There is more to the weekend than just news, weather and sports. There’s ART.
Come one, come all!!
Aperture Foundation presents “In Print, Online and On-Demand: Words Without Picture Revisited.” Stacy Allen, Alex Klein and Wendy Yao will – oh, heck. I should simply cut and paste. Here goes:
Stacy, Alex and Wendy, three of the finest minds in Los Angeles, “will discuss new approaches to traditional publishing models, support for critical voices and commentary in the photographic field, and emergent discursive possibilities both in print and online. This event coincides with the announcement of Words Without Pictures, Aperture’s first ePublication and part of the Aperture Ideas series, which is devoted to celebrating the finest critical and creative minds exploring key concepts in photography.“
All of which means to me that I may actually need to get some sort of e-reading device. Crazy. Hey – they do look neat when I’m sitting on the Metro or on a bus and see some cool person swaying with the rhythm and reading with one hand. Hmm….. wow – WWP all the time.
Some of you will remember my posts over this summer of quotes from, and images and links inspired by, Alex Klein’s book Words Without Pictures. In fact many of you seem once again to be viewing these posts, a fact which warms an old writer’s heart, I assure you. (Where would my ego be without Google Stats?)
To further enable you, and to entice some new readers to spend time here, I’ll link to those past posts now:
Notes on Looking, August 5th, 2010 (you’ll need to scroll or read all the way to the bottom of the post)
While I have you, also check out Aperture’s bookshelf – pretend you’re visiting an intellectually precise and voraciously inquisitive older friend across town. Her life has been so fascinating! Her stories still are! Her books are dream volumes, each one the work of an interesting artist she has known and each is filled with pictures – pictures such as you’ve never imagined! Aah, but this favored older friend is proud, and although the dear needs help paying the rent she won’t let you give her things. So instead you buy her books – just one at a time, but one each time you visit. Take a moment to peruse her selection, blow away the dust, sit with her and lay back the pages as she regales you, teaches you and thus nurtures your mind and your soul. This giving-through-buying will make your subsequent reading and looking all the sweeter.
The panel talk is Friday, Jan 14 at noon at Photo LA at the Santa Monica Civic Doubletree Hotel. If you’re not working or can take the day off, be there.
In other Photo LA news, I’ll be talking with painter Josh Peters about his work (and other topics as they arise) on Monday at 5 pm. Same location, this on behalf of Kaycee Olsen Gallery.
Link to Photo LA site with daily programming: http://www.photola.com/data/web/programming/programming-overview.html
Okay friendly badgers, by far the best experience I had at Photo LA / Art LA was Mirrorbox at Mastadon Mesa. As a matter of fact, during the ten minutes or so that I stood eating my low fat gelato and watching other people interact with this art piece were the only ten minutes all evening where I heard people laugh genuinely and then sincerely thank the presenters. Awesomeness prevails at Mastadon-land!!!!! If you do nothing else this weekend you should pay you $$$ entry to the fair and go to the far left side of the (very crowded, terrazz0-floored) lobby where the installation waits for you, practically grinning with enthusiasm and cleverness.
I put a camera around my neck at the invitation of Megan May Daalder and then she visually measured me up and down, finally selecting a plank for me to stand on. She did the same for David, then we put our heads into curtained boxes that share one side – we were facing each other with a window btwn us. My face was half sweetness’s and David’s was half mine! Then both faces shimmered and switched it up on us!! We both giggled! WE LOOK JUST ALIKE!!! (Totally shocking, when you consider.) We have up to four minutes to experience this oddness of sharing, transforming, becoming other, becoming one. This is what psycho-science experiments should be like. I (and I think we both) walked away reminded very deeply of how very much one person we all must be. Honestly – if two people as different as David and I can for a moment feel like, or look like, one person – well how alike am I to you or you or some George on another continent? Eek.