New Site New Life

New Site New Life

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

any suggestions?

I can't remember the name of this artist, though I'm going to look into it. But, it was at ArtBasel in a dark room behind curtains.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

oh, johannnson...

Christopher Johannson at artbasel.
two beautiful pieces. I saw some drawings that were mildly unflattering for his work, but these two are another story altogether.

the news from here

Meg riggs(?) @ p.p.o.w.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

the dead speak

Jack Goldstein. R.I.P

a curatorial fad...ages grouped as one..

Werner gallery @ artbasel. A good wall of Picabia and Doig portraits.
(denise makes a cameo appearance in the lower left....)

the friendliest black artist in america draws

William Pope L. 's "failed drawings @ artbasel.
i can not remember the gallery.

Deuces Wild

The Duece.
after-the-everything place to go. Good margaritas, though not particularly strong. Typical South beach limp wristed bartenders. Nice old ladies, but they need to pour stronger drinks.
Odd crowd, the art crowd.
Byron, you're a weird one.
The only worthwhile dive in miami, really.
But, won't be back 'til next year.

Friday, December 05, 2008

quid pro quo?

5dollars for an honest appraisal of your looks @ envoy enterprises.
pulse art fair.
I was tempted, but did not care enough to do it. Plus, there were a few in line already for their fair assessment.

4 years of handwriting, an artist and a noose.

Unit Maker @ Geisai.
I wish we could have communicated better. I'll post his website later.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

an excellent drawing.

Ben Peterson at ratio 3
NADA Art Fair.
A rare gem. This drawing is about 8ft x 5 ft...
I was disappointed by Nada this year. I hate to generalize an entire fair, but there was a homogeneity with what I saw that wasn't present at the other fairs.
more on this later.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

More from Gesai

Susan Lee Chun at her Gesai booth.

Not Pictured: Tom Scicluna's booth. I'll shoot it next time.

Monday, November 10, 2008

the miami international book fair

miami int'l book festival opens soon.we here at the failure of knowing would like to see russel banks, rick moody,anthony bourdaine,among others...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Non sequitor wax.

As summer fades from the calender and our collective memory, we are left with the lingering fact that all words in every book will end with a last thought. Good riddance,

All Hallow

Halloween is tomorrow with a selection of slasher flicks to choose from on the telly. I haven't seen the list yet, but when I do I'll post it.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

An abbreviated list of Books I've given as gifts over the years:

The Book of Imaginary Beasts
Invisible Cities
Things That Fall From The Sky

As I lay Dying

Birds of America
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Monday, October 20, 2008


I owe a few emails. All apologies as the demon has kept my hands busy <and other excuses>.

Polls open

We are the last in a long line to vote on this first day of early voting.
Democracy in action.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Deadline looms.

The Art & Culture Center has posted something about my upcoming installation...

click on exhibitions.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Emotional response cannot...

From the closing night performance of Federico Nessi's solo show at Spinello Gallery. It was very uncomfortable inside, almost hostile. Good show. Above Ana Mendez performs as part of the piece.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

and the beast lunged forth...

[...]"I considered fire, but I feared burning of an infinite book might be similarly infinite and suffocate the planet in smoke."
JLB, "the book of sand"

Monday, August 11, 2008

fair warning

In an effort to curb, or at the very least manage, my irrational fear of bears, I went out and hunted one down.
Turned to from hunted into hunter....

Monday, July 14, 2008

Shelf life

2020's temporary high profile space where Placemaker once was. Group show.
3852 north miami ave.
The piece below above is by Frank Wick. Scott wouldn't let me try them on.

Friday, July 11, 2008

this was summer on the oregon coast.*.

*note famous rocks in the distance.
** before avian flu was part of the collective paranoia

Thursday, July 10, 2008

if you're in Germany

If you happen to find yourself in Heidelberg, after checking out the oldest Apothecary in Europe, and sampling the local Reisling (the only white i can stomach), do check out the following show that I'm in:

Click the link embedded in the above title for more info..

close your eyes and .....

This is James Casabere. He creates these miniatures of stark and desolate spaces which are then photographed and printed (in large sizes..). I haven't seen one in person. I just ran into his work for the first time a few weeks ago so I'm not familiar with it at all.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

july and it's hot

This image is incredible. I'm not sure the distance from the explosion that it's shot from, nor the altitude of its top (10thousand to15thousandfeet?).

Sabre-rattlers out there take note, and be wary of your war mongering.

I just began reading Kevin Brockmeier's new collection of short fiction, The View From the Seventh Layer. After Things That Fall From The Sky, and A Brief History of the Dead I've developed a real appetite for his work.

