Friday, February 27, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
It is not the literal world we envision through the artist’s eyes or lens, but what we experience through his introspective mind. He transports us to a realm of contrasts which lie between definition and uncertainty; past and present; reality and the imaginary; even life and death. In his work these opposites coexist in a paranormal state as we are transported to a limbo where the unreal becomes real, the subliminal becomes obvious and audio disturbance becomes ambient sound. In this semi-conscious disconnect he imposes; the amorphous becomes a crystal clear tranquil reality.
Monday, February 16, 2009
discovered one of the city’s Fine Art treasures:
339 South 21st Street
Martin McNamara is director and part owner of Gallery 339,
Philadelphia's only art gallery dedicated to photography.
Mr. McNamara began developing the business five years ago,
and the gallery opened with its first exhibition in April 2005. The focus of the gallery is
contemporary photography, exhibiting a mix of local work as well as photography from around the world. McNamara's interest in photography developed as a collector and he is not partial to one specific area of photography.
Now exhibiting “Extended Views”
An exhibit of recent panoramic landscape photography by
Tetsugo Hyakutake and Daniel Lobdell.
Both artists, although working in a panoramic format,
embody a unique language of their own while examining
our historical and cultural relationship to the urban landscape.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Brian Eno Interview Part 2 - 77 Million Paintings
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Melancholia: James Elaine and William Basinski
William Basinski is a classically trained musician and composer who has been working in experimental media for over 25 years in NYC. His haunting and melancholy soundscapes explore the temporal nature of liferesounding with the reverberations of memory and the mystery of time. His epic 4-disc masterwork, TheDisintegration Loops received international critical acclaim and was chosen as one of the top 50 albums of2004 by Pitchfork Media. Art Forum selected The River, his transcendental 2-disc shortwave music experimenton Raster-Noton, Germany as one of the top ten albumsof 2003. Installations and films made in collaboration with artist-filmmaker, James Elaine have been presented internationally, most recently at Cite de la Musique, Paris, and REDCAT at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles for The Museum of Contemporary Art’s VISUAL MUSIC Exhibition. Basinski’s new album,the Garden of Brokenness, was released in January 2006 on 2062/USA and is distributed internationally. Listen to William Basinski and similar artists here.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
David M. Mitchell: Fate
Jane Martin: Shelter-Sky
Publication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press
Dec 15, 08 3:11 PM
In her current exhibition (it is now closed) at Guild Hall in East Hampton, “Reckoning and Rapture,” Jane Martin is showing works conjuring intriguingly ambiguous narratives brimming with sensuality and an understated yet powerfully emotional psychological tension.
The exhibition is particularly interesting in its demonstration that these effects are perceived less by the viewer’s eyes and more through the emotions, reflecting, as the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung once wrote, that one should never “pretend to understand the world only by the intellect, we apprehend it just as much by feeling.”
This dichotomy reaches an apogee of sorts in the nine-panel “Inward Appearances” (video stills, archival pigment prints, resin, mixed media on wood panels, 2008) in which the grid of abstracted photographs offers a psychological narrative that is contemplatively disrupted, like fragments of memories that may pertain to a specific moment, even though their meaning changes depending on the order in which one confronts them.
Detail (section) from my latest Topographic Tiling Series of 12x12 inch pieces are intended to wall mount intuitively in accordance with the particular environment.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Calvin Klein's house on the beach in Southampton may get the wrecking ball. This former Dupont estate, once a stately summer retreat of classic Georgian architecture akin to Winterthur became this monster of a house which should house a bat cave but instead an aquarium large enough for a whale is on the lower level. Read more about this in the current news here and a 1984 NY Times related article.