4.24.05 - Squares 2.
3.29.05 - The lovely and baffling Constance Maher (that's Connie to me) is having another showing of her controversial paper cut-outs in the Peeing in the Sandbox exhibition at MixedUSE Gallery in San Francisco. The opening this Friday night is a rarified opportunity to meet the artist amongst her works and possibly to be sprayed with alcohol by her. And her dogs may be there.
2.9.05 - Another update with excellent and well-received flattery from David Lester!: "Hey Stew, thanks for the nice plug on your site!!!! Just wanted to also let you know that Mecca Normal is still going strong (working on new songs right now). We also have a CD that is only available online at BuyOlympia.com. Thanks for being so great. Cheers, David"
2.7.05 - One of my 90's music heroes, David Lester, has released a new book called The Gruesome Acts of Capitalism. It's a Harper's-like index of the havoc to humanity and the environment caused by global economic inequality. It contains facts and statistics, amusing cartoons and brief profiles of past political activists. You can order it from AK PRESS by going to this link. David played with seminal noise-duo Mecca Normal, one of my all-time fave bands, whose innovative minimalism helped pave the way for paler shades of anger from the likes of the Kills, etc. I traded emails a while ago with Jean Smith, the other half of Mecca Normal, and she is a lovely person. Now suddenly I'm getting emails from David. Support David Lester!
"It's actually a quite entertaining... thanks to David Lester, now you too can use facts to back up your political arguments. And because all of the royalties go to the Canadian Centre for the Victims of Torture, I can say 'go out and buy this book' and not feel the least bit guilty." -- Impose Magazine, New York, 2005
1.16.05 - Concert Review: X at Great American Music Hall, 1.15.05..........
12.23.04 - Merry Christmas!
12.08.04 - Winner, 2004 - Most Insane Corporate Logo: Sherwin Williams Paints
11.28.04 - Ed Paschke, 1939-2004. Rest in peace.
10.19.04 - Those of you who have taken the India tour should be familiar with the story of Mark and I being trapped in the city of Mysore due to strikes in multiple cities over the kidnapping of Indian film star Rajkumar by famous bandit Veerappan. Veerappan was finally just shot down by police after a glorious 30+ year criminal career. Story.
8.30.04 - After a long hiatus, Forum is once again active, fresh and unencumbered. Express yourself, promote your website and/or event, vent re. Bush, whatever!
8.27.04 - Wedding Pictures from the Dominican Republic, 8.14.2004. Feliz vida a Price y Alcira!
8.2.04 - If you're like me, you're not sure how to feel about Ralph Nader right now. Check out Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb as an alternate alternate. Yes, I understand we are in a crisis situation, but I live in California which provides me the luxury of voting my conscience. The founding fathers were wise in setting up a democratic system in which, in order for it to really work, you must vote your conscience. I can't subscribe to the idea of "spoilerism," which flies in the face of the principles of democracy. On the other hand, if I still lived in Utah, I might be voting Kerry.
6.2.04 - Dogster.
5.12.04 - Today I Googled my last name to see where this site ranks and I found the website of Erin Ellington. I wrote to her asking if we are related and she promptly replied that we are not. BUT, she complimented my artwork and wrote a nice letter, therefore she has earned my respect and I'm proud to link to her site and I don't care what anyone says about it.
4.26.04 - About a week ago, someone unknown shoved a pamphlet through my mail slot at home that contains an excerpt from a book called "Men of Metal: Eyewitness Accounts of Humanoid Robots" by Rowland Samuel. It doesn't have a name or a return address on it. I didn't get around to reading it until this weekend. It describes some unexplained sightings in a town in England by people whose cars were in jeopardy in one way or another and who were suddenly saved from a crash and found themselves back on the road unharmed but didn't know how they got there. The author took it upon himself to investigate. He found that all arrows pointed to a local engineer who helped design the first Mini Cooper and who wouldn't speak to the author about the sightings. The pamphlet includes this link. Check out the "robot arm dexterity test" first, then check out the "car stopping" test. I sent this to Snopes. Perhaps more trippy than the video footage is the mystery behind why the pamphlet ended up in my mail slot. I'm hoping not to find out it's just some kind of elaborate (and impressive) marketing campaign for Mini Cooper.
