Thursday, January 29, 2009

Pictures from Yaddo



I'm uploading Marci's pictures from Yaddo. They'll all be in this set soon. There's a lot. It's an afternoon of uploading. 90% of it's white. As in snow.

Here's the wikipedia page explaining what Yaddo is. Marci was there with one other painter and a lot of writers. She says it was amazing. She would be posting about it but she's busy painting and making sure the cats aren't sitting on her paper.

The last time I bought a Paper...

The last time I bought a paper was when Joe came over to go jogging, and said he needed to go buy some newspapers. His mom had made the front cover.

Joe's mom made the front page
Which wasn't a good thing cause she was going to Iraq.

Joe's Quote
Here's Joe's quote.

She was going to try embedding as a reporter, but I think she got turned away and ended up hanging out at the beach in Kuwait. Marci was in school and I guess on her way to class she saw the headline, and was like, "Some crazy Berkeley lady is going to Iraq" and then when she got home and I had the paper she was, "It's Joe's mom?".

She recently vacationed in North Korea.

I don't try making sense of my friend Joe, I just need someone to go jogging with.

That Tiny Showcase Show

WE = TROUBLE

I kind of forgot to put this on here. The artwork went online 2 tuesdays ago on Tiny Showcase. You can see the work here.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I'll be in the Chronicle Tomorrow

I got asked to do "11 Things" in I think the Arts & Leisure section. I haven't read a real paper in years. I have images in it. Online are just the things I wrote. Most of it I've said in past interviews or on this blog, so nothing really too exciting.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/28/NS0L15G5OP.DTL

They wanted me to explain my name in two sentences, which is kind of hard, but i tried.

Monday, January 26, 2009

On Friday I got this Email From My Friend

In case you haven't seen this,
here's the crazy pitchfork article about DC Berman quitting the silver
jews and confessing that his dad is an evil powerful washington dc
lobbyist:

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/news/148664-silver-jews-david-berman-calls-it-quits


fyi, the SJ message board that he posted it on is the crappy new one
that I barely ever write on.*


*SIde Note: They started a new Silver Jews message board and my friend got yelled at for making fun of someone who never heard the "Arizona Record", which you know if you like a band enough to join their message board you'd think you'd at least dick around the Internet and find their first album. But yeah, apparently there were a lot of other folks who hadn't heard it either.

When I got this e-mail I was kind of sad, but then while lying in bed I thought of all the Silver Jews music I really enjoy, and it just sat at American Water and The Natural Bridge. I think it all kind of went down hill when he found his wife (but I'm glad he found happiness).

Last year, out of curiosity I read a book on Neutral Milk Hotel. The book answered this dying question I needed an answer to, and that was, "Why did Jeff Magnum stop making music?". And I got that answer, and it was just as simple as there was no more Neutral Milk Hotel music left and anything else would have been less. And since then, sometimes listening to songs like "Punks in the Beer Light", or "Tennessee", or "Animal Shapes" I go, "Uh".

I bought the Silver Jew DVD but I haven't seen it yet. I wanted to see it with someone who really likes the Silver Jews, but everyone who does has already seen the movie.

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Another side note, if you're like me, and you want more good stuff from DC Berman, but are a little disappointed in the newer stuff, you should pick up Actual Air, his book of poems. I tend to not like poetry, but I picked it up in the fall and it's a pretty good read. If I was better with words I could tell you why, but I'm not.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Since You've Been Gone

Uh, since Marci went to Yaddo I haven't really been doing much. She gets back in a few days or so, and then she's off to Tucson for 2 weeks. Since December she's been to Miami, Boise, and New York.

After I got back, I had to work on my show at Rowan Morrison in Oakland. It's on 40th and Broadway and all my friends live in North Oakland (a lot of them near 40th and Telegraph, which is the next major street over). My friend, Pete runs the space so it was nice just showing at a place that was more like just having a show at friend's house.

But since that show I really haven't been up to anything. Our cat Penelope gets nervous whenever Marci leaves town and she tends to over eat, so she was puking a lot. She kept on puking on the bed when I was gone, and I had to change the cover 3 times before I decided to just stay home for a while. But she kept on puking, so I moved the TV into the bedroom and have been playing video games while watching documentaries on my laptop. It worked, she's stopped over eating. But yeah, it's just been me in bed with her all day.

