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Post #1129 • February 25, 2008, 4:04 PM • 19 Comments

Next stop on the I-70 at The Moon Fell On Me.

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wwc

February 25, 2008, 6:56 PM

At first I didn't like this one as much, but the last image, all 3D, is really nice. Then I noticed the syllables - 3, 4, 5, like a pyramid, like the shape you drew the words in. Victory.

That they're small and short helps in seeing the details.

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x

February 25, 2008, 7:56 PM

thanks franklin. i sat with the one at the met for a bit. it would have looked good in my yard. next to my anish kapoor firepit.

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wwc

February 26, 2008, 6:30 AM

I forgot to add - you raise important issues of globalism, hegemonic power structures and contemporary identity while also referencing pluralistic art strategies and, of course, the paradox of Kansas City being in Missouri. The brown ink surrounded by so much white space is a particularly apt metaphor for indigenous and third world cultures under siege from modern industrial capitalism.

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Franklin

February 26, 2008, 7:19 AM

Bwah! You forgot about how I simultaneously subvert and and reinforce strategies for non-linear distributions of media paradigms. I'm hurt.

Actually, the 3-4-5 thing was totally unconscious. The triangular shape, btw, roughly references another sculpture in the Noguchi courtyard.

I knew even as I was putting it together that this was going to be a weird one. Sometimes I encourage myself by thinking that of all the bad art out there, whatever I'm doing will not be the worst of it. Does anyone else do that?

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Eric

February 26, 2008, 7:38 AM

if you are talented (you are) going for something weird usually leads to cool results (in my mind at least). When I get too critical of my own skill set, to the point where it stifles my ability to continue to make stuff, I say to myself, "Come on! Thank of all the crap out there. You are not that bad!"

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wwc

February 26, 2008, 8:22 AM

I've been thinking about the 3-4-5 thing since last night. Unconscious or not, it's great - the text rhyming the shape rendered. Self-enclosed, like a good Noguchi. I'm going to steal it in some form if I can...

Sometimes I too just say WTF and keep going. If it's bad I can just hide it away and chop it up later. I also take solace in the overwhelming deluge of bad art, but also in books I have that show all the not-so-great steps between the great works of past artists. A couple Picasso books are particularly good for me to see the sometimes halting steps he took between the victories.

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opie

February 26, 2008, 8:34 AM

Excellent critique, WWC.

That Kansas City/Missouri paradox has haunted me since childhood.

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Oriane

February 26, 2008, 11:30 AM

You know what''s been bothering me? Peru, Indiana. And they pronounce it PEE-roo.

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opie

February 26, 2008, 2:27 PM

That's like when I pronounced "pecans" as PEE-cans in San Antonio, where they grow them, instead of "puh-CONS".

Derisive laughter & ridicule ensued.

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Franklin

February 26, 2008, 2:46 PM

Ann Hamilton once said that she was from Lima, like the bean, not like somewhere interesting in Peru. (It's in Ohio.)

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Oriane

February 26, 2008, 3:13 PM

I think there's also a Cairo (KAY-ro), Illinois.

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Eric

February 26, 2008, 3:17 PM

I was born on Long Island where everything is pronounced incorrectly.

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J.T. Kirkland

February 26, 2008, 3:19 PM

While we're at it, 20 minutes from my home in Lexington, KY is a town called Versailles, KY. It's pronounced ver-sayles. Kentucky also has London and Paris, both of which are also in central KY.

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opie

February 26, 2008, 3:38 PM

Pronounced

LAWN-din and PARSE

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Oriane

February 26, 2008, 4:10 PM

Well, I have to admit I was a bit taken aback when I realized that "PEE-dro" is what they call San Pedro in Southern California. We usually handle our Spanish names a little more respectfully, at least in the north.

Someone also told me about a town somewhere with a bunch of composer street names (Beethoven, Mozart, etc.) that they pronounce in phonetic English. What's the white people version of ebonics? Anglonics?

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Oriane

February 26, 2008, 4:17 PM

Eric, the funniest thing I ever heard about Long Guyland was that some goth or punky kids wore jackets that said "SATIN LIVES". I think they were part of a Satinic cult.

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Eric

February 26, 2008, 5:01 PM

"In 1984 Northport, Long Island garnered nationwide media attention as the sight of a gruesome satanic murder by high school dropout Ricky Kasso. Long after the crime, the unfortunate events have been recounted in books and movies, from which the village of Northport has unfairly suffered an undeserved negative reputation for satanism."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2slnlc7Exs

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opie

March 1, 2008, 7:24 AM

Franklin, I think you chopped some legitimate comments off here and/or in subsequent posts while you were dealing with the spammers.

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Franklin

March 1, 2008, 7:31 AM

I think you're right, and I'm damn sorry about it. Spammers hit two posts nearly a hundred times in the space of 48 hours and for all I know they may not be done yet.

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