Friday, November 22, 2019
I am one hundred percent obsessed with Kindah Khalidy's new show, Soft Serve, at Chandran Gallery. The great big scale of the pieces, the way Khalidy creates and manipulates and layers shapes, the kaleidoscopic color palette. All of it is perfectly tailored to make me almost giddily happy. Normally, when I see an art show, I take photos of the pieces I like best (both to share with you here, and to help me remember them for my own self) -- suffice to say, in this case that practice meant taking a photo of every single picture in the show, plus a few detail shots. Here for you. Enjoy!
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
I drew some favorite book covers for the upcoming Chronicle Books Holiday Craft Fair, where the many talented folks around this joint sell stuff they've made. I've never sold my drawings there before, but I figure if publishing types will slap down their hard-earned cash for anything, it's likely to be things like these. I made these on half-sheets of paper, which was a new thing for me, and I'm pleased about how they came out.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The opening party for PINK SF was the other night and it was a pure delight. The show happens to be housed at the shop of my old pal Patti (that's her in the bottom photo) Industrious Life. Folks were buying up gorgeous artworks left and right (that's mine with the pink pens on the green background above, and it is still available!) with all proceeds benefiting Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight. Plus there were really pretty cakes. Thanks, Pen & Ink Brigade, for having me!
Monday, November 18, 2019
Friday, November 15, 2019
Good god, people, do I ever love the Helen Frankenthaler show currently up at Berggruen Gallery. It was supposed to close last week, but has been extended until early December. If you're local, I urge you in the strongest terms to run, not walk, your butt over there to see it. Berggruen is just across the street from SFMOMA so you could make a whole art day of it if you wanted. But it would be well worth the trip all on its own. As much as they are fun to look at in reproductions, Frankenthaler's gigantic luminous canvases are a whole different experience in person. They glow. Their shapes-which-are-not-shapes please my eyes like just about nothing else. I hope they do yours, too.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
The author Kacen Callender, who worked at a Big Five publisher for five years, has written a great piece on Publishers Weekly about white editors' blind spots when it comes to acquiring books by authors of color. It's a wake-up call regarding both how projects are evaluated:
“I didn’t connect with the character”; “The plot didn’t have enough tension”; “I didn’t find the story relatable”: often times, these are phrases said by white readers who can’t connect with a character of color because they haven’t been asked to in the way that so many people of color are regularly asked to connect with white characters
and how publishing houses are staffed:
To publish more diverse lists across the board, including science fiction and fantasy, publishers need to hire diverse editors who might relate to and connect with more diverse stories, so that they can help to put those much-needed books into the world
Callender also has a new book just out, Queen of the Conquered, which looks fab and is going straight on my to-read list.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
It was such a delight being interviewed by the lovely Leigh Lucas last week for her Instagram Live series of art auctions Frida Art Show. Leigh came and set up her (very flattering) lighting rig at Open Studio and we chatted live and auctioned off all these artworks of mine to viewers. It was great fun. Here's a peek!
Monday, November 11, 2019
Friday, November 8, 2019
I am excited and honored to be part of PINK SF -- an art exhibition and fundraiser organized by the Pen + Ink Brigade, along with it's companion show PINK NYC. The bi-coastal effort includes over 80 amazing women artists and illustrators who have donated original art. All proceeds from the sale of the artworks (plus postcard packs) will be donated to Fair Fight 2020 -- the organisation started by Stacey Abrams to fight for free and fair elections.
The opening for PINK SF will be on Thursday, November 14th from 5-8pm at Industrious Life, 1095 Tennessee St., here in San Francisco. If you're local, I hope you can join us!
The art can also be purchased online right here. We are hoping to raise $25,000 from sales from these two shows. Give to charity and get great art. Win-win! Here are just a few of my favorite pieces from both shows to give you a taste of what you might get:
above: my very own contribution!