Thursday, September 30, 2010

LA Bound

Yeah. We're going to LA. I should be probably more excited but I'm still getting shit done.

This is my last painting. It's drying right now, but I still have to cut out a shape of the boat in tracing paper and throw some sporatic stars and then put another coat of matte medium down.

These are my 5" x 5" all packed up. It took me about two hours cause I also had to cut velcro and put them on the back. It makes installing way faster, and this will be my second time installing by myself so I guess it's worth it.. Last night around midnight I decided that they should all have a matte finish instead of a gloss one. So yeah. that fucking sucked. I was up to about 6 in the morning doing that. They go together, but they don't make a square cause I did my math wrong. There's like 94, but I was suppose to do 91. I'm too tired to eliminate 3, and I could include 4 of these old ones but I don't like them so much.

These are my 9"x12", they go together but won't be touching. I made 27. Originally there was going to 24, but I miscounted, and there was like 26. So I got another panel and made it 27. Uh, I know. I'm such a good story teller.

There's more. I have uh, 4 16"x20", one 30"x40", that large one that's drying which is 24"x30", and a 11"x16" which was my weird illustration job that Tiny Showcase is making into a print that's going to be released next week. I had 4 18"x24" paintings I was going work on, but I ran out of time. I keep track of my square inches for my shows, so for this show, since it's shared is, 8645 square inches. I've always kept track of this cause I used to always live in small places making small paintings so I didn't know if my paintings could fill up an exhibition space. My first solo shows were about 9,000 square inches to 10,000. The largest I ever done was about 14,000. Nowadays it's really hard for me to to get really high up there cause most of the stuff I make is 5"x5", so that's like 25 square inches. So to make just 9,0000 would take 360 paintings. I think my number obsession has made start working in grids. Cause odd numbers kind of bother me, except 1s and 3s for some strange reason. But it really doesn't bother me when things don't match according to plans cause yeah. You can only control what you can control. Sometimes they run out of panels at the store, or sometimes my brain tells me that I need to be reading a comic book in bed.

This is the rat nest where I paint. I do lint roll my paintings and I use can air when I draw cause sometimes spit comes out of my mouth when blowing away eraser marks and then that fucks shit up. This is where I'm sitting at right now.

For Derek
I made this painting for Derek. It like him in cat form. We're staying with him while we're in LA. Yeah, I give all my gifts in clear resealable plastic bags. It ruins the surprise, but at least whatever's inside stays clean. After this photo I even labeled it with Derek's name.

Other things:
1. It's been very hot. It was like 100 degrees for two days straight. It wasn't that bad cause it made everything dry like instantly.
2. We both had to go to the DMV this week. I had to renew my California ID. It expired last year but I don't really get stopped for it, except at the Safeway. The DMV sucked. We went to El Cerrito but their camera was broken so we had to go to the one in Oakland. I hung out a little at my friend's house using their wi-fi and relaxing on their porch cause they lived across the street from the DMV. I didn't say hi cause they seemed busy playing video games.

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3. I watched Murder by Death. It has Maggie Smith in it. As well as some guy who sounded like Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote and then ended up being Truman Capote. It's a spoof on murder mysteries so I kind of liked it.
4. I watched both Clash of the Titans. The 2010 and the 1981 original. It's weird how around 1990 people complained about the special affects (effects?) and nowadays people complain about the CGI. I kind of just zone it all out, so I didn't like either one especially but they were still pretty entertaining.

5. My friend, Jacob was in town and dropped by. I've known him for about 10 years, and I just found out he eats fish (which I always thought his diet was strictly vegetarian, but he was a commercial fisherman for a year or so when he was like 19). I took him to the really nice sushi restaurant that's really cheap cause it's just a take-out place. He makes awesome work.
5. Awesome new historical dude I just found out about: Gilbert du Motier.
6. Tonight I'm watching Youth in Revolt and National Geographics Inside North Korea. If you have the chance you should watch State of Mind, or the Vice's Guide to travel episode on when they go to North Korea. Last night I watched An Affair to Remember (It kind of sucked, I hate artists in fictional portrayals cause the art always suck), Elizabeth, a Frontline Episode on bad cops in New Orleans during Katrina, and re-watched some episodes of Ken Burn's Civil War.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tove Jansson

I made a poster of a photo of Tove Jansson.

