Monday, December 28, 2009


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Urs Fischer at the New Museum

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

Maja's website!!!!!!


"Take My Breath Away" (kareoke version)- Berlin

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A song for Berlin.

Love is all the food he'll be feeding, love is where you'll start in Berlin.

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

Kate Gilmore does drywall.

I really like this. Lots of building materials, sweating, crumbling and smashing. Something to think about!

Disgust, leather, the New York Times.

Martha Nussbaum is interviewed in today's Sunday Times Magazine and there is a nice section about disgust. Also on philosophy in American public life and the fun of wearing leather.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Best bandage ever.

I am feeling this look right now. Splints are in.

Blandness in Berlin?

Since the PoP crew is headed to Berlin in January, this article seems relevant. Whether we prefer a grotto, a palace or a squat, we can agree on one thing: Blandness is not an option!

FABULON is back.

Nothing exceeds like excess. One of my favorite blogs seems to have returned from hiatus!

Also see here.

Abraham Cruzvillegas

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

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Hi Everyone---

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


Hail Fellow Grotesqueness's---

I adjusted the settings of this blog because some others have expressed interest.

If there is a problem, you may kick me.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Hildegard von Bingen

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.

She was a composer with an extant biography from her own time. One of her works, the Ordo Virtutum, is an early example ofliturgical drama.[2]

She wrote theological, botanical and medicinal texts, as well as letters, liturgical songs, poems, and the first surviving morality play, while supervising brilliant miniature Illuminations.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Time of the Gypsies

more show title possibilities....

grotesque comes from the Latin root as "grotto"....meaning a small cave or hollow...this is interesting....made me think of: below ground, Underground (Emir Kusturica's all should check it out)...the "LOW", the hidden, beneath....the lower part of the body (far away from the brain)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

more ...

grotesque |grōˈtesk|adjectivecomically or repulsively ugly or distorted : grotesque facial distortions.incongruous or inappropriate to a shocking degree: a lifestyle of grotesque luxury.noun1 a very ugly or comically distorted figure, creature, or image : the rods are carved in the form of a series of gargoyle faces and grotesques.( the grotesque) that which is grotesque : images of the macabre and the grotesque.a style of decorative painting or sculpture consisting of the interweaving of human and animal forms with flowers and foliage.2 Printing a family of 19th-century sans serif typefaces.DERIVATIVESgrotesquely |groʊˈtɛskli| |grəˈtɛskli| adverbgrotesqueness |groʊˈtɛsknəs| |grəˈtɛsknəs|nounORIGIN mid 16th cent. (as noun): from Frenchcrotesque (the earliest form in English), from Italiangrottesca, from opera or pittura grottesca ‘work or painting resembling that found in a grotto’ ; “grotto” here probably denoted the rooms of ancient buildings in Rome that had been revealed by excavations and contained murals in the grotesque style.
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.

Some definitions to spur ideas

William Pope L., Correct, 2007

5 minute brain storm starting now:

1. A title with the prefix in parenthesis and a list of words...
(Un) Ideal

2. Vomit
vomit be sick, spew, heave, retch, gag, get sick; informal throw up, puke, purge, hurl, barf,upchuck, ralph.
2 I vomited my breakfast regurgitate, bring up, spew up, cough up, lose; informal throw up, puke, spit up.nouna coat stained with vomit vomitus; informal puke, spew,barf.

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

4. hybrid
nouna hybrid between a brown and an albino mouse cross, cross-breed, mixed breed, half-breed, half-blood; mixture,blend, amalgamation, combination, composite,compound, fusion.adjectivea hybrid organization composite, cross-bred, interbred,mongrel; heterogeneous, mixed, blended,compound, amalgamated, hyphenated
5. Scatalogic Rites of All Nations (this is a title of a 19th C book written by John Bourke)
6. sca·tol·o·gy (sk-tl-j)
1. The study and analysis of feces for physiological and diagnostic purposes. Also called coprology.
2. An obsession with excrement or excretory functions.
3. The psychiatric study of such an obsession.

and i'd like to thrown in William Pope L's title from his Kenny Schachter show in London in 2007 :


a riff on that or something that could be as direct and semi shocking and funny as that


This first image is 40 x 60 inches. the other images small 8 x10 and the sculpture piece is roughly 10 x 10 x 10 inches....

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

New Drawings & Paintings



Little Gulliver


Tough Shit

Monday, October 12, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009