Wednesday, March 30, 2016
"UWTI is 'the 3x leveraged high-risk abstract synthetic derivative of the month for beginners right now,' Rogozinski said."
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Velazquez, View of the Garden of the Villa Medici, 1634.  Coll. Museo del Prado.

JW, The Drain, 1989

One doesn't depend on the other -- the depictive arts don't work like that -- but I can't believe that the symmetry in the figures' poses, the frontality of that big black hole & the greenery all around is total coincidence, either.  Thierry de Duve links The Drain to Cezanne's Le Pont de Maincy (1879-00) (that hole, again! That foreground stone that seems to float free, "unanchored" in front of the picture surface!) so maybe that's another echo, too.

F.H. Varley, Untitled (Figures by a Fire), c. 1925. Lithograph.  Don't know the full story on this -- small pre-1950 Canadian print works usually = Christmas Card, but even if so, this one's beautiful.

The author and his spirit animal. Photo credit: "Flash" Fulford
Saturday, March 26, 2016
"My favorite scene in the movie is one where I'm stuck in traffic, and 'Maggot Brain' (by the band Funkadelic) is playing, and you see the light change over the mountains. That's Los Angeles, right? It's a combination of public space and private space, something that could make you miserable but if the music's right it doesn't make you miserable at all."
Friday, March 25, 2016

More double self portraits

Q: You wouldn't hybridize--

Double self-portrait

I never dreamt that I would get to be
the creature that I always meant to be
but somehow in spite of dreams 
I thought you'd be sitting somewhere here with me

"He was supposed to be marmalade striped but the dying company they sent the model to fucked it up and Postgate and Firmin just rolled with it."
Thursday, March 24, 2016

This seems like information better unshared with a snoopy autodidact.

"Reverse engineering, also called back engineering, is the processes of extracting knowledge or design information from anything man-made and re-producing it or reproducing anything based on the extracted information. The process often involves disassembling something (a mechanical device, electronic component, computer program, or biological, chemical, or organic matter) and analyzing its components and workings in detail."
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Vancouver, 2016

Kate's Magnolia, 2016
Sunday, March 20, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016
That Giorgio Agamben essay cited below, "The Assistants" (in Profanations, Zone Books, 2015), is one of the best theoretical texts I have read, a short exegesis of some motifs in Kafka also totally relevant to the photographs that appear here from time to time.

Diagonal Composition, 2016

Little Creatures, 2016

After Agamben on Kafka's "assistants," Wall's double Odradek, my friend Evan Lee's boxes and ginsengs, and Rose T. Cat's various friends & associates.

Remnant Fence, 2016

Street View magnolia research, 2016, of a moment in August 2015, though some viewers may also be reminded of a moment in 2010, or four earlier moments the same year.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Baldwin Magnolia, 2016
Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Anodyne Inc.

I don't post that much here anymore about real-life Anodyne Inc., but am pleased to report that one of the portfolio's holdings gained 40% in the last few days, finally exceeding my estimate of intrinsic value, and was sold.  To put this in perspective, this is the equivalent of a extra week of receipts in the shop, and from reading and thinking, to boot! My thanks to Mr. Charlie Munger (for the courage of one's convictions) & Ms. Sylvia Grace Borda, whose frustration with the suspects originally made me go take a closer look at them, only to realize they were a/ publicly traded, and, b/ significantly undervalued.
"New competitive environments create dire consequences for many of those who fail to normalize behavior."
Monday, March 07, 2016


Eldorado Wash, 2016
Sunday, March 06, 2016


Chocolate Factory Cactus Garden (2), 2016

Edge of a wash, 2016
Saturday, March 05, 2016
Pop quiz!

You're a newspaper of record, with about a thousand words available to devote to visual art on the weekend.  Should you:

1.  Profile a local indigenous artist whose work is currently included in a group exhibition at a prominent private collection, or,

2.  Profile the collection's owner's biography, thoughts & feelings, business advice, etc., etc. etc., while mentioning the local indigenous artist only in passing?

Below Whitney Mesa, Henderson, NV, 2016

But now I want only the discretion of realism
I can't say it any more clearly than this.

(My adversary R., not wrong)

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