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Beauty

August 23, 2009

Isabel updated her portfolio.

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Blind Carbon Copy

June 10, 2009

Jon and Andrew’s new show in NYC features some amazing artists and artworks. From the press release:

Common Space presents a 5 day group exhibition with artists Andrew Kuo,Sebastian Kim, Jon Santos, Milano Chow, Deanne Cheuk, Saiman Chow,Masayo Kishi, Yuh-Shioh Wong, and Confetti System.

Location: 179 Canal Street, 2nd FloorHours: Noon- 6pm“Blind Carbon Copy” is a sly appropriation of a day’s corporate drama. Narrativeaction item: Global media conglomerate headquartered in New York Citycommissions program bringing to the table ethnic diversity. Visionary programshall jam the culture inbox, host panel discussions, culminate with cutting edgeart exhibition in midtown corporate lobby. Month of June: the Asians. Globalconglomerate enlists core competency to brain dump Asian American artists tohang their art in beige hallways of media triumphalism. Eleventh and a half hourdivision head issues the disintermediate: Shut it down.

At the end of the day refers to what happened during the day – what got dealt,what got salvaged, what got tossed out. At the end of the day, “Blind CarbonCopy” re- shuffles the deck to communicate an elliptical difference, even as thatdifference opposes clear definable equalities. The featured works vary fromfashion photography to drawing, sculpture, graphic art and video. Much of theseartists works deploy a detachment of assimilative meaning. Genres of ethnicity, commercial, fine art start to slope from fulfillment ofdistinction to interrelations, intricacies and contradictions of meaning, a ghostwithout a host gliding past various check points of identity.

Exhibition hosted by Margaret Lee.
Organized by Common Space.

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We Live In Public

March 18, 2009

Josh Harris: the greatest internet pioneer you’ve never heard of? Well, not if you opened an issue of Fast Company or Silicon Alley Reporter any time around the fin de siecle. Looks like it’s time to relive the memories…

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New Windows

March 6, 2009

Fortuitous events allowed us to catch up with Matt Keegan while he was in Portland last month to give a lecture at PNCA. If I were in NY this month, I’d head to D’Amelio Terras to catch his recently-opened solo exhibition.


Matt Keegan, Untitled (Light Leak), 2005/2009

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Make It a Pencil

January 22, 2009

Robyn Love, who was part of our By Hand project, was recently commissioned to knit a giant water tower cozy for the 2009 D&AD Awards. Here’s a short clip of the transformation from everyday NY water tower to monumental pencil:

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Smells

December 30, 2008

A new fragrance by Anicka Yi and Maggie Peng. We missed the party, but were able to smell the perfume. The name comes from the Japanese exile Fusako Shigenobu, former founder and leader of the Japanese Red Army, who was arrested in Osaka after hiding out in Lebanon for years.

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Ai Wei Wei Back in the Day

December 26, 2008


Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 1983


Flea Market at Union Square. 1987


Chen Kaige. 1985

Before he was a superstar artist and architect, Ai Wei Wei spent ten years in New York City, photographing his friends and capturing everything he saw.

Ai Weiwei on his NYC photos:

These photos were taken between 1983 and 1994 during the decade I spent living in New York before returning to Beijing. At that time, I didn’t really have anything to do. I was just hanging out, whiling away my time everyday by taking pictures of the people I met, places I went, my friends, my neighborhood, the street and the city.

In a flash twenty years have past, and the New York I knew no longer exists. The appearance of the East Village has totally changed, and many of the people in my photographs are no longer in this world. I took these photos casually, and most of my subjects probably don’t even realize that they are in them. Today, looking back on the past, I can see that these photographs are not true anymore. After all, any reality is just a fact of change – an unconfirmed moment in the slow march of time. The present always surpasses the past, and the future will not care about today.

What drives me to organize and publish these photographs is not nostalgia, for I believe that past occurrences do not matter much. We are not destined to meet those whom we’ve met, and humans are by nature lonely. Rather, the photos themselves are concrete objects that form a kind of orderly arrangement despite their free-floating nature as disassociated images on photo paper. The specific people and things involved, including my own past, are not important anymore.

Life in the past fifty years has been much like a falling leaf with no goal or direction. In the end, however, the leaf will land in some corner. The images’ appearance and order are much like this. They are disorganized, but paths of thought appear that seem most clear when the photos are all mixed up.

Today, I still always have a camera in my hand, accustomed as I am to the click of the shutter. What I should explain though, is that I am not interested in photography, and don’t really care about the subjects of my photos. In the end, they are part of a different reality than that of my own existence. Every time I look at these photographs, I always discover that there is more strangeness in them than familiarity.

A selection of Ai Wei Wei’s photos are being exhibited at Three Shadows in Beijing through April 2009.

All images courtesy of Three Shadow Photography, Beijing

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Great Moments in HUGS

December 17, 2008

HUGS is Andrew and Josh’s weekly dance party/drink night at LIT on 2nd Avenue. I haven’t gone in years, but they’re still going strong and they have the best flyers ever. Thought I’d share a few of their recent hits.

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Photo | South Bronx

December 2, 2008

A few years after Howard Cosell announced that the Bronx was burning, Ray Mortenson took his camera to the burned out neighborhoods of East Tremont, Mott Haven and Morrisania to document the silence one could experience in these semi-abandoned districts. A selection of his images are on display at the Museum of the City of New York. (via the NY Times)

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Highline

July 15, 2008

I was checking out some renderings of the Field Operations / Diller Scofidio + Renfro Highline renovation project that’s underway on New York’s west side, and was reminded of some photos I shot up on its formerly-abandoned tracks in the winter of 2001 I believe:

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