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member profile : antonio zirión

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The kind of photography that I do could be called everyday life photography, spontaneous portraits, urban photography, anthropological photography or travel photography. Almost all my photos imply a close interaction with people. Recently I am exploring a more aesthetical kind of landscape photography. I consider myself a photographer not because of the quality of the images I take but because I simply enjoy doing it so much.


Antonio Zirión is a photographer and anthropological filmmaker currently studying at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester, Manchester UK. Thematically, as stated above, his photography spans a range from portraits to landscapes- but also could be described as storytelling- each one of his photographs describes a history, whether it be in the form of a travel journal, a portrait subject, a city or country, or a physical landscape- rich in detail and emotion.  

Antonio has participated in 3 collective exhibitions in Mexico City and one in Germany. His pictures appear in several websites such as zonezero.com and n2geo.org and have been published in Mexican photo magazines such as Cuartoscuro, La Tempestad and Tragaluz. With several friends, Antonio founded an organization called "HOMOVIDENS" dedicated to the production visual media for social research and action two years ago. The organization has produced a series of video documentary projects of which more information can be found at www.homovidens.org . Antonio's pursuits have taken him to Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, Cuba and Egypt, where he is always accompanied by his camera.

To view more of Antonio's inspired (and inspiring) work please visit his 2 web galleries listed below: 
http://community.webshots.com/user/tzirion
http://community.webshots.com/user/antoniozirion



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  • Antonio! Wow! your website is great! And the photographs are amazing! There were...more
    - [pax]
  • Thanks Julia! I am currently working on the pictures that I just took in Barcelo...more
    - [zirion]
  • looking forward to seeing the new photos, antonio!
    - [ben]
  • Very impressed with the scope of the work!
    - [stargrazer]

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OCC Meeting

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We're having an OCC related meeting this Saturday (04.03.04) @ 4:15 pm in East Lansing Michigan's most beloved gathering place, the Peanut Barrel. Come and join us as we discuss Outside Circle's approaching group show (May 2nd), promotions (posters and flyers) / OCCswatteam and finalization and distribution of JOWAI, OCC's journal of word's and images. Your presence and input will be greatly appreciated.
 


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  • So far it looks like Louis, Peter, Ben and I will be there.
    - [nick]
  • It was good to reconvene at the PB, one of the birthplaces of OCC. It was nice...more
    - [stargrazer]

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MECK: The Pulse

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Thursday, April 1, 2004 @ 7pm

3rd Floor International Center on the MSU campus

Come see Jean Lee (fellow OCC member) and her drum band perform both traditional and non-traditional percussion music on Korean drums.  Join in the gathering of song and dance driven by the powerful sound of these drums.  No one leaves with out dancing and/or drumming!

 



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discussion

  • wow, everyone must be super busy........no postings in the last 5 days
    - [Jeanne]
  • But it's the good kind of busy. I'm furiously working on some all-text drawings...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hey Jean, I really enjoyed the performance. I think it will be dramatic and enl...more
    - [stargrazer]

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pj richards: artist | graphic designer

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mending the rift
new site design


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  • thanks, Ande!I would love feedback from OCC-ers on the new design and naviga...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I noticed that clicking on the word "site" above takes you to the home page, whi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Could MAC users especially let us know how the pop-ups & navigation work for the...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • peter [&ande]- i've been meaning to tell you (though i think i did in person): t...more
    - [ben]
  • Hey. I apologise I haven't given time to really delve into the site. E...more
    - [name not provided]

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CALLING ALL EXHIBITIONISTS AND SHUTTERBUGS

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Have your photos published in a book by Phaidon!

Massive Change, an international discursive project on the future of global design, are researching, gathering and assembling information for use within this ambitious effort, to be realized now through 2007, which will take the form of a book, an international exhibition, a line of product, public events, a website, and a documentary film project.

We are seeking images that document the extraordinary and ever-increasing human capacity to understand the world and universe through the image.  Specifically, we are looking for quantities of images that fall into any of the categories below:

. ID photos & passport portraits . photo booth strips . travel & tourism -- posing in front of landmarks . posing with famous people . posed group photos . major news events . massive crowds . rock concerts . underwater photos . birthdays -- blowing out candles . weddings -- bride and groom portraits . silly pet photos . lomography . UFO sightings . security camera stills . helmet cams -- extreme sports . infrared & night-vision . x-rays -- teeth, broken bones, airport security . ultrasound -- prenatal photos

* To be included in the book published by Phaidon Press, images must be recieved by Monday, March 22, 2004. To be included in the exhibition, images must be recieved by Monday April 12, 2004. Submissions for the film are ongoing.


For complete information, check the "Juried Shows for Visual Artists" discussions column below, or visit http://www.massivechange.com



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  • To all,Make a post if you enter things of this nature. We'd all like to kno...more
    - [stargrazer]

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In Memoriam : Michael Fanizza

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Michael Fanizza, friend, colleague, and professor to many of us passed away last week. His incredible knowledge base and intelligence, his wit and humor, strength against the odds, as well as his seemingly endless ability to connect ideas and methods to learn and create anew will be missed by all of those lucky enough to have had him in their lives. The following illustrates Michael's unique approach to the design process, his creative output, and his life in general.(please click on the images to view larger versions)

 


Like most everyone, I went to kindergarten and studied colors and the alphabet. Growing up, my friends found all sorts of things to become interested in and to pursue as careers. I, however, stuck with the alphabet and color. It is my belief that these are the basis of what a graphic designer works with in assembling visual communication.

As a graphic designer I often work on projects in
collaboration with others (usually organizations) to convey specific instructional messages. However, I am also involved with personal inquiry and experimentation into the aesthetics of formal visual relationships. The work in this exhibition represents some of that thinking. These pieces began as actual meditations. Each day as I walked in the woods near my home I would imagine the forms and counterforms of my initials. I would try to keep track of all various letter components as I moved the forms around in my imagination. [more]

 

 

For more on Michael Fanizza please click here.

The poster to the right was created for Michael by friend, colleague, and Outside Circle member
Chris VanWyck. Thank you for sharing your work, Chris. 

The Outside Circle will dedicate its first group show in memory of Michael Fanizza.

Please feel free to share any thoughts or memories of Mike that you may have in the discussions.

 
 





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  • Even people who didn't have Michael for a professor (like myself) had frequent c...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • The following is from an email i sent regarding this post: As a student of Micha...more
    - [ben]

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OCC Exhibit Prospectus

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Outside Circle Collective
Exhibit Prospectus



When:  May 2 - May 29, 2004
            Opening Reception:  1pm-5pm, Sunday, May 2
            Closing Reception:  7pm-10pm, Friday, May 28
            [Other OCC events during the exhibit T.B.A.]

Where: Cafe Latte, 110 Charles St., E. Lansing, MI  

Who:    This show is open to currently registered members of the     
            Outside Circle Collective, http://spaces.outsidecircle.com

Why:    Outside Circle is a web-based meeting of artists, musicians,
            designers and others interested in the creation and distribution
            of progressive art.  No specific visual, verbal, or aural     
            manifesto identifies Outside Circle, which is instead     
            distinguished by the unique output and cooperative efforts of its
            members.


How:    The show is limited to 15 artists, who may each submit 3 pieces
            of artwork.  There is a $7 entry fee per artist to defray costs.
            2-dimensional or wall-mounted 3-dimensional works will be
            accepted, with a maximum weight of 25 pounds.

        Please clearly label your pieces on the back with your name, the
        title, medium, price [or “NFS” if Not For Sale], and your phone
        number.  Name, title, and medium should be how you wish them
        to appear on title cards.  A price list will be maintained on-line at
        http://spaces.outsidecircle.com.

        Please have pieces framed and WIRED for hanging.  We will not be
        able to provide for artworks that are not outfitted with a hanging wire
        that is appropriately strong and properly secured.  Questions?
        Contact Peter.

        A brief artist’s statement [100-150 words] may be included for
        display with your work.  Please e-mail the statement with your
        entry information.

        If you will be shipping your work, please have an account with
        U.P.S., and send it in a package that we can re-use to return the
        work to you.  Contact Peter Richards [richar66@msu.edu ] for
        details.

        Unfortunately, 3-D and 4-D pieces [with the exception of     
        mobiles] can’t be displayed during this show.  However,     
        opportunities exist for displaying this type of work         
        during the opening and closing receptions.  Contact Peter     
        [richar66@msu.edu] for details.

        By entering, you are agreeing not to hold Outside Circle     
        Collective or Cafe Latte liable for loss or damage of any sort.
        However, all possible care will be taken when handling your
        work.  Any insurance is the responsibility of individual artists.
        Contact Peter with any special handling instructions.

Entry Procedure

Respond to this call for entries in an e-mail to Peter.  Include your name, the
title(s) of your artwork, and the dimensions of the artwork.  If possible,
include a .jpeg image of the artwork you are entering.  Sorry, no artwork
larger than 4 feet in any direction can be accepted.  Artwork must be dropped
off at Cafe Latte, May 1, 2004, between 5:00 and 9:00 pm, or by arrangement
with Peter.  Work is accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The show
will be closed to further entries once 15 artists have responded.

Direct completed entries and any questions to:

Peter Richards
richar66@msu.edu

Thank you for your involvement with Outside Circle, and for your creative
efforts!


