Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Two Kinds of Light

Tremendous Family Show in Austin

Their blog is here.

Paul Moakley in NYT

Paul lives rent free as the resident care taker and curator of the Alice Austen House, a museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of one of the pioneers of American Photography on Staten Island.

In NYT Habitats.

A charming story about a charming fellow.

via Rachel Hulin.

See the Black Friday Pictures

Oddly, they did not provide captions nor credits.
This picture was made by Ben Ruggiero.

See the rest here.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Weekly Picture 173

Rabbits Are Back, Austin, TX, 12.08.2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream

by Cory Arangel live @ Kunsthaus Graz, Austria, June 5th, 2009.

by John Denver On April 24, 1971, at a peace march in Washington DC to protest the Vietnam War.

Good Times, America.

From David Lachapelle - Vogue Homme "The Americans"
More pictures and reposted from American Suburb X.


Matthew Hovey Kemp's self produced album, No Clouds, is a lush and ambitious undertaking spanning 12 songs five houses and four states. You can here some of it here. You can purchase the hansomely packaged CD directly from him by dropping him an email at bookofarrows@gmail.com.

Scenes from X-Mas 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Music and Art: Janet Cardiff

The Forty Part Motet, MoMA, NY

I saw this installation at PS1. At PS1 the room was lined with windows and it was lightly snowing outside. Ann and I walked around the space and you could hear each individual voice from each speaker as you passed which of course melded into one beautiful aural and sculptural experience. Sitting on benches at opposite ends of the gallery, we looked up and discovered we were both demurely sobbing. We then immediately burst out laughing at the absurdity and beauty of crying openly in an art exhibition.

More about the artist and piece here.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Deron Bauman is a Contender

I can't believe my eye by Deron Bauman

See Bauman's Hey Hot Shot Blog Shout Out here and his other varied endeavors at Clusterflock and at DeronBauman.com.

The Pressing of Time

Emerald Isle, NC © Sarah Murphy

Sarah Murphy has a new blog.

The Decade of Magical Thinking

If there’s been a consistent narrative to this year and every other in this decade, it’s that most of us, Bernanke included, have been so easily bamboozled. The men who played us for suckers, whether at Citigroup or Fannie Mae, at the White House or Ted Haggard’s megachurch, are the real movers and shakers of this century’s history so far.

Frank Rich breaks it down here via NYT.

Picture from the Studio


Whenever Lucy

tooth rot, stool retention, predisposed children, nipple confusion, belly pain, febrile convulsions, Illo Don't, Poison Control, Whenever Lucy

Are all key phrases to a parenting book we own, but rarely consult.

Weekly Picture 172

Barton Creek Sun Bather, Austin,TX 12.16.2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Weekly Picture 171

Stage of the Winter King, Austin, TX 12.16.2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Best Buy

Spring, TX, 11.6.2009

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Closing Reception for Art Palace

Last Day of Art Palace in Austin
will be Sunday, December 6th at 2pm-6pm
Art Palace - 2109 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX

Come by and see me and the show!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Weekly Picture 170

Mae Rolling Downhill, Austin, TX 11.28.2009

johnboy "fan" video

My friend Dave Jones pointed out this video made by drewgordon of one of my old band's songs. I enjoyed it very much.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Weekly Picture 169

The Jeff Wall, Studio Installation Shot, 11.24.2009

When Black Friday Comes. . .

A Nationwide Call: You Photograph Black Friday, We Exhibit Your Pictures

A jury of internet photography superstars including Amy Stein, John Saponara, Jake Stangel, Jörg Colberg, Stephen Frailey, Brian Ulrich, and Jon Feinstein wants to see and show your images of Black Friday.

Find out more here.
via Amy Stein.

Send your Cyber Monday Pictures to me.

Cue Steely Dan.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Weekly Picture 168

Pile, Austin, TX 10.13.2009


Major Brand Gas, Austin, TX 11.15.2009

Ben Ruggiero in the Studio, Austin, TX 11.15.2009

East Austin Studio Tour:

Lots of great conversations over the weekend in the studio. Didn't see much of my peers work, saw Ben's a lot whom I share the studio with. This year the tour is spread out over two weekends, which I am not sure is such a great idea. I will reserve judgment until after next week, but I am pretty spent and it is only half way over.

Slide Luck Pot Show Austin

Slideluck Potshow is a New York City-based, non-profit arts organization that provides an opportunity for artists and arts-appreciators to gather around food, friends, and artwork for an unforgettable night. This event, which began in a Seattle backyard eight years ago and regularly draws crowds of a thousand people in NYC, returns to Austin for the second year. Last year's event drew 400+ attendees.

Event Date: Saturday, November 21st
Time: 7pm - potluck dinner and socializing | 9pm - Slide show begins | After party to follow
Where: Shangra-La | 1016 E. 6th Street | Austin, Texas
RSVP here.

Lauren Greenfield to Speak in Austin November 20

Lindsey at a Fourth of July party three days after her surgery, Calabas photo by Lauren Greenfield

Austin Center of Photography
presents Lauren Greenfield as the third installment of their Icons Series.