2.20.04 - Ed Paschke has been one of my very favorite painters for many years. Last night, I had a dream I was hanging out with Ed and his large family of violent Pacific Islander brothers. Ed himself was also a Pacific Islander. And I don't say they were violent BECAUSE of their ethnicity, they just happened to be violent and also happened to be Pacific Islanders. Anyway, it prompted me to Google his site this morning and give him a shout-out. Thanks for all of the inspiration over the years, Ed.
2.18.04 - Caring for Your Introvert.
1.27.04 - Happy to announce the impending marriage of my India travelling companion/vegetarian mac-daddy par excellence Mark and his lovely counterpart Joy! They recently sojourned in L.A. for a hippie-style prenuptial blessing from Lama Llanang. Check out the cosmic pics!
1.17.04 - Oh, just everything. Let's see...The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art opened its Hard Candy show last night, which features work by friends Connie Maher and Katherine Aoki. Be sure to pick up some of Connie's reasonably priced and excellent art works to help her support her new dog companion California Dave. You can buy Katherine's stuff, too maybe. Across the pond, Declan and Lisa Zagone O'Mullane delivered their beautiful new daughter Allison Tesla into the world on 1.9.2004 in Cork City, Ireland. Erin go braugh! And, I got mugged! A bunch of little punk gang-bangin' yutes blind-sided me walkin' home from the BART a couple weeks back. I couldn't believe it. We had 6 homicides in 7 days that week here in sunny Oakland. But it's business as usual for me. Es mi bario. Lastly, try to boycott CompUSA if you can. They are evil, low-wage-and-commission-payin' slave drivers. Along with minimum wage, their workers get $5 for every $1,000 of merchandise they sell. I know because I bought my new eMac there and asked the dude helpin' me about it.
12.18.03 - Merry Christmas!
10.24.03 - Join the NRA Blacklist.
09.26.03 - We Love Arnold.
09.16.03 - The world's oldest person, Kamato Hongo of Japan, turned 116 today. She reveals the secret of her longevity: "Not moping around." Not moping around! Who knew?! We all need to strategically focus on lessening our 'moping time.' Not mopping, moping. She is known for regularly staying up for 2 days and then sleeping for 2 days! Is she a freak or what?! And yet very cute! Look at that strawberry shirt! Story.
09.06.03 - Not. But on the other hand, many new links have been added to the Alternative Media section.
09.02.03 - My friend Marguerite is starting a new school of dance in Palo Alto called Volée! I'm not a dancer, but I've seen Marguerite dance on numerous occasions and I feel very secure in saying that she knows her s#@*. Once, she even let me watch her freaky Cunningham-esque dance videos from the 1970s (awesome!). Check out her credentials at the site. Also, I may be showing a couple of my paintings very soon at Coquette in San Francisco in a group show with my talented friend Connie Maher among others. The reception will be on Sept. 18. I'll let you know if it's going to happen for me or not. L8.
08.08.03 - An Audio-Visual History of Scrabble.
08.03.03 - More awesome pictures of Betty now available! This presentation was built with Eyecron, the most awesome and easy-to-use multi-media authoring tool available anywhere. Sign up for your account today!
07.19.03 - Concert Review: Crazy Horse at the Shoreline Amphitheater, 7.18.03..........
I had predicted "Like a Hurricane" early in the night. When they broke out with it, it was worth the $60.00 right there. Neil's new rock-operatic masterpiece can best be described as an electrifying yet unintelligible foray into a Stephen King-esque middle America. When I bought tickets for the show online, I was prepared the very instant buying started - I sat at the web site 5 mintues before the opening hour and kept refreshing the page every 10 seconds until the system opened. Within the 20 or so seconds it took me to reserve my seats, the entire front three sections of seating near the stage (maybe 2000 or so seats) were already taken. Can THAT many people really be 'connected' (in the cultural sense)? Why am I a loser?
07.05.03 - We have a brand new addition to the family...
05.29.03 - Karl Momen is a cool artist. He has a studio directly across from my office in Sausalito. After I found out who he was and slobbered all over him, he brought me posters of his sculpture Tree of Utah. I grew up in Utah seeing this sculpture every time I drove to California or wherever. It is now an integral part of my psyche. Here's my painting of his great Tree that I did in 1991 (lower right).