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discussion

  • work should be framed, correct?
    - [ben]
  • yes. I mentioned this in the original post, but I must have left it out of the...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Just a clarification on the framing: Museum-wrapped canvases are fine, floated...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • R.I.P. Caffe Latte...
    - [stargrazer]
  • the latte is dead?
    - [ben]
  • Caffe Latte filed for bankruptcy and quietly disappeared with only hand-lettered...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Juried Shows for Visual Artists

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If you are an OCC visual artist looking for exhibit opportunities, this posting will be updated with information regarding call for entries. Many of the other galleries and art centers throughout Michigan and the midwest send us calls for entries, and I will compile them all in one convenient place for you. All information can be found in the discussions column.

Let's make our presence known!  If you hear of juried events or exhibit opportunities that aren't listed here, please post them or let me know.

Artists: check this frequently.



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  • 15th ANNUAL "ART AND SOCIAL JUSTICE" JURIED EXHIBITIONApril 16-May 28, 20...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • "STATE OF THE ARTS EXHIBITION 2004" April 6-May 28, 2004, at the Saginaw...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • MICHIGAN WATER COLOR SOCIETY 57th ANNUAL EXHIBITIONJuly 9-August 6, 2004,...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • GIFTS OF ART Call for Slides 2004/2005Open to all Michigan Artists. "Gif...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • PHOTO REVIEW INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION 2004"The Photo Review"...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • LANSING ART GALLERY MEMBERSHIP EXHIBITION 2004May 27-June 23, 2004, Lansi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • GARAGE ART SHOW at SPIDERHOUSE GALLERY in Lansing's Old TownThis is a non...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • NATIONAL STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION - TEXAS PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, INC.<...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • REGIME CHANGE - A SHENERE VELT GALLERYTHE WORKMEN'S CIRCLE/ ARBETER RING...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Have your photos published in a book by Phaidon! Fro...more
    - [ben]
  • ALL-MICHIGAN ALL-MEDIA JURIED EXHIBITION 2004RANKIN ART GALLERY, BIG RAPIDS,...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • My posts on this have become more sporadic, as I am no longer working at the gal...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Call for Entries: Art on the Vent -- $40,000 award</p> Presented by Detr...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • wow.
    - [ben]
  • Detroit Design Show January 14 - January 23, 2005 The Detroit Artists...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I apologize for the density (visually) of the last few posts, but html tags do n...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • 16TH ANNUAL ART AND SOCIAL JUSTICE JURIED EXHIBITION, April 22 - June 3, 2005....more
    - [stargrazer]
  • GOVERNOR'S RESIDENCE MICHIGAN ARTISTS PROGRAM. Governor Jennifer Granholm and t...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • ALL-MICHIGAN ALL-MEDIA 2005 JURIED EXHIBITION at RANKIN ART GALLERY, Big Rapids,...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • August 19, 2005, Entry Deadline 14th Annual National Pastel Painting Exhibition...more
    - [ben]
  • Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2005 National Deadline: August 19, 2005 -...more
    - [ben]
  • Grants for Public Art Projects International Deadline: April 30, 2006 - Grant...more
    - [ben]
  • Expo XXV' International Juried Exhibition International Deadline: November 17,...more
    - [ben]
  • http://artdeadline.com/
    - [ben]
  • Greetings All, I am seeking submissions for an upcoming exhibition this fall at...more
    - [stargrazer]

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those who use glass outhouse...

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glass outhouse
'Playing with the idea of the most private bodily function and having to sit
on a street corner is just bizarre.'

thanks to my friend teresa for pointing this one out!


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  • I've always been entranced by stories of the "very public" toliet. There is a me...more
    - [nick]
  • who needs walls? when the pubs close no one uses toilets anyway... gotta love em...more
    - [ben]
  • Wow. That's kind of creepy. I like the way it removes itself from the...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Maybe they could take this idea one step further and have transparent plumbing a...more
    - [stargrazer]

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First OCC Member Art Show/Musicians Wanted

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mural detail 2Maybe you know him, maybe you don't...but Chris Alvarado is now a part owner of Cafe Latte, nestled in the colorful "gerbil cage" parking structure in downtown East Lansing.  He has expressed an interest in having art shows at the cafe, and I have begun discussions for an OCC art show in May, 2004.

So get some finished work ready to hang.  The space is somewhat limited, and we will have to be on a first-come, first-serve basis.  While you are responsible for "jurying" your own work, he is asking that everything be framed and wired for hanging (like me, he HATES those little sawtooth hangers...OK, I taught him to hate them).

Part of Chris's vision for vitalizing the cafe is to have openings for these shows, and we are seeking musicians (poets, too) both for the First Sunday Gallery Walk and for an evening reception to close the show.  Once again, this will be on a FCFS basis, so express your interest now.

