Thursday, January 31, 2008

my baby's got the boom, boom! boom, boom!

The Ol' Man reminded me today of how bad ass the Dutchess and the Duke are which I am using as an excuse to post this rad pick by Jesse's wife Samantha. Not that the old Boom Boom label doesn't kick a whole lotta ass but D and D just got signed to Hardly Art. Now if only they'd tour themselves down thisa way...

Pleased to be

I am totally stoked to be in my studio right now! It's rare that I reach a place where I'm cookin' along on a bunch of projects that I really like and are all coming together in a pleasant way. I'm still fine tuning everything but overall every time I open the door to my studio and step inside I feel surrounded by work that motivates me and that's a good place to be! It's a nice alternative to the this-is-all-crap-and-why-am-I-wasting-my-time(?) place that one can sometimes find themselves in.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

3 wigs

I'm in think, think, think mode on my graduate show right now which is in a short, short 2 months. Fortunately I finished another piece today that I'm really happy with. I also have a rough game plan in my mind for how I want the space to layout. Ay yi yi.

Stopped off at Deseret before going home to grab some more materials. The employees appeared to be withstanding the loss of what's-his-name-Mormon-leader-guy okay. Their Barbie aisle is pretty sweet.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


This looks so gross! And sorta not possible.


It's done!!!!

How low can you go?

I'm still busy today but in the meantime this piece about Art Garfunkel's reading habits is pretty rad. Of the 1,023 books on Garfunkel's list I have read a few and while I'm feeling pretty good about hacking away at my share of Kant and Tolstoy I have to admit that my pendulum swings a little farther the other direction than Art's does. His low brow is comprised of the likes of say Dan Brown and Pynchon while in the last four or so years I've read, Mr. T: The Man with Gold, Under the Yum Yum Tree - for unknown reasons, 3 Ian Flemming novels - you know, to see what JFK was so hot about, and a Knight Rider graphic novel. I shudder to think what Mr. Garfunkel's thoughts on these low choices would be...

Monday, January 28, 2008

Peter Stegall prefers small, subtle statements

I am a busy beaver today! Too much partying over the weekend has left me in the hole for reals!

In the meantime check out these kudos to one of my local art heroes Peter Stegall. This praise is long over due and I am so excited for him. To anyone in the bay who's reading this be sure to go check out the show. The work is really not the same unless you see it in person.

While your there little Ricky Haley's show should be open at the Herbst Theatre now too.

Gooooooo Sactooooo!!!!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

blah, blah, blah

My posts have been a little spotty for the past few days... the magazine's on deadline, busy with my own work, Sac State's a disorganized headache, blah, blah, blah.

Anyhoo, here's the past few days in review:

We celebrated Tim's B-day on Wed at Wakano Ura which I would like to use as an opportunity to once again pronounce my love for the place. So delicious. It's also a super good place to have a low key birthday dinner where everyone at the table can hear one another. It was so quiet and nice. They're open for dinner til 8:30pm and I really wish I saw more bodies in there when I visit, they deserve the support!

I'm eating these snacks off a Tepco salad plate BTW. Bliss....

Thursday saw me at Grocery Outlet or the happiest place on earth as it's also known. Table brand bacon anyone?

Lastly, I'm chugging along on my film and finding that narration can be rather difficult. Anyone with advice who's done this before I'm all ears. I almost need a metronome or something because I naturally talk kinda quickly so when I start out trying to speak slowly it inevitably turns fast toward the end of the piece. I also need to figure out how to regulate my breathing so you can't hear me taking deep breaths. I've cut up the dialogue a lot for this reason. Besides people don't normally talk in big long sentences anyway.

Tonight I'm going to a house party and then SF. Tomorrow is the Mantles at DOV!!! Monday I jump into my last semester at Hornet Tech... I hope...

Thursday, January 24, 2008

there's a dead mouse in my studio

i can smell it but i don't know where it is:(

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

23 and 24

I'm almost done!


