Haven’t you always wanted to walk on water?

Haven’t you always want­ed to walk on water?

I have admired Maya Lin’s work for two decades. The thought­ful­ness, the scale, and the amaz­ing bal­ance of the dis­ci­pline of archi­tec­ture and the emo­tion­al vocab­u­lary are con­trolled yet cre­ate both vis­cer­al reac­tions that then trig­ger intel­lec­tu­al responses.
Her inves­ti­ga­tion of water/waves and their dis­tinct states have cre­at­ed inter­nal con­ver­sa­tions that have man­i­fest them­selves in my hiero­glyph­ics that have come after Egypt­ian Waters.

I dream of walk­ing on the waters, float­ing in the space between the waves.

Now I will make the equiv­a­lent of a pil­grim­age to the Wave Field at Storm King. I will walk on the waves, I will lie and stand between the waves unable to see beyond the lead wave or the fol­low­ing one. I will pho­to­graph my point of view. I will cap­ture video of the chang­ing light. I will stand on the waters sus­pend­ed in time.

THE ARTIST : Maya Lin
THE SPACE : Storm King
EXHIBITION : Wave Field

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Hulu for the iPhone

Hulu -coming for the iPhone

Rumor has it an app is com­ing to the iPhone that Hulu junkies will be thrilled about. I watch a lit­tle hulu here and there. I’m usu­al­ly unim­pressed. I don’t watch tv and don’t real­ly appre­ci­ate the sto­ry for­mat. But, hulu has a ter­rif­ic inter­ac­tion mod­el and with lim­it­ed titles to view; the selec­tion inter­face remains simple.

I watch much more video than I thought I would on the iPhone. I’m always check­ing out what’s on YouTube and it’s great to have a video for­mat that isn’t an immer­sion at times. Can’t wait to test the iPhone and hulu. Let’s see if the app can be as approach­able as hulu in the browser.

The iPhone plat­form con­tin­ues to grow with each new dis­tri­b­u­tion method that develops.

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Democratic Camera a retrospective.

William Eggle­ston : Demo­c­ra­t­ic Camera
Pho­tographs and Video
1961 — 2008

I missed this ret­ro­spec­tive. I miss lots of exhi­bi­tions actu­al­ly. I think that is part­ly about being focused on mak­ing time to make my art. Not an excuse. Just a thought. I was point­ed to an online post by @barbaralevine.

It con­tained this first video from the son’s point of view. A mov­ing rec­ol­lec­tion of how mak­ing art is such an every­day expe­ri­ence and how his expo­sure to the mak­ing of art, the expe­ri­ence of a life­long rit­u­al of mak­ing pic­tures, cre­at­ed a dia­logue that fills the pic­tures with approach­able words. The sec­ond video is a con­ver­sa­tion with the artist.

Thank you to Barabara for her tweet and thank you to the Whit­ney for such a thought­ful pre­sen­ta­tion on the web. Vis­it the mini site, although these are very thought­ful con­ver­sa­tions there is some­thing about look­ing at the pic­tures still and silent.

He didn’t mean for any of his pic­tures to make any kind of state­ment. They just are what they are and how he’d like them to look I guess.” 

Win­ston Eggleston

I had this notion of what I called a demo­c­ra­t­ic way of look­ing around: that noth­ing was more impor­tant or less important.” 

William Eggle­ston

The ret­ro­spect mini website:
http://whitney.org/www/eggleston/

Blog site from the tweet:
http://www.aphotoeditor.com

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Exquisite letterpress, Igor Kopelnitsky and ME.

Card Shop | Sparked.png

I knew it, some­one would notice this amaz­ing project by Exquis­ite Let­ter­press, the shop of my long­time co-con­spir­a­tor Peter Fra­ter­deus. Peter and I have known each oth­er since the begin­ning of time. From his Mice­type newslet­ters in the ear­ly days of laser print­ing Post­script™ tech­nolo­gies, first third par­ty type house to cre­ate mul­ti­ple mas­ter fonts, the first online com­mu­ni­ty for design­ers designon­line, first AIGA com­mu­ni­ty online, and his Alpha­bets foundry — we have exper­i­ment­ed with offline and online tech­nolo­gies together.

Ya need to go over and BUY a pack of these cards or bet­ter yet print a set of your own design. These are lus­cious. Amaz­ing amounts of ink cov­er­age on cot­ton paper. Pleeze! Show some love for letterpress.

from Crane Paper’s blog : 
Geof­fry said the art card series offers eight humor­ous orig­i­nal designs print­ed by Peter Fraderdeus of Exquis­ite Let­ter­press on Crane’s Let­tra paper. “Each design is a unique and amus­ing com­men­tary on issues rang­ing from ener­gy inde­pen­dence to the evo­lu­tion debate,” said Geof­fry. Themes and titles include Play Date with the Dev­il, Bright Idea, Heavy Thoughts, Don’t be Shy, Bal­anc­ing Act, Peace Out, Drill Baby Drill, and So Evolved.

Big kudos to Peter! Now he can get ready for our Spring Fling an all-out sprint to print a set of my ink draw­ings, egypt­ian waters as a full­size lim­it­ed edi­tion and a set of blank note­cards. I think he can han­dle it. 

We’re plan­ning an open house event around the print­ing of these draw­ings. Details to come.

Please note trade­marks on Mice­type, Post­script, designon­line, Alpha­bets and any oth­ers we may have for­got­ten to mention.

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A grocery list forever: The beauty of everyday things.

On Thurs­day April 2nd I saw this tweet:

The Gro­cery List Col­lec­tion http://www.grocerylists.org/lists/100/

Instant­ly I thought of the gro­cery list I had used for years. It was in a sketch­book that I had ulti­mate­ly filled. (I don’t fill them all.) I then tore the list gen­tly from the book and used a paper­clip to keep it attached to the next book. I did this repeat­ed times. I try to recall which book it may be clipped to now. I haven’t seen it since the last move; that was when I moved my art stu­dio out of the liv­ing space.

I was hop­ing to scan or pho­to­graph the list for this post. I thought I could put my hands on it eas­i­ly. Then I hesitated. 

I don’t know where the list is.

I’m try­ing to recall what it looked like now, com­par­ing it to the images I saw at the link above. But my list was­n’t like these lists at all. My print­ing is dis­ci­plined from many years of design and draft­ing. I write straight and even on unlined paper. I use a foun­tain pen which leaves the tell­tale pud­dles based upon the speed in which one writes the stroke. It was on a piece of paper which bare­ly showed the wear.

The orga­ni­za­tion of the items had been typ­i­cal for me. Dairy togeth­er, fruits, veg­eta­bles, fish, yum­my spices, cheeses, bread. It was ordered by my ser­pen­tine route through the isles. Items grouped geo­graph­i­cal­ly, cre­at­ing their own spe­cial car­to­graph­ic experience.

I can see the map in my minds eye now. The small dots next to the objects the cor­re­spond­ed to the items in the cart.

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