The show will feature the public debut of the group mural completed at Fort Wendy last summer.  Press is being arranged.
 
Please check the exhibit prospectus for the entry procedure and other important information.


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discussion

  • Peter, Thanks for taking the time to arrange this. I'm certain many OCC'er will...more
    - [nick]
  • this is awesome! thanks peter!
    - [ben]
  • i was thinking of the possiblity of having some OCC films shown there as well pe...more
    - [ben]
  • Interested. But, similarly, I don't have work that 'hangs' really. Int...more
    - [name not provided]
  • sounds great! i would love to perform in may! i didn't realize some of the own...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • of course jean!
    - [ben]
  • louis, we can get a hold of a projector, for the openinging, if your work would...more
    - [ben]
  • I know that there are some computer terminals at the cafe hooked up to the web....more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Cool, thank you Ben. I will discuss with Peter the details then. My wo...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Oh, I meant to say too: I can help out with any graphic work that might need to...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Louis, thanks for volunteering to help out. I'll add you to my list and let you...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • A quick update:A little bad news first. Since the cafe is a commercial e...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Are projected works compeltely called off, or just dim lights? Depending on the...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I'd say if we can pull it off without violating any of the regulations they are...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • The projector ben is refering to is pretty bright. Bright enough to run with li...more
    - [nick]
  • Let me know when you get layout specs, Peter. I sent you an email for a rough p...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Got the proposal this evening. I'll post the layout as soon as I can get down t...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • A few questions:Can someone organize a separate 3-D and 4-D show in the n...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Please give me a hand remembering who had a hand (or paintbrush) in the OCC mura...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Peter, I have played my violin with only the skin drums, but I have not tried to...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • Does that mean improv is out, too?
    - [stargrazer]
  • Well i can improvise on violin, but Meck is not that confident in improvising qu...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • Just sounding out the possibilities. I don't have a preconceived notion of what...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • You forgot Rachel Yezbick in the group mural. I don't know Molly's last name, bu...more
    - [ben]
  • Uh, yeah...guess I knew that. Thanks for the clarification.
    - [stargrazer]
  • Okay, here's the scoop: It looks like, for the Sunday afternoon opening, that f...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I think this might be a better way to do it though, as you mention. Hav...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I think, Louis, since your piece is of an interactive nature, not a sit-down-and...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i would like to include the poster/handbills in with our OCCswatteam stuff (to b...more
    - [ben]
  • Looks like the show may be closed at this point to further artists. I will conf...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Musicians/Poets so far are:For the opening: Meck, Tim Lane, Veronica Fitzpa...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hey. Sorry it's been a while since I've replied. Been finalising school things...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Congratulations on the move to New York! I'll see what I can do about the floor...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Ande, if I sketch the Cafe for Louis, can you scan my sketch?Until then, wil...more
    - [stargrazer]

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A BEAUTIFUL VIRUS INSIDE THE MACHINE

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A BEAUTIFUL VIRUS INSIDE THE MACHINE: ANIMATION WORKS BY LILLIAN SCHWARTZ, 1970-8
Presented by Lumen in collaboration with Gregory Kurcewicz
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Lumen present a touring film and video programme highlighting the pioneering work of Lillian Schwartz, resident artist and consultant at Bell Laboratories (New Jersey), 1969-2002.
During the '70s and '80s Schwartz developed a catalogue of visionary techniques for the use of the computer system by artists. Her formal explorations in abstract animation involved the marriage of film, computers and music in collaboration with such luminaries as computer programmer Kenneth Knowlton and computer musicians Jean-Claude Risset, Max Mathews and Richard Moore.
Schwartz's films have been shown and won awards at the Venice Biennale, Zagreb, Cannes, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and nominated and received Emmy nominations and awards. Her work has been exhibited at, and is owned by, The Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), The Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Centre Beauborg (Paris), Stedlijk Museum of Art (Amsterdam), and the Grand Palais Museum (Paris).
Lumen have collaborated with Lillian Schwartz and curator Gregory Kurcewicz to compile a touring package of these important works. The 55 minute programme features 11 animations restored to video.

