Tuesday, October 20, 2009

alpaca beretta in chicago

I had the great pleasure to have Dani and Margot visit from Pittsburgh, and the venerable Nsikan Akpan come into town from New York City this weekend - so we did what we could to set up an Alpaca Beretta show. We ended up working something out with an organization called MVSEVM, an apartment gallery here in Chicago that also does bi-monthly performances. It was a lot of fun, and felt like a good set, and I was cursing myself for not getting some video. Well, turns out there is some! It appeared courtesy of Daniel, one of the organizers (and residents) at MVSEVM, and is on the youtube. Here is a section of the Merle Travis song Dark as a Dungeon:

They also got some video of our unofficial encore performance (read: we hung around and played more music later without ever really asking if anyone wanted us to) and thus, this:

Saturday, October 17, 2009

san francisco.

so, i've been in san francisco.
to keep my brain going, i made these.
i kind of ripped of my friend cameron's stuff, except for the part where cameron actually does the work and cuts everything out and makes them in the real world instead of taking images from google-image and putting them in photoshop. also, cameron's are just plain better.

this last image is the cover to the forthcoming record
by 'nickel and diamond.' me and jake's two-piece.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

mos def in japan

this is awesome.

i didn't know this show "embedded" until I came upon this, but it seems pretty damn cool.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

richard wright

So the Turner prize show opened today in London at the Tate Britain. Normally, I wouldn't be too fussed about it, but this year one of the nominees is Richard Wright, who I had the chance to work with on the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh in April/May of 2008. I really enjoyed working with him, and the piece from that show ended up being one of the things that got him selected as a finalist. Anyways, I wouldn't really be posting about this except that his piece in the Turner show, at least from the images I've seen online, looks really amazing. See?

They transferred the design to the wall by poking pinholes in the drawings and then pouncing them with charcoal bags - the same way Renaissance artists would transfer their cartoons to walls/ceilings they were going to fresco. There haven't been any close up shots yet that I could find, so its hard to really tell what is going on - from what I've read it appears to be the critics favorite for the prize, although the odds makers had him last before the show opened.

I had meant to post more images from working on the International a while ago and just never got around to it, so I might as well post these from working on his piece there. Unfortunately, my camera had broken by then, so these were all taken on the iPhone. Fortunately the iPhone camera is better than my old cell phone. Obviously these are during installation, so there aren't any shots of the whole piece. Check em out, if you're so inclined.

Edit: I found one pic from my new camera during deinstall - unfortunately by then there were paintings leaning on the walls in there so I only took a photo of the top of the piece and the ceiling.

I also found these on flickr so there is actually some context: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ci08lifeonmars/2550591991/in/pool-ci08_life_on_mars/

Monday, October 5, 2009

textured surface

10x8, acrylic and silkscreen on panel

Edit: forgot I wanted to post this too, nice interview with Ghostface on the NYT.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

the amazing artistic skills of darif krasnow

So when I was packing for the move to Chicago I found these amazing comics that Darif had drawn.

Then things get a little meta. If you know Henry Casey you'll appreciate this one even more.

And finally the plans for what looks to be a series.

Friday, October 2, 2009

gestalt google googol

i could say that i have been thinking a lot about the internet, occam's razor, stochasticity, emergence, and theories of perception and understanding.
i could say that its very satisfying to google things that i can touch.
then again.. i could say i really like googly eyes and sticking them up around town.
i think its mostly #3
here's a few:

also, david duchovny scares me.

more hip hop goodness

First off, here is the video for the new Roots song "How I Got Over." Video nothing really special, but I'm a fan of the song (although the sound on this version isn't as good as the mp3 I have).

Also, if you've got some time on your hands, live video of De La Soul, a full concert from their "20 Years High and Rising" Tour can be seen here.