Archive for May 31st, 2008

exchange rate be damned

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

For those of you who didn’t get the memo, I’m in Europe! And after 3 summers of easy, inexpensive travel in South-east Asia, I am now dealing with the painful sticker shock of how little the dollar is worth in Europe. I had a hot dog and a hot chocolate from a 7-11 in Copenhagen the other night, and it cost $10 US. Ouch.

Prior to Denmark, I spent a few days in London with my Manila friends Maria Taniguchi and Rita Nazareno, who are now living there. I also got to meet up with Laura McKinney, one of my former Leadership High School students, who’s working there for 6 months! Such a treat.

The weather wasn’t super-cooperative (except for the sunny morning when I left, natch), but I still managed to see some art, to enjoy being back in London, and to goof around with Maria and Rita. Those two totally spoiled me. Rita made spamsilog for breakfast one day! Spamsilog in London. Yesss.

Woff, Rita, Maria in West Hampstead:
And a wall I became obsessed with at a fun bar we went to called Trash Palace, in Chinatown:
I need that wallpaper like yesterday.

Maria’s just finishing up her first year in the MFA program at Goldsmiths: it was a treat to get to visit the campus studios, to see what she’s been working on, and to get a better sense of the young British art scene. We also visited her friend Lui Medina, another artist from Manila who was preparing for her own master’s graduation exhibition at the Slade. Mm, I am SO glad that I’m done with my degree. Also glad that I got my degree from somewhere outside the stressed-out fishbowl of the international art market. There’s some great talent here, but the pressure is intense!

Maria at Goldsmiths:
other Goldsmiths pics (this is Maria’s studio mate):

hallway with graphite “mural”:
Art schools are fun to visit.

After a mildly harrowing day of travel, getting my embarrassingly heavy luggage across half of London , a couple of airports, and a couple of train stations, I made it to Copenhagen Thursday evening.

One thing we don’t get on the California latitude is lovely long summer nights like more northern places do. It’s not even June 21 yet, but it doesn’t get dark in Denmark until about 10:30 pm or so, and then starts getting light again around 4 am. Even though I got in around 6 pm, I could still take a nice, long evening stroll around the city. Gorgeous! I’ll be coming back at least a couple times to see it more in-depth.
Got up the next day, checked out of the hotel, and then dragged my luggage onto a train for Jyderup, a mere hour away.
And Soelyst Artist in Residence Centre, where I’ll be for the next month, is not even a 5-minute walk from the station! Perfect.
I’ve been here a little over 24 hours, and I’m still rubbing my eyes, trying to process the loveliness and simplicity of it all. I’m not sure if I could be further from Oakland if I tried. I dragged my rolly suitcase across all the gravel (great comedy moment) to the main building here:
And was given a warm welcome, and then installed in my bedroom here (the open window):
I got here a little early, so I’ll get my studio space on Monday, I think.

There was a reception for Pastiche, Soelyst’s summer outdoor sculpture exhibition, so a nice little crowd of folks showed up in the evening (these pics were taken around 6 pm) for the event:

A lot of folks from the exhibition are staying at Soelyst through the weekend, so I’ve already met some other nice, talented artists.

I feel just total gratitude to be here, and to finally be able to relax, unwind, and start making art again without daily stress or distraction. It’s so quiet, and green, and lovely, I still can’t quite believe I’m here.
Look! I’m surrounded by trees! How crazy is that?
Wofford, stupefied by the loveliness, and grinning on the inside, big-time.

a tiana update

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

A couple days after the May 17 fund-raiser for Tiana, this email from her husband Leo came in:

What a night! And all because of YOU beautiful artists.

You raised $108,000 in about five hours. EVERYTHING sold!

There will be a catalogue from the show I have been told…and something else from me. Please forward this to other artists that you know contributed, but I don’t have their e-mail address and aren’t listed above.

Tiana is walking on air right now; feeling the love and generosity that you all have been sending her way. She feels well enough to swim and go on short hikes. Each week she feels a bit better.

Deepest gratitude and love is sent to all of you from us.


Tiana, Olive and Leo

intersection for the arts’ june 6 fundraiser

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

More art auction fundraising fun! I’m trying to tie up some loose-end posts from home, so as part of that quest, here’s my plug for Intersection for the Arts’ Annual Fundraiser.
Their preview gallery is up and running, so check it out.

I donated a satellite drawing I made a few years ago:

Transmission EQV 1, 2003
20.5″ x 16.5″ frame (18″ x 12″ image)
Ink and watercolor on paper

I’m not sure how the color looks on other monitors, but the satellite is a grayish-blue, on off-white/ivory paper.

Intersection’s 2008 Extravaganza,
Annual Fundraising Art Auction & Birthday Party

Friday, June 6, 2008, 7pm
$20 admission
(includes bid number for the auction and entrance to the party afterward featuring live DJs, music, food, wine, performances, and more)

Intersection for the Arts is located in San Francisco’s Mission District,
at 446 Valencia Street, between 15th and 16th Streets.