Archive for January, 2008

Tilt-a Whirl

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

I have been watching old elegant skating by John Curry on youtube. Today is Philip Glass‘s birthday; a good way to celebrate his birthday is with a piece done by two great skaters from the forgotten past. Curry wanted to introduce the idea that figure skating can also be an art form, not just a sport with medals, winners, and losers.

He was light on his feet like Fred Astaire, see here. Today Sasha Cohen, Johnny Weir, and Matt Savoie have inherited Curry’s elegant skating.

Nocturn by Grieg

Here is a piece by Twyler

His life was cut short with AIDS.
Found this article claiming that he died in the arms of Alan Bates.

There Will Be A Couch

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Photo by Paul Chinn (image source)

Pick a title from the list below.

1 – The Last of the Mohicans Couch
2 – A Room with a View and Why the Couch Got Away
3 – The Crucible
4 – There Will Be Blood
5 – The Unbearable Lightness of Furniture Being
6 – The Boxer in the Age of Innocence

Photo by Paul Chinn (image source)

The image below is a repost, more about this here.
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This post is dedicated to Heath Ledger who inspired Daniel Day Lewis.

Rogue Film Notes

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

An ordinary Frenchman was picked up as a rogue trader last week.
Was it his fault the market crashed?

(Rogue Trader was a very good film set in Singapore and one of Ewan’s best performances to date).

Banker’s Chutzpah via Truthdig commenter.

This article is about Nick Leesen who single handedly brought down Barings Bank. (The real life character Ewan played brilliantly in the Rogue Trader)

Lumière and Company – Claude Miller

– Lumière and Company (1995, original title “Lumière et Cie”) was a collaboration between 41 international film directors in which each made a short film using the original Cinématographe camera invented by the Lumière brothers.
Shorts were edited in-camera and abided by three rules: A short may be no longer than 52 seconds; No synchronized sound; No more than three takes.

Claude Miller‘s ‘Un Secret’: A Jewish history lost and found in France

‘Un Secret,” a movie about ordinary Jewish people in extraordinarily savage times, is a current success with French moviegoers, and Claude Miller, who adapted the film from Philippe Grimbert’s eponymous novel, is surprised.

Claude Miller made a splash long ago with “The Best Way to Walk”, worked closely with Francois Truffaut in his early years.

Navigation Drawings by Julian Schnabel

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

Santa Barbara Santa Barbara by Julian Schnabel

Licaboles <><>Licabores by Julian Schnabel

More images from Speron Westwater

James Kalm Video of the opening

  • Jane Birkin Jane Birkin

    His Big paintings at Beijing

    Le Scaphandre Et Le Papillon

    I’ve Got Life

    Monday, January 21st, 2008

    I’ve gotMLK google08 image a green and a red ball

    Dr Nina Simone sings for you.

    We had a dream MLK google image

    Reclaiming King: Beyond “I have a dream” (Alternet)

    This MLK quote from Doing Justice

    Jurgen Trautwein

    Thursday, January 17th, 2008

    We are still in the city and don’t call it Frisco. After Capp Street of David Ireland let’s zigzag to the Tenderloin Bush St and visit Jurgen Trautwein, a transplant from Germany. Like the consolidation work that David Ireland did for Capp Street apartment, Jurgen’s apartment is another pulsating piece of life as art, a place of magic and transformation. Jurgen has redesigned his homepage and is introducing new works including many ongoing interactive web projects. Take part, eat the heart and drink the wholly JT Wine.

    JTWine randam samples:
    Paper Ware Full Body Armor<> <> Movie MachineSleep of Reason Variations (click on the left column)

    <> <>Intergeo painting by Jurgen Trautwein

    For the International Geographic painting series I’m using found maps of the world as a two dimensional stage to populate them with immediate, essential, sparsely colored line figurations, acting out fragments of enigmatic dramas in an universe of maximum misunderstanding.

