Saturday, May 1, 2010

Happy May Day

This is the Washington State flower, the Rhododendron. It's not photoshopped, this is really what Washington looks like. The Rhododendron is also West Virginia's state flower. In West Virginia they have mountain dancing. Happy May Day.

Need vs. Want

Want. Need something approximating it. This is the kind of basic, classic piece that could easily be dressed up or down and would get me through just about anything summer has on offer. (Heels and a black halter? Yep. Jack Purcells and a short-sleeve v-neck? Check.)

Stella McCartney denim skirt, $365 at
There's probably a facsimile at a thrift store near you.

Image of the Day

Rest Energy by Marina Abramovic and Ulay – on display at MoMA as part of Abramovic's show The Artist Is Present.
Standing across from one another in slated position. Looking each other in the eye. I hold a bow and Ulay holds the string with the arrow pointing directly to my heart. Microphones attached to both hearts recording the increasing number of heart beats.
Here's what that looks like:

The Artist Is Present is happening for one more month at MoMA.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Traffic, Jams

My original intention in starting a blog was to document my last bit of time in New York, and my first bit of time in Seattle, various other stuff that crossed my mind, and projects that I'm working on – and then Emily started posting, which I love, and we have kept it up over time, sometimes more than others. I was talking to a friend about it recently and saying that while I never set out to try to build up traffic, it has naturally built up – not in a crazy way, but a lot more people look at the blog than I would have expected. Google Analytics tracks the keyword searches that drive random people here, and I thought it might be worth sharing a small selection of those with you.

Here are my favorites:

-Lighthouse attendant
-You know you're gold
-I just wanna be a doper person
-Hot dogs say what you mean
-God don't make no junk
-Meat lovers pizza in the trunk
-If you can't open it you don't own it
-Rhymes with steez
-A closed mouth collects no feet
-Ivar Haglund gay?
-Breakfast clam chowder
-Slurp and burp
-DB Cooper Ape Cave [might have to look into that one myself]
-Damned grimly fiendish
-I had a very calm day until this

And, of course:
-Mr. Littlejeans Cat

Also, one other note while we're here, behind the curtain, together (wow, awkward). I have removed all the MP3s from the site after receiving a pretty frightening email from Blogger about one of my posts violating copyright (specifically, I had posted a Fela Kuti song and they removed it). But between us, if anyone ever wants an MP3 that has appeared on the site, just hit me up and I will send it to you, as long as you're not damned, grimly, or fiendish, and you just wanna be a doper person.

Slurp and burp,

Pictured above: an image made using IOgraph, a piece of free software by Anatoly Zenkov and Andrey Shipilov that traces the movements of your mousepointer. Get it here.


To Have & To Hold Movie Trailer from Jony Lyle on Vimeo.

[ via Joe Newton via GrainEdit ]

Bonus Cat

Inez and her friend the goose lamp find a spot in the sun

Your Weekly Mr. Littlejeans

Littlejeans' default position when he wants attention,
which is always.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I Wanna Be Your Travelin' Girl


We're moving the office tomorrow and that will be the theme song – The Bitters "Travelin' Girl." Most things that are worth doing are worthy of being assigned a theme song, if only temporarily.

Op Tape

. William Furlong interviewing Philip Glass for Audio Arts, ca.1982

There's a great article in this morning's
New York Times on William Furlong, who in London in the early-'70s founded Audio Arts – a cassette periodical consisting entirely of his conversations with artists, minor and major, old and new. “It was quite a revolutionary piece of kit,” he says of these magazines in cassette form. "If you put it in the post, it could be in the United States in two days or all the way to Australia in three or four. In some ways it did feel like the Internet of its day.”

Furlong produced Audio Arts for over thirty years, and at its high-point circulation reached into the thousands. But for being what the Tate Museum describes in the article as "the most comprehensive collection of artists' voices in the world," it remained an obscurity, known to only those who knew. Luckily for the rest of us, the Tate acquired the magazine's entire archive in 2004, and now Phaidon will publish transcripts of some of the best of Furlong's interviews in a new book, Speaking of Art.

Read the Times article and hear some
Audio Arts excerpts (Damien Hirst, James Rosenquist, Shirin Nashat) at Much more, in both audio and transcript form, can be found at

In the '80s, William Furlong also produced a number of records, consisting of sound collages more than actual interviews.

I don't have any of them but I'll be on the hunt.
[LP image via

Best Foot Forward

It's a new weekly series. About shoes. Enough said.

On the right: Cacharel shoe-boots with lucite heel
(click to enlarge).
From a story in the inaugural issue of The Gentlewoman.

(Can't find an online source for the black,
but you can buy the same shoe in tan

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Swim Team


Eluvium "Indoor Swimming at the Space Station" (2007)
More Eluvium at his
website and at the Vera Project this Friday, April 30th (more tour dates here).

[via LineOut]

Image of the Day

Gala Bent Matrix for Praxis, 2008 (Graphite and gouache, 30” x 22”)

I had the pleasure of meeting Seattle-based artist Gala Bent at an AIGA portfolio review I participated in this past Saturday (I recognized her name from Joey Veltkamp's interview with her at Best Of). The image shown above is from Transubstantial, an exhibition at Catherine Person Gallery, also featuring work by Colleen Hayward, Renee Zettle-Sterling, and Heidi Schwegler. The show is up through May 8th – click here for info – and you can see more of Gala Bent's work (and that of her husband and collaborator, Zack) here.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Closer to Heaven

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona (exterior)

Been meaning to post about this one for a while....way back in December I caught a story on PRI's The World about the effort to beatify the Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí (b. 1852). Beatification is the third of four steps in the process of canonization.

