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April 18, 2008

a tiny dream dashed

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On the University of Washington campus grounds, there is a work of art known as "The Department of Forensic Morphology Annex". The work basically looks like a large sheet metal igloo, and where an entryway would be, there is a complex latticework skeleton of interlocking circles. Through these holes, semi-retarded university students toss empty bottles of Mountain Dew and discarded roaches.

I've always loved the work, and one day, while bored and stoned, walking around with Jessetastic, I began hitting the sculpture with the palm of my hand. It made a variety of sounds, and before long I was feverishly playing a little musical composition with my heels and hands.

I got a little dream in my heart that I would invite people I knew in the spring, and play a whole concert at the piece, and it never left me. I didn't know the name of the piece and couldn't find it mentioned on any description of the campus' public art.

Eventually I contacted the campus and found Kurt Kiefer, the director of public art on campus, and he was incredibly nice. I put together a letter for Kurt. Sadly, I got the following response:

Hi Daniel,

Well, it appears that Cris Bruch is very much opposed to this because of the possibility of damage to the work. I think I need to go with his wishes and not allow the concert. Thanks for asking.

Kurt

Well... I guess that's it then. I'm glad I followed up on it to the hilt, and found out.

March 19, 2003

tinyblog art exhibition

I met Ian Ferger and Maria Medina when I was working at LXIS Networks.

Ian seemed like an all-around troublesome rascal, so I was surprised the first time I was exposed to his artwork. Usually this consists of extremely large format collages on cardboard and a lot of shellac. His themes are often of advertising and information management, but he has a style that takes itself a little less painfully seriously than, say, Adbusters.

I first saw Maria's art more recently, when I saw this piece as she was working on it:

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I was impressed and asked her if I could feature the pieces of that series on the tinyblog.

She told me that Ian and her had a show at the Bellevue City Hall (Bellevue is the largerst suburb of Seattle). When the pieces were finished, she sent me a few images.

Here are my favorites (click the image detail for a pop-up of the full image):

Maria Medina

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Ian Ferger

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Thank you to Ian and Maria for letting me show their work on the tinyblog and a shout out to the very cool arts organization they're involved with: What Is Art.

March 9, 2003

the plesenarch

First there was the Peace Arch. Then there was the Peas Arch. Now comes the Plesenarch, by Rowan 'Fuzzball' Sodenkamp.

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A brief interview with the artist.

Tinyblog: I'm sure my readers will want to know...what exactly is the plesenarch?

Rowan: It's just something I made up.

Tinyblog: And what does "rook:" mean?

Rowan: It means "look". Rook means look, and plesenarch means Peas Arch...it's like it's in a different language.

Tinyblog: What is being depicted here?

Rowan: It's a race. The she's the girl in the middle, and the other two people are people racing her. At the end is the trophy.

Tinyblog: Why is it in another language? Is it in another country or on another planet?

Rowan: It's on another planet that's in my imagination.

Tinyblog: Why is there a race going on underneath the plesenarch?

Rowan: it was a very bright and sunny day, and there are two suns on this planet, so they were having a race. After they do this race, then they do a bicycle race. The bicycle race actually goes through the Peas Arch.

August 21, 2002

dhtml art installation

My fellow LXIS man Joe just put up a small installation of his experimental DHTML art, cirrusa. It's elegant and simple and looks pretty.

One of my favorite pieces:
Los Amigos Invisibles

August 15, 2002

drawn

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It interesting what you find when you clean. Rzan did this only a few months ago.

September 3, 2001

I feel you, Bas Jan Ader

Bas Jan Ader

I'm Too Sad To Tell You
Bas Jan Ader, 1970
Postcard
Some things just cannot be blogged.

August 19, 2001

futurismo

futurismo

Abstract Speed
Giacomo Balla, 1913
Oil on canvas (530x750), Private Collection

"And so, faces smeared with good factory muckóplastered with metallic waste, with senseless sweat, with celestial sootówe, bruised, our arms in slings, but unafraid, declared our high intentions to all the living of the earth:"

From The Manifesto of Futurism.

Futurists...arrogant, sexist, cocky young Italian boys. Incredible painters. Everything is nicked from the Bob Osborn's excellent Futurism site.