Sunday, November 30, 2008

Two years ago.

Around 5PM

I'm going through flickr and ordering photos and came across this image of Marci in her car before we had to go to one of her shows. What I really like about flickr is that it helps you remember everything (as long as you take photos of stuff, of course).

Yeah. that's pretty much it. Do you want to know what's one of our most viewed photos on flickr? It's Jaguar Monster Truck.

Jaguar Monster Car

Uh, yeah. We were driving back up on the 5 from San Diego and stopped at a gas station and noticed it. This photo, by the way has offended a bunch of Europeans on the Internet who see it and then leave nasty comments, so I had to delete those. It's not like we made the car, we just took the photo. And it's just a car.

The most viewed photo on Flickr we have is actually the Circle J*erk Table my friend made for her BFA show a few years ago. I have to add the "*" so people looking that stuff up won't find this photo. Cause it was kind of weird. There were about 4-5 views a day of this.

Circle J*rk

Yes, yes. She started in textile and ended up in wood furniture. the spots are pits where she poured resin in. She got furniture from Ikea and returned them after the show ended.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Apple Cider Donuts

Menu
The last time we went to go visit Marci's grandparents in Camino, we stopped into an Apple Orchard to pick up Apple Cider for Donald from the Library. When we got there, it was really early, and Marci bought two big things of Cider and I asked her if she'd get me a donut. I told her she should get one but she declined. Then when she saw them put the dough into the fryer, she asked for two.

Apple Cider Donut
This time around we didn't get them deep fried before our very eyes. Maybe cause it was a little after noon and not at 9 in the morning. It also looked like they didn't use a donut cutter, and shaped the donuts by hand (which actually was pretty sweet, cause there were more crispy bits with more edges and such).

After taking a photo of that menu, it's actually the first time I read it all the way straight through. I don't know what an Apple Crisp is, and I didn't know they had a Berry Cobbler. I just saw "Donut" and instantly thought I should have it.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Stephin Merritt in Conversation with Daniel Handler

Heard this on the radio a few weeks ago on KQED. Well, a little bit of it cause my internet was going in and out. Follow this link if you want to see excepts from their conversation.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

And Yes

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I bought a lamination machine while at Target. I don't remember exactly why. I think I just felt like it. You can't really do anything with it other than make ID cards, so we might make some for us and our studio mates. We have a studio meeting in a few hours so we might bring that up.

It's non-archival so I can't laminate these old star maps I have. Which, they're non-archival anyway. I don't really know what I'm going to do with them. I've been trying to figure out what to do with them for a while. Maybe I'll just frame them under uv-protective plexi-glass. Maybe I'll rescan them and make one large print for myself, or maybe i'll just put them back in the storage box and think about them later. The problem with having too many options is that you don't really know what to do cause there's too many options so the easiest thing to do is to do nothing.

Oh, by the way, This the first thing I laminated. It's from one Marci's cut up magazines. It's the only thing on my wall in our studio right now.

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Slow day

Friday, November 21, 2008

Post-It Show 3 at GR2 in Los Angeles

Post-It Show 3

I'm in this group show at GR2 in LA on the 13th of December. I won't be there but I wish I could. They started doing these shows after we left so I've never been. But pretty much they have a pretty sweet lineup and you can get a nice drawing from an artist you like for $20. It's just non-archival.

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Here's some that I've done. I have about 20 or so for it and its cash and carry. So you can't really see all the art unless you're there for the opening. Here's some photos on flickr from the last Post-It show at GR2.

Studio Visitors
We had three visits to the studio this week. One for real business for some non-profit on Sunday, Wednesday Evah, Brendan and Derek came over to see the space, and on Thursday Ferris stopped by cause he has business in the neighborhood.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I'd Eat It



But It's inedible. It's a house built by Erwin Wurm and it kind of reminds me of a S'more.

In other news, the rice crispy bars at Trader Joe's are pretty top notch.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

In the Morning

The best part of the morning before getting to the studio is making lunch together. Marci makes herself a sandwich and I make myself a salad. It's like packing for a picnic, only we're going to work.

