Pomfretite


Spring 10 Classes
March 7, 2010, 4:15 pm
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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.



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.



Steve Lambert

Steve Lambert gave a lecture as part of the Visual Art Lecture Series at Bennington College. After the above introduction was played he explained that his lecture would follow the format of all lectures by artists:

exercises (the removal of our shoes)
show work (see below)
where he comes from (a monk and a nun)
more work (again, see below)
various tangents (I do not remember these)
q & a (check!)

He spoke about many of his projects. Some of my favorites were:

Add-Art
The New York Times Special Edition
The Department of Fill in the Blank
Co-op Bar (!)
Emma Goldman Institute for Anarchist Studies

 

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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



Fall 09 Classes
September 17, 2009, 1:40 am
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bt-dubbs, these are my classes this term:

Advanced Workshop for Painting and Drawing, Ann Pibal, M 2:10-6pm
Russia: Bolsheviks to Baristas, Eileen Scully, M,Th 6:30-8:20pm
Post Dymaxion House, Blake Goble, T 10:10-12pm, 2:10-4pm
Artist’s Portfolio, Dana Reitz, T 4:10-6pm
Visual Art Lecture Series, Visual Arts Faculty, T 7:30-9pm

I have a nice studio in Swan Garage.



my very sore green thumb

Photo 10

Soundtrack includes The Logical Song by Supertramp.

Every time I plant something I learn why I should not have planted it. Sometimes I do not have the resources or skills to successfully grow it. Other times I have been informed that certain species or garden techniques go against some sort of moral decree. Below I have outlined some of the major problems.

POLITICAL ISSUES

With roses, one must decide between disease or brevity, class or caste.
I have been indoctrinated into believing in invasive species, and, until recently, have never thought to consider opposing views.
I do not support sexism. or racism. or excessive rivalry between siblings.
I don’t want to support plant patenting.
Is it better to keep off the grass or to rethink grass?

PRACTICAL ISSUES

I am unable to grow anything that absolutely needs full sun, because I do not have it.
A borderless garden, for one previously explained reason.
Any plant requiring warm, tropical temperatures.
I do not have the money for many desired perennials.
I am constantly wondering whether the plants that I do feel are worth purchasing are not impostors.
Local farmers’ markets are now convenient. The nearest is a five minute drive after work and opens when I am released.

PERSONAL ISSUES

The weather never cooporates and my leafy greens have difficulty germinating. Those that germinate bolt.
The west plot of the garden has been left undisturbed in order to protect a hemlock in the final years of its demise.
Houseplants can not be expected to survive in my parents’ care.
I have become entirely too familiar with certain species.
The Bennington curriculum!

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Deer

zoological phenomena

Ten years ago it was not necessary for our family to protect any of our plants. Now, however, no plant is safe. The hosta on the east side of the house has not survived a single season in five years, the holly gets a yearly pruning in winter, and the vegetable garden now requires a six-foot fortress. Perhaps our property has been established as a (Good Grazing Ground (GGG) by the Association of Hungry Deer (AHD).

The article above was published in the New York Times in September of 1905. The previous day an article was published on the impact of deer on Pomfret’s farms.

Vegan gardening. in order to make this Frittata? or possibly to grow lesser-known fruits?

The New York Times has an article on students and recent graduates who are performing internships at farms. The article did not mention any of the Bennington students who have interned at farms (Bennington once had its own farm), but the article did mention that the interns came armed with a Bennington graduate’s book.

Cheever living in CT.