David Crompton
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Into The Autumn

The summer was long and full. The months leading up to and through most of July were focused on a major rebrand project in my day job. I say 'day job' but the work was so extensive that it increasingly seeped into all hours and, inevitably, life became unbalanced. Thankfully, the project was a success and, at the tail end of July, my family and I packed up our car and hit the road. 

I can't tell you how liberating it was to trade in all that chaos and complication for the simple day to day demands of a loosely structured road trip: gas, food, lodging and swim holes. I've travelled quite a lot of the US by road over the years but I still hadn't made it down to San Francisco. It seems a bit absurd now, given the coast I grew up on, but the fact is my focus has always been on the east and my heart was always left in NYC. That said, after a year of travelling to New York every month or so I felt ready to give it a rest and soak up some different surroundings so West coast it was.

We were lucky enough to be hosted by generous and open-hearted family peoples for our week-long stay in the Bay area. Sorell Raino-Tsui gave us the Oakland 101, showing us his newest gallery project, Athen B. Gallery in downtown Oakland, taking us through the studios in the back and around on a tour of all the mural projects the gallery has been busy with. Cannon Dill's wall (done in conjunction with the VSCO Artist Initiative) was definitely a personal fave; beautiful stuff.

Before heading back north we took a dip down the beautiful coastline to Santa Cruz and Sorell treated us to some soul food at Brown Sugar back in Oakland–seriously delicious stuff. On the way home we stopped in at the town of Mount Shasta for a couple days to visit with more family–this time with architect Eugene Tsui and his lovely family for some great local exploration and energized conversations. The final leg brought us up the Oregon coast through the dunes and those vast stunning beaches.

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We managed to get one more trip in before that Autumn switch got flipped and now we're back focused on the busyness. Tristesse has been pulling together everything to open up her studio along with the rest of the ACME building for SWARM 16 which is Friday September 11th from 7PM to 1AM. I'll be there along with her for the whole night so please do drop by and say hi if you're in the city. As for my own work I'm at the very beginning of creating some new publications; more word on that soon. Also–there's a good chance that Tristesse and I will be participating in The East Side Culture Crawl. We'll keep you posted!