Friday, July 29, 2016

Cottage Art


Hanging on the walls of our cottage on Martha's Vineyard were three nautically themed pictures by unknown artists that I particularly liked. Here they are.



Thursday, July 28, 2016

New Poem Series Poem #3



2000 or 2001

once when I was
living back home
with my mother
as a grad student I

reached in the fridge
around lunchtime
pulled out a bowl
covered in tinfoil

made myself
what I thought
was an egg salad
sandwich

only to realize when I
sat down to eat that I’d
accidentally made myself
a potato salad sandwich



image source is here

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The San Francisco Art Book Fair


I went down to Minnesota Street Project over the weekend (along with thousands of astonishingly young, astonishingly hip people) to check out the first ever San Francisco Art Book Fair. New York and LA have had art book fairs for years, but somehow SF never did have one before--a omission which has now been rectified. Loads of cool independent artists, zine-makers, book-makers, book-sellers, museums, and publishers (including my fine employer Chronicle Books) were tabling their wares for an eager public. It did my heart good to see that there is so much love and enthusiasm for art books in this here town. People love to talk about how culture in San Francisco is going to hell in a hand basket, but this was a nice example of a instance where it's most certainly not.

A few of my favorite finds, below, included the books and prints of Victoria Reynolds at Ampersand and Tauba Auerbach's enormous pop-up book 2,3 (which I made some random dude stick his hand next to for scale) at Park Life.





Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Her Infinite Variety


There is nothing in this world that inspires me towards whole-hearted living and creative audacity a fraction as much as this kid. For instance: all four of these photos were taken in the space of a couple of hours.




Monday, July 25, 2016

Holiday Adventure


Mabel and the two darlings I probably photograph her with most often.

Friday, July 22, 2016

"Collected" at Pier 24 Photography


The current show, Collected, at Pier 24 Photography is pretty phenomenal. As a reminder, Pier 24 is a beautiful enormous gallery (more like a small museum, really) that "provides a quiet, contemplative environment for viewing photographic works"--I've found that, although it is always FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, most San Franciscans don't seem to know about it, or know it is for them. Perhaps the fact that you have to book a reservation ahead of time puts people off, though lord knows folks will happily do that for the privilege of slapping down cash at restaurants. Anyway. The show is rad. If you're local, check it out.

Above: William Eggleston


Irving Penn's portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe


Consuelo Kanaga's portraits of Annie Mae Merriweather


Diane Arbus


Rineke Dijkstra


Florent Mazzoleni


Elena Dorfman


Mickalene Thomas


Todd Hido


Todd Hido


Robert Mapplethorpe's portrait of Patti Smith


John Baldessari


John Baldessari


Joel Sternfeld


Erica Deeman


Garry Winogrand


Hiroshi Sugimoto

Thursday, July 21, 2016

New Poetry Series, Poem #2



October 2010

sitting on the sofa
at two in the morning
nursing the baby and
watching the windows

of the buildings
across the street
noting lights left on
and speculating

who’s home
who’s awake
like a really boring
version of Rear Window

while the animal warmth
and weight of the baby
rests in my arms and
she contentedly feeds

her toasty skin
her hair like fluff
her eyebrows
and peony-bud fists

this sleep-bleared thing
that feels like tedium
will later reveal itself
to have been happiness