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Pattern into Pattern


At the exhibition of paintings by Pierre Bonnard, called “Painting Arcadia,” there were about five rooms filled with work by the artist. Early in Bonnard’s career he belonged to a gang known as “Les Nabis.”

In the first room, there’s a painting called “Twilight, or The Game of Croquet.” This was one of my favorites. I only want to draw your attention to one thing. Look at the pattern on the clothing against the organic patterns of the garden. There’s no solid, dark line separating one pattern from the other. The patterns are distinct, but flow into each other. That’s a beautiful way to look at objects. And you may think this is a step too far, but it’s an ecological way of looking.

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Richard Foreman: Ontological Hysterical Mashup

Richard Foreman has an API. He’s mashable. His notebooks are downloadable in html and you can freely include them in your Web 2.0 mashup. You push the button, and Foreman does the rest…

This website contains hundreds of pages of unedited text which Richard Foreman is making available freely for use by theatrical authors/directors from which to create plays of their own.

I’d like to see an automatic Richard Foreman play generator, select the themes, the length and the number of characters. And then we need to get together and put on theatricals for each other on a saturday night.

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Arcadia 2007: Bravo!

Arcadia 2007 was a tremendous success. The proceeds from the event topped $185,000.00 and that money will help Friends of the Urban Forest continue its mission of creating a greener San Francisco. Arcadia is also a lesson in individual action and the power of bringing people together for a common purpose. Arcadia was conceived by artists as a way to make a significant contribution to San Francisco’s urban ecosystem. Arcadia turns art into trees.

And all good intentions aside, the party was amazing and the art was stellar. 560 people packed the California Modern Gallery and had an absolute blast. It was a perfect evening.

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Gyöngy Laky: Play By The Rules

Gyöngy LakyGyöngy Laky’s Play By The Rules is a great addition to the Arcadia 2007 Auction. Constructed from the street trees in her Neighborhood, nails and plastic army men — this piece has both a ecological and a political edge. This wall mounted sculpture will be part of the Live Auction. If you’ve never encountered Gyöngy’s work before, you should give her a google. (By the way, it’s pronounced “Ging” as in “Ginger”)