Monday, April 28, 2008

Okay, not too bad

Print making is kind of my achilles heel. I'm not so much the best at it but I really enjoy doing it. Unfortunately, it's crazy time consuming and involves a lot of specific steps which must be observed or else. It's like cooking in a way because a lot of the steps involved require perfect timing like etching a plate or making a lithograph. What that means is that often times one can spend a lot of time and effort and end up with nuthin'. The following are some of my most recent attempts:

Still life in Elaine's Class
Lino cut

I took a picture of my seat at the table in what proved to be my favorite class at Hornet Tech coming in a close second to my other favorite class which was also with Elaine. This was from Theory and Crit. I really liked the colors in the room that night so I took the pic not knowing what I would do with it until this week when I made it into a print. I originally thought it would be a painting in my tiny series. It could still be I suppose. In the meantime it's a small print.

Lino Cut

The remaining lino block that just had the sunglasses left seemed neat so I made a few prints of just those. They turned out okay.

Zinc etching

This is one of a series of etchings I'm doing of this vacuum I found in the street with the Ol' Man in Del Paso about 4 years ago. This is one of my best so far.

Thanks Cheri!

I didn't write the titles of these down before I split but the above work is by local artist Casey O'Connor

A ray of hope! Yesterday I went by BLOCK Downtown art with the intention of staying for 15min and ended up hanging out for three hours that went by so fast I don't know where the time went. Cheri and I ended up talking about art both local and international along with a handful of other subjects and the time literally flew by. The show that was up last month at BLOCK was outstanding and the same artists will be mounting a follow up show to this one in May called Judy. I'm really looking forward to it. Best of all Cheri's commitment to the space is paying off. In the beginning she was really just interested in opening a gallery committed to showing contemporary work in Sacramento without getting caught up in the commercial machine that attacks most art spaces. Each month her attendance grows and this last past month the work has begun to sell!!!! I really look at this as a ray of hope! I've been complaining for so long about what I feel is lacking in our local art scene but in the back of my mind I've had this nagging concern that I'm one of a very few people who feels this way. The success of BLOCK is quite encouraging. And so with that I would like to send a big thank you to Cheri for taking a chance on Sacramento!!!!!

Saturday, April 26, 2008


I just took this Art Fair vs. Comi Con quiz created by Art Fag City. It's pretty hilarious. I was surprised to get a lot more wrong than I expected to.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Nice pokin'

Okey doke! I'm back on my game having recovered from solo show, guest speaker, wrapping up the end of my grad education mayhem. Crazy!!!!!! Despite the fact that I'm now installing another show - the graduating grad group show - and designing another postcard and finishing my thesis and hitting the deadline for the May issue I'm feeling strangely at ease this morning.

Tonight I'll be hitting MRM's birthday/Smitty stay here party. Tomorrow I am seriously bummed about the Mantles/Crash Normal conflict and wondering if I can time it right in order to see both....

Speaking of parties I leave you with this bonfire footage to start the weekend.

Nice pokin'!

JC's Junkyard

Okay, I'm winding down the last bits. I was at my friend JC's - the daredevil not the man upstairs - junkyard last week and there was so much amazing crap to look at. I'm thinking of making it one of my next photo projects. Unfortunately, I was racing the light and in the end I lost but some of the stuff I got in the meantime was pretty great.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Lucy 2 Night!!!

Don't forget!

Lucy Puls
Tonight at Sac State
Mariposa rm 1001

Do it!!!!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Granted I am nothing if not gullible but,

I spent some more time this afternoon picking around the controversy that is Habacuc and came up with this from the gallery director in Nicaragua where the original piece took place:

"The dog remained in the premises three days, from the 5pm afternoon of Wednesday 15 of August. He was loose all along in the inner patio, except the 3 hours that the sample lasted, was fed regularly with dog food that the same Habucuc brought. Surprise, to the dawn of Friday 17, the dog escaped happening through the iron doors of the main entrance of the building, while the nocturnal watchman who finished feeding cleaned it the outer sidewalk of the same one.