03.31.03 - My art school colleague Deb Gibbon is the Education Coordinator for a new weekly show called SPARK on KQED here in the Bay Area. SPARK is an educational arts program and web resource - each week, the educational focus (the web pages and the Educator Guide) will change, representing one of the stories on that week's TV program. There is also a large compliment of downloadable resources that will remain constant - a battery of resources for teachers about the importance of integrating the arts in teaching, how to assess students' progress in the arts, discipline-specific vocabulary, etc. Deb is relentlessly dedicated to promoting community arts education, and also works with Young Audiences of the Bay Area, an organization that provides high quality, professional arts programs in all disciplines to Bay Area schools. If you live around here, tune into to KQED on Wednesday nights and get SPARKed!
03.27.03 - Privet. Long overdue Moscow and Ukraine pics. Something was weird with our new camera, so we didn't get the best pics on this trip. Sort of makes me feel like a slon. But here are the least egregious ones. We got some excellent digital videos, but my antiquated Mac is not compatible with my camera. Someday we'll get those online, hopefully.
03.20.03 - Vote No War.
02.25.03 - Bio.
01.31.03 - Our photographer friend Heather took these great pics of the recent San Francisco Peace March.
"There is a grassroots campaign underway to protest war in Iraq in a simple, but potentially powerful way...
1. Place 1/2 cup uncooked rice in a small plastic bag (a snack-size bag or sandwich bag work fine).
2. Squeeze out excess air and seal the bag. Wrap it in a piece of paper on which you have written, "'If your enemies are hungry, feed them.' Please send this rice to the people of Iraq. Do not attack them."
3. Place the paper and bag of rice in an envelope (either a letter-sized or padded mailing envelope--both are the same cost to mail) and address them to: President George Bush, White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20500.
4. Attach $1.06 in postage. (Three 37-cent stamps equal $1.11.)
5. Drop this in the mail TODAY. It is important to act NOW so that President Bush gets the letters ASAP.
In order for this protest to be effective, there must be hundreds of thousands of such rice deliveries to the White House. We can do this if you each forward this message to your friends and family.
There is a positive history of this protest! In the 1950s, Fellowship of Reconciliation began a similar protest, which is credited with influencing President Eisenhower against attacking China. Read on: "In the mid-1950s, the pacifist Fellowship of Reconciliation, learning of famine in the Chinese mainland, launched a 'Feed Thine Enemy' campaign. Members and friends mailed thousands of little bags of rice to the White House with a tag quoting the Bible, "If thine enemy hunger, feed him." As far as anyone knew for more than ten years, the campaign was an abject failure. The President did not acknowledge receipt of the bags publicly; certainly, no rice was ever sent to China.
What nonviolent activists only learned a decade later was that the campaign played a significant, perhaps even determining role in preventing nuclear war. Twice while the campaign was on, President Eisenhower met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to consider U.S. options in the conflict with China over two islands, Quemoy and Matsu. The generals twice recommended the use of nuclear weapons. President Eisenhower each time turned to his aide and asked how many little bags of rice had come in. When told they numbered in the tens of thousands, Eisenhower told the generals that as long as so many Americans were expressing active interest in having the U.S. feed the Chinese, he certainly wasn't going to consider using nuclear weapons against them."
From: People Power: Applying Nonviolence Theory by David H. Albert, p.43, New Society, 19.
01.27.03 - Hey! Try the Myers-Briggs Typology Test. A very interesting way to learn more about yourself, find a career or a soul mate. In the past, I have been INTJ ("Scientist"), but now it looks like I am leaning more towards INFJ ("Protector"). My friend who sent me these links is ISFJ ("Nurturer"). So, the test shows conclusively that she is someone who is likely to shelter the homeless little kittens while I am someone who is likely to develop chemical warheads. I guess.
12.19.02 - Merry Christmas!
12.03.02 - Check it out: Kikko Man.
