Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Peg Pants

Bill Beach... Peg Pants (1956, King 45-4940 .mp3 audio 02:02).

Religious Imagery - Culminating Moments of Existence

Pedro Meyer... Religious Imagery - Culminating Moments of Existence (111 black & white and color photographs). Part of The Heresies Project, a retrospective by Pedro Meyer at Zone Zero.

Todd Hido: A Road Divided

Todd Hido... 7887 (2008, chromogenic print). From the exhibition Todd Hido: A Road Divided at Stephen Wirtz Gallery. "...Driving lonely roads on the outskirts of American cities, Hido creates poignant images filled with inexplicable gravity, cinematic scenes of places that somehow reside in our collective memory, in a paradoxical realm where sense of place and a sense of displacement co-exist. In these new pictures, Hido demonstrates his fluidity within the daytime realm, putting aside the harder edge that characterizes his night work by photographing through veils of rain or ice. Delicately, potently embracing the beauty of the pictorial, Hido’s new pictures present an image plane that is often fully disintegrated, recalling impressionist painting."


Jungle. Photographs by Melissa Catanese.

Anton Kannemeyer: Fear of a Black Planet

Anton Kannemeyer... I love the white middle class... (2008, Acrylic on canvas). From the exhibition Anton Kannemeyer: Fear of a Black Planet at Michael Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town, SA. "...Also known as Joe Dog, the creator of darkly satirical comics published in the Bitterkomix anthologies of which he is co-editor, Kannemeyer is a prolific producer of prints and drawings, and has recently extended his practice to include paintings in acrylic on canvas. The shift in medium allows him to translate his subversive imagery onto a larger scale, heightening the awkward relationship viewers often have with his work. Kannemeyer will also exhibit large-scale drawings for the first time, in addition to smaller drawings and prints."

Fair And Tender Ladies

Fair And Tender Ladies Anita Carter... Fair And Tender Ladies (.mp3 audio 02:57). From the album Ring Of Fire (1989, Bear Family BCD 15434 AH).

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

David Fenton: Eye of the Revolution

David Fenton... Park Concert, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (September 1971, Gelatin silver, printed 2008, edition of 10). From the exhibition David Fenton: Eye of the Revolution at Steven Kasher Gallery. "...Still in his teens in the late 60s, underground news photographer David Fenton – now CEO of a major public interest communications firm – photographed the passionate street protest and calculated mass media tactics that still shape U.S. politics and culture today. His photos appeared in anti-war and counter-cultural publications around the world, as well as in The New York Times, Life, Look, Newsweek and many others."

Martín Ramírez: The Last Works

Martín Ramírez... Untitled (Riding Forward and Back) (c. 1960-1963, Gouache, colored pencil, and pencil on lined and pieced paper). From the exhibition Martín Ramírez: The Last Works at the American Folk Art Museum in New York, NY. "...In this newly found body of work, Ramirez explored the same subjects and themes as in earlier years -- horseback riders, trains and tunnels, landscapes, Madonnas, and animals. However, it is the previously known work with a twist: the familiar motifs are tweaked in subtle ways, and scale and material, while similar, are animated by a greater use of color and a bolder exploration of abstraction. Ramirez's singularly identifiable figures, forms, line, and palette reveal an exacting and highly defined vocabulary, and they also show Ramirez to be an adventurous artist who embarked on remarkably creative explorations through endless variations on a few themes."

FIAC Paris 08 and Frieze Art Fair 08

Vladimir Dubossarsky and Alexander Vinogradov... Japanese Beauties Under The Water (2005, Öl auf Leinwand, 195 x 195 cm). From the FIAC Paris 08 exhibition of works from Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna. Also... Galerie Krinzinger works appearing at the Frieze Art Fair 08. (at)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Are You Afraid To Die

Are You Afraid To Die The Louvin Brothers... Are You Afraid To Die (.mp3 audio 02:35). From the album Satan Is Real (1959, Capitol Records T-1277).

Taiji Matsue: Nest

Taiji Matsue: Nest at Cohen Amador Gallery in New York.

