GALLEON TRADE: SHIP LAUNCH!

From this week’s Bay Guardian:

Truly eclectic and electric art movements spring from individuals, not institutions. “Galleon Trade” might be such a movement, a literal one, linking artists from California, Mexico, and the Philippines into a community. A small-scale (for now) retracing of paths once destructively journeyed by Spanish galleons, this project, instigated by Jenifer K Wofford (who recently contributed an impressive wall’s worth of works to the UC Berkeley MFA show at the Berkeley Art Museum), is so playfully and imaginatively creative that it’s critical. To raise travel and project funds, Wofford’s putting on a silent auction that includes some great contributions by “Galleon Trade” contributors and other Bay Area artists. The site – the storefront of the old Oakland Tribune building – is just as awesome. (Huston)

6-10 p.m. (auction ends at 9 p.m.), $10

Tribune Press Bldg.

410 12th St., Oakl.

I have several pieces in the auction (the auction is also online! VIEW HERE!):

Untitled #4
Dimensions: 26″ x 34″
gouache, pen, quilling (paper craft)

retail value: $2,600
minimum bid: $500

Untitled #2
Dimensions: 26″ x 34″
Media: gouache, pen, quilling (paper craft), suede frame

retail value: $2,600
minimum bid: $500

For You
8 ” x 11″
tracing paper, pencil

retail value: $500
minimum bid: $50

WELCOME TO OUR PAST …



During my trip home to Montana in April, dad, uncle Sande, and I took a trip down to Idaho Falls to visit dad and Sande’s second cousin Lois. It was a great visit and time to hear more about our family history.


Sande, Lois (with her new puppy, Mikey), and dad


The Metzner family (my great great grandfather Jakob is in the center with the beard, his wife Maria is seated on his left and my great grandmother Anna is standing behind Jakob to the right) was part of the early Mormon movement in Europe and moved from Switzerland to Idaho Falls in the late 1800′s.


The family first lived in this home that had been arranged for them by the Morman community in Idaho Falls.


Subsequently, Jakob and his son Jake built this home for the family.


The house and barn are still here today (the house has been added onto).


My great grandmother Anna Metzner


Anna married my great grandfather John Arthur (Jack) Wilson in the early 1900′s.


Bill and Jack Wilson

My great grandfather Jack and his brother Bill were bootleggers in Idaho Falls from 1915 – 1926. According to Lois, they would drive up to Canada to purchase the goods and bring it back to sell, mostly to the town’s elite businessmen. They also made moonshine in the basement of my great grandfather’s and great grandmother’s home. A trap door to the basement was located underneath the kitchen sink and everytime someone would come to the door there would be a mad dash to close and cover up the trap.


From the Idaho Falls Register Post, December 23, 1918

Always on the run from the law, Lois recalled one story in which Jack was driving back from Canada with a car full of liquor. He always kept a shotgun wrapped up in a blanket in the back window and during this run the authorities were on his tail shooting at the car. According to Jack, one shot came through the back window and the bullet hit his concealed gun.

However, the law finally caught up with them in 1926 when the deputy sherrif showed up at Jack’s home to arrest them. Jack had caught wind of this plan beforehand and packed up the family to head out of town. Bill, however, stayed behind and when the deputy arrived Bill shot and killed him on the front lawn. Amazingly, Bill only received a 2-year sentence in the state penitentary for the crime.


This is the house that Jack and Bill built and where the deputy sherrif was shot


Bill is on the far left, William Clinton is in the middle, Jack is on the far right, and Barlow is to the left of William Clinton

The family’s legitimate business was the Star Theater that Jack and Bill owned with their father, my great, great grandfather, William Clinton Wilson, and their brother Barlow.


Jack Wilson (far left)


In the Idaho Falls Register Post (not sure what date)

The Star apparently went through a number of renovations, probably done by Jack and Bill since the two also designed and built homes and were plasterers by trade.


In the forties, Jack and Bill worked as plasterers in Coalinga, California


Jack is standing on the far right above the Plasterers sign and Bill is next to him


Jack on far right, Bill in the center

My great grandfather was also a banjo player. My father believes that Jack and Anna met at a dance that Jack’s band was playing at. This photograph was taken in the teens of Jack and the band he played with.


Jack Wilson, suitcase and banjo in hand


Jack Wilson sitting on his trailor.


Lois, Phil, and Jack

Jack made a number of recordings with Lois, who played fiddle and mandolin, and her father Phil, who played guitar. My father had these digitally transfered and I’ll put them on the site soon.


Lois playing mandolin during our visit


Jack Wilson


Jack Wilson outside of his “shack” that he lived in by the river in Idaho Falls in the 1950′s


Jack Wilson


My father and great grandfather

More about the family soon.

What’s The Story Morning Glory?

Morning Glory that IS the story … or part of it.

MIA again due to many activities — High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, working on my upcoming installation and drawings for Wall Works 3 at Traywick Contemporary, working on my project with Marina Perez-Wong Produced by Marina Perez-Wong for Megan Wilson for Galleon Trade in Manila, Philippines, and the installation of my current exhibition at Tinlark Gallery in LA:

Morning Glory
Tinlark Gallery
May 26 – June 30 2007
6671 Sunset Boulevard, #1512
Hollywood, CA

What a wonderful space! Installing the show was exhausting, but Cris (Tinlark owner), Jessica (Associate Director), and a great crew of assistants (Carolyn and Phillipa, Carly, Rachel, Leslie, and Matt) helped to make the experience very enjoyable and seamless — thank you!!!


Jessica and Cris — these women rock!!


Miss Carolyn, day 2


In progress, day 3


My wonderful friends Jim and Ly stopped by while they were in LA for a wedding.


Philipa and Carly on the sequins and pins


Cris’s awesome cousin Matt, the guerilla rug installer


Day 5


Fini!!!

A couple of weeks before this, Carolyn (CastaƱo) and I participated at the High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree. Carolyn is on of the artists who customized a Wagon Station for Andrea Zittel. The event was a blast. Highlights included sleeping under the stars in the Wagon Station with the lid up; watching Piotr Uklanski’s Summer Love outside at sundown against the old Western set in Pioneertown (the film is the first Polish Western and it was stunning!); and several long hikes through the desert.


Miss Carolyn fluffing the pillows of her Wagon Station.


Carolyn’s Meditation Chamber Wagon Station — a total oasis!


We went for a drive to see Jack Pierson’s Welcome to Wonder Valley! project and came across what looked to be an antique Wagon Station.


Jack Pierson’s Palms mirage


The real deal


Inside The Palms — reminds me of the Butte Tavern


The gals in The Palms (me, Carolyn, and Stacey)


On the road again


great vehicle


Winding down in the evening


Taking a hike

So now I’m working on designs and drawings for the show at Traywick Contemporary and on my project with Marina Perez-Wong Produced by Marina Perez-Wong for Megan Wilson. I’ll post more about this project soon.