Leaving on a Jet Plane

Dan's LA Studio

Dan’s LA Studio

“This Boeing’s a going, going to LA.” That’s what the flight attendant said this morning at takeoff. It has been a hectic week at work, but now I am on vacation. We have a full itinerary this trip. We’ll visit with our son, Dan, Anne’s uncle and aunt, Lou and Pearl and my father, brothers and Kathy. We landed at LAX about noon. We’re staying in downtown LA, in the Little Tokyo district, which is on the opposite side of Skid Row from where Dan lives. It should be interesting trip so stay tuned.

T-Day Update

Amanda and Dan

Amanda and Dan

I’m back on the air here. I am also out of official mourning for Comet ISON. These two photographs show Amanda and Dan and then Amanda and her Mom. They had a nice traditional Chinese dinner together on Thanksgiving. Dan has updated his website. Here is a link and as always another one can be found in the blog roll on the right. Dave, Anne and I had a nice and quiet T-Day here in the Lou. We took Dave out to brunch at the City Diner on Friday and he obliged us by ordering a slider. He left from there, he has a wedding on Saturday and a suit to pick up before then. Anne and I just vegged out the rest of Friday.

Amanda and Her Mom

Amanda and Her Mom

Looking Spacey

Looking Spacey

Looking Spacey

Today’s graphic was swiped off of Facebook. Dan posted it. It shows part of the set for the Sci-Fi / Bollywood film that he is doing set design and development for at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. I must say that it is looking rather Ridley Scottish. I fully expect to see some giant bug pop out in the next frame.

Dan continues to fight LA credit card fraud. His problems elicited messages to home from the bank. Anne relayed this info to Dan, of which he was already aware. Getting Dan on the horn did elicit a few more observations. Dan seems a bit over awed at the USC film school vis-à-vis CalArts. I was reminded in Anne’s telling of Dan’s story, of a similar incident that happened here in Saint Louis, many years ago. I had taken the boys on some school or scouting outing to a large, modern, west county high school. Everything that Maplewood was not in that day. Dan was over awed by its edifice. Still, he did well in the competition. I expect that he will be able to bowl over USC too. It takes more than bricks and mortar to make a school, it takes talent too. At least he is getting paid to work in Pasadena.

Spaseship Console

Spaseship Console

Our other prodigal son, David, has been on the move too. Over Memorial Day weekend, he returned from a week’s long vacation in Costa Rica. His and his friend’s travel package put them in a different place every night, as they hopscotched from coast to coast and the mountains in between. He texted, when he first returned to the US in Atlanta, “making a beeline for some Macaw-Donalds.” He said that he had an awesome time and also took some incredible pictures. None of which we have seen here, hint, hint. For the time being though any parental hints will fall on deaf ears, because last Sunday, Dave left the country again. This time on business, he flew to Montreal for a conference.

Storytelling and Symbolism

Pink Cabin Sunset

Pink Cabin Sunset

We got a Facebook notification from Dan this afternoon; he was about to be interviewed live on an Internet radio show/podcast called Ask Andrew Anything, This show appears on GYST [Getting Your Sh*t Together] Radio. This call-in talk radio show is the creation of the host, Andrew Thompson. Dan’s episode is called Storytelling and Symbolism. If you follow this link, you’ll find a recording of the show, photos of some of Dan’s artwork, links to some of the things that they talked about and the following synopsis:

Originally from Saint Louis, Ohio [Missouri] but currently living in Los Angeles, Axe uses model building techniques to create sculptures that become allegories for stories without providing context or explanation. Absurd narratives are developed through obsessive and calculated crafting with each process carefully considered and chosen for its historic and symbolic significance as much as its technical qualities.

This episode of Ask Andrew Anything runs an hour. The first half of the show was broadcasted live, while the second half was only available via podcast. The above link will stream both halves. We listened to most of it live, went for a bike ride and then listened to the second half after we returned home. Those of us who know Dan will not be surprised at his loquaciousness. It was interesting to hear about all of the thought that goes into his art. We enjoyed the show and you should check it out too. Here is a link to Dan’s website, where you can see more of his artwork and under the blog tab are entries on some of the topics that were discussed, like Kowloon, the walled city and the ballistic missile test.