jeudi, décembre 18, 2008

Walking the D-line















Doyle Dill









Maria



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Yosef Goodman

mardi, décembre 16, 2008

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Snow! Great big fluffy hunks of it were falling as I walked around the cemetary, down 4th and Flatbush to the Dekalb st.

Last night I went to a good talk called Eutopia Now at the Center for Worker Education (25 Broadway right next to the Bull). Michael Sorkin spoke in amusing tones about zoning, soy plastics,new urban vehicals, Santa Monica, Far rockaway, 600 Miles of waterfront, artificial islands, better ones (bedouins?), photovoltaics, parks, and showed some great images. I rode down in the elevator with him and Greg Williams, the president of the CCNY, but couldn't think of anything witty to say.

Here is a list of terms that I had to look up:

Prolix
Levon?
Malthusian
Berman
Arverne
Arendt
Buzz Passwell
Bio-remediation

I have loads of pictures from the walk, but can't up-load them here at the library.

mercredi, décembre 10, 2008


Henry Mayzick


Kristina Gindinova


Carol Solovay


Laureano Feliciano


Ary & his mother



Angelica, Catherine and Amanda




Some of Ms. Kosovich's (sp.?) Social Studies students at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shallow_Jr.Highhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shallow_Jr.Highhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shallow_Jr.High//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shallow_Jr.High




Shirley and her very cute dog.




John Dooley recommends this website: www.nycsubway.org




Mike and co-workers near New Utrecht

walking the d-line

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Yesterday I started working on the first step of the NYC History Timeline Large Scale Sculpture. After talking about the idea to Holly at the Urban Center at CCNY, I was convinced that a good way to start would be to walk the length of the proposed site, the D-train.



This is a photo documented performance art piece. This month (December 2008) I will walk the length of the D-lineover the course of several days. In this way I hope to:

a) get a feel for the landscape of the city

b) make some contacts with people who live in communities surrounding the D-line.

So far, I have walked from Coney Island to 55th Street Station near Sunset Park.

The library doesn't seem to want me to upload these images here today, so I'll have to try again elsewhere.

mercredi, novembre 26, 2008

The Names, AF=author function, Moma

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aA man calling himself "Ron Ransom" slipped a petition for non payment under my door today.

If I have time I hope to go to Moma after dropping off the job application Michael gave me. Yesterday I came up with a list of questions for Damien Hirst. (Was that him getting out of a cab around 33rd st?) Eureka! I think I am learning how to get more out of the library resources. The research continues:

Contemporary Art (in NYC) 2008

Daniele Buetti--snowflakes+supermodles

Pablo Helguera--style

Joan Gibbons--memory

Eric Shiner


zkm

"I am sitting in a room."

I just picked up a book on Sound Art by Jim O'Rourke

powerhouse books

Garden City

Rugg+Sedgwick

lundi, novembre 24, 2008


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videoSaturday there was an auction at the 4th U Church. Jim was playing Vanna White. Krishna and I went to see Robyn Hitchcock at Symphonie Space.

Vagina, Vagina, Vagina

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"Vivons heureux. Vivons caches."

I've been spending more time at the Science, Industry, and Business Library (SIBL). They have some databases there that seem like they could be powerful if one could figure out how to use them. My favorite right now is Reference USA which for my purposes is basically a really good yellow pages. (Remember phone books?)

I am researching the state of nyc art 2008.

Most of my contact with the fine art world here (besides talking about painting with my neighbor's Amayas and Mark or Photography with Krishna) has been related to the art dept. at city college, P.S. 1, Moma, Lew, Barry, and the key-lime-pie queen in the Bronx, the Whitney, looking at le pendant perdu, and magazines on the newstands at pen station.

People I seem to have art crushes on today are:

Tracy Emmer (sp?)
Damien Hirst
Keith Tyson
Kehinde Wiley
Pierre Cavalan
janaina tschape
Elizabeth Peyton
Taka Fernandez
Cindy Sherman
Iris Eichenberg



http://www.phoenix-gallery.com/
http://joshualinergallery.com/gallery/

vendredi, novembre 21, 2008

Broadway Whispers

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CUNY Graduate Center cafe has works on paper hanging by or referencing these artists/events:

