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mini-JOWAI Volume 2 Call For Entries

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[mini] JOWAI* is a free, pocket-size publication of Outside Circle Collective showcasing the work of creative individuals.  It is made available to the worldwide public through generous people like yourself who print the journal from the internet and place it on their favorite public countertops and information racks.  [mini] JOWAI seeks submissions for Volume 2, which will be published mid-summer 2005.

Want to see your creative work published?  Send your stories, poems, essays, musings, graphics, paintings, photos, drawings, etc. to JOWAI for the next issue!

  • entries should be sent to outsidecircle@gmail.com
  • registered OCC membership is encouraged (it's FREE, after all, and we'll be promoting your creative efforts for free, as well).  Register at http://spaces.outsidecircle.com .
  • entries should be text (.txt) files for poetry or prose, TIFF (.tif) files (or high-quality .jpegs) for artwork or photography. 
  • All images should be at least 200 dpi.
  • entries should be suitable for black-and-white reproduction
  • additional instructions should accompany the artwork or text in an attached e-mail
  • please include your full name, geographic location, and e-mail address
  • you will retain full copyright of all your work
  • deadline for submissions is June 15, 2005

Artists and writers featured in the premier issue of [mini] JOWAI included:  Jan Fox, Julia Yezbick, Peter Richards, Scott McLaughlin, Tim Lane, Travis Pickard, Joe Scott, Antonio Zirion, Jeremy Couillard, Rebecca Gaydos, and Kristen Kaszeta.  Layout and design by Ben Gaydos.  Download it here.

* JOWAI = Journal of Words and Images.  A full-size, full color limited edition of 2003's premier issue featuring additional artists and writers is available for $20 U.S. funds.





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  • the deadline for submissions has been extended to June 15, 2005.
    - [stargrazer]

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Matt Cygnet and Jeni Mc at Spiderhouse

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Reprinted from Lansing Noise:
The image “http://pics.livejournal.com/orsi/pic/00004qe6” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Mother Road and Gold by Matt CygnetAgreed; It's Obsessive and Sloppy
"Agreed; It's Obsessive and Sloppy" Featuring the work of Matt Cygnet and Jeni Mc

Spiderhouse Gallery premieres the work of artist Jeni Mc this month and sculptor Matt Cygnet, whose plaster casts have previously been displayed in the Lansing Art Gallery.
The show features 3-D sculpture and 2-D paintings composed of spray paint, cement, Goo Gone, plaster, Windex and oddly enough, whiskey.

• Opening reception 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, April 1.
• 10 to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Runs through May 1.
• 515 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing.
• Call 346-7620

Spider has been a tireless advocate of young artists in Lansing.  Both Matt and Jeni produce amazing work!  Obsessive?  Yes, in all the right ways.  Sloppy?  Maybe in a self-effacing way; but ultimately compelling, provocative and full of visual delicacies.  Please flock to this show in droves -- Jeni and Matt do not disappoint.
-- Peter




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  • OK, I belatedly updated this post with images and corrected my mispelling of Jen...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Part II of Matt and Jeni's show opens this Friday night (May 13) at 7:00. Be th...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Animations to While Away Your Day

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Here is a collaborative animation sent to me by Chad Halsey of the political/cultural blog Shet Quaker.  Reminded me a bit of the Eames' "Powers of Ten," but from a surrealist/fantasy angle:

http://www.eviltree.de/zoomquilt/zoom.htm

Here is a musical/visual one based on Coltrane sent to me by my girl Natalie, called "Giant Steps":

http://michalevy.com/gs_download.html


Enjoy!


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  • Those are two very cool sites. I may have liked Michal's more - probably because...more
    - [name not provided]
  • i also dug mr. levy's film a lot! great find. hope you don't mind, peter- i adde...more
    - [ben]
  • Thanks for adding the taster palette of images, Ben.
    - [stargrazer]

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Using a Cornfield as a Canvas for Public and Urban Art

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In a post "The Gates" world:
An artist plans to sow seeds of revitalization at a blighted 32-acre plot between Chinatown and Lincoln Heights in Los Angeles. "I'm really fascinated by past industrial sites and how they're redeemed," artist Lauren Bon said. "The idea is not just to make a place pretty, but to make it healthy again."