    <> <>Stone of Folly installation by Jurgen TrautweinThe Stone of Folly

    Mindbombs (WHY WAR animations)

    The NIESATT installations
    an evolving drawing & multimedia hybridization project:
    NIESATT is a neologism consistent of two German words, nie (never) and satt (full, enough, satisfied).
    If NIESATT is read backwards and the double T substituted with a D it reads Dasein (being in this world or exercising being).

    (For years I’ve been wondering what NIESATT meant.)

    Wordabout (blog) – A project exploring perception and work process of blind artists with developmental disabilities working at Creativity Explored in San Francisco.

    Out of my mind drawings by Jurgen Trautwein

    My drawings are raw thought. I draw what I observe about the human folly I experience in my San Francisco Tenderloin neighborhood and beyond. The Tenderlonians appear like an order of humans very much on the edge of existence.


    “I’m being and seeing myself, seeing me see myself”. Paul Valery
    Art is not a career to me, it’s a life in the realm of ideas, which are not necessarily monetary or consumable.

    David Ireland

    Sunday, January 13th, 2008

    Blood Dots and Rain over Ireland David Ireland Blood Dot 1994

    David Ireland has been a familiar figure in the West Coast art scene for three decades. Not focusing on a career in art until reaching his 40s, he spent his earlier years seeking out an array of experiences. After earning a B.A. in Industrial Design and Printmaking, Ireland lived in Asia, Europe and Africa. He pursued work in numerous professions, most notably serving as an African safari guide during the 1960s and early ’70s. Soon after completing graduate work at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1974, he purchased a house at 500 Capp Street, in the city’s not-yet-gentrified Mission District. (via)

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    David Ireland in Kenya

    Monochromes and Architecture (from the Art of Memory)

    Kenneth Baker on Capp Street Debacle

    <><>David Ireland photo of magazine layout

    <><>David Ireland photo of magazine layout
    The above two photos taken from magazine clips I saved from long ago.
    The top right image is the exterior of Ireland’s house in San Francisco.
    This article was written by John Ashbery. He wrote,

    Ireland soon realized that this would be no ordinary restoration job–“consolidation” is the word he prefers to use.
    “Slowly I progressed, as an artist, and I reached a philosophical point where I realized that the lively presence I was looking for in my paintings was here on the walls, as I stripped away and cleaned off the surfaces.”

    Bullshit and Van Gogh’s Ear

    Thursday, January 10th, 2008

    What leaves you most wary during Election Season with its Polls (scroll down)

    <> <> Silent Majority by Janet Paparelli
    (Janet Paparelli
    sent me her new year’s greeting with this image.)

    Democrazy is here to stay. (Mark Young who posted this shortest blog entry is a poet from Australia)
    Dogmacracy (Daisy and Spike – or Hillary vs Obama, the two chihuahuas’ one act play) now enters another round for a re-run. (They can’t raise money but they can growl and pretend better than any of the current candidates. Growling politicians is universal, here is Issay Ogata playing a politician.)
    Matt has two great links on Why not outsource American politics? and Bullshit

    Clinton Diebold Bump

    The point is this: Voting machine security is essential to our democratic process, and remains a problem that has not been resolved.
    As long as these devices have serious vulnerabilities, doubt is possible, and a healthy democracy cannot function effectively in the shadows.

    He lost to Nixon in 1972, still speaks to us with the voice of reason.

    And something else that turns your ear to dead meat.
    David Ireland David Ireland
    Three Attempts to Understand Van Gogh’s Ear in Terms of the Map of Africa, 1987 (image source)
    David Ireland’s 500 Capp Street: Inside And Soon To Be On The Market. (David Ireland mini retrospective is long overdue, stay tuned.)

    (Directed by Alfonso Cuarón)
    “The Shock Doctrine” is high lighted at agog for people who don’t have time to read.

    Nixon in China + Zhou En Lai

    Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

    Zhou En Lai greets Nixon. (Act I)

    This funny opera was composed by John Adams, produced by Peter Sellers, and choreographed by Mark Morris.
    Judging from these clips on youtube, Pat Nixon is the only non political person in the mix of power hungry world leaders, providing the audience with maternal warmth and humanity.

