four walls, no walls, you and me.

July 25, 2009, 1:20 am
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It is 1AM on a friday night. I dropped of Sheena at LAX two hours ago and am really sad that our awesome day together is over. 😦 Pho and massages and boba and peeing in the ocean and being sucked in by the pull and power of 10 foot waves and home cooked thai food and interviews about her hair and a million photos are all now resigned to memory. 

Also, earlier this week, Hanna came over and we began our printmaking process. It was awesome to talk to her and I am so grateful for her belief in me as an artist. It is hard for me to think of myself as such so to have a voice that is not coming from inside my head voice these opinions is really good for me. She also brought up a lot of things that I am not ready to think about yet. The future still scares me and I am trying to put it off for as long as I can. It is really scary to have someone believe in you when you don’t yet believe in yourself. 

I had other thoughts but I am so tired.


Summertime and Tacos
July 17, 2009, 3:06 pm
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I think that last post sent some negative vibes my way. I’ve been in a foul mood for the past week or so. Or it may have something to do with this insane heat.

I think my new summer past-time will be to stay indoors and be antisocial. More and more I have less and less desire to see people. There are a few exceptions. Sheena is coming in a week and I am very excited about that. Hanna and I are making prints next week and I am excited about that. I’m going to SF to see Bekah and Joel and Wonk and I’m excited about that. I’m seeing my nephews in 6 weeks and I am VERY excited about that.

I’ve also been seriously slacking in terms of going to the gym. I used to go on hikes with friends on the weekends but lately we’ve been swapping out fun outdoor activities for sedentary veg-fests, namely eating and foot massages. But really, it is WAY too hot to do anything outside. A few weeks ago Ho and I went on a hike in Malibu and both of us got sunburned. She got it worse than I did but I still have this awful tan line from it!

All of this is starting to take its mental and emotional toll. I know I should be doing more….but it is SERIOUSLY TOO HOT.

On an aside, a great way to cool off is with taco happy hours! I know this falls under the sedentary entertainment category but man, LA is the place to be for tacos. I’m not talking just the traditional taco, but rather the HYBRID TACO.

Who knew tacos could be the new gastro haute cuisine? Malo is by far the cult favorite. Mondays are Malo Mondays with $1, $2, and $3 tacos (the beef-pickle taco and potato-eggplant are a MUST and is only $3 for both!) as well as drink specials.

Another awesome taco, albeit a little over-hyped is Kogi. Kogi is the perfect blend of tacos and Korean BBQ. These tasty vittles are made fresh off the Kogi truck and are delish. The wait however, is the killer. Although it was a tasty little taco, I don’t think I’ll be waiting TWO AND A HALF HOURS!!! in line, until nearly 1AM for this taco again. I mean, I get it if it’s a Saturday night and you’re out late clubbing and need a tasty snack to equalize all the booze, but on a weeknight, couldn’t you move it up a few hours? Some of us have work the next day….

I was hoping to make this week taco week seeing as how I already kicked it off at Malo on Monday and had plans for Taco Tuesdays with Wonk at Cabo Cantina in Brea. However, those tacos sucked! Proving yet again, not all tacos are created equal. And, sadly, Taco Fest which was supposed to be this weekend in the LBC has been postponed until 2010! Sad day.

TGIF. The weekend is never long enough. Art walk and Coldplay this weekend. Yayee!

Seriously? (aka satanic spawn posing as benevolent forces)
July 13, 2009, 1:30 pm
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Maybe I’ve been listening to too much Public /Radio but seriously, what are these people thinking?

1. An unnamed radio psychologist once had a listener call in who voiced some dissatisfaction with the current US government and its policies. The radio psychologist then told the caller to get out…as in get out of America. I think she may have even hung up on the caller, but this was over a month ago so I’m not certain.

2. A blogger reports widely known rumors on Sarah Palin. Blogger receives several calls and messages from Palin supporters detailing the various methods in which she should be disposed of. Blogger then gets named in a defamation suit.

There are so many reasons why these two stories are SO WRONG but I’ll only focus on a few.

The first being, since when was it OK to excommunicate people for voicing their dissent? The last time I checked we still had the freedom of speech and if I’m not mistaken, CHANGE happens when people see a wrong and speak out about it. If we tell all these people to either shape up or ship out, can you imagine the state our United States would be in? What would have happened to Civil Rights? Women’s Suffrage? Slavery?

Sure, America does offer a greater amount of freedom and exchange than many other countries but resorting to this relativism to justify such awful  behavior is not the answer. Yes, we do live in a country that offers us many freedoms, but as such, we should be allowed to exercise those freedoms.

