Friday, May 7, 2010

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

One thing I learned about taking a road trip is to always pack snacks. One of my favorite things to include is a couple of hard boiled eggs. They are a great source of protein and take the edge off those hunger pangs that tend to happen while on the road. The temptation to stop at some greasy diner or worse yet, McDonald's, can make even the most healthiest of eaters give in. Especially when the highway or roads you are taking only have those little service stations that give you the choice between greasy pizza, that has been standing under heat lamps all morning, and "all-american" beef patty from a feedlot.
So here's my way to boil an egg perfectly, every time.

Put your eggs in a saucepan with water to cover about a 1/2" over the eggs.
Bring the saucepan to a boil. As soon as the water starts to boil turn off burners and cover.
Let the eggs sit in the covered saucepan for 12 minutes. Then drain and remove. Voila...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Saturday January 16th: (UNIVERSAL) Art is No Object

2010 is here. Its unbelievable how fast time flies! 2009 was an amazing year, filled with good friends, good food, loving family and lots of travel! So far 2010 is proving to be even more adventurous and challenging.
I will be heading to NYC for a couple weeks, mainly because Michael has an exhibit there, which is the topic of today's entry....

Michael and his friend Sebastian (Tan) went to school together in Chile. Tan set up an exhibition in Long Island City and thoughtfully asked Michael to join forces with him in a joint exhibit. Tan is here working with Michael in the studio and staying with us. It is really fun to watch the two work in the studio, in fact all three of us are working in the studio! I am working on some mono-prints- which will be discussed at a later post....

I wanted to post the press release for the show here:

Sebastian Vargas & Michael Zelehoski
(UNIVERSAL) Art is No Object

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 16th, 6-9pm

Sebastian Vargas and Michael Zelehoski studied under the late Chilean sculptor Felix Maruenda and collaborated extensively during Zelehoski’s time in South America, ultimately helping to finish Maruenda’s Monumento al Trabajador Voluntario, which Maruenda died before completing. At the time, the two worked three dimensionally and were both heavily influenced by their mentor. Five years later, having worked independently, on separate continents, both have sought to incorporate the formal, spatial and phenomenological concerns of sculpture into two-dimensional works of art. However, their respective approaches could not be more varied nor the end results more distinct.

Sebastian Vargas explores volume, perspective and spatial dimension in the context of brightly colored, stylized landscapes. These landscapes are dominated by dynamic forms that bend and arch like architectonic bubble gum. Reminiscent of Chillida and Le Corbusier, Vargas’ forms sprawl fiercely across the picture plane unencumbered by the material constraints of the actual, physical world. In this sense, Michael Zelehoski takes a near opposite approach. Instead of creating a representation, Zelehoski appropriates actual objects and structures, collapsing them into two-dimensional planes in an effort to blur the distinction between art and the quotidian objects that surround us in our daily lives. In this way, Zelehoski explores the duality between three-dimensional reality and two-dimensional pictorial space and seeks to push the continuum of representational art to a logical extreme.

If reconciling two and three-dimensionality is a daunting task, so has been the reconciliation of the two artist’s diverse approaches to the problem. The differences in Vargas and Zelehoski’s works are striking, more so when one considers their common background and shared formal concerns. The contrasts in their work testify to the broad and subjective nature of questions of representation and reality and suggest that these explorations are as relevant today as they were at the height of modernism.

Local Projects is located at 45-10 Davis Street in Long Island City. Local Projects is a non-profit organization and is a forum for artists from any background, medium, and experience.

Saturday, December 5, 2009


It’s already December. I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by, and how quickly my blog is left behind!

This Thanksgiving we went to Michael’s Aunt Susan’s in Geyersville…

Dinner was amazing: two turkeys, stuffing made with homemade french bread and sausage, more desserts than I can mention, and of course the loving company of our family.

On the way we stopped at friends of ours- Joe and Wendy-

Joe is a sculptor and we’ve been trying to get up to visit him and see his work and his studio, which happens to be his home.

This beautiful piece of sunny property in Cloverdale happens to be an old schoolhouse and about 15 years ago Joe bought it for a song. They have worked to reveal and preserve what time, weather, and nature has done to this place over the years. Like this example- the woodpeckers have taken a toll on the outer side of the school, only to leave this remarkably beautiful way to bring in the sunshine.

the back yard...filled with art, and below is one of Joe's favorite sculptures

here's Wendy's garden...
Michael, Amie, Wendy, Joe & me
and the oak tree