From Ms. Koff, “Could you add the California Distinguished School logo?” Oh yes we can!
Chain was on exhibit at Soho20 Gallery, Chelsea New York City, until August 11, 2012. I painted it shortly after my first child was born and to me it represents both the restrictions of child-rearing, and the “chain” of familial relationships being positively solidified. The upper corners’ images represent exploiting resources (poisonous gas wells on the left) and the ascension of business and religious towers on the right. The “mother and child,” represented by a common, idealized, advertised image for a highly manufactured “safe” soap, recede into the lower shadows.
I had the opportunity to be a small part of Ken Basore’s backstage crew for Met2’s Seussical The Musical 2012. My 6-year old son JJ rehearsed for months and played the part of a Who–no matter how small! One Saturday before the opening, a small group of parents and staff prepared the backstage decorations for the stage. I took a partial shot (above) of the saw horse and a new panel to document my memory of some of the construction aspects from that day. I got to use my jigsaw, the staff circular saw, and lots of supplied paint to refurbish the previously used sections. I was allowed to whimsically line some columns. I did a reflecting line like I used to when I doodled as a kid! I felt the spirit of Seuss! Four of the six very large top panels you see below were newly produced, for the larger stage, on that day, as well as two new arches below.
In October 2011, I had the pleasure of assisting Ana La O’ set up and prime the wall for her Cracked Glass Mural at a nightclub in Culver City, CA. As you can see below, Ana has a beautiful, jewel-like method of painting layers of color and she created a stunning mural. Wishing her every success in Manila 2012!
This small painting, Silent was sold at the Carter Sexton Holiday Art Show in North Hollywood, Friday, December 2 from 6 to 9 pm.