In November 2009, I started the Factor XX blog. It was conceived in part of chronicling my experience with organizing, curating, and participating in an exhibit at the Art Museum of Los Gatos. 4 ½ years later, today I reached the milestone of writing my 300th post. It’s hard to believe how much life has changed in such a short time.
My writings have generated threats from art scammers to remove posts exposing their “real” intentions to sparking political debate. I’ve shared exhibits at museums, philanthropic activities, my first mammogram, and turning forty. Travels from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles have been part of the journey. Oh the highs and lows of being an artist!
Grieving the loss of my beloved studio mate and biggest golden retriever on the planet Trout was a popular post. Even today reading it again makes me tear up. It’s amazing how one creature and soul made such an impact in a life. It reminds me that each one of us has that potential. Here’s the link: https://factorxx.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/goodnight-good-friend/
One entry described a visit to the Oakland Art Museum to artist Hung Liu’s Summoning Ghosts retrospective of amazing paintings. After a failed attempt to view the exhibit, I thought it would be just another day at the museum. That was wrong! Leaving to go home, the artist herself was standing in the shadows texting. Visitors were walking by critiquing the artist’s work without the knowledge of her presence. It was quite interesting. Here’s the link: https://factorxx.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/summoning-ghosts/
Can’t forget the pictures of my dog’s poop for a scam exhibition opportunity! Of course the venue accepted them and wanted to display them for my money. Every time seeing the photos, it makes me smile. Some venues have no standards at all. Spoiler alert: don’t trust everything to be art because it’s hanging on a wall for sale. Here’s the link: https://factorxx.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/hot-mess-exihibtion-that-will-make-you-famous-part-3/
Can’t predict the future but do know that the posts will continue until mentally or physically unable to do so. Here’s hoping to many more years of celebrations, aggravations, investigations, and ___________ (fill in the blank). That is the goal!