More details:
http://www.lumen.net/news/lillianschwartz.html
Lillian Schwartz: http://www.lillian.com

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Screening at FACT (Film, Art and Creative Technology) Centre - Liverpool
FACT Centre, Liverpool
Wednesday 25 February; 8pm; 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, L1 4DQ; £3/£2
Call box office: 0151 7074450 (spaces are limited, advance booking recommended)
Website:
http://www.fact.co.uk
This screening will be introduced by experimental film/video Curator Gregory Kurcewicz

SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL, NOTTINGHAM (
http://www.broadway.org.uk/home/screenplayjan03.html)
Saturday 28 February, 2.15pm, Broadway Cinema (Screen 2), 14-18 Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AL, £2
[Call Box Office on (0115) 9526611 (Mon-Fri from 9am)]




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Tim Lane

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Continuing the OCC Member Profile series is the wonderful work of poet/painter Tim Lane: 

 
feet flash good resized.jpgSeattle Love Poem

for Sheila

I won’t spend the afternoon in a café because that would just be missing you.
I won’t catch a bus back downtown to the Seattle Museum of Art now that I’m uptown
Because that would just be
Missing you.
I won’t drink another Coke. I won’t clean Amber’s apartment. I won’t shave.
I will not.
I won’t go to a used bookstore & browse through books I don’t want to buy
Because that would just be
Missing you.
I won’t cook rice, won’t go see a film, won’t flip through magazines.
I won’t listen to Kind of Blue or think of Woody Allen’s Manhattan while so much
Distance
Separates us
Because that would just be missing you.
I won’t go to the post office, won’t call you at work.
I won’t type.
I won’t write this poem.

 Untitled (Call Me) resized.jpg
 
Tim Lane has been interested in poetry and art since he was young, but it wasn’t until his early 30s that he began to paint.  Originally from Flint, Michigan, he now lives in Lansing.  In 1996, he earned a master’s degree in creative writing from Michigan State University.  Presently, he is looking for a publisher to publish a manuscript of poetry entitled Pure Pop.  In June, he'll be part of a five-person show at Buckham Gallery in Flint, and in November he'll have a two-person show at Otherwise Gallery in Lansing.  He has worked as a middle school English teacher and an assistant high school track coach in Fort Washington, Maryland.  For now, he is a homemaker, devoting most of his time to the daily care of his family.

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Tim also has an online gallery space, www.theatticwhichisdesire.com, to which he encourages artists to submit their work. Tim and The Attic were recently profiled in The Noise

Click on the images above and to the right to see more paintings. 
Read more of Tim's poetry:
5 Poems
 


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  • Thanks for Tim's Profile, Ben! Very immediate, very personal.
    - [nick]

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advice for young persons wanting to make a start in the world of stencils

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:: stencil your hearts out :: www.banksy.co.uk 

  • First off, stencil anything. If you wait for the perfect idea you will be waiting for ever. Besides, cleverness is never as entertaining as blatant stupidity, failure and public humiliation
  • Obtain a sharp knife. Blunt knives result in fluffy pictures and make the whole process long and boring. Snap off blades of British steel are best.
  • Draw your artwork on paper, glue onto some card then cut straight through the both. Acetate is apparently quite good but any sort of free cardboard is okay. Stiff 1mm to 1.5mm board is ideal.
  • Get a small roll of gaffa tape, pre-tear small strips and stick them on your shirt inside your coat.
  • Find a suitable piece of card to act as a folder. For instance when using red paint cut the stencil into the bottom of a pizza box so when you get paint all over your fingers its not so suspicious.
  • Leave the house before you find something worth staying in for.

more advice for stencil punks



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  • Like it. We talk about the need for more art in our schools and in our lives......more
    - [stargrazer]
  • There are some intersting stencils that attacked buildings in Rochester - of a r...more
    - [nick]
  • help be a rat: http://www.vandalsquad.com/
    - [ben]
  • Banksy's latest in the west bank: http://feed.proteinos.com/item/3216 Even ar...more
    - [nick]
  • Also, for all you diy'ers, lots of cool stencils at: http://www.freewebs.com/ste...more
    - [nick]

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FuseLeeds04

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FuseLeeds04 is going to be an amazing event those in the British Isles won't want to miss. Many of the events are free, and nearly all other are quite reasonably priced.
We on the other side of the atlantic will be jealously waiting to hear how it was...


FuseLeeds04 is a major new international music festival taking place in Leeds between 3-7 March. The festival celebrates new music across the spectrum of Jazz, world, classical, electronica and pop; and will feature performances by Django Bates, Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), Yo La Tengo, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Bill Frisell, Malian Djelimady Toukara, The Smith Quartet, Sikth, South Asian Music Youth Orchestra, Tabla Beat Science (Zakir Hussain/Bill Laswell), Kate Rusby and RJC Dance amongst many others. The programme will see spectacular live concerts, exclusive new commissions, film and video screenings, dance, and an extensive education and fringe programme.

FuseLeeds04 is a joint partnership between Leeds City Council, Leeds College of Music and Leeds Jazz, broadcast in association with BBC Radio 3. Django Bates is the Festival's first Artistic Director.
http://www.fuseleeds.org.uk/FuseLeeds04



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  • Wow. What a line-up!
    - [stargrazer]

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the OCCswat team

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is your life lacking excitement? adventure? a sense of purpose?
if so, that's really too bad...

