Archive for June, 2009

27
Jun
09

The Dollhouse Destroyer Visits Rogers, Ohio

Keith says flea marketing makes him thirsty.

Keith says flea marketing makes him thirsty.

It’s back to the flea market at Rogers, Ohio! This time I meet up with the dynamic duo of art making, Priscilla Roggenkamp and Keith McMahon. That’s Keith in the above photo (and you can just catch a glimpse of Priscilla behind him). Keith tried to tell us that the beer case actually contained clay flower pots. Yeah, right!

At Rogers I look for metal as well as objects for my assemblages. Dollhouses are a good source of metal for me, and when I find one I break it down so it is easier to get it back to the truck. Keith used my camera to take a few pictures of me dismantling a dollhouse. You can see all the action in the following slide show:

And by the way, Rogers isn’t just a good place to buy art materials, but this market also offers it’s share of art work. Check this out!

A couple of figurative works waiting to be "adopted".

A couple of figurative works waiting to be "adopted".

    

Pasquale, a dog I met at the flea market.

Pasquale, a dog I met at the flea market.

    

I think these had some "art potential", but I can't buy everything!

I think these had some "art potential", but I can't buy everything!

 

Fleamarket Musketeers

Fleamarket Musketeers

 

I offered to help carry stuff, but they insisted I take pictures.

I offered to help carry stuff, but they insisted I take pictures.

 

A flea market musician ends our day at Rogers.

A flea market musician ends our day at Rogers.

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22
Jun
09

San Francisco/ part 2.

 

by Isabel Somaras

by Isabel Samaras

 

    While in San Francisco, Chris and I visited a gallery on Larkin Street called The Shooting Gallery. It was here that we viewed an exhibition called Into the Woods by artist Isabel Samaras. Samaras’ paintings are incredible! To me, the paintings were this wonderful mix of urban life meets the forest creatures and the result is full blown, butt-kicking great! Part of the show is a twist on the fairy tale, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Samaras’ images would make a great book, but not for the kiddies.

 

by Isabel Samaras

by Isabel Samaras

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by Isabel Samaras

     Next door to The Shooting Gallery, and connected by an open walkway, is the gallery White Walls. Artist Ian Johnson‘s acrylic paintings focus on the innovators of jazz. Johnson tends to render the jazz artists themselves in a monochromatic palette, while the negative space is handled in bold, vibrant color. Johnson is also a designer for Western Edition skateboards and you can see his jazz influence carried over to several of their decks. Below are a few shots from the exhibition:

 

by Ian Johnson

by Ian Johnson

 

by Ian Johnson

by Ian Johnson

 

by Ian Johnson

by Ian Johnson

18
Jun
09

San Francisco/ part 1.

 

Chris making use of a sidewalk sign on Haight Street.

Chris making use of a sidewalk sign on Haight Street.

    Chris and I spent eight days in San Francisco in early June. As a child I had lived there for a while and have just a handful of memories from that period of my life.  We tried to spend each day in a different part of the city, taking advantage of public transportation, especially the cable cars. We had originally reserved a rental car, but prior to leaving for California we discovered that the parking fees for our rental car were going to be quite expensive. We thought it over for a few days and then we discovered several websites on visiting San Francisco “car free”. That clinched it! We dumped the rental car, purchased a one-week pass for public transportation, and got a $3 map of the transit system. We never missed the car!

 

Museum of Art & Design.

San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design.

    We did visit a few art museums and galleries while in San Francisco, one of which was the Museum of Craft + Design. The current exhibition was Matt Kahn: Artist and Educator, which runs through July 12, 2009. Chris and I were not familiar with Mr. Kahn’s work, but this exhibition presented us with an insightful walk through Kahn’s work within the context of Bay Area art and design of the 1950s and 1960s. Mr. Kahn has been an innovative artist and compelling designer throughout the past sixty years, and has earned national respect for his exploration of all art forms-from painting and sculpture to textiles, metalwork, furniture design, and interiors.

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Chris in front of a Kahn work while photographing a neighboring piece.

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Kahn discusses his work in a video while two more works hang on the wall.

 

Work by Matt Kahn. Niega by Matt Kahn, 2001, acrylic on canvas.