Mount Umunhum, in the Sierra Azul mountain range of the Santa Cruz Mountains
Thank you for your interest in my writings and happenings and for visiting my site from time to time. I should have updated my home page a long time ago and let you know that I am making great progress and strides in my art and so, have reverted to writing only on my new artist’s Website. There will be a type of blog there when I begin posting about my Jamaican seaside garden in September/October.
All the best,
Feature artist, Alejandro Duran, site specific artwork made from plastic garbage.
When next you replace your toothbrush, think about this image (photo by the artist):
My next door neighbor is about 85 years old. She loves the piece above, called Duppy. I explained that it is based on my childhood imagining of what a duppy would look like. “What’s a duppy?” My best explanation is that it is akin to what Americans would call the boogie man or a very scary ghost. Her response to that? “We were afraid of Indians.”
Here is “Discus Thrower,” the first lino carving to come out of my new studio. And, the seeds for these plants were sown sometime around mid-April. Today, June 30th, and just look at them! Some will undoubtedly show up in my art.
A lot of thought goes into setting up your studio. So far, I’ve laid down a floor cloth (hand painting/stenciling with chalk paint in progress) to catch paint messes, set up my standing easel, and figured out the best place for my table (where I’ll be drawing and making hand-made prints). Outside my windows is a lovely view of a farm with many cows out to pasture, the Tassajara Hills and directly behind them, Mount Diablo.
Distress #1 and Distress #2: the yellow version is done in watercolor and ink and the other is a carborundum print. They are my first works for 2018. Happy New Year!
What does it mean when a corporation owns an artist’s legacy? One artist’s multiyear project, “The Proposal,” examines this question about the legacy of the Pritzker Prize–winning Mexican architect Luis Barragán.
To learn more, watch artist Jill Magid as she talks about her ongoing project, “The Proposal” in this 12-minute video.