Coffee and more coffee
Tuna sandwich,chips and salsa
Sweet potato and carrot soup, salad, bread


Lukewarm El Pastor sope at Garibaldi's, rice, beans
Sausage, mashed potatoes, greens, bread

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Working holiday

I spent yesterday at my friends photo studio shooting the next series of images for the portrait work I've been doing. I really love it! This sort of photography is so much fun because it's totally new to me. It's completing inorganic, and composed, sorta similar to shooting slides except as opposed to documenting work my aim is more to make an interesting composition so it turns out to be a fairly challenging undertaking. After spending about 6 hours shooting yesterday I'm now faced with the ol' sit and stew that follows.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

fuck-in' sick! fuck-in' sick! fuck-in' sick! fuck-in' sick!

i wanted soup

Spicy sweet potato and carrot soup

1 yellow onion
1 clove garlic
2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
1 large carrot
2 cups of broth - veggie or chicken, i like thick soup so i go light on the broth but you could add a little water if want a thinner soup
healthy dashes - powdered ginger, cinnamon, cumin
cayenne pepper to your liking - i went a little nuts and made it so hot my mouth was on fire after dinner
salt and pepper

sautee onion and garlic until the onion is translucent. add sweet potatoes and carrots and sautee a few minutes longer. add spices and broth and bring to a boil. simmer until carrots and potatoes are quite soft. puree with a stick blender and serve. excellent with a topping of plain yogurt. easy!!!


left over june's:)
veggie/noodle stir fry


so so homemade banana bran muffin, coffee
chicken burrito from gordito burrito - surprise, surprise
veggie shepperd's pie, spinach salad, wine


another ssbb and coffee
tofu sandwich
spaghetti and meatballs, salad, wine,
many drinks later
greek honey yogurt

Saturday, January 19, 2008

crazy couches

couchy couches
sad couch

friday night shopping

I love that the Tower corner has reopened and stays open as late as the stores on that corner used to. After dinner last night the Skipper, the Ol' Man and I shumbled down there and did some browsing.

I tried to convince Skippo that this would be a good b-day gift for his new lady friend. He seemed skeptical.

MRM was there too.


hmmm... do you iggy? do you?

what to do with dog hair?

I have bags and bags of dog hair laying around. I love the stuff - its varying colors, textures, and lengths. It's really beautiful. I take it out of it's bags every few weeks and push it around and form it and scratch my head then put it away. I'm getting closer to knowing what to do with it but am still not quite there. I'm gonna buy some Aqua Net this weekend to expand my possibilities.

BTW, I solved the case of the disembodied smell. It looks like it was a case of the ol' fishy butthole.

Thursday, January 17, 2008


the curry at June's + free chocolate cream pie
artichoke heart and olive pizza at Wenelli's, beer

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


I almost dropped the ball again

ham and cheese omelet, hashbrowns, toast from lil joe's
Left over pasta and sauteed beet greens

Coffee and a Clif bar
Chicken burrito from Gordito Burrito
Veggie burger, potatoes, cookie, wine

Coffee and a Clif bar
Bean burrito, nachos, and half a chicken taco from Taco Bell:(
Saag panir and chicken vindaloo from Torch of India in Vacaville

Last Sunday's swap

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

an agreeable day

Yesterday afternoon was just what I needed. I say afternoon because the morning was spent at WAMU pleading my case:( Jerks.

The occasion for our trip to the city was to drive a piece of art to SF for R Haley who is currently holed up in Pensacola Florida and loving every minute of it. The trip there was lovely and dotted with intermittent bursts of sunshine and fog. We took the work to the San Francisco Art Commission Gallery located inside the Herbst Theatre across the street from city hall. There was already a lot of great work at the show in varying stages of installation. It's an interesting space in its teeny tiny-ness. So small.

After dropping off the goods we headed to the Ferry building to meet AS for coffee before heading out. Ever since I read Kant's theories on beauty, how one defines it, and how it should exist I've been giving consideration to my own definition of the concept. For a wonderful hour I experienced it sitting on the pier watching a container ship come in. I've realized that perfect relaxation for me is beautiful. Sitting somewhere enjoying pleasant scenery, interesting conversation, and the right mix of strangers to watch is absolute bliss in my book. In recent years I can recall similar experiences, many which also took place in front of bodies of water. A dip in the river in the summer is an activity that almost always sets me straight.

