Friday, January 30, 2009

"44" the 'zine

screen shot

I have finished the layout and uploaded the files to MagCloud to publish "44". I will get a proof in about a week and will then make it public for ordering. I did not add a mark-up so by my calculations the cost will be $5.60 plus shipping (roughly $1.50). When I approve the proof issue I will post again with a link in order to preview and place an order. MagCloud is not currently shipping outside the United States. Anyone overseas interested in ordering should email me and I will get extra copies and mail them personally.

To my delight this project garnered a post on Art City by Mary Louise Schumacher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel art critic. That surprise made my day.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

What winter does to my mind


Amazingly addictive interactive web experiences from artist Rafael Rozendaal. This is Big Long Now.

You can also numb the brain with Jello.


via Johanna Reed's This is That

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

On Wisconsin

Mark Brautigam

Where does your love for Wisconsin begin? Where does it end?

It begins when it stays above 40 degrees. It ends when it dips below 40 degrees. There is supposed to be a high temperature of one degree below zero tomorrow. There isn’t much to love about that.

The Morning News has a wonderful interview with Wisconsin photographer Mark Brautigam. If you think that all the "good" photography is being done on the coasts, you would be wrong. Mark's work transcends contemporary trends to strike at the heart of place. On Wisconsin is a visual lyric poem to this flyover state even though the temperature hasn't hit 40 degrees in over a month.

Thanks to Andy Adams for the heads up.

Sunday, January 25, 2009


Click on each image to view full size.

One week ago I asked Readers to take a photograph as they watched Barack Obama take the oath of office to become the 44th President of the United States. Pictures came in starting Tuesday afternoon by ones and twos and threes. From Austin, to Amsterdam, to Adelaide the equivalent of !2:00 noon Eastern Time was captured. I chose to layer the images of the video screens one on top of the next resulting in a burned composite. I surrounded it with the images of watching or listening or simply place. The text at the bottom are the words spoken (before concern led to a re-taking of the oath on Wednesday). I wasn't able to be in Washington D.C. but from this collaboration I am able to feel part of a communal experience on that historic day. I am very intrigued by the man in the background with the camera. It is as if he were taking our picture, as if his camera did not stop at what was before it and continued through to all of our faces.

I am very grateful to each person who participated. Send me an email if you are interested in seeing this put together as a 'zine.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Is it just me...

or did you have a Dr. Strangelove moment too? Being a physical wreck myself (stay away from horses) I do not mean to be unkind, but it was just uncanny.

The kindness of readers is humbling. There is definitely an A trend. Alabama, Austin, Alaska, Adelaide Australia (double points), Austria and Arnhem! I will be creating a composite of the images sent to me of the Oath of Office and posting in day or so.

It has been a great day.

Monday, January 19, 2009


Obama Countdown
created by James Miller

Here is a reminder to yesterday's post. Take a picture of your source (TV,radio,computer) when Senator Obama becomes President Obama by taking the oath of office. Email it to me!

I was 9 years old when I first heard this speech. My father served on open housing commissions in a suburb of Philadelphia in 1963 necessitating at least one instance of police protection for our house. He would have truly loved Barack Obama. If you have never listened to or watched the entire "I Have a Dream" speech please take the time to do so. It will bring fullness to the political hope. It will inform the fullness of the social hope.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Important request!

I have a request. Barack Obama will be sworn in as President of the United States of America at 12:00 Noon (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 as designated by the Constitution. I would like you to take a picture of your television, your radio, your computer monitor or whatever is communicating the event at the moment he takes the oath of office. If you are unable to see or hear the swearing in take a picture of the ground, the sky, yourself at that hour. Use your camera, cell phone, whatever is at hand. I would then like you to email me (my email address is available under the "view my profile" on the right side of the blog page and then clicking on "Contact") the photograph. I will assemble all the photos to reflect that transmission and reception and transmission for all the people who are kind enough to read Cigarettes and Purity.

Thank you.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


In December I posted on the Gowin's (Edith, Emmett and Elijah's) collaborative book Maggie. I had received it in November and was so taken with its beauty and sympathetic eye that I actually had stalled writing about it, having difficulty putting my experience of the book, the photographs and Maggie into words. It's good I put it off because Stacy Oborn has written cogently on Maggie over at The Space In Between, including a wonderful and thorough interview with Elijah Gowin on the more than 10 year process that culminated in its publication. Her post is actually on two books and their making. The second is James Luckett's soon to be available Suginami. Thoughtful writing, great reading.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

These Birds Walk Series 2

Mom Todd Hido

The first volume of Paul Schiek's These Bird's Walk Series #2 has arrived. The disquiet created by taking the present to the past is quite extraordinary. The directly personal nature of these photographs gives me the feeling I am privy to an exercise completed for a therapist.

