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Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Last Four Weeks

I did not post anything for four weeks. I've been working a lot on my upcoming show at Project X: Art. And also on assignments for my video class.

Because we moved so recently and I do not know many people, I guess in a way it helps me to concentrate a lot on what I have to do for the show. I have, luckily, a lot of hours to work on my projects before approximately 2:00pm during the week days, which is the time to switch to mom mode.
Often, I can work at night too.

I am taking a video art and editing class at Foothill College which I am really interested in. I am taking the class online: the timing for the class on site at the college was not fitting with my kids' schedule and that's OK. There is a forum online, questions are posted by the students, tutorials and assignments are posted by the teacher, it is really well organized. From what I can see, it seems that the teacher is always online, available to answer any question, which is quite amazing. Of course, I would prefer to share the discussions for real, may be next semester it will be possible.

I divide my time between working in the studio (the garage) on my paintings and working on Photoshop and Vegas on the computer. Also I am still taking lots of photos. And lots of video footage. I do with the video footage what I do with my photos. I kind of create my own image/film bank. And of course, I work with the material which amazes me the most: the kids. But although they are available almost any afternoon or week-ends, they are not always ready to participate! I am very patient with that, I videotape what I can, a few minutes here and there.
A few months ago I bought a bag where I can fit both cameras (photo and video) and I take "notes" with both very often.

Even if I do not stop thinking about my projects and even if I have an opening soon, I cannot be all the time in the studio or on the computer.
The family still need to take some time to visit around!

We had the pleasure to go to a magic house at friends' in San Francisco.

We enjoy the market every week-end, marveling at all the wonders it offers. Mostly organic, super yummy and affordable.

We had some great time hiking in Big Basin.

Milo and I won a pumpkin-carving contest at friend's. I used my Dremel for the first time, to get the transparency and "floating elements" (otherwise impossible to do). I never thought about that before, and the idea came when watching a "Halloween" video on YouTube.

We spent another day in San Francisco, at the Fall Opening Studio / Hunter Point Shipyard, and visited the building 101. It took us hours and we did not even visited all the studios. More than 300 studios were open to the public in total, including Islais Creek Studios.
Incredible old industrial place which apparently -and not surprisingly - inspire a lot of the works of the artists working there.

I attended the "ClimateClock 100 Year Iconic Landmark" talk, presented by the artists who are working on the project and are in residency for a few months at the Montalvo Center for the Arts, a stunningly beautiful estate nested in the forested hills of Saratoga. A quiet world apart, minutes away from San Jose. The project is Titanesque (longevity "required": 100 years) but the artists are putting together a smart response: it will be like a relay race. Rather than to envision something sturdy and unique, the idea is to give the baby to other artists after a while to nurture the project further and make it richer and more diverse as the years pass.

We had the pleasure to spend a day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

The room with the jellyfish, with different types and morphologies, is absolutely fascinating and I could have spent hours just marveling at those animals.

Outside the aquarium, miles and miles of beautiful shore offer attractive tide pools.
Big Sur's wilderness is not far from there.

I read the powerful, chilling and riveting "Into Thin Air, a Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster". I found it at the school fair, along with two books I did not read since I went to art school: "the Story of Art" and "Art and Illusion" by E. H. Gombrich. Both brought back nice memories.


Jane is a said...

Wow! So much to respond to! First of all, YOU SAW A BANANA SLUG! And a prime example of one, I'd say.

And "Into Thin Air"--I've never read it [or have I? can't remember for sure] but I've seen an incredible documentary/drama based on it--on PBS years ago--that was very disturbing and moving. Tell me how you like the book.

Jane is a said...

I'm an idiot.....the docu/drama was "Touching the Void"--same idea, but a different incident. I highly recommend it.

Michele Guieu said...

Hi Jane,
When we went to Big Basin that day, it was "Banana Slug Day"! The kids counted 31 of them on the side of the trail - it was a lot of excitement! For whatever reason they were all out. When we were there the previous time, we saw one.

I saw "Touching the Void" and I was very impressed by that documentary. I think there is a docu/drama made after Krakaeur's book, but I did not see it.

I loved the book. The description of those weeks in harsh environment, freezing cold and solitude spent by the different members of the teams, so far from everything, searching for "something" that they cannot even define, is hypnotizing. And when some of them finally get to the summit they are too dizzy and almost unconscious to really "feel" anything...

Amazingly, Krakaeur is able to bring us back an account of this unbelievable true journey, where so many climbers died after a series of unfortunate events, which, sadly, could have been avoided.

I also loved reading "Into the Wild" a few years ago - after the movie came out.

Wild Mountain, Coast and Desert Cook Books said...

Great to hear what you are all doing!

Michele Guieu said...

Hope to see you at the opening of the show December 11!