Archive for May, 2007

4:00 am in the studio

Monday, May 14th, 2007


Remind me to thank the invisible neighbor who left this under my windshield wiper this weekend.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Smith no wait Robert Urich no wait Robert Redford no wait Robert Downey Jr no wait Robert Dole no wait Robert Frost.

Stretch, caffeinate, continue.

Down to the wire

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Oyoyoy…I was telling someone last night that while I have rather happily grown out of my youthful flakiness that was my ur-version of procrastination, I have had to come to terms with, in my adulthood, that no matter how much time I have to do something, it still has to come together at the last-minute. Work expands to fill the time allotted. I’m not sure if this is simply a professionalized way to justify my procrastination, but I have accepted that the closer to deadline I get, the better I work: there’s no time to be wishy-washy, decisions have to be made, stuff just needs to be done.

In any case, however, while I fully expect to work into the wee hours for the next couple of days, I will be done with installation by Wednesday afternoon, 4 pm. There are other things to take care of after that, but the primary thing, the exhibition installation, will be done. Whew!

I sent several different postcards to press last week, will pick up and send ‘em out this week. Below is the big daddy: I printed this double-image one at 6 x 9 inches. The majority of them are destined for the museum as free offerings (you know, like Felix Gonzalez-Torres, except way less of ‘em, way smaller, and I’m not dead yet), but if you want me to mail you one, let me know. Email me your address. If you don’t know my email, it’s on the wofflehouse main page.


The postcards are also being used to send folks to yet another website that I’m putting together with Max, based on the images from Point Of Departure, my MFA Thesis project: more on that once it’s actually functioning, but basically, it will be a site where all of the paintings I’ve made can be rearranged in relation to one another to create new narratives. It should be up and running in June.

OK! Back to the studio.


Thursday, May 10th, 2007

If you’re an MFA, or know one, or love one, be kind to us right now. We’re weary. Lumbering ever-closer…by this time next week, Fermata will be installed, my job interview will be over with, and I will be working on the website related to my thesis project (more on that later). Perhaps I’ll even find a minute to pamper myself before Friday’s festivities.

Speaking of which… it’s almost too perfect. The official speaker for the Department of Art Practice 2007 Commencement Ceremony is Brett Cook (Dizney)! While I’ve never gotten to meet Brett, I feel as though his presence has loomed large with me since my first day of art school, way back in 1993.

Having spent some time at community college first, I transferred as a junior to the San Francisco Art Institute. On our first day of orientation, we were ushered into the lecture hall, where we were shown a whole mess of inspiring work which started me thinking about public art and community art in ways I’d never experienced before. Sigh. so young, so green.

Dizney’s work really struck me back then, but our paths never crossed. He moved out of the area, I think, but I remember walking into his open studio at the Headlands Art Center when he was in residence there in 2004: I didn’t talk to him, but I recall just really reveling in the warm, inviting atmosphere and energy he’d created in his space.

Brett’s done so much collaboration and public work, and seems to have a work philosophy I can totally get behind. And it’s also so nice to have an artist of color as our final speaker, putting a very nice period on the end of my two-year sentence. Apparently Brett received his BFA from Berkeley, which has much to do with the invitation to speak. Welcome back, Brett. It’s an honor.


CCA Centennial Graduate Exhibition May 10!

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Oyyy. Yet another opening that I can’t make! But please go. Support my comrade MFAs at CCA in their big to-do! And give Christine Wong Yap in particular MAD props for being such an indomitable, kickass one-woman art-force. Go get ‘em, Christine…

(That’s Christine in the middle, bringin’ th’ bling…)


Here’s from the email Ms CWY sent out tonight:

I’ve been installing my work for the past few days and I think it’s going to be a great show! There are a lot of ambitious projects underway and I hope you get to see them. The opening reception will be a big party, I hope you get to join in the fun. The reception is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

2007 Centennial Graduate Exhibition
May 10 ”“ 19, 2007
Reception: May 10, 6 ”“ 9 pm

California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street, on the corner of Eighth and Irwin, San Francisco


More info about the show, and preview work at:

Sufferation at Thirtynine Hotel

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

It’s beyond ridiculous how busy it is right now. No real surprise, but still.

In the midst of this past week’s Wofford nuttiness, I totally forgot that Sufferation, another group show that I’m in, opened yesterday in Hawaii. My friend Theo texted me from the opening to say congrats, at which point, duh-er, I remembered.


I guess that after the drama with the lost nurse drawings, and then the scramble to re-execute and re-send new ones, on top of finishing Woffords, Paint, on top of my MFA Final Review, on top of having to write an emergency last-minute syllabus proposal for a class that I might teach, on top of trying to finish more work for the MFA Thesis Show, on top of still trying to stay involved with a Berkeley Working Group, teach Worlds In Collision, keep up with readings for another class, host another big Galleon Trade meeting, and now prepare for a job interview (!!) for a another prof job, I, uh, decided to pack the nurses off mentally as well as physically once FedEx took charge of them. Whew.

So. Below are the nurses now kicking it in a Honolulu gallery.
Would that I were there with them, myself…


Sinking Nurse, 2006

Waiting Nurse II, 2007


Toreador Nurse II, 2007

Sufferation: Notes on Compassion and Suffering
curated by Trisha Lagaso Goldberg
May 4- June 16, 2007
thirtynine hotel
39 N. Hotel Street
Honolulu, HI

Post I.D. post-opening

Friday, May 4th, 2007

So the Post I.D. opening was super-fun: I’ve been feeling a little like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, since that now makes three events in a row for me in the same gallery (Overmapped, SoEx Marks The Spot). That’s never happened before! I’m gonna work with that whole “three’s a charm” thing, though.

