Tuesday, December 22, 2009
At least two of us are in NYC right now (I ran into Brigid on the street last night!) and last week I went and checked out Urs Fischer:Marguerite de Ponty at the New Museum. The museum itself continues to be a circulation nightmare... getting from floor to floor stinks, but this show makes the awful, bottom-of-a-swimming-pool feeling work. One floor is papered with photographic wallpaper of the room itself, including the ceiling. It's strange and queasy and hard to describe. Also, there is the monumental array of mirrored cubes printed with everyday objects (my favorite is the cheese!).
I think I probably have some gripes about the show too, like the blobby aluminum pieces on the 5th floor and especially the flaccid pink streetlamp. Maybe grotesque but not at all uncanny. But this is:
So I am enjoying my vacation.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
This song is a stretch as grotesque, because it just seems to be mod, but in the spirit of upcoming events, and perhaps with the Goldfinger credits before your eyes instead of the bad video montage, it's worth posting. Let's learn all the lyrics by January 8th!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I'm late in posting this and the show is already down, but I've been thinking a lot about the work of Abraham Cruzvillegas this fall. I had the good luck to see Autoconstrucción at RedCat in LA, and again in San Francisco when it was screened by the Wattis Institute, with Abraham and Jens Hoffman in conversation.
I like his sculpture a lot, but even more exciting is the way he talks about building projects and materials (both the ones of art and everyday life), and allows aesthetics, accidents and politics to collide in his work. The neverending building projects in the film are in a strange flux between growth and decay, and each building represents a singular, hand-made, self-designed undertaking. Cruzvillegas said, of the film, “When you talk about madness, you have to do it in a mad way.”
The image above is a google street view pic from Ajusco, the Mexico City neighborhood documented in Autoconstrucción.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The images above are two paintings that are in process. There are many more images of new paintings plus lots of other effluvia and ephemera on my Flicker page and blog.
Here are links both of those sites:
Most of the writing on my blog are parts of an ongoing alphabet project that I've been working on for the last year or so. At least twice a week I make an alphabet using a stream-of-conciousness strategy. I am limited to sticking with the first word that comes to mind for each letter, ie: Agrippa, Beetlejuice, Cat-lady, etc... Then, every couple of weeks I will compile those entries into a larger master-copy. I've been thinking about how knowledge and language can operate as grotesque bodies.
ALSO: Would everyone in the group PLEASE make a 'Hey whats up this is my work/ this is something I found/ something I like' post THIS WEEK?
That would be great----Thanks--
PS> if the link to my blog is screwed up, you can google the title, or "O World Invisible" + Blog
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Blessed Hildegard of Bingen (German: Hildegard von Bingen; Latin: Hildegardis Bingensis; 1098 – 17 September 1179), also known as Saint Hildegard, and Sybil of the Rhine, was a Christian mystic, German Benedictine abbess, author, counselor,linguist, naturalist, scientist, philosopher, physician, herbalist, poet, channeller, visionary, composer, and polymath. Elected amagistra by her fellow nuns in 1136, she founded the monasteries of Rupertsberg in 1150 and Eibingen in 1165.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
humor |ˈ(h)yoōmər| ( Brit. humour)noun1 the quality of being amusing or comic, esp. as expressed in literature or speech : his tales are full ofhumor. See note at wit .• the ability to perceive or express humor or toappreciate a joke : their inimitable brand of humor | shehas a great sense of humor.2 a mood or state of mind : her good humor vanished |the clash hadn't improved his humor.• archaic an inclination or whim.3 (also cardinal humor) historical each of the four chief fluids of the body (blood, phlegm, yellow bile [choler], and black bile [melancholy]) that were thought to determine a person's physical and mental qualities by the relative proportions in which they were present.verb [ trans. ]comply with the wishes of (someone) in order to keep them content, however unreasonable such wishes might be : she was always humoring him to prevent trouble.• archaic adapt or accommodate oneself to (something).PHRASESout of humor in a bad mood.DERIVATIVEShumorless |ˈ(h)jumərləs| adjectivehumorlessly |ˈ(h)jumərləsli| adverbhumorlessness |ˈ(h)jumərləsnəs| nounORIGIN Middle English (as humour): via Old Frenchfrom Latin humor ‘moisture,’ from humere (seehumid ). The original sense was [bodily fluid] (surviving in aqueous humor and vitreous humor, fluids in the eyeball); it was used specifically for any of the cardinal humors(sense 3) , whence [mental disposition] (thought to be caused by the relative proportions of the humors). This led, in the 16th cent., to the senses [state of mind, mood] ( sense 2) and [whim, fancy,] hence to humor someone [to indulge a person's whim.] Sense 1 dates from the late 16th cent.
William Pope L., Correct, 2007
3.Grotesque 1 a grotesque creature malformed, deformed, misshapen,misproportioned, distorted, twisted, gnarled,mangled, mutilated; ugly, unsightly, monstrous,hideous, freakish, unnatural, abnormal, strange, odd,peculiar; informal weird, freaky. antonym normal.2 grotesque mismanagement of funds outrageous,monstrous, shocking, appalling, preposterous;ridiculous, ludicrous, farcical, unbelievable,incredible
5. Scatalogic Rites of All Nations (this is a title of a 19th C book written by John Bourke)