Archive for September, 2008

Doug Aitken

September 29, 2008

I was in New York recently and was able to attend Doug Aitken’s opening at the 303 Gallery. Years ago I taught a couple of workshops at Art Center and he was a student who then became a friend. He was an illustrator for a brief period before moving into the fine art area. Since then he has become a superstar¬† and has shown in all of the major museums in the world (he was the one who projected his Sleepwalkers project onto the MoMA last winter). His videos are elegant and timely.

What I think is so great is that despite his magnificent success, he has remained a really sweet nice person

The new 303 is at 547 w 21 st.

image copyright Doug Aitken

image copyright Doug Aitken

First Post

September 25, 2008

Hello all.

I’ve added this blog to my website so I hope you’ll find it interesting. I plan to write about lectures, trips, my personal interests and inspirations.

My next trip will be to Istanbul in October. It will be my third trip there, and this time I’ll be giving a lecture and workshop with the great Ralph Steadman. He’s been a hero to me since I was in art school!

We’ve been invited by the Aydin Dogan foundation. It’s a Turkish Foundation that hosts a yearly cartoon competition for which we have both been judges in the past along with artists from many countries including Iran and China. It is fascinating to meet people from around the world who do what we do, but under vastly different circumstances.

I’m really looking forward to it and I’ll report back when I return.