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Post #946 • January 26, 2007, 10:18 AM • 29 Comments

Chicken portraits. I rather like these.

This morning Tyler linked to Steve, "a research project whose participants are building a tagging tool, collecting tags, analyzing data, and engaging in discussion." Here's what I'm wondering: Since when did .museum become an extension, and how do I get one?

Folded up? Folded up?!

It's Fetishize Outsiders Week at the Gray Lady!

Allen Salkin catches up with the Crumbs.

David Carr reports on the movie "My Kid Could Paint That." (AJ) Is there really no website for this movie?

This just in from Locust: "In the project room, Miami-based artist Kerry Phillips presents her new project Vacuuming Gave Me Carpal Tunnel. In response to the dependence of man on technology, Phillips uses a traditional object to create her installation. Her collection of old brooms is bundled into a gigantic, impossible-to-handle pile that will occupy the space like some weird object-creature or alien presence. Overtaking the space, this bundle will force the viewer to navigate through the exhibition with care. Aside from engaging certain sculptural issues, Phillip's work has always been interested in notions of domesticity, women's work, feminist practices, and the ideologies that drive a wedge between new technologies and traditional practices." I could rip on this in my sleep, but I'll note instead my 2000 review of Alexis Smith at MAM, adding that once you've been around long enough, this stuff starts going from seemingly repetitive to actually repetitive. Supergirl comments: "This should have been installed with the dust installation. Why is this difficult? I'm going to open a gallery and make my own installations. I'm going to install a gas stove, and put a pile of pots next to it to signify man's domestication of fire."

Department of Knocking Opportunities: Sparkling Fresh, "a new organization dedicated to hosting silent auction events for visual arts in New York City," announces that they are taking submissions of jpegs by e-mail through today for their next event. Also, the perquisites for this could be just awesome.

Department of Fiesty Art Students: "A Shoreline [WA] teenager took on the King County Sheriff's Office and won, with a judge ruling Friday that she was not to blame for an accident involving a sheriff's deputy driving an unmarked police car. ... 'I'm really happy. I was, like, going to cry,' said Brown, 19, who was a high school student at the time of the accident and who is now a community college art major."

Department of Skills: Listening to "Pop, Popcorn Children" by Eldridge Holmes raised the question of exactly how one does the popcorn. We're still in the dark and the webernets are of no help, but I did find this. For the record, this is not the Holmes version. Also, I think I saw William Shatner wearing that outfit once.




January 26, 2007, 10:39 AM

"Why is this difficult? I'm going to open a gallery and make my own installations."

In school some friends and I used to sit around making up phony and bad but art-world plausible installation and performance art ideas. Like holding up a table to "let the nails rest." The students who actually made this kind of stuff would always get pissed at us, but at least one ripped off an idea we had made up as a joke.

I think the best word in your quote of the press blurb is "notions."



January 26, 2007, 11:22 AM

Seen it.

I love those chicken portraits! (There are more at the artist's site). James Brown was absolutely and unequivocally brilliant, but my amazement is always offset by fear when I see videos of his musicians performing with such enforced precision.

PS. When did Mustangs become so popular among young women? I've noticed this lately around these parts too. (Grrl Power! I love it.) I still remember my friend's new '85 GT 5.0. And also his brother's. The rumbling engine made your heart pound in sympathy even when it was in park.

(OK, not quite new. They acquired them after their first owners had wrapped them around telephone poles, then fixed 'em up in their dad's body shop. I still remember one of them talking about "blood on the shifter." Which has just got to be a great title for a movie).



January 26, 2007, 12:23 PM

I guess once you fold something up you just don;t likk at it any more. Abd the "new discorveries" they are making are just more works by the same old artists.



January 26, 2007, 12:51 PM

Sorry, I meant LOOK not LIKK.


Marc Country

January 26, 2007, 12:59 PM

I believe that James Brown clip comes from a classic performance he did at the Kaylar fortress on Rigel VII...



January 26, 2007, 1:27 PM

French chickens, I expect. Very posh.


Marc Country

January 26, 2007, 1:40 PM

As Shakespeare would say, "Fair is fowl, and fowl is fair..."



