Thursday, January 29, 2009

lavina's clippings

(click image to enlarge)

when i was home during the xmas holiday, i noticed my grandmother, lavina, has old clippings taped everywhere, many inside the doors of her white 50's style kitchen cabinets hidden from view. others on a couple bulletin boards. the clippings i thought made a really interesting portrait of her, so i decided to take the clippings to the local wal mart and have them scanned.

the image above is the first one i'm posting of more to come...this clipping is actually instructions on the cleaning and care of the cabinets themselves. i may feature these in a future zine...

newest addition to art collection

i just bought this on ebay today!

Patricia Blagojevich portrait, 2009
courtesy of Andrew Mass through ebay
outsider artist

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

help a brother-in-law out????

my friends brother-in-law, Tim from City Farm, is in the running for White House organic farmer. He's a long shot, but we still have a few days left. I'd be eternally grateful.

more info about him:

Friday, January 23, 2009

speaking on monday 1/26 at University of Chicago

i'm speaking at university of chicago's contemporary art workshop at 6pm on monday, january 26th. caw is in cobb hall (same building as Renaissance Society
and side facing the quadrangles) in workshop room 202. it's free and in beautiful hyde park!

here is some info on CAW...


The Contemporary Art Workshop provides a context for the consideration of history as an indispensable component of work on contemporary art. As a meeting place for artists, art historians, curators, and critics from within the University of Chicago and without, CAW provides a forum for sustained analysis and debate bringing theory and practice into the discussion of contemporary art.

The group is primarily comprised of graduate students and faculty members from the Univerisity of Chicago, specifically from the departments of Visual Arts and Art History, as well as other departments within the humanities.

The CAW meets regularly throughout the academic year, typically every other Monday at Cobb Hall Room 203 at 6PM unless otherwise specified.

Faculty Sponsors: Darby English, Matthew Jesse Jackson and Marty Ward

Student Coordinators: Anna Lee and Marilyn Volkman

Thursday, January 22, 2009

michael wolf on NPR...

audio interview and slideshow:

reconceptualizing the alley-oop

Video: Designed double alley-oop

By J.E. Skeets

Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt your regularly scheduled NBA programming to bring you this breaking YouTube clip that is of the utmost basketball importance. (Slight exaggeration.) Via With Leather, here's video of Ike Nwamu and Deuce Bello of Westchester Country Day School pulling off a designed double alley-oop in a recent high school game. It's ridiculous.

Believe it or not, that is exactly the type of basketball-meets-volleyball play we're going to start see popping up in NBA playbooks, practices and games. Why? Because for far too long, the alley-oop has been an underutilized offensive weapon. As Shoals so perfectly puts it: "If you accept the alley-oop as more like the pick-and-roll than the windmill, all sorts of perceptual doors begin to loosen. Remember McGrady's off-the-backboard self-oop? Why not use the backboard as a second floor, thus adding another (fourth?) dimension to the game. It sounds fancy and frivolous, but again, we're talking set plays ..." Hear, hear! Unleash the oop!

f blog

i was kindly asked to speak with joanna who runs fblog...

she published a short it is:

Monday, January 19, 2009

ballot piece in honor of tomorrow's inauguration

"Presidential Ballot, 2008 Election"
state issued ballot 10x30" floated in 20x40" archival frame, 2008

above is my best current attempt at documenting this new is now posted up on my website as well

(i registered absentee, kept the ballot, and voted like normal!)


i have an image in this new guide coming out from the humble arts is some info:

The Collector's Guide is an invite only, unique 180–page source book distributed to collectors, art dealers, gallery directors, photo editors, museum professionals, and independent curators. Published biennially, The Collector's Guide aims to further Humble's mission by bridging the gap between ambitious early-career photographers and often-unapproachable photography professionals and art institutions.

Ideally, the 163 photographers featured in this publication will move on to find their work in private collections, represented by reputable galleries and included in group exhibitions. The Collector's Guide will also serve as a resource for photo editors, helping to attract assignments to featured photographers.

