Archive for December, 2006
[We must leave each other in order to love each other forever…Misquoted French proverb.]
If you are in Portland this winter: "A media icon and household name because of his infamous shark in a tank of formaldehyde sculpture, Hirst is widely seen as the legitimate heir to Marcel Duchamp. Recipient of the prestigious Tate Gallery Turner Prize in 1995, Hirst’s work tackles the big subjects of art—love, desire, life, and death—with irony, wit, and complex references to science and culture."
image by Bud, KING5 News, Seattle
From Athanasius Kircher: "When Loy Allen Bowlin died in 1995, he left behind the persona of ‘The Original Rhinestone Cowboy – the World’s Most Famous Entertainer’, a character who attracted crowds to watch his shuffle-step dancing and listen to his stories, jokes and off-key singing. What really drew them were his rhinestone-studded polyester leisure suits, cowboy boots and hat, not to mention the rhinestones embedded in his dentures. Today, that performative aspect of his life is largely eclipsed by his real legacy – an elaborately decorated, otherwise modest home, originally located in the small town of McComb, Mississippi, and now owned by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The house is a complete home environment, its interior a shifting kaleidoscope of glowing colors and intricate patterns constructed from paper, glitter, and glue, covering every wall and ceiling. It is a private universe so abstract that eyes and mind struggle to contain it."
And now for some blatant self-promotion: Sal Randolph’s Free Press Project continues it’s viral life. Here are a few pics of the opening show at Roda Sten. The show has moved on to Stockholm for "Labyrinth" an international art-book show. My text is titled "The Program." It’s funny.
TACOMA, WA.-Tacoma Art Museum ’s exhibition Frida Kahlo: Images of an Icon presents some sixty photographic portraits of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo taken throughout her life. Beginning with childhood and ending with the image of Kahlo on her deathbed, these portraits bring into focus the painter, the patient, the wife, the daughter, the lover, and the friend. The exhibition will be on view February 3 through June 10, 2007.
HELVETICA FILM CLIPS ARE UP
Just wanted to let you know that we’ve uploaded a few Quicktime video clips from Helvetica on the website. It’s tough to get the feel for a 85-minute feature film in a few minutes, but hopefully these will give you a taste. We’ve put up a snippet of our interview with Dutch design legend Wim Crouwel, a beautiful piece of footage from the streets of Berlin that segues into part of Erik Spiekermann‘s profile, a few minutes with Amsterdam-based design team Experimental Jetset, and a clip featuring Neville Brody and Rick Poynor discussing type’s subliminal influence.
Hope you enjoy them. We’ll have a few more clips, a proper trailer, and news on our 2007 world premiere and screening dates soon.
Looks like my favorite cultural/music critic and avant-tard extraordinaire, Herr Diederichsen, is at it again. [at a bar in Pasadena, mid-90s, he said to me, after noting my faded SUBPOP t-shirt, "That’s great. You are wanting to make the ironic revival of grunge before it even dies…" Uh, yeah. Actually, I thought it was cool…]
can’t wait to read his latest!
TEXTE ZUR KUNST
December 2006 / Issue No. 64
in cooperation with Diedrich Diederichsen
out now / featuring an English section of the main contributions
[note: I just trolled their site and could not find the English translations yet. Dropped them an email and will let you know what’s up.]
"Lasse Gjertsen, the 22 year old Norwegian video producer, is feeling the effects of his internet fame as the job offers roll in. The story of his recent notoriety is chronicled in a Wall Street Journal interview, as well as the process he used to make the video Amateur. You can also find a collection of his videos on YouTube. As you can see, he still hasn’t combed his hair. Link
Be sure to catch: