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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

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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
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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…
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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…..

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*****………

friday is uv magenta with sprinkles on top…

Baltimore-based Nudashank’s second show is tonight!! and they are receiving rad press because they are stupendous and win at being famous!
check out the Fecal Face bump!
Nudashank’s Alex and Seth describe the show as

“Equal parts modernism and classicism, the exhibiting painters are from a generation that has been influenced by screensavers, vector graphics, MS Paint, Google maps, and Photoshop. The paintings evince the pervading luminescence of the computer screen, the digital color spectrum, and the expanding universe of virtual spaces…These paintings reflect a new, synthesized (perhaps alienated) perception of the world and how visual information is coded, condensed, flattened, and transmitted.”

trippy! im too excited…
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of the limited sneak peak views of the show, i think this piece “Transitions” by Micheal Dotson is my favorite…skate park of the misty mountain forest…
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the show reminds me of this book i want to read BUT IS NOT EVEN IN THE RICHMOND LIBRARY CATALOG!
its called “Wednesday is Indigo Blue” and in it, authors Cytowic and Eagleman discuss synesthesia which is is a “neurologically based phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway” (so says wikipedia). basically, synesthetes often describe letters as being different colors; sometimes they hear colors or see pain they are feeling. in this book, the authors assert that “cross-talk among the senses is the rule rather than the exception–we are all inward synesthetes who are outwardly unaware of sensory couplings happening all the time.”
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…….new summer look, synesthete envy
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those ladies remind me of this friend of mine who’s taken to wearing color therapy chakra glasses…
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he’s been wearing yellow ones for concentration, mental clarity and optimism…its some Edgar Cayce psych-science type stuff and i think madonna endorses it.
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and speaking of Edgar Cayce!…..
check out this crazy digi glitch that happened to me on flikr….
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these were completely normal jpgs i uploaded onto flikr and thats what they showed up as….both are of two people, so maybe its some kind of kirlian photography (images of energy flow, auras and such)……?

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success!!

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Nudashank’s first opening was a glorious success! a swinging party! and a raucous occasion.
see more pics from the opening and check out the artists’ webpages at Nudashank’s blog.
straight ballin’

public display of affection

i have the most accomplished, amazing friends…..
firstly, in late 2008, in the midst of a crisis!, miss Elise Tyler and co. opened up an awesome used bike and local music/artists shop in nashville: Halcyon Bikes.

recently, Seth Graves put together this video interview. dig the mtv zoom shots…
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and then secondly!, my dearest Alex Ebstein, of ten tigers fame, has recently started Nudashank, an independently run gallery space in baltimore with friend and fellow artist Seth Adelsberger.
their grand opening group show, entitled “wise guise”, doesnt open till march 27th but has already received an enthusiastic review from JMG of gutter magazine.

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drawing by Xavier Schipani