...anyway, we've devised the OCCswatteam to spread the word about our artists and our collective: an elite force of proactive art lovers who want to let people know that art is being created every day- galleries are unvieling new work, music is being performed, poets are speaking, films are being exhibited, dancers are well, dancing, thespians are taking stage, web gurus are punching new codes... and all that other important stuff we do as artists.  

we would like OCC members, across the globe, to spread the word locally. all you have to do to sign up is click my profile at the bottom of the screen, once on your profile page check off the OCCswatteam  newsletter box and you're officially cool. we'll contact you and send you your official swatteam gear, which will include:

  1. OCC Fliers/Poster
  2. [mini] JOWAI, The Journal of Words and Images
  3. OCC stencil
  4. Personalized OCC "business" cards
  5. The OCC CD-Rom

sound wicked-cool? it probably is.

if you have any questions about life threatening obligations or sketchy covert operations you might be involved in contact ben@edict.com

 



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  • sweet! count me in for the UK distribution team!
    - [pax]
  • Thanks to the 6 of you who have signed up so far! We promise not to take advant...more
    - [nick]
  • we do?
    - [ben]
  • use me, abuse me. I'm really looking forward to that stencil!
    - [stargrazer]
  • One thing I can do is post links to juried shows in Michigan and the surrounding...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Definitely Peter.
    - [nick]

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show the love

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Two events are being held this weekend in Michigan which will include the art of three OCC peeps, Tim Lane, John Lindenmayer and Peter Richards. Get out and support them this weekend. Open your hearts.

Burning Desires
Hear Tim Lane along with several other Mid-Michigan poets read their poetry at the 11th annual Burning Desires: An Afternoon of Erotic Love Poetry, 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, at Otherwise Gallery, 1207 Turner St., Old Town. Lansing, MI  517-371-4600

32nd Michigan Annual Juried Art Competition
Peter Richards'  paintings and John Lindenmayer's photography will be on disply in the 32nd Michigan Annual Juried Art Competition at the Mt. Clemens Art Center (125 Macomb Place, Mt. Clemens, MI). Opening on Sunday, February 15, from 1-3 p.m.




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  • I neglected to mention in my original post that Outside Circler John "Redbeard"...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i ammended the announcement to include john- sorry we forgot ya, john.
    - [ben]
  • nice work, john and peter, the michigan annual was a great show! lots of diversi...more
    - [ben]

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Am I Back Yet?

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As some of you know, I've had trouble logging on and posting, both from the Mac G3 at work and my Windows 98 PC at home. I am sitting at a friends computer right now, writing this test weblog entry to see if the problem lies within my profile or if it is some maddening coincidence of these two very different computers that has kept me from spouting my rhetoric. If anyone has any ideas what may be up, please advise -- I miss being able to take a more active part in OCC. While I'm at it, I just had a piece accepted into the 32nd Michigan Annual juried art competition at the Mt. Clemens Art Center (125 Macomb Place, Mt. Clemens). If you are in the Detroit area this weekend, stop by for the opening on Sunday, February 15, from 1-3 p.m. Hope y'all have a happy Valentine's Day!


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  • It would seem that the problem is with the machines. I can't start any weblog t...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • nick- would it help if peter ran windows updates on his pc?
    - [ben]
  • I erroneously reported that the Mac at work is a G3. It is in fact an IMac.
    - [stargrazer]
  • I use both constantly. What browser are you using? I use (lately) Mozilla Fire...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Peter - it sounds like you may be caught between two bad computers (browsers act...more
    - [nick]
  • Recommendations for any Windows computer: keep up to date with ...more
    - [nick]
  • Peter - you should be able to whack Internet Explorer (IE) upside the head with...more
    - [nick]
  • Brace yourselves...I am about to let loose a primal scream of unbridled celebrat...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • wunderbar!
    - [ben]
  • Sweet. It's a happy little browser. I can only guess what it will be like by t...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I've noticed that it's a little more "jerky" sometimes, but otherwise extremely...more
    - [stargrazer]

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the peter saville show @ urbis

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Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

hey mancunians >>>
the peter saville show, a career spanning retrospective of "one of the most influential designers of our times," is on display at manchester's urbis museum.
peter saville started his career for the now legendary factory records, home to joy division/new order and the hacienda club and since has continually challenged contemporary design.

