I've just heard from Julia Krolik that our conversation about Copepodilia is now online: Julia is one of the curators of the blog Art the Science, from a fascinating Canadian organization of the same name. Lots of great art to be found there; I'm honored to be included. I mentioned these prints in an earlier … Continue reading Copepodilia’s virtual debut
I had a great meeting with Iain Boal yesterday, working on a book project with Iain and Ren Weschler. Iain shared this beautiful poem by Wisława Szymborska. Possibilities I prefer movies. I prefer cats. I prefer the oaks along the Warta. I prefer Dickens to Dostoyevsky. I prefer myself liking people to myself loving mankind. … Continue reading zeroes on the loose
So the abalone kintsugi project is at the San Jose Museum of Art for the next six months, part of a show called "Your Mind, This Moment" curated by Susan Krane. The piece is out on a porch, off of the second floor gallery. It will be out in the rain and the sun and … Continue reading The Fix
the news makes me want to curl up in a shell. and this little ad seems so wrong. cheaper than a candy bar. cheaper than a cup of coffee. cheaper than a pair of sox, three first class stamps, or a pack of gum.
I'm working on a new piece about tide pools, or about whatever it is that tide pools are about. In any case, I need lots of footage of tide pools and of tides, coming and going. Yesterday, the shoot was mainly just dealing with technical issues. I walked along a good stretch of shore … Continue reading tidepools
This small stretch of coastal Pacific is part of the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and according to the NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association), this part of the Pacific experiences three seasons, rather than the four seasons of nearby terrestrial life. They are, with short descriptions: Winter Storm: December–February. Storms from the north and west … Continue reading collision
I've been working on this piece since late summer, in short bursts in between other things. The pieces were small, at first. They kept curling in on themselves, the curve of the shell quickly resolving into abalone-sized abalone. And the Japanese enamels traditionally used in kintsugi kept giving me crazy rashes identical to poison oak. I kept … Continue reading kintsugi
At the end of "The Ocean at Home: An Illustrated History of the Aquarium" the author Bernd Brunner admits to trouble in paradise, and offers this quote from the son of Phillip Henry Gosse, writing about his father in 1907. Gosse was a popularizer of the aquarium in the mid to late 19th century, and … Continue reading aquariums
I'm not sure what this is. It's about four inches square, and was on a massive piece of driftwood on the rocky beach at Gerstle Cove, Salt Point. It looks a bit like leftovers, shells from a number of meals. With the exception of the large crab shell at center right, all of the pieces are … Continue reading midden?