Friday, September 22, 2017

Richard Meyhew at SFMOMA


I came around a corner in SFMOMA on my way to some other gallery and was stopped dead in my tracks by this newly-hung trio of paintings by Richard Mayhew. I stood there staring and grinning like an idiot for quite a while. I cannot get over how much I adore them. I wasn't previously familiar with Mayhew's work. How? Why not?! How did I not know about these things that fit one hundred percent perfectly into the art receptors in my brain?! Well now I know, and am on a quest to find more. Word on the street is there's a purple tree of his hanging somewhere at the De Young - a pilgrimage may be in order.




Thursday, September 21, 2017

Color Poem #24


am making a series
of new things on
colored paper

colors used so far are
two shades of bright pink
a clear bright yellow
pastel green dark green
a greeny turquoise blue

colors to use next are
pale yellow red dark purple
light pink dark rose
bright orange neon yellow
neon coral and school bus

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Fine Art of Paper Flowers


I went to another great book party the other night, this one for my friend Tiffanie Turner's brand new volume The Fine Art of Paper Flowers at Rare Device. The book is absolutely amazing and gorgeous. The amount of love and work and fine craftsmanship that clearly went into this thing is just phenomenal. The party was hopping. And, as is always the case at this venerable SF creative hub, I bumped into loads of lovely people and pals and acquaintances.




top 2 photos: mine
3rd: Sonya Philip
4th: Rare Device

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Near Misses Throughout History


I find this piece by artist Michael Penderson super duper inspiring. If I was going to be a street artist or an installation artist, this is exactly the sort of thing I'd aspire to make. And it's also a darn fine piece of short writing. First discovered via the always fine Colossal.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Lamp


The 13th-Century Persian poet Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī wrote something that is generally translated into English as:

"Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder."

I think about this quotation a lot.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Edvard Munch, Between the Clock and the Bed


I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the Edvard Munch show at SFMOMA. I wonder if there is any other artist who's name is so well known, and yet with so little of their work generally known or seen by the museum-going public?












Thursday, September 14, 2017

Color poem #23



Mabel asks of green and
blue which do I like better
green

she asks my favorite color
it’s hard to pick just one

she says ok top four and I say
yellow pink green though which
shade of green is important and
orange no wait red no orange

she says would you rather have
dark deep emerald green or deep dark ocean blue
I say that’s a hard choice both of those sound nice
she says but if you had to choose

I say ok emerald and she offers me
a dull dark forest green plastic ball
apparently it’s where this was going all along
her trying to figure out which ball to give me