Anodyne
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
 

"[O]ne of the constants of what has become known as 'the Abbotsford shuffle' is that you get evicted from -- well, even that particular parking lot. Roy has been evicted from one corner of the parking lot to the other corner of the parking lot to the other corner of the parking lot to the other corner."

Chief Justice Hinkson: "[T]o assert that homelessness is a choice ignores realities such as poverty, low income, lack of work opportunities, the decline in public assistance, the structure and administration of government support, the lack of affordable housing, addiction disorders, and mental illness. I accept that drug and alcohol addictions are health issues as much as physical and other mental illnesses. Nearly all of the formerly homeless witnesses called by DWS gave evidence relating to some combination of financial desperation, drug addiction, mental illness, physical disability, institutional trauma and distrust, physical or emotional abuse and family breakdown which led, at least in part, [to] the witness becoming homeless."
 

JW, Approach, 2014

The most interesting picture in the new show is the completely batshit Changing Room, 2015, which looks for all the world like one of Jack Shadbolt's early 1980s Max Ernst-meets-Vogue collages, which I couldn't emulate if I tried.  Mask maker, below, and Approach are photographs I feel closer to, both for their complexly canted spatial construction & the posing of their figures, which echoes certain premodern figures like Gauguin (above), and Picasso's blue-period harlequins (below).  The dog- or cat- dish placed on cardboard is a nice touch; it signifies the animal owner's recognition that any companion animal's food bowl is a de facto rocket launch.  Listener's Fight Club-style bro energy & swoopy perspective doesn't work for me, with the exception of  the guy on the far right's hands and shoes, which I think I've seen before in Woman and Her Doctor (1980-1) and a century prior in Manet's In The Conservatory (1879).

Opinions and judgments my own; these are working notes in a (public) scrapbook, not "reviewing."
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
 

JW, Mask maker, 2015
Sunday, October 18, 2015
 
The Most Unforgettable Night Of Whatever

Teenie's Blues
The Freaky Intro from the Boxset

Special Guest: Denny Dias

Bodhisattva
Black Cow
Aja
Hey Nineteen + Walter's Rap
Black Friday
Pearl of the Quarter
Show Biz Kids
Babylon Sisters
Godwhacker
Green Earrings
Daddy Don't Live in That New York City No More
Gaucho
Joe Tex (Band Intros)
Josie
Peg
My Old School
Reelin' in the Years

Encore:

Kid Charlemagne

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