“To be different without being confusing, to be radical without promoting a scorched-earth policy, to be intellectual while remaining emotional and to be emotional without succumbing to sentimentality, to find a new form that is immediately negotiable—these would be the aims I’d shoot for, in our drear day.” – Jeffrey Eugenides to Jim Lewis, in [...]
Harris Savides died yesterday. May he Rest in Peace. “Birth” is one of my favorite looking films of all time:
As I become busy as a professional photographer (THANKYOUTHANYOUTHANKYOU to everyone that needs to be thanked) I spend less time tinkering with semi-ideas and semi-started projects. My favorite activity is a blissful puttering–a book open, the sunday paper strew about, a soccer or basketball game silently on the tv, some pulled pork simmering, and the [...]
Mosaic mask of Quetzalcoatl from The British Museum.
I’ve been surgically attached to my laptop since September and those long long days are coming to an end (in the sense that I’m finishing up some projects, not in the I should try this kind of way). For the first time since I decided to quit my job as Associate Art Director at American [...]
I recently paged through Rizzoli’s “Man Ray / Bazaar Years”. I love photographers that manage to split editorial and fine art careers (Edward Steichen is a current obsession). Dear Career Gods, Sign me up for that split. Love, John I missed MOMA’s “The Original Copy Show” but an Art Blart post contains a large selection [...]
“A useful rule of thumb in judging art is how much is left once you remove all the received ideas and influences. Is there anything left?” –Roberta Smith in her review of Joana Vasconcelos’ “Contamination” at the Venice Biennale For the record I think the piece is wonderful. Judge for yourself:
I saw this in the June issue of Harper’s and would like you to know I am gladly accepting patronage too.
You know that feeling when a Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, or Russell Lee photograph isn’t up to snuff and you take a hole punch to the negative? No? Me neither, but Roy Stryker did when he ran the Works Progress Administration (check out this interview with Mr. Stryker). Artist Lisa Oppenheim’s series of worked based [...]
Mark Flood’s Artist’s Statement! I give it a “wow!” (New Work up at Zach Feuer Feb 26-Mar 26 2011)