Vic Chesnutt

UPDATE  1/10/10:

My friend Neal shared this quote from Vic Chesnutt:

“Other people write about the bling and the booty. I write about the pus and the gnats. To me, that’s beautiful.” — Vic Chesnutt

Vic Chesnutt died on December 25th, 2009. He was (and still is)one of my favorite musicians.

Vic Chesnutt, 1964-2009

He was one of the few people I would still see in concert – but he didn’t come to Seattle often. I saw him three times, once each at Bumbershoot, The Showbox and The Tractor. Sadly, Rebecca and I were out of town when he was here in November.  I’ve been thinking a lot about Vic and why I connected with his music so intensely. It didn’t hurt that we had grown up not many miles apart in Middle Georgia. His accent felt so familiar. But I think it was his songwriting which veered between poetic goofiness, scathing observations, and self deprecating humor. He could be grumpy, funny, sad, sentimental and odd. The words he used, and the way he sang them always made me smile. We’ll miss you Vic.

Here is Vic singing Cobbham Blues via creepyaskudzu:

For more info go here and here.

Goodbye Telephone Room

It was fun while it lasted.

I took my show Is You Is? down this Sunday. I got to hang out a bit with Heide Fernandez-Llamazares and Ellen Ito, two of the three that make the Telephone Room run (Marty Gengenbach being the third).  We talked about yurts, snowboarding and football. And other things. Before and after pictures below.

Before:

Is You Is? installation shot
Is You Is? through the door

After:

Sorry Telephone Room! I took part of the ceiling when I removed my drawing.

Thanks Telephone Room!

Their next show is For the Birds by Elise Richman January 8 – 31, 2010.

Check it out.

Marc Dombrosky at Platform

I’m excited to see Marc’s show Neverland at Platform Gallery tomorrow at First Thursday.

FOR SALE 2009, Embroidery on found cardboard box. 12 x 13 x 19.5 inches

He’s back from Las Vegas where he and Shannon Eakins are living while she gets her MFA. We miss ’em and look forward to catching up tomorrow night.

There are many other good shows including Yuki Nakamura and Gretchen Bennett at Howard House. For more complete coverage hit Best Of, Another Bouncing Ball and Jen Graves.

Congrats Marc! I’ll see you  there.