Flattery is all right so long as you don't inhale.
— Adlai Stevenson
Our vanity, our passions, our spirit of imitation, our abstract intelligence, our habits have long been at work, and it is the task of art to undo this work of theirs, making us travel back in the direction from which we have come to the depths where what has really existed lies unknown within us.
— Marcel Proust
Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
— Thomas Jefferson
It is absurd to say that the age of miracles is past. It has not yet begun.
— Oscar Wilde
above image via artnet.
Next Hallwalls Opening
March 1, 8 to 11pm
Beginning at 8pm with an artist talk (Christina West)
and a peformance (Tommy Becker)
Here is the Artvoice cover story on Christina West by Lucy Yau.
Asbury Hall at Babeville
conduction: con duc'tion (-duk'shun), n. 1. Act of conducting or conveying, as water through a pipe 2. Physics. Transmission through or by means of a conductor; also conductivity; —distinguished in the case of heat, from convection and radiation. 3. Physiology. The transmission of excitation through living tissue, esp. in a nerve.
"Conduction® (conducted Improvisation) is a means by which a conductor may compose, (re)orchestrate, (re)arrange and sculpt with notated and non-notated music. Using a vocabulary of signs and gestures, many within the general glossary of traditional conducting, the conductor may alter or initiate rhythm, melody, harmony, not to exclude the development of form/structure, both extended and common, and the instantaneous change in articulation, phrasing, and meter. Indefinite repeats of a phrase or measures may now be at the discretion of the new Composer on the Podium. Signs such as Memory may be utilized to recall a particular moment and Literal Movement is a gesture used as a real-time graphic notation. Conducting is no longer a mere method for an interpretation but a viable connection to the process of composition and the process itself. The act of Conduction is a vocabulary for the improvising ensemble. In the past fifty years the international community of improvisers has grown at such a rate that it has forged its own in defining its present future. The geographic exchange of musics (not category) has enriched this community and holds it steadfast in its mission to be the medium with an appetite for expressing the moment. It is this Collective Imagination that is presenting the new challenge to technology and tradition with the hope of helping in the humanitarian need to broaden the language of communication. Here and now we have the possibility of helping to open new doors of employment to a community that has patiently awaited its turn to pave the way to the New Tradition, a product equal to the challenge. Yours in Art, Lawrence D. 'Butch' Morris
Composer/Conductor of Improvised Music"
Lawrence Morris Website
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Unhinged
Artists and Models Affair
Saturday, May 31, 2008, 9pm to 2 am
Central Terminal, Buffalo, NY
In the past 20 incarnations of Hallwalls’ Artists & Models Affair, a multitude of Buffalo sites have served as the locus for temporary artistic expressions and controlled insanity: the Broadway Market, abandoned factories, warehouses, auto showrooms, roller rinks, deserted downtown malls and department stores, the Tri-Main Center, and the Buffalo Convention Center.
This year’s event—officially the 21st version of A&M—will return to the Central Terminal, architectural landmark, emblem of Buffalo’s glorious past and its phoenix future. Visible from miles away, the Central Terminal will, for one evening, become the hub for Unhinged—a location, a state of being, a condition, an apparition, a temporary psychosis, an inevitability.
Hallwalls is currently accepting proposals from artists for temporary, one-night installations and performances to be a featured element of Unhinged. Only a limited number of installations will be included so preference will be given to the dynamic, the compelling, the arresting, the creatively deranged, and the thematically apt. Keep in mind that, because this is an event-oriented exhibition, more subtle works better suited for a gallery or installations that require controlled environments for audio are less effective.
Participating artists will have approximately 5-7 days of installation time.
Participating artists will have a minimum of 5 days to create your installation.
• LARGE-SCALE is good for the Central Terminal
• PERFORMANCE is good
• VIDEO PROJECTION is good
• ROAMING performance is good
• AUDIENCE-PARTICIPATORY works are good
Your Unhinged Proposal should include:
1) your name, address, phone, email
2) a detailed description of your proposal (250 words), with accompanying images/sketches, if possible. (This is NOT an artist statement. It’s a description of not only what you envision but also how you plan to realize your project.)
