Monday, September 22, 2008

Comparison (this is insane)

This is an interesting snapshot of 2007.

The economy of New York (the greater metropolitan area) was 1.1 trillion in 2007.

The economy of Russia was 1.28 trillion in 2007.

The economy of India was 1.09 trillion in 2007.

That's the greater metropolitan New York area not what is geographically considered New York.






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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Flaming Lips flyer, Gainesville, Fla, 1989



I was at this show. It was 1989. The Flaming Lips had a fog machine and a cheesy, cheap laser light show. I remember it all very fondly. It was also the first time ever in my life I took MDMA. I did not stick with the Flaming Lips through the years. I was really into them around the time of this show and that was pretty much it. But I saw them three times and this was the first. With some bands there is only one album for me. The rest of their career has no bearing. They may very well have gone on to much grander things. R.E.M. is an example of this sort of band and Murmur, which I discovered the year it was released, was the album. Husker Dü is another one and New Day Rising was the album. Well, Flaming Lips is one of these bands too and with them the album was Oh My Gawd!!!...The Flaming Lips.

[I found this on The Gainesville Scene (1980s).]

Saturday, September 6, 2008

cover of the fourth and final issue if the Surrealist journal VVV (New York), Roberto Matta, 1944






I was surprised to come across this. It looks incredibly contemporary and not at all like Matta’s paintings. It makes me think of Le Dernier Cri

Sunday, August 31, 2008

My summer reading, 2008.

Theft Is Vision
Bob Nickas (2008)
Enter Naomi: SST, L.A. And All That
Joe Carducci (2007)
Not Without My Sister
Kristina Jones, Celeste Jones, Juliana Buhring (2007)
Heaven’s Harlot: My Fifteen Years in a Sex Cult
Mirriam Williams (1999)
The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion
Mircea Eliade (1957)
Following Our Bliss: How the Spiritual Ideals of the Sixties Shape Our Lives Today
Dan Lattin (2004)
A Secret History of Consciousness
Gary Lachman (2003)
Rogue Messiahs: Tales of Self-Proclaimed Saviors
Colin Wilson (2000)
The Secret Chief Revealed
Myron J. Stolaroff (revised edition 2005)
Mount Analogue: A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing
René Daumal (1952, English translation 1979)
A Serious Night of Drinking
René Daumal (1938, English translation 2004)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Links

I got posted in three different places recently. On Streetsy they were not sure who I was but they used my Flickr name. On the other two they did not mention my name at all! -- even though they got the stuff from my YouTube account. They might have used kvvn rggn... This seemed a little odd. Of course, you can click through to my YouTube account since they were embedded from there. And lest it sounds like I'm being ungrateful for the attention, while that's not true at all. I just wondered why they obscured the authorship of the work (er, my work). Is this the way of social networking and web 2.0? The death of the author... Well, nevertheless, thanks for posting me.

1. (*\***

2. that-unsound

3. Streetsy











Saturday, August 9, 2008

Unintentional Rory Hayes Birthday Tribute



Rory Hayes, 1971



It did not occur to me until this morning, when I was reading the Edwin Pouncey essay in When the Demented Wented that I'd posted the Rory Hayes piece on Enantiomorphic Chamber on his birthday, which was yesterday, August 8th. I did not know who he was until yesterday evening. They actually mentioned that it was his birthday at the book release event at Desert Island but it did not register. I made plans to go to this event not because I knew of Hayes but because Kim Deitch was supposed to be a part of it. He, however, was MIA. I wondered why legends such as Kim Deitch and Bill Griffith were involved in this, giving a talk about this guy, Rory Hayes. After a quick scan of the book I decided he was contemporary. I was then surprised to learn he died in 1984. The most interesting thing was that he was on the periphery of the original underground comix scene in San Francisco going back to the late 60s. Hayes first comic was published in 1969. Bill Griffith's stories intrigued me so much I got up this morning burning to read the Pouncey essay. Gary Panter, who it seems is a Hayes fan, was in the audience.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Six Six Sixties, Throbbing Gristle, 1979

I am one of the injured
A tear blurs flesh
Dissolving
Like an injured dog
Like wasted limbs
Get smaller
Pain is the stimulus of pain
But then of course nothing is cured
This is the world now
Move a fin and the world turns
Sit in a chair and pictures change
Try to eat us
And get trapped
Or injured
Just

