James Turrell’s Light Reignfall at LACMA

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If you had the chance to experience Light Reignfall, James Turrell’s Perceptual Cell at LACMA then you are most likely familiar with the two viewing modes that are presented to you before entering the cell, labeled as: “hard” and “soft.” If you have not been to LACMA and have no idea what Turrell’s Peceptual Cell is and/or looks like, note the image at the top of this post. Light Reignfall is a work you enter while lying on your back (in a position one may assume while getting an MRI) to view a sequence of lights and sounds while inside a spherical cell structure. The viewing options “hard” and “soft” refer to the different light sequences that one can experience while in the cell. Only one mode plays at a time. Each viewer must make a decision. I went against my natural tendencies and opted for the “hard” mode which includes more pulsing strobes of light, more flashing psychedelic patterns and more of an outer body experience then the “soft” mode which is said to be more of a primal experience. The viewer is more likely to turn inward while experiencing single, formless colors of sustained light during the “soft” viewing … read more

New York Art Book Fair at MOMA PS1

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Two of my wine reviews were recently published in The Kite. The Kite is a uniquely awesome art publication that features the writings and drawings of various artists. In issue 5 you can find contributions by Julien Ceccaldi, Meg Cranston, Tyler Dobson, Eve Fowler, Richard Hawkins, Charles Irvin, Oscar Tuazon, and myself.  On Friday Sept 20, join the party at 6 pm at the Ooga Booga booth in the New York Art Book Fair at MOMA PS1 and celebrate the release of great and unusual writing by great and unusual artists!

James Turrell Retrospective at the Guggenheim

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It is a super hot day in New York City. We are all sweating. Even those people who don’t look like they are sweating are sweating. Luckily there are no lines to enter the James Turrell exhibition at the Guggenheim this Wednesday. I easily walk in one of only two accessible entryways to the museum left open (by Turrell’s design I presume). All other entryways are blocked off so to limit the natural light that can enter the museum. I imagine having only two open entryways is a logistical nightmare for the museum staff and museum visitors most days of the week.   I buy my ticket at the $22 price tag and I somehow don’t entirely mind the double-digit cultural expense. I feel grateful for my day organized around this trip to see Turrell’s work. Though it is hard to stomach that Bangladesh garment factory workers make $15 more then this ticket price for a month’s worth of work. I recognize this uneasy feeling in my stomach and still hand over my plastic card and the numbers get transferred.   I enter the infamous Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda, which at this point in my collective art viewing experience is getting … read more

Wine Review 7/17/2013

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Last night I had the pleasure of dining with friends and sampling a wine made by the parents of one of my companions. Below is a review of my experience enjoying more then one glass full. Spillway Wines, 20011, Chardonel  Recession Wine, Missouri The wine at my lips is made from “Chardonel” grapes. The Department of Food Science at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR gathers that: ‘Chardonel’ is a late ripening white wine grape which can produce a high quality wine with varietal character. ‘Chardonel’ is distinguished by its superior wine quality combined with high productivity and cold hardiness superior to its acclaimed parent, ‘Chardonnay’. ‘Chardonel’ resulted from the cross, ‘Seyval’ x ‘Chardonnay’, made in 1953. Fruits were first observed in 1958 and the original vine was propagated in 1960 under the number NY 45010. In later testing it was re-named GW 9 (Geneva White 9) for ease of identification in cooperatively run yield trials. The vine was initially described as a vigorous and productive green grape with large clusters. That being said I must concur the flavor (if I may call it that) of this wine is completely unique. Once past the lips, a head filled with a pineapple Hawaii, sweet everlasting Grandpa, bare feet with tiny rocks under … read more

The One Thing

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The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love. ~ Henry Miller I am planning a trip to Big Sur, CA so I am reading up on Henry Miller and I first read the above quote as “The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we can never get enough of is love.” Yes, I read it as a redundant statement and although it has a different meaning as such I like it better this way. Thinking it existed this way made me pause and read it again. And again, I read it as shown in the second transcription. The second, made-up statement feels really full, like we never get enough of love so much that it needs to be written twice. I think Henry Miller would like this take on his quote too. The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we can never get enough of is love. I like it when misreading is better then reading. It reminds me that life can be the best of all. And what I mean by that is: that which is not fixed or … read more

James Turrell Retrospective at LACMA

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I recently went and saw James Turrell’s retrospective at LACMA. The exhibition in total was…immersive and stimulating, and a slowing reminder of the power of perception. When it comes to personal realities I like to remind myself that the words “reality” and “illusion” can be synonymous and perception of course is central to being able to experience any so-called reality. Turrell’s retrospective takes you deep within the workings and sensory experience of perceived light. The writing below attempts to share with you the reality my perception created when I experienced a few of Turrell’s more affective works. Also included is a personal antidote recalling a pilgrimage to Roden Crater in 2002.   I was first pricked then slowed by an unusual piece within a new series of Turrell’s Holographic series. Strangely these pieces are the only Turrell works that have the appearance of seeming “dated” (although they are literally some of his most recent works in the exhibition). The first piece situated amongst a set of three holograms (behind a wall in small side-gallery gallery in the LACMA exhibition) is a large wall piece about five feet tall and 3 and a half feet wide with a warm glowing circle/sphere … read more

Art & Life

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Through art I enter life.

More Violence

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Inspiration for new flower painting series titled More Violence, 2013.  Éouard Manet’s Roses in a Glass, 1883   And Jan Philips van Thielen’s Roses and a Tulip in a Glass Vase, c.1650/1660. Megan Lindeman, Flowers in a Flower Shop, Gouache and archival inkjet prints on paper, 2011  

The Realm of Intimacy

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Intimacy is the realm of surreal autogenous containers. I think I gathered this from Peter Sloterdijk some how. See Flower Shop series. Also see Love and Its Case. Oxytocin and paint make the container. The flower plays out the intimacy.

Wine Reviews 5/01/2013

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Below you will find two wine reviews of an unconventional nature. The reviews really function to share a bit of my synthesia with you; they don’t provide traditionally informative “reviews” of good, bad, or mediocre wine.  The thing is, I often receive sensory information relating to touch when I am actually tasting. This means tasting a certain wine will bring me into a kind of physical experience where I feel pressure, texture, and temperature on my skin, usually my face, though sometimes my legs and feet. It’s weird. Also bizarre is that I relate the pressure, textures and temperatures to objects of a certain material quality like: normal temperature metal or warm fabric. These objects will embody the weight and pressure I am experiencing. For example the fabric will equal light traveling pressure or a metal will equal a heavy fixed pressure. The relating happens in my mind and I don’t know what else to do with it but invite you to read my descriptions of one kind of sense impression via words that you might expect to be normally used to describe another.  Les Portes de Bordeaux 2009, Available at Trader Joe’s. The first sip of this wine made … read more