Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Infinites

I'm loving this song by Bomb the Bass.  I wrote down the lyrics and I couldn't make out a few words so they are not one-hundred percent accurate. 

Oh it's possible
they will understand
 --?-- million years ahead of them

Back to light
Pure energy
We are the infinites bathed in shimmering fire
Where did we come from?
The race has has just begun
The transformation
We saw it all. Saw through it all
Our transformation
Our race has just begun

Back to light x5
Oh it's possible
Back to light
They will (won't?) understand
Back to light
 --?-- million years ahead of them

Pure energy
Dance (That's?) like the infinites
Bathed in shimmering fire
Oh we're the infinites
Our transformation
Our race has just begun
Ourt transformation
Our race has just begun

Back to light x3
Oh it's possible
Back to light
The will understand
Back to light
--?-- million years ahead of them

Here's the video to it as well.  The song is too good to not hear:

Monday, December 6, 2010

New Set on Flickr


I FINALLY added my set of drawings on velour paper to Flickr.  More will be on their way soon.  I LOVE velour paper!  It lends such a warm fuzzy feeling to the work and it feels good when I'm drawing on it.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

FotoWeek DC

”discarded
I'm so excited to know that one of my little portfolio/artist books Natoma Home is now housed in the collection of the Indie Photobook Library.  The library's archive is on view this week at FotoWeek DC.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Paper Trail

”fruit
I have some drawings on velour paper in the group show "Paper Trail" at Happy in Los Feliz.  Reception is this Friday, November 5 from 6-10 pm.  They are celebrating their 2 year anniversary that evening as well.  Should be fun!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Stas Orlovski

I went to Stas' "Nocturnes" art opening at Rio Hondo College and LOVED his work.  I've been wanting to see his art in person for a long time and jumped at the opportunity when I found out about this.

Stas uses a combination of ink, lithography, oil paint, gouache, and xerox transfer.  It is all so meticulously applied that it is difficult to tell what is drawn from his hand and what is a reproduction.  I love that about his work.

I also dig his neutral palette and use of black.  His work has a dark, mystical, and mysterious feeling to it.  I have the sensation that I've stepped into the yellowed pages of an antique, tattered, melancholic book.  It's a good feeling.

More of Stas' work can be viewed at Mixed Greens.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Couple of Installation Shots of the Warm Fuzzies Show at Scoops



Paul from the Happy Store provided these images.  Thanks Paul!  I have some other photos as well (process shots and reception shots) and maybe I will post them.  The lighting was really bad in them so it will take some work before they show up on the internet.  

Anyways, a big thanks to everyone who showed up at the show.  It was a lot of fun to gather with all of my friends, eat yummy ice cream and talk art.  

I was really happy with the 3 pieces behind the plex boxes.  You can see one of them in the top photo.  Matt fabricated the boxes for me so that I didn't have to go to a plexiglass place to have them made.  He was such a lifesaver!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Warm Fuzzies and Cold Ice Cream


My Show "Warm Fuzzies" is opening at Scoops this Friday.  I'm so excited!  I'm happy to get the work out of the box and up onto a wall.  It's been sitting stored away unfinished for too many years.  It's great to finally have them seen and close this chapter.

There are actually four more panels that still need to be assembled in order to call this a completely finished series.  I want to bring the series to a full conclusion but I really miss working on my current art projects.  I think I will just make it a goal to finish them in the next six months in between everything else I have to work on.

I have to again say that it feels REALLY good to see the Warm Fuzzies all up on a wall together.  Be sure to check out the Scoops blog or Artslant for more info!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Art on the Wall

I'm running out of room in my flat files so I hung some finished and in-progress work up.  I like how they look together.  Seeing them together like this helps formulate my ideas a little better too.

Monday, June 28, 2010

House Music

”house
This new print is in the shop.  It's called "House Music" and the musical notes are written to the tune of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow".

Monday, June 21, 2010

Just Kids


I LOVED LOVED LOVED Just Kids, the latest book by singer-songwriter, visual artist, and poet Patti Smith.  It chronicles her and Robert Mapplethorpe's very beginnings as artists.  They found themselves and their art while struggling through abject poverty in New York City.

I felt a certain kinship with her.  She worked in bookstores, loved to read, was a little reserved, explored her creativity, created her own world in a bubble, and was a romantic.  Utterly unpretentious, she captured a feeling of youth, innocence, hope, and bohemianism so perfectly. 