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The worst part about good weather is the traffic that happens when there isn't suppose to be traffic. Where a 20 minute drive turns into an hour and people drive slowly over the bridge so they can enjoy the view of the City.

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In the Evening
Our studio windows faces west and you can see straight through this house that's perched atop of the hill. It looks real close but it not, but you can see the top of the Sutro Towers to the right of it. You can see the light of the setting sun through it's windows.

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Strange Little Girls

Yesterday
On the way to our car we got stopped by one of the neighbors' kids. She had a lemonade stand and was giving lemonade out for free. Marci tipped her 35c, and the girl poured her about 2 ounces of lemonade cause she couldn't really lift the pitcher.

Today
While helping Michelle move in stuff there was a girl in the building of our studio acting sort of weird. Eventually Marci started talking to her and she said she had a Museum down the hallway so we made our way there. We saw a sign that said "Wanted- Museum" and she had some drawing that were done on tissue paper. Marci bought a drawing for a dollar.

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New York Things

Planning out another trip to NYC. Marci's going to Yaddo for three weeks!

1. Elizabeth Peyton at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Marci's favorite painter.
2. Full Chicken shared between Ms. Washington and Ms. Finch along with other good things to eat.
3. Hotel in Midtown.
4. Muji (thanks for showing us Daniel) and Kinokuniya NY.
5. Hayden Planetarium and maybe the American Museum of Natural History.
6. Queens Museum Panorama. I wanted to go the last time we were there but I was kind of worn out so we didn't.
7. Strand Bookstore. We didn't go last time despite walking pass it four times. Maybe we'll go this time.


Our hotel is in the lower left hand corner. This by the way is the Panorama.



Pretty Amazing. This is a link to the Queens Museum Panorama.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Ice Cream People

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This dude on the east coast name Brian Butler sent this small painting to me a while ago. I thought it was awful nice of him.

I've been meaning to make him an ice cream person painting for a while but I just never have enough time on my hand, but some day I will. If you want to know more about his project you should go here. I think he's still asking for submissions and there's a lot of stuff he gathered.

He makes things that aren't Ice Cream people related, too. And they're pretty sweet.

Marci got to meet him in New York and he actually helped them in setting up the We=Trouble show.

"The Cabinet II"



Pete's having a interesting show that opens next weekend. Here's the info. We went to school with Sam, and she makes pretty awesome work. If you're in Oakland you should make your way there to the opening.

"The Cabinet II"
Printmaking by Samantha Lautman, Anna M. Simson, and Patrick Rowe

Rowan Morrison Gallery and Artist’s Bookstore
330 40th Street (at Broadway)
Oakland, California, 94609

Please join us for the opening reception
Saturday November 22nd, 7pm - 10pm

Show Runs:
November 22nd - December 24th

Rowan Morrison Gallery and Artist’s Bookstore is excited to announce "The Cabinet II" - a follow up of The Cabinet Show at 21 Grand in Oakland back in 2003.
In this installment we focus on three emerging artists who work primarily in traditional methods of printmaking: Samantha Lautman, Anna M. Simson, and Patrick Rowe.

Anna M. Simson’s artwork is built layer by layer, incorporating printmaking processes with photography, stencils, and digital media. This layering is both simultaneous to and a metaphor for the layering of ideas that go into the work. Over time the ideas, stemming from seemingly mundane elements, expand and multiply, becoming a visual record of time and thought. In this series of prints the artist embraces themes of magical realism, Bay Area urban landscape (such as Muni cables and the Bay Bridge retrofit), and chaotic space constructed through overlapping pattern. Expectations become jumbled. Surveillance cameras turn into flowering plants, and chilis turn into rain clouds. Anna M. Simson is an MFA candidate at CCA and completed her BFA at UC Berkeley. Recent Exhibitions include Mujeres Visionarias and Solo Mujeres at Mission Grafica, Arte Latino at Sanchez Art Center in Pacifia, and Dia de los Muertos at the De Young and Legion of Honor.

