Lon Clark, Jr. was Dean of the San Francisco Studio School located at Fort Mason. The school is dedicated to the relevant, contemporary study of drawing, painting, photography, mixed media and critical studies. The curriculum combines the depth of experience of a residency in the arts with the intensity of a graduate program. The fundamentally visual nature of art is studied and engaged with the intent of providing students substance that will be reflected on as a defining moment in their art and their lives.
John Matthew Heard Jr. died yesterday, July 21, 2017. The list of the films he starred in and
the actors with whom he performed is astounding. It was difficult to
decide which of his films to feature for this blog; I settled on Cat People as it is my favorite of his films. And I could have used the soundtrack album, which I have, but I settled on the 12" single by David Bowie, Putting Out Fire, because I love this song.
Putting Out Fire
is a great piece that rocks out. It has a quiet start then goes into a
driving dance beat that worked extremely well in discos. The beat of
the song is sustained by a fantastically complicated drum. The video for
the song features stylized scenes from the film (link below).
Heard married actress Margot Kidder in 1979. On July 21, 2017, he was found dead in a hotel in Palo Alto, California, where he was reportedly recovering after undergoing back
surgery. He was 71 years old.