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Monday, March 15, 2003 | 9AM
ANCHORED AT ARMORY ART BUT NO ANCHORS ON MY ARM

Art at the Armory in NYC

+ The Armory show continues through today. It's too much to take in during your lunch hour—its too much to take in one whole day—but if you haven't been, yet, maybe take a Personal(art)Day (P.a.D) and spend it at the piers.

A few of my favorites this year were:

NEW FAVORITES:
Paul Graham, American Night #6, photo: large, contrastless almost washed-out but with detectable color, (at Artemis Greenberg Van Doren)
Polly Apfelbaum kind of velvety (at D'Amelio Terras)
Joel Sternfeld large 70s color photo prints (I forget where)
Nina Bovasso drawings (some more than others but some were really exciting (at Clementine)
Katharina Fritsch yellow on white prints, "searing", as along appropriately called them (at Matthew Marks) —also hers, I think, a large gothic dark rose sculpture. Was that hers?—
Hanneline Visnes beautiful drawings (at DoggerFisher)
Georges Rousse photographic meets drawing (Springer & Winckler)

OLD FAVORITES:
Julie Meheretu drawings
Jessica Stockholder mixed media sculpture (at Gorney Bravin + Lee)
Justine Kurland's foresty photo (at Gorney Bravin + Lee)
Rodney Graham film and more (at Donald Young)
Sophe Calle photo and life (at Donald Young)
New work by Bridget Riley
John Morris drawings (at D'Amelio Terras)
Malerie Marder photography
Reed Anderson, paintings, who has a show opening Friday March 19 (at Pierogi)
The silver Donald Moffett painting at Marianne Boesky (although don't see it here on her site.)
Sharon Core, photographs. Thiebaud's cakes and pies, actualized by the artist, a pastry chef, then photographed and printed to size of the original paintings. The effect of Thiebaud's light and shadow created in 3D and then forced back into 2D. So interesting, beyond just being clever. Rich, beyond just deliciously referencing Theibaud. But the reference is also great. The cakes are nearly impossible to interpret as cakes, so trapped I was in the 2D of the originals. The imagery of the icing in his iconographic paintings is permanently brandished in my perception as paint. If that makes any sense. (at Bellwether)


Friend Reed's work displayed next to sexy video, at Pierogi

Largest noticed themes this year:
The square aspect ratio, LARGE color photography, and antlers in art, whether 2D or 3D. The deer, stag, and moose were omnipresent. We love the stag, but why? Reed, do you know?
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Follow up re: To tattoo over scar? Mom says "woah", and then briefly, "you can't do that!!!" and then "Washable markers are ok," but drawing on myself with Sharpie not endorsed. Tattoos not encouranged, even if she gets to draw it.

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Thursday, March 11, 2003 | 2:59 PM
PEAS N' CARROTS + TATTOOS + I REALLY DO FEEL FINE

hey Sharon, guess what matches? My freddie sweater and your skirt.

Looking forward to seeing friends when they roll into town with their band Devotchka. We'll be in attendance when they play:
+ Galapagos Art Space
Tuesday March 16
10 PM.

I hope they're burlesquesque.
They're also doing a Pianos 4pm show. Here's a schedule.

