 10th, 2013



This weekend Sarms and I drove to Ypsilanti, Michigan to do some live screen printing at the Festival of Honeybee’sat the Corner Brewery as part of Halcyon Summer Days.

It was hit, patrons were invited to bring their own article to print on or purchase a blank t from us.

We raided the old storage of Sarms’ retired printing company, Modati and he donated a huge score of old screens, t shirts, and squeegees. Thanks Modati!


August 17th, 2013

Cinema Minima


CINEMA MINIMALogo and Templates


New logo, template designs, and poster for Cinema Minima Sunday night film screenings at Coles.

Heavy Gel produced this poster for Cinema Minima’s new residency, pairing writers and filmmakers together to produce shorts.

Interested writers and filmmakers should e-mail projects@anysquared.com for official rules.




June 20th, 2013

Still Life With Ball and Plate

sad bastards

Heavy Gel put together this show with Arvo Zylo, a mix of experimental singer songwriters, and noise.

Zack Kouns, electronics/noise and ethnic instruments/folk music. He plays music with voice, tenor and alto saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, temple blocks, chinese opera gong, tape manipulation, violin, banjo.

Arvo Zylo/ Blood Rythms, “Arvo Zylo’s recordings / talents run the range from truly overwhelming, confrontational / chilling harsh noise, to thought-provoking experimental sounds rooted in the 1980s Raplh/LAFMS/post-TG international “noise boom.”

Duncan Allen-Burns, textural sad bastard.

Health&Beauty, the best tape I’ve bought this year. Great singer-songwriter. Can’t wait to see it live @ EL MAMEY, FRIDAY JUNE 21st!


several color split fountain screen posters by XSE&E & Duncan-Allen Burns outta the studio.
edition of 15


June 17th, 2013




La Cosa shirts. Double sided/ reversible. Designed to be worn with the logo on the front, and to flash “the thing” you gotta flash your tits.



Reverse, stickers, and a giant dick after the jump.



June 7th, 2013

Florida Weirdos


Florida Weirdos show has been relocated to

The Mutiny for Sun June 9th

Tender Cruncher
Chris Moore
All Extinct Animals
Jayes Caitlin & The XSE&E


Poster designed by Chris Moore out of fabric collage
4 color
edition of 25

For Sale now!


May 31st, 2013

Not My Type

Heavy Gel’s 2nd Art Show, “Not My Type” is a show for bibliophiles, type addicts, writers, poets, and the text obsessed. You don’t have to like us, and we don’t have to like you, but we can drink wine together and talk hardcover.

Featuring work by

Betsy Birkey, The Exploded Library

Abe Homer

Jeff Sherfey

with an experimental music/writing performance of PHRASE, by XSE&E and assembled musicians. 


Sat June 1st, 7pm

Gallery will also be open Sun 12-6.

May 21st, 2013

La Cosa @ Township



township 5.23

April 25th, 2013

Killer Moon


Printed 100 bright blue and orange posters for Killer Moon, Rabble Rabble, Creepy Band, & Plastic Crimewave

I don’t know who designed them, I assume it was a member of one of the bands….


June 7th, @ the Double Door.


To all the people who have been asking me lately what shows they should go see- the answer is this one.

April 15th, 2013

HotM Poster 2


Posters for Head of The Mammoth, Reading Series #2

Stencil design by Jeff Sherfey, printed by Jeff Sherfey, Christopher Moore, and XSE&E on the table that Sam built…

Thanks everybody, can’t wait for the reading 4/20.

2 color split fountain on white cover
Edition of 20

Hand Cut Letters

April 11th, 2013

Head of the Mammoth Press Website


Head of the Mammoth Press’ brand new website is up and running. Built by Jayes Caitlin @ XSE&E, layout by Abe Homer, editor, co-founder, and creative director.

Check out the site for the latest submission guidelines, new publications, and upcoming readings.


April 11th, 2013

Find What You Love + Let It Kill You


Two new tracks from the Litterbox

Find What You Love + Let It Kill You, Duncan Allen-Burns, and Jayes Caitlin

let it kill you


No Big Secret, Duncan Allen-Burns singing with guitar, bass, drums, and trombone.

No Big Secret

April 8th, 2013

The Funs West Coast Tour


Our great friends, The Funs are going on a great big tour, stopping everywhere from Chicago to the Pacific Ocean in promotion of their new LP, “S/T”, released on Manic Static.

Get yourself a record, a poster, a t-shirt, a tape and a great time.


April 4th, 2013

Land Line Spaghetti Social & Benefit

The Land Line, a beloved Chicago based interdisciplinary Art & Literary Quarterly, is throwing a benefit to release issue #4.


Musicians and poets are pairing up to perform for you while you eat spaghetti and other delicious things!


Meg Mccarville & Right eye Rita
Hana Chew  & Gas Mask Horse
Nicki Yowell  & Jayes Caitlin
Sarah Hammerman  & Matt Mollison
Jeff Sherfrey & Charles Joseph Smith
Clothilde & Neda Mouzayanni
Heather Marie Vernon  & Jail Flanagan
Abra Abducci  & Lauren Lulu Collier
Morgan Rozacky  & Stephany Colunga


Saturday, April 13th, 7pm.

Roxaboxen Exhibitions

$7 a plate





January 14th, 2013

La Cosa’s Debut Album


The Gentleman's Guide To Courtship cover art

La Cosas first album, A Gentleman’s Guide to Courtship available now online!

Catch them live Sat, the 26th at the GRAND OPENING of the Litter Box at Heavy Gel, playing with The Funs, and Twin Peaks  to wish Abe Homer and Cait Stephens a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!



December 4th, 2012

Head of the Mammoth

hofmweb poster

This friday, December 2nd at Heavy Gel, come get in the listening surf

of five Chicagoan poets riding the head of the mammoth wave.








Screen printed poster by XSE&E












November 15th, 2012

Triangle Wall Sculptures

Here are a few sketches for a three dimensional wall sculpture I’m working on. I’m planning to put the wood shop in the basement to good use by cutting a whole bunch of triangles and fitting them together with magnets so they will be repositionable. I’m hoping they can break apart into smaller pieces, or be combined into larger masses. Still deciding how much screen printing to incorporate,  or if I should just paint everything by hand.

days after drawing these I was still tracing triangles with my fingers on everything

November 5th, 2012

Heavy Gel Ribbon Cutting

Heavy Gel’s grand opening was a grand success. Turnout was good, thank you to everyone who came down and took some art home with them.

The current group show of Heavy Gel’s resident artists will be up until Nov 30th. The gallery and studio are open by appointment, we’re happy to have you over,  call 312-224-8654, or e-mail info@heavygel.com to set up a time.








come in

October 10th, 2012


Heavy Gel is a brand new studio, gallery, and performance space in West Town Chicago.

Join us Nov 2nd for an art sale and talent show by our founding resident artists working in the mediums of


Duncan Allen Burns
Cait Stephens
Abe Homer
Bradley Hudson
Jeff Sherfey
Adam Jones
Christopher Moore


Gallery opens at 6PM, Show begins at 8PM.

2335 W LAKE