While still an undergrad I read Fish Story by Alan Sekula along with the additional writings he's done about containerization all of which has given me an endearing appreciation for container ships. Not so much because I am all for the way they drove dock culture into obsolescence but because formally they're outstanding objects and the development of the industry is pretty fascinating. Also because it's a world that was once foreign to me and pretty much still is and yet I have this knowledge of it which is kinda neat. It's hard to explain but it's like a world so foreign to me that appreciating it takes me out of my usual routine for a little while. Long story short I shoot pictures of these whenever I get the chance.

On the way home OMF and I stopped in Vacaville and ate at Torch of India. YUM!!! So good and delightfully affordable. The naan was perfect, like buttery little dough clouds. We split saag panir and chicken vindaloo and were full but not stuffed. I also liked that the meal came with free, refillable, spicy as hell papadums. num, num, num.

When we returned to the car from the restaurant Buddy made a smell in the truck that was gag worthy but couldn't be tracked down. It's always a bummer when your dog shits in your car, however, in some ways it's almost as disconcerting when he leaves a disembodied smell in the truck. I kept thinking maybe he crapped and ate it or perhaps there's something horrible waiting for me under one of the seats. WHERE IS IT COMING FROM!!!! It was making us laugh on the way home because it was so bad. We never did discover the source and weren't free of it until we all left the truck.

By the time I got home shit was windy(!) so I finished off the day with a bath, a cup of tea, and a cookie.

All in all an agreeable day.

Shit snowball

For the past week and a half or so I've really been eatin' it. Hopefully this week brings matters to a close. Thursday I go to traffic court to square off for the second time with a short tempered no nonsense judge about a smog infraction. Tonight I discovered that a dumb mistake on the part of my credit card has cause some mayhem with my bank account. Speaking of which I heard this great piece on Fresh Air last week about gotcha capitalism that is just making my blood pressure rise even more when I think about stupid Bank of America and stupid Washington Mutual. As background music to all of this fun I've been slowly hackin' away at a paper work problem at Hornet Tech that's sucking away my free time like a sieve. While I'm in the middle of a video project at the moment that I would love to just get lost in, I've had more complications arise than I have fingers and toes. Piss and moan. Piss and moan. Today I'm off to San Francisco for a much appreciated break.


Monday, January 14, 2008

the horror of being alive

I just finished watching about a third of the video I've shot over the past couple of months and am horrified by the sound of my own voice. COOL! WOW! THAT's NEAT! uh, huh. like, like, like, like, like, like. From watching my footage you'd think I have a vocabulary of about 15 words. Now I keep trying to low-er... my.. voice.. and... speak... slow-er... mak-ing.. con-scious... word.. choices. Every time I do it though I can't stop laughing because of how weird I sound. Now I'm all paranoid that I will be that annoying chick narrator that I'm always bothered by when I watch other short films. Narrating this beast is gonna be interesting.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Days 13-15, did I screw up?

I dropped the ball? I forgot my experiment over the weekend so now I will cobble my meals together as best I can recollect:

coffee just coffee
chicken burrito from Gordito Burrito that was actually good. when they're on they're not half bad but when they're bad like most other eating establishments at CSUS they're horrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrible.
pho ga and pork spring rolls from Pho Bac

Day 14
coffee and nothing else - yikes I gotta break this cycle!
cup of clam chowder and half a tuna melt from Ambrosia Cafe - I see I am eating out a lot this week
mediocre broccoli garlic pasta, salad, wine

Day 15
Cafe au lait, chilaquiles - one of OMF's specialties
tofu sandwich
braised cod clay pot from New Lai Wah which was both good and interesting

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Staying up late TCOB

I'm going through images in preparation for updating my website and came across this. I'm not sure what I'll use it for but it's so neat that I really want to do something with it. Perhaps this is what is, done and done. Could it be that easy? Perhaps most folks who experiment with photography find the color calibration card charming. I dunno know yet...

