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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

"BANNED IN PORT JEFFERSON" (2004) (5 X 7 IN) PAINTING by THOMAS FINK
location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

"GOSSIP VI" (2003) (10 x 8 IN) PAINTING by THOMAS FINK
location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

"DEAR ONE" (2002) PAINTING by THOMAS FINK
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

"DOES THE MOON BLEED" (2002) PAINTING by THOMAS FINK
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

[THIRD MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

Galatea adds a fourth painting to its collection, courtesy of Thomas Fink who painted a lovely abstract work with his trademark biomorphic/outer-space references.

The title "Banned in Port Jefferson" relates to Port Jefferson High School banning flyers advertising a poetry reading by Eileen Tabios because the title of the advertised book is Menage A Trois With the 21st Century. Apparently, the reference to "menage a trois" was too risque for school administrators.

What's interesting, past the humor of the painting, is how Tom adeptly manages to convey the notion of the Port Jefferson ban through an abstract work. That is, the small scale of the work bespeaks the nature of poetry, which is intimacy. The surface comes off as multi-layered, with lavender-red and turquoise blue seeming to be the primary colors. If color is a narrative, these two colors reflect Eileen's poetry via passion and the color of both sea and sky. In deep background are gold ellipses or circles. Gold is the Buddhist color of enlightenment and the circle/ellipse has been significant in Eileen's poetry as archetypal but non-stagnant images. Last but not least, in the immediate foreground is an overlay of white -- as in "whitewash", which is what censorship would be via the ban.

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Prov.: Direct from Artist



"[]" by DULCIE DEE (WATERCOLOR AND MIXED MEDIA)
Location: Red Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

[SECOND MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

Dulcie Dee's works are a lot of fun -- I like the gold glitter she glued onto this work to outline the breasts on a blue torso.

UPDATE:
The Filipino Reporter reports the Dulcie Dee has returned to New York City, and was part of two exhibitions:

"Naked City" which showcased B&W lithographs of women embedded within the NYC landscape, at 169 Bar in the Lower East Side; and

the annual exhibition of the Society of Phil-Am Artists at the Philippine Center.

Both exhibits apparently were well-received (great!) and Dulcie is also now looking for apublisher for a recently-finished children's book called ABC Coral Reef.

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Prov.: Direct from Artist



Monday, October 11, 2004

"MUTATION MOBILE" (2003) (MIXED MEDIA/YARN SCULPTURE) by MARINA VENDRELL
Galatea Offsite - SF Apartment

We have to be careful on where to hang this fabulous sculpture by Marina Vendrell, because Galatea features two cats. Said two cats, I think, would consider Vendrell's pink yarn thingies more attractive than catnip.

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Prov.: New Langton Arts 19th Annual Auction, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Direct from Artist



Thursday, October 07, 2004

DESK AND CHAIR by LARRY BUECHLEY
Location: Galatea Off-site/San Francisco Apartment

CHEVAL MIRROR by LARRY BUECHLEY
Location: Green Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

SPIRAL LIBRARY LADDER (PADAUK AND MAPLE) by LARRY BUECHLEY
Location: Library, Pygmalion-Second Floor

LIBRARY LADDER by LARRY BUECHLEY
Location: Library, Pygmalion-First Floor

WOOD AND GLASS COFFEE TABLE by LARRY BUECHLEY
Location: Family Room, Pygmalion-First Floor

BREAKFRONT (LARGE) by LARRY BUECHLEY
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

BREAKFRONT (SMALL) by LARRY BUECHLEY
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

[SECOND MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

We've followed the works of furniture makers Larry and Nancy Buechley for decades. They live in New Mexico which we frequently visit as it's one of our favorite states.

UPDATE:
Nancy and Larry Buechley are among the artists to be exhited at

"OUTRAGEOUS HOME"
Hunterdon Museum of Art
7 Lower Center STreet
Clinton, N.J. 08809
Oct. 17, 2004-Jan. 9, 2005
Guest Curators: Hildreth York and Ingrid Renard

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Prov.: Direct from Artists




Wednesday, October 06, 2004

"COLD WATER FLAT" (2001) LIMITED EDITION ETCHING (23 OF 37) by ARCHIE RAND AND JOHN YAU
Location: Charles d'Amboise Wine Cellar

EPHEMERA (SKETCHES AND LETTERS) by ARCHIE RAND
Location: Library, Pygmalion-Second Floor

[FOURTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

UPDATE:


Archie Rand inaugurates Pen & Ink, a series featuring artists' drawings, in the October issue of Art in America. Archie's four-panel drawing is entitled "The Real McCoy."