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damn, these movies are so fresh.... snnaaapp!

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1, 2... 3.
these glorious revamped g.i. joe public service announcements (remember, learning is half the battle) have been massaging my body with porkchop flavored comedy for for over a year, culminating in a blissfull, albeit over-saturated, weekend of cartoon-quoting in berlin and well uh...you have to see 'em for yourself. and don't worry, even artforum gave their approval.

****Achtung! Diese Filme ist nicht Jugendfrei!****



the greatest hits:

  

 

 
the maker of these gems, eric fensler, has already been sent a cease and decist letter from hasbro, inc. (owners of the g.i.joe logo). i don't think hese beauties will be around for much longer.

get 'em while they're hot.

1.
body massage
A massage of the body.
Kid #1: "Oh man, check out that thing, man."
Kid #2: "Whaddaya wanna do with it?"
Kid #1: "Let's launch over it!"
(A Jeep pulls up)
G.I. Joe: "Who wants a body massage?" *hums to himself*
Kid #2: "Uh, what did he just say to us?"
G.I. Joe: "Oooh... Mr. Body Massage Machine GO!"
Kid #2: "Uhhhhhh... what the Hell?"
G.I. Joe: "Body massage."



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  • sniggity-snap!
    - [Ande]
  • heck yes im so glad others love these too! holy cow im totally going so fast!
    - [kerryjo]
  • "last one to the pond is a penis- pump!"
    - [pax]
  • Good to see that Doc, Snowjob, Gung Ho, Spirit Iron-Knife and Roadblock have gro...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Get A Haircut, See Some Art

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Beginning on their one-year anniversary as a business, The Paradise Beauty Salon & Art Gallery (2008 E Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48912, phone 517-367-2206) will feature paintings and prints by Andrea Eckert and Peter Richards.  The salon's bright pink walls should provide an arresting backdrop for Andrea's naturalistic, gestural abstractions and Peter's tectonic surfaces and architectural studies.

The Anniversary Party is March 20, starting at 3 o'clock.  Not sure if it is open to the public, but stop by anyway -- I'm sure Carmen Paradise (singer/songwriter, bassist for Calliope, 1/2 of the alluring Psyche's Sister and 1/4 of the upbeat pop combo The Good Mornings) won't turn you away!  I'm told that the ceiling of the salon will be flooded with balloons.

Carmen's beauty salon (right nextdoor to Magdalena's Teahouse) opened up one year ago and provides a full range of haircutting and beauty services.  I usually get a scalp massage with my haircut!  Carmen has opened up her walls to local artists, and Andrea and I are excited and honored to be featured there.

pictured:  "Muromachi Martini", oil, sumi ink, & linseed on canvas 70"x57"",
               by Andrea Eckert
              "Relic (Loading Dock)", oil on canvas 16"x20",
               by Peter Richards


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  • what a great show. and to think all this time i could have been getting my hair...more
    - [Ande]
  • Many thanks to the stylists -- Carmen, Erin and Beth -- for all the effort they...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Andrea sold one of her paintings! She also has five pieces in a show with Travi...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Found!

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(SCENE) Metrospace in partnership with Found Magazine announces the opening of its newest exhibition, "FOUND!" which will be unveiled on Wednesday, March 30.  "FOUND!" explores the recovery and reuse of objects that have been lost, misplaced, discarded or left behind.

Local and national artists participating in "FOUND!" use found materials in unique ways to construct their artwork.  Los Angeles native Kelly Lynn Jones uses fabric and collage to create illustrations.  Scott Hocking of Detroit created his art piece using recovered negatives that he found in an abandoned house.  Ann Arbor based Davy Rothbart and Found Magazine have become an international phenomenon over the past year. Rothbart will share numerous amazing finds that strangers have sent in from across the globe. Doug Coombe of Ann Arbor will use photographs of abandoned warehouses and buildings in Detroit, evoking the beauty found in destruction.  The Portland, Ore. based Suite B Artist Collective employed a search, recovery, and create cycle to make art through found images and objects.  The Suite B members participating in "FOUND!" Include East Lansing natives Jen Kruch and Josh Kermiet, as well as Oregon's James Boulton, and Corey Lunn. 