Friday, January 11, 2008

3rd and final

Here it is the third and final warning on the weekend. Tonight at the Pence in Davis at 7pm is the reception for Chris Daubert's new show The Hidden. Go, go, go!

Last night I went to the lecture at the Center and the show looks great. LA at the Center for Contemporary Art, go, go, go!!!

Tangent Gallery, the Black and White show featuring the work of OMF!!!! Go, go, go!!!!

Charles Astorga and Andreas Tolentino at the Brickhouse. Again, go, go, go!!!


Thursday, January 10, 2008

So OMF and RH walk into a bar

RH - "listen, I am so looking forward to getting a republican out of office that I'll vote for a paper bag of dogshit if it's running on the democratic ticket."
OMF - "but Joe Lieberman isn't running."

wah, wah, wah, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

Day 12: I am a genius!

The Tribal Alliance held their welcome back to session party last night at Mason's and I was in attendance for the 3rd year in a row. Whenever I attend stuff like this I think tonight I'm gonna be wise and not over do it, however, as usual after about 20min, caution was thrown to the wind and I was haulin' back tasty wines and even tastier snacks like it was going out of style but more about that in a minute...

My day began with a breakfast of coffee and nothing else - smart I know. For lunch I found myself in the REI/COSTCo neighborhood and decided to try Tacos Del Mar, a move I regretted for the rest of the afternoon. The burrito was small and the rice inside was sweetened(?!)... nasty. For $6.50 this lack lustre burrito was served with big-bag-of-Smart-and-Final-tortilla-chips style chips, and a cup of salsa that tasted like a sweetened cup of tomato paste with something leafy and green suspended in it. Cilantro? Green onions? I don't know.

Now back to that dinner I was talking about. After my first glass of wine I did what I normally do which is decide that despite what any previous experience may have taught me, tonight I will eat and drink whatever I like and feel none the worse tomorrow. From this decision on it was foie gras? Sure! Tasty little beef rolls on some sort of soft cheese cracker? Yes, thank you. More wine? I would love some! Oysters on the half shell? Yep! How about a bloody mary shooter? oh yeah!

This went on for close to 2 hours at which point my party decided to beat feet and get dinner where I decided that Thai green curry along with another glass of wine would be a good idea. I am so smart! A delightful chocolate mousse topped the evening off and then it was home to bed.

I was out about the minute my head hit the pillow and slept fitfully until 3am at which point I awoke realizing I had been tossing and turning most of the evening tracking the narrative of one creepy dream after another. Every time I thought about that green curry I felt a little shiver in my tummy and wondered what the hell I was thinking. I guess some folks never learn...

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

11, more beans!

Oatmeal with dried fruit, + fresh kiwis, bananas, and yogurt
Leftover ham and potato soup
The musical fruit - surprise(!), with rice and a quesadilla
wine and crackers

2nd Notice

This is your second warning about all of the great shit going down this weekend starting tomorrow at the Center For Contemporary Art where David E and Cathy Stone - aka the Stones - will be giving a lecture about the LA show. The list of artists reads like a who's who in contemporary art circles today; Pettibon, McCarthy, Baldessari, Ruscha, etc, etc. The Lecture begins at 7pm. Should you not be able to make it be sure to stop in on 2nd Sat!

Also, this Sat Tangent Gallery is hosting the Black and White show featuring the work of OMF!!! I'm so excited! This is the Ol' Man's first art show in about 3 years and outside of my own (very) biased opinion I believe this show will be worth checking out or at the very least the price of admission;) The Tangent has put on a string of quality shows since they first opened making them a reliable 2nd Sat stop.

While you're in the area be sure to stop by Making a Living at the Brick House. I really can't say enough nice things about the work of Charles and Andreas. Their show at hornet tech made my best of list in the current issue of MM not to mention frequent mentions on this blog. I really can't even begin to guess what they will pull of this weekend so go! go! go!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


A Danish team of researchers has revealed the health benefits of drinking in moderation.

"Overall, they found people who did not drink or take any exercise had the highest risk of heart disease - 49% higher than people who either drank, exercised or did both.

