Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Mekbib Gebertsadik

I recently photographed the exceptional Ethiopian-born artist, Mekbib Gebertsadik, for the Columbia Pike Photographic Documentary Project. He has a degree from an art college in Addis Ababa, and is currently pursuing his MFA at Howard University. He arrived in Arlington seven years ago, part of the large Ethiopian community that has settled in the Washington DC area. His parents, Wodajo Gebretsadik Worke and Tadesech Tafferi Wube, just arrived in the United States one month ago.

Mekbib's website, which also highlights the work of his wife, painter Meseret Desta is:

Halloween Mischief

Ruth & I went to an annual Halloween party hosted by Nadine Bloch and friends, this year at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center.


Scariest costume in my opinion? Sarah Palin.

At least Senator McCain didn't nominate Eva Braun to be his running mate, though his campaign appears to be descending into the dark realm of the dead.

Monday, October 20, 2008

American Investigation, again. Lewistown PA Steelworker bar

Ruth, her mother Martha, and I visited Marjorie in Lewistown this weekend.
Marjorie lives across the road from Standard Steel, the oldest continually-operating steel mill in America. Just outside the gates of this aged but still productive plant, stands a gritty, time-weathered bar, The Steelworker.

As Frank Zappa once aptly noted in song, "America drinks and goes home."

L'Chaim y'all.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Many Faces of Eve/dolls/artist

My friend, artist Eve Hennessa, has a drawer filled with interesting antique dolls that she has collected since childhood.
So- we laid them on the floor, and on Eve.

To see. And have fun.

Faces. Real, imagined, and imagined some more.

Eve has recently been working with a crew painting a huge street mural on 14th Street and Chapin NW, in Washington, DC.

Image. Eyes. Open. And more images.