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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Books / Projects / Flowers / Devastation / Kids

Nice memories of my last stay in San Diego (when I was installing "Defragmentation"): at Janine's, a beautiful wall of familiar books!

After finishing my series "Alice", I wonder which book I will work on/with next.

I have lots books in France that I did not take when I moved to the U.S. I do not buy books anymore, or very few. I enjoy going to the public library very often, at least twice a week. I borrow as many books as the family wants without having to think where to put them once we've read them. I've changed. I like more and more the idea of sharing books and not necessarily having them forever.

Just finished a proposition for a call concerning an Art and Environment prize with a friend. Whatever happens, it was great to work on it together, very interesting collaboration!

I cannot believe the devastation in the world right now. Impossible not to think about it. And then what to do? Thinking about it and being helpless. Seeing what I am enjoying each day as something pretty silly while there is so much suffering. I see amazing flowers when I run in the morning and at the same time I am thinking about I've just heard on the radio - pretty much all about devastation.

The kids are drawing like crazy. We do not have TV but how could they not know? They talk in class about the news, which is good I think. They ask questions at home, we talk.
They draw monsters.
They play all sorts of battles.
It's their age too, I suppose.

Just finished two series of images for the Billboard Art Project, one is directly related to what is happening in the Arab world right now. The other series is the continuation of the exploration of the road signs, using arrows. I loved working on both series, and I cannot wait to see the "result" in the streets of Savannah, Georgia. I will not be there, hopefully the event will be as well documented as the previous one in Nashville.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Ocean, Waves, Forest and Mist: Enjoying the outdoors in the Bay Area

Thursday: Half Moon Bay Beach

Half Moon Bay state beach is gorgeous but the ocean dangerous (and very cold right now). It's a wonderful sight, the sand stretches for miles and the cliff is almost not constructed. Took lots of pictures and video footage for upcoming video I am working on.

Friday: Santa Cruz

The beach in Santa Cruz, along Beach Street. Looking toward the boardwalk.

Watching the experimented surfers at Steamer Lane (off West Cliff Drive). It is the most famous and one of the most dangerous surf spot in the area. From the cliff the spectacle is amazing

This surfer jumped off the cliff with his board a minute after I took the photo. He landed just at the right place to wait for the next wave (otherwise the paddling is pretty long from the rocky beach). Apparently he is not the only one to do this. It looks crazy from above, specially because some of the waves come crashing into the cliffs.

Looking at Steamer Lane, from the sidewalk.
Foreground: the fence is engraved with the names of the surfers who died in Santa Cruz and not only at Steamer Lane. Background right: the cliff from where some of the surfers jump into the ocean. I've read the place can be really crowded with people watching, it was not the case last Friday, fortunately.

The Santa Cruz Surf Museum.

A walk on West Cliff Drive, going toward Natural Bridges State Beach. Enjoying a wide range of changing shades of silver at the end of the day.

Saturday: Castle Rock State Park

A 5 mile hike, a nice overcast weather, with soft light and contrast.

Hiking along the ridge.

Finding a cicada.

A hut near Goat Rock.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Billboard Art Project - Photos from Nashville

From the series "Defragmentation"

Received new photos posted by Claire Accardo in Facebook about The Billboard Art Project in Nashville (April 2nd, 2011). Really like to see the billboards in the context of the town at night!

From the Series "Hello"

All photos Claire Accardo

I am working on a new series for Savannah, GA, which will take place: Saturday, May 14th, 2011, from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Artists’ submissions will run on a billboard located across the street from Oglethorpe Mall on Hodgson Memorial Drive for a period of 24 hours.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

CCA WATTIS / Graduate Open Studios / Fine Arts / Picks

I spent a few hours visiting the studios - and there were lots of them and I did not see them all! Here are some picks of some of my favorite works. I found some of the artists' websites, so I put some links. It was an intense but refreshing visit. A great variety of paths, worlds, solutions and material. I enjoyed the moment very much.

Mik Gaspay's studio
(A piece about Ted Williams - the once cryogenized baseball player)

Jordan Adair Stephens

Nicole Markoff

Carol Koffel

Jonathan Runcio

Maria Torres - amazing toilet paper dresses!

I do not remember in which studio I saw this!

Katelyn Eichwald

Victoria DeBlassie (orange peels sewed together - a wonderful smell!)

Meghan Urback

Elisabeth Dorbad

David Paul Sandoval...

His great karaoke piece!

Sarah Hotchkiss

Cara Levine

Performance on the patio

"The Score Keepers"

Helene Schlumberger

Ann Schnake

Nancy Novacek

Courtney Johnson

Radka Pulliam

Mark Benson (people looking down his studio from a ladder)

Yes, there were puppies (see his website)!

Marylene Y. Camacho

Neil Ledoux

Madiha Siraj

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts
San Francisco