La Sagrada Familia

Supporters of the petition have submitted evidence to the Vatican (obviously preoccupied right now with more pressing matters) that they say demonstrates Gaudí's ability to intercede with God on behalf of us mortals. They point specifically to La Sagrada Familia, Gaudí's unfinished masterpiece begun in 1882, which they maintain has the power to convert non-believers. As reported by The Guardian, Cardinal Ricard Maria Carles of Barcelona, where much of Gaudí's work resides, asserts that "only divine inspiration could have produced such a monument to God. 'Can anyone acquainted with [Gaudí's] work believe that all which one contemplates could possibly have been produced only by cold thought?'"

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia (exterior detail)

I'm not Catholic myself and have no basis for an opinion as to whether Gaudí is deserving of sainthood. (Apparently one of the requirements is evidence that he performed at least two miracles, which seems to have presented a challenge for his supporters. They've recently managed to find one man willing to testify that contemplation of Gaudí's work healed his bum leg; this strikes me as a little suspicious, but again, I'm not qualified to judge.)

La Sagrada Familia (exterior detail)

That aside, there is something incredibly touching about this effort, which is a testament to the power of art and architecture to provoke a transcendent experience. I also have to admit that as I was standing in the Sagrada Familia a few years ago, surrounded by crowds of people and looking up at the ceilings still under construction, I had the sudden reaction of bursting into tears. (I know, I know, super dramatic.) I mention it because it was odd – not odd that I would cry; I'm a crier – but odd that a religious symbol would trigger that response. I was raised to have a healthy distrust of all organized religion and have been in cathedrals and churches all over Europe without feeling anything remotely approaching religious epiphany.

La Sagrada Familia (interior)

That particular reaction was probably less about religious inspiration than the poignancy of witnessing in the ongoing construction a very human effort to connect with the divine. But still, when I read that supporters of Gaudí's beatification point to this building's power to inspire heathens to get religion, I had to reflect on the experience.

La Sagrada Familia (interior)

Gaudí died on June 10, 1926, after being struck by a tram while on his way to La Sagrada Familia. A while ago my friend Michelle put me up on a beautiful 1979 documentary directed by the late Hiroshi Teshigahara that captures Gaudì's architecture, ecclesiastical and otherwise, and sets it to music by Toru Takemitsu. UbuWeb lets you watch the entirety of the 72-minute film here.

La Pedrera, Barcelona

In the Belly of the Cloud


Wye Oak "I Hope You Die" from their new EP,
My Neighbor My Creator
available in physical forms June 8th, or digitally now – from Merge Records. I love this band. They're playing Thursday at the Triple Door and I would love to go but I'm in the middle of moving my office this week and it's too hectic. Life intervenes, that's just what it does.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Yes. No. Maybe.

Say what you will about her professional choices, but I love Rebecca De Mornay's personal style as Lana in Risky Business. Proof positive that a little attitude is always the best accessory.

Joel's parents aren't too shabby, either, for that matter.

Tangerine Dream "The Dream is Always the Same"

Image of the Day

Karen O, from a very classic, natural set of portraits by one of my favorite current photographers, Daniel Jackson, in this past weekend's (very slim) issue of T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Click here for more.

Humane Interest

A small selection of images available in the Humane Society of New York's Third Photography Auction...

Gösta Peterson Mademoiselle, January 1964

In addition to the works shown here there are photographs by Arthur Elgort, Slim Aarons, Elliott Erwitt, Herb Ritts, Hiro, and many more. 100% of the proceeds from the auction, which is tomorrow night at 6pm, benefit the Humane Society.

Brigitte Lacombe Studio Cat

lan Kleinberg Shampoo In Tahiti (Lauren Hutton and Susan Forristal)

Michael O'Neill Panda Body

Christopher Micaud Untitled

Click here for images and info, and to bid online.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Made Me Look

Some photos from my recent quick trip to NY...

My brother's bulletin board

Laundromat in Park Slope

Crombie, taking meetings in the Shark Bar.

Cable-knit top tube pad

Blenheim Ginger Ale at Jones. I recommend ordering one of these after you eat your brunch.

Botched self-portrait with J. Ralph Phillips and Chad, at Union Pool

Jane B.

His & Hers

Log bench at Droog. Basically this is a big log with seatbacks attached to it. The thing is, some rich person will buy this and put it in their loft in Tribeca – and the juxtaposition would be cool – but for the rest of us, it's just an idea that we could emulate or be inspired by ourselves. That's one thing I really like about Droog, you get the feeling they don't care if people buy the stuff, they just want to think up cool ideas and try them out.

The "D" fell off my brother's coat but the FDNY was out of "D" patches, so they replaced it with an "O." The day I got there, Sky had a 2-alarm fire and smelled like smoke when he got home. The day after I left there was a 7-alarm in Chinatown. Pretty crazy.

Do I Sound Like A Musical Robot?

Neck Face Book