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: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5990816

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 www.newamericanpaintings.com.

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.