Mi Casa Su (Studio Apartment off the Side of the Garage)

by Pasadena Adjacent

Susan Hertal “Night Group” 1986

As subject matter, girls and horses can end up being overly.sentimental. And in the wrong hands – the subject of porn. On occassion someone bridges the extremes and creates a work of art that addresses the sentimental with minimalist distance, unexpected composition and a quirky color palate. Night Group is currently on display in the “Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945–1985”  exhibition at the Huntington Gardens.

Our Editor Scolds: Don’t be lazy, open the links. They’re part of the content.

….And like Ms Hertal, some of those girls go on to art school. And some go to Bishop and start a training stable. This is a photograph of the Editor at large with her childhood best friend Ellen. I’m guessing we’re participants in a 4-H show at the Pomona Fair Grounds around 1976. I’m also guessing we’re preparing for yet another “agony of defeat” moment. Poor us, we never won squat. A couple of Rose Court flunkies in hairnets and horses; unwilling to accept the obvious. We laugh about it now. Actually, we laughed about it then too… and it’s those points in time that remain connected by a straight line. Although polar opposites, Ellen will always be (my) home. And to seal the deal, I have my own studio apartment off the side of her garage with a poster of Osama Ben Laden shot to pieces via heavy artillery. We can all rest better now – eh?…(don’t ask me what’s going on with that guy and his turkey)
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Her training facility is located near the base of the White Mountain Range. Home of the oldest trees on earth, the Bristlecone Pine.
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Ellen sends her regrets that she’s unable to join us on this wee video production. She’s still on probation at the Conical Cranium Birthing Center. < photo of Ellen. That’s her husband Pat with a client. Heir to the now defunct Iver’s Department store legacy. Your Editor at Large once  worked at Iver’s warehouse; the warehouse still exists. On the west side of the current Highland Park Metro station platform. That small blue buckskin horse is a rare Icelandic Pony < close-up. and  I love him. He’s gaited.


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