James Rosenquist
Amos Anderson
Roy Lichtenstein
Sol Le Witt (?)
Man Ray
Andy Warhol
Alexander Lieberman (sp?)
Chaine Simpson
1980 DNC
David Hockney
Picasso
Marcel Duchamp
World Congress for General Dis Armament and Peace

I'm here at the Business Library researching:

Contemporary Art in NYC 2008

How are you?

jeudi, novembre 20, 2008

black tea shortage at penn station

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Well...grr...it's thusday ....it's november...I have a shrp pain in my shoulder and I'm craving caffine. There for some reason seems to be a black tea shortage at both Penn Station Borders and K-mart. This has made me unreasonably cranky and sad, as I am trying to quit drinking coffee and black tea is my substitute of choice while perusing the glossy art-porn. Now I am at the Sience and Business library...trying to rationalize spending a relatively large amount of money on Robyn Hitchcock tickets in the same week that I am re-applying for food stamps/public assistance.

Here are some galleries/artists I read about on my last Border Magazine Stand binge:

www.salomonarts.com
http://www.keszlergallery.com
www.joshuagallery.com
housprojects
www.theguildny.com




mercredi, novembre 12, 2008

Humility, Hubris, Pride and (Homelessness?)

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Still here at he GMHC (Gay Men's Health Crisis)improving my job readiness;not drinking coffee;and thinking about the history of public assistance, civil service, and corporate welfare.

November 22 4th U on 76th St is having an auction to which I have donated a few of my "dead" neighbor, Mark Shevlane's drawings. Monday night after attending a screening of Slumdog Millionaire, I stopped by the Art Student's league to talk to Barbara Adrian with whom Amayas says Mark studied.

As I am also preparing to apply yet again to CCNY's MFA program, my mind is on the state of contemporary art in NYC 2008. Last night I stopped by the Borders at Madison Square Garden to look at art magazines. Art in America, Interview, Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, Art Papers. Many of the good ones are funded partially by the Andy Warhol Foundation.



Now I'm off to a job fair at the Radisson Martinique Hotel on 32nd street. Then to talk to a law office about a class action law suit against the owners of the building where I live. Maybe I can get a hair cut today too.

More art links:

From Art Papers

oda projesi


center for tactical magic

embrace atl

out of actions

from art in america

aca galleries

Jacques Roch
Franklin Sirmans
art slant
James Cohan Gallery
Al Held
sideshowgallery
baldwingallery.com
gagosian
liza lou
mark dion
jenny holzer
michael snow
Bill Gilbert

from new american paintings

creative arts workshop
paul booker
www.hollyjohnsongallery.com
robert mcan
sydney yeager
keith allyn spencer
gillockgallery

from Cabinet Quarterly

Fogg Art Museum
michael taussig

Aperature

jeudi, octobre 16, 2008

ASLA, AFSCME, GMHC, and the skyscraper museum

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Here I am at The Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), a Community Based Organization on 24th Street that (among other things) works with the NYS Dept of Labor to assist workers transition to better lives/jobs. The computers here are very fast.

There was some question last week when I went to the workforce center on 125th street last week to see about getting an extention on unemployment benefits. The question was to apply or not to apply, for public assistance that is. I applied. One week later I am here feeling pretty good about the decision. I won't know until next week if I qualify for anything, but I am pretty happy now with the "tough love" (for lack of a better term)I have recieved so far.

I am interested in jobs related to buildings maintenance and construction, as well as entreprenuership and the arts. I'm still planning on applying to CCNY's MFA program for fall 2009 even though my 2006 and 2007 applications were rejected. (Applications are due by the end of 2008.)This time my work will have to do with History (time+storytelling), Quilting, and Communication.

In addition to attending coffee and cookies at Redeemer, Erin and I have joined the choir at fourth UU (Landmark on the Park). THis has been a big source of joy, better than imagined. The choir director is amazing. The people are great company. Rosemary is great. Jill is great. All is good. On Sunday anyway. Tonight I am going to a R.E. leadership group meeting there.

We met a Photographer/videographer/screenwriter/director named Michael who lent me a copy of B. Bryson's Short History of Nearly Everything and offered to let us collaborate on some projects with him. He is trying to digitally edit a play called "Blind Date". He smokes too much, but is otherwise a nice guy and a good mentor. He says I am wasting my time with this this Public Assistance Application/Endevour. I respectfully dis-agreed.

