Archive for May, 2007

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: Lindsay 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 East Bay commutes home in the months to come, and I’m glad my review is done!