As Art Director and co-founder of Factory Records in the 70s/80s, Saville’s startling sleeves for Joy Division and New Order managed to intuitively capture the mood of a new musical wave. These are shown in all their deconstructed glory: the original Pantone codes for Power, Corruption & Lies; the floppy disk from a sequencer which inspired the pop art tribute sleeve for Blue Monday; and the architectural observations which informed the cross-cultural references of Atmosphere.

peter saville, the design museum

Much has been made of Saville’s use of semiotics and “borrowed” images, yet what really comes across in this beautifully constructed exhibition is the sense that he was a master of his source material, rather than a slave to it.

the peter saville show will be running from Jan 23 to Apr 18. Admission is £5.

Peter Saville's Website ::  Urbis' Website  (info) :: 24 hr party people (article) :: BBC Manchester's Saville Interviews (articles, interviews, and galleries)



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  • cool! thanks ben! i'll check it out!
    - [pax]
  • Peter Saville is the man. The original sleeve for Unknown Pleasures was embosse...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Andy Warhol and the Commodore Amiga 1000

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"Artnode.org has uncovered and posted a fascinating mid-'80s interview from Amigaworld magazine in which Andy Warhol discusses his relationship with his Commodore Amiga 1000, his experiments using it in portrait pieces of Debbie Harry and Dolly Parton, and his predictions about the future of computer art.

BoingBoing reader Jose Luis of Barcelona-based blog elastico.net, says "It's always fun finding this sort of stuff from the past, and wondering what would have happened if he hadn't died a year later."

Link to elastico.net post, Link to 2 MB PDF of the original magazine article."

[ via boingboing ]



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  • if only andy's fifteen minutes could have lasted a little longer!
    - [Ande]

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travis @ the trillium

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Come to OCC'er Travis Pickard's opening at the Trillium Gallery in East Lansing, MI.

It's this Sunday (February 1st) from 1-4pm.

Travis' work is stunning. Anyone from the Lansing Area is sure to have encountered his work at galleries, local events, newspapers, cafes, and restaurants. Travis Pickard views his artistic experience as an ongoing process. Much of his interest lies in the depiction of humans, which he says are 'a strange bunch'. “I look at artists as the historians of our time. I want to keep ideas alive. It could be another form of reproduction, another drive humans have to physically and mentally evolve. Art is definitely an evolution. I find it satisfying to be one of the present day researchers.”


 

Check out Travis' website.

The Trillium Gallery is located at
207 E Grand River Avenue
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone:  517.333.3130
Trillium Map



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  • At last, an opportunity to meet some of the new OCCers! And to see some of thei...more
    - [Ande]
  • We need more like this. Brilliant.
    - [nick]
  • Great show, Travis! It was nice to meet another member of the OCC! And your we...more
    - [Ande]
  • Travis and I have been working on organizing a critique night for artists in the...more
    - [stargrazer]

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LynnFox is not a woman

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lynnfox makes really good stuff. the following is from I-D magazine (j/j  2002):

"although they sound like a leggy blond in a power suit, lynnfox are the latest visual talent to emerge. actually a collective of three-fresh faced young men - christian mckenzie, patrick chen and bastian glassner- with no film training -all have recently graduated from the bartlett institute with degrees in architecture."

they create super-realist computer animation that "crosses jacquess cousteau with romeo and juliet."
"our work is evocative, without being specific," they explain. "we like to leave it open ended."





they have created work for emi, warp records, and bjork (nature is ancient video). check out their work.


   



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  • lynnfox is hot. i would totally ask her out! and she knows bjork, so maybe she...more
    - [Ande]

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scott hitchcock at creole jan 7-25th

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message from peter richards:


Sunday, Jan. 4 – OPENING RECEPTION: “A Maze in Time” by Scott
Hitchcock.

  Hitchcock earns his living as a research and development physicist at the
Cyclotron at MSU, but he says art is how he truly expresses himself.

 “I’ve never seen art as separate from science,” says Hitchcock, who
is known in the scientific community – particularly in Russia where he has
been invited twice – for his theories on time.

  While coming up with these theories, he produced the huge drawings – 7
feet by 42 inches -- on view at Creole Gallery through Jan. 25.

  While intense, they are created with the most simple of tools: the fat
pencils from Baby Boomers’ school days (remember the pencils engraved with
“School Pal,” “Patriotic-Helpmate” and “Big Dipper”?)

  Scott produced the drawings in the mid-1990s in his garage on a huge
homemade easel. Many include personal musings in script, because Scott says
they make up his diary.

  He would do a drawing, roll it up and store it until it became meaningless
to him. Then he would destroy the drawings by fire. Those in Creole Gallery
were headed for the same fiery fate until artist David Kleis saw them and
encouraged Scott to show them to gallery owner Robert Busby. Robert
immediately grasped the fascinating aspects of the drawings, including a
spectacular one that must be viewed with 3-D glasses.



