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Forthcoming: Jennie Ottinger

The Best Friend reading one of Ms. Ottinger's Books

At the beginning of the month, I posted a few photos I took at the Oakland Art Murmur. Jennie Ottinger’s show, Due By: Book show by Jennie Ottinger, at the Johansson Projects (JP) Art Gallery was my introduction to her work. Since JP is one of my favorite galleries in the Easy Bay, I usually prolong my visit and make multiple trips back to the space during the Art Murmur. Due By was one of those shows I couldn’t get enough of. I found it rather difficult to leave. As you can see from the photo, patrons were allowed to open the books. Interestingly enough, there were no signs or persons encouraging or discouraging the participation but it just made sense. What do you do when you see a book? You open it. Whether or not it has pretty pictures, that’s the nature of book – to be opened. Then, to illuminate or share a story. Jennie Ottinger, certainly, did just that with her work.

I wanted to take some time to write and let you know that I’ve got something in the works regarding Ms. Ottinger’s work and art practice. Her witty and clever take on literature classics is not only an innovative approach at engagement with the viewer, it is a meshing of many art practices into one that is worth the inquiry and the discovery (if you are new to her work). I’ll explain later…I promise.

First impression: Clever, witty, fantastic and engaging story-teller, well read (literally), prolific, lover of words and language

Lasting impression: Worth the time but wondering where she will go next…I’m hoping to find out!

Books and Paintings make an amazing combination!
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Someone misses me

Over the weekend, I went to Needles and Pens located in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA. It’s one of my favorite spots to get a an art pick-me-up. From doodles to zines, Needles and Pens reminds me that DIY is a wonderful and necessary art movement. It’s, certainly, an important one. There’s a lot of value in other people’s visual musings of this chaotic world. Sometimes, all I really need is something straight forward and inspires me to pick up my journal or sketchbook.

Pebbles by Brooke 10'
Pebbles (Folded) by Brooke 10'

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, Illustrators and Designers have a special place in the art world. Their job is to convey a very specific message. Most, if not all, of the time, it’s someone else’s message! It’s a real treat walking into stores like Needles and Pens because I can see the art that has a sense of humor or acknowledges that I, too, get sad and lonely. At times, ecstatic and overjoyed. Even though the above piece may have not been made with me in mind, it sure felt like it was when I picked it up and unfolded it. Things don’t always have to be philosophical or ridiculously abstract for me to enjoy them (although i do enjoy that stuff too). There are those occasions when I yearn to be comforted. A good drawing will do that for me.

There are people out there that think print is on it’s way out. I went to a vintage paper fair and someone said, verbatim, “Paper will be obsolete”.

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo! I say!

Paper will not be obsolete. Certainly not with people like Brooke or Carissa Potter. The list goes on but I won’t because I’m getting awfully tired.

Bottom line: I (still) love drawing and very happy other people do too.