Monday, June 16, 2008

Scanners (draft)













Scanners
David Cronenberg
1981







Andrea Portrait 1
James Juron
2008







Channeling Dorothea Rockburne
Kevin Regan
2008







Jonathan Hartshorn
2007







Stan Narten
Ketchup and Plastic
2008



Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Praxis of Art in the early 21st Century



Before I realized that I was being targeted for some reason, I used to get a lot of odd damage and stains appearing in my house, but I chalked it up to having a child. There would be no way of knowing what he might have spilled. When the drain pipes from the roof kept repeatedly getting crushed or pulled apart (so that the basement would get water when it rained), I knew it wasn't my son doing it, but I thought maybe it was some kids in the neighbourhood who liked to dismantle drain pipes.

When the screen doors developed tears in them right next to the door handles (which I locked at night), I felt slightly suspicious. When the door locks themselves went askew and my keys didn't work quite as well, I had no idea at the time that this was an indication that my locks had been tampered with.

Looking back, I realize that there was sabotage going on a fair amount. The stains were some kind of engine oil, spread all over the house, including on my son's bed under his sheets. He's not a baby, so he wasn't throwing motor oil around.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Drips



Carolana Parlato
The Kiss
2007





Eric Sall
Icy Hot
2008





Christina Sucgang
Someday Maybe
2007





Wallace Whitney
no caption info






Jasmine Justice
Big Rock Candy
2006




Michael Cody Drury
Untitled
2006






Elizabeth Cooper
(no caption info)





Mary Heilmann
Go Ask Alice
oil on canvas
2006




One of my favorite things about Mary Heilmann's paintings are those fucked up drips. They communicate a kind of resignation. They're a shrug, an "oh well," a "sorry, I just couldn't help that..." It is a gesture without drama, not uptight, but, rather, in a casual, almost flippant, manner. This is a kind of giving up that accepts that it's giving up and learns to live with itself. It’s completely unheroic. It is not about "I am nature." It's simply nature, the nature of gravity. Nothing else. Paint drips. If you load the brush with too much paint it drips. And here is where the thing reverses itself. You see it is in this way that it's a form of trying too hard. The kind of trying too hard that usually fails, that comes on too strong, that, well, acts like a drip.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Enantiomorphic Chamber [video screening], an unfinished draft

Enantiomorphic Chamber [video screening] is the proposed third part of of a trio of curatorial exercises. The other projects include a gallery show at (NURTUREart, February 15 to March 23, 2008) and an online curatorial experiment (a blog as a gallery show).

This trio of projects begins with a desire to index what appears to be an unrecognized iconographic phenomenon in contemporary art: reflected figures. Figures in which each half is a mirror reflection of the other. We also propose a label for this figure: enantiomorph. Strictly speaking an enantiomorph is a pair of assymetrical figures that are mirror images of one another. Our stance is looser. And we’ve often approached this project at tangents to the above stated aims.

This project is named after a Robert Smithson’s sculpture from 1965, Enantiomorphic Chambers.











One Second
1996
1:59
Kevin Regan









Pleasure Principle
1996
2:42
Kevin Regan









9/11 Smoke Demons
Daughters of God
2:54
2001









Obloy Syndrome: Sprince (Dog Divengrin)
5:33
2007
Alan Cordell









Friendly Fire
3:07
2006
Martha Colburn









Not Yet
1:00
2006
DesertArktist









Psychedleic Amy
2:26
2006
Frog









Obloy Syndrome: Insanity “ritual” vol. (23)
0:25
2007
Allen Cordell









Wrong Time Capsule by Deerhoof
3:03
2007
Martha Colburn










Handwalker
1:15
2007
Brian Bress










Gunplay
3:00
2001
Rico Gatson








Entanglement
5:00
2002
Marc Travanti









Angels Chant Like Witches
4:20
2006
Kelly Sears









Toys Flipped
0:45
2008
John Cason









P-UNIT-2 !!PART TWO!!

9:21
2007
Paperrad









Lightening Strikes

4:09
2007
The White tiger prepade






Total Running Time
Approx
69:50 min