Sunday, August 30, 2009

Taking Wurtsboro

Shigenobu Twilight's technicolor teatime treats.

Louis giving it a go with the help of his mom.

Four things found at the Korean White Forest Zen Monastery:

Rosy colored (possibly) magic mushrooms - a recurring theme for the month of August.

Hanged Man

I just don't know where August went... I guess I was actually living a REAL life cuz' I forgot to blog!

I went back to NY for the third time this summer and spent most of the first weekend up in Wurtsboro again. Before I headed there, I visited Dia:Beacon for the first time. I loved the ephemeral Sol de Witt wall drawing series. And the Chamberlain pieces were perfectly housed in the diffused natural light of the galleries. The entire experience: decadent.

My favorite part of my visit? Ceci:

I Am Yours to Keep

Untitled (red, yellow, white), 2008

Brachfeld Gallery


I Am Yours to Keep by Todd Cole

September 3—26, 2009
Opening reception Thursday, September 3

With I Am Yours to Keep, Todd Cole intends to reveal, to the ones who take time to see, a story about him. Originally shot to be published as a book, the images function like words, and the words put together create a visual poem. Indeed, I Am Yours to Keep is a metaphor about Cole's teenage years trough his early twenties growing up in Houston, Texas, a period and a place in his life where he felt emotionally displaced, and sometimes hurted, while at the same time holding a strong desire to transcend beyond the known. The story—shot in southern California in the counties of San Bernardino, Fontana, The Redlands, and Riverside— is composed into three of the primary driving emotions he felt as growing up and continues to feel today living in LA: displacement, sexuality and transcendence.

Todd Cole's photography tries to create with honesty and immediacy, images that are not loaded with history, or a particular contemporary visual language but break from some of the traditional visual signifiers in modern photography: a well defined subject within the frame, graphic compositions that lead the eye to the subject, or horizontal landscape compositions. His work has already been shown in Paris at colette (2003), and in Mexico City at Monclova Gallery (2005). In addition to the development of his personal work, Todd Cole's photography features regularly in International magazines including i-D, Purple, Self Service, Art Review, Beaux Art, Liberation, London Sunday Telegraph Magazine, Big, o32c, Fantastic Man, W, and Vogue Hommes International.

Brachfeld Gallery
78 r ue des Archives, Paris 3
Tuesday—Saturday, 2—6pm

[via Paris LA]

Friday, August 07, 2009

Dirty Pink Sky

I can't wait for the new Taken By Tree's East of Eden album (which was recorded in Pakistan). It's like she recorded with Tinariwen... percussive, meditative, hypnotic... Victoria is one of my all-time favorite female vocalists ever. Her voice is like something that sends me to sleep.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Stand Up Straight

It's August (2010).

Though it's still summer with the weather not cooling down anytime soon, I got my 2010 calendar in the mail today from the Atherton Lin boys and it gave me the chills. It's a gentle, exquisite tour de force. I'm starting my new year's resolution way early this year... gonna try to STAND UP STRAIGHT. And I'm not just talking about my posture...

Yes, I had pre-ordered it! Il n'est pas trop tard!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

The Poet Upstairs

I saw John read for the very first time this past weekend. He was introduced as the greatest living poet... quite right! I recently did a little piece on him for the second issue of Do's fantastic Paris, LA. Like I told him (and am telling you right now), with all earnestness and obeisance, "I don't think of poetry as being futile or masochistic, I think it's pretty badass to be a poet in today's world." Paris, LA... available only at the finest retailers... oui, oui...

Monday, August 03, 2009

The Big T.N.T. Show

I went to a rare screening of The Big T.N.T. Show this past Friday at the Egyptian Theatre, presented by Rochelle Spector (eek, Phil's wife!).... It was a sight to see....

The most amazing thing was seeing Tina in her prime:

But I think The T.A.M.I. Show is still superior:

I know my blog is just a bunch of youtube music video these days... Don't fret, there's going to be a juicy post coming this week! Eek!