Samantha Lautman works on a tiny and intricate level, yet her use of experimentation within the medium is innovative and unique. Her prints are like fossils leaving impressions on paper – they preserve the memory of the people and places around her. Portraits, cityscapes and domestic interiors are etched onto non-traditional printmaking surfaces such as pennies, transportation tickets, or fake credit cards. These are objects that leave a trace of their own significance that contributes to the drawn imagery. Lautman received her BFA from CCA inn 2003, and was the recipient of the prestigious Yozo Hamaguchi Scholarship. She has been an artist in residence at Kala, and recent exhibitions include There! at the DiRosa Preserve in Napa, Terror? at San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts, and Multiples and The Cabinet Print Show at 21Grand in Oakland.

Patrick Rowe’s work explores the relationship between chance and control. Reaching back to the oldest form of lithography, Rowe uses limestone as his printing block, as it is porous, holds ink well, and contains fossil remnants. The raw printed relief of the stone's surface reveals an amalgamation of residual etched images of previous work, as well as the natural fingerprint of the limestone’s veins and reticulations. Using the entire surface as his background, he layers images taken from architectural drawings, self portraits, visceral photographs, and abstractions to create the final composition. The work becomes a reflection of artistic decision-making and the material itself. Patrick Rowe attained his BFA at Carnegie Mellon University in 2005. He spent a year as an artist in residence at Kala Art Institute, and currently lives and works In Cairo, Egypt.

Remember that Japanese penguin that goes fish shopping on it's own?



we do.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Rope



The other night Marci and I rented Alfred Hitchcock's Rope. It's a pretty interesting movie, although it wasn't really all that good plot wise. The first thing you notice is that he's working with a continuous shot throughout the film, just panning in and out of things or people's back. Something else you notice is the artificial sunset which is pretty much the awesomest thing about the whole film. When the blinking neon is hitting their faces at the climax at the film is when it gets pretty sweet. I'd rent the film mostly for that.

Scott Barry


Long Strange Trip from bott scarry on Vimeo.

One of my favorite zine makers is San Francisco's own Scott Barry.

He has an opening tomorrow at 260 Divisadero & Haight in the City.

Merge is 20


Merge Records is celebrating their 20th anniversary with the release of the Score! box set, containing 14 compilation CDs from the Merge catalog each curated by a non-Merge artist. The collection also includes a disc of various non-Merge artists covering songs from the Merge catalog, a disc of remixes, a photo book of Merge record cover art and more. All proceeds from Score! will benefit charities selected by the curators of the compilation CDs.

Score! is available by subscription only through the Merge Records store.

In the Studio

New Studio

This is a photo from the second day of being in our studio. We're sharing a space with friends in Dogspatch. It's just been Marci and I for the past week, but hopefully some more folks will trickle in. We have to build walls still, but we just got a refrigerator so that means it's pretty f'ing official.

It's really sweet having a place to paint that's not in your house. I end up getting more stuff done way more faster just cause I know I'm going into the city and there's no cats trying to distract me or getting into my stuff.

But our house is kind of getting a little trashed cause it's just the cats and I'm not around to clean up right after them. Like finding cat puke underneath Marci's paper work cause they tried burying it and there's like tumbleweeds of cat hair going through the living room. But yeah.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Recent Book Purchases

I bought Rick Atkinson's "The Day of Battle". It's the 2nd of a three parter of a WWII western front liberation series. I read the first one "Army at Dawn" three years ago when I lived in LA. It took me three months to read cause I half read it in the bathroom and while at work (I only worked one day a week). I've been waiting for a pretty long time for this book. Actually anticipating for the release of this book is worse than waiting for the new Harry Potter, just cause I have no idea how old Rick Atkinson is, and he could probably just die at anytime. Actually last year around this time, I read something about a delay in publication of this book but it's been out for a while. I've been waiting for it to come out in paperback. Hopefully some time soon I'll have free time to read it. It's on the list.

The first one is about the Allied Forces in North Africa. It's pretty much a day by day account of what happened, and there's a lot of really good stories put together. It's my ideal book, it non-fiction, it clear cut, you can read it in short spurts and not get lost when you get back to the text, uh there's a lot of small stories that get tied together, and there's no real overplayed emotions/patriotism other annoying stuff. This second one is about the campaign in Italy.

