Friday, July 22, 2016

"Collected" at Pier 24 Photography

The current show, Collected, at Pier 24 Photography is pretty phenomenal. As a reminder, Pier 24 is a beautiful enormous gallery (more like a small museum, really) that "provides a quiet, contemplative environment for viewing photographic works"--I've found that, although it is always FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, most San Franciscans don't seem to know about it, or know it is for them. Perhaps the fact that you have to book a reservation ahead of time puts people off, though lord knows folks will happily do that for the privilege of slapping down cash at restaurants. Anyway. The show is rad. If you're local, check it out.

Above: William Eggleston

Irving Penn's portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe

Consuelo Kanaga's portraits of Annie Mae Merriweather

Diane Arbus

Rineke Dijkstra

Florent Mazzoleni

Elena Dorfman

Mickalene Thomas

Todd Hido

Todd Hido

Robert Mapplethorpe's portrait of Patti Smith

John Baldessari

John Baldessari

Joel Sternfeld

Erica Deeman

Garry Winogrand

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Thursday, July 21, 2016

New Poetry Series, Poem #2

October 2010

sitting on the sofa
at two in the morning
nursing the baby and
watching the windows

of the buildings
across the street
noting lights left on
and speculating

who’s home
who’s awake
like a really boring
version of Rear Window

while the animal warmth
and weight of the baby
rests in my arms and
she contentedly feeds

her toasty skin
her hair like fluff
her eyebrows
and peony-bud fists

this sleep-bleared thing
that feels like tedium
will later reveal itself
to have been happiness

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Few More Highlights from ICON9

Here are just a few more fun things from the ICON Illustration Conference I attended the other week. Getting to hang out with loads of my favorite authors was a highlight for sure. How hot it was (99 degrees by lunchtime) was not. Like, seriously, even the sky in Austin looks hot.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Lobster Rolls

One of the great wonderful things I did on Martha's Vineyard was eat lobster rolls. Seven of them, to be exact, in a three-week period. The mayonnaise-based cold lobster salad type is more common there, I found, and very delicious, but the hot version with drawn butter remains my favorite. Here they all are, in all their glory.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Legion of Honor

In this photo Mabel sits on the stone balustrade outside San Francisco's Legion of Honor museum. It is a loose recreation of a photo of me sitting on this same balustrade as child, although I was much smaller--even almost a baby--in mine.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Tale Tales show at ICON9

One of the many cool things to do and see at the ICON9 illustration conference was a group show called "Tall Tales" at the Lion's Nest gallery. Here are some of my favorite pieces from that show. (Forgive the less-than-stellar photography, it was a crowded room).

Above, Kimberly Hall

Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius

Kim Murton

Edel Rodriguez

Mark Todd

Martha Rich

Mark Kaufman

Barry Fitzgerald

Krystal Lauk

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Poetry Thursday: The New Series, #1

June 2016

the man of my heart is
a skipper of stones
a long-armed reach and
a twist at the waist

sunlight gleaming off
the sea in white shards
rocks skimming and his
eyes following them out

one hop two hops three
hops and beyond three
five hops get a whoop
seven a holler