The Collector's Guide is not a traditional consumer-based art photography book. Instead, this source book is a complimentary guide for collectors and photography industry professionals.


Release date: March 3, 2009
Featured photographers: 163
Print run: 5,000
Trim Size: 10.25 x 13 in.
Binding: Perfect bound (softcover)
Pages: 180

for more info:

Saturday, January 17, 2009



william conger who curated this show is really great...young artists--send your work his way every once in awhile


gwen's motivational poster at work

see older posts to make sense of this...


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

danny's otis poster posted!


awesome new nirvana entry!


Monday, January 12, 2009

harold arts in timeout art&design top 10!

Art & Design
Time Out Chicago / Issue 199.200 : Dec 18–31, 2008
Art & Design top ten of 2008
Ten reasons Chicago art and design should survive the recession.

By Lauren Weinberg

1-9 blah blah blah

10. Nonprofits hang on
Against all odds, Chicago’s nonprofits continue to grow. In 2008, the Graham Foundation hosted a site-specific installation by Cecil Balmond in its expanded exhibition space; ThreeWalls started its SOLO program and beefed up its artist residency; the Green Lantern teamed up with Bad at Sports to host the Parlor, a new reading series; Experimental Sound Studio participated in the Chicago Humanities Festival; Harold Arts staged innovative shows; and the Public Media Institute launched a new art magazine, Proximity.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

that's where the art is

"try harder" installation by jason lazarus
dimensions variable

'Try harder' features a floor to ceiling reproduction of an Otis Redding performance photograph from 1966 with additional artist-applied text directly onto the image surface. Occupying a similar space to the motivational image/text posters found in business environments, this installation is at once a 'reminder' from the artist to himself and a gesture for the viewer. In addition, an 8x10" miniature version of the piece will be placed near the installation. This piece is a free, transportable talisman of the installation viewers can take with them and post in a work/personal space of their own.

above: a pre-opening shot of the wall piece and a hypothetical mini-poster podium for the free take away posters

above: the box of 250 free posters, each with hand-applied motivational text that was later placed in front of the wall piece

above: a digi pic from my friend caitlin, who sent me a shot of where she posted her motivational piece, making me very very happy this morning.

if anyone else out there got one of these and posted it would you send me a jpg??? i would love


Saturday, January 10, 2009

nirvana entry

here are jeff and i in the suburbs of chicago. he gave me my first cigarette and taught me 'come as you are' on guitar. he was the rebel of our group, obsessed with cobain...i haven't been able to track him down for years

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

my first zine now on sale!

above: aerial shot of cover

above: aerial shot of zine opened up and facing down

"The meaning of life is your going to die" ed 50 signed/numbered

the cover/back wraparound image is a reproduction of an autographed snapshot of paul tibbets:

courtesy of wikipedia: Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr. (February 23, 1915 – November 1, 2007) was a brigadier general in the United States Air Force, best known for being the pilot of the Enola Gay, the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb in the history of warfare. The bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

$12 mailed to you

i'll be debuting/selling the zines at an exhibition i am participating in at heaven gallery:

"try harder" --four local artists were invited to take turns creating site-specific projects in reaction to the work of their undisclosed collaborators. Try Harder unveils the result.

opening reception friday, jan 9th 7-11pm, heaven gallery 1550 n milwaukee ave

New Works by:
Jason Lazarus
Brian McNearney
David Moré
Montgomery Perry Smith

Performances by:
Mykel Boyd
Aymeric Hainaux


Tuesday, January 06, 2009

christian patterson prints available!

check this out, some nice pix by christian on offer from an upcoming project:

I am offering four images from my forthcoming project Out There as small-scale limited edition prints.

I will use the proceeds from print sales to produce exhibition prints and book maquettes. It's an opportunity for people to acquire a print for a small price, and to contribute to the success of this project.