Yeah, uh, when I lived in LA I really got into WWII a little too much. So this is sort of uh, what's leftover from that.

I got this book on Khmer-Americans. I read it when I was 19, and I remember it being an interesting read. So I bought it used. It is kind of weird being broken down by a book. It's kind of weird cause I don't really think of myself as Khmer, since I'm only half, and uh, yeah. I haven't met a Cambodian that I wasn't related to since I left for college.

Uh, yeah. I haven't bought any other books that you read, other than the new Complete Moomin. I am looking forward to reading two comics:
Hellen Jo
Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hi-Tec-C



I had to pick up Hi-Tec-Cs in the City the other day. My 0.4 ran out, and Marci accidentally busted up my 0.25. I get them in Japantown, but you can get them online at like, Jetpen. They're nice pens to work with, unless you're one of those people who don't know how to draw softly, then I wouldn't really recommend you using them. They have small ball-points, which basically means you don't have to scrape the paper with them; instead you gently roll the pen along the paper and watch yourself make the most precise pen drawing ever.

I just use the pens to draw out text for the back of exhibition postcards, and to draw out images for my button sets.

Box of Buttons

That day I got them I hung out with an old friend, we got lunch at Over the Bridge. He got something that looked like a moco loco but with curry instead of gravy and no mac salad on the side. I just got chicken curry over rice cause I didn't want my heart to stop. We went to see Religulous cause it had just started and we would have to wait 2 hours to see another movie that wasn't Changeling.

Making Pork Chops

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Slowly I'm learning how to cook.

This is the second meal I've made on my own. The first was Corned Beef and Cabbage, which was in June. I made it twice in two weeks so Marci got sick of it and I'll probably won't be able to make it for a while.

One of my favorite meals is fried pork chops so I made it. It takes about 14 minutes to make. I also fry latkes on the side and scoop out a side of apple sauce to eat the pork chops in (the best chops I've ever had was in Marin where they put thinly sliced pears on the side). Normally I don't like apple sauce, or apples, or pears, but with pork chops they're pretty supreme.

At a normal grocery store, it's about $8 for two pork chops, a can of apple sauce is about $2, latkes are $2 for 8, and to get a salad it'll probably cost you $2 or so (I'm pretending there are people like me who don't cook or know anything about properly buying groceries). I did the math, it's about $7 to feed each person with this meal, cause you don't really eat ALL the latkes or the salad, or the apple sauce. But if you wanted to, you could do that.

Yeah, yeah. I just learned how to boil an egg. I had to look up the directions online cause I wanted to do it as properly as I can. Soft boiled eggs kind of grosses me out. I like to put eggs in my salad.

If you're wondering how it took me 29 years to want to start learning how to cook, or even boil an egg, well, I don't really know how that happened. It was on the list, I've just been really busy I guess.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Earth From Above





I'm looking for stuff to draw, so I'm finding some sweet images.
Earth From Above.

And Yes



Other things:
We finally moved into our studio and are now doing stuff in it. It's in Dogspatch and it's in a pretty sweet building. We're renting it out with a few friends but so far it's just Marci and me in the studio.

I did a short interview with my friend, Matt Rubin. There's a few grammatical errors. Uh, I answered them really late at night.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Ritter Sport

I found this video while looking up stuff on Ritter Sport.



Yes, yes.

A few years ago I got really into Ritter Sport. Marci's into the one with the biscuit but I usually get Hazlenut. I think how we started is cause they're carried at Trader Joe's and I was really into Scharffen Berger's chocolate with expresso beans and I think they stopped carrying so I switched to Ritter's. I think once you start on that path to good chocolate, you can never really go back. It just feels like you're eating chocolate with filler.

Coconut's good, but I don't think I can eat a whole bar. Cornflakes is surprisingly good.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Election Map



If you like maps you'd probably think this is pretty sweet.


More People voted for Barack Obama in Alameda County than they did in the entire state of Rhode Island.

Crystal Cave of Giants




Read a National Geographics' article while Marci was getting stuff at Longs Drugs on the Crystal Cave of Giants. Next time you're at a Longs you should thumb through it.

