Thursday, September 14, 2006

Still Available (Unsigned) at the VAG Gift Shop for $25!


In Toronto for a few days. On Saturday, September 16th, I'll be giving a free public talk on Evan Lee's new photographs at Monte Clark Gallery. Beyond that? Visiting friends and colleagues, riding the Go Train, and ghost-hunting. Back soon.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Say Anything -- one of my favorite scenes, John Cusack's Lloyd Dobler a deep and permanent role model


All of the guys are sitting against a wire fence drinking and
eating crisps. As each of them talks, the rest agree with him.

JOE: Lloyd man, no babe is worth it, you know. Listen, hang with us
man, we'll teach you.

GUY 1: Right. Lloyd man, you can't even trust them man, because you
know what it's about? They spend your money, and they tell their
friends everything man, it's bigonomics.

GUY 2: Man, all you gotta do is find a girl who looks just like her,
nail her, and then dump her man, get her off your mind.

MARK: Your only mistake is that you didn't dump her first. Diane Court
is a showpony. You need a stallion, my friend. Walk with us and
you walk tall.

LUKE: Bitches, man! Hey dude, I'd better bail. See you later.

They all say goodbye.

MARK: Later for you, Luke.

LLOYD: I got a question. If you guys know so much about women, how come
you're here at the Gas 'n' Sip on a Saturday night completely alone, drinking beers, no women anywhere?


JOE: By choice, man!

GUY 2: Yeah man, conscious choice.

GUY 1: I'm choosing it.
Is That a Dress My Son is Wearing?

ACT (Aesthetically Claimed Thing): A SCA Guide For Parents
"I left no time to dwell on promises I had no way of keeping...."

Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking
Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Wedge II, 2006

Re-shot this morning on the way to work. Honking SUV behind me once again. Yesterday's version available below for comparison, but even a quick back-and-forth says this one's a keeper.
Monday, September 11, 2006

One Hundred Famous Ghosts (28), 2006

Wedge II, 2006 (compare with Wedge, 9/26/2005)

Not depicted: the honking SUV behind me. Downtown Vancouver, 8am, diffuse grey light in all the canyons. Enough to start carrying the camera seriously again, after a hot summer whose harsh flat light wasn't particularly conducive to the kind of pictures I kept trying (and failing) to make.

A scene I walk by on my way to the express bus every morning. At some point it announced itself "as a picture." I don't know what significance it has beyond feeling like the concrete wedge at center most days, full of hairline cracks and propped in place by conflicting social motives. I was thinking, too, of Jeff Wall's Concrete Ball, 2003, and Roy Arden's East Vancouver, 2006 (in the Anodyne archives, 6/9/2006). That tiny strip of blue in the upper left hand corner -- a mirrored-glass building one block down -- strikes me as a defect but I don't know how to eliminate it without pivoting the whole scene around and ruining the torsion, so it will probably stay for now.

I'm going to show some photographs in a rented space above the bookstore in January 2007. Legacy's 5 panels, some of the black and white forest interiors, three ghosts, two Untitleds. Mistakes and failures undoubtedly among them, but at least they're my mistakes and failures.

This year, in place of Richard Drew's Falling Man, a big old Happy Birthday to "the Jon Stewart of the Canadian visual art PR world." A complicated in-joke that only two readers are likely to make much sense of.

(Image: Sean Duggan, from his excellent toy camera website)
Sunday, September 10, 2006
ART (Aesthetically Rejected Thing): Paid Buzz

"Q: I'm so enthusiastic in the prospects for word of mouth for my business, how do I build my own 24/7/365 word of mouth brand community for my brand/my client's brand?

A: We will have somebody contact you and if interested, an account team will sit down in person with you and consult your branded footprint in the word of mouth space."

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