Archive for June, 2011

Bank-Owned Castle Needs a Little Love

June 30, 2011

Fire escape and addition

Fire escape and addition

This property needs a little love, but would be worth it considering you could live in one unit, rent out two, and have the whole of Liberty Park as your backyard, as well as a lot of cool neighbors, including artists Dave Borba and Cory Bushman who live in the area.

Based on my field guide, this house appears to my untrained eye to be a Victorian Eclectic home, with several additions, including a cool fire escape. This style became common in American Architecture between 1885 and 1915, and was especially popular in Utah’s Ogden, Provo and Salt Lake City. Many of the homes were built from plans found in low-cost pattern books. The Victorian Eclectic style is irregular (or asymmetrical) in shape and highly decorated.

For more info about this property, which unlike most of the homes we blog about is for sale and bank-owned, visit viewmylisting.com/827-s-500-e-salt-lake-city-ut-3419362

Claire Taylor’s Animal Emotion

June 28, 2011

Communication

You can catch her show at Art Access now through mid July. The show focuses on drawings of animals. Here is her explanation, in her own words:

“I depict animals in my artwork because they are to me an ideal faculty to convey pure emotion and thought. I view them as otherworldly, pure and wise. They possess a spiritual and physical beauty which I find captivating.  ”

Claire is known for her amazing letterpress prints. She will also be showing in mid-July at the Jancar Gallery in Los Angeles, at “West of Center,” a show of contemporary Utah artists.

Learn more about Claire at www.claire-taylor.blogspot.com and www.puppystar.etsy.com

Richard Lindner Battles Giant Amazonian Robot Women From Space!

June 26, 2011

"Moon Over Alabama"

Today, I felt like looking at the work of Richard Lindner, so I thought I’d share a little information and some of the images I’ve come across. I really enjoy his bizarre robot people, and have been influenced and looked to Lindner for inspiration in my own art and design work from time to time.

I didn’t know much about Lindner until I decided to write this post, and was surprised to learn that he was born in 1901, because I always thought he was a baby-boomer for some reason. Maybe I was off because Lindner didn’t start his career as a painter until he was 40, and his career blossomed with Pop Art in the 60’s.

Richard Lindner was born in Hamburg Germany, where he worked in Marketing and Design until he fled Europe during World War II. When he first came to America, Lindner supported himself with editorial and book illustration work, and later taught at Yale. One brisk fall evening while exploring the Connecticut forests Lindner came across a spaceship filled with Giant Amazonian Robot Women. He was able foil their plans for world domination and sent them running back to their home planet, where he is now worshiped as their war-god “Nuttyburger”. For his act of bravery, the Beatles placed his portrait on the Sgt. Pepper album cover (in the second row). The event influenced Lindner’s artwork from that time forward, and he painted Giant Amazonian Robot Women until he died in 1978.

Visual Vomit

June 23, 2011

At gallery stroll last month, Janice Haskell introduced us to her visual vomit. I knew Janice via her mom Peggy Haskell, who I admire very much, and brother who we won’t mention because he gets too much attention anyway. Do you ever feel like some families get all the talent? Why didn’t God spread it around a little more?

Janice describes her artwork as a purging process she must conduct regularly to free her mind. I liked her own description of her work so much that I’ll share it with you verbatim.

“Since as far back as I can remember my mind and memories have been a self-sustaining loop; a video camera; a series of moving and still pictures that lend themselves to bizarre dreams and touchy unconventional social encounters.  While not really caring what others thought of me, I felt that I needed to do right by my parents.  I needed to find a way to still share those muzzled snapshots and macabre (often baneful) thoughts in an acceptable fashion.  The doodles were born.

“Lucky for me focus was not my strong suit; the more I tried the less I could – so I didn’t.  As a result, my doodles became more involved, chaotic, deathly, symmetrical, funny, creepy, childish, pretty, mechanical, sterile, liquid, non-sequitir.  There was freedom in my mental vomit.  The paper got bigger, then pens less standard.  As I finished a drawing it would go safely in a sleeve of their own.  Family and others started wondering what they were, and began to comment on them going so far as to call it “talent”.  What’s “talent” about divergent asylum?

“A few years later I was approached with a “would you ever sell” pose, which wreaked havoc on my pen’s flow.  I had to consider someone else’s ownership of my creations.  I felt paralyzed by the thought of expectation, commitment.  I quite liked the neutered commitment we had.  The coming months provided me with opportunity to forcefully relinquish the hold I had, and let go.  I let a friend show them in his hair salon, he went off the deep end, quit his job, sold his house, and as far as I know…my drawings too, for crack.

“I’m learning more and more how to share the intimate and convoluted pieces of me through my drawings without being fake and making small talk, and having to buy it coffee in the morning.  As much as I know what I see and feel, and the story and memories that I tell through my drawings, it’s just as much about how you react and connect and make it your own story.

