Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Lives They Lived.

The Lives They Lived
"With a new year in sight, we have another opportunity to take note of some of the lives that ended in the past 12 months. This is our 15th annual Lives They Lived issue, and as always, we do not try to be comprehensive or definitive in our choices of the people evoked within these pages. Instead, this is an unabashedly idiosyncratic collection, driven by the interests, passions and whims of our editors and writers. We hope you are moved, tickled, intrigued and provoked by reading about these 24 very different lives, all memorably lived."

It may seem morbid but one of my favorite things about getting ready for the new year is to read the NY Times Magazine- The Way They Lived issue. I always tear up sad that they are gone... but am reminded of how to live. Also missed will be Bettie Page, Paul Newman, David Foster Wallace,Eartha Kitt, Harriet McBryde Johnson, Mildred Loving, Heath Ledger, Robert Rauschenberg, Yves Saint Laurent, Anthony Minghella, Tim Russert, Larry Harmon. Les Schobert, George Carlin, Estelle Getty, and Sandy Allen who at 7 feet, 7 1/4 inches tall, she was recognized as the tallest woman in the world. Lots of loss with too many more that should be mentioned, but also should be remembered.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Selby

Just found a new blog with lots to look at called The Shelby. "It features photographs, paintings and videos by todd selby of interesting people and their creative spaces."

One of my favorite pages is of Bobb Bruno at his home and the top image is of artist Dustin Yellin at his home and studio.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Honorable Freaks

Just watched this: Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
Made me want to re-watch this: When We Were Kings

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Boxing Sisters!

Thomas Edison produced hundreds of short films. Here 2 women in full period dress have a boxing match. Perfect way to start thinking about my next project. Thanks to Scogin for finding this video.

Friday, December 12, 2008

I can't sleep, so here's a sneak peek.

1am art talk with Richard and Thomas.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Install in progress... ON SUGAR MOUNTAIN. UP SHIT CREEK.

The work is coming together thanks to my lovely husband and Christina... we should be ready for the opening. My friend Thomas Feulmer will have some work in the backroom too. I hope to see you at Road Agent on Saturday!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

On my book wish list:

Amazon Book Description:
In most respects, Abigail and Brittany Hensel are normal American twins. Born and raised in a small town, they enjoy a close relationship, though each has her own tastes and personality. But the Hensels also share a body. Their two heads sit side-by-side on a single torso, with two arms and two legs. They have not only survived, but have developed into athletic, graceful young women. And that, writes Mark S. Blumberg, opens an extraordinary window onto human development and evolution.
In Freaks of Nature, Blumberg turns a scientist's eye on the oddities of nature, showing how a subject once relegated to the sideshow can help explain some of the deepest complexities of biology. Why, for example, does a two-headed human so resemble a two-headed minnow? What we need to understand, Blumberg argues, is that anomalies are the natural products of development, and it is through developmental mechanisms that evolution works. Freaks of Nature induces a kind of intellectual vertigo as it upends our intuitive understanding of biology. What really is an anomaly? Why is a limbless human a "freak," but a limbless reptile-a snake-a successful variation?
What we see as deformities, Blumberg writes, are merely alternative paths for development, which challenge both the creature itself and our ability to fit it into our familiar categories. Rather than mere dead-ends, many anomalies prove surprisingly survivable-as in the case of the goat without forelimbs that learned to walk upright. Blumberg explains how such variations occur, and points to the success of the Hensel sisters and the goat as examples of the extraordinary flexibility inherent in individual development.
In taking seriously a subject that has often been shunned as discomfiting and embarrassing, Mark Blumberg sheds new light on how individuals-and entire species-develop, survive, and evolve.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks to Bunnyphonic for this one!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Vicious Pink at Centaltrak.

bunnyphonic at her best

November 29, 2008 - January 20, 2009
Curated by Assistant Director of Centraltrak Mary Benedicto.

Exhibition Opening this Saturday November 29 from 6:00-8:00pm
Performances by Kirsten Macy, Ben Aqua, and Bunnyphonic!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I love snail mail.

Today was a good mail day. Postcards from Noah who is till on the road and an invitation to a show I'm in this Saturday at Centaltrak called VICIOUS PINK.

And just when I thought it couldn't get any better, a fun package came from my friend Christa ...a little crochet ring bling! Perfect. Check out her rings and other creations at her Etsy store:

Friday, November 21, 2008

If Loving him is Wrong, I don't want to be right.

Photo stills and a video clip from Privateer Gallery's exhibition of "Freaks" November 15th 2008 in NYC. Bert is my friend and greatest art crush Ryan Berg. He inspired me when we went to grad school back in the day and he gives me strength by making me want to be a
braver artist today. What a Freak! What a performance. I only wish I could have seen it in person. PS. Nice touch making me jealous by having Fred Wilson at the opening. Did he remember Tacoma?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Love is all around. No need to waste it.

About 3 weeks till my show is installed. Time for a little inspiration and comfort. Time to return to one of my favorite movies, Isaac Mizrahi's UNZIPPED, again and again. Beautifully filmed it captures a year of ups and downs in the creative process. I can't help it, I love this movie. Yes, even here there is a furry Nanook theme that runs throughout the movie.

Friday, November 7, 2008

New American Paintings #78

I'm in the newest edition of NEW AMERICAN PAINTINGS #78.
It features some of my friends and fellow gallery members as well as some strong work in this 2008 Western edition of the magazine:

Paul Booker
Elliott Johnson
Derrick Saunders
Brian Spolans
Raychael Stine
Me & many, many more...

If your at a Barnes & Nobel take a peek or check out

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Jaime Jo Fisher

My friend Jaime and her work have been featured on the design*sponge website! She's in the regional roundup: austin. Her interview is toward the end. The design*sponge website is great. I am so excited for her and they even linked to her husband chris’ wonderful work. Her website shows much much more of her beautiful pieces so check it out.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Monster Show 3 at Domy Books.

I forgot to mention I have some drawings at one of my favorite bookstores Domy Books. Monster Show 3 features monster drawings from some of your favorite Texans. It opened on Halloween at both their Austin and Houston locations. The shows runs through December 5th.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Looking at Amy Cutler

Amy Cutler creates whimsical and perplexing fantasy worlds inspired by folklore and children's stories. Her drawings, for which she is known, are incredibly rendered and exquisitely detailed. Recently she has started making sculpture.

Saturday, October 25, 2008