5 quotes from the Tom Sachs lecture presented by the SDSU Furniture Design & Woodworking Department

February 14, 2013

“Art ultimately is an intuitive act and you don’t always have a logical reason for making a decision—but if you can really trust yourself, then your intuition becomes really powerful”.

On the creative process: “What John Ferguson once said, who was my studio assistant for ten years, ‘Half the problem is knowing what to do and the other half is not knowing what to do’—and he doesn’t mean knowing what not to do, he means just not knowing”.

“You have to innovate in incremental steps. If you just indulge your creativity, it’s bitch work. You’re not standing on firm ground. That’s what your sketchbook is for—that’s your opportunity to fail”.

“When you build something for the world, you gotta stand behind it and really believe in it, but at the same time, it important to take risks, otherwise you’re just making the same thing over and over again”.

“I think there’s a huge religion of innovation and you see it in consumer products with things like perceived obsolescence—where this year’s product is better than last year’s product. It’s simply “new” to sell more product. I’m all for innovation, but only when we need it”.

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This Saturday in San Diego. Yeller Studio and Sezio present Parachute Factory

February 12, 2013

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This weekend, over 40 of my favorite San Diego artists are all showing in a one-day exhibition entitled, Parachute Factory. When my friends at Yeller Studio asked me to jump on board to help them out, I was super excited and honored to finally get a chance to work with a bunch of artists that I can truly stand by and say that I’m a fan of. As long as I can remember, in regards to local street and contemporary art, I really don’t think that there has been a show in San Diego as in-depth as this one.

Split between paintings, installations and cinematic art, the artists will be filling a bi-level exhibition space, that at one time, was the main headquarters for Pacific Parachute Co—a company that would be responsible for the production and manufacturing of parachutes for American paratroopers during WWII. Hence, the name of the show.

If you’re in San Diego this weekend, be sure to swing by and say hello. It’ll only be up for one day. You don’t want to miss this. Much thanks to Mindgruve for hosting the event.

»»» Visit wemakeparachutes.com for more info.

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Francesca Berrini at Ampersand Gallery. Portland, OR

December 13, 2012

New borders and new bodies of water. I can only imagine the patience of Francesca Berrini and the time it took for her to take apart and re-work those vintage maps and atlases.

Hi Brynne. Hi Mark.

“Coming Home From Gwar” by Paul Wig

December 13, 2012

On the left is artist, writer, comedian and former WK12er, Paul Wig. Since leaving Portland over a year ago, he now spends his time in New York as a writer for MTV. Coincidentally, Paul was in town during my Portland visit for the opening of his latest show, Coming Home From Gwar. Spanning across a variety of mediums, his work carries the kind of witty cynicism that makes you smile inside. Ultimately, CHFG is the type of show that enhances your love for pizza and extraterrestrial life. Thank you, Paul.

Kelsey Brookes – “Serotonin; Happiness and Spiritual States”

November 13, 2012

In a not so far away life, Kelsey Brookes spent his time as a molecular biologist before deciding to quit his job and pursue a career as a full-time artist. Fortunately, it turned out pretty well for Brookes. Over the last few years, his career as an artist has kept him busy creating work for some of the world’s most respected galleries including New Image Art, Lazarides and most recently, for Quint Contemporary. His work has also found a place within the footwear and apparel industry—gracing seasonal pieces with companies such as Vans, RVCA and Insight 51. Not bad for a former scientist who used to draw on test-tube sealing cards.

Brookes’ latest show at the Quint, Serotonin; Happiness and Spiritual States, approaches some of the residual curiosities of his previous life as a scientist. Visually, the work is a play on the simplified chemical structures of various mind-altering molecules depicted in a way that you may see them during their chemical experience.

Above and below are some of the photos that I snapped from the show’s preview night where guests were treated with an artist walk-through covering the inspiration and process of the work. Amongst collectors, the Serotonin show was well received—selling through most of the pieces even before the show had officially started. Tom DeLonge and the MCASD went home with two of my favorites, LSD and Mescaline… the paintings, of course!

Serotonin; Happiness and Spiritual States runs through December 29th. If you’re in town, you should really try and check it out. Quint Contemporary Art: 7547 Girard Ave. La Jolla, CA.

“Brain/Cloud (with Seascape and Palm Tree)” by John Baldessari

October 30, 2012

As part of the Murals of La Jolla project, John Baldessari juxtaposes a brain-like cloud hovering over a coastal palm tree on the largest wall facing La Jolla Cove. After grabbing lunch just up the street, I took these two photos of the mural after remembering a friend’s recommendation to check it out if I was in the area.

When asked about mural, Baldessari reveals, “A brain can look like a cloud if you manipulate it in the right way. We see things in clouds. It looks like it’s hovering almost from outer space. I like banal images and I can’t think of anything more banal than a palm tree and an ocean.” Personally, I think he’s just having a little fun with the folks eating at George’s at the Cove.

John Baldessari grew up just 20 minutes south of La Jolla and spent a great amount of time as a young artist in the 1960s exhibiting with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, which at the time, was known as The Art Center in La Jolla. His ties to the small coastal town also extend just 2 miles north at UCSD—where he spent time as an instructor before moving to Santa Monica in 1970.

Since then, Baldessari has found a way to permeate some of the world’s most renown collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Broad Collection, the Guggenheim Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. With over 200 solo and 1000 group exhibitions under his belt, John Baldessari was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2009. Not too bad, right?

For more info, visit the Murals of La Jolla website. Thanks for the heads up, Esoteric Survey.

Channeling Tibor Kalman

October 22, 2012

Neckface “A Deal With the Devil”. One Grand Gallery. Portland, OR

September 28, 2012

Neckface. Satan. Found objects. Exclusive goods. This is Nasty Neckface at his best. He made a deal with the Devil so you didn’t have to. One Grand Gallery. Now through October 5th. Go on and check it out, homeboy. »link

“Fine” Art with Alexander Barrett

September 22, 2012

In photo: Seven Rain Paintings by Lucien Smith. OHWOW Gallery

September 20, 2012

Seven Rain Paintings by Lucien Smith. Sept 15 – Oct 20, 2012. OHWOW Gallery

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