• Current viewings
  • Material Ephemera

    Jakara 5, part of the exhibit, “Material Ephemera,” currently on view at UC Santa Cruz I will be away for a week for my show, “Material Ephemera,” on view through May 13 at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Porter College. I am speaking at the artist reception on Saturday, April 27. I am […]

  • Poetry
  • The Don’t Know Mind

    . . . and to follow a spark on the wind with your eyes; and to keep on not knowing something important. –Wislawa Szymborska The idea of fragments and incompleteness was the topic of a blog post I wrote two weeks ago (Pieced Cloth) but it became the predominant leitmotif for life this past week. […]

  • Wisdom
  • Darkness, Then Some Light

    Projections on BAM this week (Photo: Laughing Squid) My previous post, Paying Attention, was written just one day before the Boston Marathon Bombings. Paying attention? Indeed. Since the events on Monday I have been left feeling the deep sorrow that hung palpably over this city. That’s all any of us have been talking about. But […]

  • Aesthetics
  • Paying Attention

    Ice patterns in winter: enchantment for free Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager. –Susan Sontag Susan Sontag’s words are inspriring for anyone, not just […]

  • Aesthetics
  • Pieced Cloth

    Fragment of cloth in the Islamic galleries at the Metropolitan Museum Breaks are always, and fatally, reinscribed in an old cloth that must continually, interminably, be undone. –Jacques Derrida, Positions Sometimes it isn’t just about the whole cloth. This past weekend I thought a lot about fragments, about the shards of incompleteness that are “continually, […]

  • Art Making
  • The Deeper Thing

    Home is where one starts from. As we grow older The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated Of dead and living. Not the intense moment Isolated, with no before and after, But a lifetime burning in every moment And not the lifetime of one man only But of old stones that cannot be deciphered. […]

  • Art Making
  • Dreams of Eden

    In Robert Hass‘s essay, “On Teaching Poetry,” contained in What Light Can Do, he references W. H. Auden‘s book of essays, The Dyer’s Hand, named after a phrase from Shakespeare‘s Sonnet 111: Thence comes it that my name receives a brand, And almost thence my nature is subdued To what it works in, like the […]