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  • Maureen Cappon-Javey 6:49 pm on December 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Holiday Cheer! 

    Holiday Cheer!

    We had much too much fun making our annual holiday card. Check out this link for more holiday card fun-making.  And if you aren’t on our e-news distribution list, get on it, stay informed and be amused!

    Our very best wishes for a peaceful and healthy holiday season and new year ahead. We hope to see you in the gallery!

    The ICA staff – Cathy, Fanny, Lis, Maureen, Mike, Sue and Susan

  • cathykimball 5:19 pm on June 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Monotype Mania 

    Hi! It’s Cathy and I thought I’d write to dispel any rumors that I don’t know how to blog. (Of course, Susan has been sitting by my side, and coaching me through this entire post, but I think I’ve got it!)

    This past weekend, in case you wondered what that energy was in the atmosphere – I’m here to tell you that it was the enthusiastic printmaking activity going on throughout the Bay Area. From Berkeley to Monterey, more than 60 artists participated in eight printmaking workshops to create some of the best monotypes I’ve seen in my nine years at the ICA.

    While ICA Print Center Director, Fanny Retsek was hard at work leading the ICA’s workshops, ICA Assistant Curator Susan O’Malley visited the University of San Francsico, Lis DuBois, ICA Development Maven dropped by the ICA’s Print Studio and ICA Preparator, Mike Oechsli checked out the workshop at San Jose State. I ventured up to Berkeley to see the art making at Kala Art Institute and then back to the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto before ending up at the ICA.

    Not only were the prints amazing, but the artists were incredibly happy. For the first time in the MM’s 15-year history, we lengthened the workshops from 4 hours to 8 hours. Having a full day to devote to the printmaking process not only resulted in happier artists, but higher quality work. No one was panicking to finish up. Instead, everyone was excited about what they’d accomplished and what more they were going to be able to achieve. This all leads to what I predict will be the best Monotype Marathon exhibition ever AND – if the bidders are as happy as the artists – the best MM fundraiser yet!

    As the prints come in to the ICA, we will be documenting them and adding the images to our Flickr stream. So, keep checking back to preview the work. I promise you are going to LOVE it!

    • Kathryn 4:17 pm on June 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Can’t wait to see all this wonderful work! Maybe this year I can use my tax return in an artful way.

  • cathykimball 10:52 pm on March 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    New York, New York 

    I was in New York a couple of weeks ago for the art fairs, but I think enough has been written on them, so I’ll spare you more bad reviews…

    However, I did get to a number of museums and saw some good exhibitions. The first was “Martin Kippenberger: The Problem Perspective,” which runs through May 11. Maybe some of you saw it at LA MOCA where it originated. It’s a seminal show including TONS of work by the conceptual artist who died unexpectedly in 1997 at the age of 44. Check out MOMA’s website for more info on the show. There is also a very comprehensive catalogue that accompanies the show.

    Another work at MOMA that really caught my attention was by a Lebanese artist named Walid Raad. It’s part of a permanent collection show called Here is Every. Four Decades of Contemporary Art, which is on display through March 23. The installation consists of a series of works on paper arranged in a grid. Each piece is approximately 20 x 24 inches and there may be as many as 40, all framed in simple wood frames. Each work in the grid contains a miniscule image in the middle of a large sheet of white paper. Those tiny images are fragments of much larger photographs that depcit some horrific bombing in a middle eastern city. The city and the date are noted on the right-hand corner of each piece. It so simply and poignantly points out our lack of attention to these atrocities — the astounding loss of life, the massive destruction of towns and cities and culture, the grief and pain of thousands and thousands of survivors. For some reason, the piece had an overwhelming effect on me.

    If you get to MOMA, or not, you should check out Performance 1: Tehching Hsieh. Tehching Hsieh is a performance artist who, in this particular piece from 1978-1979, locked himself in a cage for one full year, deprived of human contact, art, news, reading material, etc. His friend brought him food once a day and removed his waste. He also photographed the artist on each day of  Hsieh’s self-imposed incarceration. I had heard about the work, but had never seen the documentation. I’m still not sure what to think of it, but it DOES make me think….He also has an installation at the Guggenheim documenting another year-long performance where Hsieh punched a timeclock with a camera every hour, every day, every month, for an entire year. The photographs and a time-lapsed video are part of the installation. Grueling, it would seem…..but, fascinating to see the documentation. I’d love to know what you think.