In an effort to save cash, more frequent trips to the Library have temporarily added these books to the coffee table:


2)The Architectural Unconscious (James Casabere + Glen Seator)

3)The New Urban Landscape , edited by Richard Martin

4)PAUL McCarthy, published by the New Museum of Contemporary Art , NY

a great list...I'm suddenly very interested in James Casabere's photographed miniature spaces, especially the flooded ones. I'll have to look for an image to post here.

Sunday, May 25, 2008


The sausage tree on lincoln road is blooming.

from the wit of the staircase

So here I am, in the middle way, having had
twenty years -
Twenty years largely wasted, the years of
l'entre deux guerres -
Trying to use words, and every attempt
Is a wholly new start, and a different kind
of failure
Because one has only learnt to get the better
of words
For the thing one no longer has to say, or
the way in which
One is no longer disposed to say it. And so
each venture
Is a new beginning, a raid on the inarticulate,
With shabby equipment always deteriorating
In the general mess of imprecision of feeling,
Undisciplined squads of emotion. And what
there is to conquer
By strength and submission, has already
been discovered
Once or twice, or several times, by men whom
one cannot hope
To emulate - but there is no competition -
There is only the fight to recover
what has been lost
And found and lost again and again: and now,
under conditionsThat seem unpropitious. But perhaps neither
gain nor loss.
For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not
our business.

--T. S. Eliot

East Coker

Four Quartets

Sunday, May 11, 2008


The above link is to a video of Radiohead's Bulletproof. We saw them a few nights ago in West Palm Beach at the Cruzan Ampitheatre. It was an incredible show. Nothing short of amazing. There are already dozens of videos slash songs from that night posted on Youtube, for your (our) viewing enjoyment.
This picture was taken with my phone. It's of the stage moments before the show started.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

y'all fixed her gallbladder, right?

From the acidic & animated comedy of Squidbillies,
its intro diddy:

"my dreams are all dead & buried
sometimes i wish the sun would just explode.
when god comes and calls me to his kingdom
i'll take all you sons a bitches when i go...."


Saturday, May 03, 2008

this is nowhere too

I've been thinking about the precise center of nowhere.

(Negative Space)

I offer a non-sequitor to begin with (above):
A DC10 full of well-behaved, though understandably impatient, horses.

Second:Things I am taking in at the moment:

1) too much Vetiver,Sufjan Stevens, the new Of Montreal, Greg Ashley and/or GrisGris
2) Peter Doig, late 70s Chris Burden, plus Eva Hesse's formal compositions (among others things)
3) Just read Chuck Palhniuk's (sp) Survivor, and save for a few interesting chops here & there I thoroughly hated his writing. Deeply, horribly, terribly hated it. He tells & retells the same story over and over again from book to book.
4)watching on the telly anything to do with ghosts or UFOs (as usual)
5) Debating whether to read Flannery O'Conner or F.Scott Fitzgerald
6)Jerry Saltz's reviews
7) the games our cats play


Saturday, March 01, 2008

(more) Minor Transgressions....

We saw Michel Gondry's new film last night, Be Kind Rewind. A lite comedy about two videostore goofs who ,after filming short and glib low-budge remakes of well-known movies , reclaim their town's past and in turn their own. Propoganda for relational aesthetics, and a democratization of the art making process, the film insists - as does so much of community based art - that there is redemtion through art, and that feel-good conclusions are an inherent product of these all-inclusive formats. Gondry's film falls subject to the fluff that dooms so many egalitarian / community participation based projects: It is overly sentimental and sappy.
Despite moments of genuinely funny moments, it wasn't Gondry's best.

And, a last word on relational aesthetics. I just don't buy so much of this kind of work that seeks to branch out and include "everyone", that seeks individual epiphany and growth via communal experience. Harrell Fletcher, Miranda July, and all others alike, I don't buy it. Their comes across as genuinely insincere and, frankly, lazy. I'll admit that the organizational abilities of these and like-minded artists is applause worthy, but their works (and i realze i'm generalizing here..) tend to leave me feeling empty, uninspired, bored.

and to combat said boredom, I give you the above....

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

the sun as seen

"The Sun is ball of incandescent gas, a gigantic helium furnace."
I can't remember who sang the song.
I took this picture from the Wilson Observatory's Solar Telescope last year.

Sunday, February 03, 2008


this is the view into the hall from our new apartment. 3 minutes driving time to the studio.

time to get a bike.

more frequent postings upcoming.