Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Save the date!


Heather, Juliana Paciulli, 2005
Personal Lives, the next show at the Verge, opens with a reception for the artists on Thursday March 12 from 6 - 10pm. Did I mention there will be snacks and wine? The show will feature the work of Rebecca Crowther, Jessamyn Lovell, Juliana Paciulli, Johunna Grayson, Greta Snider and Cynthia Yardley. It's gonna be awesome!!!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

No time for nuthin

I got no time for nuthin' before I get home from LA on Sunday. This week has been stupidly busy. While I'm gone check out this gross post.

A statement of facts, read out to the court, said: "Upon his arrival the officer observed a dead male lying on a sofa at the rear of the main kitchen.
"Sat opposite to him was Mr Singh who was preparing food, making kebabs."


ewwwwwwwww

thanks skpr!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

this bike is a pipe bomb

this makes me say tee hee. especially after watching a tsa screener at seatac test omf's guitar sunday for explosives and then fail to catch the water i forgot was in my purse.

tee hee

this is a test

I don't think my blog is working

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Old College Try


The Sheep Market, Aaron Koblin, 2006
So I did it. For the first time in my entire life I missed a flight. While I have certainly had moments in the past where I thought I might miss a flight, those were all do to poor connections on the airlines behalf. Most often times Delta. Damn you Delta!!!!! This time around it was sorta us. After farting around in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood yesterday morning and getting breakfast we decided to go back to J's pad and nap and watch a movie - Factory Girl ug(!). Though we did leave two hours before the flight we still had to gas up the rental car and return it before check-in. Mix that with I-5 being a parking lot and the rest of the story writes itself. After missing the flight we got rerouted to SF and then grabbed a rental car and drove home in the pissing rain arriving not long before 4am. Had things gone as planned we would have been in at about 10pm. If ifs and buts were candy and nuts right?

Even after a nap I am still exhausted but would like to give the old college try at making a blog post and staying in the game so here it is. Saturday night after the wedding J and I went out for drinks with some friends of her's, where I met M, a super smart, super interesting fellow who gave me a bunch of good pointers on digital photography. Talk of photos led to talk of art and he told me of The Sheep Market, an online piece who's history begins in the 1700s - if you want to get technical.

Wolfgang Von Kempelen unveiled a chess playing machine designed to look like an automaton in 1770 which was known as The Turk. At first folks were impressed by the robots chess playing abilities until the hoax was exposed in 1820 when Robert Willis revealed the small man who operated the said automaton from inside.

Recently, to extrapolate and profit on this idea of a machine which functions through the assistance of a human operator, Amazon launched The Mechanical Turk, a program designed to pair humans with clients who need work done that a computer can't accomplish. Things like picking the best image of something from many, or distinguishing the work of one artist or musician from that of another. These tasks are performed for varying amounts of money per assignment with most tasks falling on the low end of a dime.

Enter The Sheep Market. Artist Aaron Koblin made it his thesis project to develop a piece utilizing the services of Amazon's Mechanical Turk by enlisting thousands of Turkers to draw left facing sheep for two cents each. I just downloaded his thesis on the project and plan to read it in the coming days. On my initial review of the piece and its history it strikes me as an excellent analysis of today's virtual culture. Our increasing reliance on computers has led to the reintroduction of human resources, however, undervalued or seemingly insignificant. Also, on a larger level this idea of enlisting countless anonymous strangers to partake in mundane task for small sums of money feels fitting in an age of Facebook, Myspace, blogs, etc. Really, this work is smart on more levels than I can intelligently discuss given my current state of mind.

With that I thank M again for some killer tips and insights and now, it's off to dream land.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Whoooooooaaaaa!

I was getting ready to crash and decided to check my blog activity before going to bed. When I did I stumbled upon this recent wacky anonymous comment on a way old blog post.

Recently here, where I live, Goodwill is on a bullshit TV ad kick asking itself whether it's an entity with a social conscientious or something else. But, it's a money laundering operation for law enforcement and the judicial system. Our incarceration mongers of the NEW CHINA(the old USA), and the chinese emperors they serve use GOODWILL as the "community service" part of a sentence for everything from misdemeanors to felony probation. Slave labor is BIG BUSINESS here in the good old pretentious US of A. But, as the old saying goes, "What goes around comes around jackasses." What happens to you in the future will be 10x worse than the wrongdoings and lies you spin... Maybe the devil will help you out when those days are upon you.

well okay then. i think i'll be going to bed now.