Last night I checked out a new museum called the Skyscraper Museum

mardi, septembre 23, 2008

History, Coney Island, SmArt

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It's Tuesday and I'm here at the mid-town library. Yesterday Erin and I went out to Coney Island looked at the ocean and talked to some people about the history of the area and the proposed changes. We met a rally nice person named Sal who showed us around. Then we headed up to Columbia to a (Bernard TShumi?)lecture that had to do with an exhibition called matters of sensation. The discussion was odd and difficult to follow, with an air of (bogusness?)je ne sais quoi. Mais afterwards instead of the usual offering of wine and fantastic salsa, there was one cup of yellow liquid and (a muffin?)with a note and smilie face attached that read something like: eat, drink and be healthy:)

leo castelli?
Richard meyers didia faustino felipa ferarria shernberg limits scaffolding and skeletons tweakyness, torsion, tom maynes?, materialism, plastics, the wigital,

gangs, tiling, scales, guilds?, selection processes, manufacturing, "they can afford it", "they work"...were some words that came up.

Earlier today I was at the N-Y (I'm not sure why it's hyphenated.)Historical Society. They have a good drawing/watercolor exhibit. (I recently learned that Teddy Roosevelt is responsible for the colour/color change in american english.)

I have been trying to read some books my former neighbor, Mark left behind and now wants sent to Persia. One of these is A Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah & Mecca by Sir Richard Burton (the 1850's explorer--not the actor). Another is from the (1960's?)Flashman series...apparently based on Burton's books. These are alternately humour/humorously entertaining, educational and horrifically racist.

jeudi, septembre 11, 2008

N.E.W., work, and capital

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Happy 9/11!

Quickly i am writing this before running to a special 9/11 forum on socialism tonight here at ccny. I was kicked out of the N.E.W. worker training program (for wearing the wrong shoes?)but I am hoping to write the most contrite letter and get back in because it really is the best thing since...well, ever.

My new roommate, Erin Dunner and I saw lecture at columbia last monday in which blue glass and steven holl's name came up. They had very nice salsa there. Erin liked the drawings the speaker spoke out (against sustainability?). Not an issue for him he says.

next thursday there is a radical women's conference and a lecture by (julie snow?)
here in Harlem U.S.A.


Julie Snow

fall lectures

mardi, août 12, 2008




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311, thyme, world architecture

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Back in NY dealing with a leaky ceiling, swarms of flies and herds of rats...this week is good because Patty J from Marta's class is staying with me while she is finishing up some school work, drinking loads of tea and getting ready to move to Oregon.

I am here at the NAC (North Academic Center)checking e-mail and trying to figure out what to register for for the fall.

Last weekend I met some people at the NY Historical Society who were really into Lafayette and La Rouche.

Today I discovered a very useful paper called the city record
That lists all kinds of public meetings. I wish I had seen this earlier.

Reese Carter, A high school classmate of mine is an architect and musician in Georgia (US, not the former soviet union). Apparently, the christian band he belongs to is competing in something and he is asking for some support. Vaya con Dios!

samedi, août 02, 2008

PF1, OSU, HPB, Cardwell

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For some reason blogger doesn't want to upload photos right now. I can't figure out why.

I have three zillion pictures from the last few weeks walking around and before.

anyway...I was in Long Island City last weekend and stopped at PS1 to see what was up. I got to see what was happening with all those thick cardboard tubes.

Now I am in Ohio, visiting family, the Wexner Center,and HPB(maybe); reading a book about the history of technology and thinking about getting a hair cut.

I'll try to upload these photos later I guess.

mercredi, juillet 23, 2008

work, rose, lehrer, 145+Amsterdam


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Here is a picture of the health center at the corner of 145th and Amsterdam.
It could use some improvement...non?

Okay...so I am here in the computer lab at CCNY's North Academic Center (NAC)thinking about employment opportunities. About fifteen years ago, when I quit my job at Owen's Family Restaurant I swore off food service jobs. (Before that I had worked at Fuddruckers, Denny's, Pizza Hut, Olive Garden, and Stars Inn Cafe.)

