Memory – Souvenir

November 21st, 2008

Happy Birthday to Fung Ching! She shares a birthday with Magritte.

it’s 110 years since Magritte was born. – Google tells me by Mark Young

It’s also 110 years plus a few months since my father was born. He used to wear hats—they were de rigeur for his times. I have a memory of seeing a photo of him in a bowler. I could be wrong. It might just be wishful thinking, an attempt to find a point of commonality.

Magritte and My father (Read the Liberator – from Series Magritte #35)

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    Memroy – Souvenir by Mark Young from Series Magritte.

  • Souvenir from Jurgen Trautwein complete

    See also his memory paintings – 5 am rising.

  • Magritte Owl in the Desert rengamagritte1 Renga Magritte – Collaborative installation by Jtwine and Fung Lin Hall More yard installation with mountains in the background here.
    More “Renga a Renga” a brick installation by Jtwine coming soon.

    The Colors and Sound of the Night

    November 14th, 2008

    Big Heads bigheadsin Asheville, North Carolina
    Robert Gardner via email

    Here’s an image of me and the boys spreading the joy of anarchy on
    election night. My shoulders are still recovering. I built Uncle Sam, the
    others were a bit less politically obvious.

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    Jürgen Trautwein via email

    4 nature and three noise layers, i like it
    the most with noise layer 4 and 5 off. happy cricketfrog at night,

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    Washington SQ. by André Kertész

    And lastly visit Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night at MoMa ( The exhibition continues to Jan 5, 2009)
    Update: Beauty and Justice, Van Gogh at MoMa by Nicolaus Mills (Dissent)

    Čínská Restaurace

    October 22nd, 2008

    Tony and daughters came to SF for wonderful food and company. (Found youtube)

    They obviously did not go to Fun Fin Fin fsfs – fake squid fast stop – Chinese Restaurant.
    Jurgen, Hal and I prefer the Chinese Noodle houses – they are within our budget. They serve noodles, duck and rice soup and other standard Chinese food. Jurgen and Hal have never met in real life but that does not stop them from talking and choking on German artists. (Do not miss the great videos of Rebecca Horn and Eva Hesse).

    Speaking of Noodle house, Milan Kundera was linked at my Noodle Place post I did last year February.
    (Very chop suey like – with an image of “Debt to Pleasure – Imagining Kundera, Kureishi and Tanizaki”)

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    by Edward Hopper

    There are number of interesting films that came out of the Independant cinema world about Chinese restaurants in overseas.

    Vivian Wu in Kinamand kinamand

    “Chinaman”: the unconventional love story of a Danish plumber and the restaurant proprietor’s sister whose only hope of obtaining a residence permit is marrying a Danish national.

    Trailer here (without English subtitles)

    Trailer for “Combination Platter” – Tony Chan made this film.

    See Čínská Restaurace in Prague. I have never been to this restaurant. The friend of a Czech family I knew fixed a Chinese dish to show off his skill once. Many Czech restaurants have one Chinese dish in their menu among goulash, dumplings and Palacinky (pancakes). It does not matter what you eat, wonderful pivo (Czech pilsner) beer washes down the food. At the train station stops you often see people drinking pivo at 8 am before their commute to work. “Ceske Pivo, Prosim” “How dare Milan leaving Pivo country! We will go after you like the befuddled tourists who get arrested in our public transport; their crime: not knowing where to buy the ticket.” Ticket booth is no where to be found, no gate to go through etc. Very mysterious system. (I don’t know if the Prague police are still harassing the passengers today. You pay a large fine on the spot to the police of course. For foreigners only.)

    Milan Kundera

    October 19th, 2008
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    Milan Kundera

    This must be the time of Prague Fall as the memory of Prague Spring has become murkier and distorted.
    Accusation Against Writer Reopens Traumas of Czech Past (NYtimes)
    A friend who knew Milan Kundera for 50 years said,

    Milan was always introspective — he was not a fanatical Communist, and I completely exclude that he could have denounced someone in this way,” Mr. Pondelicek said. “It just does not match his pattern of behavior.”

