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riding out of the sunset…part 1


so can we talk about Jon Ehrens real quick…
Jon is an incredibly talented friend of mine who has dabbled in every music genre imaginable.
in an older post of mine, i discussed the sped-up, squeeky-sweet pop sound of Jon’s band Art Department and the screamin rock n roll dance party vibes of Repelican.
anyway, Jon’s latest project White Life is a synthy/funky/soulful team up with his sister, Emily. Baltimore’s city paper did a much more eloquent write up which you can read here.
my current fave on the album is “Time is Wasting“…it sounds like a post-disastrous prom theme in a John Hughes film.
you can $purchase$ the record or download Mp3’s if you click this here link right here…
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so i’ve begun the laborious process of editing the hundreds of photos from my cross country trip with my dad…well “cross country”, California-Arizona-Colorado-Kansas-Missouri-TENNESSEE.
i’m not sure if there is a true theme emerging yet, but i’m hoping i can end up with some kind of cohesive set.
anyway, here are some of my faves! you can see all the rest on my flickr…

summer reading list


i think i want to cut my bangs again
i’ve kinda lost sight of who i want to be///what i want to look like

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He would see faces in movies, on T.V., in magazines, and in books….
He thought that some of these faces might be right for him….And
through the years, by keeing an ideal facial structure fixed in his
mind….Or somewhere in the back of his mind….That he might, by
force of will, cause his face to approach those of his ideal….The
change would be very subtle….It might take ten years or so….
Gradually his face would change its’ shape….A more hooked nose…
Wider, thinner lips….Beady eyes….A larger forehead.

He imagined that this was an ability he shared with most other
people….They had also molded their faced according to some
ideal….Maybe they imagined that their new face would better
suit their personality….Or maybe they imagined that their
personality would be forced to change to fit the new appear-
ance….This is why first impressions are often correct…
Although some people might have made mistakes….They may have
arrived at an appearance that bears no relationship to them….
They may have picked an ideal appearance based on some childish
whim, or momentary impulse….Some may have gotten half-way
there, and then changed their minds.
He wonders if he too might have made a similar mistake.


i wonder if i too might have made a similar mistake…..

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so yeah reading! first up, i have Peggy Orenstein’s “Cinderella Ate my Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the new Girlie-Girl Culture.”
its got glitter on the cover!
the title pretty much sums up the content of the book.
Orenstein writes that even though educational and professional opportunities are on the rise for today’s girls, American media oriented towards girls still encourages them to “equate identity with image, self-expression with appearance, femininity with performance, pleasure with pleasing, and sexuality with sexualization.”
i’m certainly one to equate identity with image, as demonstrated in the beginning of this very post! :-p
i think that self-expression and appearance and creativity and identity are all linked….but when a girl is taught that their appearance is the only way they can express themselves, thats not ok…

the book is not pure pink bashing though. Orenstein began all this research with the question, is this princess mania a true threat? a “more sinister marketing plot with long-term negative impacts”? or is it just a harmless phase?
the book is heavily research-based and full of information but is written with humor and reads more like an opinion piece than a scholarly article
yayyyyy
all quotes from the always reputable amazon.com
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if that starts feeling a little too educational, i’ve got Thomas Pynchon’s “The Crying of Lot 49” from dear bestie Alex Ebstein of Baltimore’s Nudashank Gallery.
its Pynchon’s shortest novel but the language is still as dense and verbose as “V”.
but its still sexy, poetic non-fiction.
a beach-read
i like Pynchon. to me he reads like the funny, surreal side of Vonnegut + Henry Miller‘s sexy adventuring inner monologue writing style.
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and theeeen, i want to order Jon Ronson’s “The Psychopath Test”
first off, awesome cover…and then ive always been interested in psycho killersss
in this book, Ronson learns how to administer Robert Hare’s psychopath test and then goes on to interview prisoners, psychologists and criminally insane people.
here, ill let him explain it, hes got the cutest voice :-p

hyper color//hyper link

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so i didnt make it to the opening, but Nudashank‘s latest show, Chromotose, juried by Erik Parker, looks pretty amazing. check out photos from the opening reception on Nuda’s website.
i love the rainbow fade signage (see above next to a painting by John Bohl).
and see below, this creepy bat(?) face by Bill Dunlap.
perhaps my favorite so far, having not gotten a close look at everything yet.
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AND CHECK THESE GUYS OUT……
OH
my god.

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LOOK at the goofy shit they did to these dogs!! MONSTROUS. so many more at the Telegraph
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because my feelings are selfish, i want everything for my own…

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this weekend! BALTIMORE!
next weekend! MY BIRTHDAY!
SUMMER BDAYS ARE THE BEST! DEAL WITH IT!
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so yeah, this weekend is Nudashank’s 3rd opening, Where the Sun Don’t Shine, a collection of black and white works from Nick Van Woert, Jimmy Joe Roche, Annie Farrar, JM Giordano, Bart O’Reilly, Waltr Carpenter, Brendan Sullivan, and Richmond’s own Henry Winfiele.
curator’s statement sez:

Through video, cut paper, drawing, painting, photography and sculpture, each artist employs a subtle humor that addresses the darker facets of contemporary existentialism. The work in this show (completely devoid of color), investigates this darkness with a cold, removed conceptual distance.

based on the press release stuff, i believe i am most excited about Nick Van Woert’s work…
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Ghost
Plaster bust and plastic
2009

considering the numerous pictures of the undersides of the bust pieces on his website, it seems that Nick is most interested in documenting the depth and positive and negative space of the resulting puddle of plastic…
duo

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also this weekend is WHARTSCAPE!!
omg omg i have no tickets to any of this omg…
but the day time shows are not sold out…i dunno, we’re gonna play it by ear and see what lookin cute and trading cigarettes does for us…
on sunday night, HEIGHT is playing, and incidentally here is a new video of H and friends from Team G, pretty extra ordinary…
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and since we’re on the subject of amazing friends, photographer Jonathon Kingsbury visited Nashville based Halcyon bike shop
and took some awesome pictures of some super duper custom bikessss….
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reminds me of pee wee’s big adventure or something…
see aaaaall the rest of them here…or check out elise’s favorites on the Halcyon website…..

i miss a good dance party…

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Baltimore friends AK Slaughter have an interview on BeatBots!!!!!!!!!!!

