October 31, 2011

Progress Report on NAP

Matthew Smith interviewed Kris Chatterson and Vince Contarino. Good stuff.

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Now: Avatars, a.k.a. "drones".

A misleading name, drone. There are teams of soldiers (and spies) behind and ahead of each one. Faces in front of consoles.

Next: Robots?

The source material of this post is from Gizmodo. Better future forecasting can be sourced at Next Big Future.


Also, you can monitor the displacement of pilots on carrier combat groups here.

...if you were so inclined.

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October 30, 2011

Gerard Smulevich

Paris. Institute Du Monde Arab

Nikon D70
1/160s f/3.2 at 50.0mm iso200 full exif

More here.

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October 29, 2011


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October 28, 2011



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October 20, 2011


Mat Gleason recently posted this pic from 1993 in his FaceBook foto album.

Pictured: Stephanie, me and Mat Gleason.

The pup was named Index, a very special guy.

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Bryan Ferry at Michael Kohn Gallery


You can read the full press release here.

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October 15, 2011



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October 12, 2011

Hiroshi Sugito Studio Visit

Old friend Hiroshii Sugito attended my recent exhibition in TKG Kyoto. He was kind to offer to drive us to Nagoya the next day as my wife Stephanie and I made our way back home to LA via Tokyo. Along the way, we stopped at the Miho Museum in the heart of ninja country (the beautiful mountains, laced with streams surrounding Kyoto to the southeast were known as a training ground for ninja warriors in the distant past, the Shiga Prefecture). The Miho museum is the work of I.M. Pei and Mihoko Koyama and it features a private collection of ancient Western and Asian works of art. The design of the building is a successful emulation of the The Peach Blossom Spring, which, in the words of A. Romero: " ...echoes the journey from a famous tale of a fisherman, following a river farther into the mountains than he ever had before, only to come through a tunnel-like cavern into the ravishing valley of Shangri-La, filled with blooming peach trees." The drive to the museum was quite faithful to the tale, indeed.

Once in Nagoya, we were able to visit Hiroshi's studios (yes, plural), panoramic pictures of one of them follow after the jump...


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October 11, 2011

Once Emerging Now Emerging

Cirrus Timeline from Cirrus Gallery on Vimeo.

I visited Jean Milant today at Cirrus Gallery to see Once Emerging Now Emerging (OENE), a forty year retrospective that becomes much more than a mere retrospective with the invention of a four part cycle of exhibitions and a forthcoming interactive web(show)site that promises to live beyond OENE by evolving new programming into the future. Jean collaborated with young artist Aaron Wrinkle and the product of their labor is an interpolation of the historical legacy of Cirrus exhibitions and an infusion of emerging artists. Here's a slice of Aaron's curatorial statement:
As a rotating, four-part exhibition aligned to the entire span of PST, the exhibition will operate "excavation-ally" to Cirrus' archive and how it pertains to the current artistic climate of Los Angeles. By focusing on moments of particular artists' early involvements with the gallery, such as Guy de Cointet, Barbara T. Smith and works by international and local emerging artists of today, the exhibition presents a liberal marriage of the past and present. Progressively, Cirrus invites artists today from Los Angeles and beyond to react to the archival information through a specially created website which will funnel into the exhibition; integrating the once emerging with the now emerging.

The exhibition schedule:
Now & Then: Sept.24 - Nov. 5, 2011
Livin' LA: Nov. 12 - Jan. 7, 2012
The Visitation: Jan 14 - March 5, 2012
Open Network: March 10 - May 5, 2012

Jean is on the verge of unveiling a prototype for web based curation. Stay tuned to this page, which is a place-holder at this moment for an interactive web/show site that should be up and open to the public before the end of the month. I've seen a preview of it (the Vimeo timeline video above is a component), I promise that it will be very interesting and worth your time. Among other things, it will offer a selection of catalogs of artists who have shown at Cirrus over the years (here's an example) and it will also feature a window for requests for submissions of proposals for possible exhibitions into the future.

Also, mark this date on your calendar:

Saturday, October 29th at Cirrus Gallery:

A Conversation Regarding Michael Asher and the Legacy of Post-Studio Critique

10am-1pm: Michael Asher and Post-Studio Technique

2pm- 5pm: Michael Asher and Post-Studio Practice

Organized by Michael Ned Holte and Aaron Wrinkle

It should be fascinating....

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October 6, 2011

Aaron Parazette, "North Swell".

Old and dear friend, artist Aaron Parazette, sent me pics of his recent work at the Dallas Contemporary Museum, a mural called "North Swell". He also sent a time lapse video of its creation:

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WPA Presents

Tomorrow night, the art collective WPA will open two shows. Tyler Vlanovich's show is called "What Gives", he's installing a spectrum of paintings to objects that are unified by a unique sensibility of lines that are created by color fill. Well, that's my characterization, I wonder how he would respond to that?

Tyler is installed in "Gallery 1", "Gallery 2" is a gift from Henry Taylor, he cleared his studio so that WPA could mount a show for Mitchell Syrop, who will feature five of his textual paintings (drawings?), all dripping with equal parts poetry, humor and acerbic wit.

Googling around for a descriptor for Syrop's work, I found this gem:

Interesting character. Swears like a sailor in class but buys us pizza to make up for it. The other day in class he had a pointer stick that looks like a spear and he decided to throw it at the ceiling, caveman style, to try to make it stick in the tiles. If you put in good effort you will get an A on your projects. He hasn't assigned any tests yet.
As a descriptor, it's not as good as any other... you'll have to come in and check his work out in the flesh for yourself.

(Whatever you do, don't rely on these pics that I shot of the two installations earlier today:)

Mitchell Syrop.

Tyler Vlanovich.

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Snapshots from Japan

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