Friday, March 03, 2006

sorta new site

I'm behind. I've also been meaning to give a shout out to DC area artist Mark Cameron Boyd, who joins the web with his new site

He's also started a blog on art theory : Theory Now. Should be very interesting. Looks like he's got a post up about Sugimoto and conceptualist photography, that I haven't read yet. Check it out.

Sorry it took so long, Mark!


please note that I've changed my email to arteryartery @

love the gmail.


Been meaning to do a write up on the Sugimoto show, which has blown me away. Like I said earlier (I think?) I didn't "get" his work at all until I saw it hanging together in this exhibit. There are so many layers to discover! The sequence of the movie theatres, the buddhas, and the seascapes in particular still gives me shivers to think about.

The last room - the mathematical models, doesn't do as much for me as the earlier work. It's intellectually interesting to see the models and think about the "zen" of math, if you will, but it doesn't grab me at the gut level like the other works do. I feel similar about the dioramas and the wax works, but they tickle me more than the mathematical works.

I just happen to be reading a little book on Buddhism, too (The Wisdom of No Escape), so that might have something to do with why the exhibit has seduced me. A happy convergence.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006


This is so neat! it's guerilla art, only gentle.

Knitters Ahoy

Thursday, February 16, 2006

sugimoto at the Hirshhorn

This is a brilliant show. I didn't get Sugimoto's work until today. Seeing the photographs together has a huge impact. And the installation, especially of the Buddhas and the Seascapes, is nothing short of exquisite. I won't say more, because the initial view is so powerful, I'd hate to ruin it for anyone.

In about half an hour Sugimoto and curator Kerry Brougher will discuss the show.

Sunday, February 12, 2006


yay, snow! Pretty pretty snow!

We always get dire predictions, and the entire metro area rushes to the stores and cleans them out of milk and bread, and schools cancel ahead of time, and then nothing happens.

This time, there's a payoff! SNOW!

Okay, not art related. But I love snow. Makes me happy. Especially since I don't have to leave the house until tomorrow and can admire it through the windows.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Sorry, dealing with some health issues and haven't been keeping up with the art.

Been reading about the culture of altar-building, especially among women. Interesting stuff.

Jerry Salz on Andrea Zittel : A Thorn Tree in the Garden

Also, Nam June Paik died recently. His Video Flag at the Hirshhorn never ceases to fascinate me - or maybe hypnotise me. Good thing I'm not epileptic.

At NYT: Computer Analysis Suggests Paintings are not Pollocks. Wherein a physicist uses fractals to analyze works attributed to Jackson Pollock. Edward Winkleman has an essay, which I haven't had time to read.

Congrats to Edward as well for making the October 2005 Young Galleries supplement to Art Press. I just saw this the other day, so it's a bit late...

Friday, February 03, 2006

another weird artist

I have a soft spot for weird, bad art.

See The Anguish.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Other random stuff

random group of quotes I liked on Eyeteeth.

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.—Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

Thought-provoking entry from Edward Winkleman on potentially offensive art and Islam.

Now in the political blogosphere I'm fairly well known for blasting any even remotely biased anti-Muslim rhetoric, and I'll most certainly do so in the future, but I'm personally sick and tired of Western art institutions getting this so spectaculary wrong. If you're going to scrap exhibitions for fear of offending Muslims, you MUST, MUST, MUST also scrap exhibitions for fear of offending Christians (e.g, the Offili piece in the "Sensation" exhibition), or Jews, or Buddhists, or whomever. Full stop. It doesn't matter if they're less likely to resort to violence in their protests, the only honorable rationale for censoring work that critiques Islam is that you, as an institution, consider all religion off bounds.

Now, I would disagree that there is something inherently more violent about Islam than other religions, but otherwise I think this is a great point. It just smacks a little of "I'm not racist, but...". The discussion in the comments is good too.

Edit: See comments. I didn't mean to imply that Edward was racist! Just that I was uncomfortable with the way his statement was formed.

Related article at Common Dreams : West Cowers From Defense of Dane's Liberty to Draw . I think this article makes a clearer arguement.

New (to me) artist : Lari Pittman. Wow, are these paintings full of ... stuff. I'm fascinated. It's like a post-modern hallucination. Pop art on acid. Graffiti gone baroque.

Lorna Simpson / Claudia DeMont

If you missed the Lorna Simpson lecture at the Hirshhorn, there's a podcast of the lecture up at the Hirshhorn site, along with podcasts featuring Glenn Lowry, Janet Cardiff, curator Valerie Fletcher... go check it out. Hirshhorn Podcasts.

In addition there will be a lunchtime talk with associate curator Anne Ellegood on Simpson's work next Friday, February 10th at 12:30.


An exhibition on Claudia DeMont opens February 8th at the Art Gallery at the University of MD. A related lecture by Valerie Cassel Oliver, Associate Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston on February 8, 2006 at 5:00 PM in UMD's Room 2309 Art-Sociology Building. Oliver's talk, titled Radical Presence: Blacks in the Conceptual and Fluxus Art Movements, covers "the participation of Black artists in the Fluxus Art and the Conceptual Art movements of the 1960s, and their influences on current contemporary practice."