Just now, I have made a list of all the jobs I have had since my fourth/fifth grade stint delivering the San Antonio Light (What a raw deal that was!! I think I made $35-$75 dollars a month and worked very hard for about 60 hours per month. Even worse than extra-ordinarily exhausting labor and ink stained hands was being a bill collector--stupid dead-beat neighbors...grrr.):

freelance: Architectural Researcher, Nanny, House-sitter, Photographer, lawn-mower,
car-washer, leaf-bagger, cleaner

volunteer: community organizer (UHAB, Mirabal Sisters, 545 Tenant Association), construction leader, roofer, painter, dry-wall hanger, landscaper (Habitat for Humanity), candy-stripper, maitre d'hotel (Hostelling International), layout editor, wire editor, arts and entertainment writer (Daily Texan), baby-bird feeder (B.E.A.K.S.), gardener (Serenity Gardens), advocate(MLT, Mirabal Sisters), cook prep-cook(Food-not-Bombs), correspondent (inside-books, rhizome collective)

retail: Long's, Cord Camera, Drexel Grandview Theater, Half Price Books, Strandbooks, Follette

teaching: creative play center, columbus public-schools substitute,scab-teaching in southern ohio (a lucrative if-not-especially-proud moment)
ymca after-school teacher (good-fun until a bi&*^&%^$$#@new OSU-education-grad became my boss and treated me like I had the plague.)

Places I would deign to work:
hospitals
schools
used bookstores
record stores
video stores
architecture firms
law offices (with good lighting)
design companies
government offices
abc
nbc
cbs
materials for the arts
pbs
charlie rose
wnyc
brian lehrer
wbai
universities
newspapers
hardware stores
anything related to sustainability
anything facilities maintenance
theaters
art students league


Places I would not deign to work:

food service
places with bad lighting/air quality/work environments
evil corporations
pvc manufacturing
Really sketchy small businesses

mercredi, juillet 16, 2008

new suit, festivus, jeff koons

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So...two years after being fired from Strand I am still (kind of blissfully) unemployed. Because of the odd circumstance with the negligent LL, and the ensuing rent strike, I have survived here in NYC with very little income or savings. Going through six months of unemployment benefits and about (six thousand dollars?) in savings. I am getting a little nervous now as I am about to empty my third bank account. So Last Friday, when I met Krishna at Union Square I splurged on a basic black interview suit. (We both actually bought the same suit.)

Saturday I walked from my place on 146th through the park to 59th street. The day was pretty much perfect. I wandered into a "Festivus" celebration (Socorro informed me, this is a Sienfieldian thing.)Saw thousands of people lining up for the free Bon Jovi Concert, and caught the tail end of a softball game. Sunday, Lindon and I hung out on the roof of the MET with Jeff Koons's Giant Balloon Dog and drank $12.00 mojito's (another big splurge. It was very hot up there and the Mojitos looked so cool and wet.)

Sigh...jobs aren't jumping out at me so if you have any suggestions...

jeudi, juillet 10, 2008

durer


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This morning as I was walking down amsterdam on my way to school a very friendly guy held out his hand as if to dance with me...I kind of wanted to take it.
Came across these funny bolgs in the texan:

mardi, juillet 01, 2008

DC, NC, HI

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ok...anger management 101 continues...I decided to spend an extra night in DC figuring I could afford the $30-$35 dollars for a bed at the youth hostel. The guy at the front desk bumped up the price an extra ten dollars, saying that when they reach 95% capacity they charge more for the last %5. (Presumably the last ten people to register have more money.) Ihave never heard of HI doing this. It kind of pissed me off after tax and tacked on fees...it was almost $50 FOR A BED in a room with eleven others. Collectively, we paid $600.00 for the room. A bit high considering they seem to clean the bathroom on our floor (shared by 800 people?) once a day. The only way I could rationalize paying so much was to think of it as a donation. I guess it is a non-for profit.

arrgh!

If someone wants to open up a youth hostel here I guess business is good.

(Or would Hostelling International send someone to break the legs if they tried?)

mardi, juin 03, 2008

reflecting on spring 2008




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Well...Now we are in June...I finished my study of architecture history with a book of poems regarding the 1893 Chicago worls Fair aka World's Columbian Expo her let me see if I can find a sample poem.



They Flocked to the Fair

Tenants, farmers, overseers
Laborer, dairy women, architects
Clergy, dentists, lawyers
Physicians, Authors, teachers
Artists, musicians, actresses
Managers, showmen, inventors
Bankers, bookkeepers, clerks
Copists, telephone+telegraph operators, manufacturers
Stenographers, packers, railway workers
Porters, messengers, butchers
Undertakers, metal workers, gunsmiths
Engravers, machinists, painters
Organ makers, pattern makers, paper hangers
Stone cutters, potters, blacksmiths
Carpenters, barbers, janitors
Saloon keepers, waiters, cooks
Tailors, paper box makers, nurses
Servants, dress makers, laundresses

Most of my information came from a book called FAIR WOMEN.