Maggie Taylor: In Wonderland

Maggie Taylor: In Wonderland at Laurence Miller Gallery. "...The connection between Maggie Taylor’s computer-generated and lushly colorful digital prints and Lewis Carroll’s phantasmagorical story almost seem too obvious at first. And surely it is serendipitous that Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was also a photographer whose interest in photographing young women has received renewed acclaim, most recently in an exhibition at the International Center of Photography in New York, 2003."

The Pied Piper

The Ventures... The Pied Piper (.mp3 audio 01:56). From the album Wild Things (1966, Dolton 8047). From Probe is Turning-on the People!

Pale Boy and Pale Vampire in a Still, Wintry Landscape

Pale Boy and Pale Vampire in a Still, Wintry Landscape - New York Times review of "Let The Right One In."


Happy Birthday to my son Kyle - 11 years old yesterday.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Swim Swim Swim

Swim Swim Swim The Spacemen... Swim Swim Swim (.mp3 audio 02:32). From the album Hit Melody of Elec. Guitar (Lion Records 7 NE 45 001, Japan).

Holly Andres: Sparrow Lane

Holly Andres: Sparrow Lane at Robert Mann Gallery. "...Drawing equally upon Hitchcockian cinematic tropes and Nancy Drew dust jackets, Andres's stunning photographs plumb psychological depths that are as quixotic as they are visually seductive. Her protagonists seem caught in states of hyper-self-consciousness: suspicious of watching eyes out of frame, their stiff gestures betray their vulnerability. On the brink of discovery - at that awkward age when one is no longer a child, but not yet fully an adult - these heroines appear as much posed as poised. Their snooping is comprised of small transgressions borne of a strong dose of curiosity, incidents along the way to some personal revelation."

Swirl of Swarm

Mel Kadel... Trip Sit (pen and ink, coffee). From the exhibition Swirl of Swarm - works by Mel Kadel and Suzanne Sattler at Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

Lise Sarfati: Rough, Cold and Close - A Russian Poem

Lise Sarfati: Rough, Cold and Close - A Russian Poem at Yossi Milo Gallery. "...The exhibition features 16” x 21” photographs of interiors, buildings, landscapes and people, taken while the artist was living in Russia between 1991 and 2000. The photographs were made in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, as well as in the Vologda region in northern Russia."

Making It Real: Photomontage Before Photoshop

Making It Real: Photomontage Before Photoshop at Keith de Lellis Gallery in New York. "...a group exhibition of photographic-montage produced in the 19th and 20th centuries using low-tech, pre-computer age ingenuity. These hand-wrought and darkroom created images have been painstakingly produced by innovative photographers who developed the technical know-how and craftsmanship, to forsake reality for the 'constructed image.'"

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pujaan Hati

Pujaan Hati Dara Puspita... Pujaan Hati (.mp3 audio 01:55).

Works by Rod Cook

Works by Rod Cook at Stephen Daiter Gallery in Chicago, IL. "...Rod Cook (American, 1947- ) was born and grew up in Savannah, Georgia. He first picked up a camera while a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, fell in love with the medium, and subsequently worked as a fashion and illustration photographer in New York for the first twenty-five years of his career. In 1997, he essentially gave up commercial photography to pursue a personal vision, and shortly thereafter produced 'Cypress Knees and Tupelos,' an ongoing portfolio of nudes created in the cypress swamps located in and around Savannah. He works primarily in projects which are born from spontaneous experimentation and ultimately interprets the work in the platinum/palladium process. In 1998, he discovered a new body of work abbreviated as 'FP' which consists of his unique interpretation of botanicals. Most recently, he has been photographing 'Animate Objects' and 'Moving Landscapes.'" More at Rod Cook Photography.

