After the 2011 Tohoku earthquake hit, a massive tsunami swept away houses, and everything that was inside them. As the search for survivors ended and attention turned to the clean up mission, Self-Defense forces, firemen, and policemen who were in Tohoku to help survivors began to pick up photos they found in the mud, and to store them in an elementary school gymnasium. Two months after the earthquake hit, a group called the “Memory Salvage Project” began to sort out the more than 750,000 photos and prepare them for return to their owners. The images were cleaned and digitized by volunteers who came from Tokyo and other parts of Japan. The photographs you see here are part of photos recovered from the city of Yamomoto.
Through May 18 - Darren Waterston: Ravens and Ruins at Haines Gallery. I had recently seen Waterston's evocative silhouettes for the first time at Paulson Bott Press in Berkeley when they published the folio he created with poet Mark Doty, A Swarm, A Flock A Host: A Compendium of Creatures. It was therefore a delight to encounter his bestiaries yet again at Haines, especially because I enjoy the way his animals twist across the page in sinuous and vaguely grotesque forms governed by their own internal logic. His large-scale paintings are also compelling as they depict post-apocalyptic landscapes and references to human architecture that one can imagine being retaken by nature itself. Red in tooth and claw indeed.
Next Sunday I'll have an hour shift on KALX before the baseball game, then a full 3-hour shift the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, and then that'll be it for me in the noon-3pm slot. I'm sure I'll pop up elsewhere on the schedule before too long!
All images from Jessica Rath's solo show take me to the apple breeder at Jack Hanley Gallery in NYC last fall. From the press release:
Resulting from visits to Cornell University’s agricultural research stations, the show reflects both
the desire of Cornell’s apple curator Philip Forsline who has traveled the world to rescue fast-
disappearing varieties, and the work of Dr. Susan Brown, one of only three apple breeders in the
country inventing new apples for mass production.
Rath’s porcelain sculptures allude to the odd forms and luminescent hues of little-known and
endangered varieties, while large-scale photographic portraits document newly manufactured
hybrid trees. These artifacts are designed to investigate diversity at a molecular level and human
intervention in the natural world.