I don't know why I paint

Tomorrow I leave for Seattle and I am stoked! I'm gonna go see Jaime Jam, and my friends D and L get married! Fun times ahead.

In the meantime I don't have the most exciting post in the world to make.

I went to the swap last Sunday after which I learned that almost every one I know also went and yet strangely I seemed to hardly run into anyone while I was there. And it was COLD! I didn't buy anything but I did snap this great pic.

This rest of my week has been a combo of rutting around in my studio, working and getting ready to leave.


These installation views of my wigs make me happy. Perhaps this is how I will show them next....

Oddly enough, the bulk of my time in the studio this week has been devoted to painting.
I seriously don't know why I paint. I'm not particularly good at it, it doesn't excite me unless I'm working on a concept like this, and it's time consuming. Never the less, about once a year or so I come up with a "valid" reason for why I should be painting. I go in guns blazing, materials in hand, lay the ground work and get about half way through the project when I realize oh yeah, this is why I don't paint.

So far this painting of my sis as a baby has had a series of fits and starts. Some days I think it's gonna be great and others days I have to restrain myself from tearing it off the wall and throwing it away. Most of the time I just keep thinking that I'm probably learning something from this even if it's not turning out the way I want it to. I suppose it's good to take a dip in uncharted waters occasionally.

I guess we'll see where the coming days takes it.

In the meantime... I'm out!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Breaking news!

Hey all,

So the following post is long, but please, do check it out and take action in any of the ways listed that suit your abilities or knowledge. As someone who grew up in some of the not so best neighborhoods, taking art classes and learning to play an instrument throughout my public schooling was crucial to my development. As an adult I have benefited from and worked to support various community art programs many of whom received various local and federal grant funding. Funding for the arts benefits whole communities on every possible level whether through obvious means in the form of public art projects and festivals to more subtle ways like inspiring young people to develop their minds through art, thus keeping them off the streets. Art is not a superficial luxury, it is crucial to healthy communities.

Again, think about your own experience with art and it's importance to you and help us out!

Thanks!

This afternoon the U.S. Senate, during their consideration of the
economic recovery bill, approved an egregious amendment offered by Sen.
Tom Coburn (R-OK) that stated "None of the amounts appropriated or
otherwise made available by this Act may be used for any casino or
other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming
pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, art center, and highway
beautification project." Unfortunately, the amendment passed by a
wide vote margin of 73-24, and surprisingly included support from many
high profile Senators including Chuck Schumer of New York, Dianne
Feinstein of California, Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Bob Casey of
Pennsylvania, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin,
and several other Democratic and Republican Senators.

If the Coburn amendment language is included in the final conference
version of this legislation, many arts groups will be prevented from
receiving economic recovery funds from any portion of this specific
stimulus bill. It is clear that there is still much work to be done in
the Senate and in the media about the role that nonprofit arts
organizations and artists play in the nation's economy and workforce.

Plan of Action

1. Arts advocates need to quickly contact Senators who voted for the
Coburn Amendment and express your extreme disappointment with their
vote. We need these Senators to know that their vote would
detrimentally impact nonprofit arts organizations and the jobs they
support in their state. We have crafted a customized message for you
to send to your Senators based on their vote on the Coburn Amendment.
The correct letter, customized to each of your Senators will appear
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and ask them to work to delete this language in the final conference
bill with the House. If your Senator voted against the Coburn
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2. We need as many news articles as possible this coming week to
publish stories about the economic impact of the nonprofit arts
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3. Next week, Americans for the Arts will be sending you another action
alert that targets the White House and the soon-to-be-named Senators
and Representatives who will serve as conferees to the final economic
recovery bill. Please be prepared to take action on this alert as
well.

4. Americans for the Arts itself is submitting op-eds to several
national newspapers and online blogs. We are enlisting high profile
leaders to co-sign these letters as well.