I've been playing Scrabble with various friends who have stopped by to chat cause they were in the neighborhood. For some strange reason, despite my limited vocabulary I'm quite good at it. I've only lost once since we got it, and that was the game Marci got her first bingo.

Last Monday my friend, Rob had a free day so he came to the East Bay and we went to a really nice restaurant in Alameda.

Last Thursday Zach, Michelle and I went to this show I'm in at the Palo Alto Art Center. Neither one of us had ever been to Palo Alto and although the roads were very dark we somehow found the place. Our friend, Ferris grew up there, and I guess he got dropped off there as a kid to take art classes. We later picked up Matthew and got drinks at Ben & Nicks in Oakland.

Saturday I went to game night at a friend's house. We played two rounds of Apples to Apples, and I played Trivial Pursuit for the first time. Trivial Pursuit is kind of frustrating and I think it brings out the ass-hole in me. Who thinks Honolulu is an Island? Who takes 20 minutes to try and figure out what is the title of the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings"?.

Yeah, during Thanksgiving there was a big fight over Trivial Pursuit. I didn't get to see it cause when I saw the game come out it looked really bad and I went and hid in the TV room. Marci's family is "a little" too competitive.

If you really want to get good at Trivial Pursuit you should just really watch the History Channel a lot. Or watch a lot of documentaries.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I'm in a group show in Palo Alto next Thursday

But I don't know how I'm going to get there. But it's also up for about 3 months.

Uh, I just linked everyone thats in the show and I really don't know how I got into this show. It's really weird. I looked up how to take it using public transit and it's a lot of walking, and then Marci says I can use her car if I can find someone to drive it, but it's kind of a hard car to drive, I guess. I don't know. I never been to Palo Alto.

Here's the Info:

The Palo Alto Art Center Presents


Winter 2009 Exhibitions / January 23- April 26, 2009
TALES FROM AN IMAGINARY MENAGERIE &
JOE BRUBAKER: SOMNAMBULISTS


~Public preview, Thursday, January 22, 2009, 5:30- 7:30 pm~


PALO ALTO, Calif. – November 25, 2008 – Among the offerings in the Palo Alto Art Center’s two Winter/Spring exhibitions are fabulist constructions that visually blur the boundaries between abstraction and realist representation in Joe Brubaker: Somnambulists and between animal and man in Tales from an Imaginary Menagerie.

The polychrome figures in Joe Brubaker: Somnambulists have an inward gaze and striking iconic frontality, as if perpetually suspended in dream states. The Bay Area sculptor’s work triggers the memory of Santos ?the hand-carved figures of colonial Latin America and New Mexico that depict saints, angels, or other religious figures. Brubaker’s contemporary figures, however, go beyond motifs of the traditional genre in their melding of realistic details with strongly reductive, abstract elements. Their appeal derives from the artist’s sensitive carving and the sense of human history evoked by materials that range from reclaimed wood from old bridges to worn, peeling metal.

The exhibition, which is presented on the occasion of the publication Somnambulists, features influential pieces from private collections and the artist’s own holdings, preparatory drawings, and exemplary tools that impart particular character to his figures.

Tales from an Imaginary Menagerie explores current directions in contemporary art in which artists have created imaginary hybrid animals or mined the subject of animals in an anthropomorphic territory usually reserved for publications for children. These directions may revisit the wide realm of imagination identified with 19th century cabinets of wonder, reflect the artist’s political strategies for statements on science or gender, or be a mechanism for compelling narratives or delving into investigations of the inner psyche. The blurring of the boundaries between human and animal manifests our culture’s projection of human attributes in our companion creatures and adoption of animal attributes in human activities, ranging from athletic contest to claiming sexual identity.

Tales from an Imaginary Menagerie features drawings, sculpture, photography, tapestry, and video by Randy Bolton, Ria Brodell, John Casey, Adam Chapman, Timothy Cummings, Walton Ford, Justin Gibbens, Scott Greene, Julie Heffernan, Laurie Hogin, Anthony Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth, Misako Inaoka, Nina Katchadourian, Margot Quan Knight, Philip Knoll, Walter Robinson, John Slepian, Deth P. Sun, Kevin E. Taylor, Masami Teraoka, Donald Roller Wilson, and Yuka Yamaguchi. In collaboration with the exhibition Natural Blunders at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara University [http://www.scu.edu/de Saisset], Tales from an Imaginary Menagerie marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Andrew Tosiello


Our friend, Andrew has a new website up. There's some kinks in Safari, but it works good on Firefox. You can check it out here.

