Friday, August 29, 2014

Layers of time at Letchworth

Lost Letchworth Postcard, 4”x6” mixed media on board
Imagine a postcard lost in time since the 1970’s and finally arriving in your mailbox in the 21st Century.  Okay, that’s an exaggeration.  But I am experimenting with image transfers and used a copy of a photo of my brother in Western New York’s Letchworth State Park.  We always stayed in Area C where we rented a cabin.  The same cabins that were built by our grandfather’s Civilian Conservation Corps crew during the 1930’s.  There are a lot of layers of material and time in this little piece.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Trouble at the Lake

From series titled Trouble at the Lake, mixed media on matter board, 4”x6” each

Lake Erie has played a big role in my life.  It’s the lake that is surrounded by once-prosperous, industrial cities.  It drew my ancestors like a magnet.  As an infant, I lived in an apartment building in Buffalo, right on the shore of the lake.  I continued to live nearby for my first 14 years.  When winter, arctic air blasted across Lake Erie it was the source of amazing snowstorms, and it was the place of summer of beaches as well.  Back then the lake was terribly polluted, but the EPA and Clean Water Act helped turn things around.  Next, the demise of America’s heavy industry was a blessing for Lake Erie’s waters.  But the disappearance of industry nearly killed the cities and towns surrounding the lake when jobs vanished.   The factories were closed down rather than upgraded.  Then, many of the remaining jobs were shipped overseas leaving workers adrift. 

Lake Erie, and the working families who live on it shores, have been victims of unbridled capitalism. The same forces that have nearly destroyed the lake’s waters and its great cities, is now shutting off the water for poor people in Detroit.  And, this month, the people of Toledo were not able to drink or use the water due to a toxic algae bloom.  The algae bloom is a phenomenon linked to global warming and agribusiness.

Lake Erie and a city like Toledo might seem faraway to many Americans, but the lake could be called the United States’ Canary in the Coal Mine — or we could say Perch in the Lake.  The health of Lake Erie, and the quality of life of the communities that surrounded the lake, reflect the overall health of our entire country.

This series of 25 pieces of 4”x6” handmade postcards is being mailed to some of the artists I exchange mail art with.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Summer Mail

It’s been a hectic summer having opened a large show last week.  I haven’t been able to check the PO Box for about two weeks – I finally got up there today and was not disappointed.  All sorts of notes, cards and mail art treasures were waiting for me.  A big thank you to everyone who sent them out.  It’s time for me to make some mail art and start responding.  In the meantime, here a re a few favorites:
  1. Adrienne Mason sent down this large collaged card from British Columbia.  More of her work can be seen at
  2. Jennifer Utter was celebrating National Ice Cream Day.  Isn’t that every day?  It is for me.
  3. Marina Salmaso sent this big measuring card – fun on both sides from Denmark.
  4. At first I saw Rebecca Guyver’s piece and thought, hey this looks like I did it.  Of course Rebecca wrote that I inspired her – I’m flattered and love it.
  5. Dori Singh’s card is great from both sides.
  6. Carolyn Oord (aka Kerosene) sent a something soft and fuzzy made with denim and bleach that arrived from Qu├ębec.
  7. Mark Dean’s latest card arrived from France last month and it’s been on view for a few weeks – I just realized the patterns are actually above views of cups and saucers.
  8. A little handmade book from Phyllis Lucas-Haddon arrived from Santa Fe.  I’m starting to get quite the collection.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

The Opening for Collage + Landscape = Collagescape

photos courtesy Lars Jonnson

A few photos from last night’s opening for Collage + Landscape = Collagescape - the show is up until September 28, 2014. Details here.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Installed and Ready

Yesterday we installed the show Collage + Landscape = Collagescape. It will be on view at San Francisco’s Glama-Rama Salon and Gallery at 304 Valencia Street until September 28, 2014

There is an opening reception this Friday, August 1 (7pm to 10 pm).

On the main level, there is an exhibit of my new series of work called Collagescapes.

On the upper level of Glama-Rama, I am curating a companion show of mixed media works, where the theme will be Collage meets Landscapes.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Juan Vargas

Juan is both a painter and collage artist, also known for his portraits. He is what I call a true painter. Juan’s collages have a distinct painterly appearance.  They immediately reminded me of some of the landscape work of the Bay Area’s figurative giants.  A native of Chile, Juan has made his home in San Francisco for decades.  Juan’s work is undoubtedly Californian but with a strong palette that might suggest a hint of his Latin American roots.  Like many of us San Franciscans, we all retain a little bit of the best of wherever we got started in life. 

Look carefully at the work shown here – at first you might think they are paintings – but they are collages that incorporate wax, blending medium and paper.  Juan’s work is a genuine meeting of collage and landscape and I am pleased to include one of his pieces in Collage meets Landscape.

The Collage + Landscape = Collagescape will be on view at San Francisco’s Glama-Rama Salon and Gallery at 304 Valencia Street in San Francisco.
The show opens in two days and will be up from July 29 to September 28, 2014 with an opening reception next week on Friday, August 1 (7pm to 10 pm).
The exhibit will have two components:
On the main level, there will be an exhibit of my new series of work called Collagescapes.
On the upper level of Glama-Rama, I am curating a companion show of mixed media works, where the theme will be Collage meets Landscapes.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Map of the Pacific Northwest

Map of the Pacific Northwest, mixed media on canvas, 12”x12”

Just one last piece for my upcoming show Landscape + Collage = Collagescapes.   All pieces of old maps, postage stamps, postcards and more to help map out the Pacific Northwest.