FACEPOTS BY DAN MCCARTHY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dan McCarthy works quickly by rinsing and blotting thin layers of washed out pastel tones, allowing the paint to drip down the canvas. It’s a process based largely on intuition and working within the moment. He is stripping it all down to the essential basics, trying to let the sunshine in.

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He recently started to work on ceramic sculptures that he calls Facepots. Wanting to express emotion, attitude and humour in his work, he chose faces as an obvious starting point. As Dan Mccarthy once remarked: “I’d like to include in my work something of the living spirit, something positive that can be taken away and built upon by a viewer. Certainly more a feeling than an attitude or ideology”.

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The intuitive process in McCarthy’s ceramics is evident within the finished work. Wrestling with massive slabs of wet earthen clay, his rapid technique and composition becomes the work’s subject. Both painted and glazed with gold leaf and low fire lustre, the large facepots radiate a dynamic range of material possibilities, physical existence and emotional depth.

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HUMAN SPIRIT BY BU NATION

by Ariadna Zierold

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Bu Nation is Vietnamese American and was born and raised in San Jose, California. She always represents her love of the human spirit, multi cultures, identities and old and new traditions. She explores her love of connections that occur through assimilations and mostly her interest in the diversely shared emotional language of women and children in their lives.

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Bu graduated from California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2008 with a BFA in Illustration. She has been in a group show at MACLAARTE, worked in collaboration with Samuel Rodriguez and Abel Gonzalez on the SOFA Mural Project in downtown San Jose.

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Is Facebook making us Miserable?

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Another ultrasound pic on Facebook?! In an article from Slate.com, Libby Copeland writes “There are countless ways to make yourself feel lousy. Here’s one more, according to research out of Stanford: Assume you’re alone in your unhappiness.” As fun as it is to show off your amazing life on Facebook we have to stay reasonable here and remember, just because it looks fun on Facebook doesn’t mean it is in real life. That’s all, read the article, it’s great.

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Travel Ideas 2011: The Airstream

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It’s the happy medium between camping and a hotel, plus you are allowed into trailer parks. Think of the photographic opportunities. You can go ready made style and luxury in the Eddie Bauer Airstream or do it yourself with a fixer up like the ones below:

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