Uh, I also read an interesting article in The New Yorker.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Yes!


The night before the election Marci and I went through the sample ballot and looked up who were voting for, and we went through the propositions that were up. Seriously, sometimes all you have to do is look up who's for and against this stuff. Like Prop 7 where both the Democratic and Republican parties were against the initiative. But we tried reading through everything and making the best decision.

We woke up this morning and went to the polls, which is conveniently right down the street one block away. We bumped into a few friends in the early morning and there wasn't really much of a line. There was a bunch of "No on Prop 8" folks there, but really, uh, I don't know if they were really needed, cause it's Oakland (crossed fingers it will not pass).

I tried doing stuff all day but I ended up not doing anything. Actually I couldn't find my sketchbook, and I had to finish this illustration job, so I spent most of the day looking for that. And then 3 rolled around and the polls started closing so I hung out listening to the radio and watched the political dashboards on Yahoo and NPR, while also reading my friends' status updates on Facebook.


A little after 8 PM.


A little after 9 PM.

I think I might have cried if Obama lost, but he didn't so I get to save my tears for another day.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Moominworld


Ever since I discovered there was such thing as a Moominworld I've been trying to scheme a way to get to Finland. Uh, I don't know how I'm going to get there, but the first stop is to move to somewhere cheaper for a while, save up while paying off the rest of my student loans, and then getting to Finland. People ask me why and then I say, "Cause of Moominworld". But most everyone here don't know what the fuck I'm talking about. So I just say it's really close to St. Petersburg and Peter the Great was my favorite Czar.

Yes, yes. Moomin's Day in Finland is August 9th, which happens to be our anniversary. Coincidence? Probably.



Yeah. I'm from California. We don't have winter. I think a lot about living in a colder climate. The coldest I've ever been was when I went to visit Portland, in around 2006. My old roommate showed up at my door at 10 pm and was like, "Do you want to go to Portland?". And I was just like, "Yeah, that sounds pretty cool".

Around the time we went over the border to Oregon was when I was having some second thoughts. Cause my friend is sort of blind in one eye and sees in 2-D. And we were on icy roads and it was f'ing pitched black. Also his window was busted but he wanted to smoke while driving, so his window was kind of open half the time while driving up.

That wasn't the coldest I've been. This is leading up to the coldest I ever been. Sorry my stories are pretty long winded and sometimes they don't really lead to anywhere.

The coldest I've ever been was sleeping over at my friend Chris' house. It was a pretty sweet house, but Chris just moved up there so the room I was sleeping in was kind of bare; just a mattress, two blankets and a space heater. He also had a turtle down there under a heat lamp but he was hibernating. I had the space heater on full blast but the temperature sat at 40-45 the entire night. It was so cold I couldn't sleep and I just sat there re-reading a magazine I bought on the way up just trying not to think how cold it is. When I got back from that trip I just never wanted to go anywhere north of Marin, ever.

That trip wasn't so bad, cause I got to hang out with an old friend. He showed me his painting studio which was pretty sweet. It was next to a train track. They do this thing where they run up and hop on slow moving trains and take it up the road for a while and get off. Got to see some old friends from Oakland who moved up there. It was kind of weird trip. I didn't have a camera on me.

But yeah. I don't know. I think I changed my mind about wanting to move somewhere warmer when I developed this allergy to wheat. It kind of sucks but not really. It just gets pretty bad when the weather is pretty warm. Like I can get a heat stroke or break out in hives if I'm outside when things go wrong. Before I figured out my allergy I just sat at home all day and just worked while being sick so I netflixed a bunch of nature stuff, and I got into Ingmar Bergman films (he's Swedish). Then I found pictures of Moominworld while dicking around flickr. I also read up on some articles on Iceland and Finland. I don't know. Sometimes my mind gets fixated on an idea and I think, "Yeah, that would make my life better". Not moving to Finland, but trying out a colder climate. Or going to somewhere colder.

Yeah, that's basically what I have on my mind these days.

Uh, Marci has this folder on my desktop titled, "Ugly Republicans".