11.10.02 - Time to write something here again. Last night, we checked out Yonder Mountain String Band at the Fillmore with a friend from work. I'm usually very skeptical about neo-hippies / the pseudo-homeless and their environments (i.e. Phish shows, etc.), but Yonder Mountain were really good. They had this girl playing fiddle with them and she was a genius and only like 13 or whatever. I love my job. Spreadsheets, white papers and value propositions are the sweet nectar of life for me right now. Who would have thought? Business is cool. Not making any new art now, but I just submitted an entry for Pro Art's Juried Annual 2003. I participated last year and you can see a lot of the work from that show here. See if you can find my paintings! Happy to announce an upcoming trip to Moscow / Ukraine this Christmas to see Larysa's family. Should be a trip in every sense of the word. She hasn't seen her family in 8 years. She mentioned something about her mom probably wanting to sleep in the same bed with her. I may have to find some other arrangements for myself. Lots of people I know are having babies now. What the hell? I'm finding I can't tell anybody who has kids anything. I can't be an authority on any subject. I try to tell someone which bus to take to get to the Metreon and they're like, "What? Dude, you don't even have any kids and you're telling me which bus to take?!" It's irritating, but I can't help but agree. Larysa and I are still kids ourselves.
9.11.02 - Have we had enough sadness yet? I agree that a day of remembrance on the first anniversary is absolutely appropriate and necessary - I just hope we can bury a little of the sadness after today. For me, the past year has seemed to pass by like 3 weeks, because every day since 9.11 has been DEFINED by 9.11 - it's just been a continuous blur of media-induced sadness, anger, patriotism, vindictiveness, etc. etc. I had to give Yahoo credit for the black and white design today - understated and yet surreally powerful. Does every future 9.11 have to be defined by a sense of loss? I have a friend whose birthday falls on 9.12. Sucks for him. What positive things, if any, can we pull away from 9.11? Can it be the anniversary of the day the U.S. was violently awoken from a careless and self-satisfied slumber to join with the reality of the world community? Had to happen at some point, too bad it had to be by such a horrifying, painful alarm. My brother's girlfriend, who grew up in Manhattan, still won't visit Ground Zero. I can't say that I blame her, and I hope her pain and the pain of everyone in New York and everywhere else will abate soon. Once again, I'd like to extend my sympathies to everyone directly and indirectly effected by the tragedy.
7.30.02 - After nine harrowing and often surreal months of unemployment, I'm happy to announce that I have been offered a position with a company in Sausalito. I think it's a good place to work and I'm excited. The people seem cool and I don't have to dress up. Full bennies, options. Plus, I get to work in Sausalito. This offer marks the second time that my art degree from Reed College has helped me to get a job. Thanks to all of you who stood behind me in my time of shame and offered up job tips. I'm looking forward to being a productive member of society once again. Larysa found a job teaching kids how to paint and draw at KidsArt in San Francisco. I'm all arted out for the time being. I can still appreciate it as long as I don't have to make it or talk about it. And so, I saw a great movie recently which I will let speak for itself: Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner).
07.09.02 - Alaska Pics!
05.30.02 - I'm participating in this year's East Bay Open Studios with Pro Arts Gallery. Please join me at my home to look at some of my paintings this Saturday and Sunday, June 1st and 2nd, any time between 11:00am and 6:00pm. More importantly, bring anyone you know who might be interested in buying paintings. We might have some food out, as we just went to the grocery store a few days ago. Fromage and whatnot. So, please join me for food, art and fun. It's also a good opportunity to see my house if you haven't seen it yet. Larysa will be here, too, and maybe some of her paintings.
05.16.02 - Well, it's the end of an era - I have passed my final review at school and am now the proud holder of an MFA degree. This qualifies me to work at practically any McDonald's of my choosing (not that working at McDonald's is bad, I'm just kidding. I need people to be working at McDonald's). You can see my thesis project paintings here. Larysa's year-end review is tomorrow, but of course she will still have another year to get her degree. Check out her bitchin' new work right here. I have mixed feelings about graduating - sort of like ecstasy and a loss of all direction and purpose at the same time. Life goes on, and I have submitted an application to show in Gen Art's annual "Emerge" exhibition. To help mitigate the post-graduation depression, I have a new project for the site, which is to create some pages for my Bay Area artist friends. You may preview the first example, oh, right around here. I met Larry Rinder recently and he's very nice as well as being a fellow Reed College alum. I was able to hand him a copy of my thesis right after he had finished a little talk on how he believes painting will lose all relevancy and potency in as soon as 20 years from now. What's up with that noise?! That's a bunch of hooey.
