Our first adventure via the new LA Metro transit line from the new Culver City station to the Caii Guo Qiang exhibit at the Geffen Wing of the MOCA.
Spending lots of time in the metal shop. Learning how to work machinery like the big boys. Maybe keeping all my fingers will be considered a girly move?
We spent a couple of days touring downtown Seattle in the Pioneer Square area (oddly, there is a Pioneer Square district in Portland as well). First stop was the Pratt Gallery at the Tashiro Kaplan Building where we found various bits of Big Bird along with other body parts. We liked the collection at the Foster/White Gallery with their install of a few giant sculptures by Paul Vexler. It felt nice to move around the space of those winding wooden sculptures. Our favorite stop was at Platform Gallery where we met the owner Stephen Lyons. He was featuring playful and strange works from artist Patte Loper. Ethereal scenes of creatures bursting out of the sky. Had a great chat about the Seattle art scene and the difficulties he encounters running a successful gallery in this economy. We had noticed many vacant spaces in our walk around the area and wondered at his success. Many thanks to Stephen for being steadfast and a genuine patron of artists.
As it turns out, we really enjoyed the Seattle art scene. SAM is magnificent. Especially loved Doh Ho Suh‘s dog-tag sculpture Some/One and his multimedia installation Gate. And the Walter Oltmann sculptures. Artsy’s Doh Ho Suh’s site
All these big plans to create things and show them to people and work less for other people’s businesses and more for our passions has required us to schedule more carefully.
I feel like I just completed a 4-year plan… and now the next one has to begin.
If you have a list of magical artist enclaves, you would have to include Trumansburg in upstate New York.
We had the pleasure of meeting Annie Campbell in Ithaca who introduced us to Sculptor, Bob Potts – new friends and both exceptional artists in Trumansberg, NY.
Here’s a video showing a work of Bob’s from 2006. The follow-up piece that he did recently was awarded best in show at the annual “Made in New York” show at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center in Auburn. We hope to post a video of “Persuit II” soon.
Annie’s illustrations had us alternately laughing and in awe of the fantastic life stories that they portrayed.
Thanks to both Bob and Annie for opening up your respective studios to us. – M&W
Well, we had planned to be in our upstate NY studio thiis month…. it’ll be July in LA.
In the mean time, I have a \n MCon robotuc arm, a law firm to create a site for, Sumobox to market, 3 projects in the planning stage, and my sweet Wenny to walk and scooter with.