Sunday, January 18, 2009

Inspiration

I was at the bookstore the other night, and was looking through a very interesting magazine I often read... Juxtapos magazine. I came upon an article about a young French artist named only by two letters as JR. His work is truly inspiring. He takes photographs of everything from women, Palestinians and Israelis, immigrant youths in Paris suburbs, and posts the photographs in large-scale format to places that seem to give them real or different contexts.
check it out : http://www.jr-art.net

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Kindness

This is a photo I took of my studio today. It was at the beginning of my painting session with Brother Ron, a wonderful Gregorian monk who works in the Community Kitchen here in Chattanooga.Brother Ron spends much of his days washing the feet of homeless people. I have chosen Brother Ron as my third sitter in my grant project "The Faces of Chattanooga". The picture is my painting after one day, so it doesn't quite look like him yet. As wonderful Luck would have it, a woman named Linda Duvoisin is interested in making a documentary on my project. A crew of 5-6 people have been here for two days, and we are all learning so much from Brother Ron and each other. Linda's husband Dave is in the picture, and Bobby Stone is also involved in the project.
I wanted to say a word about kindness today. I have to tell you all how humbled I am with the scale of this project. Today, in my studio, I had 6 people who were all working towards a greater good, and all of which were working for free. This blows my mind! And to top it all off, a young jewelry maker named Stacie Florer came in today, after my telling her about Brother Ron's amazing story , and decided to match what I am paying him to sit for me to go towards socks for the homeless. Because of a kind heart, and communication within the art community, the Community kitchen made an extra $200 towards socks today. Those are many, many feet warmed in this cold season. Thank you, Stacie! (check out her work at http://stacieflorer.typepad.com/florerbusiness/)
I feel so incredibly lucky to be a part of this community right now.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Way too long

Oh my dear, dear readers, I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, and New Years! Happy Chrismahanakwansukah!

My holidays included having my family here, eating too much, drinking way too much, buying a car (!), and having my first visit to the Electric Cowboy.

Now for those of you who do not regularly attend the Electric Cowboy, as small description is necessary. I would say crossing Dave and Busters with Red Lobster , add a little Clairmont Lounge, stir in a little line dancing freakishness, and throw in at the last minute some Coyote Ugly and you've got........(drumroll please) THE ELECTRIC COWBOY. Wow. Truly a great experiment when dealing with Southern culture. It is an enormous club in a strip mall (No, it is NOT a strip club, unfortunately..) filled with the following: Scary older men sipping beers alone, watching the dancefloor and being a little TOO quiet, redneck lesbians, pimply 21 year olds, booty grinders extordinaire, country homophobes, bumpkins, pompadors, Waffle House waitresses, more sorostitutes than any part of Buckhead, and frat boys who couldn't get a ride downtown.
So I took my dad there. HA! We actually had a great time, even if there were some VERY unusual moments. But these are the holidays, and holidays must be done right.

What else? Yours truly is on the front page of the local paper here in Chattanooga, The Chattanooga Times free Press. Check it out:

http://timesfreepress.com/news/2009/jan/02/painters-depicts-everyday-chattanoogans/?local

I got really lucky to have been the name forwarded by Helen at Createhere to the Free Press.

Enjoy! Happy New Year to you all!