Friday, March 16, 2018

Lorien Stern: Chums

Last month I stopped by Hashimoto Contemporary to see Lorien Stern's show Chums. Stern's endearing ceramic shark heads are by turns fierce, friendly, and glum. She adorns them with brilliant colors and patterns and gives them little fish pals to hang out with. You find that you, too, want to be their friend. I'm especially partial to the whale sharks (third image from the bottom). If you'd like to see every single one of these guys (all sold out, alas) you can do that here.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Color Poem #40

rose quartz is a substantial crystalline pink
clear quartz is largely more white than clear
amethyst contains vast multitudes of purples
peach stilbite is a freezer-burned peach sorbet

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

In Which I Get Promoted

I just realized that I never mentioned here the fact earlier this year I got promoted to Executive Editor of Art Publishing at my very fine employer, Chronicle Books. I've been hanging around the joint for nearly 16 years now, so it's pretty exciting to see that long stretch of time and all the hard work inside it pay off in the form of a fancy new job and new job title.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Christina Amini at Creative Mornings

The other Friday I had the great delight and honor of going to listen to my dear friend, boss, and editor Christina Amini speak at Creative Mornings. She was fantastic. She spoke about curiosity, how authentic relationships lead to awesome projects which in turn lead to authentic relationships and so on, and about the power of her creative collaboration with her amazing best friend, the late artist Susan O'Malley. Then she gave the whole audience a warm and wonderful pep-talk and sent us on our way, inspired as heck and, in my case, proud to know her. Creative Mornings, as the name perhaps implies, happens first thing in the morning, so you had the whole rest of your day to walk through with Christina's wise and funny and sometimes heart-breaking words bounding around in your brain. It was quite a thing.

The artwork above is by Leah Rosenberg. Next several slides below are Creative Mornings stuff from before the talk began. Bottom image is of Amini and O'Malley when they had a social practice art project called the Pep Talk Squad.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Another Nine Things

As I raced towards the final deadline for the journal the things came faster and faster and more and more furious. Here are: an alarm clock, a legal pad and pencil, candle holders, keys, coffee, a hydroponic jack hammer, a podium, a red panda, and a perfume bottle.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Tropical Disturbance

Luggage Store Gallery recently hosted Tropical Disturbance - the Bay Area's first major exhibition of Hawaiian contemporary art. The work was both playful and beautiful, poking all sorts of holes in all sorts of stereotypes, both directly and by standing on its own terms. Here were a few of my favorites:

above: Dana Paresa

Keith Tallett

Lawrence Seward in collaboration with Pa'a Joe

Lawrence Seward in collaboration with Pa'a Joe

Oil Tankard Sunset Postcard Takeaways by Alison Beste

Dana Paresa

Light Pollution Grid by Alison Beste

Lawrence Seward in collaboration with Pa'a Joe

Thursday, March 1, 2018