Posts Tagged ‘Kala’

Big Opening Receptions!

April 27, 2009

Ribbon-cutting at Kala Art Institute's new gallery on San Pablo Ave.

Ribbon-cutting at Kala Art Institute's new gallery on San Pablo Ave.

Kala has expanded! And into the grand entrance way at the Berkeley Business (and Art) Center on San Pablo, no less, in the fantasticly huge Neo-Moorish Heinz Ketchup factory. Now the gallery, the archives, and some administrative offices will be separate from the art making facilities. Since I’ve been associated with Kala since the early 1980s, I decided to become a donor. The space, the two exhibitions, the special ribbon-cutting and reception, with excellent wine and a delicious vodka tasting sponsored by Hangar One (the Citron “Buddha’s Hand” is delicious) was a real treat!

We couldn’t stay for all the festivities, because we had another BIG event to attend. But I’ll be going back on May 1 for the artists’ reception. Please join me!

Squeak Carnwath exhibit at Oakland Museum of California. The day after...

Squeak Carnwath exhibit at Oakland Museum of California. The day after...

The exhibit hall pictured above most certainly did NOT look like this on Friday night. It was mobbed with artists and friends and museum members. Squeak Carnwath’s show at the Oakland Museum of California is not a retrospective, just (!) 15 years of her paintings. Wow! I went back on Sunday and took this probably-not-permitted photograph. I’ve always admired her work. Seeing this many, large paintings was fantastic, if not a bit ovewhelming!

Afterwards, Squeak and Gary hosted a buffet party at their wonderful Oakland Egghouse for about 100 visual arts friends. Squeak wore a great outfit (wish I’d photographed her!) and made a really gracious and generous welcome, thanking everyone for helping make the show happen, because we’re all part of her art community. I’m still relishing the fact that I was invited. I just hope her fabulous work doesn’t influence too much the direction my return to painting will take this June 14, the day after East Bay Open Studio, but I could learn a lot from her.

A Disjointed Week

February 6, 2009

larsOff to see my framer Lars at North Berkeley Framing again. Beautiful Bad #1 (Hot Ivy Mike) was accepted into a show at the College of Marin.

ellen-mykalaportfolioI deliver a portfolio with more than 45 monoprints and etchings to Kala for their one day Open Studio on January 31. Staff member Ellen Lake takes a look through it. I’m too distressed over my relationship with one of my sisters to send out notices to friends. I sold two pieces though: one to a friend, one to someone I don’t know.


At the monthly meeting of the California Society of Printmakers I think I antagonize everyone during the discussion of setting up online dues payment, which I favor. Still knocked off center over the sister fallout? Shown, left to right: Lila Wahrhaftig, Publicity; Peter Leone McCormick , Treasurer; Barbara Milman, President; Gary Comoglio , Exhibitions.

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


“Polar 2” struggles

December 17, 2008

polar21Today I began my first color trials for the print I’m calling polar 2. You can see the 3 polymer photo etched plates above. On the left they’ve been inked in black but not wiped. They’re sitting on a magnetic sheet so they won’t slip around. In the center image they’ve been wiped with tarleton, a stiff cheese cloth, and are ready to print. On the right are the 3 plexi plates for adding color. They were cut to match the polymer plates exactly, but after I beveled them, they no longer match. Off by about 1/16th-1/8th inch. Plus, my beveling tool grabbed the plexi making little divets in it. So it’s back to TAP Plastics for re-cutting and professional beveling. I pulled 2 proofs today, both of which were unsuccessful but instructive.  In addition to the mis-matched plates, the color was too opaque Days like this feel like failure, but they provide important feedback.

Friends & Street Folk

December 15, 2008


Morning at home. Later dashed to Kala to measure the copper plates I have ready for my next print (working title: polar 2). Then to TAP Plastics to have matching plexi plates cut. Closed on Sundays! After wrapping a gift, I went to Susie Cole’s for our annual Fungus Flats (Camp Augusta, our Camp Fire Girls Camp in Grass Valley) Holiday Party and gift exchange. On the way out, in the brisk night air, Joan Henley and I were talking memories. I encouraged her to join our Wednesday afternoon Golden Room (see to start writing hers. Because that made me remember my blog, I went back to Susie’s (everyone had left by then) to take a symbolic photo of our annual get together. Then home.

As I pulled into my drive way I noticed two “grocery cart guys” scrambling to move out of my way, or to stop doing whatever they were doing. I stopped my car in the driveway, got out, and offered them each a cookie from the tin I’ve been keeping in my front seat especially for this purpose. They each eagerly took one. I asked why they were out so late at night. Too rainy earlier in the day to do their recycling, they said. They thanked me for the cookies.

What I learned about “Beautiful Bad” at Kala

December 13, 2008


As I was talking to Nakano and Dennis about my piece, “Beautiful Bad #2” at the Kala Artists’ Annual exhibit last Thursday night, I heard myself say two interesting things that I hadn’t articulated or even thought before. We were talking about the process of how I transformed this government photography of the Ivy Mike hydrogen bomb detonation. That’s because Nakano commented that the piece doesn’t look like a digital print. So I explained the transformative steps and in the process realized how many, many steps there were! I didn’t plan this out in advance – it evolved.

download image from nuclear archive site -> print it out -> make enlarged photocopy -> cut image up -> make collage -> transfer collage onto art paper  using solvent and etching press -> photograph image -> photoshop digital file -> print out on large scale printer, like the Epson 9800 at Kala’s Electronic Media Center.

I also realized that this potent image of the first hydrogen bomb detonation is softened by the solvent transfer and transformed by its composition in strips, making the image simultaneously realistic and non-realistic, existing in its own nether realm.

imgp00861Here is Rebecca, whom I just met, back from England and the Miami art show, holding a copy of Relational Aesthetics by Nicolas Bourriaud. I think I’ll have to get a copy. She’s involved with HAM, the House of Art and Media in Berkeley. Smart. Going places.

Friday at Kala

December 7, 2008

kala12-07-083Friday I got to Kala early, hoping to get one of the large presses in a work area that includes a radio. I scored. I arrived at 11 am and stayed until 9 pm, the third of my ten hour days! Four different plates make up this print (no real title yet: working title is polar 1). I haven’t made a final decision about the colors. Thursday was the deeoer blue experiment (shown at left). Printing is very physical work -getting the blankets on and off the press, setting the press pressure, mixing inks, inking and wiping four plates, soaking and blotting the paper, loading the print drier, and cleaning up the happy mess (seen at far left).  I crept home, muscles aching after a long work out, and promptly began back stretching exercises. You can see Favianna Rodriguez and her assistant in the back.