Typical is what one might be drawn to say

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Chris Johanson at Altman Siegel in San Francisco, on 25th St

I met this guy once at a breakfast place in the mission. I also have a 7″ he did under name Tina Age 13. He did the first part of the Palo Alto tryptich on Cali Ave (with Joey Piziale and Huffman)

edit to add, a couple days later: I made it to SF by train and bike to get to 25th and Minnesota next to McEvoy Found, Altman-Siegel gallery where Claudia A-S has mounted her 4th show with the guy I first knew of as Tina Age 13. And could and should go on and on about this. (Oddly, the piece above is not in the show, was on the website, and CAS couldn’t quite pull it from her vertical files and keep a conversation going, so who knows). The chairs are part of the show. I thought the flyers were fake but they are for reals. There’s some weird collaborative or curatative things in a second room. It is a departure from the typical Johanson look. I plunked down $10 for a show poster and got it home (on bike and train and bike, in heat) in reasonably good condition. The prices are a little out of my reach– It would be like suddenly deciding I can afford to eat at French Laundry every weekend. Maybe they are investment grade. The flyers show Chris to be down with Sally Timms of the Mekons, the painter and I guess musician (and former Starry Plough bartender) Christine Shields (who did an Idiot Flesh poster for me once, silky screeny), Sonny and the Sunsets. I forget his new band name, Sunwolfs or something. Not sure I ever really listened to my Tina Age 13 7″ and probably did not see the band, just saw the name around, like maybe BOTH calendar and bought the vinyl single when it appeared. (and maybe I’ve kept it despite my great purge).

I shot a philosophical caterpillar in my San Jose Earthquakes Womdolowski shirt. I liked the two ants paintings although I have to admit I was thinking of my Dave Matthews concert experience (and I doubt CJ would ever admit he likes DM, if he did).

I posted about 3 years ago here about the CJ mural being damaged in the building redevelopment. (and now want to check it again.

the show merits a better reviewsky than this.

About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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