Saturday, February 28, 2009

guggenheim: the east/west show

hadn't been to the goog in
quite some time. the old corkscrew
looks fresh from the outside
after it's recent 3-year face lift.

the show is entitled
the third mind:
american artists contemplate asia,
hence: the east/west show
photography unfortunately not permitted
above the rotunda...
so i, um, only took a few surreptitious shots...
here's the online exhibit

its strengths are many and, though
its ambition is overreaching,
you can't fault a show that offers so much.
Among the riches, works by Whistler, Steichen,
Steiglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Mark Tobey,
Robert Rauschenberg, Allen Ginsberg
(he recites Howl on the audiotour)
the beats, Fluxus...

Special pleasures - the joyful choreography in the
calligraphic works of Mark Tobey's 'white writing'
and the paintings of Brice Marden, the innocent charm
of Yoko Ono's instruction paintings and
the spontaneous magic of Robert Rauschenberg's
gold screen, (especially on learning it was 'performed' -
created at an event in Japan).

David Smith's gestural drawings and
the pencil drawings of John Cage delighted me
and I was moved by James Lee Byars'
the death of james lee byars :
the uncanny beauty in the proportion of the free standing room
covered in small squares of gold leaf,
not burnished to the surface but, rather, with edges
allowed to flutter with the gentle movement of air.

Winding ever higher up the spiral
both the air and the content seem thinner: Not
a fan of the sort of conceptual and performance work
that makes up the finale - pretension seems to rule
up there - I wander back down to meditate before
Ad Reinhardt's black painting and to swoon
before the exquisite Agnes Martin grid.
(detail below)

Friday, February 27, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009

all about the music


foisted on an unsuspecting me
was the challenge:
detail the 15 albums that changed your life.
The ones with the power to transport you.
the ones that consumed you.

i began with the beatles because i thought that was,
for me, where (despite tubby the tuba, peter pan,
camelot, hans christian andersen and my fair lady, et. al)
the music began. I googled album covers which lead
to the madness of the completest:
recreate the playlist that was/is my life.
don't even ask me about the track list. it isn't finished
and i'm trying to ignore it.

then came the obsession with songs remembered from
the radio, from before the age of buying music
...early rock and roll. hits of the fifties.
which lead to more list making.
it's neverending
much like blogging itself,
and also: no rhyme, no reason.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

curse you, enablers

The Near Earth Object Surveillance Satellite is a Canadian space telescope designed todiscover near-Earth objects and track high-altitude satellites

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
Dolly Parton

Dallan can refer to an Arabic word meaning lost.
Hell is other people. Jean-Paul Sartre

refers to a mark or series of marks that usually indicate an intentional omission of a word or a phrase from the original text.

Doubts are more cruel than the worst of truths. Moliere

stop me. someone. please...

or hire me

The mannose receptor is a calcium-dependent lectin.

The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern. Lord Acton, letter to Mary Gladstone 1881

Ponteix is a town in southwestern Saskatchewan, Canada

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. Leo Tolstoy

The Connie Sue Highway is an outback road which runs from Rawlinnaon the Trans-Australian Railway to the Aboriginal community of Warburton on the Great Central Road

We’re all in this alone. Lily Tomlin

A two stroke diesel is a diesel engine that works in two strokes. (um, really?)

Buy the ticket, take the ride.
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Sliced bread is a loaf of bread which has been pre-sliced and packaged for convenience.
The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you’re still a rat Lily Tomlin

Probability theory is the branch of mathematics concerned with analysis of random phenomena.
People are like stained glass windows; they sparkle and shine when the sun is out but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within.
Elizabeth Kubler Ross

more album covers

there is
no resisting
this challenge...
(see previous post)

The Mysteries of the Horizon is a painting by Rene Magritte

A well frog knows nothing of the ocean for it is bound by it’s space. The Spring insect knows nothing of the Winter because it is bound to a single season.
Chuang Tzu

Reimegrend Station is a railway station in Voss, Norway

Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything Sydney Smith
Josephine Riley has written several books on Theatre Arts, most noticeably Chinese Theatre and the Actor in Performance.

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. Albert Einstein
Cecil Henry Meares was the chief dog handler and Russian interpreter on the 1910-1913 Terra Nova Expedition to Antarctica.

O, woe is meto have seen what i have seen, see what i see! Shakespeare - Hamlet Act III scene I

The Solanaceae is a family of flowering plants.

Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting. John Russell

Monday, February 23, 2009

album cover design meme

o no, not another meme. yeah. well. blame
m. heart at least it's a design meme.

I did my first one honestly but i hate
using other people's images without permission
if i'm going to post them
so i switched to random photos from my
own pbase galleries...

i especially enjoy the unusual quotes,
collected below with info on the
wikipedia entries...

and then, full disclosure, i got picky
about what wikipedia offered
and clicked until i found entries that
inspired me...

here are the general guidelines

go to wikipedia & hit random
or click here. the first random
wikipedia article you get is
the name of your band.

go to random quotations
or click here. the last four or five words
of the last quote of the page
is the title of your first album.

go to flickr and click on
“explore the last seven days”
or click here.
third picture, no matter what it is,
will be the image for your
album cover.

create and post your album cover.

a contessa chair is a wooden chair
typically used for dining.
a one seat sofa can sometimes be called a contessa chair.

"the last temptation is the greatest treason:
to do the right deed for the wrong reason

T.S. Eliot

Tal R is an artist based in Copenhagen.
his painting style is described as
kolbojnik, a Hebrew word for

reality, n. the nucleus of a vacuum
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

dual quaternions
In ring theory, dual quaternions are a non-commutative
ring constructed in the same way as the quaternions,
except using dual numbers instead of real numbers
as coefficients.
(but you knew that, right?)

The chalk marks are transient, the formulas eternal
S. Weinstein
(couldn't find more on S. Weinstein
is but i love the quote)

Welcome to My Nightmare is a
1976 music concert film of Alice’s Cooper’s
show of the same name

I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith
to be content

Epistle of Paul

54 Aurigae is a star
in the constellation Auriga.

There are men I could spend eternity with,
but not this life

Kathleen Norris

Sunday, February 22, 2009

gray sunday, no shadows

there was no avoiding
billboards, posters
and stickers today
uptown and down,
b'way in the 80s to
houston at the bowery

Saturday, February 21, 2009

more yellow

don't know why

Friday, February 20, 2009

the warmth of morocco

i couldn't bear to format
the memory card i slipped
into the camera this morning
it was filled with the
warmth of morocco...
essouira in particular

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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