Archive for the ‘seeing’ Category

Over the weekend, conditions on the mountain rendered visibility so poor that I often couldn’t see past the tips of my skis.  Fog like I haven’t seen since I left the northwest moved in and around, surrounding peaks, and breaking only for intermittent snow. If you can’t see the pitch and ground below you, you […]


modern magic

27Nov08

(Ed. note: I made a minor change to this post since initially publishing late last night [note to self: don’t do that] because I think it’s important to distinguish that magic realism is a Latin American literary tradition, not one that is specific to Mexico, and probably less notable when considering Mexican literary traditions in […]


I am totally blown away by Michael Lundgren‘s Transfigurations. They are made up of all the things that keep me awake at night. As if I didn’t miss the West enough already, they are like coming home.  And they are like falling into a place that I will never know, or once I do know, […]


The nature and tone of recent news and election coverage made me dig up David James Duncan‘s collection of essays and short stories, My Story As Told By Water, for the passage strategic withdrawal. (DJD is required reading for anyone who lives, lived or wants to live in the Pacific Northwest but really is good […]


Yesterday I was informed that it was the Autumnal Equinox and that it was the day of perfect balance and harmony between light and shadow and day and night. And, if I believed that the stars would save my life, that would have been the day… (sigh…) And even though I don’t believe that the […]


Sitting in a gallery space with my own work has proved to be a far more engaging experience than I had imagined. Two interesting references include: The work of Bing Wright, below, and Fly Disaster II, 1997, silver print, 29 1/4 x 37 inches and this quote from Willem deKooning: “I’m in my element when […]


I finally made it to see the Whitney Biennial this weekend and am SO glad that I did. I won’t try to give a synopsis of the show because I don’t want to and I can’t. Once I saw Javier Téllez’s Letter on the Blind for the Use of Those Who See, 2007, video, my […]