Wednesday, April 26, 2006


Expermental Media Series Night Two goes down tonight at 7. Antithesis (to Cornelius's thesis?) is curated by Djakarta at Corcoran's Hammer Auditorium. Worth the Holly Boss performance alone. More details at dcist.

Monday, April 24, 2006

da me lo gasolina

This little tadpole is

6 blocks from work
5 blocks from metro
5 blocks from Ben's Chili
2 blocks from transformer
2 blocks from papusa
3 blocks from Irvine
4 blocks from the black cat

swimming on up.


With Renoir back looking pretty at the Phillips, I took the time to check out son Jean Renoir's Grand Illusion.

It reminds me a lot of the painting, which I'll have to explain later. For now:

Damn, check that staging, levels like Boating Party. But these guys talk:


Wednesday, April 19, 2006

She Blinded Me With Copyright Infringement

"You can't just take a very well-known piece of music and add your own vitriolic rap over the top of it and get away with it... If anybody's going to sing nasty lyrics over my music, it's going to be me."

-Thomas Dolby on "America's Most Hated," Kevin Federline's new song that rips Dolby's 80s hit "She Blinded Me With Science.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

who's that good looking fellow in the mirror

Shit, It's Lacan Tuesday!

Start with some Dan Graham from the Walker
Two-way Mirror Punched Steel Hedge Labyrinth
, 1994-1996

stainless steel, glass, arborvitae
508 x 206 5/16 x 90 in. overall
Gift of Judy and Kenneth Dayton, 1996

Since the mid-1960s, conceptual artist Dan Graham has been investigating how spaces affect human behavior, how art and audiences are connected, and how works of art are linked to their physical, social, and economic contexts. His works have included color photographs of suburban tract homes; interactive perfor-mances, films, and video installations; and glass and mirror pavilions, which he has been making for more than twenty years. For the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden he has created a large geometric maze with walls that provide both transparent and reflective surfaces. As we interact with the sculpture we both see and are seen, view the surrounding environment and our own reflections. The piece conjures up questions about inside and outside, about public and private spaces, and--as the reflective surfaces respond to the motion of clouds and sun--about nature and culture.

THEN Reading Images with Lacan

And finally, last night's Super Nanny: in which, the british lady instructs the parents of some brats through an exersize of scolding your children while staring in to the mirror. In this way you can see yourself exactly how your kid sees you.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Zhao Bandi


From ZOOM magazine, July 2002.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

cease & desist - heart RIAA

I never liked the flaming lips until I heard soft bulletin. Before that it was slanted punk--"we had the passion but we were amateur," lead Wayne Coyne explains Thursday on NPR.

"Now we have just as much passion, but we know how to play our instruments real well."

See for yourself and download the new album, At War With The Mystics.

EDIT expired

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

glass man from Amelie finally finished with Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919)
Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1880–81

Oil on canvas, 51 ¼ x 69 1/8 inches Acquired 1923
The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.

Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party is back at the Phillips. It's worth the visit this weekend when A Celebration of Masterworks is free to the public.

Hung in the second floor of the original Phillips house, the work is weirdly set off by a beige paintjob but whatever, it's been five years since DC's had its most famous modern. It's been traveling all over making the Phillips some needed cash. Welcome home.

JUST as exciting is the reopening of the Rothko Room in the new 1618 extension of the Phillips.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

75% chance the lead singer of the sounds is a man

image by adub

Review of The Sounds and Morningwood at the 930 on DCist.

Friday, April 07, 2006


I caught Irvine late. They are moving on up to the east (14th st.) side. But I got to catch up with a lightly buzzed Susan Jamison:

- Ok, these are myths and myth makers. You got your hummingbirds and wolves, you got your hansels, gretels, sugar packets, and prince charmings. Add egg yolk. It works.
- Studio visit in place despite said studio being x,000 miles from here
- Heather is from cohan, she knows how to push. she buys as well.

-Tim, please forgive me.

Can I call you Susan Jam-Is-On ! [sic] ? Cool.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Roses and Teeth for Ludwig Wittgenstein - Matmos

Matmos is an art collective-ish band from San Francisco that makes minimal music entirely from samples. For Lipostudio, it was liposuction surgery. For their latest, Roses and Teeth, the source is Ludwig Wittgenstein, whose Lectures and Conversations was the only book on art theory I could tolerate in school.

This is a song that seems to work didacticly from the lyrics, like how in a showtune performers act out words with hands or props. But here it's done in reverse. The music itself is derived from the content of the lyrics. From the Matmos website:

The song "Roses and Teeth for Ludwig Wittgenstein" is based around a single paragraph from the his text "Philosophical Investigations". For those who would like to sing along, the text appears in part II, chapter eleven, and runs as follows:

"A new born child has no teeth." "A goose has no teeth." "A rose has no teeth." This last at any rate- one would like to say- is obviously true! It is even surer that a goose has none. - And yet it is none so clear. For where should a rose's teeth have been? The goose has none in its jaw. And neither, of course, has it any in its wings; but no one means that when he says it has no teeth.- Why, suppose one were to say: the cow chews its food and then dungs the rose with it, so the rose has teeth in the mouth of a beast. This would not be absurd, because one has no notion in advance where to look for teeth in a rose. ((Connexion with 'pain in someone else's body'.))

....In order to animate the scenario described in Wittgenstein's text, we went to a working farm in Sebastopol, California and recorded the sound of cows eating, and of cow manure being shovelled onto roses. Back at the studio, we recorded the sound of fresh roses swinging through the air, and built rhythms out of the sound of dried roses being scraped, shaken, and crushed. In order to create the crispier percussive noises, Erika Clowes loaned us her wisdom teeth (extracted and dried) and we clicked and grinded them against each other. We also sampled noises made by the teeth of cows, goats, sharks, and beavers.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


S. Lorenzo

If you can't hit Italy this summer, check covert city.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

NYC's like a graveyard

EDIT James Bailey makes sense of the Corcoran Galleseum of Art in the comments.

Scene 1:

At Art Basel, as told by NY's PaceWildenstein Owner Marc Glimcher:

"I overheard these young dealers, people who had booths in the fair, talking about what they’d do when the (art) market crashed—Hollywood producer, agent, etc.,"

Scene 2:

Check out that press promotion on the Sally Mann show at Gagosian:

"...Sally Mann was born in Lexington, Virginia in 1951. She has won numerous awards, including three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and a Guggenheim fellowship. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of major museums and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Corcoran Museum of Art."

Wait, what?

-According to the handy rent-the-Corcoran-out-for-a-wedding-PDF.