December 29, 2006

approximate fractals







approximate fractals are found in nature and art...

these objects display self-similar structure over an extended, but finite, scale range...

clouds, snow flakes, mountains, river networks, cauliflower or broccoli, systems of blood vessels....

December 27, 2006

MOMA trip



MOMA, last Friday, not too crowded....went to see what the Brice Marden show was all about....i found some solid drawings on the second floor, and some of his well know monochromatic and early "loops in a box" encaustic paintings.....was floating along in the earthtone sedateness when Patti Smith appeared..... poet-punk-saint-woman-genius-artist-heroin/e.....super amazing to stand in MOMA and watch her look at paintings........now re-visiting the Easter and Horses LPs.

December 21, 2006

Love, Walt Whitman.


Long enough have you dreamed contemptible dreams,
Now I wash the gum from your eyes,
You must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light and
of every moment of your life.

Long have you timidly waded, holding a plank by the
shore,
Now I will you to be a bold swimmer,
To jump off in the midst of the sea, and rise again and
nod to me and shout, and laughingly dash with your
hair.

Walt Whitman
Leaves of Grass
(lines 1225 -1230)

December 12, 2006

historically bad girls, fantastically well dressed modern girls, and television’s most smartly dressed baddest of girls





In pursuit of the Chinese pigeon whistle, great friend and I set out for the Met.....horrible news however, the musical instruments were locked behind closed doors…...BUT, the Met is full of treasures, and treasure we did find..….we started off with the Glitter and Doom: German Portraits from the 1920s show which is full of wonderfully naughty, sexy and provocative images....check out Otto Dix's work and George Grosz’ paintings and drawings…..a good moment being the tidy and steaming pile of shit that is rendered as the brains of one of Weimar Germany’s war mongers……and then…..as a total surprise art-dessert, we went to see the Nan Kempner: American Chic exhibit which just opened at the Costume Institute....while there, looking intently at a Christian Lacroix gown, I began to reminisce about my favorite Eighties program, Dynasty......after the Met, we walked over to see the John Currin show at Gagosian......AND, as we stood waiting for the elevator.......who should appear out of an adjacent elevator, but Ms. Joan Collins, complete in furs, jewelry, and that million doctored smile........stunned, we wandered up to the Currin show.......we stood contemplating the space of the pornoart gaze, the horrors of suburban-alien pregnancy, and wondered what brand of dishwasher-safe dishes Currin is obsessed with........back on the subway, headed towards Brooklyn, we wondered what it all meant.......signs, signs everywhere.

December 8, 2006

the chinese pigeon whistle + the metropolitan museum of art




the Metropolitan Museum of Art is astounding....everything about it is awesome....i think it even smells good.....AND, i am going next week, so sad to think that even though i live here, i only get up to the Met a few times a year....so, here at the end of 2006 i am taking a friend, and one of the things i am going to show him.....up on the second floor, right above the armor display (which is a whole other amazing subject).....is a huge collection of musical instruments from all over the world.....it is so cool because the place is almost always empty......ironic.....a total quiet treasure is this room full of sonic objects....and once again there is much to see and possibly discuss.....but what i would like to turn you onto are the Chinese Pigeon Whistles....totally small....really well made + extra elegant, these whistles were/are attached to the pigeon....and then when they fly around..... the whistles, whistle......from what i have read this practice doesn't really have any practical applications, it is just to produce nice noise......and they are super handsome......i encourage you to check them out.....remember, the Met has donation admission which means you pay what you can afford.

December 1, 2006

fallen angel - documentary film on the music and life of gram parsons


gram parsons is so rad..........i have probably owned grievous angel for 10 years and not really gotten into it...took me a while to finally 'hear him'....so i just rented this dvd........you'll discover his voice is where it is really at.... the documentary, "fallen angel," gives us the scoop on the young gram, a rich kid from an eccentric florida family, full of alcoholics, suicides, and repressed feelings.....we then find out that unfortunately, GP himself ends up with all kinds of substance abuse issues, and finally od's at 26.....there is the oft repeated story of his last rites, whatever.....instead, focus on listening to GPs music during this dvd, he hangs out with keith richards, his band the flying burrito brothers go to altamount with the stones, dig GPs totally glam country look, he and the band wear 'nudie cohn' suits like his hero buck owens....grams suit (see picture) is embroidered with pills, pot leaves and poppie flowers........i've had the GP anthology on heavy rotation......it's hard to pickk faves, but hot burrito #1, you don't miss your water, and wheels, are all most excellent tracks. the stuff he does with emmylou harris is just mind bending country music.