When comparing people who took similar levels of exercise, they found that those who drank moderately - one to 14 units of alcohol a week - were around 30% less likely to develop heart disease than non-drinkers."

Yeah, yeah, yeah!!!


peanut butter and banana sandwich, coffee, coffee, coffee
cliff bar, apple, chamomile tea
cream of potato with ham soup, spinach salad, bread

And another one

Here's another downed tree that I snapped yesterday in east Sac. For one family's harrowing experience with an erratic tree check out the universal.

Setting the Scene

Yesterday I spent the entire afternoon shooting my work in preparation for new projects. For the past couple of years I've been taking a combination of slides and digital although my digital camera is dinky and crappy so I mostly use it set up shots so that I know what to do when I actually have film in my camera. I should take a picture of my Okie light set-up. It's a miracle I've never lit my hair on fire as I perched between my 2 industrial halogens that are usually clamped to ladders or chairs or stools or whatever else is handy. Here's what I gots so far:

This is my first in a series of tiny paintings about a trip the Ol' Man and I took to Bodie. The series is called Tiny Bodie. I think I will have to scan these images because they are too small for me to shoot. This painting is about 2"x2" and no matter how hard I try the photos come out a little blurry.

For an idea of scale Tiny Bodie is on the wall in the back right behind the chair in it's protective frame. Small, small, small.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Why everyone's heard of YY Top...


Number 9, number 9, number 9

Chocolate croissant:)
peanut butter and banana sandwich eaten while rescuing an adorable escaped chihuahua named flower
fish, broccoli, rice, bread

May I remind you that there is a war going on?

"We're really strangers in our country... oh well, excuse me, I don't think "our" should be used anymore. I'm not sure whose country it is, but it's not mine for sure. "- Aunt Najma, Iraqi blogger

The other day I read an article by of all people Stephen King about what he has identified as the monster that is eating our media referring to Britney Spears, and Paris Hilton. Reading it got me to thinking about the fact that we are in the midst of a war but really on an average day how much do you notice it? We're not rationing. No one is buying war bonds. There aren't images of the devastation in Iraq visible in every media outlet. Hell we aren't even really seeing caskets of our own coming home. Instead, I know that Spears recently held her children hostage in a bathroom and was then declared 5150, held for a few days, and sent home after a visit from Dr. Phil while Hilton is apparently getting cut-off from the family fortune.

Anyhoo, I saw this link this morning to some Iraqi blogs that I found really interesting. Perhaps others will too. While I know I'm idealistic, I have a hard time believing that as a nation we are so intellectually or morally deficient as to need the volume of vacuous information that we are bombarded with on any given day. Although, I could be wrong I suppose...

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Fire and Brimstone

What did you do last Friday?

I began my day with a content meeting for MM and was actually shocked we got the brave 4 souls who showed. On my way in I passed 2 downed trees one of which took out a bunch of power lines on 16th street. To my surprise I discovered that one can drive over a down power line, no big whoop. When I arrived at the Crest buses were cruising the mall due to an excess of debris on the tracks preventing light rail from functioning. It made me wonder if the slacker teenagers who ride it all day for something to do had a more difficult time sneaking on and off the buses as opposed to the trains.

Post meeting after going back home and discovering that the wind had sheered off the lock on my back gate I grabbed my camera and tooled around Midtown shooting downed trees. It was quite the scene out there. I don't think I have ever seen that many trees down in one day. My last count was 8 and I didn't really travel around that many neighborhoods.

Driving around that day was seriously like being in one those natural phenomenon movies only instead of it being birds or ants it was trees. I kept wondering how much warning you get before a big tree comes down. Are there a lot of cracking noises? Does the earth shake? A big tree came down about a block from my folks house and they didn't even notice until it dropped.

When I got home from photoing I could see my breath in the dining room an occurrence I hadn't experienced since living in the Pet and Puppy Center. After about a minute's thought I gathered up the little dog and we headed out for pizza with my sis and brother-in-law.

