Pomfretite


a marriage: late season asparagus and early season tomatoes
June 19, 2010, 2:51 pm
Filed under: art, garden, last green valley

Above is a photograph of what I made for lunch today. I…

baked the olive oiled ‘gus for 15 minutes at 375 degrees
took it out
added Parmesan, tomato, ground pepper, and sea salt
put it back in the oven for another 5 minutes
om nom nom!

I’m reading Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. It is the first thing I’ve read all summer, I need to do more reading! It’s a great book, but I’m having a hard time keeping proper nouns straight (this is common for me). I’ve heard from some people that they liked the movie better than the book, and one friend told me not to even watch the movie. I think I’ll watch it and decide.

I came across two nifty maps of the United States. One map visualizes moves between counties while another visualizes land cover vegetation throughout the country. For the second map click on the “land cover viewer” button, select a location, zoom, and play with the controls. Both maps are pretty nifty.

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Whistler, Moulton, and my snake-friend

I’ve been doing more research on Pomfret and I am almost sure that James Abbott McNeill Whistler lived in the white house two houses down from the Vanilla Bean. I also now know that his mother would have preferred not to live in Pomfret at all, but she wanted her sons to attend the school in Pomfret. Whistler took his mother’s maiden name as his middle name because of the sacrifices she made for him.

I also now know that Louise Chandler Moulton lived in the mustard house at the eastern-most intersection of Brayman Hollow and Peterson Road. Her family called the house “Elmwood Cottage.” Moulton and Whistler walked home from school together. One afternoon Whistler gave Moulton a painting which she kept until she died. A poem about her childhood home reads:

My thoughts go home to that old brown house
With its low roof sloping down to the east,
And its garden fragrant with roses and thyme
That blossom no longer except in rhyme,
Where the honey-bees used to feast.

Afar in the west the great hills rose,
Silent and steadfast, and gloomy and gray.
I thought they were giants, and doomed to keep
Their watch while the world should wake or sleep,
Till the trumpet should sound on the judgment-day.

And I was as young as the hills were old,
And the world was warm with the breath of spring;
And the roses red and the lilies white
Budded and bloomed for my heart’s delight,
And the birds in my heart began to sing.

…it isn’t the best piece of poetry, but it is comforting to think that she thought of her childhood home when she was older (and who would want to think of your childhood if you were raised a Calvinist). I will write more about Whistler, Moulton, and Pomfret in another post.

The seemingly, (and actually), random photograph of a Garter Snake was taken outside of my garden while I was home two weeks ago. Isn’t (s)he pretty!



Spring 10 Classes
March 7, 2010, 4:15 pm
Filed under: art, college | Tags: , , , ,

These are the classes I’m taking my final term at Bennington:

Lithography from Stones and Plates, Thorsten Dennerline, Th 2:10-6pm
Aesthetics, Karen Gover, T, F 4:10-6pm
Critical Response in Painting, Andrew Spence, W 2:10-6pm
Swift and Pope, Christopher Miller, M, W 8:30-10:20pm

and I still have a nice studio in Swan Garage.



Reading

Over Field Work Term I read:

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Timbuktu by Paul Auster
Farm City by Novella Carpenter
American Green by Ted Steinberg
The Gardener’s Year by Karel Capek
The Geography of Nowhere by James Howard Kunstler
The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan

I also read half of each of these books:
The Path of Minor Planets by Andrew Sean Greer
Green Thoughts by Eleanor Perenyi

I am currently reading:
Green Thoughts by Eleanor Perenyi
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Next to read are:
The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
The Secret History by Donna Tartt



Объекты
January 27, 2010, 2:57 am
Filed under: art | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Объекты? That is Russian for “object.” Click on the “EN” button if you’d like more of the site to be in English. There are a lot of elegant objects that this design team has constructed.



San Francisco, California

I have not posted in over a month and a half. (BAD BLOGGER, BAD.) This is probably because I haven’t done anything too interesting besides move to San Francisco, California. oh…that is interesting? Okay.

After a very stressful departure from Pomfret, Connecticut I arrived at San Francisco International Airport at 9:35pm on the very last day of 2009. My friends, Charlie and Kjax picked me up at the airport and drove me to their new home in Mountain View, California.

The next day we hung out on Valencia Street in San Francisco and looked in a few shops, many of which were closed because of the holiday. This month, I am living in my friend’s apartment while he is away. It is on the Panhandle, and I have now walked to most of the neighborhoods in the center of the city. It is in a good location for roaming on foot. Yes, a motorcycle lives under my bedroom, (I am being reminded of that right now) but it is a great apartment.

Citrus grows here. I knew that, but it was still strange to see lemons and oranges at the farmers market. I’ve been to the farmers’ markets in Noe Valley, on Divisadero Street and outside of the Ferry Building. I will visit more in the future, no doubt. I bought mandarin oranges at both the farmers’ markets in Noe Valley and outside of the Ferry Building. Both of the batches were tasty and organic, but the ones from Noe Valley were quite a bit tastier (and worth the extra fifty cents a pound).

I am here for Bennington’s Field Work Term. It is my last Field Work Term ever. I am interning at a gallery and at a film production company. I’ve only gone to the gallery so far, and I liked being there. It is in a not-so-nice neighborhood, but it seems safe enough. I was given good projects to work on and my intern tasks don’t seem to be too different from the tasks of those who work in the gallery. (That is good!) The gallery represents artists whose work I truly enjoy looking at and thinking about.

I will be going to Oakland today. I just finished reading Farm City by Novella Carpenter, so in a way this is a pilgrimage. Farm City is about making use of the waste produced by cities and using it to feed neighbors food and make neighborhoods better places to live. The book is heavy on meat, but there is far too much information and good writing for a vegetarian to put it down. Currently, I am reading Timbuktu by Paul Auster, which I will now getbaktu.



View East from Studio

swan

This is the view from my Swan Garage studio. The maintenance facility can be seen in the mid-ground. I is nice to work with the door open, but it is getting colder and this will no longer be an option. Faculty parking is directly in front of the doors, and therefore views are spoiled for much of the day. I currently have the following books checked out of Crossett Library:

Breakfast Lunch Tea by Rose Carrarini
David Smith 1905-1965 by the Fogg Art Museum
Defiant Gardens by Kenneth I. Helphand
Eating Architecture edited by Jamie Horwitz and Paulette Singley
Floor Plan Manual edited by Friederike Schneider
Futurist Cookbook, The by Marinetti
Housing + Single Family Housing by Manuel Gausa
Lois Orswell, David Smith, and Modern Art by Marjorie B. Cohn
Pamphlet Architecture by Mark Janson