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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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Keiichi Tanaami

March 17, 2009

Referred to by Jonathan Ross as an “unreconstructed hippie,” Keiichi Tanaami’s been doing his thing for quite a while. A sample of his work from the late 60s/early 70s:

(images from King of Mountain)

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We Me

March 16, 2009

It rained all weekend, so we finally had time to begin putting things on the walls…

Pash Buzari, We Me, 2005

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It’s Not About the Neighbors by Wang Gongxin

March 15, 2009

Artist Wang Gongxinn has taken over an empty storefront next to a pancake shop where he projects an exact replica of the shop at night. From the artist’s website:

During the day, It’s Not About the Neighbors is a sculptural installation, an uncanny imitation of the neighboring pancake shop’s façade—a simple aluminum and glass storefront commonly found in Beijing’s older neighborhoods. At nightfall, a video projection on the façade depicts the neighbors at work making and selling their bread and noodles. The work’s relationship to the adjacent business changes depending hour of the day; at times it is a physical imitation, at times it is a virtual simulation, and sometimes it’s both. The overriding visual connection between these two adjacent spaces is undermined by their different functions: one is an operating business that depends on local residents and neighbors for its income; the other is independent and non-functional, relying instead upon the visual economies of the hutong and patterns of everyday life. The dual meaning of the word “neighbors,” proposed by Wang’s installation refers to both those who occupy the adjacent shop as well as those who frequent the shop for their daily meals. Offering an indexical relationship to its own location It’s Not About the Neighbors also uncovers new questions about presenting contemporary art in public contexts.

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Ditch Projects

March 8, 2009

Jesse and Erica’s new gallery, Ditch Projects (pun intended), had an opening this weekend. We were there in spirit.

Ditch projects is an artist-run studio, installation and performance space located in downtown Springfield, Oregon. The mission of Ditch Projects is to supply a progressive and permissive venue for the visual and performing arts while maintaining an open, experimental and festive atmosphere. Exhibits change monthly with openings each first weekend. Special events are scheduled individually and occur frequently.

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Trees Can Draw, too

March 6, 2009

British artist Tim Knowles attaches pens and pencils to trees and lets them “draw” on paper with the help of the wind.

Like signatures each drawing reveals the different qualities and characteristics of each tree.

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New Windows

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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Forth Plinth Project

March 4, 2009

I like Antony Gormley’s proposal for the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square. The project is scheduled to begin this summer. (via PSFK)

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Eero & Aline

March 2, 2009

The Smithsonian has collected some great correspondences from the pre-email era, including this illustrated note from Eero Saarinen to his wife, NY Times art critic Aline Bernstein. The juxtaposition of heart + architectural sketch is pretty endearing:

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The Crisis of Credit. Animated.

March 1, 2009

Jonathan Jarvis’ animation will explain how we got into this mess.

The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo.

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