Saturday, April 27, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

SFAI Drawing Session

I went to the SFAI free figure drawing session tonight with artist friends, Eric R., Nikki, amd Erin F. There are a few things I like about my drawings, but each one seems to need more work on integrating the figure. They seem too disjointed. I'm looking forward to attending again in June.

You're W, I'm W, Repeat: 18

Another figure gets painted white.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

You're W, I'm W, Repeat: 17

I received the collaborative artpiece back from Sarah Smith and started by tackling the front cover. Here is my first step of many to come.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Late Night Public Art

I hit the road with my friend Nikki for another late night roadtrip. We headed for South San Francisco to visit the Aeolian Harp, a 92 foot tall sculpture by Aristides Demetrios. An Aeolian Harp is named for Aeolus, the Greek god of the wind, and invented by the 17th-century polymath Athanasius Kircher. An aeolian harp is a passive instrument played by the movement of the wind.

After this, we headed to the burnt down train station in Burlingame. The frogs were singing and I accidentally punched Nikki in the mouth while having her smell wild anise that I picked.
We then headed to the Seward cement slides, but unfortunately they have devised a very clever way of keeping people from using the slides at night.

We then traveled to Dolores Park for a long relaxing time on the reclining swings. It got chilly and then headed home.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Art Collective Meeting

Met with Loretta H. & Jed B. for our monthly art collective meeting. It focused on sharing some of our inspirations to begin a dialogue about a common project together. Hopefully, by acknowledging our interests this will create a vocabulary to help expedite this collaborative film piece. We will see.

Here are more details.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

SFMOMA visit

Visited SFMOMA today with my friend Douglas P. There were a few highlights today, which was unexpected. I don't usually have high expectations when visiting the museum, but today was the exception.

I was completely riveted with Christian Marclay's Clock piece and enjoyed it from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. It really blew me away and hope to visit it again, hopefully sometime around midnight.



Christian Marclay
Christian Marclay, The Clock (video still), 2010; single-channel video with stereo sound; Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

APRIL 06 JUNE 02, 2013

Christian Marclay's celebrated video installationThe Clock (2010) is composed of thousands of film clips referencing the time of day, intricately edited into a 24-hour-long montage that matches real time minute for minute — a tour de force of appropriation that is also a functioning timepiece. Marclay has been known since the late 1970s for his highly crafted remixes of time-based media, from vinyl records and tape loops to digital video. He spent three years assembling this staggering work, piecing together fragments from films both famous and obscure. 

My second favorite thing was the exhibit featuring the visionary architect Lebbeus Woods.

Lebbeus Woods, Architect
Lebbeus Woods, Quake City, from the series San Francisco Project: Inhabiting the Quake, 1995; graphite and pastel; Collection SFMOMA, Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © Estate of Lebbeus Woods

FEBRUARY 16 JUNE 02, 2013

Architect Lebbeus Woods (1940-2012) dedicated his career to probing architecture's potential to transform the individual and the collective. His visionary drawings depict places of free thought, sometimes in identifiable locations destroyed by war or natural disaster, but often in future cities. Woods, who sadly passed away last year as planning for this exhibition was under way, had an enormous influence on the field of architecture over the past three decades, and yet the built structures to his name are few. The extensive drawings and models on view present an original perspective on the built environment — one that holds high regard for humanity's ability to resist, respond, and create in adverse conditions. "Maybe I can show what could happen if we lived by a different set of rules," he once said. SFMOMA has collected Woods's work since the mid-1990s, amassing the broadest collection of his work anywhere; the exhibition will feature these holdings, as well as a selection of loans from institutional and private collections.

Finally, I loved seeing the painting Hem (1999) by Jenny Saville. She is one of my favorite painters with her thick impasto brushwork and morbid view of the body.

oil on canvas | 120 in. x 84 in.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Art Opening Attended

I visited the art opening for Xara Thustra's solo show at the Luggage Store Gallery. I saw many familiar faces and briefly chatted with Xara. I've seen his performance art work which is completely amazing, but wasn't as impressed with his 2D works.

New Experimental Works
On ViewApril 12 – 27, 2013

Opening night Celebration!  Friday, 12 April  7-9pm 

luggage store gallery
1007 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415 255 5971
Wednesday – Saturday 12-5pm, and by appointment
The luggage store gallery is proud to present POP-UP SHOW: NEW EXPERIMENTAL WORKS by XARA THUSTRA. The opening celebration will take place on Friday, April 12 from 7-9pm with food and entertainment. The exhibition runs through April 27th, 2013.
This will be a two-week exhibition. During the second week of the show, everything in the POP-UP SHOW is free. The installation consists of both older and new works. The artist’s intention is to leave “empty handed.” Xara says this show is about “celebrating selfless acts.”

Artist in Residency Application

Today I finished applying to the Fire Island Artist Residency. I think I have a good chance at getting it and keeping my fingers crossed. If accepted, it would begin this summer.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Drink & Draw

Tonight the art store Dick Blick was having a special drawing event. It was a free 30 min. live drawing session, a short 5 minute demonstration by an atelier artist, and two drinks. I attended the gathering with my artist friend Scott Tsuchitani. It was short, but fun.


Friday, April 5, 2013

Another Figure Drawing Attended

Tonight I began by attending a free tasting of Laphroiag with my artist friend Scott Tsuchitani. Of course, I sampled each of them with my favorite being the 2011 special reserve.

Afterwards, I went to the free live drawing event at SFAI. The model was Barbara who I have painted and drawn 10 years ago. She is one of my favorites, however I don't think these drawings reflect that.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Art Opening Attended

Attended Darren Waterston's art opening at Haines Gallery. I am always inspired by his work. I plan on returning for his artist reception to meet him.

Darren Waterston
Ravens and Ruins
March 28 - May 18, 2013
Opening Reception
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 4:00pm to 6:00pm 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013