Friday, June 3, 2011

You Are


Peaking Lights "Amazing & Wonderful"
936 (2011, Not Not Fun)

Directed by Ben Shearn & Amanda Brown

Happy Birthday, Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg photographed by William S. Burroughs on the L.E.S., Fall 1953

In case you haven't read it, or in case it's been awhile, as it has for me:

"Howl" For Carl Solomon

Image of the Day

Tonight Seattle gallery Vermillion celebrates its 3rd anniversary with the opening of an extremely cool-looking new show by artists Matthew Olds & Heather Joy: Flourishing Remnants collects "paintings, photography, drawings, and an installation, based on numerous greenhouses found on Vashon Island that date back to the turn of the century. The greenhouses are in various conditions and states of collapse, and some of them are being reclaimed by nature." Click here for more of the artitsts' collaborative work.

Happy birthday Vermillion!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Maybe the cutest cat video ever


Image of the Day

Joy Curtis, Displaced, distributed, forced, displayed, 2011 (Hydrocal, fiberglass, steel and sumi ink, 90 x 16 x 16 inches). From the group exhibition Tensile Strength at ZieherSmith Gallery in New York through June 11th.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Image of the Day

. Artist Bridget Riley photographed by Ida Kar, 1963. The National Portrait Gallery in London is currently exhibiting what looks to be an excellent Ida Kar retrospective through June 19 – click here for info.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Happy Birthday Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) with a butterfly, photographed by Phillips & Taylor, Philadelphia, 1873 (via the Library of Congress).

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

When I heard the learn'd astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts, the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,
When I sitting heard the learned astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander'd off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars.

A Wider Net


Winterhouse is the Connecticut-based studio/home of Jessica Helfand and William Drenttel, who co-founded Design Observer with Michael Bierut in 2003. Actually, "studio" is far too simple a term to describe what they do – click
here for more info.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Always Finding

I've been meaning to post this since Sarah linked to it in her comment on my post about the V&A's Yohji retrospective:

Trailer for Yohji Yamamoto: This Is My Dream, a forthcoming documentary on the Japanese clothing designer. Not much info is available on the film but we will keep you posted.

I often think that the people who are the best in their chosen field are in a way only incidentally practicing in that field, and that it's their interest in everything surrounding it, everything that influences their creative thinking, that somehow adds up and pushes them toward that field and the results they bring to it. Or that to achieve the highest level of knowing something, you have to transcend it – you have to get outside of it and take in other information, and ultimately not even care about the thing...and then the greatness of the thing will reveal itself to you.

(This has been: Deep Thoughts...)