Tue, 26 May 2015
Abstract painter of melting flowers
Jeanne Dentzel currently has her show "Flowers: Seen & Unseen" up at the Santa Barbara Tennis Club. In it she explores the classic still life subject through an abstract painter's eye, trying not to capture reality but to subvert the niceties of flowers and vases. To me, these paintings ride a fine line between ecstasy and nausea.
I sat down for a chat with the Santa Barbara artist to talk about her method, New York art school, and her previous life working at a set designer on many of John Hughes' seminal '80s films: Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and more.
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You can find Jeanne Dentzel at her website.
Her show "Flowers: Seen & Unseen" is up at the Santa Barbara Tennis Club until June 5. Website here.
Here's the Pretty in Pink record store set:
Tue, 19 May 2015
Since coming to Santa Barbara by way of Iowa/Portland/Burning Man, Nathan Vonk has advocated for the arts, either in his work at Sullivan Goss gallery, on various arts boards, or by publishing his go-to page on the state of SB, the Santa Barbara Arts Blog.
I've known Nathan and his wife Erin for years, but this is the first time I really sat down and chatted with him. I hope you enjoy!
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Tue, 12 May 2015
Author of The Mad Crush, about the 1995 zinfandel harvest
In 1995 a college student named Sean Christopher Weir joined the harvest at Saucelito Canyon Vineyards and worked on that year's zinfandel. Bill Greenough, the owner and vintner was an interesting yet reticent man, one who had rediscovered the vineyard after it lay hidden and fallow for decades.
In a Proustian flashback after trying that 1995 vintage nearly 20 years later, Weir turned his memories in a new book, The Mad Crush, all about that magical year and Sean and Bill's relationship. For anyone interested in how wine is made and the resolve it takes to slave away at it day after day, year after year, this is the book.
Chris (as he usually goes by) sat down with the podcast at the Wayfarer Hotel in the Funk Zone for this chat.
Tue, 5 May 2015
Hey folks! They let me back in to record another live podcast at MichaelKate Interiors for "Deep Disguise," a second show of abstract art curated by Jess Hynds. Below is a quick bio of each artist on the podcast and links to their work. The show is up at MichaelKate Interiors, 132 Santa Barbara St. through June 21, 2015.
"Clara Berta is a passionate, award-winning mixed media artist, originally from Hungary. Inspired by her love of nature and the beauty she sees all around, her highly textural abstract works often evoke the deep blues of the ocean she loves, or the golden glow of a Tuscan sunset from her trips to Italy."--from Clara's website.
Shelby Lynn Joyce was born and raised in Norfolk Virginia, relocated to Santa Barbara in July of 2014 after performing and training in dance on the East coast from the age of three.
"I gravitate towards the multi-dimensional colors of the ocean in my works and paint solely with my hands. The connection between me and the canvas is much deeper this way rather than having an extension of my expression through a paintbrush."--from Amber's website
"Kimberly Hahn was raised in California and Texas, and now resides in Santa Barbara, California. She studied at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London, England and the University of Texas, Austin, Texas where she received a BFA."--from Kimberly's website