Monday, February 19, 2007

Dog Meat the Press

On Tuesday, Feb 23 at 8 PM the CCCP-SCC and Echo Park Film Center will proudly host the only LA appearance of Kim Yung Soo, President of Kea So Joo, and world-renowned pioneer in western canine culinary arts. "Lot people eat dog...Dog is healthy for you...You make more money, more people happy. You get cleaner air. No burn up dog. No waste dog. People pet no disappear. Everybody happy...Dog no suffer. We have quick death for dog." Please join us for this inspiring and motivational event. 1200 N. Alvarado Street (@ Sunset Blvd), Los Angeles, CA 90026

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Layered Uncanny Surveilance

Made the scene at Diana Zlotnick's salon-thang last night, where Christian Cummings and Michael "Eckerat" channeled offbeat tee-shirt designs with the aid of a ouija board. In this photo, the spirit of Brice Foreskin is sketching an image of two men joined at the penis, surrounded by the legend "Brothers from Different Mothers" but entitled "Champion Knot Tie." From the background a plate in an early 60's Pop painting by MIA LA artist Michael Oledart gazes in awe. And you thought the Melvins was the place to be!

Friday, February 16, 2007


The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest have just released their first book: FAILURE! Experiments in Aesthetics and Social Practices edited by Nicole Antebi, Colin Dickey, and Robby Herbst. The book includes Cathertine Lord's ruminations on Valerie Solanis, Sarah Lewinson's meditations on the collapse of Lou Gottlieb's Morningstar Ranch commune, and much more. My piece is called "St Sebastian Tom Sawyer Cathy Mishima Expo 67: Fragments from a Failed Exegesis of a Failed Exhibition about Failure" Here's the front page they couldn't use for the book, and a color detail of "The Guisewite Ambergris" Copies are available at High Energy Constructs as well as direct from the publisher.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Pac o' Family in the Mist

Speaking of Venice, we took my visiting family there the other night when is was all foggy -- you couldn't see 30 feet and there was no one else around. Very spooky. Here's what the marine layer looks like when you flash it.

Manifest Destiny Ends Here

I'm finally back in the WEEKLY with a review of the Hammer's retrospective of Vija Celmins'drawings. If you're in LA check it out. Here's one of her drawings of my favorite view of LA -- looking west from Venice! There's something haywire with the WEEKLY's server, so I'm going to post the article's text in the comments section.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Balancing Monster from the Past

My solo show has been drawing some odd birds out of the woodwork. I received some mysterious email containing a mail art comic strip I did when I was 12 or 13 (of which I have no copy) with my face photoshopped onto one of the characters and no further information. The weirdest thing is that it was this comic I would mail out at random with a sparkler enclosed, and the picture of me is from the opening of the solo show, when FIREWORKS played. In its listing, the LA WEEKLY misunderstood and said we'd be setting off actual fireworks, so we were actually trying to acquire sparklers for the band throughout the day just in case anyone was coming specifically for the pyrotechnics. Anyway, after several exchanges and some reverse engineering of anagrams I finally figured out my stalker's ID. THERE IS NO WAY THIS INDIVIDUAL COULD POSSIBLY HAVE KNOWN OF THIS SPARKLER CONNECTION! Mere coincidence? The comic is too embarassingly derivative to share, but here's an awesome mystery image that was included in the most recent communique.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

The Ghost of Joe Meek?

Thanks to Benji C for this remarkable photo apparently showing a manifestation of what could be the spirit of English record producer Joe Meek during the "The Day The Music Died" performance at High Energy Constructs, which took place on the 48th anniversary of Buddy Holly's death, which -- not coincidentally -- is the 40th anniversary of Meek's suicide.

UPDATE! Please see comment section

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Sarah Bubbles

Here's my niece Sarah, down from Calgary for Disneyland and related phenomena with her elderly brother Jack and even more elderly mother Margie. Her interests include hockey, soccer, surfing, other sports, video games, anime, manga, toys, and ice cream. She thinks this other picture is better, so I'll put it up as well.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Nigel Bubbles

OK I'll get back to my writing chores now.

The Day the Music Died

Well, that was pretty awesome. Especially considering we'd never played together before. Unfortunately the telephone link to Canada went south about halfway through.

I was trying out this cheap digital voice recorder (Olympus DS-2) for documenting audio. Sounds OK to me, though I realize that's not saying much. Anyway, I've uploaded mp3s of the performance in a zip compressed folder here.

Thanks to guest soloists Steve Roden, Dani Tull, & Rick Potts
Mannlicher Carcano LA: Really Happening, Herr Schurdt, Bonnje Pjarker, Cocoa Puph, Christ's Cumming II
Mannlicher Carcano proper: Gogo Godot, Porter Hall
Psychedelic lightshow extravaganza by Robbie Herbst and Karl Erickson

Nigel got some traumatic shmutz embedded in his cornea, so he's been coned for a few weeks.

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Thought Bubble

I've been too busy to post images from my show, but here are a couple of shots finally. One is the always amazing Wounded Lion , pictured are Brad Eberhart and the brothers Kalendarian rocking out at the vernissage. The other shot is the gallery's front window, showing the light sculpture "What's on a Wizard's Mind" 2007

Tonight at High Energy Constructs: “The Day The Music Died”
Saturday, February 3, 2007
$5 at the door

As part of Doug Harvey’s exhibition Great Expectorations, HIGH ENERGY CONSTRUCTS presents an evening of serendipitous interplay featuring:

Psychedelic Light Swirls by Sly Robby and the Karl Stone

Experimental musical compositions by Mannlicher Carcano with Rick Potts and Steve Roden

Sound and performance by Dani Tull

ALSO, there will be a debut screening of the pilot episode of LESS ART VIDEO ZINE, a cable access movement created by Doug Harvey and Lee Lynch, featuring a live performance by recently disbanded indie icons DEAD MOON, a profile of 6-yr-old painting prodigy Marla Olmstead, a video by Brian Bress, and much more!!!