Friday, January 15, 2010
F. Scott Fitzgerald: "Great art is the contempt of a great man for small art." (Notebook fragment)
Thursday, January 14, 2010

"William Burroughs' stuff." Via dru.

Another excellent photograph by Heidi Specker. The images on the artist's website move and excite me; they feel like something genuinely new being done with the medium, something that doesn't simply reiterate photography-up-until-now. Even her earlier, extraordinarily banal architectural photographs -- with their weird colors and fuzzy, out-of-focus echoes of Sugimoto -- transcend flat neutrality by the photographer's arrangement of them so as to subordinate the impact ("affect"?) of each picture to the sequence it appears in, which for me is a single work, a composite "work of parts." Specker's arrangement of the photographs collectively titled D'Elsi bears close examination, especially for how she juxtaposes photographs with only minute visual differences in ways that prompt you to totally re-evaluate the truth-content of each one. (Compare D'Elsi's #13 with #14; #16 with #17; #19 with #20).

ACT (Aesthetically Claimed Thing): Heidi Specker, IM GARTEN Blossfeldt #1, 2003

Ludwig Wittgeinstein: "A man's thinking goes on within his consciousness in a seclusion in comparison with which any physical seclusion is an exhibition to public view.”

Lee Friedlander: "I just do it by instinct, I don't really have any theories. It's a pure selfish pleasure, to take pictures, so I don't have anybody to convince of anything, it's just fun."

Off tomorrow in my old red Subaru Forester to Portland, Redding, Yountville, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Anaheim, Riverside, Palm Desert, Anza-Borrego State Park, Niland, Las Vegas & etc. with L. and the Incredible Talking Cats.

Subjects including (but not limited to): a modernist bridge. A repurposed theatre. Rocks and trees. A desert arboretum. Snow White. A public park. Geological activity. & etc.

Back in February.
Sunday, January 10, 2010

Locations + Landmarks of LA Photo Gallery - including a mysterious architectural subject-of- interest.

Memo to Defective Kitteh

"Dear kitteh,

To put this in a language you will understand:

Kitteh: prettys pinks with greenz stems is not fuds. Noms is fuds from daddez. No eats the pinks off stems! Greenz stems by self in water makes hoomanz nervouses. They call vets for jections! No noms the pretty pinks!! Kthxbai!

Translation for Mr. Brayshaw: I came home and the cat had eaten the heads off two of the tulips without disturbing the glass of water they were in. I called the emergency clinic; tulips are not poisonous. They make the cat farty (which she told me, and boy, is she ever right - it's like having yo' mama around) but not [dead]."

(via L.)

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