Archive for May 6th, 2009

Czech-ing out

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Well, it’s about time I officially let folks know:
I’m moving. To the Czech Republic. This month.

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Many of you know a bit about it already: it’s been in the works for a little while now, but I had to square some other business before I could be public about it. Basically, the Pirate got an irresistible job offer there, and I’ve got some fellowship funds this year that I can stretch out for a while, so those 2 things, plus the fact that most universities are in hiring freezes right now (ie, no work for Woff), plus the strong dollar (or weaker Czech korun), and the fact we’re both big old travel bugs, means that I have really nothing to lose by leaving the Bay Area for awhile. And hell, if it’s cheaper to live in Prague than Oakland, it’s really a no-brainer. (Prague hyphy’s prolly gonna suffer in translation though.) I’ve got several big shows coming up, so to just get to focus on being an artist in Europe is a big deal!

It’s really exciting, and I’m definitely looking forward to working on connecting with more artists and galleries in Europe! And since I grew up outside the USA anyway,  it feels like I’m returning to my, er, non-roots. It feels so thrilling to be embarking on an international life again. The part that feels the hardest, though, is giving up my friends and family: outside of my various travel and residency adventures, none of which have been longer than a few months, I haven’t lived anywhere else besides the Bay Area in over 20 years, and I’ve never lived more than 30 minutes from my family”¦.ever. The Woffords aren’t an especially huggy bunch, but we do love each other a lot and take our proximity to one another for granted, so not being able to just pop over to my parents or sister’s places seems really weird. And my community of deep, dear friends here will be dearly missed, as well. Separation anxiety is kicking in already!

However. Prague beckons. So I’ll have to answer that call for a little bit, and skype all other calls until I’m back in the U.S. (Thank goodness for email and facebook. And expect a lot of waffling from another country, soon!)

In the meantime, I’m still here in the Bay Area until the end of May, but I’m beginning yet another farcical scramble to pack up my house and move out. Here’s what I could use your help with, gentle readers:

Studio Sale. Ends May 15:
I’ve got to pack all of my art up and put it in storage. So, no more Woff art available for quite a while, at least, not outside of the commercial galleries where I’ve got those upcoming shows.
So.
If you’ve had those vague “geez, it’d be nice to own a Wofford artwork” thoughts, it’s now or never, people.
I’ve got to put stuff in storage by around the 15th. I can set choice work aside for a few days longer if you need time to decide, but that’s it. Link to Studio Sale, including pricelist, here.
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House Rental. Starts June 1:
My fabulous 3 bedroom Oakland/Emeryville house is available June 1. It’s being professionally property-managed in my absence, to keep things on the up and up. A link to photos and details is here. If you or a friend is interested, email me and I’ll put you in touch with my property manager, pronto.

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New Friends/Contacts in Europe:
Just meeting new people and getting warmed up to a new place can take ages, starting cold. If you have any friends and art-world co-conspirators that you think would be great buddy material for Woff and Pirate, let me know! Introductions gladly appreciated. New friends are always great.
If you have friends/contacts in Europe (particularly in/near Prague, Vienna and Berlin) that you think would be Wofford-friendly, I’d much appreciate any introductions you can make! I’d particularly appreciate any professional contacts you may have in Europe. I definitely want to see if I can make a living as an artist in the system there, so any fellow artists, gallerists, curators or other appropriate co-conspirators you may know would be particularly helpful.

KIT:
Picture poor lonely little Woff, friendless in a foreign land, staring out her Prague window, in a state of Kafka-esque, Motel Cucaracha-esque, alienation. Imagine how much she’ll treasure your emails, and also finally have more time on her hands to respond!
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Boomerang:
I’m not gone forever, folks! Just for a while.  A year or so. So don’t write me off. I claim Bay Area.
And, as our dear friends Dug-out Doug (MacArthur) and the Governator (Schwarzenegger) have respectively threatened: 1,“I shall return.” and 2,“I’ll be back.”

SFMOMA Warehouse Sale

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

For those of you who couldn’t afford my prints in The Villanueva Vignettes, this is your lucky week! The 6 large, limited-edition digital images are now heavily discounted as part of Sweet 16, SFMOMA Artist Gallery’s Annual Warehouse Sale. I’m not happy about discounting the work, but hey, that’s the reality of the economy, B, they’re gorgeous prints, C, the sale still benefits the gallery, and D, I can at least minimize my losses on the cost of printing them…so- my loss is your gain! Get your heinies over to the gallery  to buy ‘em!

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“Sweet 16 “ Annual Artists Warehouse Event

This annual fundraiser celebrates Bay Area art and presents a uniquely wide range of works by contemporary artists in one place over the course of 5 days. Think of it as a matchmaking event that unites art lovers with the long sought-after contemporary works they’ve dreamed of. Show exclusives include paintings, sculpture, drawings and affordable unframed works on paper priced $50 – $5,000.

Preview Reception, Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets – $10, SFMOMA Members – Free
Thursday – Sunday is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

Sale Hours:
Thursday, May 7th, 12:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 8th, 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. Artists live drawing event from 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, May 9th, 12 – 5:30 p.m. Meet designer Gary Hutton from 2-4 p.m.
Sunday, May 10th, 12 – 4 p.m. Family day with face painting, live music and activities.

The SFMOMA Artists Gallery’s 16th annual Warehouse event is an exclusive five-day fete that Cow Hollow cognoscenti line up for year after year. With affordable, original art priced $50-$5,000 (that’s up to 50% off regular prices) attendees can purchase paintings, sculpture, drawings and unframed works on paper by more than 300 emerging and established Bay Area artists. Proceeds benefit the artists, the gallery and SFMOMA.

The event starts Wednesday, May 6th at 6 pm with a $10 preview that is well worth the price of admission since it give buyers first crack at the sweet deals. SFMOMA members are admitted free. Thursday to Sunday the event is open to the general public and admission is free. Hours are Thursday, May 7th, 12:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Friday, May 8th, 12:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 9th, 12 – 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 10th, 12 – 4 p.m.

Friday, May 8 from 6-8 witness artists Bert Bergen, Charles Valoroso, and Tim Svenonius create fantastic drawings (sympathetic monsters, prehistoric animals, patriotic emblems, and you-name-its) all part of the gallery’s new live drawing event. The one-of-a-kind drawings will be offered for sale at very affordable prices.

Each year, the gallery selects an artist to create an original work to don the event poster and invitation. This year’s artist is John Yoyogi Fortes. His painting, “Sweet 16” will be auctioned off at the event with proceeds going to the artist and the Gallery.
Recently featured in the Museum of the African Diaspora’s show, “Decoding Identity: I Do It for My People,” Fortes has also been the recipient of grants from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, the California Arts Council, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New York. This year, Fortes’ work was selected to be included in the Artrain USA National Touring Exhibition on American Diversity. Watch this talented artist in action on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAz8Ymen1DI

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Visit the gallery’s website at www.sfmoma.org or call 415/441-4777 for more information.