It kind of opened my eyes to the expansiveness and depth of womens organizations and was full of interesting details about who was pissing off who in the era of women's sufferage. I really enjoyed it.

In other news, I am determined to clean my apartment this afternoon, (I found a bedbug on my loft last night.) I put in my resume for a custodial assistant's job here at ccny. I met up with Dave and lindon the a community garden on e 12th st last week and ran into Will b. And Hannah. (they were both very happy. Their effervecent happiness overwhelmed my bitterness about being fired.)I went to PS1 on sunday and ran into Jeanette, the key lime queen. She also was in a good mood and it was good to see her. The PS1 show was odd+amusing. Our bathroom seems to get more disgusting daily. I am planning to hand deliver a letter to Jose GOnzoles with a witness so he can not deny knowing about the problems in our building. (arrgh!)Speaking of buildings, Hamiltons House is being moved. This process has been impressive. Oh and i think there is a ccny mfa grads opening tonight.

jeudi, avril 10, 2008

Gardens, Muppets and Weddings

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Send me an invitation to your wedding!!

I guess I've been thinking about Urban Planning, Urban Politics, and Urban Poetry lately cause I had this blog entry saved under some such title. CCNY's art department rejected me again this year.(Actually I am a little relieved. I'll tell you why later.) Maybe I will try again in 2009.

now I am studying for the final exam for this gut architecture history class I am taking with Marta Gutman, who BTW has a new book out.

Just now I am looking at the first review slides and they have to do with gardens...specifically Stourhead and Chiswick house in England. Gardens are a great subject. I hope not to get too hung up on the political aspects of the (increasing?) stratification of society in England in the 1700's. Maybe I can just compare these gardens to other gardens in the 1700's. Big gardens, smalls gardens, food gardens, flower gardens, herb gardens, factory farms, hanging gardens, terraced gardens, both romantically picturesque and less romantically picturesque.

Then there are essays to write for the following topics:

a)Neo-classicism in France and the U.S.

b)Nineteenth-Century Historicism

c)Architecture and Industrialization

d)Responses to the Industrial City

e)The American Scene

f)Victor Horta+Frank Lloyd Wright

g)European Avant-Garde Architecture in France

h)European Avant-garde Architecture in Germany

i)Postwar Modernism in the U.S.

j)Reactions to Modernism: Postmodernism

k)Reactions to Modernism: Deconstruction

(With the exception of Horta+Wright, all these headings sound alarmingly dry and terrifically academic.)

I am woefully behind in the reading/studying and the exam is on Monday so...you know...wish me luck!

p.s.

If you have been to the following places or have insight into any of the following time periods and/or builders please comment extensively. I need all the help I can get.

Guggenheim Museum
Bilbao, Spain
Frank Gehry
1991-1997

Vanna Venturi House
Chestnut Hill, PA
Venturi and Rauch
1962

The Guild House
Philadelphia, PA
Venturi and Rauch
1960-1963

Baker House Dormitory (MIT)
Cambridge, MA
Alvar Aalto
1946-1949

Guggenheim Museum
New York, NY
Frank Lloyd Wright
1956-1959

Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL
L. Meis Van der Rohe
1950-1956

The Bauhaus
Dessau, Germany
Walter Gropius
1925-1926

"A City for Three Million People" (project)
Le Corbusier
1922

Villa Savoye
Poissy, France
Le Corbusier
1929

Maison Dom-ino (project)
Le Corbusier
1915+

Ward Willits House
Highland Park, IL
Frank Lloyd Wright
1902

Horta's House and Workshop
Victor Horta
Brussels, Belgium
1898-1900

Plan for Chicago (Commercial Club of Chicago)
Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett
1909

Wainwright Building
St. Louis, MO
Louis Sullivan
1890-1891

Reliance Building
Chicago, IL
Burnham and Root
1889, 1894-1895

Red House
Bexley Heath (near London)
William Morris and Philip Webb
1859-1860

St. Pancras Station
William H. Barlow
and
The Midland Grand Hotel
Sir Giles Gilbert Scott
London, England
1868-1874

