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(no subject) [Apr. 23rd, 2011|05:15 pm]
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merry christmas [Dec. 25th, 2010|02:22 pm]






via the perpetually NSFW dennis cooper
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another long (and long-winded) political post [Nov. 8th, 2010|10:50 am]
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sorry, lady... but i'm actually with the tea party people on this one...


* i wanna talk about why jon stewart's rally to restore sanity kind of annoyed me. bill maher says a lot of what i was going to in the video below. before you click on it, here's where i stand on bill maher - he's a guilty pleasure. i think jon stewart is funnier, more resonant and maybe even more necessary - but i occasionally feel like the daily show isn't being straight with me, and i never feel that way when watching real time (with the possible exception of maher's peculiar unwillingness to state that he's no longer a libertarian, since he blatantly isn't). that said, maher is most certainly a chauvinist and his knee-jerk "anti-theism" occasionally spills over into fox-news-style bigotry, so this affection comes with a MAJOR grain of salt. nevertheless, this rant is right on the money:



an excerpt: “The message of the rally, as I heard it, was that, if the media stopped giving voice to the crazies on both sides, then maybe we could restore sanity. It was all nonpartisan and urged cooperation with the moderates on the other side forgetting that Obama tried that and found out…there are no moderates on the other side. When Jon announced his rally, he said the national conversation was dominated by people on the Right who believe Obama’s a Socialist and people on the Left who believe 9/11’s an inside job, but I can’t name any Democratic leaders who think 9/11’s an inside job. But Republican leaders who think Obama’s a Socialist… all of them.”

* one more thought about this - stewart's approach to "sanity" confuses form with content. ladies and gentlemen of the jury:





the first image is from a book by markos moulitas, editor of the daily kos. here's an excerpt from its amazon.com product description:

America’s primary international enemy—Islamic radicalism—insists on government by theocracy, curtails civil liberties, embraces torture, represses women, wants to eradicate homosexuals from society, and insists on the use of force over diplomacy. Remind you of a certain American political party?

the second image comes from a book by jonah goldberg, editor of the national review online. another amazon description:

In this provocative and well-researched book, Goldberg probes modern liberalism's spooky origins in early 20th-century fascist politics. With chapter titles such as Adolf Hitler: Man of the Left and Brave New Village: Hillary Clinton and the Meaning of Liberal Fascism—Goldberg argues that fascism has always been a phenomenon of the left... He lays low such lights of liberal history as Margaret Sanger, apparently a radical eugenicist, and JFK, whose cult of personality, according to Goldberg, reeks of fascist political theater.
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media blitz [Jun. 25th, 2010|01:00 am]
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hi. i decided to post something. where to begin?

i've made two paintings since last we spoke, dear cyberfriends...


South Street, 2010 (Mixed media: pencil, india ink, gouache and paper collage on board) 43" by 56"



What's Next, 2010 (Mixed media: pencil, gouache and paper collage on board) 48" by 60"


... that second image is awful. i think i need to re-shoot it. it's less yellow-y in person. the lighting in my studio is bad. anyway, both of these are very large and ate up a ton of time. i guess that's why i've been AWOL. spending a lot of time in the studio lately. and kinda trying to take the whole idea of "being an artist" more seriously.

that said, i have a bunch of stuff in my bookmarks that i've been meaning to share with y'allz...

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(no subject) [Nov. 26th, 2009|02:33 am]
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i am thankful for:


* the music that richard youngs is making lately.

* coffee and scones on a drizzly morning.

*
"an artist whose canvas is murder":



* doris lessing's the golden notebook, even if it did take me 400 years to finish.

* whoever played drums on television's marquee moon.

* the intense ass-whuppin' those smug freakonomics nerds are getting over bio-engineering and climate change from just about every reasonable expert in the field.

* the general, thirty-something-ish "stability" that's settling in on my life (respectable job, committed relationship, etc.). i feel pretty cool and collected lately, but not in a complacent way. i think i finally feel like an adult.

* this photo:



p.s. is it me, or is "pardoning the turkey" the dumbest tradition ever? it bothers me in the same way that pep rallies and motivational speakers and customer service representatives bother me. there's nothing more repugnant than rehearsed pleasure.
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art stuff [Nov. 1st, 2009|09:08 pm]
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i kinda get mad at myself when i claim to have a big post in the works and then i just post about art stuff. the truth is that i'm fired up and ready to write about a number of things right now, some of which are worth it, and some of which would amount to righteous ranting (suffice to say i think roman polanski belongs in jail, and all my RL friends are tired of hearing me yammer on about it).

so for now, an art post:


Wrap It Up, 2009 (Mixed media: pencil, gouache, watercolor, india ink and paper collage on board, 12" by 12")

i finished the above a month or two back. it's really little, and wasn't too challenging, but i'm moderately happy with it. i need to step my game up.


Positions of Power, 2009 (Mixed media: pencil, gouache, watercolor and paper collage on board, 18" by 24")

... i'm less happy with this one. i feel like i tried to make a big painting on a small surface. too many ideas and not enough space to spread them all out and see what they can do. the next piece i make is gonna be a LOT bigger. hopefully four by five feet. i have a real-ish job now so i can afford complicated art surfaces! whopeee! in other news:

* i was in a group show recently, curated by my friend corey. it was a more conceptual sort of thing, based on a show from the 70's curated by lucy lippard, where artists submitted notecards proposing works that may or may not ever come to exist in reality. because i'm completely incapable of brevity, whimsy or minimalism, i set up a website to accompany my entry. check it out; it's sort of like one of my real entries i guess:

undead ark

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tonight's playlist [Oct. 31st, 2009|10:23 pm]






happy halloween folks! sorry i never post anymore; i've been busy. mostly with good stuff. expect a real post soon...

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new painting, some good lectures to check out, other stuff too maybe [Aug. 3rd, 2009|10:19 pm]
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hi livejournal! sorry i've been quiet for the past few weeks. i've been busy. but i've got a bit of a dry spell, work-wise, for a while now. so i'll be updating more. to start things off, this is one of those obligatory art posts, with some youtube/podcast links listed afterwords.

i finished this painting a few months back:


Get Familiar, 2009 (Mixed media: pencil, gouache, india ink and paper collage on board, 16" by 20")

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(no subject) [May. 10th, 2009|11:15 pm]


since i'm feelin' bloggy lately, i decided to bring back the holiday posts.
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dan walks around: entry one [May. 9th, 2009|04:47 am]
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in the tradition of charles baudelaire, rebecca solnit, my two favorite "walts" (whitman and benjamin) and - come to think of it - my dad, i've decided i'm going to go for walks and document them.

my work is moving in a landscape-y direction at the moment, so i figured this might be a good way of "sketching," both mentally and physically. yes, this marks my entry into the already crowded club of over-educated wannabee flaneurs. and fair enough - they seem like good company. this idea is also inspired by a growing reading list i've unofficially prepared for myself, including folks like anne dillard, lisa robertson and jane jacobs (in addition to solnit's book about walking). who knows when i'll get around to all of that reading. in the meantime, i'm just gonna use lj to document these experiences. i tend to have decent conversations around here, so i figure this is the best place for it. and don't worry - i'll try not to act all willfully profound about it. cool? if so, read on...

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