Kids, No Chaser

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Art School...

Saturday, September 15, 2007 posted by Henri

A long time ago I used to paint. I had my first solo exhibition the year I met my wife. I took her to the opening and conned her into thinking I was deep. And then got sidetracked by grad school and marriage and family and career. And suddenly I wake up one morning and think...whoa what a funny trip I've taken. That was fun, now let's get back to painting. The good stuff. The stuff that gets your blood racing. My Dad used to have this saying, loosely translated as...if you really love art you'll give up everything for it...after grad school bitch. Funny guy.

So I've worked six days a week for years and then about a year ago I switched to five when my practice got acquired, and now my true self has fully emerged like a beautiful lazy-ass slumming butterfly because I'm considering cutting down to 4. It would give me time to spend with the kids, write a bit and clock in some studio time. Maybe just for a few years while the kids are small. I figure by the time they hit like 12 they'll be in that weird cutter/I-hate-my-parents/wake-and-bake phase and I wouldn't really need to hang out with them that much anyways. I'll just go back to working 6 days a week then and spend the money on boarding school and rehab for 'em. Take that kids.

So in a strange twist of fate all of my favorite artists are showing this month and I'm like rolling around in my own bliss unable to figure out what to do with myself. If you have a chance you should all check these awesome guys out. Absolutely amazing.

Shepard Fairey: Toyroom Gallery, Sacramento
Jeff Soto: Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York
Antony Micallef: Lazarides, Los Angeles (One Time Satellite Show)

I've never been the biggest Banksy fan but his stable mate Micallef is like crazy good. Damn I should be an art critic.

" crazy good." --Henri DuNord, New York Times

So MetroDad if you can do me a big favor and swing by the Levine and pick up something for me that would be great. Oh and Dan, please stop by Lazarides and lift me a lithograph and I'll totally pay you back when the exchange rate is closer to sane. Thanks Bros.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 days a week sound infinitely better than six days a week.

I do four, and I'm currently trying to figure out if I can get away with 3.

11:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I basically work 4 days/week also but I'm trying to figure out how to get that down to zero. This whole "work" thing is highly overrated.

Anyway, I'll swing by the gallery and pick you up a few paintings. Just do me a favor and send me over your Amex Black Centurion card, will ya?

6:57 AM

Blogger Henri said...

Oh c'mon, we both know better than to refer to our Centurions as "Amex Black", besides if I were using the Centurion all I would have to do is hold it in my hand and think of the painting and Centurion would make it happen.

The Sotos are all in the 5 figures...the Micallef's are hitting $200,000.

8:40 AM

Blogger Jonathon Morgan said...

That's awesome to hear, dude. CUT BACK. DO IT. Super cool to have the time and headspace for a little art...

3:38 PM


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