Friday, February 24, 2017

Leap Before You Look

What an amazing book this is! Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 reveals the astonishing array of modern art made by an astonishing roster of artists at this particular place in this particular time period. Here's but a fraction of the very best stuff:

Ruth Asawa

Jacqueline Gourevitch

Kenneth Noland
W. Pete Jennerjahn

Robert Motherwell

Elizabeth Jennerjahn

Elizabeth Jennerjahn

Ilya Bolotowsky

Jacob Lawrence

Willem de Kooning

Ray Spillenger

Ruth Asawa

Eini Sihvonen

Josef Albers

John Reiss

Lyonel Feninger

Josef Albers

Anni Albers

Jean Varda

Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence

Elaine de Kooning

Elaine de Kooning

Robert Rauschenberg

Joseph Fiore

Esteban Vicente

James Bishop (x2)

Ruth Asawa

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Color Poem #1

wavy on the rain-slicked sidewalk
two long glowing streaks of green

one reflected from a neon parking garage sign
bright clear lime

the other from a you-can-go-now traffic light
underwater teal

image source is here

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I Got This

Today we pair the above brilliant political carton by Cynthia Sousa and Sam Machado with this encouraging New York Times article on how bookstores are becoming centers of resistance.

photo by Christian Hansen

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ladies Drawing Night SF Continues

Had a gathering of the SF chapter of Ladies Drawing Night last night. We drew in our sketchbooks and it was quite lovely. And here, below, are a few images from other recent iterations of this ritual.

Having a Bottle

It took some doing, back in the day, to convince baby Mabel to start drinking from a bottle. I feel this fact is reflected in the skeptical glance she's giving the me behind the camera, here, as she does so.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Freeman Lau at Civic Center

The other evening I happened to stumble upon Freeman Lau's installation of enormous lit-from-within lantern/vase hybrid sculptures on Civic Center Plaza. They were a thing to behold. I love it when there are these art installations there (like Hung Yi's Fancy Animal Carnival a few years back, or those giant light-up bunnies everyone was talking about but which somehow I missed out on seeing, drat). Large numbers of people just amble around soaking art up with their eyeballs in public. It's grand. And in this case it didn't hurt that City Hall was all decked out in red and gold lights for Lunar New Year in the background. Or that even way off further behind that we had Venus winking at us, top of frame.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Poem Mystery

Taking a tiny hiatus from my own current poems project this week, I was going to regale you with an old favorite poem of mine that I swear to god is either by Frank O'Hara or e. e. cummings. Snatches of it are clear in my mind, but after ten solid minutes of googling I've come up empty-handed. I'm almost positive it contains a reference to someone (proper name) hitting someone else (proper name) "with an uppercut" and either the whole thing ends, or perhaps only a stanza ends, with something very similar if not identical to: "and everybody I suppose thought Lucinda looked like Rose." If anyone on this green earth knows this poem and can tell me what it is I would be hugely grateful!

image by Melanie Biehle