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Video: Elan, Aidan, Cats and Notebooks

Leahpeah chats with Elan aka Schmutzie, Aidan aka the Palinode. Special appearances – Onion, Oskar and Lula. Show and Tell segment – nerdy notebooks.

Background noise provided by a noisy laptop fan on Leah’s Macbook Pro, creating a hostile environment to all musical choices that might be used as intros, extros and interludes. Try to think of it as a highly sought after sound file I had to hunt down to match the filmstrip theme of the video.

San Diego Artist: Perry Vasquez, Part 1

(Posted at San Diego Union Tribune)

Yesterday I posted about Alexander Jarman, who is curating a show at the Southwestern College Art Gallery called More Real Than Life: An Exhibition of Contemporary Collage.

Today I’m focusing on Perry Vasquez, the gallery director, and artist in his own right.

Perry was nice enough to let me come to the Southwestern College Art Gallery to see the show coming together. It’s great to go see a show on opening night and view all the pieces, plumped up in the perfect light and showing off their party dresses, but there is something altogether fascinating to me about getting a behind-the-scenes look at the parts that make up the finished show. The nitty gritty, if you will. It’s enough to whet your appetite and make you hungry for opening night.

I’ve got another video coming of Perry, which I hope to post early next week, that focuses on his own work. The following video is a sneak peak into the upcoming exhibition, More Real Than Life.

SHOW DETAILS:

Thursday, March 8: Opening
Artist Talk for Students and Staff: 12 p.m., Reception 11-1
Public Reception: 6-10 p.m. Artist Talk 7-7:30 p.m.
Light refreshments provided

Southwestern College is located at 900 Otay Lakes Road in Chula Vista, California. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9-5

Exhibiting Artists:

Sadie Barnette, Based in San Diego, CA.
Mike Calway-Fagen, Based in San Diego, CA.
Troy Dugas, Based in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Lola Dupre, Based in Avignon, France.
Chris Kardambikis, Based in San Diego, CA.
Gordon Magnin, Based in Los Angeles, CA.
Morgan Manduley, Based in San Diego, CA.
May-ling Martinez, Based in San Diego, CA.
Arturo Medrano, Based in New York City, NY.
Jason Sherry, Based in San Diego, CA.
Joshua Tonies, Based in San Diego, CA.

San Diego Artist: Alexander Jarman

Alexander Jarman shows me his studio. He wears a tie and a sweater. His manner is quiet and professional and perhaps a bit reserved. At least until you get him talking about something he cares about: Art. Then, his face lights up and he becomes someone you’d like to pull a chair up closer to, and drink great coffee with, while he explains how William S. Burroughs and the dadaists were collage artists.

I got to experience one of Alexander’s projects he did with his sister and fellow artist, Savannah Jarman, called the Picnic Project. The Jarmans collected fabric and created a 1000ft picnic blanket, which debuted at last year’s Art Labs during the San Diego Art Fair.

Alexander’s studio is small and cozy. He’s a collage artist, so piles of snipped papers are everywhere. It’s a bit of a treat for your eyes, these pieces he puts together. Colors, images, shapes and logos you recognize, cut, arranged and glued together in new ways.

Alexander is curating a show at the Southwestern College Art Gallery which opens this Thursday night, March 8th (details below the video): More Real Than Life, An Exhibition of Contemporary Collage.

Thursday, March 8: Opening
Artist Talk for Students and Staff: 12 p.m., Reception 11-1
Public Reception: 6-10 p.m. Artist Talk 7-7:30 p.m.
Light refreshments provided

Southwestern College is located at 900 Otay Lakes Road in Chula Vista, California. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9-5

Exhibiting Artists:

Sadie Barnette, Based in San Diego, CA.
Mike Calway-Fagen, Based in San Diego, CA.
Troy Dugas, Based in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Lola Dupre, Based in Avignon, France.
Chris Kardambikis, Based in San Diego, CA.
Gordon Magnin, Based in Los Angeles, CA.
Morgan Manduley, Based in San Diego, CA.
May-ling Martinez, Based in San Diego, CA.
Arturo Medrano, Based in New York City, NY.
Jason Sherry, Based in San Diego, CA.
Joshua Tonies, Based in San Diego, CA.

New Painting, Rhoda in Seattle

Starting a new painting. This one is for Rhoda in Seattle. Can’t wait to get started!

Part 1 of the process:

Rhoda in Seattle Painting, Part 1 from Leah Peterson on Vimeo.

There is still time to be a part of the group painting. Details here!
Background music is Paul Anka, Smells Like Teen Spirit

If you’d like to commission your own work, let me know.

Book and Mag Update

Hello Friends! Thank you so much for your support of my book and magazine. I feel so lucky to be able to do things I really love and be able to support myself. Want to submit to Issue 2 of LPCHmag? Go here.

Season 2 of Tara starts on March 22nd. This season is SO GOOD, you guys. We get into the reality of family support of a member having a mental illness and co-consciousness with personalities, meaning more than one personality is out at the same time.

You can see an interview Showtime did with me on the Tara website. Look for it on the right side of the page. The low camera angle did me no favors, but I’m studiously not looking at it and trying to focus on the positive, which is that I didn’t have a booger hanging out my nose.

Today's Theme Song

That I Would Be Good

that I would be good even if I did nothing
that I would be good even if I got the thumbs down
that I would be good if I got and stayed sick
that I would be good even if I gained ten pounds

that I would be fine even if I went bankrupt
that I would be good if I lost my hair and my youth
that I would be great if I was no longer queen
that I would be grand if I was not all knowing

that I would be loved even when I numb myself
that I would be good even when I am overwhelmed
that I would be loved even when I was fuming
that I would be good even if I was clingy

that I would be good even if I lost sanity
that I would be good
whether with or without you

Trip Videos

I took short videos with my phone on my trip so Joe could keep up with where I was and how I was doing. I added in the music details to some of them. All are available here.

Here are some of my favorites:
Grape Vines

Hi, Joe

Forgot to Clean the Coffee Maker

King City

Paul Anka

Ween + TMBG

Santa Cruz high surf with Grace

Parrots of Telegraph Hill with Thomas Hawk

Protected chicken cutlet from Grace

City Night