Archive for February, 2008

monster drawers, round eight

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

It’s a good week for drawing, mes amis. Not only has Adrian got that outdoor drawing session happening on the 19th, but Southern Exposure has its annual Monster Drawing Rally this Friday the 22nd!

Aforementioned gnarly headcold put me a bit behind on posts, otherwise I’d have mentioned the MDR earlier.
Well, it’s not as if it’s an event in any danger of being under-attended: despite my tardy reportage, I guarantee that it’ll be a full-on, shoulder to shoulder, dog-and-pony-show, as usual. The event is always a crowd-pleaser. Who doesn’t like watching artists sweat doodle-bullets for a good cause?

For those of you new to the MDR experience, it’s an evening where artists agree to draw for a one-hour shift under intense public scrutiny, after which their drawings are placed on a wall and immediately sold to whomever’s interested at the bargain flat rate of $60. There are 4 shifts (6-7, 7-8, 8-9, 9-10), and this year about 130 artists spread across those shifts, drawing away. All proceeds benefit the always-worthy Southern Exposure.

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My Drawing Night cronies and I are staking our usual claim on the 6pm to 7pm slot: it’s a little mellower, and then we’re done by the time MDR gets really nutsy, and can move on to being spectators, as well. Now that wee little Wofflings is a year old, I can refer you back to how last year’s MDR07 session went right here, and how I drew last year’s MDR postcard here. (I wanted to post Veronica DeJesus‘s awesome image from this year’s card, but I can’t seem to find it online for some weird reason.)

Come join us! Should be a really fun night, as always. For the second year in a row, the venue is the magnificent Verdi Club, which is its own reason for attending, in and of itself.

8th Annual Monster Drawing Rally
Southern Exposure at Verdi Club

(*NOT at Southern Exposure!)
2424 Mariposa Street, San Francisco
Friday, February 22nd, 6-11 pm

Tres. Trop. On the ocho. Sayang.

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

This is one of those dates where it might make sense to have a twin, or a clone, or something: too many events going on at the same time on the same night! Feb 8 has all of a sudden added up to a full social calendar, and I’m scrambling to figure out how to be in 3 places at once. Gaaah.

1. Emergency Biennale talk.
6 pm. CCA PLAySPACE gallery. San Francisco.

Evelyne, myself, and many of the other Bay Area artists who were added to round 10 of EB are participating in an informal discussion about the show.
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If the rain scared you off during the opening last week, this will be just about the last time to catch the show, and to hear about its genesis from Evelyne herself. It’s so refreshing to experience an exhibition that doesn’t participate in some of the usual solipsistic clubby-ness of many Bay Area art shows: its intentions are so different, and so much more international in nature. (But to be fair to local shows, some of the solipsism is part and parcel of how a tight-knit local community functions. Still and all: it is a little too in-love-with-itself sometimes, to the detriment of creating a larger, more global sense of an art community…)

2. Christine Wong Yap + Zachary Royer Sholz + Ricky Allman.
Opening reception: 6-8 pm. Swarm Gallery. Oakland.

Damn it, damn it, damn it. I’ve got to figure out how to zip back to the east bay for this.
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I know that Christine’s been working her heinie off on this installation, so I know it’s going to be something amazing to see. Having just checked out Zachary and Ricky’s works courtesy of the the links on Christine’s blog (now here, too), I’m super-excited to see their work, as well.

3. Deadpan Exchange Part III.
Opening reception: 6-9 pm. The LAB. San Francisco.

I’ve been so excited about Jonn Herschend’s international arts exchange project with Danish artists since it launched this past summer.
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It’s such a funny, quirky theme, with a number of suspiciously low-profile comedian-types. A whole gaggle of Danes have come over here for the event, and I’m super looking forward to meeting them: I have an evil plan to dovetail the Galleon Trade experience with the Deadpan Exchange experience when I’m an artist-in-residence in Denmark this coming summer. Yahoo to more grass-roots international arts exchange!

For those of you who A, don’t go to shows in Oakland, and B, don’t go to shows that don’t feature one of your local buddies, I double-dog dare you to go to one or all of these. I can’t say that I’m always the best about making the rounds, either, so it’s not as if I’m not guilty of this at times, as well. But all 3 of these events are pretty one-of-a-kind (and not because I’m in one of them, okay?), so I ask, nay, I implore you to attend maybe one of ‘em…

Emergency Biennale discussion
Feb 8, 6 pm on
CCA PLAYsPACE
1111 8th St, SF 94107

Christine Wong Yap + Zachary Royer Sholz + Ricky Allman opening reception
Feb 8, 6-8 pm
Swarm Gallery
560 2nd St, Oakland 94607

Deadpan Exchange III opening reception
Feb 8, 6-9 pm
The LAB
2948 16th St, SF 94103

whooee

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Ok. Got through the week. Looking forward to not watching the stuporbowl on Sunday and catching the superstar show at the Headlands, and just relaxing a little bit this weekend.

My first minute as the newly-instated figurehead (more of a puppet government, really) for the Filipino Performance course at USF Thursday night went pretty smoothly, given how 11th-hour my instatement was (the course started last week without a professor): Wednesday night was a pretty late one, between pulling it together for my existing course as well as putting together a plan for the new one.

Between Filipino Performance and Filipino American Arts, I’m finding myself very sweetly overwhelmed by how great it is to be working with a large population of Fil-Am students (especially in the arts!) for the first time in my teaching career. I can’t say what effect I’ll have on them, but since it was a pretty deep experience for me with the only two Fil-Am professors I’d ever had (Carlos Villa and Cathy Choy), I hope that at the very least, I don’t traumatize my students. Much.

The official course title is actually “Barrio Fiesta: Filipino Performing Arts“, and it’s a special topics course geared primarily to provide a little more academic structure for all of the hard-working students who put together Barrio Fiesta, USF’s annual PCN (Pilipino Cultural Night). The pic below is from the cast and crew call at last year’s event:

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Little did I know when taking this last year that I’d be involved somehow with this year’s. Hm.

So. Improvisation is the name of the game right now, as I’m coming into this last-minute, and I want to be respectful of the traditions and structures that have historically governed how Barrio (shorthand), er, plays out. No pun intended. This is its 35th annual event, but its first year as a class, so there’s a lot of history I don’t want to derail. We’re off to a good start, though. I think maybe I’m becoming a blog addict, as I put together yet another course blog for Barrio here.

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If you’re in the Bay Area, consider this your first invitation to attend. April 4 and 5. Be there.

OK. Off to enjoy the weekend now. I might go shoe-shopping (no Imelda jokes, thanks.) It appears I need a good pair of rain shoes, given the recent waves of inclement weather. My other shoes either have holes in the soles, or aren’t waterproof, and these dumb loafers I’ve been wearing every day just aren’t cutting it anymore…