I hung it in the heroes corner of my studio, along with Margaret Kilgallen, Edward Gorey, and Sir Edmund Hillary.


Ghost Comforting Cat
I don't know how I could be in the studio with a paint brush in my hand at all times, but still not have much done. I have a dual show with Ferris Plock in LA, October 2nd, and I have like 11 paintings done.

So yeah. Here's what I have so far. I have 10 more 9"x12"s to finish, and then I'm going to work on some larger pieces. Hopefully. I have a bunch of 5"x5" I'm going to throw. Yeah, that's pretty much is the plan.

Nothing much other than that. I was doing a late night schedule but it made me get behind on stuff. Like e-mailing and going to the post office, and buying groceries, and doing chores, so I'm trying to switch it up. Instead of going to bed at 7 or 8 in the morning I'm going to try sleeping at 1 or 2. It's one right now, so I'm going to do one last thing and go to sleep by the end of the hour.

That's pretty much it.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ruth Laskey @ Ratio3 (SF) Sept 10


Ruth Laskey
September 10 – October 23, 2010
Ratio 3, 1447 Stevenson Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

Opening reception: September 10, 2010, 6-8pm.

Ratio 3 is pleased to present new work by Ruth Laskey, on view from September 10 to October 23, 2010.

For this exhibition, Ruth Laskey will present seven new weavings from her Twill Series. Her investigations into the definitive nature of the blank canvas have evolved into increasingly complex relationships between form, color, and space. She employs dye, thread, and a loom to weave intricate geometric forms that fade in and out of focus, and suggest subtle movement.

In this most recent body of work, the artist has shifted her attention from the structure of the weaving to the fluid properties of the dye. As a result, the images have morphed, the angular geometric forms have loosened, and the dyes have affected a blurring of color, shape and space. Gradations of color engage the object of the blank canvas with a rhythmic, fluctuating depth.

“All straight lines are really curved if you extend them far enough. And if you’ve been doing straight lines for a while, the next thing is to try curves. Where else is there to go but all the way around?”—Lee Lozano

In conjunction with the Laskey exhibition, the gallery will also present an exhibition of works by the late Lee Lozano (1930-1999), curated by Steven Leiber. On view will be four graphite drawings from the 1960s and a selection of original xerographic prints from her notebooks, 1967-70.

Ruth Laskey was born in 1975 in San Luis Obispo, CA. She graduated from the California College of the Arts with a B.F.A. in 1999 and an M.F.A. in 2005 with degrees in Painting/Drawing. She has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Cinzia Friedlaender, Berlin (2009), Song Song, Vienna (2008), and Ratio 3 (2008). She has been included in group exhibitions at Lehman College Art Gallery, New York (2010), Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, Portland, OR (2010), The Approach, London (2008), Misako & Rosen, Tokyo (2008), and the Oakland Museum of California (2007). Laskey currently lives and works in San Francisco. This is her second solo exhibition with Ratio 3.

Saturday, September 4, 2010


For a while I was photographing different sodas I've been picking up here and there. But then I stopped.

This is ginger beer. I got it cause I liked the cap. It reminded me of a Silver Jews t-shirt I had when I was 22. It was an awesome shirt. This drink makes me sneeze.

I shared this with Rob a few months ago. Like in March.

Other sodas not photographed:
1. Manhattan Special. Not so special (I'm sorry). It's coffee/cola. I was one of the half dozen folks that enjoyed coke blak, so I was kind of disappointed.