Click
here to visit (SCENE) Metrospace.
Click here to visit Found Magazine.




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  • did anyone ever see a copy of "Dirty Found?"
    - [stargrazer]
  • Davy Rothbart willl also be doing a performance (?) at the Ann Arbor Film Festiv...more
    - [pax]

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logo graveyard.

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BP 'Shield' Gateway 'Cow-Spotted Box' NASA 'Worm' USSR 'Hammer and Sickle'

a commemoration of logos withdrawn from the ocular landscape.

+ + + logo r.i.p. + + +


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  • may the gateway cow box forever rest in peace. moooooooooo!
    - [Ande]

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International ArtExpo

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International ArtExpo
I've been getting emails (spam?) from the following organization... they sound quite interesting though, especially how they formed.

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International ArtExpo<<

ArtExpo is an international art event. Its object is to use new technologies to globalize the language of art, to connect the conceptual points of contact of artists working in every part of the world, all united in the thick plot of the world net.

Does this sound familiar?

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A group of artists called ArtExpo is formed on the internet. 23 artists decide to change the way they work. They decide to be independent.  ArtExpo is set up as an itinerant encounter. No headquarters, no fixed address, no bonds. <<

It's worthwhile checking their events and call for entries periodically. This might be something OCC would want to be involved in, especially because of the similar foundation of both groups.

Visit the website.



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  • Perhaps they can be assimilated...
    - [stargrazer]

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Tim Lane Solos in Saginaw

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Lansing artist and poet Tim Lane was awarded Best in Show for his painting "I Was Dying Right in Front of Them but They Couldn't Tear Their Eyes from the Television," at last year's All-Michigan show at Saginaw Township Hall.  This month, Tim's work will be featured in a solo exhibition at the same venue.  Congratulations to Tim on this achievement.  Here's the show info:

Saginaw Township Hall                      
4980 Shattuck Rd.                              
Saginaw, MI 48603

dates:    now until april 11th
                           
info:      989 791 9800

[shown:  Tim Lane, Add to Favorites (Book Mark This), 2005, mixed media on canvas]



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  • wow! way to go Tim!! congrats!
    - [pax]

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a small light

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 Nick Gaydos created a splendid website for the film, a small light, by OCC member, Julia Yebick. A streaming version of the film can be viewed their in it's entirety (and in pretty darn good resolution, as well). The film can also be seen on the big screen at the East Lansing Film Festival (March 30 - April 3) and the Hearts and Minds Film Festival (March 2 - 6).

The film synopis can be read below:

A Hindu sadhu narrates 'a small light,' in which a Catholic nun cares for a group of elderly living out their remaining days at the auspicious site of Pashupathinath temple.

A look at old age, death and dying in a Hindu temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, this documentary is a unique experimental  hybrid of observational cinema and metaphorical narrative.

Exploring cross-religious views on death and karma, 'a small light' follows the daily life of a home for the elderly situated along the cremation ghats of Pashupathinath temple.

It speaks of earthly embodiment and the confines and constructs of the mortal body in contrast to the eternal soul. Through the story of the elderly we see the differing views (but at times convergence) of the Eastern and Western religiously devoted.


Click here to visit the website.






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  • thanks ben! i felt like my own self-promotion on OCC for this particular project...more
    - [pax]
  • Congratulations about the ELFF! Oh, and the other festival, too....
    - [stargrazer]
  • thanks peter!
    - [pax]
  • the date/time has been set! my film will be playing at 2pm on Sunday, April 3rd...more
    - [pax]
  • Julia, I received your postcard. Thank you! They look very professional (of co...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Congratulations, Julia, on being awarded the ELFF's "Most Promising Filmmak...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Tim Lane / Travis Pickard at the Majestic

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Lansing area painters Tim Lane and Travis Pickard will be exhibiting artwork at the Majestic Theater's Majestic Cafe in Detroit for the month of February.  There is an opening reception Thursday, February 3, 2005 from 8-11 p.m.

These two artists uniquely compliment eachother.  Pickard's figurative and abstract watercolors and acrylics exude movement, echoing the motions of creation.  Lane's literate, iconic canvases burst with dynamic color and percolate with coded messages.