Psychotic Reaction

Psychotic Reaction at Kerry Schuss / KS Art. "...This group exhibition draws its inspiration from the psychedelic/garage rock hit from 1966, Count Five's Psychotic Reaction, the often-covered song about depression and unrequited love. The song derives its disjunctive, angular, emotive power out of a hypnotic concoction of raw, but deeply felt manipulations of distortion, repetition and noise. The simple, but powerful success of this do-it-yourself musical aesthetic is an analogue to the diverse visual strategies of recent artists working in a variety of materials whose work develops its own raw power not so much out of the rational aesthetics of the beautiful, but rather out of the psychic underbelly of colorful noise, extreme disjunction, and discordant materiality. Contributing artists are Bill Adams, Ele D'Artagnan, James Hoff, Les LeVeque, Beverly Semmes, Philip Travers and Penelope Umbrico."

Laura Parker: From the Range - Pot Bottoms and Naked Eye Objects

Laura Parker: From the Range - Pot Bottoms and Naked Eye Objects. Photographs by Laura Parker at DNJ Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.

Han Yu Qu

The Vampires... Han Yu Qu (Cold Rain Song .mp3 audio 02:25). "...The Vampires were an all-girl group, apparently schoolgirls, who recorded this song in Singapore in the mid 60s. According to the EP it comes from, the song 'features Du Di Na on vocals, backed by The Vampires. Du Di Na joined The Vampires as singer 2 years prior to the release of this EP, and the group has won many fans among the young.'" From WFMU's On The Download.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Comin' Or Goin'

Huelyn Duvall... Comin' Or Goin' (1957, Challenge CH-1012 .mp3 audio 01:53).

T.R. Ericsson: Nicotine Dream

T.R. Ericsson... Arthur (2008, nicotine on paper, 20 x 16 inches). From the exhibition T.R. Ericsson: Nicotine Dream at Paul Kasmin Gallery. "...In creating these works on paper, Ericsson uses a silkscreen process, essentially an intensified version of the process through which his mother's white ceiling became stained yellow. Digital photographs are burned into silkscreens. Subsequently the images are recreated in nicotine as ashtrays filled with smoldering cigarettes are placed beneath the screens, slowly creating pictorial stains while destroying the screen. The process requires anywhere from fifteen to six hundred cigarettes to create a single image."

Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California

Dialogue among Giants: Carleton Watkins and the Rise of Photography in California at the Getty Center. "...In 1850, at the age of 20, Carleton Watkins is believed to have arrived in California from New York via South America. He embarked on a life in photography that began auspiciously during the gold rush (which started in 1849) and ended abruptly with the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire that destroyed his negatives. In between those historic moments, Watkins witnessed an era in which a recurring theme was the enormity of all things in the West. He photographed the expansive western landscape with its miles of coastline, vast natural resources, colossal trees, and the monoliths of the Yosemite Valley using an oversize mammoth-plate camera."

Yuukoku aka Patriotism aka Rite of Love & Death

Yuukoku aka Patriotism aka Rite of Love & Death (1966). "...Playwright and novelist Yukio Mishima foreshadowed his own violent suicide with this ravishing short feature, his only foray into filmmaking, yet made with the expressiveness and confidence of a true cinema artist. All prints of Patriotism (Yuukoku), which depicts the seppuku of a army officer, were destroyed after Mishima's death in 1970, though the negative was saved, and the film resurfaced thirty-five years later. New viewers will be stunned at the depth and clarity of Mishima's vision, as well as his graphic depictions of sex and death." New at UBUWEB Film & Video.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Love Is A Gamble

Love Is A Gamble Big Youth... Love Is A Gamble (.mp3 audio 02:28). A mid-70's Alvin Ranglin production.

Meg Birnbaum: Corn Dogs and Blue Ribbons

Meg Birnbaum: Corn Dogs and Blue Ribbons. "...This series was shot with 120mm black and white film, using plastic 'toy' cameras. The negatives are scanned and printed with a Durst Theta 51 laser printer using traditional black & white chemistry. The end result being is a rich continuous tone silver gelatin print. Because the fairs have changed so little over the last century I felt that using toy cameras and film were a good match for creating a timeless appearance." More Works by Meg Birnbaum at her personal site.

Lost Art 8 Anos

Happy Anniversary to our friends at Lost Art.

