Monday, March 23, 2015

Time travel is possible, and not in a good way...

Ted Cruz announces he is running for president.   Listening to him spout off in newscasts has already made the day seem interminable....  Time will positively come to a standstill as "more of them" join the fray.

Good god, it's gonna be a loooong 19 months...

Monday, February 2, 2015

Groundbreaking, I tell you!

Years ago I bought a tiny little book by James Elkins called What Happened to Art Criticism?  For some reason I never read it then, but did the other day.  It's a fun and insightful read, but more than that, it has me contextualizing everything I read in a different way. 

A lot of art writing these days seem to be just blurbs written more as advertising to get people to go see some show or artist's work than anything else. Most of it is devoid of imagination and seemingly written by people who don't even have access to a thesaurus. Today I was browsing the Contemporary Art Daily site and ran into the following piece o writing; take a gander:

Arnolfini presents the first UK solo gallery exhibition of groundbreaking Dutch artist Willem de Rooij this autumn. The show will feature a politically-charged photographic work and a new installation that explores themes of individuality and how single objects can carry multiple layers of meaning.

"Groundbreaking", seriously?  I started reading the blurb because the images of the installation did intrigue me.

Willem de Rooij at Arnolfini

And when that happens, I do read the advertising blurbs after the images on the site in hopes of getting a little more insight about the work, since Contemporary Art Daily does not bother with such incidentals as medium and size: things that would help one visualize the work in a physical universe.   Unfortunately, I rarely glean any insights from doing so.   

... "groundbreaking", really?! ...  

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Best Thing About Teaching...

...Is having ex-students send you an email in the middle of the night with the subject of "Hey" and an attachment of a half selfie (of them) next to my name!  I truly love the students I had during the years I taught; they made all the educationaleeze and dealing with the bullshit power structure worth it.  

the wonderful Sara Garner

...Ah yeah, one more blog entry that ensures I'll never again get hired for a teaching job.....

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Particle Cathedrals

In a world that is coming to an end (though it might not be, but certainly feels that way; and in fact, upon close examination, and depending on one’s definition of “world”, many worlds are indeed coming to their ends) my husband (the Ranting Economist who no longer rants, since what’s the point) and I watched a new NOVA episode yesterday on the CERN Large Hadron Collider; or what I learned everyone calls the LHC (hmmm).  We watched as the program described the experimental data and teams that “confirmed” the existence of the Higgs Boson. 

We then we watched the LHC close down for improvements that will eventually allow protons to be accelerated to four times the speed used to tease out the Higgs from the particle soup that emerges momentarily when protons are collided at the speeds possible when the event was filmed (in 2012).  The "new and improved” collider will reopen in 2015 (this year); and apparently “we” will now be looking for particles that might prove something called Supersymmetry, which might explain (or illuminate if you will) the invisible “dark matter” (tuhn tuhn tuhn!) in the visible universe; which to this artist made sense only when I thought of it as some kind of parallel universe we can’t see, but hey, I’m just an artist, and these days most everything sounds like some kind of parallel universe I can’t see....   

Anyway, it was interesting to see how NOVA used cute little graphics to take us through a process we could not see and most mortals do not understand.  And it was nice to see a bunch of physicists get really excited; and to empathize with Higgs, as tears came to his eyes when the existence of a particle proving his theory of a mass field necessary for the formation of the universe was announced at CERN, where, ironically, his first paper about all this was rejected.   Irony I understand.

At the end of the show, when the LHC was being closed down for improvements, The Ranting Economist mused, “That’s it (?)  They spend all that money, find the Higgs and now they shut down....”   The Ranting Economist feeling deflated after a program about physics was surprising to me, since at heart he is a physicist (and a photographer and a guitar player).  His comment prompted me to do a cursory search on the cost of the LHC and I found out that it cost 13.5 billion dollars (or $13.500,000,000) to “find the Higgs” (though if Higgs is correct, and current experiments seem to confirm that he is, the Higgs was always here “in plain sight” in the form of the visible universe...).

Well, in the Middle Ages we built cathedrals; now we build particle accelerators.   People just seem to have to believe in something....

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Lessons in Perspective continued in Greenville South Carolina

subtitle: Lessons in Human Anatomy (NOT)
or alternatively: It's So Wrong It's Right!

This blog is a continuation of my blog from July, 2011 "A lesson in Perspective from Ai Wei Wei"  in which I appropriated his act of photographing a certain gesture in front of world famous sites.  Here, I return to have fun at a site fraught with significance for me, well maybe no longer so fraught, and certainly a lot less famous.

I would not be revisiting it had I not driven by it the other day only to encounter a new bronze abomination in a city filled with them.  Per square meter, more bronze is wasted in Greenville SC than in any other city in the world; this alone makes it deserving of universal fame (I heard this puppy cost more than 200 thousand dollars to erect).  As I zipped around the traffic circle in my car, I found myself laughing with glee; and I knew then that whatever connection I had to the place was long gone, and it felt so very good.  I decided to return on foot and commemorate that feeling with one more "lesson in perspective".  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

coming upon Lee Kit's work in one of the art rags

...came upon Lee Kit's work today....  ....It made me think about Katherine Ferguson (or is it Furgeson?)... wherever she might have disappeared to... and how she might like it...

Non-ultra Joy (II)

...this whole blogging thing, such narcissistic crap.... oh well... some days are just that way.