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Archive for May 2004

An argument for cleaning things up…

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The ongoing unpack – clean – reorganize project has unearthed many things, good and bad but here’s one item I just ran across at the bottom of a box.
kind of a big image

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May 31, 2004 at 11:41 am

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More things to covet…

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Some more images from the tribal art fair:
delightful despite photo quality

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May 29, 2004 at 11:29 am

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Protected: Sex Sells…

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May 27, 2004 at 9:35 am

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Don’t I feel guilty enough as it is?

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Understanding would be ideal, but in the absence of that light bulb going on over your head, you’ll settle for tolerance. This is the best way to hang onto a relationship or situation that truly means something to you. There are many reasons for grasping, but if you fall into selfish patterns, that behavior can only result in loss. Forget your doubts and fears when you get to the bottom line. Abstract constructions with no basis in reality crumble away to nothing under the force of a big hug. It’s so simple. Why didn’t you reach this conclusion a long time ago?

Gott in Himmel! What does it mean when the daily horoscope on my start page rings so true?

In other unrelated news, it’s official: WOOF the film I went to LA to shoot in January will be in the SF Gay and Lesbian film festival, screening as part of the “Fun in Boys’ Shorts” program. Dates, times and venues here.

WOOF also features the talents of djmrswhite and alternacub!

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May 26, 2004 at 2:40 pm

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Now with fu-fu grip…

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For the past few years I’ve been trying to finance a piece that I’ve desperately wanted to make: The Nayland Blake action figure. It’s proved hard to do. There are companies however that do one-offs for people. Today thornyc sent me a link to  one of them . The new innovation is that they can implant a voice chip. So even though it’s “no meme May”, I invite you to either: 1) suggest potential Super Action Phrases for the Nayland Blake action figure, or 2) List the phrases your own action figure would come equipped with, or 3) both.

Now I’m officially a comment whore and a memestigator.

Oh I forgot to suggest that you do the same for yourself in your journal.

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May 26, 2004 at 12:38 pm

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Bored, with itchy fingers…

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You know what? I need to fuckin draw more. I was at the Tom of Finland Erotic Art Fair in NYC this weekend and saw some drawings that just made me green with envy. And I got in some drawing time too this weekend, turning out some things for my gallery to take to the Basel Art Fair – which I guess is next weekend. All you folks in Switzerland: there’s some art coming your way that was just pencil lead a week ago.

But the truth is I don’t draw enough – I can turn it out when I need to, but drawing is like playing your scales: do it enough and your technique noticeably improves. I’ve only done one residency in my life, but I would love to do one where all I did was draw for a few weeks. Maybe have a couple of models come in.

Okay, now this is officially entering the realm of workplace daydreaming.

(on an amusing side note – here’s what LJ’s spell checker suggested instead of “fuckin”: fucking, fuck in, fuck-in, firkin, frickin, ducking, faking, fuck, fuckings, funking, bucking, lucking, mucking, pucking, sucking, tucking, yucking, forking, fuguing, Fijian, fucks, Fagin, flicking, dicking, fucker, fluking, fuck’s, fucked, duking, Fuji)

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May 24, 2004 at 4:01 pm

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An argument for high collars…

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Today’s unfortunate tattoo sighting: On the back of a guy’s neck, spotted as he trudged out of the subway and into the midtown glare: The Maverick Records’ logo . He’s never gonna regret having that!

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May 24, 2004 at 9:49 am

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For those of you who think I never say no…

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Last night was my final meeting as a member of the board of directors of the Sculpture Center . I’ve been on the board for four years, and before that served on their artists advisory board. I actually like doing it, and one way or another I’ve been on the boards of various arts organizations for more almost 18 years. It seems to me that to participate in the structural aspects of non-profit organizations is an important part of an artist’s practice, a way of providing empowerment. I’m also fascinated by the ways that people come together in groups to try to accomplish things. I enjoy being part of that process and doing that service. But as time has gone on, I find that both I and the organization are better off if I can be realistic about what I can and can’t commit to. My new job really demands more attention than I’ve been giving it. And I’ve also had some questions about whether the SC and I are such a good fit right now. They’ve just gone through a long period of re-invention, and that has been a wonderful thing to be part of. But now I think they need some solid commitment on the financial and time level that I just can’t really provide. So I decided to step down. I think I need to develop some additional skills before I get engaged in another organizational commitment.

Now if I could just leave the two other advisory committees I serve on!

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May 20, 2004 at 10:56 am

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The Symphony is the Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle of its day…

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It’s morning and after a comical coffee mishap, I’m reviewing my email and gathering my wits for an other shaky day. In celebration of my newly accessible CD player, I loaded in Schumann’s Symphony no.1, Sir Adian Boult conducting. About six minutes in I began to be struck by the silliness of it. I think I may have no interest in symphonies…

Of course there are lots of reasons why a particular recording may not grab me. But today my beef is with the size of the orchestra itself, chasing after motifs and massing to make effects. A busy, busy piece of music that dazzles with size and technique – in other words: a blockbuster. I have very little training in music history, and certainly couldn’t take you through the intricacies of melodic development and key shift that are, to my understanding, one of the important parts of the symphonic experience. However, I do think the orchestra represents something about a concentration of power (the ability to bring together so many musicians in one place) that seems distasteful to me right now. For example, I love Schumann’s solo piano music, and Hayden’s string quartets. But today when I came to the symphony looking to be enveloped, I found myself distanced and skeptical.

Given my anxiety about not knowing enough (see any number of earlier entries)the idea that I just don’t have to bother with studying the symphony any more is a relief.

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May 20, 2004 at 8:29 am

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Protected: Disfunction, distance and possession

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May 17, 2004 at 2:35 pm

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