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April 20, 2006 at 5:55 pm

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Racing the bay…

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Today’s report on yesterday:

Met with students from SFAI at the studio building on 3rd street. Midway through the lunch break I received a lovely call from thornyc gently reminding me about filing my taxes. And amazingly enough I already had done so the day before. I finished with the students who were a mixed bunch that included one old friend who was coming back to school to finish up after pursuing a variety of carreers, and then I was whisked of to Best Buy where I looked at digital cameras before deciding that I just couldn’t swing the money involved and that they were a crappy place to buy them any way. I finished the copy of moroccomole‘s book I had picked up the day before. I went once again to the Flore where I met my old roomate Patti Davidson and relayed to here the everyone’s comments on how she hasn’t aged a jot. I tried to pres her for her child sacrifice techniques, but she downplayed the whole thing. I went into Streetlight records and scored a used copy of Ape Escape 2 as well as a few cds I’d been hankering for. And then down to Zuni for dinner with my old pal Glen and excellent artist James Gobels who is a recent transplant, and someone bearbait should get to know. In the midst of dinner Fred called me from London to remind me about the image they needed for the ad by today. By this time it was 10:30 pm and I hauled myself down to the eagle for a long talk with devldog that ranged over candy making, art schools, hideous government policies, the complexities of porn production and consumption, and many more topics that I can remember. By 1:30am I had to stagger back home and plunk myself into bed…

Today promises to be just as full with business meetings and more friendly encounters.

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April 19, 2006 at 2:31 pm

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When you can’t think of a catchy title…

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or remember the title of one of your own pieces…

Last night I gave my talk at the SanFrancisco Art Institute, the ostensible reason for me being in town. It was my usual speed jaunt through an asortment of my work from college on up to now. But last night was different than the other talks I’ve given lately maily because the audience was filled with the people who were responsible for me being behind the podium in the first place: Patricia Davidson and Glen Helfand, my first two roommates from when I moved to San Francisco in ’84 (Patti founded Media, the gallery where I had my first ever solo show and Glen and I founded a short lived art newspaper, and worked on various projects on and off through the 80’s.) Renny Prititkin and Judy Moran, the directors of the artist run space where I participated in my first group show and where I eventually worked, becoming program coordinator and board member. Paule Anglim, the owner of the Gallery where I now show in SF and art world doyenne. Brett Reichman and John Difazio, amazing artists I’ve been lucky enough to work with over the years. Kevin Killian brilliant poet and playwrite who’s productions I used to wish I had written. Vince Fecteau, who was once my assitant and actually made some of the pieces I was about to show slides of, and who is now an amazing sculptor. Bob Riley, former media curator at SFMOMA and current director of SF Camerawork. And any number of others I’m forgetting. And then LJers itsolivia, bearbait, chriskomater,armaroundyou and mrs_french. So how do you tell the story of your artistsic fumblings to a crowd of people who witnessed it the first time around? Somehow I managed to get through it but it was a wonderful experience, very very apt given that this marks the tenth year since I moved back to New York from San Francisco, and the first year since the death of Phil who was such a part of my experience here. I meant to take a picture from the stage of the audience to post here and just forgot to do it.

It has left me with a lot to ponder. Today will be a day of meetings with SFAI students and some more reconnecting.

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April 18, 2006 at 1:19 pm

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April 17, 2006 at 4:43 pm

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SF day one….

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OK guys, We Totaly have to work our home wrecker mojo, because even though I like f8n_begorra we have got to figure a way to capture whiskerfish and lock him into some secluded cabin for our endless personal pleasure. Or mabye you would be willing to work out a time share, Robbie?

Anyway, after staying up all night Friday night to get on a 7am plane from Newark to SFO, after enduring many many poorly disciplined children squealing to the approval of their semi hipster parents, after seeing The Chronicles of Narnia and The Family Stone play out on the dinky screens of my continental flight I arived in SFO, which is looking kind of down at the heels lately. Once there who was waiting top meet me at baggage claim? The aforementioned fish, who proved to be another reason why Iwill get down on my knees and blow everyone involved the programming of LJ, because he is nicer than nice and hotter than hot, sort of like Gigantor. He drove me into town, showed me the way to a delicious lamb sandwich and shared some shopping adventures with me. If you look over at his blog you can se us sittign around and then gleefully branishing the copies of djmrswhite‘s and moroccomole‘s new books that we bought at Cody’s new store near Union Square. There was only one copy of morocco’s latest and I was gracious enough to allow Fish to take it. In part because one good look at him makes it very very hard to refuse him anything he might ask of you. He dove me to where I’m staying in Northbeach and sped off to share his precious ramps with lucky lucky f8n. I got setled in and started in on “Exile” which is funny enough to make you wish you lkived in West Hollywood just because then you might be licky enough to run into Dave White. If you haven’t bought it there’s something wrong with you.

After a couple of hours I was met by two of my oldest SF friends Renny Pritikin and Judy Moran, who took me out for Sushi in North Beach. It was great but after a couple of hours I was languishing, it having been almost 48 hours since the last time I had been asleep. So they dumped me back into my apartment and I collapsed into bed for a a long series of very odd dreams that I can’t quite reconstruct right now.Then today up , making king coffee and finishing Dave’s book (impossible to put down) and then up here to the Cafe Flore, where I’ve killed more hours athan almost any other location in my life…

Have to file all of this under so far so good – Thanks Fish for the chance to get to know you better!

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April 16, 2006 at 5:10 pm

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Creature of Habit….

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…ok so I’ve been in San Francisco less than 24 hours and where do you think I am? AT the Cafe flore of course. I’ll be here until 3pm at which time I’m going to head down to the Eagle for the beer bust. Anyone in the area, fel free to track me down, either here or there…

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April 16, 2006 at 4:53 pm

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West coast Mania…

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So folks -I fly into San Francisco Saturday and I want to plan out my time so I’m putting together a filter to do that -if you’re a Bay rea person who want’s to touch base with me: even if we’ve already started the planning process, reply to this post and I’ll put you on a filter that’s just about the trip. Many thanks!

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April 13, 2006 at 6:28 pm

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