This whole tag line “If you don’t like it here, get out” really bugs me. I mean really, who is going to look at the Economic Crisis and think “I really like this. I think this is being handled in the best and most fair way possible. I think we should keep riding this boat until it sinks, and it won’t ever sink because it’s great!” Who would say that about health care? About the Middle East?

If you don’t like what I have to say, then perhaps it’s time for you to move to a country where free speech is muzzled so all you ever hear is the cotton candy goodness and basketball analogy free-styling skills of former Gov Palin in CrazyLand.

Which brings me to my second story. What the hell is this crazy of crazies thinking? Way back, when McCain announced Palin, I thought this is too good to be true. It was like the Republicans had a little pow wow, decided to sit this term out, and hand the Dems the Presidency on a silver platter. But then, all the other crazies came out of the wood works. And en masse. With cries of “Kill Him!”. And what did Palin do? Nothing. To quote Fr. Andrew Greeley ” How can she ever justify silence when she heard a cry for lynching?” I don’t know Father Greeley, I don’t know.

And now, Shannyn Moore is the latest  victim of the Palin camp (along with the Washington Post, and NYT among others) and their idiotic defamation suit. What is this all about? RUMORS. Rumors that have been reported for years. Rumors that are widely reported in the news and internet alike. I mean really, if your Gov. up and quits on you with little reason wouldn’t you be looking for a reason too? And Palin, if you don’t want rumors going around about why you left office, how about just pretending to care and make a little note in your speech to actually talk about why you are leaving instead of making ridiculous basketball analogies? All that serves to do is remind the thinking public about your misappropriation of public funds to build a gym!

As if Palin herself were not moronic enough, you’ve still got her supporters which is in need of a new class all their own. Somewhere below mental retardation and only slightly above dryer lint. I mean really, who else would think it was OK to make life threatening and offensive calls to a private citizen for something that she wrote on her blog. The same type person who thinks Palin is a qualified leader apparently. Maybe if they ever watched the news, or read the paper, or scanned the internet, they would realize that this isn’t the singular cry of an angry Alaskan, but rather a topic that the media at large is also reporting, and has been reporting for a while.

This reminds me of a story actually. Once, in elementary school, there was a rumor going around and it escalated very quickly. Someone had called me a Moosecunt, so I immediately called my lawyer and filed a defamation suit against the entire 5th grade class. And then all my friends called those sorry bastards and left life-threatening messages. Boy were they sorry.

Ok, so I lied, that’s not what happened. But if it did, it would be less ridiculous than this story.

Special thanks to Bekah for the subtitle!

Hammer time
July 10, 2009, 1:52 pm
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One of the things that I love about LA are the museums. There are so many great museums and galleries it’s no wonder that LA is the new NYC.

Earlier this week I attended a lecture on Sister Corita Kent, a Catholic nun and prolific artist from the 60’s. The panel was supposed to address her work and it’s influence on contemporary art. This discussion was part of a longer lecture series, so I cannot comment on the whole as I only attended this one talk. However, I found I was quite disappointed.

One of the artists invited to speak was completely belligerent and elicited many groans and the kind of uncomfortable laughter that indicates that as an audience, we’ve had enough already. I kept wondering, if you don’t like the work of the artist and refuse to show her any sort of respect, then why accept the invitation??? I understand that critique and criticism is necessary but this devil’s advocate was walking the thin line between devil and advocate with a decisive lean toward the former. What a wreck. I think more than anything it was the self important artist persona he was sporting and I don’t give a shit swagger that got in the way of what could have been very interesting points.

Art History 101: As a viewer you should be able to say more than “I like it” or “I don’t like it”  That was the first lesson on my first day of my first art history class. So to hear an artist make blanket statements in a panel discussion curated by a major art institution in front of an educated audience is appalling.

Another disappointment was the lack of depth in relating Corita’s work with contemporary art. This was the main reason I went and aside from a few last minute comments at the very end relating her work to that of pop art and Warhol there was not much depth in relating her work to even that of the artists on the panel. Sure, Corita may have been an influence and they may love (or hate) her work but there was very little attention given to how her work influenced their work or art practice.

Perhaps I’m being harsh. There were some really great moments, namely a film by Aaron Rose on Sister Corita and some humorous comments on the price of her work and the nature of her collectors. Yet overall, there was a disconnect between what the lecture title promised and what it delivered.

A large part of the disconnect was that the topic was too ambitious, the title too misleading. If they had titled it “Three Contemporary Artists on Sister Corits Kent” I would have expected less and therefore been quite pleased with the night’s discussion and not so disappointed. But every experience is a learning experience and I did walk away with some good notes, a much better understanding of Sister Corita’s work and environment, and a few seeds for thoughts that still need some time to germinate.