It appears unsigned editions, comprising all four books, are still available... for now.

Todd Hido

Todd Hido revisits the camera of his youth for this year's series. His book, entitled Ohio, features photos he took as a child, edited together with recent photos taken with the same camera. By combining images from the past and present, Todd offers us a narrative that hovers between fact and fiction. Todd Hido was born in Kent, Ohio in 1968. He earned a BFA from Tufts University in 1991 and an MFA in photography from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1996. His photographs can be found in many prominent collections, including the Guggenheim Museum in NYC, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Hido has had more than 25 solo exhibitions of his work in galleries and museums across the country, and has published five books with the esteemed Nazraeli Press, House Hunting (2001), Taft Street (2001), Outskirts (2002), Roaming (2005), and Between the Two (2007). He recently bought a new BMX bike so he can ride along with his 5 year old twins.

Friday, January 9, 2009

America: Created in America, Un-censored in America

It was surreal to have Zoe Strauss prints issuing forth from my printer this morning as if my R2400 was channeling her work. In case you missed it Zoe posted in October when the Chinese printer for her book America refused to print two photographs from the series. She pulled a third image that was to have been opposite one of the censored photographs. As a means of circumventing the censorship she encouraged readers to download and print the pages themselves to insert in America, making it whole once more.

Saving the images from the web post wasn't satisfactory since they are the low res versions not suitable for printing at book size. I emailed Zoe and she quickly sent me the links to the print resolution files. If you too want Zoe's edit, not the conservative printer's, you can find them



and Here

Warning! To my utter disgust Blogger is rearranging my inserted code that would allow the above pages to open in a new page rather than having to hit the back button. This is a new bit of fun and seems to occur randomly. In this case it is a bloody nuisance since you will also need to log in to Flickr. I apologize and if anyone knows a solution I would be grateful.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

"Conceptualism is the Tin Man....

from the series Where We Come From Emily Jacir

of contemporary art. It's got lots of plenty of muscular credibility, but usually it's got no heart."

Modern Art Notes has an excellent post on the work, and SFMOMA acquisition, of Emily Jacir.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Christian Patterson's Out There

Ray of Light Christian Patterson

Isn't it remarkable how many ways there are to inflect that title. It makes me think of the plot device from the movie The Conversation. I think it is Blogger's sense of humor that doesn't allow for font and style changes in the title bar.

Christian Patterson wrote to let me know he is offering four small editions (both in size and number) from his series Out There. I well remember the postings to his, now demised, blog as he made the road trip to create these images. The print offering is to support the large scale printing and book maquette production for this work. Regardless of current (large scale) practice I suspect that 8 x 10 is the perfect size for this particular story and body of work. An interview in Making Room magazine provides background and insight into the development of Out There.


Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard

Saturday, January 3, 2009

3 degrees of separation

I was watching Wisconsin lose in one of the (you should forgive me) lesser bowl games the other night. It struck me that here were 60 (70?, 80?) thousand people paying lots of money to watch bad football. I was then further struck by how small the Art world is and this led to how very small the Photography world is, which went to how small the Art Photography web world is. At least the web world that I inhabit, which doesn't include Western American Landscapes (as a community), Nudes (as a community) or Small Furry Pets (as a community).

Here then are 3 degrees of separation:

Kevin Miyazaki (a friend in person and deed) is offering a physical realization of his blog with free 4 x 6 prints for the price of an envelope and postage. You can read about his process and motivation and watch a short video of the installation of these prints here. 42 cents is a price to warm a recessionary heart.

Kevin Miyazaki

Kevin lists Dave Jordano as someone whose work he has been drawn to recently. This piece is up for auction at iGavel for the month of January.

Hobby Horses, Route 24, Central Illinois 2007 Dave Jordano

Which then follows along to an email from Juliana Beasley letting me know she is offering several more prints from her Rockaway project as well as selected images from City Heat and Eyes of Salamanca. Juliana also has a piece up in the iGavel auction.

Sunglasses and Arm Cast Juliana Beasley

Really, it's a very small world.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Well placed friends

I was happy to get to the Milwaukee Art Museum this week to see Jon Gitelson's recently acquired piece Film Director installed between Cindy Sherman and Duane Michaels with Garry Winogrand off to the left for good measure. Curator Lisa Hosteler consistently gathers work from the collection for small group exhibits which highlight the depth of the collection and enlighten with unthought of connections and references.

Thursday, January 1, 2009



I decided that for 2009 I needed a mascot. I purchased this at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art in a blind box (meaning you don't know until after you open it which little smoking bunny you are going to get) and it seemed the perfect thing for Cigarettes and Purity. For the New Year I have added the banner to the top of the page and I ham fisted my way through making this gif.

For 2009 I resolve to try to have more fun, learn more, make work and dance at my daughter's wedding.