Friday, June 27, 2008

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Frantz Fanon

"I have no wish to be the victim of the Fraud of a black world.
My life should not be devoted to drawing up the balance sheet of Negro values.
There is no white world, there is no white ethic, any more than there is a white intelligence.
There are in every part of the world men who search.
I am not a prisoner of history. I should not seek there for the meaning of my destiny.
I should constantly remind myself that the real leap consists in introduction invention into existence.
In the world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself." (Fanon in Black Skin, White Masks, 1952)

Last Week's events

1. Thurs. group show at Knoedler. saw Rebecca Chamberlain's (sp?) beautiful drawings
2. Friday- Larry Walzak invited me to an open studio party in Dumbo car service to B'burg afterward..more drinking.
3. bought 4 new videos
a. Elephant
b. Endless Summer
c. Hollywood Ending
d. Talk to Her
4. Mermaid Parade Saturday

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Teddy Roosevelt

One of the top three most requested quotes is that regarding the "man in the arena" or "not the critic"

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."


"Citizenship in a Republic,"
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23

Sunday, June 8, 2008

yesterday

bought a chair for the studio, went to Soho arts and bought 4 panels and some brushes, dropped in on a lame bbq at LIC bar, went to Deitch Projects on Grand and saw Vinograd and Dubbossarsky (sp?)..love their paintings, and also went to Deitch's LIC thing..not so great..TOTALLY missed Crest Hardware Show..damn. Went to Larry Walzak's closing party for ARTWALK, pretty nice.

satu]rday 06/07


Friday, June 6, 2008

The Ina Archer Effect

Ina Archer is a fellow RISD alum. I used her name to randomly identify a phenomenon in my life now and the general context of my identity ( or lack thereof) in the artworld. I dropped out of RISD in 1983. I treated it like expensive summer camp and not like a serious place of study.I couldn't get my head together up there at the time and withdrew to sort myself out. I spent the next two decades going thru alot of soul searching, pop psychology, new age culting, re-entry into the artscene and so on. After 3o years though my peers have something to show for their lives and I do not. Ina was someone I bumped into on the subway. I handed her my card with the blog address. She probably visited and was turned off by the thinness of what she saw at the time. She like many other people blew me off after that and suppressed themselves around me. I saw her on the street in Park Slope and she totally tried to pretend she didn't even see me. I'm surrounded by lots of people like that now. They may make an effort to front sociability but they don't honestly see me as a worthwhile artist. I don't blame them because their considerations are true for the most part, but for me, the results of all that spiritual work left me able to be honest with myself and others where people like that withdraw from truthful communication. Nevertheless with the new studio what's missing in my return to serious study has to be produced. Here goes.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

keep it real

This weekend

Soho Arts Materials for some wood panels and brushes.
Buy a comfy chair and table for the studio.

Da Bronx

Went to Longview Art Gallery saw a show with ex-girlfriend Skowmon Hastanan and Dred Scott. great show. met this activist lady typical of shows like that..people with chips on their shoulder about the "establishment" and alterity. She was fun though.