Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
The pieces are beautifully subtle. The main gallery is a new installation by Mary Temple. Many people walked in confused. If you are unfamiliar with Mary's work, it would look like a shadow-y, dimly lit room. Then you realize that light isn't right at all. Then you realize that the light and shadows (of plants) are painted directly on the wall. Depending on the time of day, to complicate things, there is also natural light so some of what you're seeing isn't Mary's work but the sun interacting with it. I love it. It feels really solid and interesting to me.
People kept saying, "Go see Claire's piece by the stairs." I thought, "Weird, I didn't even notice anything when I walked in."
She made probably a hundred or so mouths centered around the tube lighting around the stairs. The forms are great -- beautifully painted with her signature paint drips.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
When Jeff got back from P.I.C.A., he introduced me to the work of Ryan Trecartin. He made a movie called I-B AREA.
Friday, September 26, 2008
I can see some merit in the criticisms ("hodgepodge-y", could use more women/younger artists) but I also think almost all of the pieces can hold their own. And above all else, I really appreciate the egalitarianism of the selection process.
The deal just happened late last night. They don't screw around.
Personally, I would've went with a better image. The child in red looks sinsiter to me. (Unless that's your child -- and in that case, he's adorable!)
What is the message, "Guess who [owns your money now]?"
Odd. America is a weird place to be these past couple of weeks.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Some really interesting and nice folks -- one from Alaska sharing some Palin stories. It didn't get too political though. The perfectness of the autumn evening felt like a nice escape from the general anxiety out here.
The absinthe and liquid chocolate helped, too.
i, for the record, will be enjoying lots of absinthe with my good friends Dave and Jenny (and maybe Andrew? maybe Holly?) plus 18 folks.
Monday, September 22, 2008
I love both Sheila E. and that line from her song, "The Glamorous Life". I always knew that it wasn't true for me because I was gay and so obviously, if you can't get married, your love can't last (I was in 7th grade people -- things were different then).
It's just so weird to all of sudden have friends getting married. Like legally married. Not just a civil union or a commitment ceremony. But a real, honest to goodness non-religious marriage! I just never thought it would happen in my life.
Congrats Roy and Mike. I'm so happy for you! You fellas make a great team!
Also, thanks to all the voices of reason in the Prop 8 debate. Many churches and religious leaders are against it because they know it's discriminatory. Even the conservative San Diego Union-Tribune's Editorial Staff has this to say,
...however, there has been no discernible impact on traditional marriage between a
man and a woman now that gay couples in California have the same right.
With gay marriage a fait accompli, society has not crumbled. The long-standing
institution of marriage is not in crisis.
I've never understood why folks are against gay marriage.
PS -- tonight's dinner (thank you Matt & Jennifer!) was all artists and scientists. I don't know why it took me so long to realize, but an artist/scientist relationship is ideal. The scientists can temper the crazy that's frequently found in artists. I want to date a scientist! :)
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Anyway, last night, with all this anxiety, I think folks were in the mood to gather and be with folks they cared about. So the group grew into about ten of us last night which made for a much more festive happy hour! After lots of drinking, the group dwindled down to about four of us. And things got serious about what's happening to America right now. It's easy to be doom and gloom, but with Trisha's presence, thing felt hopeful.
In a recent slog post, Christopher Frizzelle highlighted these words from Trisha's piece that stick with me:
As the economy crumbles further under the weight of stacked illusions, we’re
going to have to keep finding more creative ways to adapt. That might make us
more interdependent, more connected to one another. I mean locally and
globally—the world is becoming so intimate.
And, at the end of the day, it's about connections. At least for me.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I guess I didn't really know what to expect from Jerry Traunfeld. I never had the opportunity to get out to the Herbfarm. At Poppy, you are served a thali of the day. You choose a meat or vegetarian option. Then you receive a tray full of ramekins full of that day's food. Ours included potatoes, rice, halibut, carrots, chicken, chickpeas, peas, watermelon and squash soup. My favorite way to eat is tiny bites of everything, so I LOVE this. And a thali (with plenty of food for a hearty appetite) will run around $32. I bet that 2 people could each a get a thali and drink or two for around $100 and walk away feeling satisfied.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
To everyone who came on down last night -- thanks so much! It was a super fun opening replete with Rainier and Funyuns. There was a DJ, public intoxication and afterwards, we rolled down to Mama's for dinner and tequila shots (thanks Bella!).