Friday, May 14, 2010
Useful relationship advice from Jerry, D., CJB & Sam
"These products are not cheap imitations, they are genuine replicas of the real products."
Thursday, May 13, 2010

New artist's site up at, soon to include all the photographs that made it through the filter.

ACT (Aesthetically Claimed Thing): Saul Leiter, Shopper, 1953

I recently bought a second hand Steidl monograph, Saul Leiter: Early Color, in Las Vegas. Leiter's commercial photographs, shot for Vogue, etc., aren't too interesting, but much of his color work from the early 1950s looks totally up-to-date, with its off-kilter framing and proto-cellphone-photograph smears, blurs, and tessellations. Echoes of Leiter's highly activated surfaces can be found in the granular, "swarming" quality of Stephen Waddell's overenlarged 35mm negatives, and in recent cellphone pictures like Jeff Wall's Passenger (2009).

Rim Pine, Bryce Canyon National Park, 2010
Sunday, May 09, 2010

Blue twilight, Yosemite Valley floor.

Deal Me In and Do Your Preaching

I heard them whispering

I saw their eyes, their chests
Their secret smiles
Dance a wild new tango
Overrun the great placenta
And who received the first "Bang, bang?"
It was the whole God damned gang
What could the price for freedom be?

The old regime is falling
The ball and chain is gone, you see
No winning team
Is calling for volunteers
Don't hesitate. . . .

ACT (Aesthetically Claimed Thing): Caleb Larsen, A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter, 2009

"[The] sculpture exists in eternal transactional flux. It is a physical sculpture that is perpetually attempting to auction itself on eBay.

Every ten minutes the black box pings a server on the internet via the ethernet connection to check if it is for sale on eBay. If its auction has ended or it has sold, it automatically creates a new auction of itself.

If a person buys it on eBay, the current owner is required to send it to the new owner. The new owner must then plug it into ethernet, and the cycle repeats itself."

From the (lengthy; essential) eBay contact/FAQ:

"Q: If I were to buy this, how long could I expect to own it before it sells itself again?

A: [H]ard to say. Like any commodity [the sculpture] is subject to demand. It could be moments or years. The perpetual state of uncertainty and the instability of ownership are primary components of the work."

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