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  • This is truly an amazing show. At first glance, the drawings appear to be homag...more
    - [stargrazer]

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the future is now

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In 1969 Charles Eames sketched out a rough visualization of the design process for an exhibition at the Lourve called "what is design?". It consisted of three loose amoeba-like graphical elements floating in the void of his sketchpad, overlapping, intersecting, and connecting to create the most idyllic representation of what design should be. The three layered forms respectively constitute the interests and concerns of the designer, the genuine interest of the client, and concerns of society as a whole. Where the subsets intersect lies the common ground where designers can work with "conviction and enthusiasm". Like much of the Eames' work, the beauty is found in the objects' duality. Floating gorgeously in clarity and in the absence of pretense... churning below are the complexities brought not only by the designer and the client, but society as well. We as designers are given the daunting task of mapping the blurred sovereignty where morals, economics, and personal goals intersect.

We are at the beginning of a new epoch of human viability, where all economies and ecologies are becoming globalized, related and integrated. More than any other discipline, design has placed us, for better of for worse, in this position. More directly, for the last 100 years it has been graphic design acting as the purveyor, instigator, and documentarian of cultural change. Increasingly, however, graphic design has been depreciating its stock as an art form by making itself available primarily as a commercial tool. This, paired with the narrow selection of creative instruments (primarily software), which we allow ourselves to use contributes to the disposable conduit that makes up the majority of design encountered daily. Craft and vocation are left behind, leaving the mass media with unchallenging and comfortable design for the people. We must seek to create work that is both visually and cognitively demanding, but emotionally and intellectually rewarding.

By falsifying our skills as creative artists and knowingly swimming out to the undertow
of an 'autistic economy', where unemployment, inequality, and globalization prevail, finding the area where the "designer can work with determination and enthusiasm" becomes all the more difficult. We designers will not find it alone. Working with colleagues both in and outside of the realm of visual communications cultivates understanding. Collaborating with other fields such as semiotics, social anthropology and linguistics, we educate ourselves in the cultural values that give worth to human life. We must seek to understand, study, and challenge how visual communication determines and reinforces cultural values.

The collective conscious of the design community is beginning to reevaluate its societal role. In his essay published by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, The Citizen Designer, Rick Poyner states, "We must ensure that design, as an interdisciplinary way of thinking, becomes an integral and equal component of significant public initiatives." melding such initiatives with our clients ideals and our morals, we can better all parties involved. Through these means Eames' pluperfect land seems all the more attainable. This is what we must seek.


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  • Ben, a very thought-provoking assessment!"Do not commit design in a vacuu...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I like the use of this space for essays and comentary.
    - [nick]

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Sheer Art Attack!

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(from peter richards)

Patricia Wheeler, a grad student at Michigan State University, is staging an event called Art Attack!, December 3, 4, and 5. It will take place in the Arena Theater, located in the basement level of the MSU Auditorium, and will feature artwork by (me) Peter Richards and Outside Circler John Lindenmayer (http://www.redbeardart.com) among others. There will be four short plays with curtain at 7:00 pm each day, followed by an hour DJ set by Scott Neumann in the lobby. Artworks will be available for sale.



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  • peter has had problems posting on the weblog recently, please let us know if you...more
    - [ben]
  • Patti's not a grad student. Sorry Patti.
    - [jgi]
  • Sorry, must have scrambled the info Scott gave me. I know someone, somewhere is...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I wanted to turn in a short review of ArtAttack!, however, being that I am one o...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Does anyone know how we can contact Patti Wheeler to participate in and/or help...more
    - [stargrazer]

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[mini] jowai

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[mini] jowai is available for printing! jowai, the journal of words and images, aims to promote the work of creative individuals through the printed medium. this free, black & white, pocket size (when folded) journal is the outside circle collective's first publication.* it is made availbale to the public through generous people like yourself who print [mini] jowai from the web and place it on their favorite public countertop. 
please feel free to download the pdf formated files and pass them around!

  1. print notes:
    you will need the current version of adobe acrobat to view the files correctly. you can download it here.
    [mini] jowai is double sided to conserve resources. print page 1 first, then page 2 on the opposite side.
    if printing in uk/europe/rest of the world choose the following: A4 page 1 / A4 page 2.  
    please contact us as to any printing problems that you encounter, or any questions you have.

    print [mini] jowai


 *a full color multi-page version of jowai will be available early winter.  pre-order jowai.



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  • And I thought you were all talk, Benjy... kudos!
    - [jgi]
  • Cheers Ben!!! The Layout itself is a work of art.
    - [heyboo]
  • please let me know if you have any problems with printing/viewing the files. tak...more
    - [ben]
  • looks great , ben. thanks
    - [pax]
  • let the distribution begin!
    - [stargrazer]
  • It even prints out here in Ionia!!
    - [Pete]

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