Sunday, January 31
You & Who's Army Two
"I am a mixed media artist working the UK. My studio is littered with sketchbooks, vintage photos, drawings and a large collection of reference books ranging from The Bauhaus to Max Huber and Edward Tufte's beautiful data visualisations. I work frenetically using paint and pencils through to screenprint and collage, layering colour, mark making and printing techniquesto create bespoke, limited edition artworks."
The Dering Roll, c. 1270-1280, 324 coats of arms
"Illuminated manuscripts are the survivors of the Middle Ages, shedding light on both the great events of the period and the everyday life of ordinary people. In this web resource you will be able to examine evidence in a number of medieval manuscripts, finding out more about the social history of the period."
The Totality of an Object, 2008
"On this website, I have tried to provide an accurate overview of my artwork and writing to date. Generally, I have grouped various bodies of work under the headings of specific shows. Not all of that work, however, was necessarily included in the show it appears under. Sometimes, I added works simply because they relate to that particular grouping."
Saturday, January 30
Wikipedia - "Guillermo Kuitca (born 1961) is an Argentinian visual artist, born in Buenos Aires and a key figure in the history of Latin American art known for his map and architectural work."
Wikipedia, Sperone Westwater, artnet, Miami Art Museum, Guillermo Kuitca
Wikipedia - "The Crystals are a New York City singing group and are considered one of the defining acts of the girl group era of the first half of the 1960s. Their 1961—1964 chart hits — including 'Uptown', 'He's A Rebel', 'Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)' and 'Then He Kissed Me' — featured three successive female lead singers and were all produced by Phil Spector."
Wikipedia, YouTube, (1), (2), (3)
Friday, January 29
Wikipedia - "Jerome David "J. D." Salinger (... January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010) was an American author, best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, as well as his reclusive nature. His last original published work was in 1965; he gave his last interview in 1980."
Wikipedia, W - The Catcher in the Rye, W - Nine Stories, W - Franny and Zooey, W - Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction, Dead Caulfields, NYT - J. D. Salinger, Literary Recluse, Dies at 91, NYT - J. D. Salinger, NYT - Walking in Holden's Footsteps
"In the 1937 musical film Shall We Dance, Fred Astaire's character falls in love with a flip book, or rather, the woman depicted on its pages: a popular dancer played by Ginger Rogers. 'That's grace, that's rhythm,' he swoons over the photographs. The camera, it almost need not be stated, captures things that move."
Flying Green House
"Tomás Saraceno pushes the conventions of art and architecture and their capacities to invoke inventive solutions to complex questions about how we inhabit and coexist in the world."
Walker Art Center, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Design Boom
Thursday, January 28
Wikipedia - "Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) was an American historian and professor emeritus in the Political Science Department at Boston University. He was the author of more than 20 books, including A People's History of the United States (1980). Zinn was active in the civil rights, civil liberties and anti-war movements in the United States, and wrote extensively on all three subjects."
Wikipedia, Howard Zinn, Discover the Networks, amazon, “War and Social Justice” - Democracy Now, A People's History of American Empire - YouTube, Howard Zinn and Woody Harrelson - YouTube, (2), (3), (4), (5), (6). Vote for Obama but direct action needed - YouTube
"The Beatles were going to make a documentary film of themselves producing a TV show and writing a bunch of new songs for their next album, which was to be a return to their roots of the rocking days."
The Complete Rooftop Concert, YouTube, (1), (2)
"The history of the museum, of its building is quite unusual. In the centre of Paris on the banks of the Seine, opposite the Tuileries Gardens, the museum was installed in the former Orsay railway station, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. So the building itself could be seen as the first 'work of art' in the Musee d'Orsay, which displays collections of art from the period 1848 to 1914."
Wednesday, January 27
Wikipedia - "Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky ... (April 4, 1932 - December 29, 1986) was a Soviet and Russian filmmaker, writer, film editor, film theorist and opera director."
