Player-Piano-Paper-Pieces at Changing Hands Bookstore In The Newton

The Player-Piano-Paper-Pieces
Collage paintings by Ken Boe
Closing reception: Sunday, August 13th, 2023, 5–7pm
Changing Hands Bookstore In The Newton
300 W Camelback Rd Ste 1, Phoenix, AZ

Come join me and the crew for the closing reception of my art exhibition at Changing Hands Bookstore In The Newton at the Phoenix Location! These are the Pieces where I turn the paper transparent so that the automatic drawing images come through, while still retaining their text, texture and context — kind of like cut-up poetry meets painting(they used to stand around the piano singing a hundred years ago, which this paper is even older than, mounted on panel.) And I will update everyone on my new art theory project Alien Aesthetics, and do a short reading of some of my best poems.


5 Roads at JH Coates Gallery

The 5 Roads exhibition has been extended to September 9, 2023 for a Closing Reception from 1-4pm. Refreshments served, meet the artists Frank Balaam, Ken Boe, Jim Coates, Lob Instagon, and Sergio Lapore, with music provided by Courtney Odom and Douglas Berry. Open until then through regular weekend hours of Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm.

Visit the show at the Studio Cafe’s JH Coates Gallery to see and pose in front of your Seraphic Wings (4 ft x 10 ft, oil and gesso grosso whip painting on canvas, diptych)!  And learn about this amazing mix of Arizona Artists. Shown above: Michael Twenty-Three (1969-2023)

Britta Crone


Sandra Hilborn


Libby Rooney

Ken Boe at Good Cakes

Good Eye
Collage paintings from the Player-Piano-Paper-Pieces
at Good Cakes Coffee Shop and Bakery
44 Main St, Bisbee AZ

Note: “Some small pieces are still available following the show, on Bisbee Good Cake’s new Local Artist’s Wall. This is the best value for me for investing in my work.”

Art Reception: Feb. 11, 2023, 4–7pm
Followed by 7pm poetry performance at J.F. Thamm Gallery, 40 Main Street

Good Eye

Poetry Performance

“As I build these Pieces, I’m just blown away. It’s the final step of adding the Player-Piano-Paper, and its random cut of lyrics, notation pattern, symbols, and color tone of the paper itself applied to the automatic painting and drawing. The peak experience for me in the long drawn out process is that moment of the paper going clear.”

Read more about my process on my Patreon page.


Micro/Macro Arts Fest

There’s a new upcoming Bisbee arts festival I will be a part of, the Micro Macro Arts Fest. It will include a psychedelic poem video by Vic Vid using my poetry and art, some of my blacklight paintings, a live poetry performance with experimental music featuring Kelly Owen on theremin, and Ben Dale on his new sculptural instrument, the Cristal Baschet. This entire lineup is happening August 28, 2022 at the Hitching Post in Bisbee, AZ.

Technique As Style / Style As Theme / Theme As Evolution Through Variation

  • Paintings by Ken Boe, Feb. 3 – 24, 2022, Closing reception & Artist Talk Feb. 24, 2022, 4–6pm
  • Union Gallery, Cochise College Douglas Campus, Douglas AZ

You may visit my exhibition at The Union Gallery through next Thursday the 24th. Union Gallery is free and open to the public at the Student Union (Building #500) on the beautiful campus of Cochise College Douglas. In this show I look back on how messing around with your own techniques over time evolves into endless possibilities for creating original art of original style and intent.

(PPPP)  The Player-Piano-Paper-Pieces 

Sense of Place
63C Brewery Gulch
Old Bisbee, AZ
February 1-29, 2020
Reception: Sat. Feb. 8, 5-9pm, with works on piano by Bisbee composer Keyth Neso from 6-9pm

Ken Boe: Kissed, courtesy Arlene Purdy Collection

Bisbee painter and poet Ken Boe and his brother Eric Carroll Ross Smith have teamed up to delve deep into a unique art project using old player piano paper rolls, bee’s wax, tree resins and other materials of painting and collage to make some subtle but cool little artworks.