04.03.02 - Back from New York City! Land of harsh reality and the greatest contemporary urban culture known to humanity! Ironically, the grandeur of mid-town Manhattan at night instills a feeling like that of being in NATURE - monolithic, mountainous architecture and endless, majestic avenues. Paid an obligatory visit to Ground Zero, which made us sad - the surrounding buildings look like forlorn, disheveled orphans. Wouldn't have missed it, though. We had an incredible tour hosted by Lewis, checked out the Gerhard Richter retrospective at the MOMA (sublimity!), had a chat with Steve Sax, director of Bitforms Gallery, perhaps the first gallery dedicated exclusively to digital art forms, visited Dia Center, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, talked with Jodi Hanel of Exit Art, visited Lewis's show at Bill Maynes Gallery and spoke with Bill, trekked to the Cloisters (within walking distance of my bro's apartment on w. 181st), invaded Chelsea galleries galore, and oh so many more things. We saw Wim Delvoye's Cloaca, a huge, mechanical facsimile of the human digestive tract which eats and POOHS! We were a big group of art snobs there. We also submitted our slides to the registry at Artists Space, the largest slide registry for artists in the country. If you're an artist working in the New York area or elsewhere, check into it. On this side of the country - I just found out about Lydia's List, which provides the complete skinny on everything currently going on in the Bay Area art world. A fine resource, yes. This is enough for now. The Master's show at SFSU Fine Arts Gallery opens Saturday, April 20th, 12-4pm. My three new paintings are in it. Be there.
03.07.02 - Belated birthday party pics!
02.16.02 - Dudes! I cut off all of my hair!! Be sure to place your bid on it.
02.07.02 - Thought it was about time for another update, so here 'tis. Most exciting thing happening: Lewis DeSoto is taking me and some friends from school (Shirley, for example) to New York at the end of March. Well, he's not paying, but it'll still be awesome. He is a man who is very conversant with the art-side of town and he's not afraid to show it to us. I'm excited. I get to stay with my Brother in his hip, uptown pad. Odd Todd is a cool dude and he linked to my site. He was on CNN tonight, and he is an unemployed guy just like me. His unemployment bennies have run out though, so give him a dollar if you can. Let's see...oh yeah, another art thing: I have submitted an entry for the Texas National 2002, held at the Stephen F. Austin State Gallery, Nacogdoches, TX. This exhibition is being juried by Sandy Skoglund. If I am liked, I get money. You probably have enough links to work with here now. Okay, one more: My Dad and Step-mom perused one of the 25 original copies of the Declaration of Independence on display at the Utah state capitol last week (the handsome devils who look like they're about to fall on top of it, right side of the frame).
01.04.02 - I'm very pleased to announce that Larysa has charitably condescended to become my bride! No one is more delightfully shocked than me - my family is equally thrilled and incredulous, given Larysa's genetic superiority. Anyhow, spent the holidays in Utah with family. Suggested marriage after Larysa exceeded all performance expectations during her first day of skiing. Had a fine time, looking forward to going back again for some Olympic events in February. My openings in Sacramento and Oakland both went well, big turnouts for each. Please check out the cover of Urbanview, Oakland's weekly arts and culture magazine, to see my featured painting and to read a brief but illuminating interview. Hope your holidays were as merry and fortunate as mine.
11.28.01 - Really excellent news: 2 of my paintings have been selected for Pro Arts' "Juried Annual 2002" Competition. The show is being organized by Dr. Gerardo Mosquera, curator of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. Mosquera has also curated the Johannesburg and Havana Biennales. The show runs from Dec.19 - Feb.2, with an open-to-the-public reception and awards presentation on Dec. 20, 6-8pm, at 461 9th Street, Oakland, CA. There will be a Cuban band performing, so it sounds like a good time. I'm especially flattered they have selected both of my large works: "The Door" and "Untitled #2," which you can check out here on the "Stillwell 2000" page of my "Work" section. Hope you can join me on the 20th!
