Sunday, April 28, 2013

Hiraki Sawa's "Lineament" at James Cohan Gallery

This post is belated (from the Ball State University Field Trip at the end of March) but important nonetheless. Hiraki Sawa's Lineament is the artwork that made me want to learn video (not even Christian Marclay's The Clock has done that).  Hello one of this summer's many activities that I must accomplish.

From the James Cohan Gallery Press Release:

"Lineament is a two-channel video installation in which a male protagonist navigates a white apartment. Like the intricate clock-like mechanisms that appear before and around him, his memories unravel and snap back together. The grooves of an LP record uncoil to become a line, then travel around in this liberated but perhaps indecipherable form. The audio— performed by Dale Berning & Ute Kanngiesser— is a palindrome, with a modified turntable in the gallery space playing a record forward and then backwards."

"In his catalogue essay “The Line Describes a Circle,” Tom Morton writes that 'in common usage, the English word ‘lineament’ refers to a line that describes an object, often a human face or body. In its more specific geological usage, however, it refers to a topographical feature on the surface of the earth that indicates an underlying fault. Lineament is a film about what happens to an individual when his internal narrative is erased. At first glance, the boy appears unchanged by his sudden bout of amnesia, but surely, his outer contours betray a subcutaneous breach.'”

 Still images via the James Cohan Gallery website.

and a small video clip via the iPhone.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Cat Scrapbook was a hit at Photolucida

People think I should make a cat video (I'm not sure I think that but we will see). Perhaps I should consider it if Paul Pfeiffer is making gifs like the one above.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Images from "Echo of the Object" in Poland

I wish I knew who to give credit for these images. They were emailed to me earlier this week. 12 for 7 Years as an Adjunct Professor: 2000-2007 is featured in addition to Jennifer Halvorson's sculptures.

The Wroclaw Academy of Art

I suspect that I will be reprinting these photographs this summer as serious warping is occurring in the presentation. Their next stop is the University of Tennessee in September and Oregon State University sometime in the 2013-2014 academic year. I never knew they would see this much of the world. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

"Echo of the Object" in Poland

Grateful for the exhibition and wish I could see it. Part of me also desires my name to be spelled correctly but that is minor in the grand scheme of things.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Multnomah Falls: I am here and it is beautiful

Found postcard

Anonymous, Double Exposure, Multnomah Falls, 1937

Carleton Watkins, Lower Multnomah Falls, Columbia River, 1867

Friday, April 12, 2013

"Spiral Jetty" Receipt from 2005

One of my favorite activities this time of year is shredding documents from previous tax seasons (yes, I do throw things away). This year 2005 disappeared with the exception of one receipt that caught my attention. It marked the first time I visited Spiral Jetty except that the ink had faded and my sloppy handwriting is the most visible.

It's not quite a list but it may have a place in that section of Autobiography.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Frantically working on the Cat Scrapbook at Every Possible Minute

It is taking far longer than I ever imagined to assemble my re-interpretation of Arline Conradt's cat scrapbook. Here is a sneak peek of one of the pages:

Hoping to be 1/4 done before Photolucida (and that will be an accomplishment).

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Jacqueline Suskin's "Go Ahead and Like It"

Oh how I love lists as an art form. Check out Jacqueline's new book project Go Ahead and Like It:

Her blog hosts an array of other people's lists in many formats (computer monitor, smartphone, and real pieces of paper). You can send your own to this address:

It took me two months but here is mine:

Many feature activities that can only be done in the summer. I am trying to be patient as I only have two and a half more weeks of school (minus the one I am taking off for Photolucida). I am hoping to experience some of them very soon!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Art Desserts on My Mind

Today I should be in Columbus, Ohio at the Wexner watching another 5 hours of Christian Marclay's The Clock. Alas, the NYC field trip set me back and I must spend the weekend catching up on the cat scrapbook and my portfolio for Photolucida. In the meantime, I live vicariously through SFMOMA's installation of Marclay's video this week and the cookies that were made for the opening:


Also, in conjunction with Kenny Scharf's opening at Paul Kasmin Gallery, the Doughnut Plant and Kreemart reproduced Scharf's doughnut paintings in an edible format.

All of this is making me look forward to my once a year doughnut that will soon be consumed here next week.