Sunday, May 31, 2015

What One Does in Amarillo After the Ramp is Rained Out...

Aside from visiting the Standard Gas Station featured in many of Ed Ruscha's artworks (still a highlight of the trip)...

One wishes her window seat had a real window, not the view of the green grasslands from the seat in front of her.

One initiates her brand new shoes in the worst way possible.

One tosses Camden's Rock into the muddy abyss surrounding the Cadillac Ranch.

One marvels at another rainstorm in back of a limo heading to a vegetarian's nightmare: the Big Texan Steak Ranch.

One remembers what products are sold in a Mexican grocery store (Amigos) and ponders what recipes might be made with cacti.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Postcard Collective Spring 2015: "A Great Distance"

[Excuse the fact that my laptop was a problematic beast and prevented blogging in a timely manner during most of the Earthworks Road Trip Volume 2. I will make up for it in the coming weeks.]

I knew that I wanted to create a postcard focusing on one of my multiple trips to Spiral Jetty this month, long before the 5th anniversary theme "A Great Distance" was announced. Fortunately, the concept of soaking paper in the Great Salt Lake was a relevant topic. I also knew that I was unable to adhere to the deadline, something that I try hard to follow (and have only failed at once). They were sent 24 days late (sorry everyone).

The night before leaving for Amarillo, I spent 2.5 hours on the old fashioned typewriter, trying not to make too many mistakes but eventually tossing five. I had every intention to send them in the plastic envelope seen below, but the object after the soaking was too fragile and I opted for encasing them in another envelope. Yes, I, too, am skeptical that this is the equivalent of a postcard.

Spiral Jetty can be seen in this photograph along the shore on the left. This was the clearest water not counting the murky puddles in the background.

The "postcard" is the evidence of a performative action that occurred on 19th May 2015. Salt and sand encrust some of the pages as they took two days to dry on a motel radiator and the floor of a car.

It may also be one of my first contributions that did not feature a photograph.

All images were taken by Kyla Tighe on my iPhone 6. I couldn't be happier with her results despite the overcast day.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Ed Ruscha's Standard Oil Station - Amarillo

The old Standard Oil Station, Amarillo, Texas (Cinco de Mayo 2015)

Ed Ruscha from Twenty-six Gasoline Stations

Day 1 and Brad from Amarillo Ramp and Jon Revett took us to the Standard Oil station that Ed Ruscha first photographed for Twenty-six Gasoline Stations. I walked across the street in my socks and with my back to the now present overpass, I snapped a photograph in what I hoped to be the same position as the image above.

Lara and I blogged about the first day here. Check it out!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Off to Amarillo

Robert Smithson's study for Amarillo Ramp

Odds are high we will be rained out and unable to visit the Amarillo Ramp tomorrow after we arrive in Texas. I will be blogging here and on the Space, Land and Concept in Art of the American West blog. Let the journey begin.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Photolucida Wrap Up (Because One is Never 100% Prepared)

Just in case no one thought I attended the event, Amelia sent me this screenshot the day after my review with Alyssa Coppelman that occurred Friday the 24th April. This was after she wanted to Instagram my "I'm Amazing" sticker that Amelia made for me a couple years ago.

I have not had one moment to process this event or follow up with any of the reviewers and will do that at the end of the month. Undoubtedly grand conclusions will follow. Below are some highlights.

Alexis Pike's new series on Evil Knievel

Ian van Coller showing off his awe inspiring new book on last year's travels to Iceland.

The portfolio share for the general public at the Portland Art Museum after the fire marshal came and forced crowd control.

Benson Hotel portfolio reviews.

A book I didn't know I wanted until I saw it on Mississippi Street.

Best book juxtaposition at Powell's.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Katy Grannan's "The Nine"

Still from The Nine.

View the trailer here. Looking forward to seeing this film if ever it comes to a theater in the Midwest.