Sunday, March 31, 2013

Preach to birds

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Mikola Gnisyuk, People in Trees (The Rooks Have Arrived), 1964.  Courtesy of Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow. Via: hill of bees
“I love my birthmark’s spectrum of colour. When I’m warm it’s a kind of red-purple, like the colour of some plums and when I’m cold it’s a vivid, almost neon blue. I also like how it’s a kind of protective barrier protecting me against non-accepting and unthoughtful people.”  Patience Via: Natalie McCommas

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Jung- shadow

Unfortunately there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual's conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. If an inferiority is conscious, one always has a chance to correct it. Furthermore, it is constantly in contact with other interests, so that it is continually subjected to modifications. But if it is repressed and isolated from consciousness, it never gets corrected. "Psychology and Religion" (1938). In CW 11: Psychology and Religion: West and East. 

Hunter S. Thompson and Bill Murray

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

via: even cleveland
My angst in seeing the Evans photo was realizing that the swam could have been the last Trumpeter in North Dakota [collected in 1891]. Early naturalists, including John James Audubon in his 1843 sojourn to Fort Union, saw swans in large numbers during summer. Valued for their meat, skin, and feathers, Trumpeters were gone from North Dakota and Minnesota by 1900. Until rediscovery in the 1930s in Red Rock Lakes, Montana, and later in Alaska, Trumpeter Swans were widely believed to be extinct. Since 1960, Trumpeters have spread from introductions into Minnesota and South Dakota ... Ironically, in the same year the North Dakota Museum of Art acquired the Terry Evans photo for its permanant collection, a pair has come to nest. Once again, the trumpeting call of the largest of all waterfowl, snow white feathers, contrasting with the black bill, facial sking, eyes, legs and feet, can be heard in North Dakota. Dr. David Lambeth
Terry Evans: Trumpeter Swan, North Dakota, collected 1891, photographed 2001. 
Cuygnus Buccinator, Iris print. ©Terry Evans.
Amuletta. 2007, by Grethe Wittrock
Irene Removing the Body of St. Sebastian after his Martyrdom
David McGill (c. 1864-1947)
Exhibited Royal Academy 1894

Monday, March 18, 2013

Skin Embellished

Image: Teri Frame
Gallery 1724- Opening Reception: Thursday March 21st 7-10pm
1724 Bissonnet St. (between Dunlavy and Woodhead), Houston, TX 77005

Skin, Embellished is an exhibition exploring not-so-typical notions of skin. Featured artists are Teri Frame, Ryan Kelly, Linda Lopez, Mathew McConnell, Margaret Meehan, Julie Moon, and Lindsay Pichaske. The show is curated by Linda Lopez and Lindsay Pichaske.
March 19th through May 31, 2013.

Sunday, March 17, 2013


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Art as Digestion

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Phoebe Washburn. Tickle The Shitstem. 2008.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Marc Riboud, Dog Acrobats, Paris, 1953

Thursday, March 14, 2013

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Juan Francisco Elso, Por América, 1986.

Juan Francisco Elso Padilla was a Cuban sculptor who died of leukemia in 1988 at the age of 32.
There is a terrifying moment in Rousseau’s ‘Essay on the Origin of Languages’ when Rousseau tells the story, with the pieties of Enlightenment in his sights, of the human animal first coming across itself and deciding on a name:

"A primitive man, on meeting other men, will first have experienced fright. His fear will make him see these men as larger and stronger than himself; he will give them the name giants. After many experiences, he will discover that the supposed giants are neither larger nor stronger than himself, and that their stature did not correspond to the idea he had originally linked to the word ‘giant’. He will then invent another name that he has in common with them, such as, for example, the word man, and will retain the word ‘giant’ for the false object that impressed him while he was being deluded." MORE of T.J. Clark's Lucky Hunter-Gatherers here.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Celine Pastels, Fall 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


remembrance cards

Monday, March 11, 2013

hummingbirds are gendered on npr

New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum would like to add one more character to that long, familiar list: the hummingbird. She writes that hummingbirds are "idealistic feminine dreamers whose personalities are irritants. They are not merely spunky, but downright obsessive." Listen here...

Friday, March 8, 2013

Thursday, March 7, 2013

I thought about this book again today... One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal

"Must children born with socially challenging anatomies have their bodies changed because others cannot be expected to change their minds? One of Us views conjoined twinning and other "abnormalities" from the point of view of people living with such anatomies, and considers these issues within the larger historical context of anatomical politics. Anatomy matters, Alice Domurat Dreger tells us, because the senses we possess, the muscles we control, and the resources we require to keep our bodies alive limit and guide what we experience in any given context. Her deeply thought-provoking and compassionate work exposes the breadth and depth of that context--the extent of the social frame upon which we construct the "normal." In doing so, the book calls into question assumptions about anatomy and normality, and transforms our understanding of how we are all intricately and inextricably joined. "

Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

How does it feel to be the mother of a teenage dwarf who’s desperate to start dating? What if you love the daughter you conceived when you were raped but can’t bear to be touched by her? And, as the father of a happy, yet profoundly deaf son who’s forgotten how it feels to hear, how do you deal with your memories of the times you played music together?
More of the NYTIMES article here.

Mr. Solomon is obsessed by that blurry line where illness and identity bleed into each other. “We live in xenophobic times,” he writes. He detects a “crisis in empathy.” His book is a sober yet optimistic portrait of what he calls “love across the divide.”  More NYTIMES book review here.

In love with Miu Miu Fall/Winter 2013

 View the whole slideshow and read a review at

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

There is a sucker born every minute- P.T.Barnum

1943 Morality Code (mostly for women), somewhere in the UK

via: Matthew's Island of Misfit Toys

Joan Crawford (1934) via: Matthew's Island of Misfit Toys my new blog crush

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sunday, March 3, 2013

“unmistakable evidence of being a woman”

To pass as a man, Union soldier Frances Louisa Clayton, who enlisted with her husband in 1861, took up gambling, cigar-smoking, and swearing.
Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library

Review of They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil Warbrainpickings via: brainpickings

Robert Gober Retrospective at Schaulager Basel

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013

Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act

“P.O.V.: Two Towns of Jasper” on PBS, Whitney Dow & Marco Williams | 2004 duPont-Columbia Award Winner from Alfred I. duPont Awards on Vimeo.

 James Byrd, Jr. (May 2, 1949 – June 7, 1998) was an African-American who was murdered by three men, of whom at least two were white supremacists, in Jasper, Texas, on June 7, 1998. Shawn Berry, Lawrence Russell Brewer, and John King dragged Byrd behind a pick-up truck along an asphalt road. Byrd, who remained conscious throughout most of the ordeal, was killed when his body hit the edge of a culvert, severing his right arm and head. The murderers drove on for another mile before dumping his torso in front of an African-American cemetery in Jasper. Byrd's lynching-by-dragging gave impetus to passage of a Texas hate crimes law. 

Matthew Wayne Shepard (December 1, 1976 – October 12, 1998) was an American student at the University of Wyoming who was tortured and murdered near Laramie, Wyoming in October 1998. He was attacked on the night of October 6–7, and died a few days later at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado, on October 12 from severe head injuries. During the trial it was widely reported that Shepard was targeted because he was gay. Shepard's murder brought national and international attention to hate crime legislation at the state and federal levels.

In October 2009, the United States Congress passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (Matthew Shepard Act for short), and on October 28, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law. via: Wikapedia