Helen Wills Moody art


Helen Wills Moody went to Berkeley and was the model for a figure in a Diego Rivera mural in San Francisco

I am thinking about Helen Wills the tennis star, and her role in the arts, which is considerable.

Then my brain flashed to Kathy Jordan, Stanford’s greatest tennis player, who got 10,000 votes for PAUSD board here (including mine). I wonder if Jordan would sit for an artist — could help her image. She underplayed the tennis thing. My point is that many families think of “Stanford Women’s Tennis Player” as a paragon.

Did Menlo Park and Stanford psuedo-trad ink arist Drue Kataoka ever depict Kathy Jordan (or any tennis’s for that matter)?


in this version of “reality” — it’s plastic alto, people, loosely influenced by “1Q84” — Drue Kataoka upstages Helen Wills Moody. See, Or C (nerd joke):

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or, if you have five minutes, which I haven’t, yet:

Here is Kathy Jordan but my depiction is more Rauschenberg than Sumi-e


Available on…Amazon


and: Drue has Venus but not likely Kathy Jordan (um..Venus played at Stanford, in Bank of the West?)


andand: this is pretty weird pivot even by Plasty standards but I’m thinking of my Gunn Oracle team member (although we didn’t call it that) Jessica Yu who won an Academy Award and then said “you know you are at an interesting point in your career when your outfit and giant diamond lended earrings cost more than your film: you know you are at a point in your art career when you paint a tennis champion and your chop is larger than the tennis racket. Maybe just a giant DRUE KATAOKA ala Ed Ruscha and with a tiny tennis player comprising the “K”, k?

Weird segue but I took a photo 4DBE05F5-495C-4439-9C2E-D82A2E1B559F.jpegyesterday in the City of the backside of a building at Chestnut or near Chestnut and Columbus, “Coit Liquors” with beams holding the structure and in the bottom of my frame is a Vietnam War veteran using crutches: I thought the angles of the crutches recalled the beams; (and likewise the K looks like the Venus):

It’s near SFAI mind you


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, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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