Wednesday, April 29, 2009
This past Monday we stopped by MOMA to catch a screening of Mel Chin's animated film 9-11/9-11, in which he interweaves the stories of September 11, 2001 New York City and September 11, 1973 Santiago. It was dark and powerful and I have been thinking about it for the last two days.
Mel is an amazing artist, with a huge heart and southern drawl that makes me a little homesick. Check out his other work including the Fundred Dollar Bill project.
Afterwards, we all headed over to Frederieke's place to eat empenadas and to take in this view from the terrace. Mel was there along with Brooke Gladstone, Fred Kaplan, and Lili Taylor - who is the voice for one of the main characters in the film.
From left to right in pic above: Friend of Paul H-O, Mel Chin, Frederieke Taylor, An Hoang, Paul H-O
Sunday, April 26, 2009
An says I should rename my blog "Sunsets"
I realize that all of my posts are starting to look the same with photos taken at dusk...but that tends to be the only time I'm not working and have some time to walk around.
These days I'm spending an awful lot of time commuting on the train to the bus to the job site and even more time sitting on the sidewalk waiting for said bus. The thing that I've noticed, is that the city that you come to know is really defined by your daily commute. My "bike to work everyday" city [from 3 years ago] is much different than my "walk to work in 10 minutes" city [of last year] which is drastically different than my "1 hour train to bus" city of today.
Actually, this time waiting for the bus has been well spent; it's been nice to have some time to quietly sit and look...I mean really look. Lately I've become obsessed with the graphic qualities of these lines and towers against the sky...at sunset of course.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Last night Frederieke, An, Snakes and I ventured out to Long Island City for Ben Degen's open studio. Upon arrival, we were rewarded with this view [from the neighboring brownfield] of sunset silhouetted skyscrapers.
Back inside the studio, it was great to see Ben's new paintings...really beautiful and nice to see together as a set. The rest of the evening was dedicated to drinking on the roof, stories of scuba diving, and watching Daisy the dog scarf down hotdogs.
Ben just curated a group show, titled Off The Books, currently showing in the viewing room at Frederieke Taylor Gallery.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Finally. Our good friends The Fatales have released their long awaited new album Great Surround. It is truly beautiful and well worth the wait!
Stream the entire album on their website and buy a copy from the folks at Monopsone Records.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Check out our side project: Box & Flea. [blog coming soon] Now available at Smith & Butler! You'll find our hand crafted bandanas and bags at the Smith Street location and at the super cool Smith & Butler Pop-Up at Sol Moscot.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I have an interview for another teaching position tomorrow. I actually enjoy the process of interviewing and I always put a lot of time into the production of portfolios. This time around is no different, except this is the first time that I'm making a portfolio that is based solely on my students' work.
It's a little unsettling to know that you are about to walk into an important interview during which you will be judged by the quality of someone else's work. To be honest, I have had some incredible students over the last 3 years and I feel very fortunate to be able to show their work in my portfolio.
Wish me luck.