Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Stoked

I'm not really that worried about the swine flu. There's something about a nationwide media frenzy that tends to make me less worried about things as opposed to more. I did think as I was heading out last night though that a rock and roll show is the perfect vehicle for the piggy virus. A club is like a big sticky germ incubator, it's warm and sweaty, with folks shaking hands and leaning in close to one another to talk over the noise of the show. You pullin' the vampire sneeze? Doesn't matter. When everybody's standing that close together you can cover your mouth all you want. When you sneeze you sneeze on everyone. Sorta something to think about maybe. Or maybe not.

Stay away from the purple kool-aid guys.

I was mulling all this over last night whilst waiting for Flowers Forever to get the show on the road. Apparently, FF are some serious f&*^in' professionals. Either that or they just really enjoy sound checking in front of a crowded room for close to half the length of time it took the opening act to play their full set.

"Can I get more volume in my monitor? check, check, check, Okay, no wait hold on can we check my monitor again? check, check, lalalalalalalalala, check, check, check, 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2. lalalalalalal, would it be okay to turn up my stage volume? 1,2,1,2." Jesus Christ!

Before they finally stopped fussing I thought, you guys better rule or this whole little exercise is just gonna feel that much more tedious. Guess what? They didn't. Surprise I know. They were okay in a synthy, zoney, art school, ironic haircut way. After the first song I sat down to avoid heckling any further than the few things I was inspired to let fly before they finally started playing.

I snagged this image off the Victim of Time website cuz I didn't bring a camera last night.

In contrast No Bunny was on f&*%in' fire last night. It was perhaps the best No Bunny set I've ever seen. Dudes were on, pants were lost, smoke bombs were thrown. The set was fast, high energy, and fun without a moment to catch your breath. Fantastic.

As for the Black Lips.... it's funny, I've listened to "Let it Bloom" a fair amount this past year. Their live shows are pretty solid, but they don't really set my world on fire the way they do for some folks. When I was waiting in line last night to get in this young dude in line behind me was asking me if I was "stoked?" I said sure, about what? To which he said "this show tonight! I've been waiting for this for f&*%in' weeks. I can't believe it's finally the night! What about you? Are you stoked?" I said "yeah" to be polite thinking I was in fact stoked that No bunny got added to the line up that afternoon and after his set I totally was.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Support the arts DAMN IT!

To celebrate 20 years on the street, SNR compiled a chat-a-thon amongst local folks in the arts, music, business, etc. While I am in part mentioning said chat-a-thon because I was featured in it, I'm also bringing it up based on the resounding sentiment which kept resurfacing throughout. The arts need to be support in this community! Great metropolitan centers have successful and well supported art scenes. It's a fact.

A few of my favorite quotes include:

“There were venues that were not shut down and harassed, but flourishing. Every day of the week people were out at shows or … just out ready to do shit,” - Skinner

Artist Aaron Winters is a bit more to the point: “More art collectors, less ‘free wine’ drinkers. More all-ages venues, less valet parking.”

and

But City Hall’s idea of what makes Sacramento relevant has never been really been in line with local artists. As Samborski puts it: “I could never understand how having a pro sports team makes us a world-class city?! Who goes to Paris to watch sports?”

word!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A quickie

I'm busily taking down and putting up today so no time for a heavy post. In the meantime check out this wonderful review of Personal Lives on Square Cylinder.

Hurray!

Monday, April 20, 2009

R.I.P. Micah

I got word this morning that Micah Kennedy passed away last night. This sad news leaves me at loss for words. Thankfully, OMF posted a really nice tribute on the Midmo blog.

We'll miss you Micah.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

selfcontrol


I got a Facebook profile in February. It all started out innocently enough. I put off getting one for a long time because i just didn't see the value in adding another a time suck hole to my life beyond myspace. However, after multiple invites and needling I decided to join the flock. At first I was pleased to find a large number of my professional colleagues on there. Folks who would have NEVER had a myspace profile were suddenly on Facebook. My mentors from both undergrad, and grad, various museum directors, curators, and gallery owners, as well as journalists, etc., were all making daily updates and "poking" one another. Having this kind of regular contact with all aspects of my personal and professional life felt exhilirating and enjoyable at first. So much so that I allowed myself to loaf on there way longer than I needed to each day although initially it was kept to a reasonable minimum. Overtime, however, my visits to Facebook became more and more regular eventually replacing the gratuitous research and nerd out reading I normally do on a regular basis. Instead of relaxing with the writings of say Robert Storr, I was learning who my friend's rock star alter egos were. Who knew that so many of my friends both male and female were actually Patty Smith? Or that close to %90 percent of my Facebook friends are actually Swedish regardless of birth place, have delightful stripper names, and share birthdays with all manner of famous folk.

For some reason over the past four days or so my Facebook lingerings have become particularly excessive, in some cases I've pissed totally beautiful afternoons away whilst keeping up to date on what my friends are eating, watching, hearing, playing, you fill-in-the-blank.

New York artist Steve Lambert, developed some online software called selfcontrol designed to prevent users from accessing FB during certain times of day when you need to get shit done. When I first heard about it a few weeks ago I seriously pondered the idea. Fortunately, it seems as though the problem has worked itself out on its own. Don't get me wrong I'm certainly not going to stop using Facebook. When used properly it's a fantastic social networking tool and truth be told I enjoy it. After spending a weekend in the great outdoors remembering what people do with themselves in real time, however, the Facebook bloom is off the proverbial rose.

