Friday, February 19, 2010

Lights, Camera, Action

Hope everyone has had a fine week after their 3-day weekends.  Woe is the freelancer who doesn't get a pay check and vacation days, as she is doomed to probably work those days unless she gets the hell out of town.  Which is what I did.  Last Sunday, we shot my scenes for a student film called "And the Crowd Goes..." in a beautiful little theatre in Carmel Valley.  The writer/director is Wesley Clark who is originally from the Sacramento region but finishing up school at the UC at Monterey Bay.

 Wesley is the one in the cap, I've forgotten the other crew member's name - sorry.

It's a quirky, little short and I play this truly mean character.  She doesn't have much heart or soul, but she's supposed to be that way.  It's not as hard as you think to play an evil character.  If one believes the Jungian psychological theories, we are yin and yang, male and female, good and evil and our lesson in life is to integrate those dualities so we're not jerks - that is be aware of our dark sides but live our light sides.  So when I play those nasty ladies, I can safely cavort in my dark side.  Well, it works for me.

Got to work with a really nice guy - Remi - who played my hubby.  Here is a photo I took of Wesley telling Remi what he wanted to see in the scene.

The short will premiere in Monterey in mid May.  It was a great experience working with Wesley and I hope that he goes on to be the filmmaker that he dreams of.  It's always fun to help younger artists realize their dreams?

But one place where artistic dreams are not going to continue at is the venerable New Langdon Arts in San Franicsco.  Intrepid art  blogger, Paddy Johnson of Art Fag City, posted some links in her blog to the SF MOMA blog with the story.  It's such a shame to see an institution like that simply disappear.  Paddy was in the area because of the show "Haute Romantics" that she curated which is over at Verge Gallery.  It's a very interesting show and I'm bummed that I missed Paddy's talk last night at Verge.  One thing that I loved about the show was the video that was playing there.  Who says Art can't be Funny!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Help Haiti

I know that there are many groups and organizations doing all sorts of projects to raise money to help with the on-going disaster relief for Haiti and I expect that it will take years before things are good for the people who live there.  Let's face it, life for the have nots in Haiti is not easy, with people living in terrible conditions before the earthquake.  I just hope that as the area is rebuilt, earthquake and hurricane building codes will be enforced.

But I digress.... what I was going to tell you is that I have a piece of work in an on-line art auction for Haiti at the Monkdogz Urban Gallery on West 27th St in the Chelsea are of the Big Apple!  and the great thing about it is that you don't have to go to NY to participate!!  It's an on-line auction with some very fine art by other wonderful artists too.  All the work is 5 x 7".  My piece is #22 in the line up.  Go on, click on over THERE and bid on something.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Love to Hate & My Former Life as a Dancer

That's the theme of the show at Tangent Gallery for February's 2nd Saturday on the 13th.  Tangent is a wonderful gallery run by two fabulous artists: Gioia Fonda and Ianna Frisby!  OK, you're definitely getting the feeling that I really love this gallery space and it's NOT because they chose two of my works (Death of a Toxic Relationship and Sexual Mystery #3) for the show either.  It's because having run a gallery coop with five other artists, I know what a tough job it can be for just the two of them.  And they're wonderful artists themselves and great people to boot.  Check out their website.

So add Tangent to your 2nd Saturday venue list if you live in Sacramento.  They are located south of Broadway on Franklin (2900 Franklin) near 4th Ave.  It's in that area that straddles Oak Park and Curtis Park.  If you don't live in Sacramento and are wondering about the digital art and digital mixed media pieces I have in the show, you'll have to wait for me to post them here next week.

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Although I'm writing mostly about visual art and video work, I'm cross-trained in theatre and dance.  Back, way back, in the 70s I was in Robin Cole's dance company called the Eternal Circle Dance Theatre in Colorado Springs.  Even though I was a chubby teenager with my hair in pigtails (somethings never change, pigtails that is) I seemed to have an affinity for modern dance.  It came easily and naturally to me, like acting has always done.  A back injury after performing and choreographing for only 4 or 5 years took me away from my first artistic love, but the fire has always burned deep inside.''

