Archive for April, 2007

Lost America; Night Photography of Troy Paiva

Ho39_6 Sassy Pedro sent us this awesome link which showcases the work of Bay Area photographer Troy Paiva. Not only are the photos amazing, but most of the effects are in-camera, as in no photoshop malarky folks. Here is a quote from the site:

"All the photographs on this site were shot at night with only a few exceptions (as noted below the images) shot at dusk.

The work shot up until 2005 was done on film. These images have no digital or darkroom manipulation except a little spotting and selective levels compensation done in Photoshop. These images looked just like this when they came out of the camera.

The images shot from 2005 onward were done with a Canon 20D DSLR. Some of these images have multi-exposure compositing, contrast and perspective adjustments and minor cloning of lens-flare, but as with the older film work, the lighting FX and color are all done in-camera. What you see is what I shot that night."

see the rest HERE

à L’abri des Coups du Sort! – de Musset

Loved  Je répète…celui qui aime et qui est aimé est à l’abri des coups du sort!

I repeat…he who loves and who is loved is sheltered from fateful blows! –Alfred de Musset


Hank’s Hi-fi Webcast to Go Under; Save Net Radio

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21 Today by Slovo

China 1945-46, 1950-53
Korea 1950-53
Guatemala 1954, 1960, 1967-69
Indonesia 1958
Cuba 1959-61
Congo 1964
Peru 1965
Laos 1964-73
Vietnam 1961-73
Cambodia 1969-70
Lebanon 1983-84
Grenada 1983
Libya 1986
El Salvador 1980s
Nicaragua 1980s
Panama 1989
Bosnia 1985
Sudan 1998
Former Yugoslavia 1999
Iraq 1991-20??
Afghanistan 1998, 2001-02

Since the second world war, THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT has bombed 21 countries…

hear a sample here:

or listen for it here, I play this track often:

Paintings That Rhyme; round 2

This week on Tyler Green’s Modern Art Notes, he has put out a challenge to bloggers to share their own take on the idea of Paintings That Rhyme. He kicked things off with his own take, looking at an 1887 trompe l’oeil painting by George Cope titled Civil War Regalia of Major Levi Gheen McCauley, which made him think about Marsden Hartley’s Portrait of a German Officer, 1914.

It’s a fun and creative way to get back to actually writing about art, rather than art world politics, finances and scandals. I’m pretty sure it’s also a not-so-subtle comment on the recent art thievery debates, the most public being the Hirst/Precious spat in LA.

Maybe not, but I like to think Tyler is intentionally (and playfully) pointing us to a much more interesting aspect of all this; semiotics. That’s right, the good, old-fashioned joy of reading ‘texts’. It’s brilliant, actually.

From where I’m sitting, Tyler’s ‘rhymes’ are about how pictures speak to each other, but more importantly, how they speak to us.

Rembrandthorsenr Briefly oversimplifying Semiotics 101, a picture can be seen as a ‘text’ made up of ‘signs’. A sign is simply a single unit of a text (so if we look at a picture of a horse let’s say, each element in that picture or text is a sign; the horse, rider, ground, sky, tree, bird, rock, cloud, and on and on. And by the way, semiotics considers most things texts – pictures, sculptures, films, houses, people, places…just about everything actually. Oh, and books too.) Anyway, we are constantly in the process of reading texts by decoding the signs. We do this naturally through the simultaneous processes of ‘denotation’ and ‘connotation’. And here is where we get back to Tyler’s ‘rhymes.

Looking at the picture of the horse, the rider, as a sign, carries a denotation, as in the most basic idea of ‘the rider’–male, young, caucasian etc. The rider, as a sign, also carries a connotation, which is all the things ‘the rider’ may suggest–rich, spoiled, mean, bully, class struggle, suffering, injustice, death etc. Denotation and connotation take place simultaneously and automatically. They are also both subject to the unique views of each individual. And while each sign’s denotation may be relatively easy to name within a given social milleaux, it’s connotation varies wildly from individual to individual. And it is in the process of connotation that we finally get to Tyler’s ‘rhymes’.

