Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Monday, January 30, 2006
These photos of Japanese Ruins come from different links that Naotaka Hiro just sent me. Everything is in japanese so I cant read a word, but hey, these pics are worth thousands. I'm obsessed with ruins because I'm preparing a lecture for the Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art on "Electronic Ruins". More on this later
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Finishing off the weekend working to lots and lots of music, mostly the fabulous Devendra Banhart that my friend Young Chung gave me last week. Other stuff on my playlist are The Shortwave set, the Brokeback Mountain soundtrack, Nightmare of You and Wolfmother.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Monday, January 23, 2006
Just off of Hill Street is LA's simulated Chinatown. It was built in the '50s for a movie and then inhabited by chinese americans as a real place. Now its inhabited by cool stores such as OOGA BOOGA, cool school such as Piero Golia's Mountain School of Art, galleries and project spaces mixed with Mah-jong parlours and chinese stuff stores, mixing film with reality. One of the first spaces to open there was Miltos' Electronic Orphanage, which now has become Telic.
Even the gas station was dressed up as a pagoda, which come to think of it, if China someday rules the global market maybe this will be the new international style, replacing all the Mies van der Rohe type of abstract floating planes with Standard Pagodism.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Miltos is showing 3 websites and 2 paintings, the websites projected onto blank canvases. The painting canvases are identical to the website canvases. And when he paints he projects the image onto the blank canvas. Sometimes he paints websites. Everything in the show is the same size, and the same price. It's a perfect show, just like a 444 moment.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
INMO is located in downtown LA, in what used to be the abandoned Billy's Coffee Shop at the equally abandoned and scary Rosslyn Hotel. Inmo has decided to open the gallery without turning it into a white cube kind of space. Instead he has left the bar of the coffee shop intact, and the space in a semi ruined state. The result is one of the most poetic galleries I've ever been to (or exhibited in).
Friday, January 13, 2006
..., it ran one step ahead, As we followed in the dance
Donna Summer, "Mac Arthur park"
Right in front of Mac Arthur Park is a great 1950s pre-cast concrete building, where Textfield magazine is located . I'm in L.A. preparing my show at Inmo Gallery, which is now in Downtown but used to be in the same building as Textfield, when they were both in chinatown, on Chung King Road.
At Inmo I'm showing Hotel Blue Wave, itself a pre-cast concrete building inspired by the 1050s examples like the one Textfield is today housed. There seems to be a cosmic coinsidence thing going on, and I think Donna Summer was right after allAt Inmo I'm showing Hotel Blue Wave, itself a pre-cast concrete building inspired by the 1050s examples like the one Textfield is today housed. There seems to be a cosmic coinsidence thing going on, and I think Donna Summer was right after all
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
The Toys 'R' Us store on Times Square has some of the best ceilings around. They're all very standard industrial and full of ducts, structure and stuff, but they are firecoated in candy colors and some of them even have candy hanging from it. Who would have thought it was so simple?
The whole store is architectural fabulosity, perfect for the gay architect who keeps a secret stash of Barbies' Magic Pegasus under his desk (like me).