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Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010 approaches, unstoppable.

Awaiting the turn of the clock ,the inevitable collective aging, this Whitman poem that' s been score to Levi Jeans advertisements comes to mind:
( though i'm not sure why)

Pioneers! O Pioneers!

COME my tan-faced children,
Follow well in order, get your weapons ready,
Have you your pistols? have you your sharp-edged axes?
Pioneers! O pioneers!

For we cannot tarry here,
We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger,
We the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O you youths, Western youths,
So impatient, full of action, full of manly pride and friendship,
Plain I see you Western youths, see you tramping with the foremost,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Have the elder races halted?
Do they droop and end their lesson, wearied over there beyond the
We take up the task eternal, and the burden and the lesson,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

All the past we leave behind,
We debouch upon a newer mightier world, varied world,
Fresh and strong the world we seize, world of labor and the march,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

We detachments steady throwing,
Down the edges, through the passes, up the mountains steep,
Conquering, holding, daring, venturing as we go the unknown ways,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

We primeval forests felling,
We the rivers stemming, vexing we and piercing deep the mines
We the surface broad surveying, we the virgin soil upheaving,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Colorado men are we,
From the peaks gigantic, from the great sierras and the high
From the mine and from the gully, from the hunting trail we come,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

From Nebraska, from Arkansas,
Central inland race are we, from Missouri, with the continental
blood intervein'd,
All the hands of comrades clasping, all the Southern, all the
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O resistless restless race!
O beloved race in all! O my breast aches with tender love for all!
O I mourn and yet exult, I am rapt with love for all,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Raise the mighty mother mistress,
Waving high the delicate mistress, over all the starry mistress,
(bend your heads all,)
Raise the fang'd and warlike mistress, stern, impassive, weapon'd
Pioneers! O pioneers!

See my children, resolute children,
By those swarms upon our rear we must never yield or falter,
Ages back in ghostly millions frowning there behind us urging,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

On and on the compact ranks,
With accessions ever waiting, with the places of the dead quickly
Through the battle, through defeat, moving yet and never stopping,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O to die advancing on!
Are there some of us to droop and die? has the hour come?
Then upon the march we fittest die, soon and sure the gap is fill'd.
Pioneers! O pioneers!

All the pulses of the world,
Falling in they beat for us, with the Western movement beat,
Holding single or together, steady moving to the front, all for us,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Life's involv'd and varied pageants,
All the forms and shows, all the workmen at their work,
All the seamen and the landsmen, all the masters with their slaves,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

All the hapless silent lovers,
All the prisoners in the prisons, all the righteous and the wicked,
All the joyous, all the sorrowing, all the living, all the dying,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

I too with my soul and body,
We, a curious trio, picking, wandering on our way,
Through these shores amid the shadows, with the apparitions
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Lo, the darting bowling orb!
Lo, the brother orbs around, all the clustering suns and planets,
All the dazzling days, all the mystic nights with dreams,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

These are of us, they are with us,
All for primal needed work, while the followers there in embryo wait
We to-day's procession heading, we the route for travel clearing,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O you daughters of the West!
O you young and elder daughters! O you mothers and you wives!
Never must you be divided, in our ranks you move united,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Minstrels latent on the prairies!
(Shrouded bards of other lands, you may rest, you have done your
Soon I hear you coming warbling, soon you rise and tramp amid us,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Not for delectations sweet,
Not the cushion and the slipper, not the peaceful and the studious,
Not the riches safe and palling, not for us the tame enjoyment,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Do the feasters gluttonous feast?
Do the corpulent sleepers sleep? have they lock'd and bolted doors?
Still be ours the diet hard, and the blanket on the ground,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Has the night descended?
Was the road of late so toilsome? did we stop discouraged nodding
on our way?
Yet a passing hour I yield you in your tracks to pause oblivious,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Till with sound of trumpet,
Far, far off the daybreak call-hark! how loud and clear I hear it
Swift! to the head of the army!-swift! spring to your places,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Back to Leaves of Grass 1891
Walt Whitman
Sent from the invisible ether

Friday, December 04, 2009

Steven Shearer's Puffs @ The Rubell Collection

A Holiday gift suggestion(hint hint)

Barbara Kruger The Rubell Collection

Detail of Interregnum Portraits ( see below)

Stephen G. Rhodes @ The Rubell Collection

Dan Flavin @ The Rubell Collection

Paul Uklanski @ the Rubell Collection

Storm Tharp @ PDX Contemporary

Charlie Roberts @ Richard Heller Gallery

The heavy-handed Maria Jose Arjona, atop nail - embedded ice blocks, courtesy of Galerie Anita Beckers @ Pulse

wacky things for sale at Arthouse

Brian Dettmer @ Packer Schopf Gallery

Exemplifying the gimmicky and sellable, Brian Dettmer nevertheless manages to wield a steady Xacto blade.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

Existentialism and unemployment, welcome to the future.

