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Sally's animation for a project we are working on. ...due soon.

- L.M. 1-04-2011 2:27 pm [link] [14 refs] [9 comments]

Mail from Julie Voyce:


- L.M. 1-03-2011 3:48 pm [link] [1 comment]

Sunday - Courtesy of Chris Ashley: Only Eleven of the Many Songs I Can't Get Out of My Head in 2010 and Now You Can't In 2011

The Archies - Sugar, Sugar

Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing

Beastie Boys - Sabotage

Monkees - Daydream Believer

Neil Young - Hitchhiker

Beatles - Paperback Writer

Foundations - Build me up Buttercup

Otis Redding: That's How Strong My Love Is

Hank Williams - Move it on Over

Paul Revere and The Raiders - Kicks

The Delfonics - Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time

- L.M. 1-02-2011 5:21 am [link] [17 refs] [2 comments]

A brief list from Lorna Mills

1. AA Bronson for fighting the good fight and repeatedly requesting the removal of his magnificent and heartbreaking piece, "Felix, June 5, 1994", from the "Hide/Seek" exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, until such time as the David Wojnarowicz video is reinstated in its full unedited version. He has also requested that Marc Mayer, head of the National Gallery of Canada honour his moral rights by formally requesting the removal of his piece. (the piece is on loan from the National Gallery's permanent collection)


From an article in the Globe & Mail:
In an interview with The Globe and Mail Friday, Mr. Mayer said he hoped, “informally, unofficially ... they do actually withdraw the work” of their own volition.” “I do understand AA Bronson’s position. I share his discouragement. I don’t necessarily share his strategy.” From an official professional and institutional standpoint, though, these are not “the circumstances that would make me wish to enact the kill clause we always have in these agreements. ... I don’t want the free exchange of art between public institutions be politicized in this way.”

(It's a strategy that wouldn't pay off for any Gallery Director's future career ambitions.)

For a Q podcast of an interview with AA (scroll down to the Dec 23rd edtion of Q)

2. Bravo's Work of Art

Just kidding, it sucked giant donkey dicks, and I'll watch the next season, but it did inspire a brilliant collection of animated GIFs by Wesley Miller


3. Katie Bethune-Leamen's Dazzle Shizzle at MKG 127

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Gouzenko Hoods #2, #8 and #3 (It’s A Thing Covered By A Thing That Thereby Becomes Another Thing)

4. Some art websites I started looking at regularly this year:, and


5. I want this painting by Joseph Hughes showing right now at Chris Ashley's project space, Some Walls

Joseph Hughes: 2004-D I (JENKINS GREEN) 2004 Acrylic on paper, 12 x 11 in 30.5 x 28 cm

6. OXYCODONE!!!!!! and British Nerd TV

I got a bit sick at the end of October, but who cares because: OXYCODONE!!!!!!OXYCODONE!!!!!!OXYCODONE!!!!!!. I was so very very happy for a while and devoted my days to watching history documentaries like Nazi Collaborators, a six part series called Apocalypse.The Second World War, At Home with the Georgians, Edwardian Farm and Wartime Secrets with Harry Harris .



- L.M. 1-01-2011 12:43 am [link] [15 refs] [2 comments]

Sandra Rechico's TOP EIGHT (she got distracted)
In no particular order

Atsuko Tanaka

Mind and Matter: Alternative Abstractions, 1940s to Now MOMA
A great show in the gallery near the bathroom and café. When I asked about a catalogue they said no, but they would be releasing the book below soon (because of course making a catalogue from a show with only women in it isn’t worth it But making a catalogue where you include ALL of them means you needn’t do it again for some time) sheesh
Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art
Edited by Cornelia Butler and Alexandra Schwartz


Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present MOMA
makes up for how cranky I was with the abovementioned no catloguer

shary boyle

Shary Boyle AGO


Arnaud Maggs Susan Hobbs
these are funny, smart and beautiful


David Hoffos MOCCA and the NGC
I liked the NGC install better, but either way, it was fantastic


Moshe Safdie NGC
the models are worth the price of admission
[some images of models here]

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Natalie Purschwitz’s Makeshift Project Vancouver
she made all of her own clothes for one year and documented it. The year ended
in 2010

art school dismissed

Art School (dismissed) The decommissioned Shaw Street School, Toronto
All right, self-serving, I was in it, but so were scads of others and there wasn’t one bad piece in it. Hats off to Heather Nichol for organizing it.

