Archive for March, 2009
Robert E. Howard, from "The Tower of the Elephant," 1933:
[Conan's] gods were simple and understandable; Crom was their chief, and he lived on a great mountain, whence he sent forth dooms and death. It was useless to call on Crom, because he was a gloomy, savage god, and he hated weaklings. But he gave a man courage at birth, and the will and might to kill his enemies, which, in the Cimmerian's mind, was all any god should be expected to do.
In back to back posts Rhizome.org notes two similar riffs on Paik's "zen movie" from the early '60s. Paik's film consisted of clear celluloid projecting a white image for its entire run time. The two contemporary riffers both do takes on the dust and scratches that inevitably accumulate on the film: one actual (a re-filming of an old Paik with much dust on it) and the other virtual (iMovie fake dust and scratches). File under art eating itself.
In the late '80s or early '90s there was a painting series being shown around that might be described as "Rymans with cracks." It wasn't officially couched that way but viewers were free to do so (among other possible interpretations). The crack-making process and tangible result intrigued more than any unpacking-the-famous-elders narrative.
We need to move on from these canonical artists from 35 years ago. There are interesting things happening right now that don't depend on a textbook avant gardist for sex appeal.
haven't heard the music--but the cassette cover and wikipedia description of the artist's career on Mutant Sounds inspire
"Funkmeister Ray" [11.2 MB .mp3]
More wonky bass nonsense. A bit longer and louder than the usual fare here. Several funk riffs are overlaid but everything stays more or less in sync.
Dear President Obama,
"The task of securing Afghanistan and Pakistan from Al Qaeda influence," as you described it on Face the Nation, is a seriously poorly defined mission.
And invoking "al Qaeda" that way is so George Bush. Is it the same "al Qaeda" that was operating in Iraq all those years?
Afghanistan/Pakistan will be your Vietnam--correction, ours--if you keep this up.
Please bring those troops home and use the money to employ people in the homeless camps springing up in the US.
"An example of how cogently [Rachel] Harrison presents some of these concerns is seen in 5x7s (A&R Quality Photo...), 1996, for which the artist had the same negative of a[n] anthill developed at ten stores or labs, requesting an identical process and picture size each time. Each photo came back looking different, in a comically variegated range of hues, and one of the developed images was larger than the requested five-by-seven. Framed together they provide a witty commentary on the medium, on the production and reception of sameness, on the absence of a standard, even of standardization. Harrison opens up the potential of the situation to attempt to respond to the demands of a culture of too much. I don't think the flux or absence is supposed to be deplorable or depressing."
Before-and-after image advertising online photo repair services (via Joel Holmberg on Nasty Nets)
"International Klein Blue is outside the gamut of computer displays, and can therefore not be accurately portrayed on this page. However this photo of synthetic ultramarine pigment gives a fair impression of IKB as it appears in [Yves] Klein's work." (Wikipedia)
floor-to-ceiling stacks of random cardboard boxes make decorative columns flanking museum doorway
oddly-cropped erotic photo titled "WATER IN MILK EXISTS"
superimposition: de Kooning woman over Raphael madonna; Pollock over Titian female nude
eel shaped Calderesque mobile titled "black woman pope"
black foam blocks in mesh bags of synthetic rope plopped around gallery or hanging from ceiling
lush, vanitas-style floral still life (photo or photoreal painting)
suspended lightbulb dangles over grid and and concentric circles on floor
floodlight in gallery behind chain link fence made of powder-coated steel and PVC-coated wire mesh
woman fellating a microphone - a Quicktime of this was posted last spring; this is a photo (same performer?)
cubist-style video of famous cubist painting; illegible pipe apparatus on conjoined tripods
light grey painting on white wall traces where sunlight falls through gallery window pane
delicious.com page where bookmarks and descriptions are solid bands of blue and grey, produced using ANSI coding, per the caption
collaged map of island with backstory about Arctic town relocated due to mining-caused instability
giveaway bootleg cds on crude plinth; dymaxionesque capital G in orange and white
empty studios of company that organizes large-scale orgies filmed before and after one of their events
video documenting British army jet fighters drawing heart in sky screened for three days on top of hotel
color sample chart painted on apartment building
installation photo with painting of silhouetted couch (background), computer monitor (middle), white statuette of panther (foreground)
crystalline molecular diagram on sewn fabric or carpet swatches; computer drawing of elaborate geometric game board in public plaza
starscape captioned "part of eternity"
large chain link fence letters in urban mall spelling words "grand public," photographed backwards
gestural drawings resembling cave formations, chromosomes
man riding dinner table with outboard motor in green water
illegible toroid in laser show display case
angular, minimal house of cards-like structure made of grey slabs
eight faint lines on graph paper
artist/geographer lecture about US black sites, classified projects, secret military patches (YouTube)
photo of early '90s kids watching TV snow; link to video
Before any decision he has to make, artist sends his options to the exhibition’s computer and waits until a visitor decides for him
spinning polygon crystal GIF alternates between black & white and color (reds)
photo of auto accident with playground equipment in background
large axonometric drawings of playground equipment
photo captioned "touristes" of couple wearing photo-imprinted sweatshirts
man poses with infinity symbol on chain link partition in gallery
cloud of stickers (? - hard to read in photo) on mirrored gallery wall
deleuzean manifold sighted in underground parking lot
installation shot of vvork-curated exhibition
Trigonometry GIFs from Wikipedia posted on Nasty Nets have been making the rounds of the tumblr blogs over the last 48 hours - very exciting to watch - documented here, partially, by a graphing process I don't really understand (is this a tumblr feature?).
This is kind of like the dispersion Seth Price talks about, only without Petzel gallery as a hub. (joke)