Monday, January 28, 2008

Friday, January 25, 2008

Oliver Vernon earned his BFA at Parsons School of Design:

Promised Land

Wanderer II


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Thanks to my brother for sending me this sweet Vampire Weekend video, via the fabulous venue La Blogothèque. As a reminder, their album comes out on Tuesday and it is glorious:

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Bohemian/Czech artist Markus Lüpertz:


Merkur Entwurfsmodell 7

Monday, January 21, 2008

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Today I give you a full lecture by Manuel De Landa about the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. This comes from the European Graduate School, 2007. Here, in a very accessible and enjoyable way, De Landa discusses Deleuze's fascinating work on expressivity and morphogenesis. It is about an hour long, but I can assure you it will be one of the most interesting hours you will ever spend:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Friday, January 18, 2008

L.A. artist Dave Kinsey:


Warborne Blvd.


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Before I get to the "official" post for the day, I wanted to share two things:

1) For the first time in -- I can't remember how long -- the Lakers are actually in first place in the western conference!!!

2) If you aren't familiar with the philosopher Manuel De Landa, you should check him out. I'm about to embark on what sounds to be a wild ride, his book A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History, published in 2000.

Here is a quote from an interview with De Landa, read the full interview here:

"To be blunt, any idea for social intervention based on Marxism will be a failure."

True that, De Landa. True that.

Now then...

Today I give you a short avant-garde film from 1924 called Ballet Mécanique. The music was composed by George Antheil. It was directed by Dudley Murphy and Fernand Léger, with cinematography by Man Ray:

Part One

Part Two

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Erik Wayne Patterson earned his MFA at Parsons School of Design:

To Understand, and Communicate

Nazi Cat Cloverleaf

Cowboy Rabbit Used Car Lot

Monday, January 14, 2008

Portuguese artist Paula Rego:


O Sonho de Amelia (Amelia's Dream)


Sunday, January 13, 2008

Because I'm currently studying the history of avant-garde film, I'll likely be posting some representative examples for your enjoyment and edification. The first is this short film by Joseph Cornell called Rose Hobart.

This film consists of snippets from a Hollywood film called East of Borneo combined with shots from a documentary of an eclipse. Cornell replaced the original motion picture soundtrack with two songs from Nestor Amaral's album called Holiday in Brazil, which he had found at a junk shop.

When he screened the film for the first (and only) time in 1936, at Julian Levy's NYC gallery, he projected it through a piece of blue glass and slowed the speed of projection to that of a silent film. Salvador Dalí was in the audience and as legend has it flipped out and smashed the projector halfway through the screening, shouting, "He has stolen this idea from my subconscious!" Cornell was so embarrassed and hurt that he never again screened his films for the public.

Unfortunately, I just realized that the proprietor of the film has disallowed embedding. Therefore, I will give you a chopped version (below) to whet your whistle, and the links for part one & part two, should you wish to watch the whole thing from start to finish.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Photographer Ann Ploeger earned her BA in film studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln:


Dave & Tiffany


Sean & John

Friday, January 11, 2008

Canadian artist John Hartman:

The Williamsburg Bridge

Boston from Above Copley Square


Thursday, January 10, 2008

British artist Dale Atkinson:


Head of a Man

Maggots Bite

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

British artist Axel Antas:

Cloud Formation Suspended

White Portrait

Structure For Birds (Field)

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Swiss artist Guillaume Reymond directs human performances of video games. Here is his version of TETRIS:

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Tuesday, January 01, 2008