The book made me feel nostalgic for a time I never lived through but felt via her writing.  I was touched and cried a few times throughout the novel.  When I finished the book, I was sad that I had to leave her world.

It was an extra special treat when I found a two-part interview with her on KCRW's Bookworm program.  You can listen to it here.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Mail Me Art: Medium Without a Message

”mail

I have two pieces of mail art in this exhibit, otherwise known as the Mail Me Art 2 Exhibition.  There are so many talented artists and illustrators from around the world that have submitted to this show.  Every single piece of art that was sent over a period of 9 months will be shown.  The total comes out to over SEVEN HUNDRED pieces of mail art!!!  WOW!

I wish I could be there but it's a tad too far away.  If you are in London, be sure to check it out.   Sounds like a fun event.

Dates:
Friday 30th July – Thursday 5th August 2010
Opening reception Friday July 30th 6-11pm

Location:
Red Gate Gallery
209a Coldharbour Lane
London SW9 8RU
United Kingdom
www.redgategallerylondon.co.uk

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Warm Fuzzies Project

This is a very rough version of the finished piece.  There are several different groupings of colors in this series.  The presentation part of this project is a huge endeavor which is why it has sat in a box for years.  I am going to finish this once and for all this year.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Organization Geekery

I went to a 40% off everything art store sale and came home with this pastel storage drawer unit.  Something I've wanted for many years.  Finally, my pastels are organized and will no longer contaminate each other.  Such a simple thing and I love it.  What I don't love is how much I spent in total at the store.  Yikes!

Monday, June 7, 2010

New Print and New Prices

”bird,
I just listed this new print, "Stories and Songs" in my shop.  It is a collage originally made circa 1995-1996.  I found it in an old portfolio folder and I still love it.  I was really into Joseph Cornell at the time and this piece was heavily influenced by him. 

Print prices have also been substantially reduced in my shop.  We are currently under a recession so my prices now properly reflect the current state of affairs.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

MOMA Library

I was updating my images on the Irving Sandler Artist File and read that the old hardcopy files were sent to the New York Museum of Modern Art's Library.  I was too curious and had to search the library's catalog and found my name in the MOMA's database.  I'm getting a little thrill from finding this out.  :-)

Friday, June 4, 2010

I Bought a Ukulele!

I've been a secret singer for years.  I've taken private lessons and classes but I'm still really not that technically good.  I've taken piano lessons so that I could read music and sing along but I have forgotten how to play.  I have asked people to play piano for me while I practice singing, but I don't like relying on others and subjecting them to my voice.

I know of several people who play the uke and it's reported to be one of the easier instruments to learn how  to play.  I love its size and portability.  So this compact instrument is a new hobby of mine when I'm just sitting on the couch relaxing from my day.  It's also the perfect size for my tiny apartment.

My other musical endeavor is to learn the program Garage Band.  I checked out Logic at first and then realized that was too daunting.  I need to start with something easier and if it clicks with me, then I can move on to  more complicated programs.

I want to make beats.  I want to make sweet and simple little songs.  Build from there and see what happens.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Abstract Expressionists Commemorative Stamps

I just received these amazing stamps in the mail.  I visited a few post offices but none of them carried this particular collection so I was lucky to find them online.  I almost don't want to use them!  The Robert Motherwell stamp is HUGE measuring 2" x 2 1/2".  There is also quote by him at the top of the sheet that says, "The function of the artist is to express reality as felt."

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Followers

I just added the "Followers" widget on the side of this blog.  I don't think anyone even really visits my little corner in cyberspace anymore.  There were a few people who read it when I wrote a little more regularly a few years ago.  I only started writing again recently and I haven't told very many people about it.  I'm quit shy.  But the widget is there on the side if anyone wants to keep track of this blog.  :-)

This is for Technorati:  5MHSCJPNG3HU

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Mission District in San Francisco

Me and Andrew, the proprietor of the Adobe Book Shop
Look! My name is on the wall of the Adobe Book Shop!

While in San Francisco, we made a trip to the Mission district where I used to live.  We ate at super yummy Pakwan which tasted better than I remembered and stopped into the Adobe Book Shop.  Andrew (the owner of the bookstore) and I recognized each other right away and it was fun to catch up.  He showed me that my name was on the wall and I got quite excited about that.  It was an art project that someone did.  He wrote the names of everyone who was connected to the Adobe Book Shop.  I remember Andrew telling me about this years ago, but this was the first time I actually checked it out.