Pictured:  My Calling Card (acrylic on board) by Tim Lane; Flat Land Candy (watercolor) by Travis Pickard


Here's where to be:

Majestic Theatre Center
4120-4140 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI  48201

(the Majestic Cafe is located inside the Majestic Theater)

To see more of the of Travis' work, visit http://secretmuseum.matterwave.net/travis/

To see more of Tim's work, visit http://www.theatticwhichisdesire.com 



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  • The opening was fun, and included lots of familiar faces. The artwork looks gre...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • "Flat Land Candy" has been renamed "Now, Now, Now."
    - [stargrazer]

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Free Legal Services

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This came from Christine Stamas at the Detroit Artists Market:

The Detroit Artists Market (DAM) and ArtServe Michigan's Volunteer Lawyers
for Arts and Culture program have joined together in a major project to
provide free monthly legal services to Detroit area artists. The next Artist
Legal Clinic will be held on Saturday, February 5th from 1 - 3 p.m. at the
DAM gallery located at 4719 Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

The Clinic is an opportunity for artists to seek private consultations on
their arts-related legal issues with one of the volunteer attorneys. After
an initial consultation at the Artists Legal Clinic if it is determined that
the artist has a more in-depth legal issue the artist will be pre-qualified
using the Volunteer Lawyers for Arts and Culture (VLAC) income guidelines
and the case placed with a volunteer attorney.

The ArtServe Volunteer Lawyers for Arts and Culture is a referral service
that provides pro-bono legal assistance to income eligible artists and arts
and cultural organizations. Legal assistance available covers a wide range
of areas including contracts, copyrights, patents, trademarks, acquisition
of business space, real estate, constitutional rights and First Amendments
issues, etc.

For more information, please contact Kim Dabbs, Director of Service Programs
at ArtServe via email at kdabbs@artservemichigan.org or by phone at
248-557-8288x14.



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  • Thanks Christine and Peter! This is great info.
    - [nick]
  • Will anyone in the Detroit area be able to attend? Seems like a good oppoertuni...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i would like to go on Saturday... but am not really sure what questions I should...more
    - [pax]
  • I can't think of specific questions, but I wonder if they could offer advice on...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • sorry guys. i couldn't make it. maybe next month.
    - [pax]

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Masters of Illusion: 150 Years of Trompe l’Oeil in America

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The newest exhibit at Kresge Art Museum in East Lansing, Michigan:

"When translated from French, trompe l’oeil literally means “to fool-the-eye.” Over 45 works of art will be on display and include paintings by the famous 19th century American artists William Michael Harnett and John Frederick Peto.

Some of the contemporary artists include Tom Friedman, Sylvia Mangold, Robert Gober, Vernon Fisher, Alan Magee, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Federico Castelluccio (known for his role as Furio Giunta on HBO’s The Sopranos).

The trompe l’oeil style has existed for centuries, but in the mid-19th century American painters became its foremost practitioners. These painters try to make the images on the canvas seem three-dimensional and to extend into the viewer’s space. They use depth and receding and jutting planes to achieve the illusion. “For some painters, the illusion lies in the details. In Vernon Fisher’s case, it is a small sculpted fly resting on a large abstract canvas,” says April Kingsley, curator of the exhibition."

EXHIBITION: Masters of Illusion: 150 Years of Trompe l’Oeil in America
DATES: January 10 – March 20, 2005
OPENING: Sunday, January 16, 2-5 p.m.
LOCATION: Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.

Of note:
There will be number of lectures related to the exhibit planned including one on January 25th by visiting artist Jonathan Seliger from New York City. The schedule of events is available on their website.


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perverspective- the work or patrick hughes

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the studio of Patrick Hughes
while home in traverse city for the holidays, i went to the local community college's dennos museum.  they had an excellent gallery of the work of patrick hughes.  very interesting work dealing with perspective.  although it is difficult to capture the full effect of his 3-dimensional pieces in flat, "dead" 2-dimensional photos, his gallery is definitely worth a visit.