Afloat on the Ohio: Reuben Gold Thwaites Photographs

Afloat on the Ohio: Reuben Gold Thwaites Photographs. "...In the spring and summer of 1894, noted American historian and Society Director, Reuben Gold Thwaites, traveled with his family down the Monongahela and Ohio rivers, taking photos all the way. Thwaites' photographs of the six-week trip offer a unique opportunity to take a glimpse into the gateway to the nation's interior."

Tibet – From the Collections of the American Geographical Society Library

Tibet – From the Collections of the American Geographical Society Library. "...This digital collection presents historical maps and images of Tibet from the holdings of the American Geographical Society Library. The collection includes a set of early photographs of central Tibet and Lhasa as well as over 800 images from Harrison Forman's expeditions to northern Tibet between 1932 and 1937. The photographic collection is supplemented by four plans of the city of Lhasa and six historical maps of Tibet."

Thursday, October 16, 2008


B-Gas-Rickshaw The Raybeats... B-Gas-Rickshaw (.mp3 audio 02:13). From the album Guitar Beat (1981, PVC/Passport Records, produced by Martin Rushent).

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tim Liddy: Stratagem

Tim Liddy... Circa 1970 (Quija) (Enamel, oil on copper). From Tim Liddy: Stratagem at Kidder Smith Gallery. "...Based on the illustrated box lids of vintage board games, Liddy has recontextualized a subject, which evokes the underlying rules of life. Painted on copper or steel in the precise dimensions of the original, the metal is then manipulated to demonstrate the exact rips and tears from years of usage and includes trompe-l'oeil renditions of the scotch tape that might be holding the cardboard box together, the assorted stains, or the various graffiti of time." Also... Works by Tim Liddy at his personal site.

Rivoluzione! Italian Modernism from Segantini to Balla

Rivoluzione! Italian Modernism from Segantini to Balla - the first comprehensive overview of Divisionism at Kunsthaus Zürich. "...The Divisionists were Italy’s answer to the French Neo-Impressionists and Pointillists, who were in turn the Parisian successors to Impressionism. Adherents of Divisionism analysed colour and light, and applied colour theory and the principles of optics to the work of painting. Their dots and brushstrokes often rendered in complementary, contrasting primary colours, the Divisionists created dazzling compositions flooded with light."

The Skies Above

The Equals... The Skies Above (1968, President Records PT 180 .mp3 audio 02:28). Thank you, DMc.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March

Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March The Box Tops... Sweet Cream Ladies, Forward March (1969, Mala 12035 .mp3 audio 02:15).

Mark Wagner: My Portfolio

Mark Wagner... Bout (2008, Currency collage, 24 x 24 inches). From Mark Wagner: My Portfolio at Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York. "...Using countless fragments of actual currency, Mark Wagner creates collages that speak to the cultural, social, political and symbolic roles that money plays in our society. Working exclusively with the monochrome of the U.S Dollar, Wagner has proved that the single dollar bill is a truly ripe material; intaglio printed on sturdy linen stock, covered in decorative filigree and steeped in symbolism and concept. With blade and glue in hand, Wagner transforms this icon of American capitalism into representational images whose symbolic force asks us to question our understanding of money, its cultural significance and relationship to art." More Works by Mark Wagner at his personal site.

Works by Jane Hammond

Jane Hammond... Longfellow (2006, Selenium toned silver gelatin print). From Works by Jane Hammond. Paintings, photography, prints, and more.

Gavin Turk and You Know I Know He Knows We Know

Gavin Turk... Yellow Fright Wig (2005, Silkscreen on canvas). From Works by Gavin Turk at Aeroplastics Contemporary in Brussels. Also... You Know I Know He Knows We Know - New Art from London featuring works by Ross Downes, Jimp, Tom Crawford, and Toby Christian.

25th Anniversary Exhibition

Edward Wicklander... Walnut Tabby (Junior) (2008, Carved walnut, horse tail hair, ivory nut, enamel paint and steel base, 26 x 33 x 8 inches). From the 25th Anniversary Exhibition at Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, WA.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Bye Bye Love

Bye Bye Love Alton Ellis... Bye Bye Love (.mp3 audio 02:09). Late sixties cover of The Everly Brothers' song. RIP: Alton Ellis.

