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"Boats," video detail


Screenshot detail from Andy Medeiros' video "Boats."

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August 16th, 2016 at 11:54 am

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Inside the Croculus


The Oculus -- or, the Croculus, in honor of its slit eye design and reptilian vibe -- is filling up with high-end mall stores. Breitling, Hugo Boss, Mont Blanc, etc.

When it first opened, grey panels lined the walls where future stores would be. It was so creepy and sterile (if spectacular) that the Port Authority hung an enormous American flag inside the vault, spoiling the architect's design but warming up the mood and reminding us that We Are Still At War. The flag disappeared as the mall stores began opening, giant photos of bony fashion models being a good-enough equivalent of Old Glory. Orcs are currently erecting some kind of giant bandshell/kiosk thing inside the vault. If the idea is to have music in there, the acoustics will probably be horrendous. Will keep you posted.

Update: The bandshell/kiosk thing was erected for a Grand Opening event for the Croculus. Some kind of terrible live R&B/jazz/lounge group boomed inaudibly in the interior. If you walked in to hear the music you were greeted with signs saying this was a public event and you consented to any use of your likeness captured by photo or video. People packed under the dome seemed to be enjoying themselves. Food was on sale courtesy of Pret a Manger.

Here they are setting up for the event (via AM NY):


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August 15th, 2016 at 10:02 am

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mountain pair


above: found logo
below: kiptok, animated GIF


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August 14th, 2016 at 8:31 am

one day in the wall street area

Tourist (with some English): Excuse me, can you tell me where is the boal?
Sane American: Sorry, the what?
Tourist: The bull...
Sane American: Oh, the bull! It's about three blocks up that way.
Tourist: What do you call it, exactly?
Sane American: "The Wall Street Bull." It's stupid. It's a stupid statue.
Tourist: (laughs) Maybe it will make me lucky.
Sane American: Then don't go anywhere near it.

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August 7th, 2016 at 10:36 pm

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supreme beef


apologies to Malevich and Nicolas Pioch

Pioch's name appears in the metadata for the shaky meat GIF -- the GIF is dated 1995.
Kazimir Malevich's Painterly Realism of a Peasant Woman in Two Dimensions is dated 1915.

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August 4th, 2016 at 8:46 am



Airbnb is now reaching into the unpopulated exurbs with this offer of overnight accommodation in a "Charming Ditch" in Lake Charles, LA.
One suspects this is net art by "Poey." Check it out before it disappears.
Related: Airbnb for non-sites / Designated Natural Area

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August 4th, 2016 at 7:37 am



hat tip goblin

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July 26th, 2016 at 8:36 am

Posted in art - others, art - tm

pax - no pax


hat tip maxlabor

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July 26th, 2016 at 8:34 am

Jeanette Hayes - Poké Paintings




An earlier post carped about Hayes' superimposing Sailor Moon over icky de Kooning women, which felt like sloganeering (to which Hayes replied on dump, "dang brah," or something like that) but what's not to like about these pokemonsters-over-neoclassicism? Seductively and confidently rendered -- although glimpses of the actual paint surfaces are beside the point since the medium here is archival digital prints, offered by Exhibition A. The layering is a Picabia/Polke/Salle strategy but it works here because of the combination of absurd idea and tasty paint strokes. Similarities in colors and textures between "modern" foreground (as in, this-week's-headlines modern, what with Pokémon Go constantly in the news) and "classical" background make the juxtapositions seem almost logical.

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July 20th, 2016 at 9:36 am

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we don't quite have this down yet but let's launch it anyway -- part 3

Cognitive dissonance: Google reverse image search is touted as a way to find image B that looks like image A.
Yet, at the same time, image recognition technology is widely known as "not there yet" -- algorithms are so unsophisticated that security capchas routinely ask you to pick photos of pasta, or mountains, out of a grid of images because a robot can't do it.

Previously we've posted examples where Google reverse image search failed amusingly. (1 / 2) At that time, Google had a face-saving "tip" that you might improve the search by adding text words to the query. (E.g., "Green tiger striped Venus de Milo" or "five-tentacled alien with string of jade pearls.")

Lately, it seems, Google has decided to add those word suggestions for you, based on what their algorithm thinks you've posted. This can limit the search in ways that are not helpful.

Let's say you see a tattoo online that you know is based on a comic strip panel, and you want to see if the original art is treated as a "similar image."


If you paste the URL for the tattoo into Google Image Search, Google says (essentially) "we think this is a tattoo"  and takes you to a results page that has the word "tattoo" pre-entered in the search field. You see a grid of supposedly "similar" images, but they are all tattoos because that word is controlling the search. If you remove the word nothing happens -- it's still the same grid. Searching "line art" or "clip art" still restricts you to tattoo pics.

So you try converting the image to black and white using an image editor, thinking it might get around the mandatory tattoo filter and locate "similar" line art.


Foiled again! Google guesses that this is an "animal" and takes you to a results page with that word pre-entered in the search field.
Now, you are restricted to searching manually in a vast array of animal line drawings.

And yet, reverse image search isn't treated as a "beta" program with major flaws; Google launched it as a "ready for prime time" utility.

PS: With or without reverse image search, I never did find an online version of Kaz's "Grim Chicken Reaper" drawing, from his '90s Underworld comic strip, but this text turned up:


- tom moody

July 8th, 2016 at 8:38 am