Archive for January, 2009

Inaugural Week

January 26, 2009

toothbrush-work1Toothbrushes lined up to be photographed.

Besides my relief and jubilation at the inauguration of Barack Obama, work on the International Toothbrush Collection continued: editing records; photographing toothbrushes, renaming, cropping, and color adjusting image files; uploading image files to the server; linking image files to data records. My biennial blitz will have to become annual!

stretched-canvasGreat art car pulls through again!

I’ve been yearning to start painting again. When I heard that Vera Fields was selling stretchers and canvas of her late husband, the prolific  San Francisco painter Curtis Fields, I claimed the four largest ones for myself. Twice I drove to San Francisco to strap the canvases to the roof of my car. On the first day I had 3 stretchers on top, and one sticking out back. On the second day I strapped a 4′ by 8′ stretched canvas on top. Colette the cat greets me.framerAt my framer’s.

On January 11 I had delivered two re-framed works to the SFMOMA Artists’ Gallery in Fort Mason (see below) and picked up one that also needed some attention.  If I can’t fix them myself, I bring them to my framer, Lars Lucker, owner of North Berkeley Framing. I love chatting with Lars. You can see one of his own drawings on the left side of the photo above. He’s been my framer since 1987!

art-groupMarsha discussing her new series of paintings.

I went to my art group, my second meeting with them, for just an hour. I  met with Erica Kremenak (left) and Marsha Balian (right). We got hooked up together through Jamie Brunson. I had to leave early to attend a panel discussion in San Francisco on the Holocaust Effect in Contemporary Art. Analisa Goodin moderated.

splash-flierFlier announcing the afternoon seminar.

It was an interesting and difficult seminar. Lots of post-modern language, which is tough enough to read but listening in the dark is even more difficult. Lots of words like transgressive, representations, sacrilized crammed into one sentence while images of art made by secondary witnesses to the Holocaust capture one’s attention. I plan to see several of the artists who spoke again.


The Compound

January 13, 2009

I’ve been driving by The Compound Studios and Gallery  for months. It wasn’t until mid-October, at the height of pre-election frenzy, that I noticed their side wall, with it’s overtly anti-McCain, anti-Palin, anti-war painting.

compound1Closer to Election Day the Wall, as I’d come to think of it, looked more festive and positive. Like this: compound21

Later, around the Holidays, I noticed a message sprayed in white near the bottom of the Wall, along the San Francisco portion of the city sky lines that had been painted for the McCain piece along the length of the building. Like this:compound3

Then a bit of unfinished graffiti proceeded the New Year:


Most recently, about a week before President-Elect Barack Obama’s Inauguration, the Wall said goodbye to Bush, like this:compound4

So  impressed have I been with the changing Wall that I went to the January opening reception of the Compound Gallery to meet the creator. His name is Matt Reynoso. Turns out he did the soldier/business men mural on San Pablo Avenue at Adeline. Also turns out that next door at Blankspace Gallery was the opening reception for the excellent exhibit, Forty Four Presidents, by his wife Lena Reynoso, who calls herself Curator of Oddities.

I’m impressed.

Studio 13

January 12, 2009

1-12studio13-4We (Carmen Violich-Goodin, Analisa Goodin, Eddie Gesso and I)  decided on January 8, 2009 to add some additional artists and, by extension more, creative energy to Studio 13.  

A few days later I found a serviceable table on wheels at the San Pablo Flea Market for the new painter, Brigitte Reisz, who is joining us. We’re very excited to have her join our art community!

Claude, shown in the photo below, helped me load the glass into my hatch back and the table on top. The table needed some work, so I covered one side of the erratically etched glass with with contact paper. 1-12studio135

Behind of Scenes of Art

January 11, 2009


This is not a bribe! Writing a check to have my work reviewed

Left: Vicky Chen holding my piece, "Fog". Right: This is not a bribe! Writing a check to have my work reviewed

1. Drive to Pro Arts, at their request, to retrieve 2 of my shaped pieces from the Emeryville series that they want to “de-accession”.
2. Write Pro Arts a check so their juror will review two more images of my work. The artist always pays…

My piece I take home to reframe

L: Andrea re-accessions my 2 returned pieces. R: My piece I take home to reframe

3. Drive to SF MOMA Artists Gallery at Fort Mason, at their request.
4. Return and re-accession/sign-in two pieces that needed to have their glass replaced with plexiglass.
5. De-accession/sign-out one piece that needs to be reframed.
6. Learn that art rentals and sales are down, down, down, like the rest of the economy. 

7. Drive home, grab dinner. Drive to Kala to meet some of the new artists in residence (AIRs) and hear Jackson Fahnestock, Whitney Vosburgh, and Patrick Rowe talk about their work.


Patrick Rowe talking about his art work

Patrick Rowe talking about his art work


Hacked Again!

January 4, 2009

hacked21Probably done the same day as the Toothbrush Collection but not noticed until I refreshed my home page. So I’ve called in a second fix-it ticket and asked my new web designer, JoJo Razor to tighten up my security.

Meanwhile, Corey and I continue working on the toothbrush collection. He’s do data entry, I’m taking photos.


January 4, 2009

itc1I received an email just a few minutes ago from IX Web Hosting. It said this: “The status of your ticket (936028) has been changed from On-Hold to Resolved by Alex N.”  However, I see that none of the 100 images I uploaded yesterday appear! Back on the phone, on iChat, on webmail. Ian, Alex, Kiril, and last (definitely not least) Clyde all helped to restore the images, the front page, and I learned a bit more about web shells and directories in the process. But missed the first hour of Garrison Keillor.

Click here to search the International Toothbrush Collection.

Toothbrush Collection Hacked!

January 1, 2009

hacked The Toothbrush Collection web site got HACKED! I’m somewhat amused.


Public access is not possible until my web host restores the front page from their archive.

The Toothbrush Collection’s excellent programmer, the renowned Mike Higgins, doesn’t have to worry about this! Instead, he can recover from his New Year’s Eve on Angel Island and Annual New Year’s Day Media Blitz and prepare for his annual birthday paddle Into The Storm at Bodega Rocks!  The hacker calls himself “Technical”, gives his web site as WwW.starhackrz.CoM, which doesn’t exist. It’s a simple hack, probably run by a script.

Is this a sign of the renown of the International Toothbrush Collection? Probably not.