Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Dad's stamps








For years my father's boyhood stamp collection remained tucked away at the the family house. After my wife expressed an interest, we dug out the stamps. Here is a small sample of what we found.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dave Brubeck 1920 - 2012


Dave Brubeck passed away last week, he was 91. I know Brubeck best for his album Time Out. I have listened to the album many times finding it imaginative and exciting. Take Five, probably the most well known track, plays with a magical sound grabbing the listeners and taking them for a ride.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Mahogany, Cedar and Edgar Mosa

The Mountain #1 by Edgar Mosa

Last week I saw a lecture by Edgar Mosa. What I enjoyed most about the lecture was Edgar's honesty. He spoke very candidly about the struggles of earning a living as an artist, having to compromise ones work in order to pay bills. It is a problem all young artists face but few like to talk about.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Martin Kippenberger

Photo by Elfie Semotan


For the past few weeks I have been reading “Kippenberger The Artist and His Family.” The book is written by Martin’s sister Susanne Kippenberger. It has been a very enjoyable read and although I am not finished I wanted to share a quote of Martin’s.


Speaking of books:
“I use every means I can to make something that will last, that will speak for itself. Because I think that before I get the other kinds of ‘recognition,’ like hanging in a museum,’ I’d need to see the museum directors hanging in a museum. And that won’t happen.”

I have also found a strong affinity for printed material: books, pamphlets, brochures, post cards. Unlike an exhibition that has an end date, these materials will last and reach wide audiences. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The art of Ken Price


Untitled by Ken Price
Ken Price, Steidl Publishers, Matthew Marks Gallery


W. L.A. with Billboards by Ken Price
Ken Price, Steidl Publishers, Matthew Marks Gallery


Ken Price is well known for his ceramics. Just as strong is his work on paper. Price uses strong contrasting colors often employing the use of outlines to further give the work pop. Someday I will get to California, I hope it looks like Price's work.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Parisian street art


My wife and I recently got back from a trip to Paris. Among the many things we saw was good street art.












Saturday, October 20, 2012

Bond Turns 50


Growing up with British parents James Bond was a fixture in our house. We had all the films, and I watched them over and over with Goldfinger as my favorite. 50 years ago Sean Connery played James Bond in the first bond film Dr. No. Here are a few pieces from my 007 collection.

Friday, October 19, 2012

40 under 40



I am glad to see so many jewelers and metalsmiths represented in the exhibition 40 under 40: Craft Futures at the Renwick Gallery, Washington D.C. Two artists work I find particularly interesting are Jeffrey Clancy and Melanie Bilenker.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Born Into This



Charles Bukowski, poet of skid row. I was first introduced to Bukowski through the film Barfly. I was fascinated by the central character, Henry Chinaski. The way he spoke and carried himself was unlike anything I had seen. Later I learned the script was based on the real life events of Charles Bukowski. The first novel I read of Bukowski's was Post Office and I became hooked. Bukowski wrote with a realness and simplicity. He got straight to the point. His writing was raw, reaching the bone, the bone marrow.  He was frank about his thoughts and ideas and never shied from the taboo. His writing centered around drinking, violence, sex and other dark topics. It was exciting. Bukowski wrote about things I have never seen let alone experienced. He stayed in flop houses, slept on park benches, gambled, drank, got in fights. But whatever subject Bukowski seemed to be writing about he did so with a sense humor. He never seemed to lose his humor in even in the darkest of times.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Ten Essentials

For some time now GQ.com has asked writers, actors, artists and others to create lists of ten essential items. Ten items one cannot do without. The idea of creating a list of just ten items, of simplifying our complicated lives to such a small number has intrigued me. What would I choose? Here is my list in no particular order.



1. Ray-Ban wayfarer sunglasses. They are a classic piece and can be worn with almost anything.
2. Thelonious Monk's Underground. A fantastic record, even the cover is outlandish.
3.  Dr. Bronner's almond soap. The best smelling soap I have ever used.
4. Miller High Life 16oz can. A pint of cold refreshing beer without frills.
5. From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming. I have read all the bond books and this is my favorite. 
6. The Art of Shaving Pure Badger Hair Brush. My wife got me this for my birthday and I love it. The brush actually makes shaving fun.
7. White undershirts. I actually feel more comfortable wearing them, they also help protect my outer shirt.
8.  J.crew Slub Polo. A very soft comfortable shirt.
9. Cole Haan shoes. Really well designed shoes, I have a few pairs
10. Altoids. They taste great.