Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bon Iver, "Holocene"

Lots of things going on. New, exciting adventures. Fall is finally here, and the color breach against the dull, foggy mornings have made my bike commute something wonderful. I love both this song and video, and the idea of a coming winter.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Chris McCaw artist talk, "Ride Into the Sun"

Having missed the opening to his first solo show, I wanted to be sure to catch Chris McCaw's artist talk at the Stephen Wirtz gallery.

[Art people are strange to me. I haven't yet learned to talk about art like ART, so there's a lot of dissonance when I wind up among them. Also, many hats and turtlenecks.]

Chris was great. He's managed to figure out that middle ground in which he can interact with the ART/art crowd and yet talk about his work in an approachable way. Because he's such a laid-back guy, I half expect for him to talk about how he just set up a camera and let the result be a surprise, or decided on a whim to do something. No. Chris is thoughtful and deliberate in what he's doing. He knows what he wants to create in his mind, thinks about execution, and has multiple backups in case something goes wrong. I suppose this makes sense; some of the works from this show took about 10 hours (one reflects a full 24-hour cycle), and with a limited amount of usable time, large mistakes are probably not easy recoveries. I've actually not seen any of his newer work up close; seeing the burns and discoloration in the paper in person is quite fascinating. Because it seems so tactile, you kind of want to touch it, except you know the entire thing would crack in half.

The show is up through December 22.

Monday, November 14, 2011

31 rausch show post mortem

I haven't yet posted about our group show at 31 rausch from a month ago.

show installation

I was familiar with some, but not all, of my co-participants' work, so it was exciting to see how different people's pieces were.



I wish I had taken more photos of everyone's work, but here's links to everyone with internet presence: Carola, Yoni, Dane, Colin, and Sarah. (Hayes and Whitney do not have sites to which to link).

Colin got really great photos of the opening itself. A surprising number of people showed up, and I was trying to do my ethnicity justice by overseeing the music. There was a little less mixing of the groups than I was expecting, but it was still really fun to meet lots of new people. And by "fun" I mean, "fun after I had been drinking whisky because I'm scared of strangers." I did get a chance to chat with one woman about paper making, which I enjoyed since it was more about the topic of the photo as opposed to any meaning behind it.

The show was written up as part of a digest of local SF art shows. Super appreciative to Chris McCaw for giving us this opportunity to show, and for being an all-around laidback dude.

As for my first non-FX exhibition, I feel like I spent more time being a nervous wreck than anything else. I was so, so anxious to put my work out there when I didn't feel that great about it (I'm not sure if this was a function of the work not being objectively good or the fact that I had been staring at and tweaking it constantly over the course of a week). Mainly, it has to do with the perspective that I don't think of myself as a Real Life Photographer (more of someone who can take good snapshots), and so it was hard to put myself in the company of folks whose work I admire, and who really do try to express themselves artistically. I have mixed feelings about whether or not I would do something like this again.


good morning

It's become clear that I need to attend to my sourdough starter better; after letting it grow dormant in the fridge with infrequent feedings, I tried to bake with it this weekend. Although the yeast were still alive, they weakly struggled to produce enough carbon dioxide for the multiple rises. A process that should have taken 2 days ended up taking 3.5 and an early morning wakening to get it in the oven before work. But here they are!

Sunday, November 13, 2011


Things accomplished this weekend:
  1. fabricated my first chicken
  2. made coq au vin
  3. wound 550 yards of yarn
  4. replaced my rear brake set on my bike
  5. replaced by handlebar grips on my bike
  6. walked 4.4 miles

Thursday, November 10, 2011


While waiting in a bicycle shop yesterday, I watched as a mother try to push off her son (who looked to be about 9 years old). He was clinging to her, and she was explaining to him that he needed to wait there for his father, and no he couldn't go with her. The mom looked embarrassed at the spectacle, weakly joking with the bike shop mechanics if they had a spare bike lock that she could put on her kid. She then got of her phone and hissed at the person on the other end to GET HERE NOW. After completing my purchase, I headed out of the back door of the shop. There, I saw the kid kicking around sullenly behind the packing boxes with reddened eyes while his mom quickly backed out of the parking lot in her cream Mini Cooper. I wondered why the local bike shop was chosen as the location to change the divorced parents guard. And I also wondered why the mother couldn't wait with her son who clearly didn't want her to leave him there. What was so important that her child, who tried his hardest to wrap himself around his mother's thighs, had to be left alone among the cardboard trash?

I've been thinking about the child abuse scandal going down over at Penn State (not SEX scandal; as my friend Kahlil wrote, "sex occurs between consenting adults"). For the first time ever, I have devouring Deadspin, which is doing a fantastic job covering this story. I am watching people trying to reconcile their current way of life with this absolutely monstrous reveal. But was has resonated with me most is Matt Millen's interview on SportsCenter on Monday (starting around 04:20). You basically witness a man, attempting to keep his professional composure during the analysis, and getting crushed under the weight of the situation:

This segment of the interview almost broke my heart:
It makes you sick to see that this could happen to this level, if in fact it has happened...But this is more than just a program. This is more than a football legacy. This is about people. And if we can't protect our kids, we as a society are pathetic.
Going back to the top of this post, it's not like I thought that the kid behind the bike shop was going to be kidnapped by a sexual predator. However, this whole week makes me think of the slow decline of our society into thinking about people as disposable, and something to be left behind.

If you want to read the grand jury report that details all the incidents involving Jerry Sandusky (23 pages), it's both illuminating and horrifying.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I don't think they've ever had a unified strategy. That's Google...the business is in beta.
Joshua Topolsky, This Week in Tech, Episode 326, "You Know What Frosts My Nuggets?" (November 6, 2011)