3) an indication of your minimum space requirements 4) a list of your technical/equipment needs (if any) and your available resources.
Participating artists will receive a modest honorarium.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, March 14, 2008
Email proposals to EACH of the following:
John Massier, Visual Arts Curator, email@example.com
Carolyn Tennant, Media Arts Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Polly Little, Development Director, email@example.com
Call 716.854.1694 for more information.
• Cathy Pardike at NCCC opening Thurs Feb 14, 5:30-8pm
• Roberley Bell: Becoming Blurred at Pentimenti (Philadelphia) opening Fri, Mar 7, 6-8:30pm (thru April 12)
• The Urban Artisans at the Arts Council opening Fri Feb 29 6-0pm (thru Mar 21)
• 3rd Annual Staff Exhibition at Betty's opening Mon, Mar 3, 6-9pm (thru May 4)
• Sandra Warnick Holland at Cosmopolitan Gallery SDat Mar 1, 7-9pm
• Autistic Services Emphasis on the Arts at B. West (141B Elmwood) opening Sat, Mar 1, 5-8pm (thru Mar 30)
• Love, Loss, Betrayal, and Perseverance closing reception at Guerilla Gallery (1115 Elmwood) Sat, Mar 1, 8-11pm
• Jeffrey Swalnik at the JCC (787 Delaware) opening Sun, mar 2, 2-3:30pm (thru Apr 23)
Julian Hits the Big Time aka the Albright....ahh, we knew him when...
Julian Montague: Other Orders
Opening Fri, Feb 29, 5:30—7 (thru April 6)
Collectors Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Julian also has a blog.
Coming Up in Lockport
Read the bottom line of this announcement
Eric Gansworth Exhibition & Book Signing
Canisius College will host an art show opening, book reading and reception for Eric Gansworth, professor of English and Lowery Writer-in-Residence, on Friday, February 29, 2008 at 5 pm in front of the Peter and Mary Lou Vogt Gallery of the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will celebrate the publication of Gansworth’s two new books: Sovereign Bones, an anthology of New Native American writing, and A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function, a collection of poems and paintings. Gansworth will read from his works, followed by an audience question and answer period, book signing and reception. The art show, featuring Gansworth’s original paintings, will run from February 29 to March 28 during regular library hours. For library hours, visit the Web site here or call (716) 888-2900.
Gansworth, an enrolled member of the Onondaga Nation, was born and raised on the Tuscarora Indian Nation in Lewiston, NY. He has published seven books, including Mending Skins, which won a 2006 PEN Oakland Award. Gansworth’s books are available at Talking Leaves Bookstores and from Amazon at Amazon.
The Burchfield Winds Down to Wind Up
Here are the final series of events at the Burchfield-Penney's Rockwell Hall digs, the second in the Rendez-Blue series of art, music, film, and performance.
Here is the link to Lucy Yau's review for the current Burchfield Members Exhibition.
• Everyday Splendor at the Carnegie thru April 5
• Jackie Felix at CG Jung Center (408 Franklin) thru March 7
• Douglas Repetto and Shadi Nazarian at Ub Art Gallery thru May 17
• Art Dialogue Members Exhibition thru Mar 14
• Amanda Besl at Lyons Wier, NY thru Mar 8
• Cathy Pardike at NCCC thru Mar 13
• Pop and Punk Art Show at Hardware thru Mar 21
• Ani Hoover at Insite Gallery thru Mar 17
• Courtney Grim at Olean Public Library thru Mar 29
• CEPA Members Exhibition, Keith Johnson, and Colleen Cunningham thru Mar 15 Buffalo News
• Big Orbit Members Exhibition thru Mar 1 Artvoice Lucy Yau
• Scott Richter at Nina Freudenheim thru March 12
• Toni Pepe at Buffalo Big Print thru March 21
• Catherine Shuman Miller at Nichols School thru March 10
• Bingyi at Max Protech, NY thru Mar 15
• MIchael Rogers and Jack Wax at the RoCo thru Apr 6
• Jeff Sherven at Betty's thru March 2
• Bruce Jackson at CDS/Duke University thru April 6
• Diane Baker at The Mansion on Delaware (indefinitely)
On View Now, Opening Reception March 16, 3—5pm (thru March 23)
Artpark Sculpture Competition: Deadline March 31/08
Your Guide To Aggressive Common Sense
For the next several weeks, we'll continue to work our way through the alphabet and consider some definitions extracted from The Doubter's Companion: A Dictionary of Aggressive Common Sense by John Ralston Saul. We're up to the letter C...