- L.M. 12-31-2010 5:11 am [link] [20 refs] [add a comment]

Peter Bowyer's Top Ten

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1. I have been spending a lot of time in the bicycle friendly city of Utrecht in the Netherlands so my Top Ten list will branch out from here. Barry Flanagan’s monumental bronze sculpture, ‘Thinker on a Rock’ 2002, is a major landmark that I ride past on my bike regularly. A great piece of sculpture, and poignant for me because I knew him for a while in the late seventies when I was in my final year at Central Saint Martins. His oversized green high top sneakers and air of intellectual mischievousness made me think of a red haired Bugs Bunny. A year or so later, when he started to make his bronze rabbit sculptures, they appeared to me as self- portraits. Barry Flanagan,1941-2009.

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2. My first side trip out of Utrecht was to Den Haag (The Hague) to see a sound and technology based art festival called ‘TodaysArt’ 2010. Here is a picture of Anke Eckardt documenting her sound sculpture from 2009 called ‘!’. The piece consisted of three speakers suspended in a vertical formation over a pool of black liquid. Like the high diver at a circus, the sound, (a kind of whistle that builds to a crash) travels downwards to the pool and make a big sploosh when it hits, like an invisible rock being dropped into a bucket of black water. Repeat.

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3. Amsterdam is a twenty minute train ride from Utrecht. On my first visit to the city I mostly went around to commercial galleries, but also stopped at ‘Bureau’ a satellite space of the Stedelijk Museum. Joep van Liefland had an exhibition called ‘Black Systems’ which focused on relics of outdated technology, like VHS. It made me think how art has historically been made from the discarded tissue of other organisms.
At Ellen de Bruijne Projects there was a show by the two person collective ‘gerlach en koop’ called ‘Not not precise’. An arrangement of quite ordinary things with poetic attachment, and relations to a time the artists spent in Brussels. Beautifully presented objects and marks, ‘minimal gestures’ in an installation, that contained some very distinctive qualities of spatial balancing that I associate with Dutch Modernism.

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4. London is not far away, so I headed over (or is it under) to check out the Frieze Art Fair and the multitude of other things going on in the city. I had some unexpected revelations about artists and objects at Tate Britain. I was anxious to see Fiona Banner’s suspended Harrier jet, which I assumed would be a grand critique of modernity. It was an impressive feat of art installation for sure, but it did not transcend itself as an ordinary (hollowed out) found object. A more surprising object at the Tate was a small cubist inspired rug designed by Francis Bacon from 1929. I felt privileged to see it, like finding something that had been hidden, a seemingly accidental object in the continuum of his work, but not a found object.

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5. Frieze Art Fair was intense. Out of the hundreds of wonderful displays, the one that really stayed with me was the work of Marlo Pascual. Sculptural pieces from vintage photographs, most were printed as face to plexi and displayed like sculpture, either leaning up against the wall, freestanding or flat on the floor. I liked his direct manner of physically interrupting the two-dimensional.

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6. Stuart Shave/Modern Art is one of my favorite spaces when touring around the commercial galleries in London. They had a show by Bojan Sarcevic called ‘Comme des chiens et des vagues’. There were similarities to my own work, in the use of metal and the way of combining two and three dimensions. Simple steel constructions on the floor, re-appear in the accompanying photographs as play things for partially dressed super-models.

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7. Marina Abramovic’s two exhibitions at the Lisson Gallery were deeply profound. One gallery housed the older performance works, beautifully re-contextualized as framed photographic pieces with poetic text pages explaining the story behind what you were looking at. Across the street were the more recent works, just as powerful but without the violent overtones. A mature artist totally at peace with herself. In this video she calmly describes her parents tortured marriage, to an understanding donkey.


8. The Rijksakademie in Amsterdam is a residency program for artists that does an open house once a year. A mix of painting, video and installation work displayed in the individual studio spaces. I really enjoyed Yaima Carrazana’s ‘Daniel Buren Nail Polish Tutorial’ 2010.

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9. The Stedelijk Museum had a large group show called ‘Monumentalism’. Artists working in the Netherlands were invited to address concepts of history and national identity. In the projection ‘Exercise’ 2007, by Lucia Nimcova, the artist filmed older inhabitants of her home town in Slovakia re-enacting some of the exercise routines they were forced to perform in the old communist days. She captured an unexpected form of dance or ritualized movement. The exercises seemed funny, energizing and transformative...lots of laughing on both sides of the screen.

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10. Also at the Stedelijk, and bringing to my mind Amy Wilson’s photographic project, ‘Carpets of Las Vegas’; was Job Koelewijn’s ‘Nursery Piece’ 2009. A colored sand painting (with printed stickers and eucalyptus) on pages of text by Spinoza. I share an interest in philosophy and optically complex structures with the artist, and I share a birthday with Baruch Spinoza, born in Amsterdam, November 24th, 1632.

- L.M. 12-30-2010 5:50 am [link] [18 refs] [1 comment]