Archive for April, 2010

Lawrence Weiner Detests Helvetica

April 28, 2010

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The Archigram Archival Project

April 25, 2010

Enviro-Pill Poster by Archigram

Speculative proposal for a pill for inducing architecture or virtual and imaginary environments in the mind.

Archigram were way ahead of their time back in the 1960’s but are still ahead of the curve judging by the incredible and overwhelming Archigram Archival Project, an in depth database of their collective works and proposals now online.

Give yourself a lot of time and get ready to get lost.

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The National – High Violet

April 23, 2010

I was very slow getting into The National but over the years I have come to really appreciate their distinctive and soulful sound.

Now they have a new album coming out next month but you can get a preview of High Violet right now. It’s streaming on the New York Times’ website through April 27th.

Jogging

April 19, 2010

Levitation, 2010, Performance from Jogging

Brad Troemel is back to his old enigmatic tricks again after what seemed like a seriously long hiatus of posting new work.

Over the past 48 hours, Troemel has added over 50 new pieces (all from 2010) to his Jogging website. The categories listed below each work seem as much a part of the piece as the piece itself. He has made new images, sculptures, installations, videos as well as performances and the line between many of them is pretty blurry.

Untitled, 2010, Installation from Jogging

Leading up to this recent splurge, Troemel posted some pretty dense writing. In Redefining Exhibition in the Digital Age he had this to say: “…if we continue to use the Internet as a space reflective of personal liberties the future for immaterial art has incredible, unfathomable potential to flourish.”

I’m thrilled to see what’s Troemel’s been up to and highly advise you to take a look.

If confusion sets in (a good thing if you ask me) then go ahead and read this conversation with the man behind the scene, it might or might not elucidate things. Either way, you will have exercised your mind as well as your senses.

New Breed

April 15, 2010

Copies of New Breed are now Sold Out.

PPAC Book Fair

April 15, 2010

I will be participating in the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Book Fair this Saturday, April 17. If you are in the neighborhood please stop by.

I will be presenting the first two books from the Photographic Book Project, Star Quality and the just released New Breed.

The center has gathered together a number of great international presses, independent artists and small publishers who will be selling books, prints and other ephemera.

Participants include:

AHN/VHS, Blind Spot, Bryan Graf, Chad Muthard, Charles Lane Press, Extra Extra, Grant Willing, David Graham, David La Spina, Edition Galerie Vevais, Hassla Books, The Holster, J and L Books, Jessica Todd Harper, Justin Audet, Kevin Martini-Fuller, KesselsKramer Publishing, Lay Flat, Lodima.org, Loosestrife Editions, Medium Rare, My Idea of Fun, Ofer Wolberger, Paul Cava Fine Art, Sarah Stolfa, Sam Falls, The Scratch, Swill Children

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Book Fair
1400 North American Street
Suite 103
Philadelphia, PA 19122

April 17, 2010
12-6pm
Free and open to the public

The Photographic Project – New Breed

April 15, 2010

To request the above photographic book:

Send an email (subject: New Breed) to horses [at] horsesthink.com with your name and mailing address.

If you are the first person to respond after the posting, you will receive the first copy of this book in the mail.

New Breed
5.5 x 7 inches, 13.97 x 17.78 cm
Perfect Bound
Color and Black & White
40 pages
Soft Cover with Dust Jacket
Digital offset
Edition of 100

The music accompanying the New Breed book trailer is an excerpt of Sex Bomb by Flipper. Thanks to Clémence for the musical suggestion.

*This photographic book is no longer available.

LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening

April 14, 2010

LCD Soundsystem’s new album, This Is Happening, isn’t being released until May 17th but you can stream the album in its entirety right now on their website.

The album gets off to a somewhat mellow start with Dance Yrself Clean, which begins with a soft drum beat and low spoken voice. I thought their might even be something wrong with my speakers but about midway through the song, the bigger dance beats dramatically kick in.

Overall, the new album sounds less produced or more raw than Sound of Silver but it still delivers with the upbeat infectious dance grooves. My favorite tracks so far are the slightly Strokes-sounding All I Want and the funny and romantic I Can Change.

Listen to the full album while you can, it should give you a lift this afternoon.

An Evening with Nathaniel Dorsky

April 12, 2010

I have written about the great film poet Nathaniel Dorsky before. Luckily, Dorksy is back again for a screening tonight at MoMA.

I have seen all the films on the program tonight except for the recently completely Aubade (2010) but I can vouch for all the films heightened beauty and wondrous use of silence.

Speaking recently about Aubade, Dorsky had this to say:

“An aubade is a poem or morning song evoking the first rays of the sun at daybreak. Often, it includes the atmosphere of lovers parting. This film is my first venture into shooting in color negative after having spent a lifetime shooting Kodachrome. In some sense, it is a new beginning for me.”

An Evening with Nathaniel Dorsky is tonight at MoMA beginning at 7pm. The artist will be in attendance.

May 5, 1945

April 12, 2010

Actual Size:
2.75 x 3.75 inches