Friday, January 24, 2020

Adriana Villagran

I am quite taken with the recent work of Adriana Villagran. Perhaps you will be, too? One of the big things I think about when I think about abstract painting is: how do you make shapes that aren't shapes? My own amateurish attempts at this art form always end up falling into the circles and squares and triangles I learned in preschool (and then again in high school geometry) -- so it always strikes me as a great gift when artists are able to offer shapes that aren't the shapes we know; shapes our brains aren't expecting. Add to that an orange and chartreuse and pink color palette and you've sold me, every time.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Color Poem #110

oh child you are a marvel
an ocher and hot pink and orchid and cobalt and forest green
marvel facing the ocean

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Giveaway! How Time Is On Your Side

I'm giving away 3 free copies of How Time Is On Your Side pre-publication! Just pop over to my Instagram post to enter the raffle between now and Thursday. Woo!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Onion Rings

I drew this tub of Burger King onion rings several years back when I realized I had several significant memories, emotional moments, and important trains of thought all anchored to them in my mind. In fact I've also written an essay about the significance of onion rings, and I may well yet write another.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle at SFMOMA

I always enjoy the biannual SECA Award show at SFMOMA. In the museum's words "the award distinguishes Bay Area artists whose work, at the time of nomination, has not received substantial recognition from a major institution" -- so you always discover artists you had not known about before. Of the three or four or five artists honored, I usually find that there's one whose work I'm particularly drawn to. This year, for me, that's Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle. Take a look and I think you'll see why. Just, wow.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Color Poem #109

if you asked people what
color are these popovers?
lots would say brown and they’d
be wrong many would say gold or
golden or golden brown and they’d be
closer one or two might say yellow or very
pale orange or toasty cream but could you find
an impressionist who’d look and say green or lavender?