Today Esteban and I went to a lecture by German painter Charlene Von Heyl who was speaking at the USC Grad Art Department. Charlene was witty, humorous, and an artist who inspired me to get in the studio and just MAKE.
Having just returned from three months of making work on a prairie Charlene joked, yet sincerely told her audience that SHE WAS NOT HERE TO TALK ABOUT PAINTING.
Her large-scale works are spontaneous but not. abstract but not. subjects but not. Basically, a great big contradiction of sorts that woo the viewer with it’s compelling mysteries.
I fancied her drawings and collages the most.
After the 2-hr lecture, 4 of us met up with my best friend, dancer, Kupono Aweau, who has been on tour with the hit t.v. show So You Think You Can Dance. After a few months on the road, the dance force has returned to where they started, here in L.A. I squeezed a quick gelato moment in before Kupono leaves for San Diego tomorrow to continue the dance tour.
We enjoyed the funkiest of flavors at Scoops, a one-of-a-kind gelateria on heliotrope and a place girls make their boyfriends treat them to after a bad fight
Est and I had the olive oil+salty white chocolate, Kupono had his mango+zinfandel+lychee combo, former Miss Hawaii sisters, Jonelle and Ashley Layfield also had their choice of flavors. Jonelle mixed cofee, coconut, rum, and brown bread, while Ashley went with the chocolate mollasses which when eaten tasted exactly like a ranch or as she put it “saddle”. The tastes were right-on, and we enjoyed our individual amalgamations very much so.
Today was good. mmm.