Saturday, August 31, 2013

Jorge Macchi

Still Song. 2005
Disco ball, wood, plaster

similar but different

joan jett
The dolly sisters 1927

civil war artillery

Friday, August 30, 2013

Matthew Day Jackson: Something Ancient, Something New, Something Stolen, Something Blue

Farside, 2013
CNC carved and burned wood, wood glue
247.7 x 308.6 x 10.2 cm / 97 1/2 x 121 1/2 x 4 in

Inside/Outside, 2013
Scorched wood, yarn, twine, rope, wood glue, lead, silkscreen on panel, stainless steel frame
247.7 x 186.7 x 10.2 cm / 97 1/2 x 73 1/2 x 4 in

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

17 Personal Essays to read

 1. “Goodbye To All That” – Joan Didion More here.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Jarrod Beck's solo show Strike Slip at BEMIS

similar but different

sa Genzken. Bild (Painting). 1989.
Walter Van Beirendonck photographed one of his √¶stheticterrorists® collections of rough-cut graffiti-style T-shirts under an 18th century dress. The t-shirt’s neon graphics were more vibrant and alive than the model’s bleached skin tones that matched the deathly grey of her dress, her scruffily pulled back hair, etiolated arms and depressed expression.
Walter Van Beirendonck, √¶stheticterrorists®, Spring–Summer 1999. Make-up by Inge Grognard and photographed by Ronald Stoops.
Fashion at the Edge: Spectacle, Modernity and Deathliness by Caroline Evans, Yale University Press via: coton
"Okay.... but can we talk about the problematic and racist nature of her performance? Her literal use of people as props? Her association of her newfound sexuality with the traditional codifiers of black female culture, thereby perpetuating the Jezebel stereotype that black women are lewd, lascivious and uncontrollably sexualized? Can we talk about the straight up minstrelsy of that performance? Can we talk about how not a single black person won an award last night even though the people who did win awards have been mining black music and culture for years?
No? Ok... I'll just sit at the back of the bus then."-  #solidarityisforwhitewomen
via: groupthink jezebel
and more here and here.

Daniel Arsham

Monday, August 26, 2013

katarina fritch: maus

peanuts smiths mash up

via: thischarmingcharlie

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Fox Photos / Getty Images snake tattoo, 1928.

joan of arc

Joan of Arc (ca. 1412 – 1431), nicknamed "The Maid of Orl√©ans"  is a folk heroine of France and a Roman Catholic saint. She was born a peasant girl in what is now eastern France. Claiming divine guidance, she led the French army to several important victories during the Hundred Years' War, which paved the way for the coronation of Charles VII of France. She was captured by the Burgundians, transferred to the English in exchange for money, put on trial by the pro-English Bishop of Beauvais Pierre Cauchon for charges of "insubordination and heterodoxy", and was burned at the stake for heresy when she was 19 years old.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

similar but different:

via: pale

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

kader attia. black holes

Black Holes
2011, black pigment, rice, spotlight, ∅ 280 cm
Agnes Martin, Untitled No. 10
thanks nn


An interracial couple was brutally attacked in Long Island City early Saturday, leaving each with assorted injuries after three men jumped them as they left a bar. They added that when they attempted to solicit help from the restaurant at which they'd just dined, they were shunned. "They closed the door in my husband's face," Billie James-Vogel told the station

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Kader Attia

Open Your Eyes (2010) by Kader Attia from 160B on Vimeo.

Open Your Eyes. 2010. Two sets of 80 35mm black-and-white and color slides. Projection (each): 63 x 102 3/8″ (160 x 260 cm).

Monday, August 19, 2013

agave/ century plant

he plants are perennial, but each rosette flowers once and then dies (see semelparity). Some species are known by the name century plant.
The name "century plant" refers to the long time the plant takes to flower. The number of years before flowering occurs depends on the vigor of the individual plant, the richness of the soil, and the climate; during these years the plant is storing in its fleshy leaves the nourishment required for the effort of flowering.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

artist crush: Katrina Moorhead

an island as it might be, 200. artpace

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Mario Dilitz

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


is as much a tool of political oppression in the construction of cultural mythology as propaganda.

Union soldier Albert Cashier, who was really Jennie Hodgers, fought in dozens of battles during the Civil War. In 1913, she made headlines upon being discovered as a woman in an old soldiers home. Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library- more at

Prada Foundation Remounts a 1969 Exhibition

Has the art industry, noted for its nanosecond memory, suddenly become history-conscious? Is the art market, like Hollywood, nervous about anything but proven brands? Is art just plain out of ideas? Whatever the answer, the replicants keep arriving, a recent and particularly ambitious one being an ultrafastidious reconstruction of the 1969 show “When Attitudes Become Form,” at the Prada Foundation in Venice. more here.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Ain't that a shame

You made me cry, when you said goodbye Ain't that a shame My tears fell like rain Ain't that a shame You're the one to blame

Jackie Kennedy Consoles Coretta Scott King

Friday, August 9, 2013

sexuality and space

Sexuality & Space's interdisciplinary essays address gender in relation to architectural discourse and critical theory, focusing on the relationships between sexuality and space hidden within everyday practices. by Beatriz Colomina

Thursday, August 8, 2013

When History Repeats...

There once was a country that was due to host  the next  Winter Olympic Games.  This nation had worked very hard  to secure the games.    This  nation's leader saw it a  matter of both national and personal pride.  His nation  was emerging from  period of  economic  and political upheaval  stemming from  the collapse of it's former imperial system and the resulting loss in prestige.

Less than a year  out  from those upcoming games,  this nation passed a host of new laws which specifically targeted  one minority group, painting a picture of this group as a threat to children, the nation, and society at large.   the new laws  stated:

  • Marriages for members of this minority were forbidden. 
  • Sexual relations for members of this minority group were either restricted or forbidden. 
  • Members of this minority group could be fired from jobs for no reason other than for who they were. 
  • Members of this minority group were officially branded a security risk to the state.
As a result of these new laws being passed, groups of young thugs were reportedly emboldened into seeking out members of this minority group and harassing, beating and in some cases, torturing and even killing them. more here

joan crawford

Monday, August 5, 2013

Joan Crawford- A Woman's Face

Leigh Wells, Deception (11.10.08), 2011. Collage, graphite, and mixed media on paper, 30 x 22 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Similar but Different: Glamour

Alexander McQueen
Joan Crawford photographed by George Hurrell, 1929.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Pink Flamingos

marking 10 years in Texas...

Rebecca Ward

you don't have to call me darlin
oil and bleach on canvas