I made this diptych by juxtaposing a postcard from George Herms’ show at Smith-Andersen in Palo Alto with a smudge that Mia Ollikainen made in my notebook. Mia was merely demonstrating the thickly effluent silver line produced by her pen — which she sold me at quite a discount, but Terry commandeered it, ultimately — but I am such a big fan of her work that I consider it art.
Which reminds me that yesterday I was sitting in Printers’ Cafe in Palo Alto reading “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and a lady approached me to inquire about the book because all she caught was the word “Finn” — she was from Finland. I asked her “Are you an Ollikainen?” The Palo Alto artist Becky Bui is Finnish although her married name is Vietnamese (as is her husband, despite his first name, which sounds Thai).
Mia Ollikainen’s work can sometimes be seen alongside (my client) Robert Syrett’s at Accent Arts in Palo Alto.
I actually don’t know much about George Herms but just found this LA Times reference to him as a cross between Mr. Natural and Prospero. I don’t know, does that mean I could suggest Mia Ollikainen as a cross between Devil Girl and Cordelia (cut with Cindy Sherman and Kathleen Hanna)?
edit to add, September 5, 2011: Mia Ollikainen gave me or I bought (its hard to tell, in a Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle kind of way, when the pieces are tiny and the dollar amounts are tiny) two bottle cap sculptures or works. One had a rhino she either drew or found, one had a bird. I gave one to Terry Allen as part of the baseball card caper, at Paule Anglim, and I am guarding one (as they say in Spanish) although this morning before having coffee I feel small and unsure and worry that I may have lost it or it fell out of my pocket. It has a magnet so for safety I should stick it on my fridge. It also has resin. Very cool. Thanks, Mia. And it was nice to meet your mom and be able to tell her you are one of my favorite artists.
Also, I found the thick silver pen-wand, used above. Terry (Acebo Davis) had stolen it and put it in her drawer — see it’s not that I am losing things, or worrying about them — people do steal from me!. People actually steal from me! (as Sally Fields might say– or David Shields). Maybe I can run around today Labor Day with it, although in Palo Alto that can be a crime apparently — merely carrying certain art supplies, and I am already worried about there being a bench warrant out for me in that I got a fix it ticket a few weeks ago about not a tail light but a little light above the license plate.