Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Janet Abrams: Ceramics in the Expanded Field Conference in London

Clare Twomey from “Piece by Piece.” Photograph by Sylvain Deelu.
In a talk that addressed ceramics as one aspect of his “social practice” as an artist, Gates nailed certain aspects of the field that usually go politely unspoken: “The middle classes do ceramics. It’s not a field for poor people. It looks a certain kind of way and attracts a certain kind of people. There’s some kind of orthodoxy around clay that makes it seem quite limiting. I never see anything in Ceramics Monthly that looks like anything I’m interested in. It was when I left the religion of ceramics that I found freedom.”- full article here.

Joan Didion Documentary!

A Certain Ratio- Do the Du

Of giants: sex, monsters, and the Middle Ages By Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Douchebag: The White Racial Slur We’ve All Been Waiting For

by Michael Mark Cohen (full article here.)
“The white folks had sure brought their white to work with them that morning.” Chester Himes, If He Hollers Let Him Go.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Flirting With the Dark Side

“The Art of Mourning” at the Morbid Anatomy Museum. Credit Misha Friedman for The New York Times
A look from Gareth Pugh’s spring 2015 show.
“There is this darker feeling, a pervasive sense of melancholy in culture and fashion,” said Shelby Lee Walsh, the president and head of research at the Trend Hunter website — perhaps an acknowledgment, Ms. Walsh said, “that life isn’t as wonderful as we see it portrayed on our Instagram accounts.” Full article here.

Ann Hamilton at the Henry Art Gallery

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Eugene Von Brunchenhein

Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Untitled (VB-c-15, blue Closed Top Vessel), n.d., painted clay, 9 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches
In his late twenties, Von Bruenchenhein became obsessed with botany and horticulture, interests that would develop throughout his life. These interests, alongside an affinity for the mystical, were a driving influence on the ceramic vessels he created beginning around 1960.
To produce the vessels, Von Bruenchenhein mixed his own clay dug from his property and nearby construction sites. He first sculpted hundreds of tiny individual leaves, all of which were later attached to one another to form the finished piece. The structures were baked or "fired" in a coal burning stove in the parlor used to heat his home, and finally painted with whatever unwanted or discarded paints he could gather from local stores.
The identity of the vessels and their intended function remains elusive. There are credible theories that the aesthetics were informed by an awareness of Victorian ceramics and the royal ornamentation of ancient Greece.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Sworn Virgins

‘Sworn Virgin’ is the term given to a biological female in the Balkans who is chosen to take on the social identity of a man for life. Dating back hundreds of years, this was necessary in societies that lived within tribal clans, followed the Kanun, an archaic code of law, and maintained an oppressive rule over the female gender. The Kanun states that women are considered to be the property of their husbands. The freedom to vote, drive, conduct business, earn money, drink, smoke, swear, own a gun or wear pants was traditionally the exclusive province of men.

Mary Reid Kelley

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Dem bones

Dem Bones — also called Dry Bones and Dem Dry Bones — is a well-known spiritual song. The melody was composed by African-American author and songwriter James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938). Both a long and a shortened version of the song are widely known. The lyrics are inspired by Ezekiel 37:1-14, where the Prophet visits the "Valley of Dry Bones"[1] and prophesies that they will one day be resurrected at God's command, picturing the national resurrection of Israel.

karl lagerfeld drawing of Chanel on her deathbed

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"Pep, The Cat-Murdering Dog" s a black Labrador Retriever admitted to Eastern State Penitentiary on August 12, 1924