The Parkfield Review #1 – 2010-2011
Outward Bound for Artists – at the V6 Ranch in Parkfield, California.
Blurb bookstore page: http://www.blurb.com/my/book/detail/2597243
V6 Ranch website: http://www.parkfield.com/v6ranch_history.html
“…Over the last several years we often found ourselves in conversation about the lack of community in our community, about the inability of our acquaintances (in the art world) to find the time and space to actually connect.
In the summer of 2010, we decided to curate an experiment in group dynamics: we invited a few artists with ostensibly little in common… …to spend a long weekend with us in Parkfield.
We organized a caravan, packed some groceries, and took off past Kilowatt and into the unknown with no set schedule, no agenda, no shared experience as a group except that each of us had a stake in the universe of contemporary art.”
David Richards, from the Forward.
The Wind that Waits, words and music by Brian Getnick, performed by Claire Cronin
Attendees of, and contributors to the Parkfield Project for 2010-2011
Tam Van Tran
Speech from the launch party at MOCA, January 21, 2012, Geoff Tuck speaking:
I write a lot about community at Notes on Looking. I describe the edges of communities that I see, and I offer support when I can. Notes on Looking has been a way into several communities for me. Over the years, David and I have also thought of Notes on Looking as a way to build community.
Notes on Looking land is a famously generous and enthusiastic place that has a curious homespun integrity. Critical thinking and total belief go hand in hand here, it sounds odd but somehow it works.
Thank you for attending this launch party for the Parkfield Review #1. My friends, as a group we resemble those Venn Diagrams from Junior High School geometry: sometimes our circles intersect, sometimes they don’t but in one way or another we are all joined somewhere, in some way. We are ranchers who take seriously the notion of land conservation, and who have crafted a thoughtful and idyllic respite from the de-natured life in the city – one that is also a working cattle ranch. These ranchers think of themselves as grass farmers, and say that their goal is “to slow the travel of water across the land.” We are artists who, not unlike the ranchers, choose to give up the predictable comforts that many people think necessary – artists, too, do this in pursuit of quixotic-seeming personal visions, and what they give up is only rarely repaid. I also see patrons, people who understand that support can mean acting on a belief in being open with ones mind as well as generous of ones heart.
None of us can really do what we do alone.
I think the world is going to be a radically different place in ten or fifteen years. I think that the best way for us to make certain that the changes we all see coming are changes we want, is to live our lives as though circumstances have already heard our call and that the change in our hearts is already present in others. We must lead by example of our integrity, concern, curiosity and openness.
Aah, my friends, looking around this room I see the best and nicest people on earth – when we are out in the world doing our things, I know that we all look for ways to lend support when we are able.
Encouraging these things and spreading this word is what Notes on Looking is about, and what the Parkfield Retreats are about.