Archive for March, 2011

Santuario de Guadalupe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

March 31, 2011

Santuario de Guadalupe, Santa Fe

March’s architecture feature isn’t a Utah building, instead, it’s the oldest shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe in the United States. Todd and I arrived too late in the day to get inside, so we appreciated this excellent example of Spanish Colonial architecture from the outside. The building’s adobe walls are three to five feet thick. It was built in 1795 and has been restored. It is now an art museum, holding the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s collection of New Mexican santos (carved images of saints), Italian renaissance paintings and Mexican baroque paintings.

Time to Apply to Craft Lake City

March 29, 2011

Now through May 27th, Craft Lake City is calling for artisans and crafters to apply at www.craftlakecity.com.

The fee to apply is just $5.00, well worth it considering that the big spenders go out to this event. A jury of local artists evaluate the applications, and over 200 artists will be accepted this year.

The third annual Craft Lake City will be held on Saturday, August 13. 2011 from 2 p.m. to 9 p..m. at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City. The event is free and open to the public.

“Salt Lake continues to welcome Craft Lake City with open arms and wallets,” said Angela Brown, SLUG Magazine editor and Craft Lake City director. “With Gallivan Center construction complete, we expect the size of the event to double. Last year we worked with 131 artists and about 8,000 shoppers enjoyed the show.”

Craft Lake City is an outdoor arts festival that will showcase hundreds of local artists, specializing in handmade goods. Affordably priced items like silk-screened posters, reconstructed clothing, knitted items and jewelry will be available. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day and will include craft demonstrations, street performers, dancers and musical acts. Craft Lake City is modeled after alternative national craft festivals like the Renegade Craft Fair and the Bazaar Bizarre. The event is sponsored by the Gallivan Center and hosted by SLUG Magazine. The event is sponsored by Artduh.com.

To stay abreast of the event, follow it on Facebook and twitter.

Chuck Close Forgot His Own Face

March 25, 2011

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

It’s amazing to me that Chuck Close, who became famous for his super-sized photo-realistic portraits of himself and his friends, suffers from prosopagnosia… that is, he is face blind. I recently heard him interviewed, and when he describes his condition he says he sees other people as an “unrecognizable collages of noses, lips, eyes, and ears.” He went on to explain that it is easier for him to recognize static flattened out pictures and photos, but in day-to-day life, when someone “moves their head one half inch, it’s a face I’ve never seen before.”

"Mark" by Chuck Close

Chuck Close needs an assistant to help him in his studio while he paints,because in 1988 he suffered a seizure that left him paralyzed from the neck down. He has regained some motor control and learned how to paint again, but still needs help. Even though he works with his assistant daily, he is still often caught off-guard and wonders who the stranger is with him in his studio, because he cant recognize them from moment to moment. Actually going out in public and socializing can be very confusing, although Close says he has learned to deal with it through humor.

Chuck Close thinks he has always had this condition, even though it wasn’t diagnosed until he was older. I find it kinda cool, him turning faces into landscapes, trying to recreate and understand something through his artwork that he just will never quite get perceptually.

chuckclose.coe.uh.edu

Mary Cassatt

March 24, 2011

Mary Stevenson Cassatt was born in the late 1800s and died in 1926. She was the only American woman accepted into the Impressionist’s special club. I’m not a fan of Impressionism, I much prefer later styles like cubism and surealism. However, when I see a Cassatt painting, I want to cry.

As a child, growing up in the heart of the homeland of Mormonism, Mary Cassatt’s idealistic mother and child images were some of the first and only artwork I was exposed to (other than religious images). I saw this Cassatt etching in a gallery in San Francisco last month. I stood and stared, sneakily snapped photos and tried to think of how I could come up with $43k cold cash to bring it home with me. As Todd would say, this one is “perfection.” For me, its always about how the artwork makes me feel, and nothing else really matters.

Pioneer Techniques To Do A Tranny Up Proud

March 22, 2011
Final Rinse Purple

Final Rinse Purple

My friend Heidi Ferguson teaches book binding, knitting and dying at the Pioneer Craft House. I was telling her how the beautiful Princess Kennedy inspired me to make some bikinis for PRIDE, but I wasn’t pleased with the quality of the rainbow yarn they had at the store. Heidi said “Let’s die our own!” And so we did. Here is a rough guide to how to do it. It’s very fun and very messy.

Winding the Skeins

Winding the Skeins

1)      Wind skeins of yarn. I used a natural Lion cotton (only cotton and linen will work for this method) as well as a linen-cotton blend. We started by winding the yarn into small skeins using Heidi’s wine rack. According to Heidi, Peaches and Cream works better.