This is what some people are saying:
"Devotchka: Devotchka's incomparable sound fuses punk asthetic with old world Eastern European tradition, creating one of the more beautiful and unique listening experiences you're likely to have. This lineup will feature violin, piano, accordion, guitar, and vocals, and has drawn comparisons to Jeff Buckley, Calexico, and Damien Rice."
—Galapagos
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Listening to T.Rex (Jeepster) right now.
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It used to be that I was the only one in my neighborhood yoga class not covered in tattoos. I used to spend time in downward dog thinking up captiony one-liners to harness the simultaneous edgy-meets-old world flavor of williamsburg for my website: "I'm the only one in yoga without tattoos... and the only one at the womens'-only swim without a wig."
It's now a few years later. After a long yoga-hiatus, I got back on the mat last night. I found myself thinking how, nowadays, I might be the only one in yoga class without a Coach bag. Not a tattoo in sight, except the lovely teacher, Mey. Maybe now is a good time to get a tattoo; You know, really start something.
I have a long vertical scar on my inner-right wrist from an accidental cat-scratch (she didn't mean to scratch me; Trixie's no attacker...) The scar is in an unfortunate spot, making me appear somewhat suicidal (although I'm right handed so I most-likely wouldn't use my left...oh nevermind). The scar could use some covering up and I've been thinking of tattoo as a viable way to hide it, under some ink. The scar receives strange looks. One client actually offered a friendly-ear, in case I was going through a hard time. I've grown tired of explaining that I actually quite love life, and I love my cat too, and although she scratched me, she loves me too... she was just startled, .... Maybe I'll cover it up with a tattoo of a Coach bag*.


*Just kidding mom. Maybe you'd draw something else for me? No sunflowers please. Maybe a portrait of Trixie. I also like birds and wheaton terriers and banjos, I like circles and raindrops and plants, especially plants, and deers and Picasso and old car typefaces and press-on letters and scrolly-scripty fonts such as this:

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+ fluffy


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Tuesday, March 09, 2003 | 4:44PM
CELEBRATING SEVEN / OFFICIALLY GOOD-BYE, SPALDING

+ A 1998 interview with the late Spalding Gray, and whose body was found in the East river just a few blocks from where I'm now sitting. Not Swimming to Cambodia. Sad. (Spalding's name is misspelled all over the internet, but it is officially Spalding I've just learned.)
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+ Identify a font: An online font tool which enables you to identify a font by answering a series of questions.
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+ Love Is Being Out On a Limb Together, + a dog, and + Peter the Cat, all from + MoBA Gallery (Museum of Bad Art): Art too bad to be ignored.

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Tomorrow I'll celebrate my 7-year anniversary of moving to NYC.

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Working on some T-shirt concepts:
    Break A Leg, Not A String [via dad]
    Drop Rhymes Not Bombs
sorry.
    Pick Banjos, Not Bones...
?


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Sunday, March 7, 2003 | 4PM
HARNESS THE POST-ESPRESSO MANIA
...or instead sit motionless for hours on new bed. Stare at walls and at cats. Wonder if this is what relaxing feels like.

subway rainstorm
it is not at all raining outside

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The Entertainment Channel: First of all, we loved "Lady with a Fan."

Picasso: Thank you. People seem to be very excited by the painting, and the test scores have been great.

E.C.: What was it like painting "Lady with a Fan"?

Picasso: Very, very exciting. I was excited by the prospect of painting it and working with so many exciting people, the paint people, the canvas stretcher . . .

E.C.: So it was a very exciting project for you.

Picasso: Yes, I was really excited. Sometimes I was more excited, and sometimes I was less excited... continued »

—from + PICASSO PROMOTING "LADY WITH A FAN"
by STEVE MARTIN, from the New Yorker.

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A few of the words I've misused lately:
Slack
Flack
Scintillate
Diatribe
Scant
A few of the words I've not misused:
surreptitious
triskaidecaphobia
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It was nearly 10 years ago that I lived in a place where the sun shone nearly 360 days of the year. When the sun shone, the pool tables were cheapest, so I'd often be in a very dark bar playing pool on a beautiful day.

Other people who lived in this town, they were mountain climbing.

Winning the game of pool was important when you couldn't necessarily afford to pay for the next table. Sometimes I went to this bar alone, but it was never empty.

Today I tried to sleep on a park bench all alone. I reclined next to a little-league baseball game, near 3rd base. Unlike all those years ago, I no longer prefer to be indoors while the sun is shining. It was so sunshiny and warm today. I am no longer any good at pool.

I was very very tired today while walking through the park. I came to the place where I couldn't take one more step so I lay down on the bench to take a nap alone in a crowd in the sun.

I was very very tired today because of staying up very very late last night, in a bar where I played not one single game of pool.