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  • i hope this isn't the last post for 2004!
    - [Ande]

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Born into Brothels

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Teaching art is an amazing challenge for anyone who has the desire to empower a voice and express a vision of how the world is percieved through the eyes of another person.  Aesthetic awareness is only one aspect of art education.  Excellence in technique, attention to the individual and an awareness to one's surroundings all play a part in the holistic approach to teaching and learning art. 

"Born into Brothels," a documentary film is the manifestation of this challenge.  The film is part of a project "Kids with Cameras," which teaches children the technical aspects of photography and challenges them to use this knowledge to see their lives in new ways.  Those who believes art is more than a picture that hangs on a wall will find this engaging.  Check out their website

Kids With Cameras


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  • photographers without borders. what a great effort, thanks for sharing noah
    - [Ande]
  • this is a great example of what we'd like to do more of with OCC - using art in...more
    - [pax]
  • heard about this on NPR, I think. A very sensitive and moving piece.
    - [stargrazer]

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Time: A Portrait Project by Diego Golberg

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A reminder of the coming year:

Diego Golberg: "On June 17th, every year, the family goes through a private ritual: we photograph ourselves to stop a fleeting moment, the arrow of time passing by."

Diego Golberg Family Portrait



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  • i love watching hair grow on important people.
    - [ben]
  • It's very intriguing. I like looking at the change in styles and photographic m...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Was it the movie "Smoke" that had a character who took pictures from t...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Alphabet Synthesis Machine

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Alphabet Synthesis Machine
Software by Golan Levin with Jonathan Feinberg and Cassidy Curtis

The Art21 Alphabet Synthesis Machine is an online artwork which allows visitors to create and breed personalized "nonsense alphabets"—coherent sets of abstract forms which might resemble the plausible writing systems of imaginary civilizations or unfamiliar societies. It is an aid to explorers of the liminal territory between familiarity and chaos. An interactive Java applet, the Machine invites
you to evolve the letterforms of a personalized "alien alphabet": the possible writing system of your own
imaginary civilization.

click here to visit website






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  • I like this!
    - [stargrazer]

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Do You Sell Your Artwork on eBay?

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I received this from Carla Kucinski, a staff writer at the Noise who has written a number of stories about the local art scene:

"I'm doing an article on local artists who regularly sell their art on eBay. Do
you know any young artists in town who do this sort of thing, and have been
doing it for more than a couple months? I already have two artists i
interviewed, but they're new to the process. I'm looking for someone who sells
pretty regularly and is somewhat successful at it. I figured you'd know of
someone in your artist collective who does this?"

I hadn't thought of this as an outlet for selling art, although online sales are nothing new...
Do any of you auction your work online? What thoughts do you have on the subject?

If anyone wants to help Carla with the story, e-mail her at ckucinski@lansingnoise.com






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  • i know it's not ebay- but there are a few artists i know of that sell their artw...more
    - [ben]
  • I think Bradner does (cafepress)
    - [stargrazer]
  • Steve Keene has been selling stuff on there for some time....www.stevekeene.com....more
    - [nemec]
  • Thanks, Aaron. I passed it along to Carla. She said that she had actually purc...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Julie Murray

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A few weeks ago I got a chance to see Julie Murray (and her films) at the Detroit Film Center, a perfect venue for such an event- with it's stunning projection and intimate screening area. The screening was well paced with Murray discussing the films between each half hour section. Here's a little more on her and her films, which I would recommend seeking out if you enjoy experimental film:

After relocating from Ireland to the Bay Area in the late eighties, Murray became known for her edgy, deftly edited found-footage films that used do-it-yourself rephotography and sound mixing. Her later work includes sensual, rhythmic found-footage explorations that also incorporate original footage, such as Conscious, Anathema, and If You Stand With Your Back to the Slowing of the Speed of Light in Water. A beautiful, microscopic study of insects, Micromoth was in part inspired by the surrealistic scientific films of Jean Painlevé, while Fl. Oz  and Untitled (blood) are also intricate, focused studies. 
She has completed around 20 short films to date, a number of which have been included in programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Cinematheque and the Pacific Film Archive. This year her work will be included in the upcoming Whitney Biennial 2004.

For more information:
http://www.canyoncinema.com
http://www.lafilmforum.org/fall2004/10_3/10_3.html



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where's the jackelope?