In The Garden: Photographs by Joel Leivick

In The Garden: Photographs by Joel Leivick at Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco, CA. "...Leivick works within the tradition of great landscape photography and this latest body of work explores the theme of beauty in chaos. Although seemingly dense and tangled, the repetition of plant forms in these photographs invite a state of contemplation in the realm of the garden. His large format photographs contain a unique combination of documentation, abstraction, and conceptual interpretation."

Olive Pierce: Forty Years of Photographs, 1963-2003

Olive Pierce: Forty Years of Photographs, 1963-2003 at The Special Collections Gallery at Duke University. "...A Maine resident and lifelong political activist, Olive Pierce's photographs reflect the spirit of community. This retrospective of black and white gelatin silver prints includes images that document life in Cambridge, Massachusetts as well as Maine fishing communities. Images of Iraqi citizens under US economic sanctions in 1999 and photographs of Maine citizens demonstrating for and against the war in 2003, make the connection between the local and global community."

The Meadowlands and Other Short Stories

Joshua Lutz... Untitled 16 (Meadowlands Marina, 1999, Digital C-print). From the exhibition The Meadowlands and Other Short Stories - photographs by Joshua Lutz at ClampArt Gallery in New York, NY. More Works by Joshua Lutz at his personal site.

Chen Jiagang: The Great Third Front

Chen Jiagang: The Great Third Front at Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York. "...Employing a distorted wide-angle lens, Chen Jiagang records the artifacts of the 'Great Third Front' in a palette of neutral grays, purples, and blues. A self-described expressionist photographer, Jiagang’s photographs conjure a type of industrial fairy tale. With the digital addition of an element of the fantastic, a young girl elegantly dressed in the Maoist collar and dress (Qipao), Jiagang’s photographs allude to a former glory, a nostalgia for a period now lost to the more powerful forces propelling China into the future."

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Silent Mover

Silent Mover Playgroup... Silent Mover (.mp3 audio 04:36). From the album Epic Sound Battles Chapter One (1982, Cherry Red BRED 28, produced by Adrian Sherwood).

Works by Franciszek Starowieyski

Works by Franciszek Starowieyski at Dmochowski Gallery.

Whistler Prints In The Fitzwilliam Museum

Limehouse (from The Thames Set, Etching and drypoint printed on laid paper, 1859). From Whistler Prints In The Fitzwilliam Museum. "...a survey of the Fitzwilliam Museum's collection of etchings, drypoints and lithographs by the American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)."


Dara Puspita... Mari-Mari (.mp3 audio 03:24). From Jang Pertama (1966, Mesra Records, Jakarta). More 60's Rock from Indonesia at Garage Hangover - The best site of 2008.

Haruo Suekichi: The Steampunk Watchmaker

PingMag... Haruo Suekichi: The Steampunk Watchmaker. "...For close to thirteen years, Haruo Suekichi has been investing hours upon hours every day to develop watches with a Steampunk flair. Reminiscent of Jules Verne and influenced by manga, his finely crafted watches are of a vintage futuristic kind. And what started with an unsuccessful attempt to hawk them at a flea market has turned into an enterprise whose analogue objects of desire are hard to get."

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Isn't It Wrong

Isn't It Wrong The Hurricanes with The Upsetters... Isn't It Wrong (.mp3 audio 02:53). From the album Africa's Blood by Lee Perry, The Upsetters, and Friends (1973, Trojan Records).

Graciela Iturbide: Celebration

Graciela Iturbide: Celebration at Throckmorton Fine Art in New York, NY. "...As a tribute to Iturbide’s recent award from the Hasselblad Foundation, Throckmorton Fine Art shares images from throughout Iturbide’s productive and accomplished 30-plus years as a photographer. The strength of the images suggests why Graciela Iturbide has been called one of Mexico’s greatest living artists."