Andrew got his MFA from CCA the same time as Marci did. He also went to an artist residency with Marci in Colorado between year 1 & 2. He makes awesome work which centers around the Italian-American mobster.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Saturday's Moon


Saturday the Full Moon will be the biggest of the year.
It's the Full Wolf Moon.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Uh, I have an art opening on Saturday.


It's at Rowan Morrison, which is like a 15 minute walk from my house. I'm still finishing up the show. I finished up the artwork and now I'm doing all the paperwork and documenting. Today I took photos of my work, and put the final glaze on my paintings. Tomorrow I'm going to dick around all day cutting velcro strips and uploading images onto flickr. Yeah.

The Following is the press release:

"This Too Shall Pass"
New Work by Deth P. Sun

Please join us for the opening reception
Saturday January 10th, 7pm - 10pm

Show Runs:
January 10th - February 14th

In this Oakland artist's first hometown solo show since 2002, Deth P. Sun will fill the gallery with over a hundred small paintings, larger works, and a site specific installation.
Deth P. Sun’s artwork has long focused on the mythological quest of anthropomorphic cats. The characters are often equipped only with a blade and a lantern as they travel vast landscapes of mountain ranges, haunted caverns, turbulent oceans, and misting forests. A cast of legendary wolves, ghosts, vampires, turtles, and birds are regularly encountered as accomplices, antagonists, or both. Illustrative in nature, one can’t help but sense the broader narrative that exists between each series, despite the artist’s avoidance of imposing any explicit meaning on to the viewer.

The exhibition closes on February 14th with the release of his first published book, “I See It All”, published by Rowan Morrison Gallery (2009). The 64-page book replicates the sequence, size and paper-weight of one of Sun’s moleskin journals created in August of 2008. Details of a closing reception and book release party will be announced soon.

Since graduating from CCA in 2002, Deth P. Sun has exhibited several times with Giant Robot (SF, NY & LA), and widely elsewhere both nationally and abroad. He has contributed his illustrations to Giant Robot, Urban Outfitters and Chronicle Books. Prints by Deth P. Sun can be found in the Rowan Morrison Print Portfolio year-round. More of Deth’s work can be found at his website www.dethpsun.com


A friend told me I got mentioned in flavorpill.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Hoipolloi: In Production: The Doubtful Guest




They made a stage production of Edward Gorey's "The Doubtful Guest". Some other folks are also trying to make it into a film. Supposedly. A little weird. I don't really know what I think of this. Other than "it's a little weird".

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Rob Sato at GR2


Rob Sato is having a show in LA. If you're in the area you should drop by. Burying Sandwiches is one of Marci's favorite comics.

Dirty Paper Machines at GR2
January 17 - February 11
Reception: Saturday, January 17, 6:30 -10:00

GR2
2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
gr2.net
(310) 445-9276

Giant Robot is proud to present Dirty Paper Machines 3 by Rob Sato at GR2.

Paintings and illustrations by Rob Sato have been known to mix animals and humans in strange yet appealing ways. In addition to participating in numerous group and solo art shows since 2001, he received the prestigious Xeric Grant awarded to up-and-coming comic-book artists in 2004, allowing him to publish Burying Sandwiches.

"When I heard this show was actually going to happen, I made plans to drop all projects and cut my hours at my day job," says Sato. "This situation has produced work which digs deeper into themes I usually try to stuff into pictures. It's a rich mix of humor, mayhem, sadness, horror, adventure, heavy metal, science fiction, history, pastoral beauty, questionable behavior, and true love. Of course, some of it is just silly."

For Dirty Paper Machines, Sato is preparing about 60 pieces. Sizes range from tiny one-inch paintings to 30" x 44". In addition, he will have one new mini-comic, some small screenprints, and a large Ultrachrome Giclee print.

A reception for the artist will take place from 6:30 to 10:00 on Saturday, January 17.