The Gallery Codice reserves the right of guarding by the quality of the exposed works, respecting at any moment the creativity of the artist and it has never tried to exert no type of censorship, as long as they do not attempt against the elementary principles of the ethics and much less than they imply the life of a living being, is human or animal. I thought to remain with "Natividad", but he preferred to return to his own habitat. I celebrate the one that so many people in the international level have been annoying by the declarations offered by Habacuc, in which she maintained that its intention was to let die to the starvation dog, which is of its absolute responsibility. When fulfilling informing the truth into the facts, I hope that all those same people have also elevated their voice of repudio when Natividad Canda was devoured by the Rottweiler."

I mostly get what's being said here although it gets a little confusing at the end.

I also found this little tidbit from the Guardian online:

"Vargas, 32, said he wanted to test the public's reaction, and insisted none of the exhibition visitors intervened to stop the animal's suffering. He refused to say whether the animal had survived the show, but said he had received dozens of death threats."

If you go to Snopes they have the death of the dog in the galley listed as undetermined.

I will say despite the bitchiness of anonymous' post I can sorta see why he/she had their hackles up. Many of the protest sites I found were annoying for there complete lack of critical thinking. One of my favorites referred to Habacuc's artist statement as a bunch of your "typical artist's blah, blah."

Alright blah, blah, blah, this artist is gonna finish up with class and then go out to Biba for the Ol' Man and I's 2 year anniversary!!!!

Monday, April 21, 2008

More bits from the past couple weeks

Smitty sings?!?!?!?!?

The work of others...

...finally, not my own!

I've been collecting all of these little tidbits lately and haven't had a minute to post so here ya are. I guess for the next couple of weeks actually I will be burping up bits and pieces from my travels which I have been meaning to get up and haven't.

For starters,this really breaks my heart. I suppose there was a good chance that this might not have ended well but still, really, really sad.

Last 2nd Sat I saw some great stuff that again, been meaning to post etc, etc.

Geoff Tuttle

Little Peepholes by Sean Christopher was also awesome! I was a little spacey this past 2nd Sat so I didn't catch if he was from Sac or not. Beautiful work none the less. Both pieces were at A Bitchin' Space.

Breaking news the Yale abort-o-rama scandal is a hoax! Za zing!

Okay first there was the bludgeoner at SFAI and now this:

I gotta say I'm really getting tired of this shit. Not that anything is gonna happen if I put my foot down but still. Apparently Guillermo Vargas “Habacuc" will be starving a dog to death in a gallery for the upcoming CentroAmerican Bienal in Honduras. The above images are from the first time he pulled this off. I think a good way to end this piece would have been for another performance artist to enter the gallery and pop “Habacuc" in the face and feed the dog. I also kinda can't stand the shiftless gallery goers enjoying refreshments while this dog is supposedly dying. Yes, I know what the artist is trying to say and I get it on an the intellectual level which it is intended but it still stinks. In the long run if it got a wave of people to actually pay attention to dogs dying on the street the way they would in the gallery then mission accomplished but the general populace doesn't typically attend gallery openings of this sort see AIDS:Cultural Analysis/Cultural Activism by Douglas Crimp in reference to fine art as political action. In short just feed the fuckin' dog!

Lastly, LUCY PULS IS COMING! This Wed April 23rd at 7pm in Mariposa Room 1001. Be there!!!!!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

watta weekend!

watta week or even two weeks for that matter!

my 2nd and last reception was fabulous much like the first. so many people came who i truly didn't expect to see some of whom even drove an hour or more to make it. so awesome.

post reception the weirdest thing happened and something that i wasn't expecting at all. i got really, really sad. i totally thought i would be stoked that i did it and it was done etc etc. instead, leaving the gallery that night post reception felt like throwing one last look at an apartment or house you really loved before moving out. it was strange.

friday night the skipper came and helped me load it out. it took all night forcing us to eat dinner at plum blossom sometime after midnight. we let it all hang out.

saturday morning i sprung out of bed after a small amount of sleep and raced to davis for picnic day '08 so fun!!!!! yeah!!!! it was totally amazing. i was a little worried about being tired but then th' streaks float arrived and skipper and i followed it i with a video camera and skipper with a regular camera and it was like being swept up in a giddy travelin' party. we went and went and went until the parade wrapped up and the cops literally came and pulled the plug.