January 26, 2007, 2:13 PM

now Im hungry for chiken shnitzal



January 26, 2007, 2:14 PM

"Fair is fowl, and fowl is fair..."
I think you got a problem there

Foul or fair, which do you pick?
Or do you just want a blond chick?


Marc Country

January 26, 2007, 2:48 PM

Personally, I'll take chichen itza over chiken shnitzal...


Marc Country

January 26, 2007, 2:53 PM

... even better, chichen itza AND a blond chick...


Marc Country

January 26, 2007, 2:55 PM

(damn... screwed up the link... better quit while I'm a hen...)



January 26, 2007, 3:04 PM

href="link goes here"



January 26, 2007, 3:16 PM

The yoke's on you, Marc.


the only critic it seems

January 26, 2007, 3:28 PM

you're so clever.



January 26, 2007, 4:28 PM

As you know, stuff that sounds like crap on paper is sometimes effective in person. I would argue that to be the case with the Kerry Phillips installation, though that opinion was, um, not universally shared.



January 26, 2007, 5:30 PM

Thanks, Alesh. Your linked photo is all I need to know, not that I had any real doubts. This sort of thing is why, when I went to scope out the last Locust Raffle, I decided not to buy a ticket even though there were some items that tempted me to do so. I finally decided I did not want to support a space or enterprise that had never satisfied me. But 'll say one thing: they're consistent.


Marc Country

January 26, 2007, 6:25 PM

Wow... it's even worse than I imagined! I've seen a better looking collection of brooms at the curling supply store next door to our studio...

(a link for those who don't know what 'curling' is.)



January 26, 2007, 11:27 PM

Well, I expect Ms. Emin would like it. She'd pretty much have to, or at least pretend she did.



January 26, 2007, 11:39 PM

" My kid can paint that "
Did anyone see the movie - are there examples of work ? I could learn something from these perhapes. So that when I have one, i'll know how to market them correctly.
Just "kid"ding.



January 27, 2007, 11:58 AM

This may be the last weekend for the impressive Carlos Alfonzo show at the Freedom Tower on Biscayne Blvd. (12 -5 Sat and Sun). It's free and very much worth seeing; the space is terrific. A great antidote to the typical Locust fare, and typical gallery fare in general.


maria m-c

January 27, 2007, 2:37 PM

tell supergirl she can buy some dust if she wants to or maybe a flat-painting - either way it is all the same: a matter of taste. thank god!



January 27, 2007, 4:40 PM

You are all invited to the opening of my new show, "Gallery-going gave me dyspepsia." It's not for the squeamish, but I can't keep all this relevance and meaningful conceptual content all to myself. The world has a right to share in my delusions of talent. It certainly seems more than willing to share in just about everyone else's, and as we all know, one thing is just as good as any other. Don't thank me, just come and nod approvingly. The wall text, by the way, is to die for. And the press release is positively life-altering, especially if you read it over and over while doing serious drugs and swigging vodka. Promise.



January 27, 2007, 6:13 PM

"...this bundle will force the viewer to navigate through the exhibition with care aside from engaging certain sculptural issues..."

The piled brooms will force the viewer to watch where he's going and avoid looking at the installation as art. I'm convinced.



January 29, 2007, 1:08 AM

Did anyone have to sweep-up after the show ?


david rohn

January 29, 2007, 8:37 AM

That show made me feel so sorry about the plight of women and so glad that as a man I was allowed to mow the lawn and paint the house,which was man s work and much more highly valued. the best was when I got drafted-now that s real man s work-none of that sissy girlie man stuff.
But I think women should be allowed to go to art school and even exhibit their work just like men .
And it s a good thing they re doinng controversial shows like this at Locust so we can change the minds and conciiousness off the male chauvinist anti feminist art world.
I got so inspired by this show I went home and ran the robot sweeper while I paid some of the bills-my wife was so pleased she gave me a great big kiss



January 29, 2007, 8:43 AM

David's comment is especially amusing if you know who his wife is.



January 29, 2007, 11:12 AM

This pseudonaive sarcasm and mixed-up gender thing of his is very funny.



January 31, 2007, 3:35 PM

Here is an interview with the director of My Kid Could Paint That.



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