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Prov.: Direct from Artist



FOUR "EROTIC LEMON" PHOTOGRAPHS (2004) by MEL VERA CRUZ
Location: Babaylan Lodge

"[] SILK-SCREENED COLLAGE ON CARDBOARD (WHITE)" (2004) by MEL VERA CRUZ
Location: Babaylan Lodge

"[] SILK-SCREENED COLLAGE ON CARDBOARD (BLUE)" (2004) by MEL VERA CRUZ
Location: Babaylan Lodge

[SECOND MENTION DUE TO UPDATE]

UPDATE:


Mel Vera Cruz writes in, after the prior post. His letter includes an attachment of the image of his own cardboard box (sorry I can't replicate it here) which he refers in his letter, but take my word for it -- it's a beauty:

"great work by tence ruiz. i love that.

"i've got a version of the 'box' here. i actually used this balikbayan box (full of paintings) to travel back to the philippines. i showed the balikbayan box and the paintings inside at the mapua institute lobby in makati. i documented (video) the box while traveling (the box performed :-) and showed it there also. here are pics.

"you can see the box on the video on the wall and on the floor. not all the art were inside the box but most of them were.

"i put a bottle of ginebra and a shot glass (complete with isang platitong mani) beside the box. there was a rumble in front of the exhibit so the security guard took the bottle out because he thought that inspired the rumble. hahaha. i got mad at first but maybe that's part of the story.

"maybe i'll use that box again when i go home. take it back here. that box has a lot of experience. hahaha.

"thanks. mel"


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There's something about the, what, arte povera nature of the cardboard box that I also got from the brown paper bag. For me, the brown paper bag became an integral part of my own conceptual art/visual art exhibit, "Poems Form/From The Six Directions" -- which, to toot moi own horn, will become part of a 2005 Exhibition at the California Historical Society on a retrospective show of visual arts exhibits in the Bay Area over the past few decades (more details later!)



Sunday, October 03, 2004

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FOUR "EROTIC LEMON" PHOTOGRAPHS (2004) by MEL VERA CRUZ
Location: Babaylan Lodge

"[] SILK-SCREENED COLLAGE ON CARDBOARD (WHITE)" (2004) by MEL VERA CRUZ
Location: Babaylan Lodge

"[] SILK-SCREENED COLLAGE ON CARDBOARD (BLUE)" (2004) by MEL VERA CRUZ
Location: Babaylan Lodge

I met Mel Vera Cruz at this event:

Filipino-American Heritage Month 2004
Featuring
Literary and Visual Arts of Filipino-American Artists


Sponsors: The Philippine Consulate General, The Philippine Department of Tourism, and The Philippine American Press Club, USA

Friday, October 1, 2004, 6:00pm
At the Social Hall, Philippine Center, 5th Floor
447 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

We enjoyed each other's company, and I appreciated his exhibit which gave me a long-overdue chance to see a comprehensive group of his collages, photographs, paintings and mixed-media works. The eroticized lemon photographs reminded me of Georgia O'Keefe's photos of lilies ... except Mel's take is more pungent (and aptly Pinoy in that way).

And I also enjoyed his silkscreens of collaged images of rice containers, U.S. dollar bill, "pinoy graffiti" and Ligo sardine cans against cardboard. The work simply wouldn't be as evocative had he silkscreened it against canvas or another material not as mundane, everyday, and Pinoy as cardboard. Cardboard, for me, has come to become a symbol of the Filipino, given the Filipino diaspora and how the Philippines now so relies (over-relies) on (the earnings of) overseas workers. Cardboard boxes are probably more commonly used than suitcases to accompany these traveling Filipinos. For example, there's a box called "Balikbayan Box" that relates to the box of posessions and gifts with which a Filipino returns to the Philippines. Another artist, Jose Tence Ruiz (represented in Galatea's collection), also has created a well-known installation comprised of cardboard boxes stuffed into each other on the floor, evoking a large snake as the boxes reduce in size; click on this link to see the image of "Door to Door." Congratulations, Mel -- our mutual friend Santiago "Santi" Bose (also in Galatea's collection) would have been proud.

Mel generously gifted me these works for copies of Reproductions of the Empty Flagpole, Menage a Trois With the 21st Century, and Pinoy Poetics. Thanks, Mel!

Mel, along with Melissa Nolledo-Christoffels (another artist in Galatea's collection), is also part of this ongoing exhibit:

BANGGAAN: GLOBAL ART COLLISIONS IN CYBERSPACE
Sept. 17 to Oct. 16, 2004
Arts & Books Gallery
4166 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
P: 323-345-2435

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Prov.: Direct from Artist




Friday, October 01, 2004

"UNTITLED (SAFE LOCK)" (2004) (12 x 16 IN, OIL ON CANVAS) by JASON BYERS
Location: Galatea Offsite / San Francisco Apartment

In the catalogue to "Discrete Palettes," the group exhibition (Aug. 44-22) at 21 Grand where I first saw this painting, Jason Byers says the painting was "borne out of an interest in the points of connection between people and objects." It's a wonderful concept, evoking where the touch occurs between human and thing, e.g. the lock to a safe. A very satisfying work -- it makes me purr.

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Prov.: 21 Grand, Oakland



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