Saturday, August 25, 2012
"'Nearly all human beings have unrealistically positive self-regard,' said Robert I. Sutton, a Stanford professor and the author of several traditionally published books on business psychology. 'When people tell us we’re not as great as we thought we were, we don’t like it. Anything less than a five-star review is an attack.'"

Brandon Lattu, Building Obscured by Signs, 1999

"When exhibiting this work in public group exhibitions, Brandon Lattu has a smart-looking pairing of an identically framed black-and-white 1936 Walker Evans photograph of Houses and Billboards in Atlanta with his own 1999 color print of Building Obscured by Signs. By these means, he creates a dazzling and uncanny sense of architectural space that comments on the world of advertising and consumer culture as well as the history of perspective and spectacle."
Friday, August 24, 2012

Scott McFarland, Former Photography Lab, Key Colour, 117 2nd Ave East, Vancouver, 2009.  Inkjet print, unlimited edition.

"In hip-hop, the mimetic function has been eclipsed to a large extent by manipulation of the original (the 'real thing'): theft without apology -- conscious, self-conscious, conspicuous appropriation."

(David Shields, Reality Hunger)

Found study for a picture

"During experiments on the axons of the Woods Hole squid (loligo pealei), we tested our cockroach leg stimulus protocol on the squid's chromatophores. The results were both interesting and beautiful. The video is a view through an 8x microscope zoomed in on the dorsal side of the caudal fin of the squid. We used a suction electrode to stimulate the fin nerve. Chromatophores are pigmented cells that come in 3 colors: Brown, Red, and Yellow. Each chromatophore is lined with up to 16 muscles that contract to reveal their color."
Thursday, August 23, 2012

Foreshadowing. Terrible "impressionistic" resolution in the source Street View, a la Blackberry cameraphone.  The torqued figure at far right is a great gift, almost worthy of a picture of its own.


"The essential originality of Pissarro in his art--powerfully incarnated in this group of four works--is that [he] was a proponent of a kind of painting that was representational, but non-illustrative. No ulterior meaning, no symbols, no allegories, no aesthetic program, or even ideological manifestos were ever the 'subject-matter' of his work."

Out-of-print Christies catalog on this amazing four-part work arrived this afternoon, totally pertinent to several in-process photographs. 

Rackstraw Downes must know these pictures too.

Mancini live in Edmonton, 1980

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