the beat on the street

The NY art fairs were pumping with energy.  Lot’s of buying.  Lot’s of selling.  Collectors, Dealers, and art lovers galore. While NY was  hopping, Georgia and I hopped over to the Armory Center for the Arts, Northwest space, in Pasadena where California artists Edgar Arceneaux, Vincent Galen-Johnson, Olga Koumoundouros and Rodney McMillian and Canadian artist Matthew Sloly are in residence assisted by fab fabricator Emilio Loza and architect Leigh Jerrard.  They are working on an amazing... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 2/28/07

hot vs cool

Would you rather be hot or cool?  It's a long discussion. A couple nights ago I was at a coffee house in Los Feliz where everyone was cool, at the cool place doing the cool thing.  Except of course for the other crowd – the ones who were hot, driving hot cars, looking at hot babes, wearing hot sports wear.   LA is the land of hot and cool.  But mostly hot I think.  It’s just too bubbly and busty to be really cool.   I was better at cool than hot because I could pull it off even though I... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 2/20/07

stand up and

One thing I've found out is that in some small measure (or a large one even) I have to stand up and be counted. Having grown up in the drop-out era (as in turn-on, tune-in, drop-out), the idea of standing up was confusing.  Stand up and shout.  Stand up for civil rights.  Stand up and say No No We Won't Go!  But at the same time, drop out .  Drop out of the establishment, drop out of the draft, drop out of the rat race.  How can one stand up and drop out at the same time?  It's a... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 2/14/07

give green

I once wrote: A vibrant community is characterized by the work and the words coming out of it. I like that.  I've written a lot of things.  Letters and diaries and lists and cards and memos that should have been tossed.  Dear John's and Jane's and I'll be right back's and Oh, can you drop me a line?  Parts of novels and more parts.  Poetry and praise and even a thank-you note or two.  Truth be told I actually spent years just writing my signature.  Those were the desparate days. But the... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 2/6/07