Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hello San Diego

Just a few days ago, I got an email from the Digital Artists' Guild in San Diego that my work was accepted into their Urban Legends and County Tales show! I was really thrilled because I had worked myself up to create a new piece for the show because I didn't think any of the other pieces that I had made over the past few years really spoke to the theme. Plus the fact that on the application you had to write a little tale as to how your image spoke to the theme.
  • The opening and public reception for Urban Legends and Country Tales will be 6 to 8:30 pm on Saturday, Oct. 4th. Admission is free to the Bonita Museum, 4355 Bonita Road, Bonita CA 91902. Hours are 10:00am - 4:00pm - Wednesday through Saturday. For museum information, contact Vicky DeLong, Museum Director, 619-267-5141.
This is the art I created for the show, it's called Utter Fear and is based on a PR photo from my production of The Al Hamlet Summit which Beyond the Proscenium produced two years ago.

Monday, August 25, 2008

It's a Pop World After All

Was just reading me Brudder's blog about Warhol and Pop culture when he referenced this too short interview with Laurie Anderson, one of my personal art heroes. Here's her interview with Smithsonian: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/atm-qa-anderson.html?c=y&page=1
  • What's ironic is that just a week ago I was at the Crocker Museum's reception for their American Pop show which featured many Warhols and some other more interesting (IMHO) art.
I'm not sure why Warhol won. How did this happen? Why are the majority of people obsessed with fleeting fame making fools of themselves on crappy TV shows? Why are people more likely to choose an "entertainment" that doesn't make them think? What the hell is wrong with thinking? It's not that hard. Personally, I don't like easy "entertainments", I want to be challenged when it comes to theatre, dance, music and art.
  • But I keep forgetting I'm not the norm. I didn't have kids the way I was "supposed to"; I did radio when it took NOW filing injunctions with the FCC about the lack of women on the air in Denver CO; I don't like vanilla ice cream, mayo, or other bland foodstuffs; I've never seen an "Ah-nuld" movie and I like French films better than Hollywood.
I wonder if Laurie Anderson likes vanilla ice cream? She'll be playing at Mondavi center in Davis on Oct 22nd - just got my tickets and am looking forward to seeing her new show.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Walking the Talk

For years now the Sweet Hubby and I have been considering going solar. We've always been big supporters of environmental issues and both drive hybrid cars. A couple of months ago his sister and her hubby used a firm called Akeena Solar to put solar on their house in Lakeport. They had a great experience so we called them finally too. We figured out we had enough money in our home equity line of credit to do this and finish the master bathroom - we've been remodeling our house for the nine years we've lived in it. We figured it would definitely increase the saleability when we move away from Sacto.
They came out and gave us the spiel and what really sold us was that they would deal with all the paperwork including permits, getting the city to sign off on it as well as SMUD - Sacramento Metro Utility District, which was offering a $6,000 rebate for going solar. After looking at the plans, SMUD told them that they would have to build a frame and tilt the panels 20 degrees south, which they did for NO additional money!
It took about a couple months from our first meeting with their rep and having the Sweet Hubby pull the switch, but we're on line now! We won't be able to completely get off the grid, because they had to put the panels on the roof of the garage (filled with art, theatre and burning man stuff, not cars) and mother-in-law unit that's been Sweet Hubby's office (we will be switching work spaces at month's end so I can have that space since he's been in it for 6 years now). Our house would need to be re-roofed and it's the wrong orientation for solar with SMUD's blessing.
But if we can produce half the electricity we need from Old Sol, then we're reducing our carbon footprint by a large amount and we'll pay less on our utility bill. When we sell the house, we will be able to pass along the savings as the panels are guaranteed for 25 years.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Who's Your Daddy?

The "daddy" of Webism, Dr. Rodney Chang, or Pygoya as he's know to his Webist artist friends is quite an interesting guy. Not only is he a wonderful artist and has the claim to fame of having the 1st Web Digital Art Museum, but he's a marathon runner!!
  • Ingrid Kamerbeek, the artist who keeps track of all the Webist doings all over the world sent us this link to his run. I thought the photos were great and he had some interesting ideas about marathon and half-marathon races.
http://www.marathoncoursephotos.com/SanFrancisco08/index.htm If this wasn't enough, he's also opened his own art gallery in his home town of Honolulu! You can check out the photos of his opening reception here http://www.lastplace.com/PygoyaGallery/index.htm

