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This year I carved Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's face on my Halloween pumpkin (because the kids love him and he's dead.) (please note the scattered plastic bones in the foreground of the installation shot) I was disappointed when I did not win a prize for the best pumpkin, and that is because R.M. Vaughan was judging the contest, and he is the Worst Fucking Art Critic in Canada.
The other big disappointment is that Steve Irwin actually looks more like Lee Majors. (as one of my asshole neighbours pointed out)
Candy Minx has conducted and posted an excellent interview with AGO curator David Moos. Hats go off to David for participating, but more, fancier hats go off to Candy for her smart and fearless line of questioning!
Wired has a very good article about atheism in their current issue. The author talks to Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Daniel C. Dennett.
...Dennett tells me that he takes very seriously the risk of overreliance on thought. He doesn't want people to lose confidence in what he calls their "default settings," by which he means the conviction that their ethical intuitions are trustworthy. These default settings give us a feeling of security, a belief that our own sacrifices will be reciprocated. "If you shatter this confidence," he says, "then you get into a deep hole. Without trust, everything goes wrong."
It interests me that, though Dennett is an atheist, he does not see faith merely as a useless vestige of our primitive nature, something we can, with effort, intellectualize away. No rational creature, he says, would be able to do without unexamined, sacred things.
Hey what is that tiny little dot way over there by itself?
Crystal Mowry, Menagerie (after Versailles), 2006 (ongoing).
Polystyrene sheet, markers, pins. Dimensions variable.
Crystal Mowry, Constellation (after Walt Disney World), 2006 (ongoing).
Styrene sheet, plastic reclaimed from packaging, markers, pins. Dimensions variable.
These images are from Crystal Mowry's current exhibition, Ageographica, at the Stride Gallery in Calgary. More info here, inlcuding a pdf of the exhibition brochure with a goofy story by me that Crystal generously included as a companion text.
Quicktime version of White Rabbit by Justin Waddell, aka Bunny
(longish load time is worth it)...
JW/Bunny's notes copied from earlier post:
"Or, to go back from the simplified illustration to general relativity: A point in spacetime (an event) is defined only by what physically happens at it, not by its location according to some special set of coordinates. The physics does not depend on what lattice you choose."
"It is not the object used but rather the use of the object" - DW Winnicott
"I'm hunting wabbit. huh.huh.huh.huh." - E. Fudd
One might think with all the nationalism going round these days a little culture spending might slip under the radar, but apparently museums, especially the smallish regional ones, are as expendable as women's rights.
I have just read and signed the online petition:
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I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you might agree, too. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and consider signing yourself.