Crystal Palace
Joseph Paxton
London, England
1851

Altes Museum
Karl Friedrich Schinkel
Berlin, Germany
1824-1830

Bank of England
Sir John Soane
London, England
1788-1808

"Monticello" VA
Thomas Jefferson
1768-1782

Royal Saltworks
Arc-et-Senans (near Besancon?), France
Claude-Nicolas Ledoux
1775-1779

Stourhead Park House
Colin Campbell
1720-1721
Stourhead Park Grounds
Henrys Flitchcroft+Hoare II
1744
Stourhead, England


Chiswick House
Lord Burlington (Richard Boyle)
1725
Chiswick House Gardens
William Kent
1736
Middlesex (near London)England






Stourhead, England

samedi, mars 29, 2008

Portfolio 2008


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It's almost April Fool's Day and that means MFA Applications are due at CCNY.

In the pouring rain, one may say words reminding another of a time forgotten when snakes lived on the island and stones were carved with elaborate, symbols of hope, maps for the future from the past. Place something in the ground believing that three hundred and ten years later a leaf will fall. Last year, a t-shirt was silk-screened with the name of a small group of musicians who rattled a tune loose from the ladder everyone was afraid to climb. Words are spoken. Words are written down. Words are whispered and then forgotten, only to be remembered late one night in a dream. Carving something out of wood, carving something into stone, one remembers the rhythm of ancient songs. Sea Chants work, songs lift the soul out of poverty and carry the spirit along to places forgotten or unknown, real and imagined for battle or verse. Never before have the planets seen a fireworks show such as the one that will happen tomorrow or next week for every thing is slightly different now than it was. What remains constant? Earth is still rotating. Sun continues to burn, a baby is born but this one is not like any other. This baby is slightly different. A tree falls but the sound echoes differently than one that fell yesterday or last week or the ten that will fall tomorrow. Along a river, a person jogs, listening to the music of her footsteps. The sound of her breath is rhythmic and deep. In her breath one can hear dark stories of earth, and fire. In the water lurk transparent creatures that need little light. Has someone placed a turbine there? Canvas hangs on a wall in a gallery. The image presented is abstract, hewn from linen, linseed oil, and the finest ground pigments. Next door another gallery, with flat acrylic cartoons on wood hung on drywall, screwed to an aluminum frame. Aluminum is lighter and less expensive than wood. The artist lives a monastic life. He wakes early, meditates. He listens closely to the music of the street. He loses his identity and becomes a vessel for a spirit, the spirit of the city. Everyone works in harmony. The music of the city is an elaborate, spontaneous ballet. There are time honored methods for dealing with the inevitable. Death, taxes. There is truth in the belief that many heads are better than one. Cars come and go. People spend money they have been ruthless in acquiring on cell phones, wireless computers and cable TV. Space is treated as a commodity. Airplane traffic was non existent two hundred years ago. Languages have died and been re-created. Documentation is on the rise. Ahead, on the left is a large hole in the ground. Santiago is working here. Across the hole stands a tall dark tower, a graveyard and St. Paul’s Chapel. The chapel is painted pink and blue. The chapel is neo-classical.

jeudi, mars 20, 2008

architecture history marches on

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Nineteenth-Century Historicism: England, Germany, and France

Historicism
Gothic Revival
Greek Revival
Nationalism
"Battle of Styles" Eclecticism
Ecole des Beaux-Arts
marche
caractere
parti
esquisse

Sir John Soane
Sir Charles Barry
Agustus welby Pugin
Charles Garnier
Bank of England
House of Parliment
Altes Museum
L'Opera

jeudi, mars 13, 2008

Rethinking Architecture in women's history month

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Last night I met Amayas at the Lion's Head Pub and got him to list his five favorite artists and architects. Here they are:

Santiago Calatrava


Daniel Leibeskind

Marc Newson

Wet Designs

Norman Foster

zdizlaw beksinski


H.R. Giger


Frank Freezette

Marcos Chin

Ralph Goings

Kevin Grass

I like the looks of Marcos Chin.

In other news the "Colisseum of Vagina" in in a ceramics exhibition here at CCNY.
The reception is tonight 6-8PM.

vendredi, mars 07, 2008

Elanor, rain, and homework

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It's a sad wet day.
My great Aunt died.



