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Mind the Gap

May 11, 2009

Jesse’s fledgling gallery, Ditch Projects, is located in a decommissioned “gear house” in Eugene, Oregon. It sits comfortably above a canal and faces a giant hangar that was once used for logging shipping and receiving. We headed down I-5 to have a look at a new show that Ken curated, entitled Touched By Mystics.

A canal on the way to the gallery.

The old hangar across the way.

View from the other side of the bridge.

Interior of the gallery with the giant sliding door that opens out onto a deck overlooking the canal.

Looking down.

A video piece by Shana Moulton.

The sign.

There were 4 Toyota vans of the same model parked nearby. Strange.

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Artist Direct

NY Mag features an article and slideshow about artists’ whose galleries have closed. Instead of paying a commission to the gallery now, patrons can buy directly from the artist. Not surprisingly, Mariah was one of the featured artists, with her complex, abstractions of light going for $800 to $2500.

Kitchenlight, 2005

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Architect’s Fish & Chips

May 4, 2009

What! Posh Nosh. BBC circa 2003. Eight 9-minute episodes. Hilarious.

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We made a small pilgrimage up to Seattle last week to catch My Bloody Valentine on what appears to be a sort of caesura tour for the recently reunited quartet. In an interview with KEXP just prior to the show, Kevin Shields announced that “when we finish the gigs in August, that’s when I wanna draw a line under everything, and say, ‘Okay, that’s it, the past is finished, finally.’” For the future he’s promised the release of the 15-or-so-years-belated follow up to Loveless — again. That and a new expanded lineup for the band.

Shields also talks about his (and his bandmate’s) tinitus, which is really no surprise, given that the signature closer for an MBV live set is 15 minutes of densely layered, mind-bendingly loud noise tucked into the 3-minute power-poppy “You Made Me Realize.” The sheer force of the sound produced by their vast array of amps during the finale reminded me of walking into the wind tunnel on Walker St. near 6th Ave on a bad day. Which means bracing yourself against a building to avoid falling down.

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