Posts Tagged “The Thing”

James Franco: To Barf or Not to Barf, That Is the Question

04.26.2014  |  By
Filed under: Essay, Projects/Series

As the saying goes,  if everybody hates you, you must be doing something right, right? So what happens when both of the top art critics in New York slam your work on two different days, delivering a one-two knockout punch? It’s enough to drive most artists to suicide!

The question is, do you go down for the count or do you to get back up and try to keep fighting? Jerry Saltz went so far as to say that George Bush is a better artist than James Franco. Roberta Smith pleaded for someone  to get him to stop making art.

Sure, maybe Franco is... More

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Printed Matter, NYC, Brings the Bay Area to L.A.

01.31.2013  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

The first time I came to New York everybody told me I had to visit Printed Matter. It’s an amazing little shop packed floor to ceiling with artist’s books, zines, prints, posters, and art. For me personally, it was one of those places that I’d always hoped would exist but never found anything quite like in all my travels.

Not only... More

Art Publishing Now

10.19.2010  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

You may have missed the Art Publishing Now summit and fair at Southern Exposure this month, but you can still get an overview of publishing activity in the SF Bay Area. These one- to two-minute videos offer capsule introductions to a handful (15) of the people behind the print (or web) in the SF Bay Area. Two longer conversations recorded before the event, with Stretcher and Art Practical, are included at the end. For more information on the weekend, or to visit the archives, click over to the APN website.


5 Questions: Chris Johanson

08.20.2010  |  By
Filed under: Conversations

[Five questions to SFMOMA artists, staff, or guests. Multimedia artist Chris Johanson sat down with me for 5 questions while listening to  members of the band the 17th and Capps rehearsing in the next room.  They were all in town for the museum’s Now Playing event in June. Many will know Chris as a San Francisco Mission School artist.  He ... More


02.25.2010  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

In 2012, one of the recent rash of apocalyptic disaster films, the governments of a dying world band together and secretly build arks to brave the tempestuous seas of Mayan Armageddon. The film asks, rather feebly, who/what deserves salvation? The original list is restricted to the rich, world leaders, and the Mona Lisa. Humanists argue this is wrong, that the bellies of the arks should open to the throngs of ordinary people squirming on the docks begging entry. Cut to SFMOMA, January 17, 12:50 p.m.: a camera crew is setting up in front of ... More