Friday, December 3, 2010

5:00 PM


Micachu & the Shapes "Vulture"
from Jewellery (
Rough Trade, 2009)

(Photo: Fremont, Seattle, November 2010)

Image of the Day

Matt Browning, Tradition as Adaptive Strategy
(Carved wood, each 6 x 1.75 x 1.75 in.;
installation approx. 70 x 12 in.)

Winner of Seattle's final City Arts
Best Of Art Walk Award for 2010.

For the final Art Walk Award of the year, Best Of's Joey Veltkamp invited five leaders in the Seattle arts community to think back over 2010 and select their favorite piece by a local artist. We ended up not being able to attend last night - a real bummer. I love the winning work's inspiration and execution, as explained by Yoko Ott, director of Open Satellite, who nominated Browning's piece:
It was a departure from most of the work we had seen up to that moment. Thirty-four funnel-shaped statuettes were painstakingly carved from solid pieces of fir then filled to overflowing with pitch made from sap the artist gathered from pine trees throughout the Northwest. Inspired by The Pitch Drop Experiment—the longest continuously running scientific experiment in the world started in 1927 that is measuring the flow of seemingly solid substances—it was brilliant, expertly weaving together many threads.
Browning's piece was part of a solo show at Lawrimore Project in May. See all of the finalists' work here.

Via Best Of.

The Man Who Shot the Sixties


The Man Who Shot the Sixties is a BBC documentary on photographer Brian Duffy, who defined the look of '60s London along with fellow photographers and friends David Bailey and Terence Donovan – so much so that at the height of their influence, the Sunday Times called them the "Terrible Trio".

Duffy gave up photography in 1979 and burned most of his negatives, but resumed working in 2009, mounting a major solo exhibition (his first) at Chris Beetles Gallery in London. He died earlier this year at the age of 76 but over the past several years his son Chris has been instrumental in bringing Brian Duffy's work back into the limelight. A book is planned for 2011 and you can see more images now at

PS: An interesting piece of dot connecting: in the early 1970s Duffy formed an agency (Duffy Design Concepts) with graphic designer Celia Philo, the mother of fashion designer Phoebe Philo.


OBJECT is "an arranged pop-up store of curiosities and objects of design" curated by Seattle-based photographer Charlie Schuck – open on select days for the month of December and by appointment.
1517 Twelfth Avenue no.207
Seattle 98122

Opening party tonight, 7pm–11pm
Champagne + vitamin R

(Photo by Charlie Schuck)

Your Weekly Mr. Littlejeans

warming up my side of the bed

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Need vs. Want

So sweet! Want.
Preen Chapter Dress, $1159 at La Garconne.

Image of the Day

Francesca Woodman: Self-portrait at 13, Boulder, Colorado, 1972. Victoria Miro Gallery (London) is currently showing approximately 50 photos by Francesca Woodman, including this, her very first self-portrait. A 192-page catalogue is also available. Click here for many more images and info.

Photography by Francesca Woodman ©The Estate of Francesca Woodman, courtesy of George and Betty Woodman and Victoria Miro Gallery

Best Foot Forward

Oh, Celine.

Celine Resort 2010

Shoot 'em Up

Ria van Dijk at a shooting gallery in 1936

It's posts like this one that make The Year In Pictures one of my favorite blogs:

Shooting yearly self-portraits is nothing new to photography, but a rather extraordinary series has just been discovered and published in The Netherlands in a book titled "Almost Every Picture #7". Starting in 1936, the then 16-year-old Ria van Dijk went into a shooting gallery - one of those fair booths where every time you hit the target it triggers a camera shutter and you win a portrait of yourself in firing pose.

Ria van Dijk in 1989

This series documents almost every year of Van Dijk's life (there is a conspicuous pause from 1939 to 1945) up until present times. But at the age of 88, Ria van Dijk is still shooting!

Ria van Dijk in 2006

Click here for more images and when you have some spare time, troll through the archives of James Danziger's The Year In Pictures for more curiosities and classics.

Info on this and every issue of In Almost Every Picture at Kessels Kramer Publishing.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Image of the Day

. Leopold Schmutzler: Here I Am, c.1910 (Oil on paperboard, 41.25 x 29.50"), on view through January 15 in Tête-à-tête, an exhibition of 150 works from the founding collection of the Frye Art Museum, Seattle.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

4:11 PM


Souls of Mischief "93 'til Infinity"
from 93 'til Infinity (Jive, 1993)

There's a big dancehall on the floors below our studio, and when the classes get going in the afternoon, an unpredictable cavalcade of music comes through the walls. Right now they're inexplicably playing Souls of Mischief (warming up the soundsystem maybe). Hearing "93 'til Infinity" always brings back memories of when I was starting to DJ and dig for records all the time, and had a radio show on KUGS in Bellingham.
The Flavor magazine (before I started working there) ran a feature on Souls of Mischief which I read on a Greyhound bus ride back to Seattle one weekend. Their first album is great and has stood the test of time (maybe more beat-wise than lyrically). Either way, a classic.

Bonus cut, posting of which at this point does not count as snitchin' in my humble opinion:

Billy Cobham "Heather" from Crosswinds (Atlantic, 1974) – found at Cellophane Square, Bellingham, WA, 1993.

Image of the Day

Irving Penn: Parade, New York, 1980 (Platinum palladium print mounted on aluminum, 11.5" x 18"). On view in Irving Penn Archæology at Pace/MacGill Gallery through January 15. Click here for more images and info.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Image of the Day

. Helmut Newton: Elsa Peretti in Halston Bunny Costume, New York, 1975 (Gelatin silver, 14-1/4 x 9-1/2 inches, edition 10 of 75, signed on verso in pencil with artist's stamp). Estimated to sell for $30,000 - $40,000 in the December 2010 Heritage Signature Vintage and Contemporary Photography Auction.

Here's a video highlighting some of the other auction items – it's quite a collection:

Step right up and place your bids (or: gawk at the catalog and wish you were filthy rich)
through December 2nd at