Youssef Nabil: Cinema

Youssef Nabil... Lonely Pasha, Cairo, 2002 (Hand-coloured silver gelatin print, 40 x 27cm, Edition of 10). From the exhibition Youssef Nabil: Cinema at Michael Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town. "...The exhibition will bring together hand-coloured photographs of celebrities and friends, self-portraits, and scenes staged over the past 15 years. Nabil was born in 1972 in Cairo. He studied literature and began producing his photographs while still living there. In this time he took many glamorous portraits of singers and stars such as Natacha Atlas, Naguib Mahfouz, Youssra and legendary belly-dancer Fifi Abdou. He later moved to Paris and New York, where he has continued to produce haunting self-portraits that reflect his dislocated life away from Egypt, as well as portraits of fellow artists, many of them from the Arab world, including Ghada Amer, Shirin Neshat, Mona Hatoum, Tracey Emin and Zaha Hadid."

Mister Custer Stomp

The Scouts... Mister Custer Stomp (1962, Rendezvous 165 .mp3 audio 02:13). From Probe is Turning-on the People!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Feel A Whole Lot Better

Feel A Whole Lot Better Flamin' Groovies... Feel A Whole Lot Better (.mp3 audio 02:26). From the album Now (1978, Sire SRK 7059, produced by Dave Edmunds). Cover of The Byrds' song.

Cold War Modern: Design 1945-70

Cold War Modern: Design 1945-70 at the Victoria and Albert Museum. "...The period after the Second World War was one of anxiety and tension but also one of great optimism and unprecedented technological development. This exhibition examines how design was shaped by the cold war period against the backdrop of the battle between communism and capitalism, the advances of the space race, and the international competition to be modern.
Concentrating on the years from 1945 to 1970, the exhibition displays objects from around the world including the USA, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Italy, France, East and West Germany, Cuba and the UK."

Catherine Opie: American Photographer

Catherine Opie: American Photographer at the Guggenheim Museum. "...Since the early 1990s, Catherine Opie has produced a complex body of photographic work, adopting such diverse genres as studio portraiture, landscape photography, and urban street photography to explore notions of communal, sexual, and cultural identity. From her early portraits of transgender people and performance artists to her expansive urban landscapes of cities like Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and New York, Opie has offered profound insights into the conditions in which communities form and the terms in which they are defined. All the while she has maintained a strict formal rigor, working in stark and provocative color as well as richly toned black-and-white."


Pierre Molinier... Effigie (1967, Photomontage). From the exhibition Feminae - works by Marina Abramovic, Ghada Amer, Per Barclay, Olivier Blanckart, Carmen Calvo, Mat Collishaw, Rebecca Horn, Teresa Margolles, Pierre Molinier, Carmen Perrin, Markus Raetz, Gregor Schneider, Sandy Skoglund and Alberto Sorbelli at Galerie Guy Bärtschi in Geneva.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Get Up

Glen Brown Ron Wilson... Get Up (.mp3 audio 02:25). From the album Check The Winner: The Original Pantomine Instrumental Collection, 1970-74 (Tracks produced by Glen Brown, mixed by King Tubby).

Odd Wisconsin

Giant Punt Gun (Punt gun used to hunt waterfowl on Lake Mendota, Madison, Wisconsin, c. 1866-1870). "...Made by August Herfurth of Madison, Wisconsin, this jumbo shotgun, called a punt gun, could kill an entire flock of waterfowl with a single shot. Punt guns were used by commercial hunters in the 19th century to maximize their takes. The guns were so large, and their recoil so severe, that they were typically mounted on narrow, flat bottomed hunting boats called punts." From the exhibition Odd Wisconsin at the WHS.

