As many know, because I am a monko-tade, (文句を言う), or bellyacher, I have been busy mourning all the artists that have moved out of AE in the past year. I have been lamenting so much that I failed to notice that there are a lot of really wonderful, accomplished new tenants. Also, the old tenants have really stepped up their game! There were some blank walls and some empty studios. These empty spots, in my opinion, helped give the eye a welcome rest because all the other walls were booming with powerful art. (At least that is one of the comments I overheard). Overall, the art work looked finished and spaces were thoughtfully arranged. (My studio looked, as usual, looked disheveled, till Liza B. and Ale B. came by Sunday and Feng Shuied it, whew! I am such a two dimensional person.)
|The kids were networking. I was so busy gabbing and looking around, that this is the only picture I took all weekend. But it is a good one.|
I admit my reluctance when AE decided to go independent. Scheduling our Open Studios on a separate weekend from the rest of San Francisco seemed crazy. Who do we think we are, asking the public to make a trek out on an extra weekend? So, it was a nice surprise that this weekend was one of the best OS I've participated in yet, proving yet again, that San Francisco is full of people that love their art and their artists!
|This was the beginning of the new "Sleep" painting.|