Richard E. Grant and his great and brilliant work as the tragic title role in Withnail & I.
Shown below, the Halmet soliloquy.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

From the Department of Indie Know How:

Developing Film in Coffee :) , Caffenol C and Agfa APX 100 from DanPV on Vimeo.

For everyone complaining about the cost or unavailability of processing film, here is a lowcost & ingenious method using vitamin c, powdered caffeinated coffee, water and "washing soda" to produce soft-contrast negatives.

I haven't tried it yet but soon will.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Way Things Go

The Way Things Go from Jack Turner on Vimeo.

ARTLURKER posted this as their sunday video. I couldn't resist doing the same as cause and effect rule the day and night for better or worse, beyond judgement and above all other laws.

Fischi & Weiss. The Way Things Go.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Dead Dash Snow

Dash Snow overdosed last night. Another artist dead too early at the age of 27. I wasn't a fan of his work, though I find any larger-than-life persona interesting as a cultural phenomenon, like pop music or fast food fads or clothing trends- the gritty child of Warhol's shadow.Mr. Snow's personality eclipsed his work, and that may very well have been the point. I imagine he knew the risks and accepted their possibilities...

A somewhat relevant scene, from the film HAPPINESS, regarding the excesses of the human condition and their effects (the real tragedy...):

Sunday, July 12, 2009

and in the Northwest they're doing this...

Trek in the Park

In Portland's Woodlawn Park, Star Trek in the Park. Brilliant.

Last week at the Miami Art Mueseum....

reVisit reVision reVerb performance at Miami Art Museum July 2009.
Choreographed and performed by Ana Mendez. Musician by Rebeca Pena of Flux Forces.

I didn't make it to this unfortunately...

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Multimedia message

The view from the new Locust Projects back yard.38th street enters into the local "scene" during the off season with several new spaces,spotty parking,and an onslaught of hipsters wanna-being themselves. ...
what will follow this?hopefully something othes than exercises in relational aesthetics and the like.

wetheat tv

Wetheat Tv is documenting the miami art community. Click the link to see. Well done, short & tight. Typical questions posed to artists as they work in their studios with the camera fetishizing their processes.

Friday, July 03, 2009

The Hunger


The Donner Party inspires stoic poses.
Good thing it's summer.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Hurry before it's gone.

There is a little over a week to see the 2009 South Florida Biennial at the Hollywood Art & Culture Center. I think it ends June7th. I have a piece in it. Shown here, the 2007 multipanel painting titled "Portal One (hungry ghosts two)".

I confess to not seeing it yet, but I hear that it's plenty worth the short drive north.
I plan on going to see the show next week

Is there Anybody out there?

What is this strange and elegant fruit?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Multimedia message

Aging simulator.Regard the hydraulic lifts/actuators.Shown here unpowered.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bruce Nauman, "Stamping in the Studio"

performance art and video works in mind..
Bruce Nauman. Few do this better.
1968. Relevant as ever...

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Monday, April 06, 2009

Iquique, Chile

Iquique, Chile. I'm here for a couple days.
Similar to Baja California, large sand dunes meet the south pacific in dramatic sweeps. Excellent seafood and wine. Cheaper than Santiago de Chile. And, sea lions bark in the shorebreak not 20 yards from my hotelroom.

Vignetted to accent the stark landscape.

More to come.

Friday, March 27, 2009

night and day and night

Day and Night in Miami during the only bearable time of the year:winter.

Unfortunately the heat and humidity are back as of tomorrow, alas we are back into the terrarium.

(daytime pic taken with the Holga120...beautiful camera..)

(nighttime pics taken from Loft2 with CanonEOS..lovely piece of equiptment also...)