this three-part show focuses on a romantic connection to california, its land and bohemian culture, as well as a particular group of artists who, through their love of the area and social practice, comprise a unique moment in local art.
it’s high time i share some news about the possibleat berkeley art museum.
what the new york times calls a departure from the obvious, this exhibition crafted by guest curator david wilson and director lawrence rinder is an experiment that re-conceives the museum as a site for creative convergence. the gallery spaces have been transformed into work spaces: a ceramics studio, dye lab, print shop and recording studio. a diverse range of guest artists are using the museum and these studios to create new work, collaborating and experimenting in a public forum. i’m happy to be one of them.
above is a platform designed by kori girard to receive works created throughout the four-month long exhibition. i loved it most early on, in its empty state, reeking of potential. it’s a glorious piece in and of itself, and this image sums up the spirit of the exhibition quite nicely… but hey, the instagram feed does a pretty good job, too.
a time lapse of all-time favorite nat russell painting a mural in our burgeoning artist residency space, the chetwood. full website on its way, complete with portraits of all of our residents. for now, here’s nat’s.
i think about portraits a lot. it’s a special thing when one catches my eye, and i’ve always been drawn to this one by maude clay. it’s portrait of william eggleston, camera in hand. it’s no secret that people tend to shine when they are doing their thing, but i imagine that taking a portrait of a photographer isn’t the easiest move, regardless. my obsession with this image prompted me to daydream about what a glorious challenge such a project would be: portraits of photographers! turns out that stuart plinkington, a curator in london, beat me to the punch with his next-level version that involves photographers from all over the world. he calls it “the swap.”
when stuart contacted me about participating in the swap, maude’s portrait of william immediately came to mind. i suggested that maude and i be a pairing. i figured it was a long shot, but as luck would have it, stuart had just been corresponding with maude that very same day, and she had agreed to participate.
when i researched maude, i was amazed to see that she lives in a small town in mississippi, just minutes from the spot where my mother lived for the last 15 years. my mother recently relocated to california, so knowing that i wouldn’t be visiting mississippi anytime soon, i wrote to maude with some words of praise and a brief tale of our almost-connection.
this is where it gets really good. maude responded that she was planning to visit the bay area the following week, and we made a date to meet in the redwoods. cheers to a serendipitous encounter, maude’s portrait of william, stuart’s project, and a little perseverance. here’s my maude and here’s her me.