Wikipedia, W - Andrei_Rublev, YouTube, YouTube - Best Of Andrei Tarkovsky Tribute, (1), (2), (3), (4 - part 1), (5 - part 2)
Wikipedia - "A cemetery is a place in which dead bodies and cremated remains are buried. The term cemetery (from Greek κοιμητήριον: sleeping place) implies that the land is specifically designated as a burying ground. Cemeteries in the Western world are the place where the final ceremonies of death are observed. These ceremonies or rites differ according to cultural practice and religious belief."
Wikipedia - "The Trashmen are a rock and roll band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1962. The group's lineup was Tony Andreason on lead guitar and vocals, Dal Winslow on guitar and vocals, Steve Wahrer on drums and vocals, and Bob Reed on bass guitar. The group played surf rock which included many elements from garage rock."
Wikipedia, last.fm, YouTube
Tuesday, January 26
UB313 - Trak 6 (Echospace Dub Mix)
"House and techno were both heavily influenced by prep dance scenes. Some of the biggest and earliest parties were held at upper-middle-class schools. Chicago and Detroit DJs played artists like James White & The Blacks and The B-52’s without irony while New Wave music was at the height of its popularity. For lack of a better term, I’m calling these rock, punk, and synth-pop tunes 'left-field,' but in Chicago they were all called 'house'."
Untitled (no. 1-8), 2004
Wikipedia - "Rodney Graham (born January 16, 1949) is an artist and musician born in Abbotsford, British Columbia. He is most often associated with the Vancouver School. Coming out of Vancouver’s 1970s photoconceptual tradition, Rodney Graham’s work is often informed by historical literary, musical, philosophical and popular references."
Wikipedia, artnet, ICA, YouTube
Monday, January 25
Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The Tower of Babel. 1563
Wikipedia - "The Tower of Babel ... according to the Book of Genesis, was an enormous tower built at the city of Babylon ..., a cosmopolitan city typified by a confusion of languages, also called the 'beginning' of Nimrod's kingdom. According to the biblical account, a united humanity of the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating from the east, participated in the building."
Wikipedia, Lambert Dolphin, Google
Wikipedia - "Club Passim is a folk music club in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was opened by Joyce Kalina (now Chopra) and Paula Kelley in 1958, when it was known as Club 47 (based on its then address, 47 Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge; it moved to its present location on Palmer Street in 1963), and changed its name to simply Passim in 1969."
Wikipedia, Club Passim
Sunday, January 24
Wikipedia - "The Lord of the Rings is an epic high fantasy novel written by philologist and Oxford University professor J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien's earlier, less complex children's fantasy novel The Hobbit (1937), but eventually developed into a much larger work. It was written in stages between 1937 and 1949, much of it during World War II."
Wikipedia - The Lord of the Rings, W - The Hobbit, W - J. R. R. Tolkien, video
Wikipedia - "Recommended Records (RēR) is a British independent record label and distribution network founded by Chris Cutler in March 1978. RēR features largely 'Rock in Opposition' and related music, but it also distributes selected music released on other independent labels."
Saturday, January 23
"New York is a city of blocks, each with its own history, customs and characters. Yet from these small stages spring large talents. Anyone who doubts that need look no further than a stretch of Edgecombe Avenue perched on a bluff near 155th Street."
"Recently the Loretto Chapel was entered into the Atlas. The chapel is known for a very cool looking set of spiral stairs built in 1877 by a mysterious stranger. With no central support the stairs are said by the sisters of Loretto Chapel to be miraculous in construction."
Wikipedia - "4′33″ (pronounced Four minutes, thirty-three seconds or, as the composer himself referred to it, Four, thirty-three) is a three-movement composition by American avant-garde composer John Cage (1912–1992). It was composed in 1952 for any instrument (or combination of instruments), and the score instructs the performer not to play the instrument during the entire duration of the piece throughout the three movements (the first being thirty seconds, the second being two minutes and twenty-three seconds, and the third being one minute and forty seconds). Although commonly perceived as 'four minutes thirty-three seconds of silence', the piece actually consists of the sounds of the environment that the listeners hear while it is performed. Over the years, 4′33″ became Cage's most famous and most controversial composition."