We went to Chicago Fire Pizza which was pretty good. The prices are reasonable and their wine list ain't bad. Not that I'm some big buffalo wing connoisseur but their bw's are really, really tasty. We got the stuffed crust deep dish which was delicious but doesn't touch Zelda's, although little can in my opinion. I did chuckle at the thought, however, that all those whiny Zelda's haters out there now have a nice sterile place to enjoy a deep dish pie complete with chipper service.

I closed my day at Simon's with friends from out of town which is a pretty decent place to grab a drink. Best of all Don Imus runs the door.

Master of the sublime

The other night I made the easiest and yummiest thing I've eaten in quite some time. I stole it off Gourmet's site with the substitution of walnuts for pine nuts because walnuts are what I had on hand and because I think that pine nuts are overrated. After making it, however, I noticed that there are a million different variations on this dish including one that uses prosciutto and pecans which I will have to try very soon. This seriously took about 15 minutes to make and was hearty and filling. The combination of the brussel sprouts with the unsalted butter and earthy walnuts was absolutely sublime. Further proof that simplicity is almost always the best.


Carrot soup, spinach salad, tapioca pudding, wine

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Day 6 and 7

I'm discovering that I am also queen of the late night snack. By this I am course referring to the food, however, and not the alcohol.

cliff bar coffee
cheese dog and mac salad from the Wienery - heart, heart
brussel sprout pasta
apple, cottage cheese, crackers

patience noodle soup
stuffed crust pizza, chicken wings, salad, wine
campari, cider, Fernet

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Day 5: Apparently I eat a lot of beans

After doing this for 5 days now I've discovered that I eat a fair amount of beans... I don't know what that means.

cliff bar, cafe au lait
2 little ham sandwiches eaten while sitting in my truck in front of Cesar Chavez park
beans, rice, tortillas, cheese
Greek honey yogurt, banana

To the assholes in the black Toyota...

it is my sincere wish that you and others like you who decide it is funny, raunchy, or complimentary to harass female joggers experience a painful burning in your privates that leads to your dicks rotting off and your wives leaving you.

Today while out running I received "compliments" about my behind from a car full of early thirties dudes while jogging around Land Park. Take note, I am talking about adults here, not teenagers. As I ran up 2nd Ave I noticed that the car was stopped at the light ahead of me so like a little kid I waited mid run at the light rail tracks a half block back until the light turned green so as to avoid them. Yes, I could have said fuck it and ran right up there and waited because I really don't think their intention was to hop out and molest me, but I didn't feel like being harassed further. I can also tell you from experience that yelling something back on the order of "eat shit" does little to no good. In fact it often gets a chuckle out of said offender leading me to believe it is better to ignore them.

Anyway, it's really lame that a grown woman can't take off for a jog in the middle of the damn day without being messed with. I also know that writing this won't do much more than allow me to vent because I don't care to give these jackasses enough credit as to assume that they are in any way literate. How could you be when you're a step above Ted Bundy and a fine hair below the shit I'd scrape off the bottom of my shoe?

Your first warning

I'm giving everyone a hearty heads up this month about 2nd Saturday because there's some good shit going on, most notably the LA show at the Center. I love, love, love, Paul McCarthy... love. Not only will he be featured in the show but so will John Baldessari, Raymond Pettibon, and Ed Ruscha. David E and Cathy Stone are curating the show and will be giving a lecture on January 10 about the work. Seriously people, Paul McCarthy in Sac. Go, go, go!!!!!

Two Figures: One Leaping (Orange): One Reacting (With Blue and Green) John Baldessari

Brown Course of Empire, Ed Ruscha

Next up is a little something that's not necessarily happening on 2nd Sat but is a definite must see anyway. Chris Daubert is putting on The Hidden, his first major installation piece since Travellers Amidst Rivers and Streams at Davis' Pence Gallery. The Pence Gallery is almost always worth a visit and then when you get there you can walk around the corner and get a hotdog at the Hotdogger and everything will be awesome.

Chris Daubert

Lastly, something's brewing at Tangent, the gallery I love to plug! When I have more particulars I'll have oodles to say about it.