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Happy New Year, Friends and Family!

The year 2012

It has been an amazing year filled with productivity, energy, and promise. This time last year, I was hoping and wishing for my writing to take me a few places. I had no idea I would be a contributing writer to some really wonderful organizations (i.e., ZERO1, Asterisk, and Hyphen – to name a few). I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting some phenomenal artists, gallerists, curators, bloggers, and writers. I even took part in The People SF!! Making connections and finishing up some major personal writing projects has been both challenging and engaging. Working with some of the best editors in the world that help make my voice stand out and be heard is the reason 2011 has been a fantastic year.

Friends and Family, most importantly, your confidence, support, and guidance in all of my endeavors has been immense. Even to folks who are friends from afar, I thank you. Trying to live out my passion as an art writer (on top of a 9-5 job) is taxing but it’s your kindness and encouragement (comments and feedback) that I’m able to improve and continue. You will definitely see some changes in 2012 and an even more motivated and driven Dorothy. Promise.

Again, cheers to you, your family, your success, and everything you hope and wish for in 2012. May it all happen and if things don’t pan out exactly the way you envisioned, please remember that you are exactly where you need to be. 🙂

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Call for Bloggers on Art of Hustle [.com]

Call for Bloggers!! Click the image above!! ~ Image Source: Art of Hustle Website

If you’re a writer and blogger, you know the challenges involved with coming up with new content while staying motivated and keeping yourself apprised of what is going on out there. The emergence of bloggers all over the world, many perceive blogging by many as “…Not writing but graffiti with punctuation“. However, the truly serious stick with it, learn from their mistakes, open to constructive criticism, and reap the benefits of their hard work. It’s been a truly productive, energetic, and inspiring year (to say the least). Yet, in looking forward to 2012, I’m also trying to find opportunities to tighten my writing practice, find some new readership that will not only read but engage with me, and continue writing about my passion – art (specifically, discovering and writing about emerging new media artists).

That said, do you have a success story or tips you would like to share with writers and bloggers out there in the blogosphere? Consider submitting a blog pitch to the founder, Anthem Salgado, of phenomenal resource Art of Hustle and get your writing seen and read. 🙂


Favorites Round-up for 2011

It’s been an incredible year. I’ve learned a lot about art writing, criticism, curatorial practice, art practices, new media arts, and reminded that art exists just about everywhere you look (both good and bad art). I wanted to post some of my favorites from 2011.

JanuaryCorpo Ilicito show at SOMArts Cultural Center

February – Reflections on Ken Lo’s work here and here

MarchTurning Data into Visual Representation

AprilDiscovering Julien Berthier’s work, Love-love

MayZi Won Wang’s, Buddha Z Illusion

JuneUS Show at the Fivepoints Arthouse

JulyNotes In/troducing Englyph by Tim Roseborough

AugustLook Art by Ars Virtua

SeptemberEver After Exhibition at the Chapel of the Chimes

October – My New York trip! From the padlocks on the Brooklyn Bridge to the NY MOMA to our visit to Harlem to see Tim Roseborough’s show, Pan-African, October was a pretty eye opening month!

NovemberThe Matter Within: The New Contemporary Art of India @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

DecemberMeeting Aaron Koblin and John Gage at GAFFTA’s Galvanize Gala!!

Please feel free to share with me. What were some of your favorite things in 2011? 🙂

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Curators of Sweden: The Tweeting Citizens

I'm @Sweden

Besides Jens Lekman (LOVE his music!!), admittedly, I don’t know very much about Sweden. Per the recommendation of a dear friend and talented poet, Liz Mariani, Curators of Sweden may just give me a bit more insight on Swedes. Now, I’m not too sure the US could ever pull off something like this. Then again, the first thing that comes to mind is the selection process for the Tweeter of the Week? You be the judge and take a look.

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Loving the Details

They Love the Details

In 2012, I’m going to try and create my own data visualization. Of what? Not sure…feel free to throw out some suggestions. Need an idea of what data vis looks like? Please click on the image above to learn more about it. Inforgraphics curated by

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Everyone Likes to be a Judge: ART or NOT (Make it a Fun Holiday Game)

Go on, you know you want to pass judgement

If you’re familiar with David Fincher‘s, The Social Network, adapted from The Accidental Millionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal, you may remember the scene where Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg, creates Facemash in one evening. [If you’re not familiar with the movie, click on Facemash to learn more about it.] Although comparing women’s level of attractiveness is rather offensive (to many, not all), people do this everyday (yes, break out your Malcolm Gladwell). People are critical especially when there’s a high level of anonymity to the judgement.

OKFocus created ART or NOT, which is a way for you to rate whether something is art or not. Quite honestly, it was challenging for me to rate anything because much of the art experience depends on context. The environment and space around a work is just as important. Or, is it? With so many works of art across disciplines and mediums, anything is art. Right? Well, here’s your chance to pass judgement. ART or NOT allows you to rate works (or non-works) and see what percentage of the population believed whether it was art or not. You will find, soon enough, that you question what you believe and perceive as art. Quite the mental exercise if you ask me. Make it a family activity, if you want to avoid the awkward obligatory holiday conversation, this will definitely be a good discussion topic. Enjoy!

Lastly, Happy Holidays to you! 🙂