Saturday, April 22, 2017

Kerry James Marshall

According to Kerry James Marshall, “the thing that has the greatest transformative 
capacity in the art world today,
in terms of what people expect to see when they go to the art museum,
is a painting that has a black figure in it, because 95 percent of all the other paintings you see are going to have white figures in them.
The whole history of representation is built on the representation of white folks.
Now, all of that stuff is good, so you have to figure out how to get good like that,
and then get in there on the terms that are relevant for now.” 

Marshall's work has exceeded good.
His retrospective at MOCA is provocative, images layered with symbolism
text and references to the masters and African American history.
I was unfamiliar with his work, and enjoyed this in depth introduction.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Carizzo Plain

The promise of unending fields of wildflowers
motivated us to set the alarm for 7am on a Saturday morning 
and embark on a 3 hour road trip to Carizzo Plain.
The hyped superbloom did not disappoint.
In fact, it surmounted expectations with patchwork hills in yellow and purple,
acres of swaying grasses, and glorious clouds casting shadows across the plains. 
After a late afternoon hike in the Tembler Range
we were ready for a picnic dinner at the only motel for miles.
Positive yelp reviews described the accommodations as charming and rustic.
At 6pm our room still wasn't cleaned which was shocking
because when we finally checking in after a picnic in the car,
the bathroom floor was littered with trash, the tub was etched with a grimy stain, and the 
threadbare sheets looked soiled.
I don't need fancy, but I do need clean and mattress with a set of springs.
A romantic evening in a quaint motel turned into a three hour drive back to Hollywood.
Glitches happen, a good test for how we deal with the unexpected.  
We both rolled with it, not willing to let the extraordinary day with Mother Nature
be dampened by a seedy motel and creepy concierge .

Saturday, April 1, 2017

East Coast Juant