    Milan is a writer and his writings should speak for us. (Though some like Ed Champion is ready to say that Kundera is overrated)
    Here are some samples.
    Milan Kundera on Francis Bacon (from Hypergraphia – For Tate)

    Milan Kundera on Ecstacy

    Jtwine on Milan Kundera

    I always think of one of his quotes:” kitsch is the absolute denial of shit.” I like that a lot.

    (Check Jurgen’s neat photos and Fassbinder video at FSFS – fear should fall short – Shark fin project Merde, I got enough of celebrity-art-talk now.)

    Swimming Pools in Milan Kundera’s novels by Jorn Boisen

    Maria from Mexico commenting, (from Prague Life)

    I teach literature in Mexico. My high school students have loved “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”. I just want to say that Sabina´s longing of the two lighted windows has haunted me always as well as her despair. Thomas, Teresa, and Sabina are some of the most memorable characters of all times. To have a bunch of Mexican 17 year olds thinking this is their favorite novel of all times is the best reward an author could have.

    Four Milan Kundera related youtube samples
    Elas – a video animation from Brazil – based on Unbearable Lightness of Being

    (repost from last year Halloween)

    2) The Unbearable Lightness of Being on Tube (a cute youtube experiment)

    3) A reader put his enthusiastic review of the Unbearable Lightness of Being on youtube- “Incredible”.

    4) A funny clip of Milan Kundera sitting on an inflated plastic chair answering in French, rocking himself uncomfortably. (1968) (Youtube)

    Baldessari’s Yellow Fin and Tristram

    October 17th, 2008

    (Tristram Shandy Portfolio by John Baldessari via)

    An example of Baldessari collages, made from stills of old B-movies superimposed with geometric shapes, is seen in an illustration for a special edition of Tristram Shandy.
    When Hoyem learned of Baldessari’s interest in Laurence Sterne’s novel of 1760, he invited him to participate in a new publication that matches Sterne’s disregard for plot and punctuation with the artist’s own disjointed imagery. The project also includes a volume of the complete text with all its eccentricities intact, and another containing a critical essay. (MoMa – Baldessari’s Trsitram Shandy)

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    Vintage Baldessari Some Narrow Views (either tall or wide)

    Apparently FSFS (Fish Stink From Space) – Fung Shark Fin Soup is picking up with Shark fin sighting when we thought we were finished with Finning.

    Baldessari got shark fin covered and he painted yellow to go with a blue dog.

    Man, Dog (Blue), Canoe/Shark Fins (One Yellow), Capsized Boat, 2002 (via)

    Extra, watch Tristram Shandy film trailer.

    Now let us go to San Francisco, SFSF – FSFS and visit Jurgen’s I Like American and America Likes Me (Beuys, L. Bourgeois and Duchamp)

    American Flag

    October 15th, 2008

    Tyler Green started an American Flag project.

    Ethan Ham submitted Vito Acconci (1980)’s Instant House.

    This week Modern Art Notes is featuring prominent curators identifying favorite works of contemporary art that feature the American flag.

    The American flag images below are from my collection and not part of Tyler Green’s project.

    Google eagle <> <>Dryscape by Fung Lin Hall looking for prey (digital photo collage by Fung Lin Hall)

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    Jürgen Trautwein made an Election game for you. (Who’s afraid of red white and blue?)
    Objective: remove the small red squares out of the big square. You can turn down the sound.

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    Robert Gardner is a glass master from Asheville.
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    Extra – Palin-Pleasure related links
    Party with Palin at the white house. (Flash fun) Touch the door more than once.

    “The Book Ends”Robert Gardner Glass Work or “In God we trust.” by Robert Gardner

    Janet Paparelli Silent Majority by Janet Paparelli watching Sarah Palin on TV

    Shark Fin Soup and Tissue 2

    October 8th, 2008

    Shark fin tissue sharkfin2used for Shark fin soup.