11.27.01 - Having been recently laid off from my beautiful status job at one of the more prominent technology corporations, I have found the time to post some of my older paintings and (yes) sculptures, something I have been meaning to do for a while. Hope you enjoy, love to hear your feedback! My show at b. s a k a t a g a r o gallery in Sacramento runs from Dec 4 - 29 with a reception on the 8th, hope to see you there. I have submitted some entries to Pro Arts' annual juried competition, should be hearing back from them soon. Larysa remains under self-imposed house arrest, slaving away on some new work. She recently had slides taken of about 10 paintings, so hopefully I will have those posted on her page soon. If you haven't seen Richard Linklater's "Waking Life" yet, I can't recommend it emphatically enough - a fearless and visually mesmerizing existential inquiry addressing God's relentless appeal to us to say 'yes' to the moment and forsake the drama.
11.18.01 - Hey, I'll be showin' my painting "Untitled #1" in a show of Bay Area graduate students at b. s a k a t a g a r o gallery in Sacramento, CA (923 20th Street) throughout the month of December. If you happen to find yourself near this pleasant and sophisticated farming community, wander on by. The show will be a multi-media one. A newly finished, untitled painting by Larysa is showing in the Stillwell Exhibition of second year grads at SF State U. (1600 Holloway Ave, SF, CA) now until Dec. 9th. If you can't get there, I'll post it on her page eventually. I just had a birthday and was the grateful recipient of a surprise party - I'd like to thank the beautiful friends who showed up for it (cheers). I was also treated to ice skating, a meal at Boulevard (beyond my culturing) and Beach Blanket Babylon, which (I imagine) was sort of like a bad acid trip, but...in a good way?
10.14.01 - I'm happy to announce a newly hatching project in collaboration with good friend and brilliant scholar Lisa Zagone. Lisa graduated 2 years ahead of me from SF State's illustrious Textiles Department. She has subsequently been spending her time working as a park ranger and making costumes, capes, hats, etc. for wealthy private patrons. Lisa is also known for her involvement with Burning Man. After a 3-month artist residency in Cork, Ireland which starts in December, she and her special friend "T.O.M." (Totally Organic Man) will apparently begin building some sort of greenhouse-like structure on my newly acquired land in Penn Valley (pics). I don't have details yet, but I will post them as soon as I get them. Rest assured, there will be a profound twist on the conventional greenhouse motif. As I understand it now, the project will involve growing genetically and technologically enhanced mutant medicinal herbs, possibly in silly shapes.
09.28.01 - Alright, time to return to a normal state of affairs by announcing some good, if non-art related, news: just today, Larysa and I closed escrow on 6 cheap yet beautiful acres of raw land in Penn Valley, CA (see pics)! It's in a beautiful and relaxed area in the foothills of the Sierras, a veritable Eden compared to the increasingly intense Bay Area. An ideal place for contemplating the infinite and making some paintings. And it's only 2.5 hours from my house in Oakland, so in the meantime before building on it, we'll have a place to escape to for sleeping under the stars. It will most likely be 4 to 5 years before we begin thinking seriously about building, but it's nice to have a concrete promise of good things to come. On art fronts: I'll probably be showing in a group show of Bay Area graduate students at Barry Sakata Garo Gallery in Sacramento this December. I checked out the space this weekend and it's a good one, and it turns out Barry has shown work by Robert Bechtle and Richard Shaw. I'm in process on my thesis show, working on two compositions which will eventually be posted here. Peace to all.
09.17.01 - A friend alerted me to this resource for alternative interpretations of the current world situation: www.alternet.org. I'd like to ask everyone to please beware of inflammatory rhetoric and sensationalism in mainstream journalism. Although these events were profoundly terrible, it's important that we respond to them with a sense of proportion and an awareness of the situations of other countries which have been dealing with terrorism for years. In the near future, I'm afraid there will be actions taken by the U.S. (C.I.A.) on the Middle East of which the people of this country will not be apprised. Please seek out information to the best of your ability.