Wikipedia, Solomons Music, Classical Notes, John Cage, «4'33''», 1952, YouTube, (1) - David Tudor, (2)
Friday, January 22
"This represents a big shift away from physical, real world objects, driving towards a human existence that is ultimately governed by billions of invisible data files. This release of information from the physical form allows personal data and identities to now be revealed and infinitely shared online. At the same time many of us consider individuality and privacy to be more precious than ever. Will humans be forever compatible with our own technology?"
Wikipedia - "Art of Noise (also The Art of Noise) were an avant-garde synthpop group formed in 1983 by producer Trevor Horn, music journalist Paul Morley, and session musicians/studio hands Anne Dudley, J.J. Jeczalik, and Gary Langan. The group's mostly instrumental compositions were novel melodic sound collages based on digital sampler technology, which was new at the time."
Wikipedia, last.fm, HipOnline, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5)
Wikipedia - "Zeppelin mail was mail carried on zeppelins, the German airships that saw civilian use from 1908 to 1939. Almost every zeppelin flight carried mail, sometimes in large quantities; the covers usually received special postmarks, and a number of nations issued postage stamps specifically intended for use on mail carried by the zeppelins."
Wikipedia, Airships, YouTube
Thursday, January 21
Wikipedia - "The Trans-Siberian Railway or Trans-Siberian Railroad ... is a network of railways connecting Moscow and European Russia with the Russian Far East provinces, Mongolia, China and the Sea of Japan. Today, the railway is part of the Eurasian Land Bridge."
Wikipedia - "Roberto Clemente Walker (August 18, 1934 – December 31, 1972) was a professional baseball player and a Major League Baseball right fielder. He was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, the youngest of seven children."
Wikipedia, Smithsonian Institution, American Experience
Ezra Pound 1922 - Passport Photo
"Passport photos gleaned from passport applications files of writers actors, poets, artists, photographers, etc. The quality is pretty gritty, but I find them interesting, not the least because they are glimpses of these people without their artistic personas showing. Just another traveller submitting to the demands of the state."
Wednesday, January 20
Wikipedia - "Kate McGarrigle, CM (February 6, 1946 – January 18, 2010) was a Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, who wrote and performed as a duo with her sister Anna McGarrigle."
Wikipedia, W - (1), Kate and Anna McGarrigle, NPR, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6)
"Saturday. January 9, 2010. Bergün, Switzerland (lower 3 images) I have been away from my scanner the last couple of weeks as we have been on vacation. The top image shows the location I mentioned earlier where we stayed with two other families for a few days. The second sketch was from a village near the chateau, and the final three sketches were done in Bergün, where we spent a week with several other families from Kandern."
Thomas Cole, The Arcadian or Pastoral State, 1834
Wikipedia - "Arcadia (Greek: Ἀρκαδία) refers to a Utopian vision of pastoralism and harmony with nature. The term is derived from the Greek province of the same name which dates to antiquity; the province's mountainous topography and sparse population of pastoralists later caused the word Arcadia to develop into a poetic byword for an idyllic vision of unspoiled wilderness. The Utopian vision, Arcadia, is associated with bountiful natural splendor, harmony, and is often inhabited by shepherds."
Tuesday, January 19
SafePost/Jockpost/K.U.K. Feldpost, c. 1962.
Wikipedia - "Robert Watts was an American artist best known for his work as a member of the international Avant-garde art movement Fluxus. Born in Burlington, Iowa June 14th 1923, he became Professor of Art at Douglass College, Rutgers University, New Jersey in 1953, a post he kept until 1984."
Monday, January 18
Wikipedia - "Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the American civil rights movement. His main legacy was to secure progress on civil rights in the United States, and he has become a human rights icon: King is recognized as a martyr by two Christian churches."
Wikipedia, Seattle Times, Stanford U., YouTube
Wikipedia - "Berthe Morisot (January 14, 1841 – March 2, 1895) was a painter and a member of the circle of painters in Paris who became known as the Impressionists. Undervalued for over a century, possibly because she was a woman, she is now considered among the first league of Impressionist painters."