    The punch clock installation is part of The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860 – 1989. This show was a high point in my art viewing. According to Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator of Asian Art, the exhibition is about how ideas from Asian sources have been transmitted to American artists. The exhibition includes iconic art and artists from  the late 19th century and most of the 20th century– much of it very familiar work, but seen through a very different lens. I was  happy to see the inclusion of many CA artists: Bruce Connor, Tom Marioni, Paul Kos and David Ireland, to name just a few. However, the one CA artist they missed and whose work fits perfectly with the exhibition’s theme is Lewis deSoto. (Fortunately, you still have time to get to the ICA to see his solo show through this Saturday, March 21. ) Ann Hamilton was also included and created a site-specific work for the Gugg’s rotunda that responds to the show’s thesis. If you’re in the Museum, and you hear a bell ring, get to a railing and look up. The Gugg’s website for The Third Mind exhibition includes a great clip that gives a good overview of the exhibition.

    Of course, I came home sick as a dog — but it was worth it!

  • cathykimball 11:07 pm on February 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Marfa, Texas 

    This is my second trip to Marfa and I love it more than ever. Lorri Keshner and I flew to El Paso on Thursday, February 19th and drove 3 hours to Marfa – in the middle of nowhere. The drive was breathtaking and the sense of calm here is truly intoxicating. It is some of the most beautiful and humbling landscape I have ever seen in my life. I can’t begin to describe what it’s like – the vastness of the land. It might be the one place that I may be able to truly grasp the notion of infiinity. You can see forever – literally. It’s absolutely overwhelming — especially for a New Yorker!

    Judd boxes against infiinity landscape

    Judd boxes against infiinity landscape

    On Saturday we drove the Pinto Canyon Road to Ruidosa, a tiny little town right along the Mexican border. It’s a 60 mile trip, half on paved road

    Pinto Canyon Road

    Lorri Kershner

    and half on ridiculously unpaved road through the Pinto Canyon.

    rough pinto canyon terrain

    rough pinto canyon terrain

    At every turn, the landscape transforms and is something entirely different than what it was around the last bend.  The drive took about 2 1/2 hours.

    When we got to Riudosa, we immediately saw that the town has its own stimulus plan:

    Riudosa retail

    Riudosa retail

    The only other “attraction” was a long-abandoned adobe church. It appears that there has been some work done to the roof, but otherwise it is a skeletal structure — the only significant one in this town of 16.

    Abandoned church at Riudosa

    Abandoned church at Riudosa

    We turned east along the River Road, headed to Presidio, TX. Along the way we came upon this small graveyard. Most of the names are Mexican and all of the engravings are in Spanish. The graves dated from the early 1900s to about 2000 and they all face the border, towards Mexico. It would seem that in this barren and desolate countryside these people needed to bury their own dead.

    Indio Ranch Cemetery

    Indio Ranch Cemetery

    • Donna 9:05 pm on February 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Oh,fer cryin’ out loud Cathy. Would ya just move here already? Call me next year and I’ll drive out to meet you. BTW, it’s Go Texan Day here in Houston, all the trailriders are coming in for the rodeo.

    • Kathy 2:27 am on March 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I have to ask. Why Marfa/ Riudosa? There’s a lot of the southwest that looks like this. Stay safe!

    • Marisa Nakasone 6:55 pm on March 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Since you’re in Marfa, you’ll want to listen to Nina Katchadourian’s “Marfa Jingles.” I’ve only heard clips on her music/myspace page but it may provide a nice soundtrack to your Marfa wanderings.

      • Susan O'Malley 7:22 pm on March 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Marisa, this is great, thank you for sharing! I love Nina Katchadourian’s work, she is hysterical and I didn’t know about this project. Cathy was in Marfa last week most likely visiting the places Nina is singing about. The expansive landscapes from the photos are inspiring. No wonder so many interesting creative projects come out from there.

    • Lorri Kershner 3:45 am on March 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      As a reply to ‘Kathy’, I have to say, Marfa is a premier art destination. What I find fascinating is that Cathy was so compelled by this landscape that it is what she commented on more than any other aspect of our visit. Donald Judd’s beautiful boxes are displayed in gorgeous natural light at the Chinati Foundation, which Judd helped found during his life in Marfa. Ballroom Marfa is a nationally recognized gallery, and Gallery Urbane features artists Cathy was interested in meeting. Everywhere one goes in Marfa, there is a conversation about art and artists. Nevertheless, it was the big, mysterious landscape that really captivated Cathy, and she isn’t the only one. And the more remote and rugged, the happier she was!

  • cathykimball 12:08 am on February 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    It Must Be Friday 

    This morning I found myself enthusiastically encouraging Susan to research dunk tanks. It’s been downhill ever since. I think the three-day weekend is overdue!

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