5. Americans for the Arts is purchasing full-page ads titled "The
Arts = Jobs" in Washington's top political newspapers in Roll
Call, Politico and The Hill on Monday and Tuesday of next week. We
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Please help us continue this important work by becoming an official
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Friday, February 6, 2009

Notes on a lecture: Stephen Kaltenbach meets, Robert Mallary and Lee Lozano

Steve's lecture last night was exceptional with stellar attendance for a cold rainy night. Steve's musings on his works were engaging, thoughtful, and at times quite funny.

little hans, tuxedos, resin, Robert Mallary, 1963
In the earlier part of the talk Steve made reference to the influence an artist named Robert Mallary had on his development. Back in late November/early December when we were still working on the show I was helping Steve coordinate with local art writers, and doing quite a bit of research. In so doing I discovered that this Robert Mallary was the same Robert Mallary who was influential in the development of Paul McCarthy's work. McCarthy featured Mallary's work in the Wattis exhibition Low Life, Slow Life in San Francisco last spring and McCarthy's mention of him was one of the many high points of that lecture for me. The nature of influence is so complex and something I think about a lot while looking at my own work. On certain levels influence is impossible to trace but then there are those earth shattering moments where someone comes into your life and makes a statement that could change the course of everything you're doing. What triggers those events and sets the ball in motion especially when the statement can be very subtle is fascinating to me.

Untitled,(hammer diptych), Lee Lozano, 1963
The other artist Steve mentioned was Lee Lozano, someone he has spoken to me about on numerous occasions. After talking to Steve I decided to start researching Lozano for my own interest and came back with a whole lot of intriguing and at times bizarre information. In fact tracing the history of Lozano on the internet is in part an exercise in separating truth from fiction. Some websites make scandalous claims about Lozano's mental health and personal life while others rebuke these claims leaving one to wonder where the truth lies. These tales are compacted by the fact that Lozano exiled herself from the NY art scene in 1970 - interestingly enough around the same time Steve committed the same action - to Dallas, Texas. I suspect that in her absence the exaggeration of her life and doings were amplified.

In the end through working with, and respecting Steve he has now become one of my influences both conceptually and professionally. So, like a germ or a virus, the trail of ideas winds on.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Stephen Kaltenbach lecture tomorrow!


Starplow, acrylic on canvas, 1996
Don't forget the Stephen Kaltenbach lecture at the Verge tomorrow night, February 5th, at 6pm.

Verge Gallery and Studio Project
1900 V Street
Sacramento, CA
www.vergegallery.com

Happier Posts!

In attempt to brighten the mood around this place I give you more Art LA posts beginning with Chinatown!

The enormous testical like hooves on this stuffed horse were freaky... and awesome!

I love this sign so much because the three words together sorta make a semi-complete sentence with a noun, a proper noun, and an action verb.

Everyone loves a sincere gift, as opposed to those insincere gifts that only a jerk would give you.

Chinatown makes OMF soooo tired.

The end.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Way to go losers!


It looks like the mouth breathers that choose to spray their IQ on the back of the Verge came back over the weekend. Having never worked somewhere before that is a non-stop tagging target I can now attest to how goddamn annoying it is to come to work and find graffiti everywhere. Fortunately we can get free paint from the city to cover it so we're only out the time but still... it's totally lame. If we weren't getting free paint from the city the cost would mount pretty quickly as the exterior paint we buy for the building is close to $40 a gallon. Sadly, the free paint doesn't match the building so it looks kinda shitty but atleast it covers up brilliant works by "artists" like "Imune,"- a.k.a mr. i-can't-spell-for-shit-(!) - "toke," "DGC," "Lushy," "Nuts on a Dick," "Shark," and "ther."

Did I mention we just covered the last rash of graffiti Friday? Yeah. You know one more thing before my irritation subsides... so these losers that spray their names on the sides of buildings say that they're all about art... that's fine. Good for you that you're covering an artist's complex with graffiti which it must then pay to clean up per the terms of its lease. Money that could be channeled into other ART programs for the community. Totally awesome bros!

FYI, not that any of you are reading this but if you are we have video cameras and I have your picture:)