There is very little to be said about Paris that has not been said before. It is a city of stunning beauty created out of endless care and pride. Rather than attempt to describe it adequately I’ll sum it up in one story.
At the recommendation of my friend Steven Ballinger I had lunch at Musee Jaquemart-Andre. It’s a beautiful place to have lunch. However, at the end of the meal I ordered desert. It was some kind of rose flavored meringue thing. Actually I’m not sure what the fuck it was, the menu was in french and I don’t speak french. What arrived appeared to be more ornamental than edible. It was this beautiful pink and gold sculpture, so beautiful that it seemed wrong to plunge a fork into it and destroy it. I do though, derive some pleasure from doing things that seem wrong. Keep in mind, I am not a foodie in any way. I consider 7-11 a restaurant. With the first bite still in my mouth everything became clear. I thought “holy shit, if I could bake something like this, I too, would look down at America”. It was that good. It was a fucking pastry that negated 200 years of American exceptionalism. Paris gets things right. Period end of story.
Our buddy Night Owl invited D Young V and I to do a piece for this project over by The Cottonmill Studios in Oakland back in July. It was a good Friday followed by a free barbecue Saturday. The City of Oakland even kicked in a few bucks on supplies for this project (I’m not sure who arranged that) and I will always take city money cuz they ALWAYS take mine.
Last month I did the artwork for the cover of this Month’s Sierra Magazine. This was really an ideal situation. It’s a rare opportunity to get to work with a group as important as the Sierra Club. I also had the freedom to simply take this project and do what I do. Really, it was an ideal working environment. It’s always satisfying to be able to do your art while contributing to something you truly support. Some of you from San Francisco’s art community may recognize the model I used for the cover.
I’m Trying to play catch up here. So Back in the end of September, Hugh Leeman and I drove down to LA to do a couple of pieces for Fountain LA. Being cheap motherfuckers we crashed on 2wenty’s floor for a few days. It was a fun couple of days and a great group of artists. Chor Boogie, Cryptik, Carly Ivan Garcia, and Ian Ross were all in attendance. As per my new M.O. we got out of there before the opening.
So back in march Warholian.com teamed up with Project One to put on the Warhol Reimagined show. Artists got to choose a Warhol piece to reinterpret. I wanted Mao, but someone already got it. So, I took the Mona Lisa.
Back sometime in January, Tan from CandyBar asked if I’d be interested in doin some work on the walls. There were 2 fat walls, so rather then hang some work I thought it would be cool to just fill the whole space with 2 8ftx 8ft pasters. It will be up indefinitely. Go check and get some crazy good desserts . Thanks To Tan for the Walls and Ramon for puttin in work on the install.
Interviews with Blek Le Rat, Eddie Colla, Mindy Linkous, And Robert Christian Malmberg from Art Basel 2010. Shot in Miami,produced by Resonance Interactive. This is from last December when we were all in town for The Arts Fund’s Art Expo.
Mindy Ross’s amazing home was featured in California Homes Magazine this month. Mindy owns a few of my pieces and hence I was in California Homes Magazine. I always experience this kind of uncomfortable excitement when I end up in place where I seemingly don’t belong. The W hotel, The New York Times, California Homes Magazine…
It’s kinda like sneaking into the Academy awards through the service entrance.