Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Pipolotti Rist and more.

My counter balance to the muppets, and yet still a common thread...
This is from the UbuWeb Film site (I've put a link to in my sidebar). Its a great site. Check out Laurie Anderson, Matthew Barney, and John Baldessari's "I will not make any more boring art" as well as too many others to recommend.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Mahnah Mahna

Somehow this makes sense with my studio work right now...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Learning to love you more...

Today I spent my morning revisiting a book I bought this Spring. Learning to Love You More. It's both a web site and series of artworks, writings, and photographs made by the general public in response to assignments given by artists Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher. Miranda July is amazing and this collaborative project is as beautiful, poetic, and bitter sweet as anything I've seen her do. Some of my favorite assignments are:
#32. Draw a scene from a movie that made you cry.
#30. Take a picture of strangers holding hands.
#16. Make a paper replica of your bed
#5. Recreate an object from someone else's past.

Learning To Love You More is also an ever-changing series of exhibitions, screenings and radio broadcasts presented all over the world. Participant's documentation is also their submission for possible inclusion in one of these presentations. Past presentations have taken place at The Whitney Museum in NYC, Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, Aurora Picture Show in Houston, TX, The Seattle Art Museum in Seattle, WA, the Wattis Institute in San Francisco CA, among others.
Since its beginning in 2002 over 5000 people have participated in the project.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Story telling.

What is The Moth?

The Moth, a not-for-profit storytelling organization, was founded in New York in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green, who wanted to recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings on his native St. Simon's Island, Georgia, where he and a small circle of friends would gather to spin spellbinding tales on his friend Wanda's porch. After moving to New York, George missed the sense of connection he had felt sharing stories with his friends back home, and he decided to invite a few friends over to his New York apartment to tell and hear stories. Thus the first "Moth" evening took place in his living room. Word of these captivating story nights quickly spread, and The Moth moved to bigger venues in New York. Today, The Moth conducts six ongoing programs and has brought more than 2,000 live stories to over 60,000 audience members.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Friday, May 16, 2008

Honoring the other...

"A post-modern exhibition strategy begins with the realization that categories and criteria have no innate validity--only the validity that is projected upon them--and thus that their transgression can be an opening into freedom. In terms of the culture of the exhibition, this means that humans can exhibit anything whatever to one another for whatever reasons. The post-Modern exhibition does not compete in the conflict of different ideas of quality, priority, or historical centrality. It allows different definitions and standards of quality to stand side by side without giving one of them dominance or authority over others....The post-Modern exhibition must strive not for slices of sameness...but for a focus on difference which honors the Other and allows it to be itself..."
-Thomas McEvilley, "Opening the Trap: The Postmodern Exhibition" 67-8). In Art and Otherness: Crisis in Cultural Identity McPherson, 1995.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

In addition to my ever growing reading list... movies are always a priority. I can't stop thinking about how beautiful, unnerving, and tragic this one is...."The Sweet Smell of Success" combines some of my favorite qualities in art.
"The cat's in the bag and the bags in the river...". So good!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Pierre Huyghe

I first saw the work of Pierre Huyghe in the back room of Marian Goodman Gallery. I watched his short "This is not a time for Dreaming" (the 2nd image above) and loved it. No Wait! I saw his Dog Day Afternoon Re-enactment "The 3rd Memory" before that at the Whitney Biennial when we lived in NY and it was brilliant and funny and so good...So today when I stumbled on his work in one of the books Noah brought home from the library I knew he could be important as I work towards my next installation. His films, installations, and public events range from a small-town parade to a puppet theater, from a model amusement park to a wildlife expedition in Antarctica and they relate to how I am trying to use fact and fiction while simultaneously playing with how they overlap. According to art:21/the 4th season: "Revealing the experience of fiction to be as palpable as anything in daily life, Huyghe's playful work often addresses complex social topics such as the yearning for utopia, the lure of spectacle in mass media, and the capacity of cinema to shape memory."

Monday, May 12, 2008

Summer Reading...

Organizing and spending my summer productively is a top priority. That said I'll spend this week looking over my pile of unread and barely started books... what got me started thinking about all those lovely reads was a discussion last night about the Kara Walker Retrospective that comes to the Fort Worth Modern this summer. The education department will be hosting a "book club" of sorts in conjunction with the exhibition. The Known World by Edward P. Jones was already on my list, this seems like a good excuse to finally start reading.

Dates and topics for Summer Reading: From the Artist’s Library:
Presented in conjunction with Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love, this Modern program concentrates on three books that the artist has found significant in the development of her work. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, The Known World by Edward P. Jones, and Beloved by Toni Morrison are discussed and considered as they relate to issues explored in the exhibition. Each book is presented with readings by company members of Amphibian Productions and a brief introduction by a guest presenter with a discussion to follow.
June 12
Presentation on the three books and tour of Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love
July 17
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
Presentation by Bob Ray Sanders
August 7
Beloved, Toni Morrison
Presentation by Susan Ayers
September 11

The Known World
, Edward P. JonesPresentation by Annette Lawrence

Friday, May 9, 2008

Beautiful Decay

A friend of mine sent me this link to a magazine called Beautiful Decay. This month's issue is all about the grotesque and features an old friend of mine, Tanya Batura, as well as the work of Folkert de Jong who is on the cover.
Issue V, "examines the current state of the grotesque within contemporary art and music, whether it is manifested through content, imagery, material, or practice. Like carnival mirrors, these works can reflect unsettling visages, though a strange attraction can still be found in their unconventional appearances. Ultimately, the grotesque can be seen as the quintessential cultural catalyst, igniting the sparks of consideration, debate, and intrigue, and thereby propelling society forward."

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Neil Medlyn

Noah just sent me a link to this artist. He's a friend of a friend who is hilarious, smart, and originally from Palestine, Texas. Gives me some hope about small towns in Texas, then again he did escape to NYC...Check out his website and watch his video: Neal Medlyn's Land of Make Believe.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Back in the swing...almost.

So I going a little crazy trying to feel at home again in my life and the studio. The house is completely torn apart...but with change there are always growing pains. So to feel a little more connected to the studio and like I am not completely avoiding my work...I am posting a new artist named Reiko Otake that I found on the Tomio Koyama gallery's website. I find myself more and more drawn to wood as a material. I love the beauty and integrity. Last May Jim Dine's "Pinocchio" exhibit at Pace Wildenstein was one of my favorites when we visited NY.