That's why I was overjoyed when I discovered Viewpoints work for creating and staging theatre and performance pieces.  I was lucky enough to do a workshop with Ann Bogart and her SITI company one weekend in San Francisco plus a two-week workshop with Mary Overlies in Basin, Montana in the late 90s.  Let me tell you how I wished I had video taped the audience of that small mining town who watched our avant garde  movement scores with dialogue.  Even when I don't have time to do a through Viewpoints training with the actors, I generally use some aspect of it when I direct.

So imagine my joy when I found out the Joe Goode Performance Group was giving a workshop last weekend in San Francisco!  And it even talked about how actors loved and used what they had learned in there.  So, I jumped on the chance to work with this great group that I saw this past summer at the SF Mint.

Of course I'm the oldest person in the room when I arrive and look around at all the 20 and 30 somethings and a smattering of the 40s.  OK, I say to myself, you don't have to do everything.  Work to your limits and don't feel bad about sitting some things out.  However the heady joy of movement soon begain whispering in my ear to keep going.  After  the first five hour class, I didn't feel so bad the next day.  But after the 3rd one, I had to pull back.  The body isn't as resilient as it was 30 years ago.  But having the opportunity to do an improve with Joe himself was joy beyond measure.

Of course this is fanning the flames of performance within my creative soul.  I'm involved with a group of Reno friends who are making a musical about FaceBook, paranoia, faith and serendipity that will be performed at NadaDada Motel the 3rd week of June in Reno, but I'm also harboring fantasies about  doing some performance here in Sacramento... stay tuned...

Joe Goode Performance Group will be at the Mondavi Center in Davis from Feb 24 to the 26 and I highly recommend seeing them.  They are innovative, spirited and just damn good.    To close I thought I'd post one of the only remaining photos of my days as a modern dancer.  It's my former husband Patrick and me in a duet called "Rutabaga Nightmare", I do think we set it to some Pink Floyd music.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

From Finland to San Diego to Sacramento to Haiti to WIsconsin

Technology can be an artist's best friend, not only in promoting one's work, but also in seeing the work of others in spots around the world.  Today's post takes us on a journey from the work of Russian artists in Finland to an interview with digital artist Joe Nalven to another digital artist here in Sacramento, Devalyn Marshall.

Saksala ArtRadius is an art center in Finland where two Russian artists, Ludmila Belova and Nadya Zubarevatake us on a tour of Finland's first and only labyrinth or maze.  They have shot some wonderful photos of the maze at night in winter.  Special thanks to Marja de Jong, Artist, Founder, Owner and Director of the Saksala Art Radius for posting about this on the Visual Artists and their Advocates group over at Linked In.

Strap on your jet pack for a ride over to the other side of the world, San Diego, California, home base for digital artist and found of the Yahoo Digital Arts Guild, Joe Nalven.  He was interviewed by Art Digital Magazine.  It's an interesting look at his journey as an artist.

Closer to home, my home that is right now, my friend Devalyn Marshall has just published a book of her digital art work called Digital Curiosities.   Her work is mostly fractal-based and the book is an interesting look at how another artist's brain works.

Another artist friend and photographer also has a new book of his work out now, Tomasz Kiebzak has published Zen and the Art of Modern Photography.  He's a wonderful photographer and also an abstract painter.

If you are an artist and have a little 5x7" (13cms x 18cms) piece that you'd like to donate to help the folks in Haiti, and can send them something by next week or no later than February 22, mail it to:
Monkdogz Urban Art Inc
Haiti Art Fund
P.O.Box 1440
Port Washington New York 11050

If you can donate, they would also like you to send a jpg of the work to

Here is a fractal that I'm working with to create an album cover for Mike Crain's latest music.