25 paintings from start to finish in the gallery in one week? We look forward to seeing how this goes.When Matt Beard told us what he wanted to do we thought two things: he’s bonkers, and he’s even more bonkers than we thought… but were game to let me take a swing at it in our brand new gallery/headquarters in La Jolla, CA.
During one frantic week in the new gallery he will be painting ten 30″ x 30″, five 20″ x 20″, and ten 10″ x 10″ original paintings. There will be tacos, donuts, beers, drums, friends, enemies, skateboards, and possibly even parakeets.** Stop in during the course of the week to check out the work in progress, or just wait to see them all finished at the opening reception on March 25 …times and more details coming real soon.
Blind Faith Commitment (available until March 18): 30×30 canvas – $950 | 20×20 canvas – $550 | 10×10 canvas – $348
Work in Progress Special (available March 19-24): 30×30 canvas – $1250 | 20×20 canvas – $650 | 10×10 canvas – $349
Finished Work (available March 25): 30×30 canvas – $1500 | 20×20 canvas – $750 | 10×10 canvas – $350
First come, first serve, quantities limited. Contact Pierce or Petra Kavanagh for purchase inquiries.
**bring your own tacos, donuts and beers… and friends… and skateboards… and parakeets… but leave your enemies elsewheres
High from a Harley ride, I opened the doors at Ronis Fine Art to find a secret treasure. Dave Hampton’s curated show of McClain’s works sparkled as they bathed in the morning sun through the storefront windows. Selected notebook works from the 40’s through the 70’s highlighted pieces emphasizing and incorporating text. In the text about the show, Dave states, “we are reminded that writing and drawing are fundamentally the same.” The words in the art remind me of Cage’s use of words to express and score music. These pieces struck me as authentic elements of an American canon, loved by so many.
The show also included the premier of a sound piece by Charles Curtis. This holistic addition of sound added immensely to the overall experience. The text for the sounds was the exact text represented in the McClain pieces. Five tape decks, spinning endlessly, emitted the voices of Curtis and others who knew the artist. The decks were placed in various parts of the room and greatly enhanced the ethereal spirit of the gallery. As the visual art incorporated text, so did the music, as spoken word. We are reminded that speaking and singing are fundamentally the same.
The intertwining of the visual and the aural incorporated the small room into a charged atmosphere, becoming the art. The intimacy of the small notebook pieces combined with the loving hand of Mr. Hampton’s delicate touch insured an experience truly worthy of the morning.
The Convergence show at Cabrillo National Monument was a huge success. It was fabulously put on by Ship in the Woods. It was spiritual and mystical. It was full of great people and objects. It breathed with the ocean and the cliffs. It melted into the serene and transformative power of the location. It was site specific art at its best and if you missed it, you missed the night of the year. I couldn’t even see all of it and I couldn’t stay for the music. I really wanted to see Perry Vazquez and Pall Jenkins play in front of glass walls that looked out onto the ocean, the bay, downtown and Tijuana. But, I didn’t even need to see all the art or hear all the music to feel the presence of the ocean, the stars and night time sky serving as the backdrop to the creationist visions of local artists.
I’ve lived on the peninsula for 25 years and have never set foot on the property after dark like this. This land is our land. And all I could think, as I gingerly explored this night time sacred power spot, was how have they kept us out for so many year? This is ours! This setting must be utilized more often at night. The high cliffs, the crescent moon, the stars, the channel into the bay, the native landscape all opened itself like petals for the seeker. Around every corner, out of the dark, emerged a sacred little dream. The setting, the art, the people, all came together for a night unprecedented in my time in the city.
The highlight of the art was Neil Kendrick’s projected piece on the lighthouse itself. Accompanied by underwater sounds and beautiful blue and white abstracts, the piece made you feel like you were underwater. Or, at the lighthouse, in a storm, in the old days, when it took a day to travel there from the city by horse and buggy. The pictures and movies can’t do it justice, but you can check out this youtube for a taste.
Thanks to A Ship in the Woods for revealing this night time gem locale (the best spot in the city to park and kiss your girl). Do it again. Please, do it again.