Monday, July 30, 2007

Be cleansed and rejoice, ye Faithful

TindelMichi and a handful of other artists are putting up a new show this weekend. They're calling it a Sunday Southern Art Revival. (Despite the name, the opening is happening Friday)

I expect good things. I have a paper flyer, but I don't have a digital image at the moment. It looks like a creepy preacher guy doing some sort of occult rainbow-connection thing with his palms...


Sunday, July 29, 2007

God, I am so completely hung over. But I now own an Apple. My Apple loves me, and I love it. (My last computer had a broken sound card; it was a piece of shit.)

I created a radio station on Pandora loosely based on the Ninja Tune sound. Plenty of funky beats, sampledelia, and smooth DJ action. It makes me happy.

Also, this Daft Punk music video by Michel Gondry makes me very, very happy. Dancing skeletons, mummies, and robots: if I could live in a world like that, my life would be complete.


Sunday, July 22, 2007


Upon its completion, the Burj Dubai is slated to become the tallest man-made structure in the world. It will surpass the Taipei 101, a skyscraper in Taiwan, as humankind's tallest (that is, phallic) architectural display. The message is fairly simple: "Hey Westerners, Dubai is a big deal."

As economic development sweeps over parts of Asia and certain oil countries, more and more towers will be erected in our sister hemisphere. It's an interesting process.

I'm sure there are plenty of other curious, rapidly developing cities out there. Doha is another oil country capital, featuring the almost extraterrestrial Aspire Tower (below). And Noida, India, (also below) is a city named after a governmental entity.



Friday, July 20, 2007

I was fairly impressed by Alex "Bask" Hostomsky

at the Foundation One show, Double Vision, last weekend.

( It's still up - if you can make it during their regular gallery hours. Unfortunately, I didn't win the autographed comic book, and it made me very sad. ) Bask's images are strong, and he demonstrates a sensitivity to the wood, canvas, and found object surfaces he uses.

*(image left = from an earlier Bask show)

Oh, and is anyone going to the National Black Arts Festival ?
I'm curious.

(image above = Radcliffe Bailey)

Monday, July 16, 2007


Everything profound loves a mask; the most profound things even have a hatred for image and parable. Might not nothing less than the antithesis be the proper disguise for the shame of a god walking abroad?

-Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, Part 2

Friday, July 13, 2007

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Franz Illustrated: R. Crumb's Kafka

I don't do recommendations often, but

R. Crumb's graphic novel on Franz Kafka is a wonderful (and deeply informative) read. Whether you like Kafka or not, the illustrations are fun and are inked with an appropriately dark sense of humor.

These days, Crumb has evidently become mainstream enough that his Kafka can be found at most every Barnes & Noble (where you can pick it up and flip through without having to pay a dime). It's good.

Peter Kuper (image above, at left) also illustrated a comic version of "The Metamorphosis", but it may be harder to find.

But - I'm sorry to say - neither comic will really substitute for reading a Franz Kafka novel in full. (And there's certainly more to the guy than his short stories...)


Saturday, July 07, 2007

Today, they took down

the lobby exhibit in the building where I work.

It was kind of traditional ... (in that Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood sort of way). I can't say that I was much of a fan. The next show, unfortunately, isn't much of an improvement either. The pictures look like technicolor knock-offs of Edward Hopper. Although I really like the building's exterior, the interior tends to get under my skin. And those gold-and-faux-wood elevators?



Thursday, July 05, 2007


Folks who can sufficiently demonstrate to me:

1. why you are cool;
2. how cool you are; and

3. why i should believe you, you freaking liar!

I will by you one hip t-shirt.
For real(z)!



These people
(living in two different cities
on the same continent),

reacting to the same news announcement

in wildly different ways.