here's a few of skippo's outstanding pics. i love that omf is standing on the drum kit in the pic where the cop is scolding them. classic! video soon to come...

afterward i was like a little kid that played too hard and crashed. we went to guadalajara for lunch and i went down hard. when i got home i slept off and on until pretty much 8am this morning. i awoke for a few magazine errands and dinner and that was about it.

now that i feel human again i got a headlands app to finish and my written thesis.

striking distance baby!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

oh my gosh

so long no post i know.... i am swamped with grad reviews, last reception, mag deadline, etc. anyhoo, last shameless plug:

I Have So Much to Tell You
closing reception
Thursday April 17th 6-9pm

2nd saturday recap with awesome video of geoff tuttle's Warbirds in flight and my delicious dinner at dad's new dinner spot to come...

Friday, April 11, 2008

Oh Yeah

I have some cards left so if anyone reading this wants to go next week and doesn't have a card send me an email and I will send you one. It's announcement and a parking permit!!!!

So Fun, So Happy!

Last night was so great!!! Art receptions can sometimes be a little awkward and stressful but last night was absolutely so much fun!!! There were so many folks who came that I was so happy to see and I actually sold a couple of works!

stuffed toys, thread, poly-fil, rope
When it was all over OMF and I went out to eat with ST and AL and the Lanes!!!! So cool! In 2005 D. Lane and I were neck and neck for best of show at the State Fair and I ended up winning in a scandal that is apparently still talked about to this day - my piece was widely hated by fair goers and some fair staff. Whenever I hear folks talk about Shumbles I get bummed that I threw it away, something that one fair employee made frequent jokes about wanting to do prior to the fair opening. Unfortunately, during that show was when we got robbed so when the show was over I had no where to put the work. Such is life.

One of these days I should post some of the better comments that I got in the comment book from that show. They're really funny. Out the forty-plus pages of comments only one was positive, it was by a 10 year old, and it referenced a dinosaur that was in the youth exhibit. Priceless.

In addition to swapping tidbits about the fair we also discussed old school Sac State and the high and lows of Sac's art scene. Good stuff!

Now I'm super looking forward to next week's reception, woot! woot! My only regret last night is that I didn't take a single damn picture. Stupid! Stupid! I'll have to be on it next time.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

I really can't be bothered

So originally I was gonna post about various things I've done in the last few days like eat at Rickshaw - handrolls=good, roll-rolls=not so good, visit my friend JC's junkyard, fine tune my show, and eat delicious pupusas with the Skipper, but in the end I've had a I can't be bothered attitude for the past 48 hours. All my free time has been tucked into manicuring my yard which hasn't seen a lawn mower in 6 months, sleeping, sleeping, sleeping, and eating. There has been some errand running mixed in there but not a ton. BTW eat at Pupuseria and Taqueria Isabel on Freeport! Their pasteles are super dreamy and their Salvadoran tamales are nothing to sneeze at either. Skipper and I ate there until we were stuffed for $11.

In my semilazy - still editing like a fool - state I received a link to my friend PM's flickr stream and found these great pics from the Rippers weekend. P and my other buddy DB had these crazy old cameras that they were taking pics with. They weren't sure if either of them would work at all and apparently they did.

Here's a couple pics of casa di Liv e Tim...

The colors are really beautiful. In that last photo I look so short but I'm sure it's just an illusion...

So yeah, that about it. For more procrastinating good times check out MM's food intern extraordinaire's blog about her current stay in India. I highly recommend it!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Shock and Awe

Sometimes finishing a project can bring an overwhelming feeling of relief and accomplishment the minute it's done. Other times a big project can end with a numb sense of bewilderment and disbelief. Right now I am experiencing the latter. For the past 7 months or so I have eaten, drunk, and slept this thing. It's absolutely all I've filled my blank moments with. Now that it's over it's like wow, okay, what do I do now? I certainly feel a sense of accomplishment but I think it will take a day or two to sink in.