    JTwine and I have started a Fung Shark Fin Soup project.
    A misspelling of my name Fung Fin Hall by Jurgen had led to this new exploration and creative possibilites. He is German and I am Chinese we don’t like to waste anything. This should keep us busy for a while.

    Now back to my other new project.
    Tissue 2 tissue4

    Tissue 2 is my response to the current controversy regarding Issue I.
    Tissue in this instance is not from our body or shark but more like the tissue you find as Angel Soft, Cottonnelle, Northern or Charmin. (Pay attention to different patterns from these brands – this is a digital photo based collage.)
    See Flickr Tissue here.

    Featuring the work of 3, 164 poets. Completely unpermissioned and unauthorized, pissing off the entire poetry community. Either you’re in or you’re not.Issue I from Poetry anthology.

    i think this is funny and i approve of it -Tao Lin(a reader of depressing books)
    i’m excited, i really like Tsuyoshi Yumoto – Tao Lin (again, in one sentence.)

    Mme Levy of La Vache qui lit called out a certain delusional old poet for his post on Issue I

    Lime Tree

    I take this to be a characteristic pathology of artistic/intellectual community on the web: the constant panic over whether one is presenting oneself in the most sophisticated and even-handed light, and whether someone else has outdone one in this regard. I don’t know if the project was consciously deployed in light of this dynamic, but that’s certainly the way it’s manifesting its effect. Or maybe this is just me projecting. Oh my god, I’m so embarrassed.
    Lime Tree on Issue I

    I am bothered that he is bothered

    Dear The Future,
    Even though I’m not actually
    Ron Silliman, I’m pretending
    to be just for the sake
    of this poem. (read more from Hitler’s Mustache)

    I enjoyed reading Shaviro’s response, here.

    The Author, Resurrected – Amy King’s Alias

    Filed under: Artifice, Blogging, Entertainment, Poetics, Poetry, Sexy — amyking @ 3:23 pm
    Tags: Author, Barthes, Death of the Author, Internet, Ownership, Poetry Anthology, poets, Situationist, Spectacle

    Issue #1 Faux Anthology – Nick Piombino of fait accompli

    I would just call it-The Unbearable Lightness of Issue #1. There is something about that huge sudden ironic parody that calls for instant recognition of the non serious nature of the intervention. This is the “unbearable lightness of blogging” as I have termed it, par excellence.

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    TP Meditation

    JTWine and Dogs De Young

    August 9th, 2008

    Leaningdeyoung3 with De Young Museum.
    San Francisco was cold as you can see. Daisy has a sweater and Jurgen is wearing a jacket.

    Jurgen has a blog – it’s called JTwine – Now.
    We saw Hitler Porcelain together. He mentioned bitter melon but we ate eggplant instead.

    What is Niesatt?

    Previous post on Jurgen Trautwein (aka JTwine)

    On August 1 we left Arizona, camped at Yosemite, did some wine tasting in Napa, Sonoma and Healdsburg, peeked at Duchamp Hotel, spent a nice day with Jurgen in SF and drove to LA via Big Sur.
    Both Daisy and Spike loved camping, sleeping in the tent and later they learned to sniff and love Motel 6.
    Duchamp Hotel would have charged $60 per pet. (Peggy Gunggenheim had great named pets and they were buried in Venice.)
    More about our California trip with photos will be coming soon.

    Jurgen Trautwein

    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.

    Grayland and Gif Collection

    September 15th, 2007

    Drive to San Francisco and turn right to Furtherfield.
    JTWineJTWine animation graylandwheelsucksnot for people

    New Yorker cover design New Yorker cover design walking in the clouds

    Pencil Dracula is Terayama ShujiTerayamay Shuji animation gif

    Mutant Eggplant

    Eggplant and Donald SultanCollage for Robert Creeley

    L’Atalante Paris, Paris(Paris, Paris)

    Glider gif from Ninaglider. gif

    Dan Wade Kiss Kiss Dan Wade

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    Don’t forget to flush before you leave.