Tuesday, January 30, 2018

PROTOTYPES, a Land Art Exhibition

"The eight border wall prototypes have significant cultural value and are historical land art. PROTOTYPES thus also consists of a petition campaign to designate the eight border wall prototypes a national monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906, legislation that protects significant natural, cultural, or scientific features on Federal land."
Monday, January 29, 2018
Silk Degrees

"[T]he best opening vamp of any Caucasian disco record that year. Much better bass plucking than the Seinfeld theme. It's a very cool, mentholated song, and Scaggs is cooler than Fonzie singing it. He's acting in an advisory capacity, riffing to a drinking buddy about the downfalls of materialism in the love thang. That's all there is to it, but it's done with some dynamic rises and falls, because it's disco. The soaring instrumental bridge after the chorus was just enough of a satisfied resolution so as not to tire everyone out."
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Saturday, January 20, 2018
"For many years, my family made it a habit to drive out to places like the Malheur and other remote areas. We carried rock picks. We found artifacts and fossils in the cracked mud of dry lake beds. We searched behind the high school baseball diamond in Fossil for the imprints of ancient ferns and crawled through buildings abandoned by the cult of the Rajneeshee. We saw arrowheads scattered on land where scientists uncovered the bones of ice-age sloths. We dug up an agatized root and dragged it home. We slept under the stars or in a trailer my father sometimes hitched to the truck. My mother filled my backpack with survival gear, and my father always carried a loaded gun. We cut down trees where we saw one; built a fire where we wanted one; slept on the ground in the valleys, among the sagebrush, near Indian burial sites. The eastern Oregon desert felt like a world that belonged to me. I felt antipathy toward visitors; even a lone hiker on the trail felt like a disturbance. In these moments, I figured that I, too, had arrived to an empty place."
Thursday, January 11, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Tuesday, January 02, 2018
ACT (Aesthetically Claimed Thing): Mark Ruwedel, fellow desert photographer, interviewed

"I think that, early in my work, I was drawn to the landscape as something designed or planned, and to those neglected spaces between the designed. As the work evolved, I found myself becoming more attracted to the evidence left behind by the human use of place and space."

"Appropriated source footage."
Monday, January 01, 2018

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