Radioactive Quack Cures

The Story of Randy’s

The Story of Randy’s. "...On the occasion of the Randy’s 50th Anniversary album, 17 North Parade presents exclusively on United Reggae, The Story Of Randy’s, a documentary about the Chin Family and the golden age of the mythic Randy’s Studio. This film features some rare archive footage and interviews with legendary artists like Lord Creator, Ken Boothe, Stranger Cole, Derrick Harriott, Niney The Observer, Johnny Dizzy Moore, Jah Stitch, Big Youth, Sly Dunbar, Earl Morgan (The Heptones), and Pat Kelly." Thank you, DMc.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Long Long Time

Long Long Time Winston Heywood... Long Long Time (.mp3 audio 03:08). From the album The Upsetters With Lee Perry & Friends: Build The Ark (1989, Trojan Records).

half awake and half asleep in the water

Asako Narahashi... Kawaguchiko (2003, c-print). From the series half awake and half asleep in the water, on exhibition September 12 – November 6, 2008 at Galerie Priska Pasquer in Cologne, Germany. "...Standing half in water, or floating, Asako Narahashi photographed modern civilization as well as the characteristic symbols of Japan, such as Fuji Mountain, in connection with water. The exhibition shows a selection of color photographs from the series as well as to date still unpublished black-and-white photographs."


Pixação - Por Trás das Letras, São Paulo, Brazil. "...São Paulo is covered in writing unlike any other city in the world. 'Pixação' tagging is everywhere in the city, despite the administration's numerous attempts to stop it. Often seen but rarely heard, 'Por Trás das Letras' ("behind the letters") is a simple recording of three unidentified 'pixadores' discussing their motives and ideas."

Doll Clothes

Cindy Sherman... Doll Clothes (1975, Super-8 black and white film transferred to video, silent. 02:22) at UBUWEB Film & Video. "...One of the first of Cindy Sherman's super-8 films, 'Doll Clothes' has not been viewed since 1975, the year it was made. It comically crosses Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase with animated paper dolls in a sly, funny and clever precursor to the concerns that became signature elements in Sherman's remarkable body of photographic work."

US Trailer for Let The Right One In

US Trailer (various formats) for Let The Right One In - opening in limited release on October 24.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Love I Can Feel

Love I Can Feel Creation Rebel... Love I Can Feel (.mp3 audio 05:24). From the album Lows & Highs (1982, Cherry Red BRED 33). Cover of the John Holt song, which was a retooling of The Temptations' I Want A Love I Can See.

Jeff Whetstone: Post Pleistocene

Jeff Whetstone: Post Pleistocene. Photographs by Jeff Whetstone. "...Jeff Whetstone spent a good part of 2007 underground, creeping through the caverns and passageways that form vast networks of caves in Tennessee and Alabama. The North Carolina-based photographer took an assistant with him, along with loads of battery-operated equipment, water, food and supplies, often staying beneath the Earth's surface for days at a time. The result of these subterranean journeys is "Post-Pleistocene," an impressive series of large-format photographs that is so strangely gorgeous it takes a while to acclimate your eyes - not to mention your mind - to what you're seeing." - LA Times

Abelardo Morell: Pictures In Pictures

Abelardo Morell: Pictures In Pictures at Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York, NY.

The Ballad of Frankie Silver

The Ballad of Frankie Silver - a film by Tom Davenport (1996, 47 minutes, Color). "...In 1833 Mrs. Frances Silver was hanged in Morganton, North Carolina, for the ax murder of her husband Charles. For a century and a half the case has lived on in newspapers, pamphlets, memoirs, petitions, legends, a Sharyn McCrumb novel, plays, a ballet, documentary films, websites, and folksong scholarship. Did Frankie have cause to act or hope of justice? The Ballad of Frankie Silver explores the case through the singing and stories of Bobby McMillon and the comments of North Carolina Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Gray and others."

31 Days of Horror V

31 Days of Horror V at Not Coming To A Theater Near You.

Celebrating Photographic Garbage

Lens Culture... Celebrating Photographic Garbage - photo-based art by Joachim Schmid. "...Using other people’s (often mundane) photographs, he creates artwork that is alluring, intriguing, and captivating. He revels in photographs that other people lose or throw away in public, especially if they seem to have been discarded with some animosity or intense feeling. He is very much a modern day anthropologist who tries to understand contemporary cultures by studying its visual garbage."