Friday, April 20, 2018

Ruth Asawa's Tools

While I was at SFMOMA the other day to see the Akomfrah / Turner show I happened to also stumble upon a display of the artist Ruth Asawa's tools - the very ones, presumably, that she used to make sculptures such as the one below (which hangs in a different part of the museum). My enjoyment in looking at them was somewhat marred by a middle-aged white couple - no, wait, scratch that, I keep forgetting, I'm middle-aged, so that makes them: an elderly white couple loudly griping about such humble items being so reverently displayed in a glass vitrine. But I thought it was pretty cool. If you've ever seen the Imogen Cunningham photo of Asawa making art while sitting on the floor surrounded by her kids (second image down, below), then you have a pretty good idea why, from a feminist perspective, the fact of her ruler and her pencil and her butter knife being on show in a major museum is actually a pretty big deal.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Color Poem #45

audacious stone white dragon
magical electric blue frog
tenacious tender tan armadillo
powerful sandstone pink totem

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

как искусство может сделать вас счастливым

You guys! How Art Can Make You Happy has been translated into Russian! Holy smokes. Such a trip to see these familiar words in a completely different alphabet. Check it out:

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A New Freelance Gig

I'm excited and honored that the same art director who hired me for that AMAZING Roxane Gay illustration job - the super rad Brian McMullen - has brought me back on board for a new job for a different magazine. I woke up super early Sunday to work on it and got to bust out a different, more mother-nature-y color palette than my usual. More news on this to come!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Intra-Office Mail Envelope

An oldie but a goodie, in both senses of the word: I drew this envelope a relatively long time ago, and the sample I drew it from was from quite a long time ago.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Sublime Seas: John Akomfrah and J. M. W. Turner

It is extremely difficult to do justice in words to the current SFMOMA show Sublime Seas: John Akomfrah and J. M. W. Turner. It is simply awesome. Not "awesome" in the everyday sense of cool, rad, groovy. No. Rather in the sense of that which evokes awe. Akomfrah's work is a large scale three-screen video installation called Vertigo Sea - three interwoven films that bring together sublime nature imagery, raw images from ocean-born refugee crises and the whaling industry, and enigmatic images of a Black man in historical garb standing in vast landscapes. There's a lot going on all at once - much of extremely beautiful and much of it deeply disturbing. Your eyes don't know where to look, your brain's not sure what to think, and your heart feels conflicting emotions simultaneously. At the artist's request this work is paired with Turner's painting The Deluge (just below), creating yet another mysterious and moving juxtaposition. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Color Poem #44

if you let it the
color of the sky

will mesmerize you with happiness
and what the hell color is it anyway?

not a pastel not one little bit but
rather a color made of pure light

way darker and deeper than the pale color
that apparel manufacturers name sky blue

way less green and turquoise than
the ceiling of grand central station

nearly impossible to mix with paint
since it’s got virtually no white in it

nothing matches it except once in a while the
ocean and some people’s eyes including mine