I don't think I could spend a day inside playing pool on a bright, sunny day anymore. But I also wasn't able to get any sleep on the park bench. Although my bench was safely behind a cyclone fence, the ballgame was raucus.
Here is a dialogue excerpt:

"Yo why you even rooting for me? I aint even on your stupidfucking team."
"...because you're my stupidfucking kid brother, that's why."


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Thursday, March 04, 2003 | 1AM
SHINE A LIGHT, SHINE A LIGHT. HEY
CLICK TO START SLIDESHOW YES
(*)
huh.
I can get a lot more done with the use of php tools (thx clrsn).
Such as this collection of about 20 photos, which could be titled GOT YOUR BACK, which certainly isn't as clever a title as it could be. You're welcome to think of a more clever title. A pun is fine, but nothing too corny. What's a better title. BACK IN NY? ON THE BACK-TEE. oh, BACKSTALKER. or BACKS,WORD!. um. howabout BACKWORDS. Like backwoods, nevermind.
Wait. BACKWORDS, like BACKWARDS, but words. hah. yes.
BACKWORDS: I've been collecting these for over a year. You can tap your spacebar all the way through them. Shown here are the shots that came out in focus. It's a first installment. There are more.

(*Erin, remember when we took this picture, outside that restaurant that one summer night? you said 'be sure to get the baldspot'. we didn't even try to sneak a picture of harvey keitel. just this guy.)

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+ Not exactly sure what this is but I'm pretty certain it's excellence has the potential to change my life (via heif)
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+ My Girlfriend is an Airline Stewardess: e ku's photos of Japan.
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+ Commentator Matt Miller says President Bush is deceiving Americans when he says government spending is out of control. ...says it's a way to keep the government from doing—and paying for—what's needed. {NPR.org}

+ Bush campaign put on the defense for ads with 9/11 images:
"It's a slap in the face of the murders of 3,000 people," Monica Gabrielle, whose husband died in the twin towers, told the New York Daily News for its Thursday editions. "It is unconscionable."

+ Bush-Cheney Set to Roll Out Ads {NPR Morning Edition audio}


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Saturday, February 28, 2003 | 7PM
COUNTDOWN TO SPRING HAS SPRUNG

This weekend is your last chance to see Diane Barcelowsky's show while it's still hung at GV/AS gallery, in lovely Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It's not far from Williamsburg, and the weather's just great. She's showing small, medium, and some super mental large drawings, and there's a $20/each box, just completely filled with drawings for sale. Ooh, love her. Collect her. She just moved from here to California. She's prolific. If you miss the show, Magalee the director will have her drawings on file for a while longer.

+ James Rosenquist paintings displayed in a smooth flash site.

+ I like this picture by beebs



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Saturday, February 28, 2003 | 2AM
ALPHA SITE

Caring for Your Introvert:
"Do you know someone who needs hours alone every day? Who loves quiet conversations about feelings or ideas, and can give a dynamite presentation to a big audience, but seems awkward in groups and maladroit at small talk? Who has to be dragged to parties and then needs the rest of the day to recuperate?..."
—From Caring for Your Introvert by Jonathan Rauch in The Atlantic.
[found in the archives of + Infrangible]
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I found an old archive of this site, v2.0. There's nothing to read there, which i was going to say is relieving but how do you spell that? It's just a relief. (v1.0 was hosted unwittingly by cbsnews.com, I can't find it in the wayback machine. But I can tell you it was orange and green.)

Saw the movie Mystic River. It was such a movie. Felt occasionally manipulated and treated badly, once heavy-handedly. It seems the book could provide depth that the movie didn't. Loved sean p. but now wonder about clint e.

I accidentally deleted my post of the post-jen bekman opening. It was an accident, or so i think. Perhaps Red made me do it, with his voodoo. [ha but I found it again; scroll down for Red's head]
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We saw painter John Currin's retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art last month. Enjoyed it lots, and wrote about it here, and then somehow managed to lose my post. But I didn't lose this candid shot of him from a Christmas party a few years' back.

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