Friday, November 20, 7pm - An Evening with Lauren Greenfield

The Icons of Photography No.4 lecture brings Lauren Greenfield to Austin. Once again to be held in the Blanton Museum of Art Auditorium.

Photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield has garnered critical acclaim documenting modern youth culture, examining pervasive phenomena from eating disorders and the obsession with body image, to the extreme effects of consumerism. Author of the groundbreaking books Fast Forward, Girl Culture, and Thin, Greenfield was named by American Photo as one of the 25 most influential photographers working today. Her work appears regularly in The New York Times Magazine, Sunday Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek and Fortune, and is in many museum collections including the Getty , the Los Angeles County Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Greenfield directed and produced her first feature-length film, THIN (HBO, 2006), about the treatment of eating disorders. THIN premiered at Sundance, won Best Documentary at the London International Film Festival, and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Direction. Her new film, kids + money (HBO, 2008), was selected for Sundance, and won numerous international awards.

General Admission $10 & Students/Seniors/Military $5 in advance.
Advance ticket sales and member's RSVP open November 1st.

Buy Tickets here.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Birds of Sealy, Texas


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Weekly Picture 167

Camouflage, Highway 71, TX, 11.05.2009

Perspectives 168: Anna Krachey, Jessica Mallios, and Adam Schreiber

Jessica Mallios Being Interviewed

Man Caught Between Two Pictures by Jessica Mallios

Adam Schreiber Being Interviewed

On view: November 06, 2009 – February 07, 2010

This show is really really amazing at the CAM in Houston.

Donut 168

Old Fashioned, Donut 168, Spring TX, 11.6.2009

I am no numerologist, but it is kind of weird that the show in Houston was Perspective 168, I ate this donut at a shop called Donut 168, and this weeks picture is #167, but really should be 168 because I skipped a week.

Donut 168 is not named for its address, but because 168 is a lucky number. I was in Donut 168 placing a call to Triple A for a tow truck because my car overheated again. This unexpectedly keept me in Spring another day. My trouble was caused by a $2 hose.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Group Show at Art Palace

I am also excited to be currently included in the last show at Art Palace in Austin before it moves to Houston in January.

Closing Reception information will be forthcoming.

Tiny Vices

I am very excited to be included on the new Tiny Vices website.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tell me everything, as you remember it.

Bas Jan Ader, I'm Too Sad To Tell You, 1971, 16mm, 4 min 34 sec © Mary Sue Ader-Andersen

David Horvitz, Rarely Seen Bas Jan Ader Film, 2006, Black and White Lost Film Footage, Looped Film, Courtesy of the Artist

These works on view at the CRL in an exhibition entitled, Tell Me Everything, As You Remember It, curated by Leona Scull-Hons.

See a screening of Here Is Always Somewhere Else, the critically acclaimed documentary about enigmatic Dutch/Californian artist Bas Jan Ader (1942-1975), whose daring conceptual performances culminated in his mysterious disappearance at sea, Thursday, October 29, 7:00-9:00PM at the CRL.

Weekly Picture 166

Soft Drinks, Jack in the Box, Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 10.13.2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Vivian Maier

Photographs by Vivian Maier, (1926-2009). John Maloof purchased a collection of 40,000 negatives at a furniture and antique auction.
Here is his blog of her photographs. Via Kottke.

Weekly Picture 165

Mum, Spring High School Reunion, Spring, TX 10.09.2009

Friday, October 2, 2009

Frog Calls

Frog Calls from Shannon Spurgeon on Vimeo.

Video by Barry Stone, Commissioned for GulfofMexico.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

These Americans; Trajan Drive Collection: 1953 - 1956

These Americans is a new website that features collections vernacular photographs from the fine folks at American Suburb X.

Why are anonymous snapshots so interesting? Is it because of the fragmentary histories they offer of other's lives? What can we learn from these staccato glimpses? We can dip into the lives of others without the messiness of physical proximity and within the safety that distance of history provides.

Is it the seemingly endless varieties of new visual languages that seem to be invented by those unencumbered by convention, theory, and the discourse of photography? I think it is this reprieve from context that intrigues me most. No matter what box you rifle through at the flea market, you are virtually guaranteed to find something surprising, and uncommonly beautiful even amongst the most seemingly pedestrian of collections. I also love the plethora of subjects and random juxtapositions one creates as we pull photographs one by one from an old dusty box of prints or slides. In the future will subsequent generations be culling photographs from grandma's dusty hard drive? I hope that they will be able to open those antiquated files.

When looking at collections of vernacular images at the flea market or garage sales, one sees images largely unedited. This was special gift of traditional drug store prints, one would print the entire roll, and usually keep all the images. The images that didn't make it into the album are filed away in the box, and here to the connoisseur is where the real gems reside. These images where accidents and awkward poses mirror languages explored by contemporary practitioners. At These Americans.com we see a curated look at those images that did not necessarily make into the family album. Despite their intention (or lack there of), these photographs exhibit a resonance with contemporary practices. Whose history then are we then witnessing? Is it a glimpse into American Family life or a series of aesthetic coincidences assembled by someone will versed and rehearsed in pictorial convention, theory, and photographic discourse? Does curation make the images more interesting or kill it for you?