Take for example, I recently saw Baldesarri’s Stonehenge in Green:


which made me think of Davie Salle’s Sextant in Dogtown:


which made me think of Buren’s Palais Royale for some reason, those circles maybe:


then this by Monet:


which, of course led me to one of my favorite of all time:


which came full circle to Nan Goldin here:


and on and on it goes.

Looked at this way, every picture rhymes. Try it! I’m going to do more. Thanks Tyler…



LA Times Fesitval of Books, 4/2007

Latimesfest This is the first time in 3 years I will not make it to the Festival of Books in LA. If you’re in town don’t miss it. My first year, I met George Plimpton at the Paris Reveiw booth who told me to, "keep writing." Wish I had had a picture phone at the time. He was as gracious and as kind as they said he would be. We miss you George:

"In the LA Times Festival of Books, the most read paper in town joins forces with the city’s most respected school, bringing LA’s bibliophiles together for a massive weekend of readings, signings, lectures, and sales. While there are plenty of serious discussions and A-list literary celebs for the high-minded, pop-culture junkies get their fix, as well, with an appearance by fashion icon and Project Runway superstar Tim Gunn, who shows up to sign his magnum opus, Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style, and answer questions for the fashionably challenged. (MEM)"


Information Sickness Cure: Explode the Continuum of History; Walter Benjamin’s Best

Walterbenjamin "Beset with information sickness and time fever, our challenge is to explode the continuum of history, as Benjamin realized in his final and best thinking.

Empty, homogenous, uniform time must give way to the singularity of the non-exchangeable present. Historical progress is made of time, which has steadily become a monstrous materiality, ruling and measuring life. The ‘time’ of non-domestication, of non-time, will allow each moment to be full of awareness, feeling, wisdom, and re-enchantment. The true duration of things can be restored when time and the other mediations of the symbolic are put to flight.

Derrida, sworn enemy of such a possibility, grounds his refusal of a rupture on the nature and allegedly eternal existence of symbolic culture: history cannot end, because the constant play of symbolic movement cannot end. This auto-da-fé is a pledge against presence, authenticity, and all that is direct, embodied, particular, unique, and free. To be trapped in the symbolic is only our current condition, not an eternal sentence…."

Link: Insurgent Desire – The Modern Anti-World .

Via: ::: wood s lot ::: "the fitful tracing of a portal". and WIT

Marnie Weber Rocks Patrick Painter 4/2007

Marnie If you still haven’t checked out her work, don’t miss Marnie at Patrick Painter this month where she debuts her new project, "Sing Me a Western Song".

Besides creating some of the most beautiful/creepy art on the scene today, don’t you think she’s looking hotter than ever, particularly because that is NOT a Diet Coke in her hand…

(photo by Doug Harvey, who also rocks)

Ségolène Royal Piggybacks Barbara Kruger


From the look of things, French presidential hopeful Ségolène Royal would like to remind her potential female (and male for that matter) voters that she has the feminist chops to lead her country out of it’s male dominated quagmire. How? By these Kruger-esque posters which are plastered all over Paris.

Kruger wouldn’t mind the rip-off. Don’t believe me? Listen here; Design Matters Online Interveiw

via Art World Salon

BENT Festival @ EYEBEAM, NYC 4/2007

Bent_spot If you’re in NYC this week, be sure to check out the BENT Festival and all the crazy, circuit bending fun:

Eyebeam is pleased to present a three-day extravaganza of workshops, concerts and art installations as part of Bent 2007: The Fourth Annual Circuit Bending Festival, April 26-28.

The last leg of the festival, which will have traveled to Los Angeles and Minneapolis before closing at Eyebeam will feature performers, educators and visual artists – including several past and current Eyebeam artist residents and fellows – leading circuit-bending workshops for all ages and skill levels. For a complete schedule of events, or to buy tickets for concerts and select workshops, please visit:

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