2. Waialau. This is kind of my new favorite soda. It's Hawaiian. You can get it at the Liquor store on Telegraph across the street from 510 Skateboards. I've never seen the Pineapple or Mango ones, but their Vanilla and Root Beer are both pretty ace.

3. Bubble-up. Lemon-lime soda. I don't really like lime cola, I got it pretty much for the bottle cap. I forgot where I got it at.

4. Dublin Dr. Pepper. I got my first Dublin Dr. Pepper in San Mateo last week. It's made with Cane Sugar and comes from Dublin, TX. It's alright. It's still prune soda.

5. Thums Up. It's owned by Coca-cola and you can get it at Indian restaurants. It tastes like you're biting into my uncle's leather furniture (in like 1984) which is kind why I like it. Cause I think of being 5 and watching cartoon robots beating up on other cartoon robots.

6. Malta Goya- This is apparently fucking wheat soda. It's the first drink that made me instantly spit it out and run to the bathroom to wash out my mouth. I got it cause the bottle cap said "Malta, India, Puerto Rico" which seemed like the 3 most random countries to put together on a bottle cap. I picked this up with Joe at a liquor store in the Mission near his house. The lady wouldn't sell it to me cause I all I had was a 10 so Joe bought it for me.

6. & 7. I also got Faygo and Boylan. Uh, they're better than Coke but they're kind of the same. I can get them at family grocery stores or at I think Andronico's.

8. There's always Natural Brew. They make a really good vanilla cola. You can get that at whole foods, but I get mine at the Produce Center on Shattuck.

9. Normally I don't like fruit soda, but when I go to Mexican restaurants and if I feel like a soda, I get the apple one Mundet makes. It's pretty awesome.

Below is a video for Galco Soda Pop Stop which is in LA. Or near LA. We have to go to LA in October and I want to make a stop there.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Kelly Tunstall & Susie Ghahremani (NYC, Sept 4)

Out and About at GRNY

Out and About at GRNY


Kelly Tunstall and Susie Ghahremani

September 4 - September 29, 2010
Reception: Saturday, September 4, 6:30 - 10:00 p.m.

Giant Robot Gallery 437 East 9th Street
Between 1st Ave. & Ave. A, in the East Village
New York, New York 10009

(212) 674-GRNY (4769) |

Giant Robot is proud to present Out and About, featuring new works by Kelly Tunstall and Susie Ghahremani.

Kelly Tunstall's experimental yet classically grounded portraits of stylized, leggy female figures with their pets, prey, and powers live in a captivating space between concrete reality and the dreamscapes of the supernatural. Integrating graphic expression, stylized representation, surrealism, and sketch, the California College of Arts and Crafts graduate has shown her work in galleries across America and Japan.

For Out and About, Tunstall promises 20 to 30 original works capturing the magic of the mundane, with stylized representations of the people she encounters in her everyday life--"all ladies and most wearing fabulous necklaces." Using acrylic, pencil, pen, and ink, Tunstall explores the charming incongruities of the modern and not-so-modern woman.

Susie Ghahremani creates patchwork-inspired illustrations that are simple in design, complex in execution, and all-around pleasing to the eye. In addition to making two-dimensional art, she crafts tote bags, buttons, wallets, stationery, and other goodies. The RISD graduate has contributed work to Nickelodeon, Chronicle Books, and The New York Times, and was featured in the 2010 The Exquisite Book art book. Inspired by patterns, crafts, and the natural world, Susie is creating super-detailed works for the show. With approximately 15 framed works, 30 miniatures, and a few paintings on wood, the cool, retro-colored collection will also include paintings from SusieĆ¢€™s recent stationery collection with Chronicle Books.

Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based magazine about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994, but has evolved into a full-service pop culture provider with shops and galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, as well as an online equivalent.

A reception for the artists will be held from 6:30 - 10:00 on Saturday, September 4. For more information about the show, GRNY, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact:

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
(310) 479-7311

Kelly's Wall 3

Susie's Whole Wall