Saturday, February 7, 2009

I am only describing language, not explaining anything.

Joseph Kosuth, No Number #6 (On Color, Blue) (1991), neon tubing with argon gas and mercury. In the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art's permanent collection: "I am only describing language, not explaining anything." (neon on wall, circa 1997, displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the original neon is blue) A succint definition of Conceptual art, in "Inquiry into the foundations of the concept 'art', as it has come to mean," given by Joseph Kosuth, requires "a linguistic rather than plastic context."

Friday, February 6, 2009

Projects: Remember what you wore

Project:learning to love you more
Assignment #55
Photograph a significant outfit.

Remember exactly what you were wearing during a recent significant moment. Maybe it was the day that your boyfriend broke up with you, or the day your nephew was born, or the day you decided to become a vegetarian. It should be something that happened in the last six months. Lay out what you were wearing on the floor, as if you are dressing an invisible, flat person. Tuck the shirt in to the pants, the socks in to the shoes, etc. Don't forget the other things that complete your outfit such as jewelry, purse, hat, etc. Do not add anything extra, like a wig or a mask - just the clothes you were wearing. Stand on a chair or table and photograph the clothes from directly above. Not from above at a slight angle, but so that the camera is pointing straight down. Send us the photo, along with the importance of the day, for example, "What I Was Wearing When I Got The Phone Call About Grandma Marris Dying." Please try and keep your title/description as short as possible. Do not write on the actual photograph, and make sure your photo is in focus. Note: avoid moments that you knew would be significant and so dressed accordingly - such as graduation or Halloween. The outfit itself does not need to be significant, it is just what you happened to be wearing when something of emotional significance happened.

:the drifter and the gypsy

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pale Blue Eyes

Thought of you as my mountain top,
Thought of you as my peak.
Thought of you as everything,
I've had but couldn't keep.
I've had but couldn't keep.
Linger on, your pale blue eyes.
Linger on, your pale blue eyes.

If I could make the world as pure and strange as what I see,
I'd put you in the mirror,
I put in front of me.
I put in front of me.
Linger on, your pale blue eyes.
Linger on, your pale blue eyes.

Velvet Underground

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


1000 Journals Project

The 1000 Journals Project is an ongoing collaborative experiment attempting to follow 1000 journals throughout their travels. The goal is to provide a method for interaction and shared creativity among friends and strangers.
How it Works:

Those who find the journals add something to them. A story, drawing, photograph, anything really. Then they pass the journal along, to a friend or stranger, and the adventure continues.

Unfortunately, you've got a better chance of winning the lottery, then of getting a hold of a journal. That's the problem when there are only 1000 of them. Now, you're best bet is to check out 1001 Journals where you can sign up for a journal, or launch your own traveling, location, or personal journals.

You can also check out the new book, which contains entries from journals around the world. It looks just like a journal, has these crazy stitched pages inside.

:via a little robin

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

I Lego NY

I lego New York
The artist:
Christoph Niemann's illustrations have appeared on the covers of The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine and American Illustration.

: website

Monday, February 2, 2009

"bird by bird"

“I can’t think of any activity that more fully captures what it means to be human in the modern world than watching birds.”
The Life of the Skies by Jonathan Rosen

The title of Anne Lamott's book, "bird by bird, Some Instructions on Writing and Life", was taken from a discussion between the author’s father and her ten year old brother. Her brother was struggling with a school report on birds that he had been given three months to write. As he sat at the table surrounded by books and papers, overwhelmed by the project that he hadn’t even begun, he asked his father’s advice. Putting his arm around his son, Anne’s father said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.”
more Anne Lamott

Sunday, February 1, 2009


The words stay with me
Past my thoughts into my unconscious awakening
I play them over and over
Until like smooth rocks
They tumble through my mind
Without harm
What is it about these words
Strung together not of beauty or grace
But something to hold on to
A comfort, a safe harbor
A place to go
What is the magic word that will open the door
Past the dragon that sits waiting, waiting………

K. Pilapovich


Michelle and Barack

It’s that tension between familiarity and mystery that makes for something strong, because, even as you build a life of trust and comfort and mutual support, you retain some sense of surprise or wonder about the other person. Barack on Michelle

:The New Yorker, January 19, 2009 Portfolio,
A Couple in Chicago,
by Mariana Cook

found this beautiful photo on i'm just a girl wishing for the world
:viaThe Huffington Post