Thursday, May 26, 2011

jeff moerchen's zephyr project (Xerox)....

jeff moerchen is an exciting documentarian, a lover of life, and a great friend and collaborator. jeff's photos are also totally taser factory, and are step-ladder of motivation for my own recent interest in trying to click good and print.

he recently did a xerox installation of his Zephyr collection on this corner in greenwich village. 

to view very good work, go here:

Sunday, May 22, 2011

the (blank) is the massage...

this is by far one of the better wheatpastes i've seen around the area. this is in glendale, ca, near los feliz + san fernando. 
i bet there are others, on other medians. 

i have my suspicions, but to whoever, good work...

The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects is a book co-created by media analyst Marshall McLuhan and graphic designer Quentin Fiore, and coordinated by Jerome Agel. It was published by Bantam books in 1967 and became a bestseller and a cult classic.
The book itself is 160 pages in length and composed in an experimental, collage style with text superimposed on visual elements and vice versa. Some pages are printed backwards and are meant to be read in a mirror (see mirror writing). Some are intentionally left blank. Most contain photographs and images both modern and historic, juxtaposed in startling ways.
The book was intended to make McLuhan's philosophy of media and communication, considered by some[who?] incomprehensible and esoteric, more accessible to a wider readership through the use of visual metaphor and sparse text.[citat

Friday, May 20, 2011

Preakness Stakes 2011...

Preakness Stakes 2011! Is tomorrow...
 …marred in recent years by drunken hijinx in the infield, and party-centric, hinging on indecent (at least for a Triple Crown event) promotional campaigns, see last year’s: ”Get Your Preak On!”

Preakness doesn’t really hold up to the stately and time tested, though drunken, precedent set by The Kentucky Derby (the hats help a lot).
This year’s Preakness raises it’s own fucked up bar with a brilliant new campaign creature…”Kegasus”.
You’ll have to see for yourself:

I guess the most awesome aspects of this year’s race are:
1. Animal Kingdom (who won the derby) is at 2:1
2. I won’t be there! (I'll be attending the Rapture.)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

everything in it's place...thank you michael johansson!

there are several works of art out there that i wish i had had the thought to create. in michael johansson's case, i actually wish that i had the artist's life...or vision rather ...or his phone number, to talk him into to helping out with an upcoming, uncomfortable move...
the talent here is vision. johansson's ability to put into action these incredible thought strings on coincidental items, actions and occurrences is simply unbelievable. he's one of those artists who i struggle not to tar with a more grandiose, eccentric epithet...

i don't know why i even wrote that. anything i have the ability to write can be derived directly from this swedish artist's work.

he puts things in their place. (i would give anything to see how he packs his suitcase)...


I am intrigued by irregularities in daily life. Not those that appear when something extraordinary occurs, but those that are created by an exaggerated form of regularity. Colours or patterns from two separate objects or environments concur, like when two people pass each other dressed in the exact same outfit. Or when you are switching channels on your TV and realize that the same actor is playing two different roles on two different channels at the same time. Or that one day the parking lot contained only red cars.

These irregularities, these coincidences, are another focus of my artwork.

view his site for the love of fucking god!


Monday, May 9, 2011

calling all band-aid enthusiasts...

i am on the brink of considering myself a band-aid enthusiast...

my favorite band-aids include images of snoopy! this is somewhat carried over from childhood, more specifically a childhood full of blood tests and allergy shots. 
however, my love of snoopy has only grown, and i can't really imagine a more suitable mascot for band-aids. something about what mr. schultz did that resonates with the whole child+ouch=band aid, etc. 

shawn egg gave me some ninja band-aids a few years back...i tried to call them "bad-ainds", but it didn't catch on in spite of being very, very stupid. 

lately, thanks to a small piece of glass hidden below my skin, i've been sporting a band-aid regularly (any clues to where the glass came to be in my body are welcome...i mean, i did black out a few times several years ago, but...)
this trend brought back memories of michelle trachtenberg's character nona on the adventures of pete & pete. nona always had a cast on her arm. 

iggy pop also played her father on the show.

i can't really touch that part.

The Story of the Band-Aid:
Back in 1920, this newlywed was living in New Brunswick, New Jersey, with her husband Earle, and though married life agreed with her, housekeeping did not. Not that she didn't try. When Earle came home from his job as a cotton buyer at Johnson & Johnson, Josephine would always have dinner on the table. Unfortunately, she'd also have several cuts or burns on her fingers. Without an adhesive bandage, Josephine had no easy way of bandaging her own cuts. Earle had to cut pieces of adhesive tape and cotton gauze and make a bandage for each wound. This happened day after day-and, day after day Josephine needed more bandages. They were in a real bind.
Finally, after several weeks of kitchen accidents, Earle hit upon an idea. (Luckily for Johnson & Johnson, his idea was not to go out and hire a cook.) No, Earle sat down and prepared some ready-made bandages by placing squares of cotton gauze at intervals along an adhesive strip and covering them with crinoline. Now all Josephine had to do was cut off a length of the strip and wrap it over her cut. In a way, it was a mother who was responsible for the invention of the BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandage.
Earle soon told his boss at work about his new invention and soon the first adhesive bandages were being produced and sold under the world famous BAND-AID® trademark. Earle was eventually rewarded with a position as Vice President in the company, where he stayed until his retirement. As for Josephine, history does not record whether she ever mastered the art of accident-free cooking. But we do know she had plenty of BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages available just in case. Earle Dickson may not have realized what a cutting edge product he was inventing, but it certainly stuck around.