    The Bad Boy provides us with more clips (one clip is missing).

    As a big fan of the opera Nixon In China, I was so excited to find the following clips from it on YouTube. As the title implies, NIC is about the historic meeting between Richard Nixon and Mao Tse-tung. The composer, John Adams, once described it (jokingly) as an opera for “Republicans and Communists.” Well, I’m neither and I still love the hell out of it.

    This third clip is one of my favorites. Kissinger (as Lao-Szu) whips a peasant woman half to death in a stage play. Pat Nixon comes to the woman’s aid and then the music gets better.

    Nixon and Zhou En Lai (image source)

    Today January 8 was the day China lost their beloved leader Zhou En Lai. in 1976.
    How do you assess Zhou’s achievements in China’s tumultuous history?
    Some accuse Zhou of going along with Mao and not protecting the Chinese people; others show gratitude to Zhou for saving China from Mao’s tyranny.
    Zhou was first and foremost a survivor. Most of Zhou’s contemporaries died directly under the hand of Mao or died in mysterious accidents. Zhou alone, of his stature, survived. Mao was determined to outlive Zhou and did so by a few months.

    Perhaps my favorite image of Zhou is from footage of Richard Nixon’s visit to China in 1972. As the US President blathered on about ‘friendship and mutual respect,’ the jaded premier shifted in his chair unable to contain a mighty yawn at the dog and pony show onstage. Zhou’s work with Kissinger was done and in the books. That had been the important part.
    Perhaps, he was simply tired. (This date in history: The Death of Zhou Enlai)

    Was he a tragic hero?

    A sentimental eulogy to Zhou En Lai on youtube.

    Peter Hutton – At Sea

    Friday, January 4th, 2008

    At Sea by Peter Hutton (image source)

    A restrained Hutton explained onstage that — having spent 10 years as a merchant marine in his youth — he initially wanted to make a film about ship-breaking, the messy and dangerous process by which rusting hulks are broken down into their component elements in cash-starved countries like Bangladesh. After three hours of shooting in one of these ship-breaking yards, he was kicked out, but the usable footage prompted him to construct a trilogy of sorts: the building, voyage and dismantling of a ship.(the reeler – scroll down)

    Peter Hutton Peter Hutton

    After experiencing mankind’s ability to create such a monstrosity once it’s at sea the camera is locked on to a wide shot of many cargo boxes. I couldn’t help but begin to become concerned with what all those cargo boxes contain. Perhaps some of them are full of grain and other essentials but more than likely they contain garbage that will be consumed and tossed out on to the trash heap, just like the ship that carries them.
    At Sea is a 60minute motion picture postcard that delivered an experience distinct in the cinema a un-tethered, by the constraints of conventional story-telling, look at commerce and its consequences. Tim Massett

    Part I discussion Peter Hutton had after his retrospective screening at the Capitol Theater in Windsor Ontario for Media City 13 on February 17, 2007 on Youtube.

    Thanks Hal Lum for sharing and introducing Peter Hutton to us.

    Happy New Year 2008

    Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

    <><><><><><>Happy New Year 2008 by Fung Lin Hall Palm tree trunks

    Marjorie Perloff
    The Palm at the End of the Mind:
    Thomas Hines’s Wilshire, Ed Ruscha’s Sunset, Robbert Flick’s Pico

    This piece is about 13 printed pages long.

    The palm at the end of the mind,
    Beyond the last thought, rises
    In the bronze décor,

    A gold-feathered bird
    Sings in the palm, without human meaning,
    Without human feeling, a foreign song.

    You know then that it is not the reason
    That makes us happy or unhappy.
    The bird sings. Its feathers shine.

    The palm stands on the edge of space.
    The wind moves slowly in the branches.
    The bird’s fire-fangled feathers dangle down.

    — Wallace Stevens, “Of Mere Being”[1]

    Ed Ruscha talks about the magic of Intaglio (etching) process here on video.

    Crash by Jim Dine and this from John Baldessari