2)      We wash the skein in Synthropol, which cleans it up and removed any fat or grease.

3)      We mix up some fun print paste. It was fun because it formed a gel, but left little nuggets in the bottom that wouldn’t dissolve. They looked like gnocchi.

4)      We mix the colors – rainbow requires a lot of colors – and then add it to the print paste.

Paint the Rainbow

Paint the Rainbow

5)      We use a big paint brush to paint the dye into the fiber.

6)      We roll them up in Saran wrap and lay them down flat.

7)      Meanwhile we decide to vat dye some solid colors. We mix up the dye, water and paste, agitate it for 20 min, add sodium . . . um free t-shirt if you can find me the right chemical name. . . to stop the dying process and let it soak overnight.

Vat Dying

Vat Dying

8)      The next day, we rinse each skein 3 times with Synthropol until the water runs clear.

9)      We lay them flat to dry after untwisting them a bit.

It’s a lot harder to dye your own yarn rather than just buying it – but damn am I proud and satisfied when I look at those beautiful colors.

For more about Pioneer Craft House, visit their website at www.pioneercrafthouse.com, tons of fun classes to try out. If anyone wants to do the bobbin lace class, just let me know, I’m in!

Messy Project

Messy Project

Carrot stew, it’s good for you!

March 20, 2011

"Food Friends - Carrot" by Dallas Russell / Easily Amused

The recipe below is one of my favorite things to help make. I do a lot of chopping, because that is one of the only things I am good at in the kitchen, but I don’t mind one bit because this carrot stew over lentil rice is so good. Put a little Sriracha on top with some humus, you’ve got a very tasty meal! One of my favorites. Thanks to Lynette Thorn for sharing the recipe with Anna.

Carrot Stew

2 T. oil

1 large onion, chopped

2 medium green (or red or yellow) bell peppers, cut in strips

2 t. hot chile (like jalapeño), minced, or 1/4 t. cayenne

4 cups canned tomato pulp or drained stewed tomatoes

1 lb. carrots, cut into thick coins

1/2 t. salt

Heat oil in a 3-qt pot and saute onion and peppers until limp, about 5 minutes. Add tomato, carrots, and salt, bring to a boil, cover, and simmer over low heat until carrots are tender, 30 to 40 minutes. If sauce is too liquid, remove cover and boil gently to thicken; or remove from heat and stir in 2-3 teaspoons nutritional yeast, as needed, to thicken.

Brown Rice and Lentils

1 cup regular green lentils, picked through and rinsed thoroughly

1 cup medium or long grain brown rice, rinsed under cold running water thoroughly, until water runs clear

4-5 cups water, broth, or water + bullion cubes

Combine rice, lentils, and 4 cups liquid in rice cooker. If you use bullion cubes make sure they are dissolved before you start the cooker. Turn rice cooker to “Cook” and let it run its regular course. Check now and again to make sure it stays moist. Add up to one more cup liquid only if needed.

For stove top instead of rice cooker, combine rice, lentils, and 4 cups liquid in saucepan (2- or 3-quart). Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer, put on lid and cook for about 45-50 minutes until both rice and lentils are tender but not mushy. Check every now and again to make sure it doesn’t get dried out. Add up to one more cup liquid if necessary, but you don’t want this to be soupy.

Serve Carrot Stew over a bed of the brown rice and lentils with a green salad on the side.

Makes great leftovers to eat at work the next day.

Woodworking Tradition – the art of Dave Borba

March 17, 2011
Dave Borba

Dave Borba

One of these days I’m going to have a wake for Palmer’s Gallery. I loved that place. We met a lot of great friends via that gallery. One such friend who we first encountered at Palmer’s is Dave Borba. We’ve stayed in touch and go out to each other’s openings and shows as often as we can.

Old Shepp's Hammer Claw

Old Shepp's Hammer Claw

Dave has done just about every kind of creative work, from illustration to photography. His recent projects have mainly been made through wood working, which he learned to do as a kid. Even though they hang on a wall, Dave hopes you will do more than just look at them. Reach out and pull a lever and the hillbilly dog will move her jaw like she is singing. Tug a key and watch the beautiful little heart’s wings flutter.

When Dave wrote in his artist statement about why he enjoys using traditional methods for his work, it sounded like I wrote it myself:

“I hope to invoke nostalgia for a time when people were more grounded to their surroundings through their daily activities. An era when craftsmanship could provide a living, and creativity was a necessity to make it from one day to another. A time when we had relationships with our neighbors, our co-workers, our food, our clothes and our families.”