The show looks good, y’all: try to catch it this month, not for the Woffordly shenanigans I’ve been droning on about, but for the overall hella-fresh-ness of ALL the work in the show! Sita Bhaumik, Mark Baugh-Sasaki, Nancy Mizuno Elliott, and Rick Godinez put us to shame, their work is so frickin’ hot. Go see. Go see!

Nevertheless, here are more photos of Woffords in their unnatural habitat:


We decided against wearing our hoodies, but attempted to coordinate, anyway.


Dramatic reenactment: can installation


Woffords doing their Penn and Teller routine for ABS-CBN, The Filipino Channel
(I yapped it up, Camille nodded yes and no). Watch for us Monday night!


Sean, Woffords, Alberto

Post I.D. is just one part of the 10th annual United States of Asian America Festival, which runs for seven weeks. There’s a whole range of events, exhibitions, performances and screenings associated with the Festival, all of which are posted here. A number of the events look fantastic, but I’m gonna put a totally biased shout-out to SambAsia, since they’re totally amazing (and two members, Felix and Celia Magtoto, are the utterly phenomenal parents of my former students Niki and Monica)…and as long as we’re on the subject of phenomenal LHS parents, I have to put in a long-overdue shout-out to Bob Hsiang and Nancy Hom, who are Kearny Street Workshop’s godparents (and Nicole’s parents). It’s so nice to feel connected to all these folks again, through a different source!

Post I.D.
organized by Kearny Street Workshop
for APICC’s
United States of Asian American Festival 2007

SomArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street, SF

Why Woffords Paint

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007


In light of the progress Camille and I have been making on our magnum opus, I entertained myself with googling “Wofford genealogy” the other day. I think I figured out a simplified family history for the Woffords, which clarifies some stuff I’d heard rumors about from relatives on Dad’s side of the family. Oh: for those of you who didn’t know, we’re half-breeds. Sort of like in that Cher song, but different. Filipino and white man. And we Wofford half-breeds are indeed distantly related to the founder of Wofford College, making our hoodies family heirlooms! Indeed, sort of.

The first Wofford to jump the pond was William Wofford, in 1620.
William had one son, another William Wofford.
William Wofford II was dad to
John Wofford, one of whose many siblings was Absalom Wofford. Absalom Wofford was Benjamin Wofford’s father. Benjamin Wofford founded Wofford College (or at least, left a chunk of money behind that caused a namesake college and its hooded sweatshirts to happen.)

But back to John Wofford.
John Wofford (1740-1809) was dad to
William Lafayette Wofford (1778-1845) who was dad to
William Doctor Wofford (1813-1880) who was dad to
Doctor David Wofford (1852-1890) who was dad to
Chester Wofford who was dad to
David Wofford who was dad to
Alan David Wofford who is dad to
Woffords, Paint.

With two feminist daughters, and no more male Woffords on this line of the family, the name dies with us.
Or lives on, in artistic infamy!

Oh, BTW: Mom’s family name, Magboo (which also has great comic potential), is a Tagalog word meaning “creator”, or “maker”. Twist wrist, raise pinky finger to lower lip, raise right eyebrow, now.

Woffords, Paint
video and painting
on exhibit in Post I.D.
May 3-26
opening reception May 3, 5-8 pm
SomArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan, San Francisco

(And for those of you who are dying to know, I did in fact made a pilgrimage to the actual Wofford College in 2002, and pretty much went apeshit on the merch. I still call the school store periodically, trawling for more swag. It’s always fun when I give them the name on my credit card.)

Johanna Poethig at Togonon Gallery!

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Wahoo! My heroine and yours, Johanna Poethig, has a solo show opening May 3 at Togonon Gallery. I have my own opening that night, dammit, but I will try to sneak by hers at the very beginning, before trundling on over to SomArts…


Security, tile on wood with audio speakers, 7′ x 11′, 2007

Johanna Poethig
Togonon Gallery

Solo Exhibition: May 3 – June 2, 2007
Reception: 5:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 3, 2007

This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Togonon Gallery is at 77 Geary, 2nd Floor, San Francisco
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11-5:30 p.m.
Open until 8 pm on 1st Thursday of month
Tel: 415.398.5572

For more information, please contact Rafael Musni, Associate Gallery Director:
415.398.5572 * c 415.368.7483 * email:

Oh, and by the way

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

my Friday MFA Final Review went really, really well. Thanks for asking.

I stayed up until about 4 am the night before (had to be up and out the door at 8 am), but managed to be reasonably lucid for the ordeal. Which, as it turns out, was not an ordeal at all. It was strangely, suspiciously pleasant: there were 7 professors in my RFS Studio, saying really thoughtful, encouraging things! Who knew?


The conversation focused almost entirely on the work I’ve been making for Fer*ma*ta, namely, the umpteen little paintings I’ve begun posting samples of recently. Criticism was minimal, and if anything, absolutely on point, and just incredibly helpful for me in this final stretch of tuning the work up. While I’m still not likely to get too much rest in the next couple of weeks, it is just the HUGEST relief to have this sword of Damocles set off to the side, at long last! Yahoo!

The rest of Friday and Saturday were a bit of a blur: Bennie (Lindsay Benedict) and I took Allan De Souza, one of our MFA Committee profs, out to lunch after our reviews, and then I went home and passed out from sheer exhaustion for the afternoon. Saturday was mostly spent recuperating, until the evening’s SoEx Marks The Spot auction event, followed by some general drinking and dancing and blowing off of steam with friends after that!

I left SF early Sunday morning, and a freeway fell down behind me at some point. And now the work week is upon us, and I’m glad I live in West Oakland and have a motorcycle, and will (despite the many challenges West Oakland has to offer at times) be very smug about having one of the most convenient, least sucky East Bay commutes home in the months to come, and I’m glad my review is done!