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Monday, July 26, 2010

San Diego - San Jose, via Big Sur

San Simeon State Park

One night near Santa Barbara, and one night in San Simeon. A long drive along Highway One. Mostly grey weather. Empty beaches, giant pine trees, windy road, black rocks, sheer cliffs, dark forests, thick layers of fog. Big Sur displays a harsh beauty which makes me want to go back there soon and read Henry Miller again, one of my favorite writers. We stopped at the Henri Miller memorial library, full of memorabilia, signed posters, paintings, photos, drawings.

Drift wood paradise

Elephant seals colony at Piedras Blancas beach,
near San Simeon

From Hwy 1

Memorial Library

The Henry Miller Library was created by Emil White, a longtime friend of Miller. The Library occupies White's former home and one can still see his name on the mailbox.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

The Sun God by Niki de St Phalle, UCSD campus

The Sun God

Last Thursday was the last day at summer camp for the boys. Last sight of The Sun God, located where I dropped off the kids and picked them up.

One thing I love in San Diego: all the sculptures by Niki De St Phalle.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Before leaving San Diego

The computer will be packed shortly. I will try not to miss the canyon too much. I enjoyed it for six years, which is an amazing gift. Life is about changes and I am trying to let go and stop resisting the idea of moving. Let's take it day by day. Everything is fine. Or will be.
Tomorrow, going to San Jose via Highway 1 with the boys. We'll take our time. First stop Santa Barbara.
Forgot to take warm clothes, everything has been packed now.
We'll see.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Taking Down the Exhibition

Yesterday I took down "Correspondences and Elevation". Painted the wall back to white. Months of preparation, showing for a few weeks. It's gone.

Leaving in a few days.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

My piece for "Curiosity: SEASONed to Perfection" @ the California Center for the Arts

Territories Series / Connections #24
2010, acrylic on canvas
, 28"x28"

I went to Escondido to bring my piece for the upcoming fundraiser for the Center Museum of the California Center for the Arts in Escondido.

"All proceeds from Curiosity: SEASONed to Perfection support the Center’s Education, Museum and Performing Arts programs.
It is rare I donate a piece for a fundraiser and I did twice in almost a month (the other one was for The Museum School), but both supports two important organizations for the arts in the area.

My piece continues a series I started a year ago about "connections" between people in almost empty spaces (ocean and/or desert).

July 24, 2010

5:30 – 10:30 p.m.

The Center Museum

340 North Escondido Blvd.
CA 92025
(760) 839-4120

Saturday, July 17, 2010

“Brave Man” Works by Alexander Jarman & Jesse Mockrin - closing reception

Jefferies Projects presents
“Brave Man”
Works by Alexander Jarman & Jesse Mockrin
Closing Reception: July 17, 2010
6 pm - Midnight
1237 Prospect Suite U/V
La Jolla, CA 92037

Viva La Revolución @ MCASD downtown


Viva La Revolución

1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard
(between Broadway and B Street)
San Diego, CA 92101
858 454 3541

Lucent at the Office of Research Affairs, University of California, San Diego by Katherine Sweetman and Owen Mundy

Collaborative project by artists Owen Mundy and Katherine Sweetman

From the website:

"LUCENT is an interactive installation commissioned by the Office of Research Affairs, University of California, San Diego. The LUCENT system creates image sequences by associating words from a subset of records in the university library database with tagged images on Flickr. The particular subset of library texts was chosen by the artists, and includes all titles that contain words dealing with "light" for example, "light", "lucent", "illuminate", "illuminated" etc.

When the system is in its passive state, it shows only a live-feed of the sky as seen through a skylight in the building.

Special Thanks to Harrison Watts at the Office of Research Affairs."

Katherine Sweetman

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Territories Series / Connections # 25,
2010, acrylic on canvas, 20"x20"

Before leaving San Diego and returning to France, my mom decided to buy this painting. She loves it - she already bought some paintings of that same series
"Territories Series / Connections".

She left the day before the Summer Salon Series I was invited to. She was not happy to miss it (There was a misunderstanding about the dates when she bought her ticket in France. Unfortunately she could not change it). But in a way she participated in that very special evening at the San Diego Museum of Art.

By buying the painting she paid for all the t-shirts given away during the events, for one banner and for other material.
Thank you so much for supporting my art and it is not the first time! I believe in "investing" in my art, by making the choice to spend some money for a project I am working on. I know that it is not always necessary but sometimes it is not about how not to spend anything for a project but about spending reasonably to get the result I wish. Even if in the end there is nothing to sell - and in that case it was giving away t-shirts and prints.

My mom could not take the painting on the plane (we learned that at the airport: the format, although not very big, was not not allowed in the cabin). So yesterday I shipped it via USPS with the cheapest option. I also put in the package one of the limited series of prints (10) I've made (and that Claudia printed) for Lori Lipsman's bulletin board, part of her upcoming exhibition "Canyon Shadow Play" a Art Produce Gallery.
My mom will get the painting and the print in a few weeks.

Vacancy 3 - photos of the event

Lori Lipsman - front yard
(photo Lori Lipsman)

People are invited to take a print

(the prints are rolled in the fence,
protected by a small plastic bag)

(photo Lori Lipsman)

Michael Ruiz - walkway

Richard Gleaves - somewhere in a tree (not visible!)

David Krimmel - Bike Grain mill
...(photo David Krimmel)

in action!
(photo David Krimmel)

(photo David Krimmel)

Agitprop - Brain Trust (photo Lori Lipsman)

(photo Lori Lipsman)

Richard and Maria ChauDavis - kitchen

"Fridge photos" by Richard ChauDavis (collaborative work)
(photo Lora ChauDavis)

Boxes by Richard ChauDavis
(photo Lora ChauDavis)

Model wrapped in Saran paper
(photo Richard ChauDavis)

in the cupboards, works by Maria ChauDavis
(photo Lora ChauDavis)

Maria and her daughter Lora "baking bread babies"
(photo Lori Lipsman)

Sam Frazier - bedroom

Hall: Community project
Carol Heger Graber, John Anthony Auciello, Hank Gross, Terri Hughes-Oelrich, Ronaldo P., Jfre robot coad, Richard Messenger, Janine Free

Michele Guieu - Bedroom
: "The bedroom series":
26 photos of bedrooms
taken by 26 different people,
each print is 11x19".

Photos of the show, from the right wall to the left wall:

from upper left to lower right: Armando de la Torre,
Ivan Sigg (Paris, France), Lori Lipsman, Janine Free

from upper right to lower right: Guillaume Cherel (Paris, France),
Craig Kane, Richard ChauDavis

from upper left to lower right: Jfre Robot Coad, Wendy and Michael Ruiz,
Richard Gleaves, Christine Freitas

from upper left to lower right: Eric Meyer (Paris, France), Irene Abraham,
Drew Snyder, Andrea Chamberlin

top: Sam Frazier, bottom: Julia and Jean Uitz-Dubranna

from upper left to lower right: Ronaldo P., Katherine Sweetman,
Maura Vazakas, Carol Graber

Janie Altmann, David Krimmel, Michele Guieu, Michael Maas

Apology: I do not have photos of the Armando De la Torre's installation in the bathroom.

Vacancy 3 took place 3670 Villa Terrace in North Park
Sunday, July 11, 2010, from 4 to 8pm.