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Signature smile

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Rhonda and I were in Saskatoon over the past weekend to attend the opening of a show of our new work at Art Placement.  I was happy to see many old friends including Lorenzo Dupuis.  This picture captures him and what Bob Christie dubbed his “Cheshire cat smile”.

What is moon?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

This is the question that haunts every student who has sat in a class with John Wertschek.  I made this photo of him at the recent Valentine Masquerade Ball at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Suddenly VIP

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

I went to Prince George, BC to be at the opening of Chance Operations² the show that Rhonda Neufeld and I have traveling to nine Canadian cities. Prince George is the sixth stop on the circuit.  My good friend, Julia Whittaker, greeted us at the airport when we walked into the arrivals area.

Just a month prior to this a chauffeur met me at La Guardia in NYC.  He had moved past paper and searched for me with an iPad.  It was the first time I had been met that way and my first chauffeured transportation.  Julia drove us into Prince George in her old and reliable Volvo that she purchased when we worked together in Fort McMurray.

Fifty looks something like this

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

This morning I visited with Doug Haynes at his studio in Edmonton. Doug is one of the great painters working in Canada and he has been doing that for over fifty years now. Around 1994, I worked with him in the print studios at Keyano College to produce nearly two hundred monotypes.  I frequently find myself sharing the things I have learned about art from him with students and friends. These are some of the canvases that he still has around… the others are out in the world making  people happy. It was good to catch up with Doug and to sit with him for a few hours and learn new things.

Comrades, early mentors and inspirations

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

My very first class in lithography was at the University of Regina.  On more than one occasion these three masters students saved my lithographic butt. Here they are from left to right – Nelson Yuen, Chuck Marsh and Charlie Largent.  Missing but not forgotten is C.J. Finn.

Crossing Over/ painting a critical conversation

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Today, I attended the painting symposium organized in conjunction with Landon Mackenzie’s exhibition at the Richmond Art Gallery.

Participants included Ben Reeves, Allan Switzer, Jesse Garbe, Eli Boronoswky, Allyson Clay, Damian Moppett, Neil Campbell, Elizabeth McIntosh, Vanessa Disler, Sean Weisgerber and Tiffin Breen.

Here Ben wanders through the opening for Painters ’11 – a string theory – the exhibition put up as part of the symposium.

Tommy

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

Highlight of my summer was an opportunity to spend some time with Tom and Pat O’Flanagan.  The last time I saw Tom was at his show (with brothers Rob and Terry) at the Edmonton Art Gallery in 2004.  For sure, too much time has passed.  I never worried and always knew Tom had my  back in past dangerous and unpredictable times.

Graffiti knitting everywhere I turn

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Everywhere I go these days there is a surprise.  I went out for supper with Alan Flint and when we left the restaurant and turned the corner (Alma and Broadway) we discovered this bike stand that someone tagged.

Last night in V-town

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Andrea Pinheiro is a friend who leaves Vancouver tomorrow.  She is joining the faculty at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie where she will be working with another great friend, Tom O’Flanagan.  Tonight her joint show with Damian Moppett, “Not Photographs”, opened at the Satellite Gallery.  We are going to miss you around here Andrea.

Stadium Piece

Friday, July 1st, 2011

I heard that Western Washington University in Bellingham has a fine outdoor sculpture collection.  Today in the late afternoon, I had an opportunity to stop there as I was returning to Vancouver.  It was a beautiful afternoon and the work that is located around the campus is well worth stopping to see.  There are approximately thirty sculptures including work by Mark di Suevero, Richard Serra, Anthony Caro, Isamu Noguchi, Robert Morris, Beverly Pepper and Tom Otterness.  One wonders if the present administration would have the funds and courage to invest in art today?  If you’re driving by take some time to visit.  This picture is looking under and through Bruce Nauman’s Stadium Piece.





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