Quivering Maelstroms

Gutai Group: Japanese art movement from the 1950’s emphasizing the beauty of decay.

Gutai Manifesto: “The fact that the ruins receive us warmly and kindly after all, and that they attract us with their cracks and flaking surfaces, could this not really be a sign of the material taking revenge, having recaptured its original life?”

Sarah Sze, 1999, Venice Biennale

2001, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco

2011, The High Line
2011, Asian Society Museum, New York

The creations of Sarah Sze are modern representations of the Gutai Group’s interest in the possibilities of decay. Using the space surrounding her constructions as a material, culminates in sculptures perfectly balanced between positive and negative, stability and fluctuation. She draws in three dimensions, giving her sculptures the freedom of weightlessness. Creating beautiful constructions out of common detritus, her work is the artistic representation of the chaos of nature combining to form a disorderly, yet functionary whole.

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The rain began Sunday night and has not stopped since. With rain drops gently hitting my windowsill and grey clouds darkening the bright morning light, it is easy to burrow deeper under my comforter and return to my lucid dreams. Late mornings, long books, and retreats into the imagination are the cure for the weather laying a damp blanket over the North East.

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Odilon Redon (1840-1916), Portrait of Des Essientes from J.K. Huysmans, A Rebours

(p.s. Gallery owner, Adam Lindemann opened a show based on A Rebours and created a zine to go with it. Zine’s really need to make a come-back.)

Watery Beginnings

A Brief History of John Baldessari

Baldessari’s advice for a young artist:

1. Talent is cheap.
2. You have to be possessed but you can’t will.
3. Being at the right place at the right time.

Yes.

Thank you Tom Waits for being the best narrator ever in this highly entertaining video of an entertaining man.

f(trousers) = brainpower

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I wholeheartedly believe wearing trousers increases one’s intelligence. Ergo, I deem them smart pants.

Two variations, equally increasing IQ’s.

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I find portraiture in black and white to be the most effective. Stripping color from the image, highlights the minute details of the face and body that make an image enigmatic and captivating. Here are a few of my favorite portraits as of late:

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Lucid Dreaming
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Iggy Pop, Steve Pyke 1987
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Debbie Harry
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Morrisey, Steve Pyke 1982
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Ken Russel, Steve Pyke, 1985

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Shane MacGowan, Steve Pyke, 1987

Black and White

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Schooling

The Guardian

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Michael Kenna

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NegsandPrints

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The Guardian

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Peter Hulance

I should probably point out early on that I am an Anglophile. Anything dealing with the English culture will immediately spur my fancy and have me looking for more. One of my unrealized fantasies was to attend a proper English boarding school. Whether it’s the gothic architecture or the wooly knits, looking at pictures of those young intellectuals made we want to abandon the freedom of public school for the rules and traditions of the English education. Anglophile aside, I am also a child of the Harry Potter phenomena. I am not ashamed of my Hogwarts roots and can probably say my yearning for the English boarding school tradition might be slightly attributed to this.

Needless-to-say, when I found out Universal Studios made a Harry Potter World – WORLD, not land people – it was in my destiny to make a trip to Orlando. How I convinced my dad to join me I still cannot fathom, but we made for the world of all things good; butter beer, castles, chocolate frogs, and a hogs head that moves. I really cannot see what else is necessary.

Sadly, I never received my Hogwarts acceptance letter when I was 12, but I did get to experience a little taste of the damp hallways and dimly lit common rooms of my boarding school dreams. Who knows, maybe my acceptance letter to Hogwarts Graduate School is flying to me right now…

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Warm Daze

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                                              Hugh Holland’s, Locals Only

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                        The freakish warm weather in New York has me thinking of Venice.

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Beginnings

After a tumultuous few years going back and forth, I finally decided it was time to start a blog. This might seem like quite a drastic response to a simple problem, but I did not want to join the herd of the blogosphere unless I had something unique to contribute. I do not have anything more unique to add now than I did three years ago, but today the idea of a blog suddenly felt right.

This blog is an exploration of my totally disjointed brain so as to catalogue the craziness, and hopefully bring some semblance to it all. Anything that catches my fancy is fair game for posting. The Still House will act as a simple record of my reveries that hopefully, others might enjoy as well. I might even throw up a few pictures of my own if it suites me. I cannot tell you what direction my blog will take and am intrigued by this idea. Keep reading and you might find some hidden gems of awesomeness. Ah, who knows?