“There’s always wind in freedom; something that looks like corn in vomit; and likely a parasitic twin in mental vomit.  I enjoy all those things, and I hope you do too.”

Alligator Pears

June 21, 2011
Chick pea Avocado Taco Salad

Chick pea Avocado Taco Salad

Avocados, also known by the weird nic-name, alligator pears, are in season right now. They were super cheap a few weeks ago, but you can probably find large ones for 80 to 99 cents this week. These big berries are full of unsaturated fats that American diets tend to lack, in other words they are good for you. I wanted to share a couple of my favorite avocado recipes; these are quick and easy and make a great weeknight meal. As you know I’m on a mission to promote dining in to help all my friends save money to spend on art. Even if you are a beginner cook, you shouldn’t be challenged by these easy recipes. They can also easily be made vegan by skipping the cheese and sour cream.

Here goes:
Chick Pea Avocado Tacos

mini tacos in sombrero

mini tacos in sombrero

Smoosh one, two or more ripe avocados (they are ripe when they aren’t hard) in a bowl. Mix in a tablespoon of lime and chopped cilantro, and as much fresh garlic as you can stand, per avocado. Add rinsed, drained garbanzos from a can. Serve cold in a soft corn taco shell with lettuce, salsa and sour cream. Season with salt.

You can also serve over lettuce for a taco salad. Or make mini tacos (like the ones I made for Princess Kennedy’s birthday) by quartering corn tortillas, baking them till crunchy and then topping with chick pea filling.

Avocado Pesto Pasta

Avocado Pesto Pasta

Avocado Pesto Pasta
In a blender or food processer, combine ripe avocados, lemon juice, cilantro and garlic. Blend until smooth. Toss with your favorite cooked pasta. Top with sundried tomatoes and parmesan. Serve hot or cold. If you don’t have a food processor, just finely chop the cilantro and garlic, and then smoosh the pesto ingredients together with a potato masher. Don’t forget to season with a little salt.

Picasso’s Bull

June 19, 2011

During the 1930’s Picasso adopted the classical Grecian Minotaur as a personal symbol, because he could somehow relate to that half-man half-beast. In images from that time, the Minotaur was removed from it’s comfortable dark labyrinth where it fed on children, out into the sun to live with the rest of us. The Vollard Suite shows the Minotaur as a lover, fighter, drinker and victim, but it always seems somehow disoriented. The Minotaur is often a sad and pathetic beast too, blind and out of place, begging for help from the children it used to torment.

After a time, images of the Minotaur became less common and were replaced with a bull. Perhaps Picasso gave in completely to that animal inside. Picasso was a huge fan of bull-fights and, even though you’d sometimes see the bull dead or dying, more often in his paintings the bull would charge right through the Matador and horse, leaving destruction and blood behind.

Fashion Stroll Hits the Runway with Flavor-based Design Contest

June 16, 2011
vitaminwater XXX by Amparo

vitaminwater XXX by Amparo

vitaminwater asks SLCC Fashion Students to Design Outfits in Passion Fruit, Citrus,
Acai and Kiwi

vitaminwater Glow by Kelli Lynn Baker

vitaminwater Glow by Kelli Lynn Baker

The Salt Lake City Fashion Stroll will hit the runway on Friday, June 17. The highlight of the show is a design competition, challenging eight Salt Lake Community College Fashion students to make outfits inspired by flavors like citrus, acai, kiwi and passion fruit – all found captured in full color in bottles of Glaceau vitaminwater.

“The SLCC students are busting out their best ideas to create outfits you don’t just see but can almost taste and smell,” says Matt Monson, SLC Fashion Stroll director. “Colors like orange, pink and purple that are found in healthy drinks will inspire the students. A panel of local celebrity fashion folk will judge their creations and the grand prize is . . . well a grand.”

vitaminwater squeezed - by Sterling Bitsue

Fashion Stroll is a street festival that celebrates local clothing and creativity. With live runway shows at 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 p.m., and artist booths offering locally-made clothing and gifts, Fashion Stroll is a free and fun way to get to know the city’s budding fashion scene.

Fashion Stroll organizers are switching things up this year. The 7:30 p.m. show will consist of local fashion made by popular cut and sew designers including Danny Nappi, Rachel Hayes, Mary Rino, Suzanne Clements and Jordan Halversen. The second show will showcase the vitaminwater -inspired competition. The show will close at 9:30 p.m. with a vintage show featuring real women and men from the community as models. Vintage boutiques and designers including Misc., Retro Rose, Consignment Circuit and Cory Bushman will be included.

Entertainment will round out the evening with blues music by Christian Coleman and dance by Transfusion Hype Dance Company.

The SLC Fashion Stroll is sponsored by vitaminwater, SLUG Magazine, In This Week, City Weekly, The Downtown Alliance and UtahFM.org.  For more information about the event visit www.slcfashionstroll.com.

8th ANNUAL DAMN THESE HEELS!

