Paper or Plastic (Manifest)

I got a start on anther piece. Here's the digital file. I cut portions out already and should have some assembly done soon.

Celebration of Michael Brewster's Life

I received this e-mail from the Art Department at The claremont Graduate University today: Please join us at the Claremont Graduate University Art Department for a celebration of the life and art of Michael Brewster on Tuesday, September 27th at 6pm. All are welcome and there will be an opportunity to share poignant moments/experiences about Michael and his work. Light Refreshments will be served. If you are able to attend please RSVP to Michael Brewster Michael Brewster, a longtime Claremont Graduate University (CGU) art professor and alumnus who coined the term "acoustic sculpture" in 1970 to describe his lifelong passion for creating with sound, passed away June 1


My recent trip to Claremont in late August included the required visit to Some Crust Bakery. They have a nice Paul Soldner piece in their dining area. Clearly it is there since Paul was a fixture in Claremont and made his daily visit for coffee and such. I have many fond memories of sitting with Paul both when I was a Claremont resident, and later during my visits and discussing art and life.

Close Values: The Legacy of Karl Benjamin

The art galley at Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) will have a retrospective of Karl Benjamin's work, opening September 22nd. If you're in the southland, you do not want to miss it! Of course, Karl was an important mentor of mine and many other artists from the Claremont area. Address: Building 1B, 1100 N Grand Ave, Walnut, CA 91789

Pioneer Square Galleries September: Kucera

Looks like the galleries are bringing out some of their big guns this month with some stunning shows. Greg Kucera exhibits sculptor Deborah Butterfield once again. Large and medium scale pieces of of course horses, created with found wood, cast in bronze. This piece involves mixed mediums. The "wood" of the horse is her traditional bronze technique, while the other items are found objects such as plastic that washed up on Alaska beaches and are debris from the tsunami. The wood and debris on the floor are all found objects. A detail of this exceptional fine casting, assembling and applying patina. Here is a shot to give you scale. Here's a smaller piece. Once again another knockout show

Duchamp to Pop at the Norton Simon Museum

During a recent visit to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena California I was excited to see the Duchamp to Pop exhibit. I've always been a fan of Pop so it was great to see some quality works of historical significance. Marcel Duchamp seems to have had quite a relationship with the Pasadena Art Museum and Norton Simon as the seem to have a number of great works! Bottlerack, Apparently this is the real McKoy. L.H.O.O.Q. or La Joconde, 1964 (replica of 1919 original) Boite-En-Valise (Box in a Suitcase), 1961 (original 1941) Andy Warhol created these 1969 reproductions of 1964 originals for a exhibition in Pasadena. Some of the Soup Cans were on display. Ed Ruscha's Annie, Poured Maple Syrup

Great Opening at Smith and Vallee for September

I visited the opening of Pacific Inc., the exhibition of Pieter Vanzanden's sculptures in collaboration with Mandy Jene Turner's paintings and wood block prints of Pieter's creations on Saturday September 3rd. First of all, if you've never been to the Smith and Vallee Gallery in Edison, it is worth the visit. It is a wonderful vintage school house converted into a spectacular exhibition space. Smith and Vallee seem to have two divisions: the gallery, and a state of the art, top level woodworking, cabinet making and furniture facility. You can only imagine how well the gallery is built out with the skill and expertise that they possess. Here is a link to their website. The exhibition high

Opening at Smith and Vallee Gallery Tonight

I"m hoping to make it up to Edison for the opening of: Pieter VanZanden & Mandy Jene Turner present Pacific INC. During a recent visit, Pieter gave me a tour of his studio and it is stunning work! The opening goes from 5:00 - 8:00.

Push or Pull (Elaborate) Finished

I've been trying to get this relic done for a few months now. I had problems finishing it. The salmon, frame and backgrounds have been done for most of the summer, but the truck didn't seem right. I tried a variety of other images with no luck. I spent a little extra time planning out and finishing the semi, and I like the result.

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