Archive for April 15th, 2007

Fun Home

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

My advisor Anne Walsh lent me her copy of Alison Bechdel‘s Fun Home, a graphic novel/memoir that came out last year. I’ve had it for some weeks now, but only just sat down to read it in earnest this weekend.

funhomecover.jpg I got up this morning, made my coffee, and decided to get back into bed and start reading a little of it again.

I couldn’t get up until I’d finished the whole thing.

It’s absolutely marvelous: one of the most satisfying reads of any sort that I’ve encountered in a really, really long time.

Having not even heard of it until Anne lent it to me (she left it in my UC mailbox, with nothing more than a post-it on the cover, saying “I love this book.”), I had no idea what a phenomenon Fun Home was: it was one of the runaway successes of 2006, hitting best-seller lists and winning awards.

Since I’ve basically just finished it a few minutes ago, I’m in no position to offer anything resembling objective analysis or critical feedback: I’m just basking in the afterglow of a great, great book.

Go get a copy. It’s amazing.

studio, schmudio

Sunday, April 15th, 2007

It’s been a long weekend out at RFS.
I think I’m sick of painting.
What was I thinking?

Anyway. Play not the violin for me. I have dug my own grave.
Here’s what’s been going on out at ye olde UC Berkeley Richmonde Fielde Statione (RFS) studio:

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These are just a few of what will eventually be something like 40-50 small paintings, arranged horizontally and vertically. A bunch of them aren’t up on the wall, because I need to pop them into temporary frames in order to handle them.

At the end of the studio is this monstrosity. My sister and I are still working on this painting for a group exhibition that also opens in May: we worked enough on it last spring to make the video that can be seen on Wofflehouse, but the painting itself still needs a decent chunk of time put into it:

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That’s it for now. Closeup pics coming soon. Bedtime for Woff coming now.