Ottoman,
Constantinople,
Byzantium,
Istanbul
Five Pillars of Islam
Waqf
Madrassa

Bezistan

Main Players
Suleman, the Magnificent
Koce Sinan (1491-1588)

Examples
Topkapi Palace,
15th, 16th centuries
Turkey


The Karadjozbegova Mosque, Mostar, 16th century (Bosnia)
Stari Most (The Old Bridge), Mostar, 16th century

For comparison
Hagia Sophia,
6th century

jeudi, février 28, 2008

Ver...Verts...Versailles

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Dunlop, Mitford, Bryant
for the love Deidre...
evoke something reborn Verlet
exact lines so evedently important.

L'approach, L'autumn, the royal chase
First enlarge Louis XIV, party,
Nine porcelaine offshoots,
Marble everything, hearts too.

Clagny, add water, bring to 1701
redecorate. Now, le Chappelle:

Small cabinets, pompadour, of Berries
The Queen, M. Leszinska
Louis the XVI
Marie Antoinette and the game of make believe

Resurection
Le reine, Le Rhine, LeNotre
Fantasy flight night, Le Chambre
Rendez-vous

Alceste, The Enveloppe, the place of arms
Fireworks, flotillas, Grotte
Parterre du Norde, Satory in construction
Stables, windows, beds
Aerial photograph, furnature
reconstruction

lithograph machine, Aquaduct, ground
St. Louis King, Marley Chambre?
1701--Bull's Eye Salon

Duchesse now (private recollection)
Vivien Bourgogne Gobert and the cabinet work
Louis XV roofscape garden axis
Dormer of Bains, Stockholm
The stairs of ambessadeurs.

Try something small, garden front, Opera
Banquet Hall, le Juene
Le Bassin d'Apollon, the Canal
an illuminated wedding, Bust, le Compte
Bibliotheque

Vigee Mme Le Brun, scandal (1783)Houdon
Plantation (M. de V.)
Belevedere (Georges Saad), Temple of l'amour
Engraved by Nee

Chevalier de l'Espinasse
Try another...Grotto, Chatelet
Plan, block, floor
Small cabinets, endpapers
Archives, Musee, Bureau

Building, tree, organic growth
supreame glory
Tout les jours comedies
Gallery of colonnades
fountains, M. Dunlop, fountains
Le Frondes, le soleil

Historic tourists pantomime
strange oversight untouched
Daughters of France, odd bourbons seen
Madame de Sevigne
Charming centre of government seat

Pergola arbor disappeared
Great mouldering palace
conversation, a curious fact
Le Service de Batiments

Fond of close green thing
Listen she falls slowly, last
Cry rain fountain water

Batsford, Rainbird, Dauphin
there will always be difficulty
a certain point, a knoll of length
dominating three facades
gliding ornament, avenues above
one hundred steps, among the trees
Orangeries (of love?)
not yet arrived luxuriance
offered coup l'oeil
approach coming ediface
small mouth of excellence unrolls
Lytton Strachey

Birds search

delicate mist

tack tacking spring

abolotion
dead son
Artois
Abbe
lies
room encrusted diamonds
murmur mob

discontents
sea
humanity
at three o'clock
Rambouillet

lundi, février 25, 2008

eini, meni, minei, mo

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samedi, février 23, 2008

Time, Authorship, and Ottomans

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Okay I am back here at the NAC...Still my Campidoglio "piece" is not done. (Somehow I feel by renaming "papers" "pieces" i will be less prone to writers block. Go figure.)

With great relief, I found my flash drive was still here (Thank you, whoever decided not to take it. You are a saint.)

I just finished reading "What is an Author" by Michel Foucault in order to "assess authorship in Foucault's terms". I think it brought on an LSD flashback, effectively disabling my ability for rational thought for several days.

Professor Gutman's Architectural History class has moved up to Chapter 19...the Ottoman Empire Islam and the changing of Constantinople to Istanbul around 1453. I am trying to find out about what kind of calender the would have used and if the Persians told time the same way...you know 12 hours...Am and PM.

vendredi, février 22, 2008

International Studs, Wastestreams, And Rome

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Hello.


It's a snowy Friday evening and I am here in the NAC computer lab getting ready to pound out a "piece" on Michael Angelo's Campidoglio (aka Capitoline)that was meant to be done last Tuesday(yikes! Please forgive me Professor Gutman, if you are reading this...Instead of working on this yesterday I went to an awesome producton of Harvey Firestein's International Stud put on buy CCNY's theater students)

Also new...Tuesday CUNY+NYC Dept of Sanity had a kick off event for 2008 Sustainable CCNY Committees.


