Wednesday, May 9, 2012

PhotoNOMA this Friday, May 11th, 5:30-8:30 pm.

"Tandem" copyright 2012 Kristin Fouquet

"The New Orleans Museum of Art, in partnership with the New Orleans Photo Alliance, is pleased to present PhotoNOMA, a photographers’ portfolio night at the museum. On Friday, May 11th from 5:30pm to 8:30 pm, 100 photographers, from beginners to the well established, will display their work for a community walk-through. Admission is $10 for the general public, $5 for Photo Alliance members and free to NOMA members. Photography enthusiasts and the public are encouraged to come out to see the wide range of work that will be on display and to take advantage of the wonderful opportunity to meet and engage with the artists."

I'll be one in a hundred photographers on hand Friday night. I'll be showing and selling examples of my street photography and street portraits. Hope you can make it!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

"Varietals" is read by an actor at Short Story America

You may hear an audio recording of my short story, "Varietals," read by an actor at Short Story America here.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Recommended Reading, a review of "Ray"

In the spring of 1990, a friend suggested if I liked J.D. Salinger, I should read Raymond Carver. It would seem this recommendation and my subsequent falling in love with Carver’s style would come a bit too late. My “discovery” of him came two years after his death. I read everything by Carver I could find. I even turned down plans with friends to stay home and read his stories.

Years later, the controversy of Carver and his editor, Gordon Lish, became public and many voiced their thoughts on the process of such heavy editing of a writer’s work. I felt strangely betrayed. I wondered if I had read more Lish than Carver in all those stories. Yet, when I read what Tess Gallagher gave to The New Yorker as the first draft of “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” which Carver had titled “Beginners,” I could honestly say the story was better for the editing. I also found it intriguing an editor would suggest a longer title.

In 2009, it was because of this controversy I met my future editor and publisher, Carter Monroe. A question was raised about it on a writer’s board and I asked him how he felt about it. After many in-depth discussions on the editing of Carver by Lish and the nature of editing in general, we began our own process. I’m grateful for everything I’ve learned and continue to learn about writing.

So this year when Carter said I needed to read Ray by Barry Hannah, I listened. I found it interesting Hannah had also worked with Gordon Lish. While reading Ray, a part of me wondered if Lish had done heavy editing on the short novel. Perhaps we’ll never know, but my feeling is the voice in Ray is so strong and surprising- like a whirling dervish spinning you into unsuspected territory- it must be authentic.

The narrator, Dr. Ray, takes us through a journey of experiences and relationships in a succinct whirlwind of a lifetime in 128 pages. Hannah finds the comedy and tragedy of our humanity and unabashedly reveals it with a delivery of hope. While it is a perfect and complete work, it has us asking for more time, much like life itself.

As with Carver, it seems I am once again “finding” an author two years after his demise. Although Carver and Hannah are no longer with us, their body of work is eternal.

© 2012 Kristin Fouquet

"Reading Ray" © 2012 Kristin Fouquet

Art for Music's Sake this Sunday in Venice, CA



3:00pm- 4:00pm Reception & Viewing
Music by Ulrich Krieger
4:00pm - 5:30pm Auction
5:30pm Dedication of the Mike Kelley Gallery

Event is free to all.

On Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 3:00pm, Beyond Baroque will host its first art auction with works donated
by over 25 artists, including Ed Ruscha, Ray Pettibon, Robbie Conal and Viggo Mortensen.

The benefit will raise funds for Beyond Baroque’s Beyond Music program curated by Daniel Rothman,
and will feature music performed by saxophonist Ulrich Krieger. Beyond Music is dedicated to
bringing cutting edge, exciting music that often blurs the lines between sound, poetry and art.

There will be a reception and viewing from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm with the auction
taking place from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, and we hope you will be able to stay for the
dedication of the Mike Kelley Gallery from 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

Full list of donor artists:
Sharon Anderson, Robert R. Branaman, Eve Brandstein, Terri Bromberg, Paddy Campanaro, Robbie Conal, Bill Farroux, Kristin Fouquet, John Greco, Gronk, George Herms, Hillary Kaye, Kelly Lynn Kimball, Mary Lejewski, Louis Metz, Mike Mollet, Henry Mortensen, Viggo Mortensen, Joseph Patton, Sabine Pearlman, Martin Pollock, Ed Ruscha, Gailyn Saroyan, Todd Smith, Mike Street, Andy Takajian, Daena Title, Brennan Wheeler, Maija Wilder, Stephen Woodruff, Liv Zutphen.

phone: 310.822.3006

I wish I could be there. I hope you can.