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Happy Spring??!!

In my neighborhood, the fruit trees are blooming and the acequias are full. As I relish the sun on my skin and the packing away of winter coats, I'm alarmed by this early, warm spring. The change of seasons brings a tempest of emotions.

We've seen a massive change of season in the political landscape too; it seems to sprout new growth each day. The news is horrifying and exhilarating at the same time and, like many of you, I vacillate between feeling passionately activated and stunningly depressed. As we wait to see the effects of #45's proposed budget and its wrathful cuts, I feel my communities pulling closer, talking more, and skipping the BS. 

Life is full of paradox. On all scales. In so many ways. Here follows some news of my own, much of which feels like miraculous, paradoxical enigma. 

Believe it or not: even as the NEA awaits a death sentence, there is money to give away. This spring, I'm honored to jury grant awards to cultural non-profits for New Mexico Arts and the Orlowsky Freed Prize which awards up to $30,000 to mature painters. 

Even as we see the public sector shrinking, public space is being creatively activated. I've humbly accepted invitations to join the boards of Friends of Public Art (of which I was immediately elected Vice President) and also one of my favorite local arts organizations, Friends of the Orphan Signs. I feel inspired to support these endeavors that work hard to make the public more interesting and beautiful!

As we enter into what appears to be a corporatocracy, capitalism is over. I'm thrilled to work with powerhouse team, Andrea Steves and Timothy Furstnau, to launch an exhibition inside their massively ambitious and soon-to-open Museum of Capitalism. The show runs through the summer and I'll be in the Bay Area for parts of May and June -- let's celebrate together!

Notions of utopia might seem impossibly outdated, but countercultures are alive and talking about it. As a real-life dream come true, I was invited to participate in a panel discussion about creative communes as part of the Berkeley Art Museum's exhibition Hippie Modernism. Check out the panel and the show on May 13!

And with countless reasons to be cautious, prudent, and afraid, I've taken another big leap. Gibbous Creative will soon transition from an experimental business into a hybrid organization with non-profit status. We're renaming, reorganizing, and refocusing our work. We'll continue to support committed artists of all kinds, but will seek funding to support artists of color, artists with disabilities, and artists in situations of precarity. Eventually our team will grow to support not only visually-based artists but also musicians, writers, and filmmakers. More info below!

As the world seems to fall apart, I feel lucky to witness some of the incredible forces that put things back together again. I'm learning so much about resilience from my work with artists  and from my greatest teacher, nature. I trust you have reminders too, that life is good even when it's not. 

I'd love to hear from you about your experience of these crazy, beautiful, terrifying, awakened times. Drop a line, say hello, or come visit! Keep in touch!


* Image: Terri Warpinski, As Far as the Eye Can See [East of Naco], 2012
opens at Oakland's new
Museum of Capitalism

55 Harrison Ave.
Oakland, CA

June 15 - August 20, 2017
Gallery hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 11-5
Opening reception: June 15 details TBA!

Under capitalism, land is measured, marked, bounded, guarded, and owned; it is a commodity, a site of production, and oftentimes, capitalism’s dumping ground. Though land ownership is not an inherently American phenomenon, the United States was founded on a land grab and its identity has been consistently wrapped up with the economics of territory. Through artists’ work about fences and walls, boundaries and their trespass, American Domain examines notions of property and ownership.

Artists include: Chris Ballantyne, Chris Collins, Tom Miller, Bruce Nauman, Erika Osborne, Christine Howard Sandoval, Chip Thomas, Jesse Vogler, Terri Warpinski, and Winter Count Collective (Cannupa Hanska Luger, Nicholas Galanin, Merritt Johnson, Dylan McLaughlin, Ginger Dunnill.)

American Domain is presented as a special exhibition within the Museum of Capitalism, an adhoc institution that considers capitalism as a thing of the recent past. For more information, go here.

The Colour and the Shape:
a survey of contemporary geometric painting

Dod Fritz Formal Gallery
West Texas A&M University
Amarillo, TX

March 20 - April 14, 2017
Artist reception: April 14, 6-8pm

Featuring work by Erin Elder, James Hart, Chad Holliday, Tim Jag, Mokha Laget, Tom Martinelli, Susie Rosmarin, Rob Weingart. Curated by Jon Revett.
Hippie Modernism Forum: Creative Communes

Berkeley Art Museum 
Saturday, May 13 at 1pm

Communality supported not only counterculture lifestyles, but also new economic and creative ventures. With artists increasingly priced out of Bay Area boomtowns, could the rural commune provide the template for a new geography of creative production? Considering the question are Ramón Sender Barayón, Erin Elder, and Fritz Haeg. Moderated by Greg Castillo.

One of many events presented by BAMPFA in conjunction with the exhibition Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia. More info


Come celebrate Mitch Berg's ambitious project and his 55th birthday! This Sunday!
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