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Archive for March 2006

Just want to say…

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Many sincere thanks to everyone who sent wishes and support yesterday after my post. It meant a great deal to read them and know I was in people’s thoughts.

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March 31, 2006 at 11:55 am

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Travel info

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I will be in San Francisco from Noon on Saturday April 15th until 8PM on Thursday the 20th and I’m looking forwarrd to seeing folks, though I’m worried about my dance card filling up quickly. Not so sure about where I’ll be staying just yet, but I know that I’ll be speaking at the SFAI on Monday evening, the 17th.

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March 30, 2006 at 1:40 pm

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The big unknown…

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Today marks the one year anniversary of Philip Horvitz’s death. For those of you who have started reading this journal recently, Philip was the man that I spent eleven years of my life with, from 1990 until 2002. We parted with difficulty but ultimately amicably.

The past year has been one I would never want to relive. And over the past couple of days I’ve felt myself snapping in and out of focus. I don’t know how today will go. My emotions feel big, looming in the room, and I hesitate to probe them, like they are a sack that could burst and leave me swamped and immobile.

I miss you Phil And I wish you could pick up the phone and tell me about where you are. I hope they have good tubs.

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March 30, 2006 at 7:27 am

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Get those questions in there!

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bklyndispatch asks:

Can you tell us what you like about Brooklyn?

My current Brooklyn nabe is very similar to how I remember the Upper West Side of Manhattan when I grew up there in the 60’s and Seventies: racially mixed, family oriented, with people hanging out on the stoops in warm weather, and a sense that you can be seen for who you are. When I was growing up I couldn’t really even concieve of going to the boroughs, much less living in them since they didn’t seem to me “new York” enough. Now Manhattan seems like it’s become the suburbs, glutted with chain stores and monied elites who make boring culture. Marginal folks seem to be clinging on by their fingernails. I have no illusions that Brooklyn is immune to this syndrome, and in fact I watched gentrificatioon take over my previous nieghborhood of Fort Greene (of course, my own living there was part of that dire process). But for now I’ve found a place in Brooklyn where I can walk down the street, greet and be greeted by nieghbors and not be pestered by artist types. My only regret is that the resturant selection in my neighborhood is a little limited.

Thanks for asking!

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March 29, 2006 at 4:41 pm

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Cheese Louise….

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What a few days it’s been! no time at all to begin to post to LJ or to answer emails… Now I wil attempt to do both…

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March 29, 2006 at 2:41 pm

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Nuther query….

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katherinefarmer asks:

Question: Who is your favorite artist of todays time?

A very hard question to answer with just one name! I think I’ll have to resort to a few. First of all for non visual artists: Theater artist Richard Foreman and filmaker Guy Maddin are two people that I wish I was. In terms of visual artists, Robert Gober is someone who i think is at the top of his game and making some of the most challenging work there is. Same for Louise Bourgeois and Martin Puryear. Vija Celmins, Amy Sillman and Judie Bamber are my favorite painters. Rob Clarke makes drawings that I wish I had made, and my pal D-L Alvarez is one of the most original thinkers I know.

That’s today’s partial list anyway. Thanks for asking.

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March 25, 2006 at 5:57 pm

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The questions continue….

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dennisatl asks:

For your show in London next June:
Will there be an opening party with Stilton, claret and lots of people dressed in black?
Will you be taking just a few drawings and things packed efficiently in one compact little crate?
Will you be taking a giant sea-lift box crammed with GIANT BUNNIES etc?
Will you be there in your Giant Bunny suit?
Will you include any recent naughty gnome drawings?
Will you dress ME as a Giant Gnaughty Gnome and take me with you?

Well that’s six questions in the guise of one but here goes:
1:More likely beer and nothing to eat and while the brits seem not so big on all black, they don’t do the schlumpy Williamsburg thing either so I’m expecting slightly chic except for crusty ole me.
2:The goal is to ship as much as possible before, although my last show there was designed in such a waythat it all shipped in one cardboard carton.
3,4: No bunnies this time, I’m reasonably sure.
5:There will be gnome porn in the show of some kind.
6:I’m already plotting the ways to do so….

still the month of q&a here ask me and I’ll answer in a seperate post.

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March 25, 2006 at 5:45 pm

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