The Sixth Street Viaduct from the Seventh Street Bridge, 2016
I don't know about you, but I've been thinking about the Sixth Street Viaduct quite a bit as it undergoes demolition.
I've never believed that preservation should stand in the way of (actual) progress, but I've also never believed that progress is possible without history and acknowledgement thereof. So while this old bridge that (frankly) is more odd than lovely and more eclectic than formal, absolutely requires replacement, I find myself lamenting the loss of her character which is so distinctly "Los Angeles." (A sign of the times, I suppose.) That said, what a great city and how exciting that she is finally getting some time in the lime light! The new viaduct will be world class and THAT is noteworthy! I expect to write some blog posts about my memories of the bridge soon and I will be sure to share them with you.
Also, for those of you familiar with the Pasadena area, the San Rafael Bridge over the Arroyo was recently demolished. That bridge was the subject of my first commissioned painting ever! I'll never forget her lofted arches covered with moss on the North-facing sides. Nor will I forget the high-school hang-out spot beneath her Eastern span. Turns out every kid in Pasadena spent a little or a lot of time there at one point or another.
Gaah! It's all so nostalgic it is a little difficult to talk about, BUT, I raise a glass to the future civic architectures which will replace these landmarks. Here's to graceful, considerate, accessible public spaces which will endure for many, many, many years to come!
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In the mean time, here's the news from the studio:
I have recently uploaded some artworks to the Saatchi Art platform. Boy is there a lot of work for sale over there! It's a great place to search according to your interests. Follow the link to see for yourself:
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"Memories are formed in various ways, using all of the senses. When a landmark repeatedly passes through your visual field, a sort of charcoal rubbing begins to take shape in your brain – each subsequent pass resulting in a subtly deeper shade of grey, or an eventual, permanent black. These cumulatively rich, more finite collections of lines and curves, over time, become a part of you."
A fantastic article about my work and its significance was written by Jennifer Susan Jones in Beautiful Bizaarre Magazine. She totally "got" me. Read the article in the link below:
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My recent show at Moorpark College was an absolute pleasure! Spending time with the students sharing experiences and exhibiting in an academic environment was rewarding. A write-up in the student newspaper is here:
Fantastic things are afoot! I look forward to seeing you soon. As always, thank you for your support!