Winged Heart

Love's Wings

I love it when artists get all geeky and sentimental about their methods and materials. Here’s Dave on working with wood and even his old tools:

“One of my earliest memories of woodworking is a recollection of my Grandfather making long curls of pine sliced swiftly off a board while he pushed one of his many planes. The unmistakable scent of fresh cut wood would fill the air as the “Shirley Temples” fell to the floor. He’d willingly round up a piece of wood just to make them for me if I asked. It always amazed me!  My grandfather taught me how to swing a hammer, cross cut a board with one of his old Diston saws, and cut “forty-fives” with his old cast iron miter box. Although we never did build anything together that I can recall, he left me a chest of hand tools and more importantly a desire to get to know him through the way of sawdust and the shaping of wood.”

Even though it is a different art form, when I feel a wool or cotton fiber running through my fingers, working it up to meet is potential, I feel exactly the same way Dave describes above. Like a thousand prairie women are singing a hymn that can only be heard by those who have been initiated into “the  joy of working with your hands.”

Come see Dave’s stuff at the Art Duh show opening up on April 23!

Devil Boy

Devil Boy

Why Don’t We Do It in the Road

March 15, 2011

I was taught by a New York Times freelancer that anything can be considered a trend as long as you can find 3 examples of it. Well, there is a trend busting out north and south on my street that I’d like to call “why don’t we do it in the road.” My neighbors up and down 200 W have taken to dragging old furniture into our wide, grassy median and, I guess, are just chillin’ and thrillin’ out there.

I’ve never actually seen anyone sitting, much less “doin it” on the furniture out in (literally) the middle of our road. Weather doesn’t seem to factor into the decision to haul the Laz-E-Boy outside. It didn’t look that fun to lounge on the hide-away-bed by the E-Z Mart during this last snow storm. In fact, sofa plus snow plus no roof usually equals a soggy sofa. Even our bountiful homeless population is snubbing the upholstery this time of year. When the weather warms up, I’m expecting an entrepreneurial kid to start charging a quarter for a nap on his block.

No one will be watching us so why don't we. . .

No one will be watching us so why don't we. . .

Every time I walk outside and see a new piece of furniture I think is this trend “Hot or Not?” The pros, enjoying nature, making good use of the lovely median and comfortable place to drink beer seem to weigh about equally with the cons, trashy, germy and moist.

What do you think? Would you like to do it in my road?

HUGE. ART. DUH.

March 13, 2011

Here is the poster and some information on our upcoming show at the Hive, Duh!

www.facebook.com | HUGE.ART.DUH.

Mexican Flare Meets Veggie Friendly – Our Fav Burritos

March 10, 2011

Vertical Burrito

Vertical Burrito

I’m a long time vegetarian and I live in a city with a lot of Hispanic culture. So of course my own personal comfort food is the veggie burrito. For March’s food feature, we thought we’d highlight this often veggie friendly menu item, and tell you the best place to get one if you are dining out as well as easy options for eating in.

The number one best, favoritest and tastiest veggie burrito around can be found at Vertical Dinner. Just past 21st South and on West Temple. Todd and I are regulars at this vegan restaurant, owned by Ian Brandt. Order the breakfast burrito with hash browns in the morning or mashed potatoes after 5 p.m. I always choose tempeh for my protein, but portabella mushrooms, vegetarian chicken, Boca burger and tofu are also options. They offer house-made hot sauce, as well as pico de gallo and guacamole.

Second choice which is rather cheap and easy for a night in with Netflix is a Rico Burrito. Rico is a local business that makes a great product, but I also support them because they are vegan-friendly and active in the local first movement. My favorite is the Black Bean, Rice and Cheese burrito. Todd likes the Pinto Bean, Rice and Cheese option. My main tip is to take the time to bake it in your oven, this allows the outside to crisp up. Microwave is faster, but not as tasty.

If the Rico Burrito (around 640 calories) isn’t fitting into your diet, I’ve devised a similar option for the days when my skinny jeans aren’t quite zipping up. I scour the super market shelves for the lowest cal tortilla (my fav is no longer stocked), add beans, top with a low cal enchilada sauce, my favorite which is hard to get around these parts is Trader Joe’s brand, and wah lah, cheap and easy weeknight meal. Skip the melted cheese if you are fighting the battle of the buldge, but you can have all the salsa you want.

Do you have a favorite burrito place? Or a recipe to share? Let us know with a comment here or on our Facebook page.

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