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if you ever wondered what folks in minnesota do for fun, here is a little sneak preview.  if you thought taxidermy was just for freaks, you were right!  check out roguetaxidermy.com.



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  • this is highly disturbing.
    - [ben]
  • I read a response somewhere where a major taxidermy association pretty much cond...more
    - [nick]
  • i wonder if they have a three eyed fish?
    - [Ande]
  • Wow. It's pretty nice work though. Too bad just regular taxidermy freaks me ou...more
    - [name not provided]

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socialist designers manifesto

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Socialist Designers is a collective of politically conscious graphic designers who have agreed to follow an "indisputable set of rules." SD was founded October 2001 by Fabrizio Gilardino, an Italian graphic designer based in Montreal, Canada.Their "Vows of Chastity" were inspired by the DOGME 95 manifesto written in 1995 by Danish filmmakers Lars von Trier (Dancer in the Dark, Dogville) and Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration):

1. Design must be done on location. "Props and sets" (i.e., stock photographs and illustrations) must not be brought in.

2. Design must be done in spot colors. Four color process and varnish are not acceptable.

3. Photoshop filters and any other filters are forbidden.

4. Design must not contain superficial elements.

5. Temporary and geographical alienation are forbidden (that is that design must take place here and now).

6. "Genre" design is not acceptable.
       -Montreal, Fall 2001

"We are socialist because we have social concerns, because we are interested in a very specific way of thinking about life, about a better life. Being ocnscious of the fact that anything you do in a certain way is very political. Every time you talk, every time you buy something, every time you apply certain priciples (conscious or unconscious or whatever), you make a political statement. I really have problems when graphic designers say, 'I'm not into politics,' or, 'Politics bother me,' or, 'I'm not interested in it.' That's so absurd to me. I can't relate to this way of seeing things."
-Fabrizio Gilardino


Click here to view some album cover art the Gilardino has done for DAME (a Canadian music distribution and promotion company)- try to see if there is a difference in his post manifesto work (+ '01).



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  • imposing limitations is often (counterintuitively) liberating. "Anything g...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • god.
    - [ben]

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jean rouch tribute website

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Jean Rouch web site Jean Rouch was a universally-acclaimed filmmaker, anthropologist, civil engineer, explorer, and storyteller. His sudden death in February 2004 has brought an outpouring of gratitude and memories from friends, colleagues, students and audiences around the world.

Documentary Educational Resources, the major distributor of Rouch’s films in the U.S., presents a new web site in collaboration with Brenda Baugh, Craig Johnson and Talisman Interactive. This site is a place to share memories of Jean, to tell the story of his extraordinary life and work, and to bring his films to a wider audience. We invite you to learn more about Jean Rouch and to participate in the worldwide community that has been inspired by him. Access the new web site at www.der.org/jean-rouch/.

(from http://www.der.org/)



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I highly recommend this compelling (though somewhat long winded) film to all. It definetly sheds a broader perspective on how and why many corporations end up functioning in a socially negative way, and how to make a difference through activism.

From the website's synopsis:


One hundred and fifty years ago, the corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Today, it is a vivid, dramatic and pervasive presence in all our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, corporation is today's dominant institution. But history humbles dominant institutions. All have been crushed, belittled or absorbed into some new order. The corporation is unlikely to be the first to defy history. In this complex and highly entertaining documentary, Mark Achbar, co-director of the influential and inventive MANUFACTURING CONSENT: NOAM CHOMSKY AND THE MEDIA, teams up with co-director Jennifer Abbott and writer Joel Bakan to examine the far-reaching repercussions of the corporation's increasing preeminence. Based on Bakan's book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, the film is a timely, critical inquiry that invites CEOs, whistle-blowers, brokers, gurus, spies, players, pawns and pundits on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal the corporation's inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. Featuring illuminating interviews with Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Howard Zinn and many others, THE CORPORATION charts the spectacular rise of an institution aimed at achieving specific economic goals as it also recounts victories against this apparently invincible force.


The website also has a myriad of ways you can get involved in grassroots activism including a Global Referendum on Corporate Power, their own iniative i-corp,  as well as an all encompassing links list of important activist and awareness organizations.


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