Pie Pieces

Here’s the part of life I’ve never figured out how to manage. How do you keep the pie pieces all intact? When life goes of the rails and the pie bursts into a million pieces, what do you do? I looked at my calendar and haven’t had a moment since late April to think. Adding Read the full post…

Bill Sketchbook

From the press release for the show at Shift Studio (Sept 2005)* What started as an inside joke – a single doodle of a vest worn religiously by an art school professor – turned into a full blown, year long examination of the idealized hangovers of the art world, all represented simply through the singular Read the full post…

Bill Drawings

Bill Work A good long time ago a spent a couple of years making drawings, paintings and sculptures as a method of softly poking fun at a professor I had a CWU (Country Western U) and then using the work as a device to think about the whole dynamic of the pupil/teacher relationship and how Read the full post…

Tiny Tortures oil enamel and oil on canvas 72″ x 60″ 11/87 Thinking a lot lately of when I first fell in love with painting and gathering up my heroes from that time. I’m certain Matisse’s The Red Studio was a heavy influence here. Also thinking about trying to find the beauty in the everyday, Read the full post…

A Life Well Lived

I am not terribly acquainted with you Mr. W. S. Merwin, but now that you have passed I hold you up as a life to strive for through your gracious poetry and ecological stewardship. This profile on the PBS site is worth a read. The son of a Presbyterian minister, he was raised in the Read the full post…

War Hawks

War Hawks (Ken’s Dream) charcoal and pastel on paper 1984 (Drawing with Ken Cory) This past December, in some effort of tidying up messes I digitized 35 years of 35mm slides.  It’s an ongoing organizational shamble but also a pile of joy. Lots of imagery I haven’t thought about for a long time. There is Read the full post…

Jasper Johns

Here’s one I wish I could get on a plane to go see, Jasper Johns at Matthew Marks. NYTimes Review by Roberta Smith. At the age of 88 Johns is still producing remarkable work. In 2014, the “Regrets” series (2012-14) had its debut at the Museum of Modern Art. The title comes from a rubber Read the full post…

Currently obsessed

with Terrence Malick’s movies. Just watched Tree of Life and now want to see the rest of his work. This started not long ago with Days of Heaven, which is magnificent. As is the lovely Sam Shepard seen above. More soon. On the cinematography of Days of Heaven (1978)] “With Néstor Almendros, we decided to Read the full post…

Kiki Smith

If you were to force me to pick just one artist to call my favorite the clear winner would be Kiki Smith. Kiki Smith and the Pursuit of Beauty in a Notably Unbeautiful Age. Her persistence and humility for the win. I’ve always admired her ability to not let the work become ham-fisted narratives. “For Read the full post…

The photos of Soichi Sunami at Cascadia Art Museum

Just back from the little museum that could, Cascadia located in Edmonds. An absolutely gorgeous photography exhibit is currently the main attraction, showcasing the work by photographer Soichi Sunami who I had not heard of before stepping foot into the show today. The exhibit is appropriately titled Invocation of Beauty, The Life and Photography of Soichi Sunami. Cascadia focuses Read the full post…

Being Nauman

[27-year old Nauman’s contortions…..] A continued meditation on Bruce Nauman while it is still in my head. Waking up with my coffee and reading the handful of articles on Nauman this morning gave me pause. The coverage is in support of the current retrospective of his work up at The Museum of Modern Art right Read the full post…

Circling Around A Figure

I’ve been hard on myself this week, watching myself spiral around the studio but finding ways to procrastinate. I finally sorted long languishing tools yesterday and took a very full car load to Value Village. Things I couldn’t tell what they were, things I would never use. I am waiting I think. And this morning Read the full post…

Utopia – Over and Out

As noted in Charles Pierce LeWarne’s book Utopias in Puget Sound 1885 – 1915, in 1898 the little burg of Edison, WA became the National Headquarters of The Brotherhood of the Co-operative Commonwealth, with the BCC hoping to establish a socialist colony.  It was a short lived but hopeful measure with membership rising to 3,558 Read the full post…

Lois Dodd

JS: There is a confidence and singularity that characterizes your path, especially your choice of subject matter. How have you been able to maintain this? LD: Well, you are always influenced by the people around you. How do you find out who you are if it isn’t from other people? But painting may be the only thing Read the full post…