Archive for October, 2007

October 4, 1957

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

“And it came to me then. That we were wonderful traveling companions but in the end no more than lonely lumps of metal in their own separate orbits. From far off they look like beautiful shooting stars, but in reality they’re nothing more than prisons, where each of us is locked up alone, going nowhere. When the orbits of these two satellites of ours happened to cross paths, we could be together. Maybe even open our hearts to each other. But that was only for the briefest moment. In the next instant we’d be in absolute solitude. Until we burned up and became nothing.”


I made this ink drawing in 2002 as part of a group of 16 inter-related drawings known collectively as Sputnik. I’d been reading Haruki Murakami’s Sputnik Sweetheart at the time, which of course really had very little to do with the Russian satellite itself, but did a lovely job of digging under my skin, anyway. Incidentally, “Sputnik” translates as either “companion,” or “travelling companion,” in Russian. But you probably already knew that.

Yay, Sputnik. Happy Birthday.


Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Gaw. Is this what happens once beginner’s enthusiasm wears off with a blog? Man, I’m slacking. Or I just haven’t felt like posting. Is that laziness, or simply privacy? Surely someone has written a Kubler-Ross-esque treatise on the 5 stages of blogging: if not, given what I’m doing/not doing, and performing some basic forensic analysis of the wasted hulls of abandoned blogs littering the internet, I suspect it would go something like:

1. beginner’s enthusiasm
2. TMI
3. distraction from blog by living of actual life
4. password log-in amnesia
5. abandonment

I’m doing what I can do balance out 1 and 3. 2 is distasteful (although I might occasionally flirt with it), 4 hasn’t happened yet ’cause I have a highly self-entertaining password that’s hard to forget, and 5, well, I’m getting more sporadic at this, but I’m not planning on abandoning this anytime soon.

Last night was a pretty big hoot: my good friend Jonn Herschend premiered his twisted, wonderful infomercial- gone- terribly- astray, “Everything Is Better Now“, at Oakland’s cinematic gem, the Parkway Speakeasy Theater. (Cinematic gem not in some Beaux-Arts fanciness way, cinematic gem in that “pitchers of beer and pizza with your movie” way. I don’t even like beer, but I like the idea of beer in a pitcher with my movie).

Since he didn’t want to be caught holding the bag, Jonn implicated a bunch of his friends and co-conspirators in the premiere by organizing “Guilt By Association,” a screening of a number of artsy video shorts to accompany his magnum opus.



I’m prolly biased, since Woffords, Paint was one of the videos screened, but it was a really fun, dynamic mix of work that really seemed to resonate well with one another. I’ve been thinking lately about how often shows in galleries/museums don’t add up quite right, even when the art is great: the works are good individually, but poorly served by the curatorial premise and/or overall installation of pieces in relation to one another. With Guilt By Association, I was struck by how well the works flowed from one to the next, and how they seemed to inform one another in a variety of quirky, engaging strategies. I’d seen a number of the videos individually in the past, and I really enjoyed them much more in concert with other works. Nerdy, artsy humor was a significant thread that made things flow: even works that I hadn’t actually found that funny prior to last night, worked much better in relation to works where this was more overt. Anyway, good times.


Go bears: UC Berkeley MFA alumni and Guilt By Association auteurs Woff, Jonn, Joe, and Will, gameface-mode, outside the Parkway after Guilt By Association.