Archive for the 'Art' Category

Camp Méditerrané 2010

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Summer 2010.

A series of conversations, meetups, barcamps all around the Mediterranean.

A collaborative journey in between places, worlds, cultures.

A North-South, East-West, Orient-Occident cross-pollination.

Some travel required. No shortage of topics.

Anyone game?

PS: Thanks for the inspiration, Cem!

Train video poetry

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

If you like trains, check out this video (shot today). I must find out the whereabout of that motel.

If you’re not into trains, well, then this blog entry is probably of marginal value to you. So what.

Personally, I would even prefer sound over video (and an uncut version, too). And with that long a train, you’d get a 30 minute audio collage easy.

Ah, maybe a summer project…

Update: My next vacation destination. Will the wife buy it, though? Somehow, I doubt it.

So What

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Miles Davis, Kind of Blue. From the CD cover:

Why another reissue of Kind of Blue?

More than a milestone in jazz, Kind of Blue is a defining moment of twentieth century music, one of those incredibly rare works of art that achieve equal popularity among musicians, critics, and the public at large. The rest of us might tend to agree with Jimmy Cobb, the drummer on the album, who commented of Kind of Blue that it “must have been made in heaven.” Don’t we all enjoy a taste of heaven now and then?



Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

On this day, 69 years ago:

The bombing of Guernica was an aerial attack on April 26, 1937, during the Spanish Civil War by the German Luftwaffe squadron known as the Condor Legion against the Basque city of Guernica. It was the first aerial bombardment in history in which a civilian population was attacked with the apparent intent of producing total destruction.

Pablo Picasso’s painting Guernica can currently be seen at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.

Cartoon Art Museum tonight

Tuesday, March 21st, 2006

I’m going the the Comic Art Museum in San Francisco tonight for a reception:

Small Press Spotlight
Featuring: Gene Yang

February 11 - May 7, 2006

Beginning on February 11, 2006, the Cartoon Art Museum’s ongoing Small Press Spotlight will feature the art of Gene Yang.

Gene Yang was born in 1973 in Alameda, California. He began drawing comics in the fifth grade. In 1997, Gene received the Xeric Grant for Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks, his first comics work as an adult.

In 2004, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks and its sequel, Loyola Chin and the San Peligran Order, were published as graphic novels by Slave Labor Graphics/Amaze Ink. Gene’s other published work includes The Rosary Comic Book, a comics adaptation of the popular Roman Catholic prayer, and Duncan’s Kingdom, a two-issue fantasy series illustrated by Derek Kirk Kim. Gene was a featured artist at APAture 2003, an Asian-American arts festival in San Francisco.

This exhibition features art and story from American Born Chinese, Gene’s latest and most ambitious work. American Born Chinese reflects on the Chinese-American experience through three distinct narratives. The first retells the legend of the Monkey King, folk hero of ancient China; the second is a Chinese-American coming-of-age tale; and the third is a sitcom starring Cousin Chin-Kee, the ultimate embodiment of Asian stereotypes. American Born Chinese will be released in the fall of 2006 as a 215-page graphic novel by First Second Books, with colors by Lark Pien.

In addition to cartooning, Gene teaches Computer Science at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, California. He has given presentations across the country on the topic of Comics in Education. He currently lives in the Bay Area with his lovely wife Theresa and son Kolbe.

About the Small Press Spotlight:

San Francisco has been a hotbed of innovative, groundbreaking comic art since the late 1800s with the advent of the modern comic strip. In the1960s, the Bay Area gained further notoriety when cartoonists like Robert Crumb, Spain Rodriguez, S. Clay Wilson and Trina Robbins launched the underground comix movement from San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district. Today, some of the biggest names in alternative and small-press comics hail from the Bay Area, and the Cartoon Art Museum’s Small Press Spotlight will focus on these talented individuals.

The Small Press Spotlight is funded in part by The Zellerbach Family Foundation and The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation.

Congrats, Gene!

You can take a look at the first few pages of American Born Chinese online (registration required for the full book).

Endangered Machinery

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

Great photos by Haiko Hebig: Endangered Machinery - Industrial and Industrial Heritage Photography.


Sunday, January 1st, 2006

Russia! — excellent exhibition at the Guggenheim Mueum.

RUSSIA! is the most comprehensive and significant exhibition of Russian art outside Russia since the end of the Cold War. Including more than 250 artworks, many of which have rarely or never traveled abroad, this innovative presentation features the greatest masterpieces of Russian art from the 13th century to the present, as well as a selection of first-class Western European paintings and sculptures from the imperial art collections assembled by Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, and Nicholas I in the 18th and 19th centuries, and later in the early 20th century by the Moscow merchants Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov.

Read the overview or check out the highlights.

Istanbul, not Constantinople

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

They Might Be Giants are playing at Bimbo’s in San Francisco right now.

My radio TiVo

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

So I finally got around to setting up radioSHARK. The software installed on my Mac in a matter of seconds. Then you just plug in your radioSHARK device in any available USB port and you’re ready to go. I’m just now recording the interview with artist/painter Wayne Thiebaud I mentioned earlier.


Monday, August 1st, 2005

Nice digital art video (Quicktime, ca. 5 minutes, via Vowe). More movies on their site. Check out Beauty Kit!