Sunday, August 10, 2008

You say it's your birthday

Yup it was yesterday and I had to work - boo hoo. Of course it could be worse, I could be stuck inside Afghanistan which is not a pretty place right now for anyone of the female species. More on that latter.
  • I was working on a power point presentation that I will give tomorrow to the Sacramento Bee's feature reporters about creativity. I hadn't used power point in years, but I remembered that it was fairly easy to use, which it was. Last time I used it was for a set for The Waiting Room, a play Maggie Upton directed for Beyond the Proscenium back in 2000 I think. Seems odd to think that it's been 8 years - yikes - time she's a flying.
I don't know how or if I'm going to put the presentation on line. But I would like to share with you a very inspiring quote that's applicable to all the arts. Allegedly Martha Graham, the doyenne of modern dance told this to Agnes DeMille (yes, Cecile's niece) who was primarily a musical choreographer whose most famous ballet is Rodeo set to the music of Aaron Copeland .
  • "There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist in through any other medium and (will) be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is; nor how valuable it is; nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."
I also just updated the Flickr site with a couple of pieces of new art - check it out!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Not my fault....

  • When I sent off the piece about Nada Motel I included about 8 photos that I took of other artists' work and one of my own. I was hoping that the editor would pick 2 or 3 photos of other people's work. But alas, he picked my piece. But probably only because it was created to "fit" the theme of the show. My humble apologies to the other artists if they happen to run across this:
http://www.artdaily.org/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=25437
  • I'm jazzed to be in the same E-paper along with the Getty and the Met. Although I'm not holding my breath for them to call me.

G'day to Aussie Artists

  • My little article that was published on Art Daily has been posted to another artist blog from Australia!?
http://tiny.cc/ajADD
  • Good idea for a co-op to do and you've got to love their name: BAD Co-Op. I hope that they'll keep in touch and let us know how their Nada Motel event went!
Had to use another tiny url.... sorry that you have to keep copying and pasting. One day maybe I'll learn how to make active urls....... that you can click on. After looking at my calendar, that will be sometime in 2009 ;~D

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Nada Rats

I just tried using the tiny url and it doesn't take you to the article. Let's try this one http://tiny.cc/dvCJH

Nada Yada Yada

Finally finished the article for Art Daily, an on-line internet newspaper, about Nada Motel. Unfortunately they didn't use any of the photos I sent them. Here's the link:
  • http://tiny.cc/2bjc2

Monday, August 4, 2008

Finally the Wurd on Nada Motel

I can't believe it took me a month to get this stuff up here. But as you can tell, I've been busy with other projects and then there's our petting zoo (3 cats and Crash the dog) and my sweet Hubby and trying to have a life with him from time to time. But there I go babbling again, maybe I should have named this the Babbling Blog!
  • First of all a BIG thank you to all the artists and other folks who stopped by to look at my work and the work of Cherie Hacker and the jewelry of Cynthia Burdick. And to all the listeners of Capital Public Radio who heard the interview that Chad Sorg and I did with the manager of the Cortez Hotel and Insight Host Jeffery Callison. And an extra big thank you to the people who bought work.
The only thing I'm bummed about is that the photos I took of Chad Sorg's wonderful big mixed media paintings didn't turn out. His work was really great. Most everyone had wonderful stuff up there and following pieces are work that I really liked for one reason or another. One of the best installations was called the Barn by Ned Peterson and Kai Prescher. "In the Barn, the horses watch the cows, the cows watch the pigs, the pigs watch the chickens, the chickens watch the ducks and the ducks watch cartoons 'cause they're funny that way." Patty Melton showed colorful renderings of historic Reno motels like the following. Apparently her parents owned the Town House Motel back in the 1960s and she swam with Lyndon Johnson back then when it was a hoity-toity place Paula Povilaitos showed rubbings she had done of water and sewer caps and the like. Jerry Tarner brought along his sculpture and did a great job decorating his room, using auto upholstery fabric!?! Jerry tells me it's very cool stuff and it's cheaper than your regular fabric store which I'll keep in mind for next year when I think that Cynthia and I will do some kind of installation. Spent some good time talking wtih fellow digital artist-photographer Dean Burton who was showing his new series - The Architechure of Electronica. Great stuff as you can see from the one photo. He teaches up in Reno and those kids are lucky to have a teacher like him. Then Cindy Gun had a great little sculptural installation called Mockery of a Mosque. This is a detail from it. It was great. So a big thanks to all the great artists I met in Reno and thanks again for letting me Nada with you!