it's coming along. slowly. respectively and with discipline, i'm getting around to my favorite part of shit--actually doing the painting. ripping a bunch of new music my friends think i should hear, brewing several pots of coffee, guitar and dog by my side and just fucking painting.
i've launched the campaign which is steadily resting at the 45ish% completion mark and i've built my space at the generator. now i just need to buy some more paint and a few more detail brushes.... and the rest of the hardboard....and the framing....
a bunch of other shit and i'm on my way to making a series of paintings that'll make this city's panties twitch.
(you can quote me on that)
for some reason, i'm not a member of the nevada museum of art. stubbornness? budget? attitude of people i've encountered there on 1st thursdays? i dunno what keeps me from investing, but there is a reason i don't.
recently, i caved.
i actually saw an event i could get behind, something that intrigued me--
i read about this event:
ART BITE Frida Kahlo, in Person: Her Life and PhotographyReno photographer Megan Berner creates the character of Frida Kahlo through Chautauqua performance and interpretation of Kahlo’s photographs.
and being a fan of her work, her life, and loving the idea of frida "in person," i decided to come out of my art cave and take my mumsy to the museum for the lecture.
it was a packed house. there were people from all walks of life in attendance--eccentric types, artist types, appreciators, etc. we sat in the second row and i couldn't wait to be in the presence of frida and hear about her life from her own mouth. i mean, what a wonderful idea?? kind of chataquan, really. to study and study an artist so thoroughly that you could personify and impersonate him or her so that an audience of his or her fanship could experience their opinion and company!
the nice girl stepped out onto the theatre floor in typical frida garb--flowers in her hair, eyebrow on her face, skirt near her feet. she smiled and was welcomed to the podium to begin her lecture. as frida. in person.
i was disappointed from the beginning of the nice girl's first sentence.
here's what i expected.... here's what i got:
in short, i was absolutely left wanting. i could tell by the looks my mumsy was giving me she was as well. i could tell by the handful of questions after the lecture that parts, if not all, of the audience felt the same way. megan berner, the nice girl, did a ... well, a nice job. she was prepared best she could be--she even confessed to having only been working on the project/lecture since june. who could blame her?
my beef i guess is with the nevada museum for not stepping it up in general. for advertising the event with the phrase "in person" and therefore leading the audience on as to the nice girl's knowledge/abilities. if the museum wants my respect and my money it's going to have to grow up, spice up, and it's drop it's art balls already.
once again, back into the art cave and even more disappointed with the nevada museum of art.
A one-night art exhibit and entertainment extravaganza from your artist and Burner friends just across the state line, to benefit the Control Tower, a new Burning Man project by International Arts Megacrew.
Hyde Spot, 125 Hyde St., San Francisco, 6pm to 2am., Sat., June 15th, , 2013, $10
Reno Art Mob at Hyde Spot June 15th, 6pm
Hey Bay Area art fans! It's a road trip without the road! (But it'll sure be a trip!) A core contingent of Reno's creative community is coming to San Francisco! Join Reno Art Mob, an ever-growing band of brash, buoyant artists (16 strong, morphing like amoebas and propagating like bunnies) for a one-night extravaganza, of art, entertainment, and general mayhem, Reno-style.
Reno is a veritable powder factory of creative output, and we're fixing to show you what we've got, from neon to knitting, hard-boiled portraits to velvety-royal costume finery, and just about everything in between. Come see!
While your eyeballs and eardrums feast on all this fabulousness, you'll also be helping International Arts Megacrew raise funds for The Control Tower, a very cool Burning Man project. They're the Reno-based team that brought The Temple of Transition to Burning Man 2011.
Reno Art Mob Founder and Curator Ryan Ostler says, "I'm excited to see some Reno talent and energy in the Bay. This show reflects the DIY/collective spirit that we have here. We're a city without a big infrastructure for emerging artists, so we've done what people in the Wild West have always done: We built it ourselves! Now let's get this show on the road and go meet the neighbors!"
Reno Art Mob includes the likes of Mae Mae, Bryce Chisholm, Jeff Johnson, Arthur Richmond, Mallory Mishler, Killbuck, Joe C Rock, Kelly Ogilvie, Eric Santti, Ryan Ostler, Pan Pantoja, Dog, Matt Schultz, Colin O’Brian, Ashley Drake, Boomie Meredith, Spoken Views Collective, and films by Reno Black Box Theater.
---that's right, folks. me. my stuff. in san francisco. voila!
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