June 14, 2011

The SLC Film Center and Salt Lake Film Society are kicking off the 8th annual Damn These Heels Film Festival June 17 through 19th. Fourteen films from seven countries will be shown at the Tower Theater, 876 E. 900 S.

I’m going to skip telling you about the first show and opening reception because you will be at Fashion Stroll, which is going on at the same time. However, after Fashion Stroll you should have plenty of time to get gussied up and head over to the midnight film on opening night.

Maria Mellus, the beautiful goddess of the film center explains the event by saying, “Contrary to the title DAMN THESE HEELS! is not a Tranny Film Festival, DTH! is about bringing the best films with LGBTQ content from festivals around the world to Salt Lake City. You need not be gay to enjoy these films, Straight Allies and Cinephiles will be pleased with the multiplicity of this year selections. That being said,  we do love our trannies and the opening night midnight film ALL ABOUT EVIL will be Trannytastic, with a Gore Couture Fashion Show and on going stage show to accompany the film.  Tickets are still available at www.damntheseheels.org

I wish I were making costumes for the Gore Couture show. Someone can borrow my bullet bra – add a little blood and you are set.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online at www.damntheseheels.org, where you can also look at the line-up.

Art in the Caves

June 12, 2011

The Chauvet Cave

Cave Bear

A few weeks ago I went to see Werner Herzog’s movie The Cave of Forgotten Dreams at the Broadway Cinema. I have no doubt that there are some people who will not like this movie at all, but I think it is one of the most amazing films I have seen in a long time.

Horses and Rhinos

I have spent a good chunk of my life roaming through my imagination. I’ve also spent a lot of time researching history, and I am often able to understand the people from the past by looking at the artwork they left behind. Prehistoric man calls out to me through their artwork, and I have spent a good chunk of time living with them in my mind. My imagination wanders over old relics and art objects and builds a bridge between me and the ancient world. I have never been to the prehistoric caves in France to look at this artwork in person. Aside from running around Utah and other parts of the western U.S. looking for petroglyphs, I’ve seen very little prehistoric artwork in it’s original setting. But it is something I have a little bit ‘o book learning on, and Herzog’s film made it seem like I was right there exploring with him.

Lion Panel

I find myself thinking about how it must have been for mankind to live in such a harsh world 32,000 years ago, which is when the first drawing in The Chauvet Cave was created. People were surrounded by animals that just want to eat them, and every animal (including humans) was desperately trying to find enough food to keep themselves alive. Even the herbivorous were incredibly violent, which is illustrated on the cave walls in the images of all the woolly rhinos fighting. And not only that, but it was a freezing cold ice-age too.

Bison

These cave drawings weren’t made by one single person, but by many different people contributing to the panels over thousands of years. The way human beings experienced time must have been so very different. Another interesting thing to think about is, humans didn’t even live in many of the caves that contain the ancient artwork. Instead, people would just go down and down and down into the earth with flickering torches, into caves that were often occupied by giant cave bear or puma, to draw a picture. Somehow that picture became ritual. And that ritual became religion. And that religion probably made them feel like they understood, and even have a little bit of power over, this crazy world.

Cat & Crotch

In the end, this movie may not be for you, but I’d still recommend it to everybody. I came away with so many ideas and insights. For instance, I never even considered how the flickering torches the artists used must have made the artwork and panels seem alive, almost as though the animals were moving. So beautiful. I could go on and on…


Sorcerer - Trois Frères

An aside, but there is one image from another cave in Trois Frères called The Sorcerer that kind of haunts me, and I’ve drawn many variations of this ancient character. I still don’t feel like I have said all I need to say about this Sorcerer/Shaman, so I am sure he will visit me through my artwork again, but he’s always a welcome guest.

Sorcerer - by Todd Powelson

Shaman In The Caves - by Todd Powelson

Chicken Week!!!!!

June 9, 2011

Urban farming. Organic gardening. Locavore. Self-sustaining. Simpifying.

I don’t know if keeping a gaggle of chickens in your backyard is actually a way of simplifying your life. It seems having 6 feathered creatures to care for might actually be an added complication. But I have noticed in the last few years, particularly since the onset of the Great Recession in 2008, there has been a shift in values from materialism to do-it-yourself.  Since I am Laura Ingles Wilder reincarnated, this outlook suits me just fine. And, while my obsession only goes as far as making recipes from scratch, taking in strays and crocheting with natural fibers, I love that so many of my friends and neighbors are raising farm animals and growing pesticide-free gardens in their backyards.

In celebration of urban farming, Wasatch Community Garden is hosting “Chicken Week.” It kicks off June 18th and includes a Tour De Coups in South Salt Lake, a movie about chickens, workshops and culminates with a home grown chicken coop tour in my neighborhood, Salt Lake City north of 2700 South.

Here’s a link so you can get out and enjoy some farm culture right here in down town.

wasatchgardens.org


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