In honor of this sorry, low down, good for-nothin yellow bellied son of a sapsucker rainy day, enjoy some found clothing umbrellas by MK Guth. Thinking about taking these out for hellstorm protection just makes me think of the smell of mold, dog, and heavy wet socks. Still, I like their bright, cheery plays on the umbrella form, that are half Mary Poppins, half fortress.
The upcoming exhibition Thingamajigs, curated by Meenakshi Thirukode brings together individuals whose creative practice cannot be categorized under traditional tags. The show features a plethora of artists who push the boundaries of their practice, including prior B/D featured experimental group Lucky Dragons, B/D staff writer Colleen Asper, and B/D’s own Amir H. Fallah! A bevvy of Beautiful/Decay articles of history and memorabilia (including some of the first ever, hand-photocopied ‘zine versions) will be on display, alongside Amir’s painting. If you find yourself on a spiritual or artistic journey to India, be sure to check out this exhibition at Gallery Open Eye Dreams.
Ilan Lieberman creates sculptures and artwork based on visions he sees in his dreams. I’m fascinated by the other realm that lays just beyond our own eyelids, and how Ilan transports objects and ideas from this dimension into ours…it’s like peeking into someone else’s mind. Ilan recently opened his exhibition this last weekend at Steve Turner Contemporary, so if you are in the area be sure to check it out.
Artist Christian Jendreiko will present the incredibly epic sounding Gottesrauschen God’s White Noise: Action for Players, Guitars & Amplifiers this Saturday at Baer Ridgway exhibitions in SF. Taking his cue from experimental composers like John Cage, Jendreiko’s compositions push the boundaries of classical musicality, with some clocking in at up to 7 hours, and performed by amateurs and professional alike. Their main focus is on documenting the body’s movement through space in unusual ways.
I found Yujean Park’s images on our Creative Pic Pool. Her work caught my eye for their haunting stillness. Many feature tableauxs of seemingly vacant, or recently vacated domestic spaces that seem subtly concerned with their own transience…Even when there is a figure in the frame, they seem ghostlike….or is it just me?
Well, not literally, but in Hasan Elahi’s project, “Tracking Transience,” he lays bare an almost overwhelming amount of personal information on the internet. Inspired by an intensive FBI investigation (brought on by false accusations of a misinformed neighnor), Elahi records and makes available everything from his exact whereabouts in the world via Google maps, his bank statements & history, photographs of every meal he eats on planes, etc. The result is a Kafka-esque experiment that examines a post 9/11 Orwellian world with a kind of depressing humor. Elahi’s excercise in self-disclosure seems both dangerous in its honesty, but also symbolic of our information-overload and the question of privacy in the digital age.
No, I don’t just admire Jason Horowitz’s photos of renowned New York drag queen, Shi-Queeta Lee for her strikingly similar name to my own. These up close-n-personal, hyper-realistic shots elegantly straddle the realms of glamour and repulsion, real and ideal, portraiture and abstraction. His show opens at Curator’s Office February 20th.
Monroe Dinos-Kaufman has been with us for just a few short weeks here at the offices, but has helped us out immensely! Monroe is on the cusp of launching his super-star art career in the big apple! You can read his abundant contributions to the B/D blog here. While perusing various sentiments to impart upon you, like: “Have a great trip to NYC!” or “Keep up the great work!” I realized that a very, very special piece of poetic poetry I discovered on the internet entitled “Special Friend Poem” (© Sharon Degraw) might do the trick:
Our acquaintance has been only a short time,
But our time spent is so gentle on my mind.
How is it that we become so full of certain people?
Like a ray of warm sunshine
that goes on and on
never to end….
Never wanting it to end!!
Feelings so full of warmth.
Smiles so easily crossing lips.
What a WONDERFUL ACQUAINTANCE!!!
Oh yeah! Bon Voyage Monroe and thanks again for all your help! (View some of his artwork after the jump!)