10/29/14 chihuly, mothersbaugh, kelly / by Philip Tarlow

i accidentally trashed this blog post, so i'll recreate an abbreviated version.

i've been thinking lately about ellsworth kelly, a great contemporary artist now 92 years old & going strong. here's a 1949 drawing titled tuileries. and here's a kelly quote:

"I have worked to free shape from its ground, and then to work the shape so that it has a definite relationship to the space around it; so that it has a clarity and a measure within itself of its parts (angles, curves, edges and mass); and so that, with color and tonality, the shape finds its own space and always demands its freedom and separateness."

an old friend has come back into our life; l.a. musician mark mothersbaugh, known best as founder of the group divo. adam lerner, director of mca in denver, with whom we worked on a project about 10 years ago, is curating the first major retrospective of mothersbaugh's visual work. whenever we'd go out to lunch, he would always have a stack of post card sized paper in his pocket, and as soon as he was seated would launch obsessively into comic book-like drawings. there are now about 30,000, a selection of which will be on view at mca starting tomorrow. we're attending the opening.

finally, on friday, we plan on going to the botanical gardens with our friend erin and her daughter aisla, to see dale chihuly's beautiful glass sculpture.





this afternoon, following an excellent meeting regarding our startup company, we went to whole foods to shop for ingredients for tonights dinner, which we'll be cooking at our friends erin & mark's home. i made a couple of drawings while we were there having some spicy tomato soup. when i'm away form the studio, even if i make one ok drawing, i feel my day is complete.