Composing and mounting a solo show is sort of an odd thing. It's very forest for the trees in that after a while you can't really look at anything objectively anymore, especially once the installing begins. On Saturday after I tossed and turned most of the night due to overtiredness and general woundedness I awoke and arrived at the gallery a little foggy. My friend TH agreed to act as one of my trusty studio assistants that morning and together we hung my photographs. About an hour after we'd finished OMF arrived and asked why we hung them so comedically low. While I knew that they weren't the standard 60in on center I hadn't noticed that they were all that off seeing as neither me nor T are particularly tall ladies. Once they were hung correctly I realized our error. In general the past few days have gone along that way. We moved the walls and seamed them, patched in new electricity, and in the end I probably mopped the floor three times and it still looks a little poor. Overall though I'd have to say I'm pretty pleased.

In the meantime the obligations I've been putting off for the past few days and weeks are settling on me. There's the Lucy Puls lecture I'm organizing on campus in a couple weeks - Wed April 23rd, 7pm, Mariposa 1001 - which anyone and everyone in town who loves art needs to be at. There's also backing up everything on my abused laptop before it takes a powder. Cleaning my studio which I can sorta get around in now that the work is temporarily out of there. etc, etc, etc. snooze, snooze, snooze. What's more interesting than reading someone else's to-do list?

In closing here are the haps again to be sure we're clear:

I Have So Much to Tell You
April 7th - 18th
Thursday April 10th and Thursday April 17th 6-9pm

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Hi, how are you?

Sometimes Netflix feels like a blessing and a curse. The convenience is a blessing for sure. There is certainly something to be said for being able to lie in bed and order up a film on the same laptop I watch 'em on. The draw back is that then I have to watch them and not leave them laying around the house forever negating any savings I might gain from the lack of late fees. In this way they become something of a chore.

Last night I finally crossed The Devil and Daniel Johnston of my list, a film that has been sitting on my nightstand for over a month along with Volver:( It was super good. I really didn't know what to expect. I had heard sorta mixed things although I guess that's true of a lot of flicks. It was pretty crazy. I already knew some things like the river story in Austin but I didn't know about the plane crash or the "exorcism." The other interesting part - I thought - was that OMF and I saw DJ in Austin at the same South By that's featured in the film. It was a really great show. I don't remember what we cut away from the rest of our group for that night but I remember thinking it was one of the best things I saw that week and one of those shows that stick with you forever. Afterwards we took a walk to the capital grounds and hung out in the park for awhile. It was really sweet.

I'm not really sure what I got comin' now. The blessing and the curse continues.


Skipper uploaded some of OMF's Anton's to the interwebs. Good stuff.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Smitty in Thailand!

so tired

I am absolutely beat. This week is kicking my ass. Skippo helped me get the gallery ready for work installation all day today so hopefully tomorrow I will be well on my way to completion.

If anyone is in Stockton this weekend there is a film festival happening at San Joaquin Delta College and yours truly has a film on the program. If you're in the area stop by. The short film program is from 10:30am to 2-something. Unfortunately, I don't know when mine plays. I'm pretty sure it's free although don't quote me on that. I was super stoked when I first found about it - hanging in Stockton, watching my movie on a big screen, eating a delicious burger or taco or both, but alas... twas not to be as I will be enjoying the scenic Robert Else galley all weekend. Ah well....

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

yum, yum

THE LAST PEEP OFF EVER was a pretty good show all things considered. I'm not sure what I expected from THE LAST PEEP OFF EVER but whatever expectations I may have had were lived up to.

There were unusual snacks like peep and peanut butter sandwiches, chicken marinated in colon cleaner, and sour cream, chive, and peep ice cream which I didn't try not so much because I was hung over and it sounded disgusting as that it was made with chives from Smitty and Skipper's front yard.

Our Peep of Guadalupe

Heston Peep
The winner drove up from Santa Barbara and ate 45 peeps scoring her The Old Peep and the Sea, an original painting by Muggs. G Bomb and Andy made some pretty stellar dioramas as well as far as art was concerned. The second place winner ate 30-some peeps barfed 'em and re-ate them and in the end took home nothing. Almost ain't the same as winning I guess.

Jax stole the show in the fashion category this year despite Smitty's flamboyant ensemble. Jax was to THE LAST PEEP OFF EVER what Shirley Temple-Black was to the Tournament of Roses; stately, elegant, graceful. A real lady.

The last contest of the day was won by Smitty himself.

HCE five months... Smitty 7... 7 1/2?