I am the new director of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles! Ok, not yet but I should be. Let me tell you why. I have leadership experience (over 20 years in the Army – I was a platoon sergeant for crying out loud!); I can handle pressure and stress (did I mention the Army thing – tours to Iraq); I’m educated (a BA in studio art and a minor in business – and I graduated with honors); I love art (see the BA in studio art thing); museums like to have older folks running things – I’ll be 56 within weeks; diversity – I’m black; need to show some love to America – I’m a #vet and you know this (from above sentence); I support the #metoo movement (I’m married to my beautiful wife who is a college professor and we have 4 daughters between us and my mama lives with us – I’m no position not to support women in all of their struggles – and again, I can handle pressure and stress); management potential (see everything above); and I really want to work in the art world – really, really want to.
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
It was a real uplifting feeling reading about the painting, “Past Times” by Kerry James Marshall, selling for all of that money. Not because of the money but because the valuation of the work of a person of color – a black man. It’s good to hear good stories about black people. It’s good, as an aspiring #artist myself, to hear good stories about black artist too. Thank you for doing your work, Mr. Marshall.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Way back on Cinco de Mayo, we dropped in on SPACE Gallery & Records in Claremont. I wanted to have a look at Celia Sanchez’ work, “SAINTS”. And I wanted to say hi to Christina Franco, the gallerist, whom I had not seen since the Pomona days. Well, we ended up chatting it up for a bit and I basically ran out of time and we had to go. I did manage to have a look at the Ms. Sanchez’ work and it’s really good. But I did not have the minutes to meet her. That I regretted. Ms. Sanchez is a professional photographer and artist who has had her work featured in a few places. Check out her website and Instagram to learn more – that’s what I did. And after going to her website I really regretted not meeting her. The body of work she presents on her site is incredible. I was drawn in initially trying to find out more about her project “Saints” but I discovered this very thought provoking project, “Devoted”. It begins as portraits of #tattooed women. I won’t spoil it for you as to how it changes along the way. It is truly great understanding of how we misjudge people every day. I really enjoyed all of her work though, especially “Abandoned”, as I too work with abandoned structures too. Ms. Sanchez’ take on the subject is a powerful journey in story telling though – really remarkable work. I believe “Saints” is still showing at the Space Gallery but don’t know for sure. But I know Celia Sanchez’ website is fully operational.
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Almost two years ago I met Jane. A lot of stuff has happened since then and I’m not even talking about politics. As one would expect between a couple of crazy kids in love, we did stuff. We merged our families, got married, sold my house, bought our house, and continue to do more stuff. Through it all, I continued to work on my art, a little. Though time is limited, Jane supports and encourages my determination to keep going with my #artwork. So, that’s what I’m doing – putting in a little more time towards that. I have even updated my website. Oh, I did my very first portfolio review a couple of weeks ago too. And I finally joined Instagram. I’m doing this because I love making art. And it would be nice to sell prints for a living.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Our world has had more painful moments to contend with lately. And there is a lot more that we generally don’t know about because it hasn’t come to the national stage yet but just as painful. My family and I have been on vacation for the last two weeks though and we still made the best of it. There was no comfort in reading about Minnesota, Louisiana, and Dallas. But even here in Florida, we heard about the attempted child abduction back in Victorville. We learned about the 3 murders, including the 9-year-old boy, in San Bernardino too. We live, work and go to school in the high desert. Those things (and more I’m sure that did not hit the national stage) happened while we were gone but we’re heading back today. We are in Orlando: Pulse Night Club. We are from the Inland Empire: San Bernardino mass shooting. Just the same, we earned a vacation and a respite from all of this pain. This image is a parting shot of our last outing yesterday – the crowd is just random folks. We barely made it back to the car before the downpour. We had a lot of fun these last two weeks but the heat was a challenge. It’s very humid here. Truth be told, we had a good vacation but it’s time to go home.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
So, I know where I’m going but I can’t work on it at the moment. I’m on another mission at this time. But that’s ok – I can still share with you these images from my Victor Valley Project.