I'd like to extend my deepest sympathies to anyone who has lost friends and family in this unbelieveable incident. I was lucky enough to find out early on that my family was okay: My brother was at work on Wall Street 12 blocks from the WTC when it happened, and my mother works in a building which faces the Pentagon. I know the brief time of my not knowing their condition does not compare to the pain which the families of the deceased and those still unaccounted for are currently experiencing. My prayers go out to those lost and everyone else affected.
08.23.01 - Good news on this end - One of my paintings ("Portal") has taken 3rd place in the "Other" category of the International God Show competition! This is my first actual, legitimate moment of recognition in the art world. Benefits of this prize include a showing at two galleries in California, publicity on the God Show web site (which they promise means big-time exposure), and perhaps a small cash subsidy. Exciting! At the Lab Gallery, I think they are still figuring out how to use the phone or something. Who needs them? (Kidding). School starts next week and I will meet it with a mixture of apprehension, ennui, enthusiasm, and relief. It's a strange life. That's it for art news, other than to say I have loose plans for some new paintings and I'm looking forward to getting my next project underway. I hope to have some more work posted here some time soon! Cheers...
07.19.01 - Well, I'm afraid it's happened again - I have been lured into yet another disappointing Spielberg experience. You might think that after seeing a very engaging trailer and reading some positive reviews about Steven Spielberg's "A.I." by actual, well-respected movie reviewers, it might be a pretty safe bet to pay that $8.00 to check it out. However, this is not the first time I have been duped into seeing a Spielberg movie only to be egregiously offended by the man's obvious disrespect for the intelligence of the average movie goer. It happens every time: Spielberg's access to a huge budget affording cutting edge special effects, combined with tons of hype and positive reviews, suckers thousands of otherwise discerning film patrons into being manipulated at the lowest common emotional denominator. The same deal with "Saving Private Ryan" - stunning visual effects with no intelligent content, only a cheap, sentimental sucker-punch. In the Berkeley, CA. theater where I saw "A.I.," viewers derisively laughed their way through parts of the movie and actually booed it at the end. Granted, Berkeley crowds might be a bit more cynical and "hip" than the average crowd, but this is something we'll never hear about in the reviews: Spielberg being booed. I think we can only conclude that Spielberg and the critics are "in bed" together, or that the critics just don't have the "gumption" to lambaste Spielberg the way he needs to be. If you think about it, "A.I." constitues an offensive and obscene waste of resources. Maybe if Kubrick had been around he might have been able to put I.L. & M. to better use, but we can only speculate. See? I told you I'd post more provocative entries! Comments???
06.17.01 - Wow! What a hiatus from news updates there. Apologies, I've been trying to mentally and spiritually regroup after an intense year of schooling and various life activities. My second year and Larysa's first year of the master's program at SF State are now concluded. My final review went very well, and I received some great feedback by faculty. I'm currently trying not to think about art too much, at least about making it, although I am reading a pretty interesting book about the economic art world in New York in the 1980s called "True Colors," by Anthony Haden Guest. I just started, but I hear it's an excellent and entertaining tabloid. I have submitted my portfolio to exhibit in an international show which is held in Davis, Ca. called "The International God Show," which features work addressing spritual themes. Should be hearing back soon. Also hoping to someday hear back from The Lab Gallery. This summer is going to be one of home improvements, rather than travel - hoping to transform my basement into an operational studio at some point. I promise to make more exciting and provocative entires here soon, can't think with all of the summer-time decompression. Me like to go outside now. Bye bye.
04.03.01 - Ahhh! Just returned from an incredible weekend in the Sierras where I was, umm.. doing research for future paintings. We talked about painting while we hiked. And tried to figure out what colors we would use to paint the mountainsides. By now perhaps you've seen the 4 new paintings I have posted, as well as the new format on many of the pages. If you haven't, check them out! Still have some cleaning up to do on this site. Through an outrageous travesty of justice, I was not a recipient of the Stillwell Scholarship this year. However, some very worthwhile artists came away with due recognition. Still waiting on the Murphy/Cadogan! I would like to continue the invitation to trade links with me! That's all, I have to go see the doctor now because I was bitten by 3 ticks this weekend (AND got poison oak), and one of the bites has become angry (don't need the Lyme). Larysa received no bites, of course.
