If the storm within gets too loud, I take a glass too much to stun myself.
— Vincent van Gogh
If you are vain it is vain to sign your pictures and vain not to sign them. If you are not vain it is not vain to sign them and not vain not to sign them.
— Fairfield Porter
Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
— George Sand
Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the Universe.
— Kurt Vonnegut
Current Hallwalls Exhibitions
on view thru April 5
Tues to Fri 11am to 6pm, Sat 1 to 4pm
Christina West: Shadows and Fog
Here is the Artvoice cover story on Christina West by Lucy Yau.
Christina West Website
Tommy Becker: Tape Number One
Here is Lucy's review of Tommy Becker.
Tommy Becker Website
$10 general admission, $6 members/students/seniors
Sat. April 5 @ 8pm $8 / $6
Live performance of video and film scores, co-curated by Joanna Raczynska and Will Redman. The evening features commissioned moving image works by artists Bruce Checefsky. Sara Hornbacher, Caroline Koebel. Hollie Lavenstein, Stephanie Maxwell, and Zach Poff with performances by the Open Music Ensemble and special guests. Made possible by a major grant from The New York State Music Fund. Open Music Ensemble: Otto Muller, Josh DeScherer, Chris Reba, Will Redman, Steve Baczkowski, JT Rinker, Todd Whitman, Bill Sack�
Hallwalls Media Arts
• Mark Lavatelli at Insite opening Fri, Mar 28, 7-9pm (thru Apr 20)
• TRIMANIA Sat night at the Tri-Main
• James and Catherine Koenig at Meibohm Fine Arts (East Aurora) opening Fri, Mar 28, 6-9pm (thru April 26)
• Jonathan Rogers at Gateway Studio (141 Elmwood), Fri, Mar 28, 8pm
• Sam Francis at UB Anderson Gallery, opening Sat, Mar 29, 6-9pm (thru May 25)
• Tim Raymond, Elizabeth Davis closing reception at College Street Gallery, Sun, Mar 30, 2-5pm
• Robert Swain at Nina Freudenhem opening Sat, Mar 29, 6pm (thru May 14)
Walter Ungerer Retrospective @ Squeaky Wheel
Friday, March 28, 7pm(artist reception) 8pm(screening)
Squeaky Wheel, 712 Main Street $6/$4 members
(artist reception free!)
James Paulson: Corrupted Affinites
Closing Reception TONIGHT Fri, Mar 28, 8—11pm
Opening Fri, Mar 28, 5-7pm @ Studio Hart (thru May 9)
• Everyday Splendor at the Carnegie thru April 5
• Eric Jensen at NIchols School thru May 5
• Jennifer Steinkamp at the Albright thru June 29
• Peter Fowler at Kepa3 thru Apr 5
• Edollia at Quaker Bonnet thru Mar 31
• Diane Baker at Globe Market thru May 31
• Elizabeth Leader at CG Jung Center thru May 23
• Chris Stangler at Insite thru April 20 Buff News Dabkowski review
• Women's 2008 Spring National Exhibition at Impact Artists Gallery thru Mar 29
• The Myriad Manifestations of Mail Art curated by Becky Moda at NCCC thru Apr 18
• Douglas Repetto Colin Dabkowski review Artvoice Albert Chaoand Shadi Nazarian at Ub Art Gallery thru May 17
• Art Dialogue Annual Juried Members Exhibition thru Apr 25
• Queen City Gallery First Anniversary Party with New Work by Michael Mulley thru Apr 30
• Dave Buck, Thomas Kegler at the Kenan Center thru Apr 23
• Junjie Yoo At UB Dept of Visual Studies thru April 10
Roberley Bell: Becoming Blurred at Pentimenti (Philadelphia) thru April 12
• Tim Raymond at College Street Gallery thru March 30
• Kurt Treeby at the Castellani thru April 20
• William Cooper at Starlight Studio & Gallery thr Apr 25
• Autistic Services Emphasis on the Arts at B. West (141B Elmwood) thru Mar 30
• Jeffrey Swalnik at the JCC (787 Delaware) thru Apr 23
• Courtney Grim at Olean Public Library thru Mar 29
• MIchael Rogers and Jack Wax at the RoCo thru Apr 6
• Bruce Jackson at CDS/Duke University thru April 6
Sure, I really want an iPhone, but it can't mix a highball...
I challenge anyone to show me something they've purchased so far in 2008 that tops Ani Hoover's savvy acquisition of this consumer electronic/alcohol product with faux fireplace. No word on whether it came with a red velvet robe. As Hoover told me, "Clearly, this is one of the best purchases I have ever made..."
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 G...
Either God is alive, in which case he'll deal with us as he sees fit. Or he is dead, in which case he was never alive, it being unlikely that he died of old age.
If God has always been a figment of our imagination, then, given organized society's distrust of the imagination, he must probably have been created for a reason. At best this figment was probably intended to provide us with a shared ethical relationship. At worst it was just an excuse for a small group of clerics to wield power in the name of an invisible person who could not interfere.
By acting as is he were dead without settling upon an existential alternative, we have invited a reign of negative confusion. This has encouraged charlatans and opportunists to propose complete replacements; that is, ideology.
The best way to avoid such confusion and the resulting exploitation is to ensure that God is replaced (if we are assuming that he never existed) not by a theory or a dialect or market forces or structure but by a generally agreed-upon ethical relationship.
That, interestingly enough, is the central purpose of democratic society. The citizen has trouble remembering this because the ideologues and specialists who win power keep telling us that ethics, although worthy, are naive. Who can blame them? Like all priests whey want to be God and failing that to speak for him without the interference of free-standing values.
"These works often resemble Home Depot displays, architectural fragments, customized found objects, ersatz modernist monuments, graphic design or magazine layouts."
"While many elements seem to arise from an instinctive, quasi-primitive intuition, other parts suggest a more intellectually sophisticated play with the codes of Modern painting."
NY Times Ken Johnson
"As a countermove, Estenger's sculptures made of sheetrock with sporadic cumshots of white spackle amount to a dry-humping of Judd from a same-sex perspective."
“The sadism of that character, the fearful laugh, the skull showing through drawn skin, and the surely conscious evocation of a concentration-camp degenerate established Widmark as the most frightening person on the screen...”
"In the late 1950’s, he brought another breakthrough to Latin music with descargas: late-night Havana jam sessions that merged Afro-Cuban rhythms, Cuban songs and the convolutions of jazz. The mixture of propulsion and exploration in those recordings has influenced salsa and jazz musicians ever since."
Neil Aspinall 1942—2008
Something I listened to this week....
Okay, I take no joy in telling you that Bob Dylan painted this suckass album cover for Self Portrait himself but that sorry fact aside, do not be dissuaded. This 1970 album, poorly received at the time (the vaunted Greil Marcus, proving that we're all prone to myopia, opened his Rolling Stone review with the words "What is this shit?"), is a gorgeous country record with original songs, as well as covers of songs by Gordon Lightfoot, Simon & Garfunkel, Elmore James, and Rogers & Hart. 24 songs in total and I can't find even one boner. Splendid singing on Dylan's part. Yes, a sea change from some of the material Dylan released just a few years earlier, but then again, that's another thing I love about it. Along with John Wesley Harding and his sublime soundtrack to Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Self Portrait demonstrates that Dylan was ahead of the curve of the country vibe that would emerge in the early 70s. Smooth like hand-churned butter.
The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not.
— Eric Hoffer