Wikipedia - "Marina Abramović (... born 30 November 1946, in Belgrade, SR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia, present day Serbia) is a New York-based Serbian and Yugoslavian performance artist who began her career in the early 1970s. Active for over three decades, she has recently begun to describe herself as the 'grandmother of performance art'."
Wikipedia, Sean Kelly Gallery, Seven Easy Pieces, artnet, Guardian, YouTube
Sunday, January 17
Wikipedia - "The 13th Floor Elevators were an American rock band from Austin which existed 1965-1969. During their career, the band released four LPs and seven 45s for the International Artists record label."
Wikipedia, 13th Floor Elevators, last.fm, Texas Psych Ranch, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6)
"Much of Martin Wilner’s work is diaristic in nature, done in a quotidian fashion, with time playing a role as variable as pen and ink, where a work evolves in a steady manner over an extended time period to unpredictable conclusions, where preset conditions collide head-on with randomness, chance and the unknown."
Martin Wilner: More Drawings About History and Evidence, Martin Wilner, Google
Wikipedia - "Jacques Derrida ... (15 July 1930 – 8 October 2004) was a French philosopher born in Algeria, who is known as the founder of deconstruction. His voluminous work had a profound impact upon literary theory and continental philosophy. Derrida's best known work is Of Grammatology."
Wikipedia, Stanford University, IEP, Mythos and Logos
Saturday, January 16
"The Bioscope is dedicated to the subject of early and silent cinema. It is designed to be a news and information resource on all aspects of the motion picture before sound. It covers news, publications, events, discoveries, documents, critical theory, filmmakers, performers, audiences and technology, and aims to encompass film production, distribution and exhibition in the silent era, as well as ‘pre-cinema’, chronophotography, optical toys, and related media, across the world."
Wikipedia - "Shocking Blue was a Dutch rock band from The Hague, the Netherlands, formed in 1967. Their biggest hit, 'Venus,' went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970, and the band had sold 13.5 million discs by 1973, but the group disbanded in 1974."
Wikipedia, Shocking Blue, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4)
Friday, January 15
Wikipedia - "Dagmar Krause (born 4 June 1950) is a German singer, best known for her work with avant-rock groups like Slapp Happy, Henry Cow and Art Bears. She is also noted for her coverage of songs by Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler. Her unusual singing style makes her voice instantly recognisable and has defined the sound of many of the bands she has worked with."
Wikipedia, MySpace, last.fm, YouTune, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8)
Easter Choir, 1989-1990
Wikipedia - "Philip Taaffe (born 1955) is an American artist. Taaffe was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and studied at the Cooper Union in New York, gaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1977. An admirer of Matisse’s cut-outs and of Synthetic Cubism, from the mid 1980s he began to borrow images and designs directly from more recent artists."
Wikipedia, Philip Taaffe, (1), artnet, Google
Tree in Winter 4, 2008
Wikipedia - "Zhang Enli ( b. 1965 Jilin Province, China ) is an artist living and working out of Shanghai. A graduate of the Arts & Design Institute of Wuxi Technical University, Wuxi, he is noted for his stark paintings of everyday objects, and his depictions of solitude."
Wikipedia, Shangh Art Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, Art Zine
Thursday, January 14
Bushfire, Judy Barrass
Wikipedia - "Artists' books are works of art realized in the form of a book. They are often published in small editions, though sometimes they are produced as one-of-a-kind objects referred to as 'uniques'. Artists' books have employed a wide range of forms, including scrolls, fold-outs, concertinas or loose items contained in a box as well as bound printed sheet. Artists have been active in printing and book production for centuries, but the artist's book is primarily a late 20th century form."
Wikipedia, Otis Collections Online, Mission Creek Press, Artists' Book Collection, Personal Visions: Artists' Books at the Millennium, Science and the Artist's Book, The Journal of Artists' Books, The Artist Turns to the Book - Getty, National Museum of Women in the Arts