- Janet Jones
- I'm an artist living in San Francisco, on a wooded hillside overlooking the Farallon Islands. Redtail hawks soar overhead and sometimes perch outside the studio window, and raccoons, possums and skunks are nocturnal visitors. And this is in the middle of the city!
Sunday, January 29
Here's my rather poor photo of friend Joe Ramos with one of his subjects at the opening of his exhibit of extraordinary photos at the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library. The show, titled "Acknowledged", is the culmination of six years' work photographing homeless individuals and families (at his own expense) for Project Homeless Connect. A more loving and compassionate collection of portraits would be hard to imagine. The exhibit will run through March 25. The San Francisco Bay Guardian says, "[Joe Ramos shows] the true face of homelessness - in all its complexity, dignity and humanity." I urge you to read the complete review at www.sfbg.com/pixel_vision/2012/01/27/headshots-homeless-photographer-joe-ramos-connects-art-and-social-work.
Friday, January 13
Curator Hanna Regev created two invitational exhibits in honor of the centennial of the birthday of John Cage, on the subject of Chance. The first exhibit, at SOMArts Gallery, is titled, "Get Lucky: The Culture of Chance". The gallery was packed, but I was able to take the photo below before the crowds arrived. My grid of nine pieces is on the wall at the left, and in the foreground is David Middlebrook's amazing piece,"Bamboozled". Below that is a closeup of one of my nine pieces, collectively titled "Against All Odds".