Emily sez:…

it’s not that I don’t like rap, I like it a lot, but if I could sing I would probably sing country music instead of rap…It’s like I’ll write the songs thinking that I could make them country songs, but they turn out to be rap songs and I really like the way they turn out. They’re very similar, the two genres, I think. They talk about the same things but in different ways. Like “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk“… think about it.

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and then! Repelican and the Art Department were written up too! both are music projects of Baltimore friend Jon Ehrens (with Mike Meno and Jason Howe) and both are fun fun party/hop up and down music. definitely check out that myspace linkage.
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anyway, brightest young things discusses some of the secret meanings behind Art Dept songs…
and mobtown studios sings praises to Repelican’s album Don’t Mumble the Manifesto
also here is a more extensive write up from citypaper that discusses the origins of Art Dept

A few years ago, recordings surfaced on the internet of a lost album by the Art Department, a mid-’80s indie band from Carson City, Nevada…Eventually, Maryland native Jon Ehrens fessed up the truth about the Art Department: The mysterious Carson City quartet never existed. He’d recorded the 13-song album, The Art Anthology, one weekend in 2005, after dreaming up the imaginary band based on a peculiar singing style and the way his guitar sounded with a capo. He even laid down each instrumental track like a method actor, getting into the character of each imaginary musician’s particular tics and playing styles. “My new thing was, I’m gonna invent a band, invent a bio, record an album for them, and just forget about it,” Ehrens explains. “That was my plan for Art Department”…

no fighting in the war room…

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while i was in baltimore this past weekend, i got a copy of Jordan Bernier’s zine “Dream House”. the zine features the 40 piece series Jordan created while he had no place of his own and was sleeping on friend’s couches. you can get your own at Nudashank.
here are some of my favorites, click for up close!….
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so this summer im interning at two different Richmond galleries and one of my tasks last week was to go through old local periodicals looking for articles about the gallery…tedioussss
anyway, while i was looking through an issue from 2007 i noticed this article about then-presidential hopeful Barack Obama visiting Plant Zero gallery in Richmond for a fund-raiser. apparantly Obama’s aides checked out the space before hand and asked that two pieces by Jamie Boling be covered up…
what what whaaaaat? beloved Barack involved in a censorship scandal?!
these are the pieces…
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“Honest Abe”
(im totally digging this…its a painting from a still from Fast Times at Ridgemont High)
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“Snake Charmer”

ps these are fucking huge oil paintings, 6×10 feet…can you imagine anyone involved in government giving a speech in front of Britney Spears’ twat?
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and so i actually don’t blame Obama for asking for the pieces to be removed, and in the end, the artist didnt either…

The artist was offended at first. But after thinking it over he decided the request wasn’t censorship, but an understandable attempt by the Obama’s people to avoid trouble. Boling said: “It’s not Obama to blame, or his people, but this society and culture that participate in tabloid culture, and a political culture that isn’t far from tabloid culture. Which is the subject of my art, anyway.”

the article mentioned other examples of politicians covering up art during press conferences and one instance did strike a chord with me. apparently when Colin Powell gave a speech at the United Nations making the case to go to war in Iraq, they took down a tapestry reproduction of Picasso’s “Guernica”…..
i mean thats the whole point of the piece! to remind us of the horrors of war…and they took it down so people wouldnt be cued to think of the negative consequences….
…….******miiiiind control control control*****….everyones drinkin that kool aid in their heavens gate nike dunks*****………

Philadelphia!, part 2, in which we get grossed out and eat sandwiches

*MEMORIAL DAY! make the boys get up, check out of the Windsor Suite (with the best concierge in the world) and walk to the Mutter Museum!!!!…..its the human medical anomalies museum, and i was so giddy and excited to be theeere…LOTS of fetus skeletons and skulls and babies in jars etc. this one was a conjoined twin…look, its so perfect and symmetrical…and then this other guy, had fibrodysplasia, which is a disease where instead of repairing correctly, your damaged tissue ossifies, or turns into bone….he looks like drift wood….click for the up-close, gross-out!
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elijah insisted that Rasputin’s penis was at this museum…it wasnt but Rasputin’s penis does indeed have its own tale to tell,

“Having this exhibit, we can stop envying America, where Napoleon Bonaparte’s penis is now kept. … Napoleon’s penis is but a small ”pod“ it cannot stand comparison to our organ of 30 centimeters…”

ps: thats a link

*so then! we continue on to Jim’s Steaks! cheese steaks! get double whiz and peppers on top! we waited in line for 20mins, and they were pretty worth it, i guess…none of us had ever had a cheese steak before so we didnt know how to compare it…honestly though, the texture of the meat kinda got to me, it was so chopped up it was kinda gritty….pukey

*and then on to the next leg of the trip! to baltimore! we go to loch raven reservoir and get some nature in. we dress up and wade….
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and david skips rocks…

(i have no video editing software…but skippin looks trippy on its side)

*and then 2 for 1 margaritas at Holy Frijoles and then Jameson and dancing at the Zodiac…
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…….the end!……….*see the rest of the pics from the trip!!!*……..the end!………