02.25.01 - It occured to me that people I don't know probably won't care at all about the personal details of my life. So, this section will be henceforth dedicated to the discussion of my life only as it relates specifically to art. I am continuing my endeavours with no leisure time in sight, other than a long-delayed house-warming party coming up soon (irrelevant, I know). I am in the process of finishing up three new paintings before applying for two fellowships next month (Stillwell and Murphy/Cadogan). If you are a graduate student of art in the Bay Area, check out Murphy/Cadogan (next year). I've been working on my links section quite a bit and have added some new art promotion sites and links to the sites of about 1000 other painters (thank you Yahoo!). I am actively seeking other artists with whom to exchange banners, links whatever! If you are an interested one, please contact me. Still waiting for the curatorial staff at the Lab to get it together and check out my stuff. Interesting art shows around the Bay Area include a group show of about 60 black artists at the Richmond Art Center and the "Backstage/Frontstage" show of emerging Bay Area artists at the Balazo/Mission Badlands Gallery. Finally, I'd just like to give a plug for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," the best film of the year. Check it.
01.18.01 - Hi! You may have noticed the addition of a page for Larysa Rybchynska on the site, which I have just added. Be sure to email me if you like her stuff and want to know more about it, or especially if you would like to have one of these babies shipped to you. So! The trip to Utah over Christmas was excellent overall - saw family, friends, didn't get to go skiing but did get to take the tram to Hidden Peak at Snowbird. Larysa was especially blown away by the beauty of the mountains surrounding Salt Lake. And I won a DOLLAR gambling in Winnemucca. It was good to be back in SLC after so long; I even collected one of my paintings from about 10 years ago which I now have hanging in my room. Anyway, on the art side of things, much effort is being put into promoting my site as well as getting some painting done. I have my portfolio out at the Lab Gallery in the Mission district of San Francisco, should be hearing from them soon. If you are an artist and are interested in a banner exchange with me, please don't hesitate to contact me. Be sure also to check out my links page for some excellent art sites on the web which will promote your work! Not much else happening except I'm going to take a tour of the Di Rosa Preserve in Napa this weekend, which is supposed to be a great collection of Northern California art. That's it. Bye.
12.08.00 - Sorry so long since the last update, I've been finishing school for the semester and dealing with severe house issues, but everything seems to have worked out fine. The Stillwell was a success, and school is wrapping up nicely. I'm looking forward to the break, when I will be working on the house and relaxing a little, although not too much, because I really have to paint, having lost significant time in the moving/settling/roommate-finding process! I think I may be taking a road-trip to Salt Lake City with my good friend Larysa to visit family over Christmas. We will most likely be making a stop-over in Reno for moderate gambling. Oakland is treating me right so far; good neighbors and a good friend looking out for me across the street. We experienced some serious red-tape with the loan approval, but it finally worked out. Not too much else exciting going on except for a very amicable relationship with the aforementioned excellent Russian friend, who is a masterful handler of oils. I'll try to give an update sooner next time!
10.14.00 - I think my domain name has finally tranferred, so stewellington.com should be officially running now (woo-woo!). I have yet to push my site out to all of the search engines, hoping to get an avalanche of response, obviously. Times are busy and extremely fortuitous lately; I found the house of my dreams in Oakland, CA, and I should be taking ownership in mid to late November! The story of getting the place could be an excellent novel and/or spiritual aphorism, and I'll spare everyone the details here, except to say that I'm getting a good deal from a man who by all appearances is a saint, or some sort of enlightened being, and who lives right across the street from my new house. So, I have a big brother looking out for me. Still plugging away in preparation for the upcoming Stillwell show of second year graduates at SF State; it'll be a good show featuring many excellent artists, I recommend it highly yaddy yaddy. Look for my two 6' x 6' canvases; shouldn't be too hard to find. Later on...
9.23.00 - Working on this site! If there are some problems, I will probably find them and take care of them. You are more than welcome to send suggestions, corrections, comments, etc. Thanks for coming! Should have my domain name in about a week, so that'll be good. The Stillwell exhibition of second year graduate students is coming up in November at San Francisco State, so I'm preparing myself for that. I highly recommend it for anyone who has never been. That's it...