Thursday, January 31, 2008
Pix from the day
Wandered around Potrero Hill with camera. Using the lens as a sketchpad to frame bits of sky and city. I have simple abstractions in mind for clay and glaze. But while I was out, also keep finding panoramas for paint. Clumsy with the camera, but loving how close I can get to some surreal collisions of metal & cement.
Continuing to think of city as nature. SF holds appeal due to its scale and variety - in the smallest slice, theres an ecology of commerce, persuasion, and inhabitation. Place is created by the contributions (both conscious and un) many people over time.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
"Isura, city of a thousand wells, is said to rise over a deep, subterranean lake."-Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino
Calvino's imaginative abstracts craft city structures and networks. I found some attempts to illustrate these vignettes. Off to sketch myself. Instead of my current mode of photo-image translated into paint-image, or recent attempts to capture hazy image memory with paint, I will start with words.
"Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else."
Tangentially related reading to revisit on anti-romanticism
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
canvas. No cheating by looking at mini iphoto pix. Concepts in mind--
radiance of water- organic shapes (a tough one considering my hands'
bias toward horiontal blocks), suggested perpective. Extremely
frustrating to work without a visible subject. Stan Brakhage referred
to working towards an "aesthetic ecology" in his scratches and a
scribbles on film. Will this emerge from pseudo abstraction? - a
vibrant aesthetic, whole undiverted by the form of a specific subject.
Working on a highway painting simultaneously to contrast the two
processes. I love human-built shapes, and still enjoy starting with
some visual structure