In the meantime I feel like I've been neglecting my blog which is poor, so here's to the spell being broken. Now it's off to read some Eagleton!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

speaking of hard times...

check out this breaking news over at the midmo blog

Monday, April 13, 2009

I heart Clara!!!!

If I'm not careful watching these will be all I do all day!

ah yes... the ol' "computer glitch"

get's ya everytime.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Things to do, do, do!


There is so much to do this weekend, starting tonight with The Power of the Peep screening at Movies on a Big Screen. For more info check out the Midmo website.

Tomorrow be sure to remember the artist funding lecture being held at Verge (see bellow). This is free money to make art people. Apply!!!! Following the lecture Rebecca Crowther will be taking prom photos one last time from 6-10pm. Bring a date, dress up and pose!

Finally, Terry Berlier's installation at CCAS closes Saturday. I attended Chris Daubert's lecture about Terry last night and it was wonderful. Chris did a fantastic job of explaining the work to a mixed audience without over simplifying anything. If you haven't already seen Terry's show make sure you drop by before it closes.

I'm out!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Central Valley Art Funding!!!!

Hey all!!! This Saturday, April 11 at 2pm the Verge is hosting a lecture about funding opportunities which are specifically available to artists working in the central valley. This is super, super important so mark your calendars. Although, I suppose in this economy simply saying free money for artists should be enough in itself to make folks come runnin'.

Here's the info:

Verge Gallery and Kala Art Institute of Berkeley invite you to a special presentation about three exciting and prestigious opportunities for artists that include cash awards, residencies and exhibitions.

Please join Lauren Davies, Kala’s Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs, at Verge on Saturday April 11th at 2:00 pm to hear about these opportunities and how to apply. Be advised – application deadlines for these important opportunities are coming up very quickly!

Here are brief descriptions of the three opportunities that will be discussed:

Application deadline May 8, 2009 for 2009 Kala Fellowship Awards:

Artists producing innovative work in book arts, electronic/digital media (video, sound, animation, etc.), installation art, photography and printmaking are encouraged to apply. Nine artists will each receive a Fellowship consisting of:

• a $3,000 cash award
• up to six months of studio residency at Kala Art Institute
• 24/7 access to Kala’s studio
• an exhibition opportunity at the Kala gallery of the artwork created during the residency
Sacramento artists take note:
To serve a more diverse constituency, The James Irvine Foundation is generously funding one of nine Fellowship Awards to serve artists living outside of the main metropolitan areas (SF Bay, LA & San Diego are counties) of California. This specifically means that Sacramento area artists are encouraged to apply!
The Fellowship Competition is juried by a Kala jurying panel and Larry Rinder, Director of Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives, our guest Fellowship juror for this year.
For more information about the 2009 Kala Fellowship Awards, please see: http://kala.org/fellow/fellowship.html

Application deadline May 8, 2009 for James D. Phelan Art Award in Printmaking:
The 2009 James D. Phelan Art Award in Printmaking will honor two California-born artists with
• $5,000 cash prize for each of the award winners,
• Kala Art Institute will sponsor an exhibit in fall 2009 featuring their work.
The James D. Phelan Awards were established by the trust of James D. Phelan (1861-1930), former San Francisco Mayor, United States Senator, and arts supporter, to recognize the achievements of California-born artists in a variety of disciplines. The Phelan Art Awards are also given in photography, film, and video and are part of the Arts Awards Program of The San Francisco Foundation.
Eligibility
Application for the 2009 Phelan Art Award in Printmaking is open to any California-born artist. Current California residency is not required. Past winners of the James D. Phelan Art Award in Printmaking are ineligible. If awarded, artists must supply a photocopy of their passport or birth certificate verifying a California birthplace. Winning artists must make available a selection of comparable prints for the award winners’ exhibition. Artists who plan to travel or move at the time of the competition must provide alternate contact information. An alternate winner may be chosen if an artist cannot be contacted in a timely fashion.
For further information, please see: http://kala.org/call/phelan/phelan.html
Application deadline June 1, 2009 for 2010 “Visions from the New California” Award:

The “Visions from the New California” Award seeks to support and promote the work of outstanding California visual artists from geographically and ethnically diverse communities. The project is funded by The James Irvine Foundation and administered by the Alliance of Artists Communities. The prestigious award provides six talented, yet under-recognized visual artists with the following:
• A one-month residency free of charge at one of the participating California residency programs. This includes Kala Art Institute, Headlands Center for the Arts, Exploratorium, Djerassi, 18th Street Art Center and The Sally & Don Lucas Artists Programs at Montalvo.
• A $4000. cash award.
• Documentation of each artist’s work for inclusion in a publication designed to promote the careers of award recipients.
For more information about this program, please see: http://www.artistcommunities.org/CAvisions/index.html

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Pasta?

Blaire Anthony Robertson's latest review is pretty dang funny as are the long chain of cranky comments following it. Take a chill people! Not all restaurant reviews have to be love fests. What the F?

Monday, April 6, 2009

Dancin'!

I have so many blog posts backing up as a result of my non-stop wedding, house guest, work schedule that I don't even know where to begin. For starters how 'bout this:

This flier for Trial By Combat is super choice for not only its juvenile cop humor but also its timeless aesthetic. Don't ask me why but there's something very early nineties about this little gem.

My apologies for the blurriness of the photo on this detail shot. I was pretty excited.

Army of Death's handbill is one of those transcendent kind of works where the longer one looks at it the more it reveals. Drink blood! Mosh pit! Indeed!

Last but not least... dancin', dancin', DANCIN'. He's a dancin' machine!