Month: September, 2008

“If money isn’t loosened up, this sucker could go down”

I’m having a difficult time fully understanding what is going on with the economy and political structure of the good ol’ US right now.

It’s not that I don’t understand the policies, the potential bipartisan agreements, the grand schemes.

But I don’t get it.

Allow me to explain: with less than four months to inauguration, the congressional negotiations for a 700-billion bail-out for financial institutions to continue providing credit and support in an insubstantial effort in saving our economy have provided the republicans with a unique self-depricating opportunity.

What’ll they do next?

what a weekend. Tea Leaf Green, a horse in my yard, and other adventures.

Tea Leaf Green performed at the Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club on Friday, 9-19-08.

And D.P recorded audio!

Tea Leaf Green is: Trevor Garrod – Keyboards, Vocals, Scott Rager – Drums, Percussion, Reed Mathis – Bass, vocals, and Josh Clark – Guitar, Vocals.

My first time seeing them live (I think I grazed them at a few festivals but never with commitment), even though I have had a few live recordings in my cd case for years. Thanks to a ticket from skippy I went when I probably otherwise wouldn’t have, and had a bl-ast.

The openers were Moonalice, with G.E. Smith (from SNL, toured with Bob Dylan, among other accomplishments) on Bass, Barry Sless on pedal steel (AMAZING) , Ann McNamee on vox, Roger McNamee on guitar and vox, Jimmy Sanchez on percussion, and Pete Sears on keys and vox.

The show as a whole was awesome, although it reiterated in my mind why I do not enjoy going to the Orange Peel. Near the beginning of TLG’s 1st set, I was told to stop taking pictures because my camera was “too professional.”
Now, not only does TLG’s website prominently state that photography is welcome at every show (with no flash of course), but I received my ticket from skippy, who assured me that the boys would appreciate my photos. However, when I tried to explain this to the fiery redhead on a power trip, who kept repeating “we work for the bands, we’re just looking out for them..” and smiling a condescending smile, she refused to listen until I tracked down the manager, then tour manager, to get wristband approval to shoot. After which I felt like flicking her off but had more respect than that.

Other than the negative bitchiness of the OP staff member, I really enjoyed myself, the crowd was perfect, not too big, so there was plenty of dance space, but still large enough to feel some energy pulsing through the crowd.

After the show, we all went down to Ed Boudreaux’s for some shots and frivolity, before heading back to Heather’s. I had walked to the show, so Trevor accompanied me back to my house to grab the car and Miss Ginger and some other supplies, and as we walked into my side yard what did we see? A man camping in my yard with a horse. I didn’t quite believe it until Trevor asked me if this was a normal thing for me to have hanging out in my yard.. and I replied, “well, no, but it is Asheville.”

I took this at about 2:30 Friday Night/Sat. AM, then after sleeping, and waking again, finally had my wits about me to have a conversation with this person.

horse in front of the house

Sunday evening, I watched the sunset from Montford Park,

on my way to My Existential Guide’s house, bumped into some long-lost-hippie-friends,

who gave me incense and blessings. I then ate some delicious soups at the house, had a brief dream conversation, and then off to the thirsty monk.

Needless to say, I had an interesting weekend.


I got the residency!

I just got off the phone and found out that I will be the new resident artist at the Grove Arcade Arts and Heritage Gallery!

I will be working 20+ hours a week and doing demonstrations in the following media:

  • acrylic transfers
  • paste paper
  • collage/assemblage techniques
  • pourable resin and preservation for art purposes
  • found object cultivation
  • trash-to-art
  • pocket art pieces

on the following surfaces:

  • collected found windows
  • recycled scrap wood
  • hand-built panels
  • small random items for pocket art
  • glass blocks
  • anything else I can get my hands on

come see me Saturdays and Sundays (and other days when I get my schedule figured out) at the Grove Arts and Heritage Gallery, beginning OCTOBER 1st!

(and the art walk Oct. 3rd)

Quote of the Day: “I’m so mad, I’m going to write a blog about it.”

First order of business: follow-up interview for residency is tomorrow at 2pm. Think of me!
Second: Sarah Palin is completely insane, hypocritical, and risks ruining our world. (I mean, the lady hates polar bears. come on.)
Third: stock – market – crash ?

I am thankful for smart and aware people bringing potential positive-changers into this world.



drexell jacob


Site Updates and New Work!

I spent the weekend re-arranging again, but I also spent a good 12-15 hours working on my “To and Fro” panels, which is very exciting considering I haven’t worked on them since before I moved in July.

"to and fro" panels
“time to get up”

"to and fro" panels
“going up”

"to and fro" panels
“black chick”

In case you’re just joining us, I am working on a series of panels (originally intended to be eleven of them, but I’m just going to keep plugging away for as long as I can, a minimum of eleven) based on a children’s book I found on the quarter shelf outside the old Reader’s Corner on Montford.

It’s a child’s learn-to-read “reader” style text, with somewhat of a continuous story-line, from Mississippi, copyright 1939. It is not gramatically correct, and it’s completely outdated, regarding gender and race representations, colloqualisms, and general syntax.

Basically, it’s a tongue and cheek mixed media series waiting to happen.

Each Panel illustrates one story in the book, the title of the piece is the title of the chapter. Verbatim. None of the presented passages have been edited at all, nor has the iconography from the book. Each chapter, rather, has been photographed , printed, and transferred using numerous methods, and only altered by old fashioned cut ‘n’ paste.

Tomorrow I interview for a possible residency at the Grove Arcade Arts and Heritage Gallery. Wish me Luck!

UPDATES to locations, current projects, and portfolio! whoo!

Master Cleanse Over, Happy Friday, and why are there never enough hours in a day?

So It was supposed to be 10 days. I lasted four and a half. Why?

  1. I really love food. Deprivation for health purposes is wonderful, and I will attampt the Master Cleanse again, but preferably when I am not enrolled in my produce CSA (my share is five months, ending in October, I think) and have two eggplants, three peaches, two pints of blueberries, a few handfulls of shitake mushrooms, four apples, a bunch of purple basil, and a mr. stripey heirloom tomato all staring me in the face. Would be wasted if it were not for moi.
  2. I requested the night off from my night kitchen job Thursday but had to go anyway. It was even worse than Tuesday. It was terrible, and the shift was punctuated by being yelled at over the telephone by one of my crazy relatives for no real reason, which made me cry, considering the fragile, no food situation I was in, which in turn, caused kitchen embarrassment, and a poor ending to my night, after forgetting to clean out the dessert cooler. Two phone calls did not make me feel better, nor did a walk with Miss Ginger.
  3. The Jewish Festival (Hard Lox!) is tomorrow in downtown Asheville, and man do I love Jewish food.
  4. Sunday is brunch day with Heather. Ahem, Sunny Point What?
  5. I decided a cleanse is only fully appreciated when in an environment which will foster it’s purpose. Working 70 hours this week and not having much time to myself has made the introspective part of it null. I’d like to attempt again when I have a little more me time. So I lasted four and a half. not bad.

So tonight, after work and errands and many things, I cooked myself a dinner of eggplant & shitake mushrooms, sauteed with purple basil, hummus and whole grain chips, and a BEAUTIFUL Strip Steak and Bison Steak (shared between two).  Two glasses of wine.

Very Happy. and cleansed.

local free-range chicken, braising greens, spaghetti, turnips, onions, red peppers, and a splash of marinara
(meal made from my produce share in early may)