1. So complicated that nobody knows how it works, which causes Canadian social scientists to talk about it all the time, which causes foreigners to say it's boring because nothing ever happens.
2. The most decentralized country in existence, which causes Canadians to complain constantly about the power of the federal government.
3. Administered under the third oldest constitution in the world, which causes Canadians to insist that it has never worked and must be changed.
4. The only major country in which the two leading western cultures have managed to live peacefully together for several centuries, causing Canadians to insist that they cannot live together.
5. Burdened by the laziest elite of any developed nation; people who have made their fortunes by selling off the country's resources and by working for more energetic foreigners. They are most comfortable on their knees, admiring those from larger countries who have purchased them.
6. A country where 95 per cent of the land is north of the major cities, which causes its urban inhabitants to treat their hinterland as an embarrassing and backward region, while pretending that they themselves are situated hundreds of miles to the south, somewhere between New York and Florida.
An effective social mechanism for preventing communication.
Cynicism is found in people who see themselves principally as members of a class or ideological group and not as individuals. It indicates a lack of self-confidence. Through an appearance of world-weariness it attempts to suggest the possession of inside knowledge. The cynic knows and can't be bothered to tell those who are ignorant.
Since no real discussion is possible, the cynic's group-attitude cannot be questioned. Cynicism is thus an aggressively superior attitude which aborts debate in order to disguise inferiority.
As a result, the eithteenth century idea that wrongdoing was caused by ignorance has been reversed. Instead, the possession of expert knowledge is regularly used to argue that only the naive don't understand why it is necessary and even good to do wrong. This approach has been particularly popular in the Neo-conservative movement as a way of justifying economic policies which produce suffering.
"Art paralysis: It is a widespread and often crippling malady, striking everyone from the new college grad in his or her first apartment to the super-rich banker, lasting anywhere from a few months to a lifetime. How many are affected is not known, perhaps because the victims are often too embarrassed to come forth."
"She had no experience to speak of — she had never even bought a photograph or a painting — but she did have two clear goals: to help emerging artists become more appreciated, and to encourage a broader swath of people to feel comfortable buying art."
“Robbe-Grillet is important because he...attacked the last bastion of the traditional art of writing: the organization of literary space...the realm of qualification, for him, can be only spatial or situational.”
“Wonderful collections can become a burden unless they are cleared of unused objects.”
It's never too early to pine for spring training...
In February 1962, Sports Illustrated sent the illustrator Robert Weaver to cover spring training in Florida fora series of paintings in the March 5, 1962, issue of the magazine. Here are some drawings from his sketchbook.
Magda Cordell McHale 1922—2008
Buddy Miles 1948—2008
William F. Buckley Jr. 1926—2008
Here is a really great discussion about Buckley on PBS' Newshour this week.
Baird Jones 1954—2008
Something I listened to this week...
I've been catching up, as you all should, with Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour. This Bob fellah knows a bit about music and pulls a lot of wonderful stuff from the long, deep past of musical history and chances are you will have heard very little of what he plays. He keeps his chat between songs short, pithy, and informative and that gravelly voice of his will quickly hypnotize you with its charm. The poster above is drawn by the great Jaime Hernandez and the throaty voice introducing each episode is none other than Ellen Barkin.
You can find the entire first season of 50 one hour shows archived here in zip form.
Second season here.
When things are steep, remember to stay level-headed.