The Exquisite Corpse

The Exquisite Corpse is a game invented by the Surrealists which allowed multiple people to contribute to the spontaneous creation of a work of art. One person would begin a drawing, fold and conceal what they made, and pass it along to the next person who would add to the piece. Finally, after everyone had contributed, a new piece of artwork is made. It’s amazing to me how we try to find and how meaning can surface from these random drawings.

Here are some corpses:


And even more…

Anna’s Signature Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

This recipe originally ran in Cooking Light Magazine more than a decade ago. I’ve been making it ever since. I no longer refer to the recipe at all, and I continually change it and add too it as I get new ideas over the years.

1 packaged penne pasta
1 quarter cup (or less) sun dried tomatoes, not oil packed
1 cup boiling water
sliced green onions
broccoli, spinach, kale or other green veggie of choice or mushrooms.
About 1/2 cup goat cheese

Prepare penne according to directions. Submerge sundried tomatoes in hot water and allow to soak while preparing everything. Once the pasta is done, drain and set aside. Add green onions and veggies to pot and cook til crisp. Add in tomatoes (including liquid) and goat cheese. Stir all together. The creamy cheese and tomato liquid will form a smooth sauce. Add salt, pepper and dried or fresh oregano and serve. This is one of my stand by weeknight meals because it is so quick.

Lynette Pyper Thorn’s Mesilla Valley Corn Chowder

I am obsessed with New Mexico cuisine. I make this corn chowder almost every week. I’ve added fresh corn, chipolte peppers and extra potatoes to my version. I also added extra green chiles and I  top it with cheddar on serving.

Mesilla Valley Corn Chowder

2 stalks celery, chopped
1 large potato, peeled and cubed
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup of water
16 oz. can cream style corn
4 oz. green chile, chopped
2 cups milk (unsweetened rice milk works)
2 T. butter (canola oil)
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, beaten
green onions, chopped

Put celery, potato, onion, and water in a pot and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Add corn, chile, milk, butter, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Stir some of the chowder into beaten egg and return all of it to the pot, blending well.

Simmer about 1 minute.

Serve and enjoy.

Makes about 4-6 servings.

One Sweet Dream…

A few days ago I did a quick drawing after a walk up the canyon near my home. On my walk I came across a herd of deer maybe ten or twenty yards up above me, grazing near and running through the scrub oak. They’d occasionally stop to stare, then skitter off. Stop, skitter. Seeing deer up there isn’t uncommon at all. It actually happens a lot more often than I like, considering how freaked out my dogs get, but that night those deer looked particularly beautiful.

Anyway, after I finished my drawing I thought that was it and I’d move on. But that wasn’t it, and I started to add color in Adobe Illustrator. As I worked I began thinking of medieval artwork, particularly old tapestries. I began thinking of old cartoon movie cells and even old school greeting cards. Ha! I wanted the artwork, particularly the background, to have a certain retro look with these vector floral patterns and brushes that might even push the cheese line without sacrificing any of the power and beauty living in the animal. I am very happy with how the piece came together. In addition to being something I like to look at, this deer has given me inspiration for other new work that I can’t wait to get started on.

(Check it out, although I haven’t become a tweeter quite yet, I just joined Twitter! Better late than never…)

Letters Home

The Michael Rosenthal Gallery in the Mission District of San Francisco is one of my favorites. It is the gallery where we stumbled on the work of Veronica DeJesus and became fast friends with her. Their current exhibit is one I would very much like to see, called Letters Home by Amber Jean Young. Since I’m not able to get to San Fran right now to review the show, I’ll share the email the gallery sent me describing it:

Letters Home
A solo show of new work by Amber Jean YoungOpening reception for the Artist:
Saturday June 9, 2012
6 PM to 9 PM
Extending our program’s long-standing commitment to emerging experimental practices by young artists, Michael Rosenthal Gallery is pleased to present ” Letters Home ” an exhibition of new work by San Francisco based artist Amber Jean Young. This marks the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery.Negotiating the tension between craft and fine art, the work explores and transforms the conceptual and formal strategies associated with the made object. The artist uses materials and techniques ranging from fabric constructions, crochet messages, sculpture, drawing, painting and photography to explore interpersonal, familial relationships, and personal history. Amber’s work addresses the issues coping mechanisms and complicated emotions such as disappointment and failure that are derived from her experience.Born and raised in the Santa Cruz foothills, Amber is the daughter of Neil and Peggy Young. Her families close relationship, and mentoring has inspired and informed her work. Amber’s  father often shared stories of his career and adventures. Amber absorbed, learned and is subsequently enlightened by her family’s creativity. Growing up surrounded by talent and creativity has pointed Amber toward  a center of integrity and compassion that is intimate and compelling.

Doze Green

I can’t remember when I first heard of Doze Green. I think I may have been introduced through some footage of a live painting he made in front of an audience, kind of a performance piece or something. I liked that idea, and I have liked his artwork ever since. I came across his new work recently, and I am really enjoying the direction he has been going. How could I not? His work is pretty damn sweet! | Doze-Green | Doze green

People’s Market Opening Day

On Sunday, June 10 the People’s Market will open the westside farmer’s market for the first time this season. The Fourteenth Ward of the Rubber Room will also be there to welcome you with several new numbers and costume elements.

The Fourteenth Ward is my Tribal Fusion belly dance company and includes members Jessica Payne and Rachel Hayes. Don’t miss our first show of the summer! We will dance at 10:30 and noon, and each set will be different.

International Peace Gardens
1000 S 900 W, Salt Lake City