There is also little back room gallery at the rear of the bookstore which is always fun to check out.  The space gives many up-and-coming artists a chance to exhibit their work.  There was an show of hand painted signs when we visited.


The Mission district gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling because those were the days when I was rediscovering myself in my mid 20's.  I was going out way too much and worked at the now closed Abandoned Planet Bookstore.  I loved working at the Abandoned Planet because it gave me a sense of quiet and peace in my life.  It was a very funky and bohemian place (just like Adobe) and I met all sorts of characters there.  There were people who just loved to hang out, read and chat about their lives.  There were a few annoying lurkers/stalkers but for the most part, everyone was mellow.


I was very disappointed when I found out the Abandoned Planet Bookstore was gone.  I wanted to stop in and say hello to the owner, Scott.  I did find this little video of Scott and his bookstore just before he left.





My other job in the Mission district was at Herbivore on Valencia Street.  I made some lifelong friends through there.  Sometimes they'd visit me at the bookstore and we'd go out dancing at Liquid when I closed the shop.  I was always leaving for some adventure in the city when I closed up shop.   Liquid no longer exists either.  It was a very dirty, dingy tiny bar/club.  It had the most disgusting bathrooms.  It was a fun place to go to even if it did close at 2 AM.  ;-)  It would get super packed on some nights and everyone would be getting down on the dance floor.  From what I see now from a little research on the internet, Liquid is now a very different place.  A slick, clean bar named Som.


Things are always changing.


I was totally charmed by the stores Needles and Pens and Rare Device.  Rare Device is not located in the Mission but I had to mention it because I loved it so much.  :-)

Monday, May 3, 2010

My Friend Jessie

Matt and I went on a little road trip where we visited my friends Jessie and Mike.  It has been a few years since I've been up to the bay area and I loved being able to catch up with my friends.  I really miss everything about the SF bay area.  Someday I will move away from LA again.  sigh.

Jessie, who is one of my bestest friends, is a talented artist and designer.  Above are a few samples of her work.  Her art is colorful, whimsical and makes me feel happy every time I look at it.  She has a great art studio just across the street from her home.  You can see some photos of her studio on her blog.  She is looking for someone to share her studio with in Oakland, CA so if anyone needs some space, contact her via her blog.

Other photos from my trip can be found here.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Birdie in the Window

”bird,
This was a very rare moment.  There are always birds chirping away in the cotton tree but I never see any through my kitchen window.  In fact, I never even noticed the wire silhouette before.  The sun was shining at a perfect angle when I grabbed a camera a took a quick snapshot of this.  It was an instance of perfection.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Etsy Shop

I just made my Etsy shop, The Project Room public last week.  I only have 5 items up right now but more will be on their way.  I'm quite excited about it.

What's even more exciting is that an item in my shop was featured on the front page today! Yay!!!!
Below is a screenshot of the page.  Thank you kclausen on etsy for putting together the lovely treasury and including my work. ♥

Friday, March 12, 2010

Importing from my other blog

I had another  blog  called um-paro.com.  I stopped writing in it in 2007 because  it  was becoming something other than I intended it to be.  It started out as an art blog and turned into a way too personal  blog.  I was also tired of the look of it.  Anyways, I finally imported most of my posts since it began in 2003.  That's 7 years(!) of posts with some breaks here and there. 

Unfortunately, a lot of the comments have disappeared because I initially used Haloscan for  the comments.  I  have come to terms a long time ago that anything on the net is very temporary and could disappear. 

I have a surprise in another week.  It is something that I have been working hard towards.  I will be making an announcement via email, facebook and here.  I'm very excited!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Herb and Dorothy



I watched Herb and Dorothy the other night and loved it.  The film is a documentary about a couple who are avid art collectors.  What makes their story amazing is that they weren't rich; Herb was a postal worker and Dorothy was a librarian.  She paid the rent and bills and Herb's money went toward their art purchases.  Their passion for art and the artists show in the movie.  They loved connecting with the artists as much as surrounding themselves with artworks.  Herb and Dorothy Vogel never sold a single piece of art.  They gave their collection away to The National Gallery of Art and then collected even more art.  They were so adorable too.
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