Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Frank O'Hara Reads "Having a Coke With You"

I Love This Poem. It reminds me that all of our lives are poetry, from beginning to end.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sol Lewitt

"Conceptual art is not necessarily logical. The logic of a piece or series of pieces is a device that is used at times, only to be ruined. Logic may be used to camouflage the real intent of the artist, to lull the viewer into the belief that he ...understands the work, or to infer a paradoxical situation (such as logic vs. illogic). Some ideas are logical in conception and illogical perceptually. "

Cindy & Bert - Der Hund Von Baskerville

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A jump from a platform

Experimental Video Directed and shot by Stéphan Talneau Music by Sigur Ros and Terry Riley. Soundtrack from "Paris Texas" from Wim Wenders Senso Productions 2007

Monday, October 5, 2009

Todo Cambia - Mercedes Sosa

“Mercedes Sosa has lived her 74 years to the fullest. She did practically everything that she wanted to do.”

thanks to my friend Eduardo for the english translation

Everything Changes

Surface things change
and so do things profound
your way of thinking changes
everything in this world changes

Climate changes over the years
a shepherd changes his flock
and since everything must change
that I should change is nothing strange

The finest brilliant thing
changes its luster from hand to hand
a bird’s nest can change
and so can a lover’s feelings

A walker changes directions
although it could cause harm
and since everything must change
that I should change is nothing strange

Changes, everything changes
Changes, everything changes
Changes, everything changes
Changes, everything changes

The sun changes in its path
when only night remains
a plant changes its garments
from the green it was in spring

Animals’ coats change
And old people’s hair
and since everything must change
that I should change is nothing strange

But my love doesn’t change
no matter how far away I travel
nor the memory nor the pain
of my country and my people

What changed yesterday
will have to change tomorrow
just as I am changing
in this distant country

Changes, everything changes
Changes, everything changes
Changes, everything changes
Changes, everything changes

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Mark Leckey Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore

New York Art Book Fair

Books ready for sale at the New York Art Book Fair, scheduled to run through Sunday at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, Queens.

Published: October 2, 2009

If you harbor even a speck of doubt about the continuing viability of hold-in-your-hand-and-turn-the-pages print publications, check out the New York Art Book Fair this weekend. You’ll find thousands of new books — smart, weird, engrossing, beautiful — that will never be Kindle-compatible. They’ll make you feel good.

The fair, produced by Printed Matter, a venerable local purveyor and producer of books by artists, began in Chelsea in 2006 but this year is at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, Queens. The move meant giving up ready foot traffic for a big gain in floor space. Whether the trade will pay off remains to be seen, but for certain the fair, once a modest event and now quite a grand one, looks great.

More than 200 exhibitors — booksellers, independent publishers, artists, antiquarian dealers — fill three floors of P.S. 1’s cavernous premises with plenty of breathing room: some of the displays look like full-fledged gallery shows. The recession has scared off a few big trade publishers, but they’ve been more than adequately replaced by 60 newcomers from Japan, South Korea, Mexico and elsewhere, many of them low on cash but high on risk tolerance.

Not that there aren’t established names. Aperture, Powerhouse Books and Princeton Architectural Press are on hand, as are European museum presses (Witte de With from Rotterdam; Musac from León, Spain). Rare-book dealers like Anartist, Carolina Nitsch and John McWhinnie are back in force. You can spot them a mile away: their banks of bookcases convey the woody, lived-in air of personal libraries.

Mr. McWhinnie is doing double duty this year as dealer and curator, having organized the 30-year survey of books and posters by Richard Prince. Immaculately installed, it makes a suave, MoMA-ish introduction to P.S. 1’s largest first-floor gallery. But Mr. Prince, who is on the fair’s board of advisers, is not exactly news, and what makes this fair enticing is the chance it affords to see things seldom encountered elsewhere.

The main sources for such material are two related sections of the fair: one is Friendly Fire; the other, new this year, is Flaming Creatures. Both are devoted to young artists, collectives, shoestring galleries and other seriously indie enterprises.

In Friendly Fire the artist-dealer Edie Fake, for example, is selling radically cheap-looking books by solid-gold writers. Red 76, an Oregon collective, has, among other things, a freshly harvested stock of found and distressed paperbacks. This year Darin S. Klein and Friends is hawking books by the box, though very small books in very small boxes.

For collectors of gay material , there are several specialists to consult, most of them clustered in Flaming Creatures. The zine editor Billy Miller and the designer Jan Wandrag handle the queer classic “Straight to Hell” and a new zine called “No Milk Today.” Goteblüd of San Francisco is a central supplier for all manner of vintage zines — rave zines, punk zines, low-rider zines, bike-messenger zines — along with Wuvable Oaf comics and customized skateboards.

And in the fringe areas, one-man bands get a chance to shine. Charles Clough, whose paintings from the 1980s recently appeared in “The Pictures Generation” at the Metropolitan Museum, has a table by himself in Friendly Fire at which he introduces new work in the form of a multimedia package. It includes an abstract painting, a facsimile print of the painting, a book of images of the picture in progress and a movie made from those images.

His project is so much more interesting than most of the painting on the walls in Chelsea that I can’t think why someone doesn’t give him a show.

In certain sectors of the publishing industry, multimedia is now considered to be crucial to the survival of books; the fair tests the waters with a decent helping of videos. Electronic Arts Intermix has continuous screening of artists’ tapes in the P.S. 1 basement. And two veterans of alternative media, Deep Dish TV Network and Paper Tiger Television, are showing old and new documentaries in a shared first-floor space. Want a replay of recent protests against globalism in Pittsburgh? Step right this way. And while you’re at it, grab a Paper Tiger sales catalog. It’s a cool read.

Mark Leckey

I saw mark leckey's performance piece tonight, "The Long Tail" is was mostly a lecture on the dissemination of information via the internet...but really fascinating with really cool effects and a reproduction of the first transubstantiation of a solid into matter...the early television transmission of a felix the cat sculpture. It made me think of my earlier work where I took ephemeral sensory experiences, smell and sound and recorded them in a two dimensional form.....more information about that work on my other blog Erik_Hanson here