Last night Mark brought over some awefully sweet wine and one of my all time favorite films. Amayas came over and we agrued a little about early civilizations and whether or not hunters and gatherers are "un-civilized"--well, Mark and I argued (comme d'habitude). Amayas got bored and left.

samedi, février 16, 2008

CCNY MFA Group Show


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Dennis Delgado


Filipa Farraia


Glenda Hydler


Jang Soon Im


Rachel Jobe

Seung Ae Kim


Sun Kim


Anthony Miler


Nancy Palubniak ak ak ak


Shani Peters

Patricia Reibesehl

Arthur Skowron

Miranda Small


Dessida Snyder

Erik Sommer

Mary Sweeney

Pei Chum Tsai

Priska Wenger

Yu Zhang

asl, Martini, Me Shell

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Last night Amayas and I met up with Krishna and Virgina and some of her friends at a hooka bar on the lower east side...the music was a bit loud and I began to wish I knew someASL which coinsidentally has the same acronym as the Art Students League.

Ok...i've spent a couples of hours (or days) at the Met
Checking out the Studiolo
of the Duccal(sp?)Palace of humanist Federico Montefeltro at Gubbio, an entire room panelled (sp?) in an elaborate, intarsia trompe l'oeil from the woodshop of architect Giorgio Martini (circa 14??AD).

http://12.151.120.44/explore/studiolo/studiolo_hmpg.html

http://www.jstor.org/view/00261521/sp050877/05x7277w/0

http://yalepress.yale.edu/book.asp?isbn=9780300085167

http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/f/francesc/index.html

http://www.le-marche.com/Marche/html/martini.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesco_di_Giorgio_Martini

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federico_da_Montefeltro

mercredi, février 13, 2008

Art Collectives, Lexis, and Convertables

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Hello...I should be reading chapters 17, 18 and 19 of Kostof's A History of Architecture. Instead, I am researching art collectives on LexisNexis. Finally, I have access to this thing. It seems like it may have been outmoded by Google though.

Has anyone seen the movie, Three Kings? I had heard it wasn't that good but I saw it a few nights ago and it was WAY better than I expected.

lundi, février 11, 2008

Spain and the N. E. W. World

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Oh...Mon Dieu! It's the year of the Rat!!

There is so much to read (Now I wish I hadn't cheated my way through Coach Kirby's World History Class.):

Piazza San Marco

Basilica San Marco

Doge's Palace

Libreria


Loggetta


La Zecca

Vignola

Il Gesu


Pre-Columbian


indigenous

"reconquest"


Colonial



Absolute power


Syncretism

ceremonial city

zocalo


Neo-Platonic


Divine Beauty

ideal geometry

Fernando and Isabella


Carlos (Charles) V


Montezuma (Moctezuma?)

Hernan Cortez


Palace of Charles V




Huitzilopochtli

Tlaloc

Palace of Montezuma
Tenochtitlan

Mexico(D. F.)City

1500 A.D.


Mexico City Landmarks

samedi, février 09, 2008

Saturday in the Library

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I'm here at the Cohen Library with Richard Rojas, talking about volcanos and looking at Gallery websites.

Still way behind in the reading for ARCH 622/242:

School of Athens

Palazzo del Te

Porta Pia

Tribune

Palladio

thermal windows

tromp l'oeil

Jacopo Sansovino

Carlo Borromeo

Pallazzo Chiericati

Villa Barbaro

Villa Rotunda

Teatro Olympico

Church of Redentore

vendredi, janvier 25, 2008

Letters, Brown and clay laments

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Okay...I'm back from Ohio where I spent some time being with relatives and failing (again) to lose ten pounds.

Today was the first day of classes here at the City College of New York. After some headache (I think) I found an interesting class for which (It sounds like)I can get graduate credit. I was hoping to take the Clays and Glazes class Sylvia had recommended, but that is looking unlikely.

Perhaps in error, I ended up in an architecture history lecture series led by a fairly entertaining speaker named Lance Jay Brown and taed by Camille Dunn. The course is called The built environment of NYC: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Design.

The assignments and readings are numerous, starting with:

turning Down the global thermostat

a conversation with ed mazria
and measures of sustainable design and performance