Two Happenings

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This Saturday, August 11, from 5 until 8 pm is the opening reception for TAG Gallery’s California Open Exhibition.

I have two works, As Above and So Below on view.

Preview the exhibition here:
https://www.taggallery.net/ca-open-2018-installation-images


AND…
August 19, I am hosting an open studio event under the auspices of Maiden LA.
Details here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/410514959471593/

Stop by either and say hi. I’ll be glad you did.

Redding Fires Devastate

Redding Fires

My brother and sister-in-law lost their home over night in the devastating Redding fires. They lost everything. Fire is not kind.

I’m hosting a gofundme campaign to help acquire some essentials as they wait for the fires to subside and the insurance companies to do their duty. Meanwhile, they need the little stuff, plates, utensils, underwear, socks, shoes, hair brushes, etc.

If you can, please help. If you can, please share.

https://www.gofundme.com/help-mark-amp-kris-rebuild-after-fire

Setting up at the Venice Art Walk

Art, art collecting, Events, fine art, Shows

Didn’t have time to take more photos, it was a busy and bouyant evening. Big thanks to stARTup art fair, The Kinney, and Venice Art Crawl for making this evening possible.

Emily Maddigan’s boots reflect her work, so does that ca-razy jacket!

Architectural works of Rich Lanet (in back). And Lily Phan setting up next to him.

The process intensive works of David Koeth.

(L) Myopia, (r) Releasing, by moi.

Courtyard view with Ray and Josephine from stARTup.

Emily Maddigan’s shamanic sculptures.

Taurus in the 12th

Art, Performance art

A recurring dream, a purging of the unnecessary and obsolete, and an offering to a new present.

Please forgive my nose hairs, and the wonky use of my phone as camera.
I thought it more important to get a point across than make for an entertaining video (which will come later).

A new experiment

Art, fine art

Miguel: The Sordid Triangle Of A Pig In Parts © 2018

I’ve been working on expanding the Mudras works to include what I call portraits. These are images of other people’s hands and then my zen interpretation of that person.

Our way of communicating isn’t limited to words on a blank screen, let alone the noise that comes from our mouths. I’d argue much more of a story is told in how we use our hands and our bodies to convey our selves.

This concept developed as my dad was dying. I took photos of him to capture his transition from this world to where ever it is we go, consciousness goes after so many years of life.

I started the series using the hands of a dear friend, Miguel, who also is afflicted with Parkinson’s. I asked for some images of his hands, shaking and all. What he sent in response was a beautiful performance video of his hands in motion and experiencing the shaking so typical of his condition. From there, I pulled several stills from the video and went to work.The title of the work reflects our friendship and humor.

Transmutation: A Requiem For WSL ©2018

After Miguel’s portrait, I felt confident enough to sit down and work on the piece I created as a requiem for my dad. This work required the cooperation of my siblings and nephew. In fact, the work is representative of the family lineage.

In order to start a portrait, I ask the proposed subject a few things about shapes, preferred colors, and so on. What makes this portraiture work is my intimacy with the subject, who is either family or friend.

It is my desire to move this group of imagery beyond my circle of influence and into new territory with people I don’t know, by taking commissions.

Varkyland

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Varkyland
is the name of my new Etsy shop. Varky is the name my bird gave me. Varky is an abstraction or is it extraction (I never get it right) of Lover and Kitty. Lover is the name the bird has given to my husband. Kitty is the first word Cucuy learned from me and yes, it does mean kitty as in cats.

Lover-Kitty was the name she first bestowed upon me, affiliating me with “Lover” and the kitties. Because Cucuy is a macaw and they are the lazy talkers of the bird world, Lover-Kitty shortly thereafter became Laverky. And after a few months was shortened up even more to Varky.

And Varky I have been for, gosh, about 20 years now.

Varkyland came about today because I have an inventory of posters and other prints that I really want to get into the hands of someone else besides me and the bird and the cats.

My first set off offerings is the As Above, So Below posters. I’ll be adding more products in the coming days. Do take a look. This is an easy and affordable way to grab some of my limited edition prints.

Varkyland is open and ready for you.