Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ranger on the Range

We are happy to report that after a six-month review, The Department of Homeland Inspiration has extended Art Ranger’s position through year-end. A stipulation of her contract orders replenishment in the form of Summer Sabbatical. The Ranger must be offline from now through August 15th.

During this time, we could be:

1) Mothering extra hours.

2) Home on the Range having 20th wedding anniversary with boy who fixed her bike tire and enjoyed beer and peanuts at random picnic tables while cycling across America in 1984.

3) On location, “shooting” a tiny history movie with Fanny and Freddie, Humpty Dumpty and Gold Man Sacks.

4) Documenting “I want my life back” BP CEO’s forehead

5) Founding more art or Art or ART

For which it stands

or upsidedowns

Art Ranger’s Job description:

Principles Of Percolation Determination

Question Everything

Settle on something

Don’t let go

Then do

Keep heart sewn into eyeballs

Move about in world

And back on earth

And in your own backyard

Mind and back

With goosebump attention

Notice everything and then

Just make something up

And don’t stop

Draw, cut

Paste, break






And do it again, at least three times

Until (somehow) just right

Or just wrong enough

To actually say something

And say it the way you see it

And see it change

As you say it

! Never Fear Art Ranger is Here !

(she couldn't resist)

May your summer vegetables grow sturdy. May your loves flow amply.

Ranger thanks you heartily for your visits and participation. We hope you will rejoin us after the replenishment!

Friday, June 11, 2010


A moment of silence please. The first post was blank by accident, but hmmmm...

Recently passed in the world of "Art" was sculptor, Louise Bourgeois, who was 98 years old.
Ranger admires the physical constructions, the daring eccentric shamanistic touch that this French born American artist gave us. An exalted pessimism, a bald weirdness.
In her honor, Art Ranger has gleaned for you some passages from:
(Louise Bourgeois: DESTRUCTION OF THE FATHER, RECONSTRUCTION OF THE FATHER,WRITINGS AND INTERVIEWS 1923-1997, The MIT press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1998.)
Select Diary notes
27 August 1984
I love all artists and I understand them(flock of deaf mutes in subway). They are my family and their existence keeps me from being lonely.
To be an artist is a guarantee to your fellow humans that the wear and and tear of living will not let you become a murderer. God invented art (including all forms) as a regulating device, as a survival device. Audience is bullshit, unnecessary. Communication is rare; art is a language, like the Chinese language. Who gets it? The deaf mutes in the subway. Reconciliation is the sweetest feeling.

From : Meanings, Materials, and Milieu - Reflections of Recent Work by Louise Bourgeois: from an Interview with Robert Storr
I've never mentioned the word dream in discussing my art, while they talked about the dream all the time. I don't dream. You might say I work under a spell. I have the privilege of being able to enter the spell, to enter this very arid land where you are likely to find your birthright. In the spell I can express myself.


Art comes from life. Art comes from the problem you have in seducing birds, men, snakes - anything you want. It's like a Corneille tragedy, where everybody is pursuing somebody else. You like A and A likes D. And D likes ... Being a daughter of Voltaire and having an education in the eighteenth century rationalists, I believe that if you work enough, the world is going to get better. If I work like a dog on all these contraptions, I'm going to get the bird I want ... {yet} the end result is rather negative. That's why I keep going. The resolution never appears; it's like a mirage. I do not get the satisfaction - otherwise I would stop and be happy.

Thank you Louise for that and so much more.

After sending the blank (you fill) post, it made me stop to acknowledge my own father's passing six summers ago. And how it is good to make it feel fresh and to see how present he can be as a trickster in my life at times. One more visit left to Homeland Inspiration left before Art arrangers summer sabbatical bloggrant

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Dear Visitors,

A confluence of interest in environmental sanity and art practice passionata* has lately led Art Ranger to some interesting websites and blogs. How long is your "bookmark this page" list? How many of those sites that you liked for five minutes will you ever go back to?

While procrastinating and enriching the art of proposal writing,

we found this:

which was complemented by this:

During the aforementioned TVOilspill Insomniac arrest:

While designing a sculpture assignment about wood:

One thing led to another: http://www.plasticreef.com/?m=201005 Go Maarten Vanden Eynde! A wonderful artist from the Netherlands who we had never heard of.

Then this:
http://tuneage.tumblr.com which allows Art Ranger to learn about all kinds of new music that isn't too pre-chewed or corporately drowned.

And a glimpse of a photo of Ranger's facial gravity gatherings (brang) us this:

May you too have a slaphappy moment!

*Passionata = the collection of and attempt to share such moments of inspiration

Friday, June 4, 2010

Found Art Friday 19

Dear Blogopeeps,
This will be the last Found Art Friday until we resume. We will be going home on the range. We will be gathering, doing and founding some art and hope you will too.
Regardless, here is today's array:
To have a certain angle, is needed to find art (usually), but not to define (art).

And Moments in Fencing:

Image Key:
1) Bonnie Hotz in Los Angeles near a Science Center all because of yogurt and children
2) Scene from Hearst Castle
3) Obliviana goes to the trade show
4-6) Art Ranger in Corral de Tierra with dog

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wednesdays are What's Brewing

A series of slightly related events:

Here at The Department of Homeland Inspiration, Art Ranger and her peeps cultivate
SOLAR POWER: trying to once a week achieve a vegetarian stew stewing in our solar cooker with white beans that were called "pulses" on the package.
We try to choose the color of our sheets to go well with sky.

And Stay Tuned as the ever so titanically slow the Tiny Movie brews:
Citizens standing up for banking reform!

You'll be the first to hear exclusive interviews with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from their Spa and Detox Treatment Centers.Fannie: "I'm getting really tired of the tea"
Freddie: "None of my pants fit anymore"
Altogether now: "I need some more embedded derivatives. Let's get back under the TARP baby!"

Art Ranger's Blow Out Preventer with eyes design:


Yet we know not where it ends