Thursday, April 28, 2011
NY Weekend Culture: The Raveonettes & Tamaryn at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Punchdrunk's "Sleep No More"
Monday, April 25, 2011
Guns, the Falcon’s Mouthbook & Gashcat Unpunished
aretha/ crystal jukebox queen of hymn & him diffused in drunk transfusion would would heed sweet woundwave crippled & cry salute to oh great particular el dorado reel & ye battered personal god but she cannot she the leader of whom when ye flow, she cannot she has no back she cannot… beneath black flowery railroad fans & fig leaf shades & dogs of all nite joes, grow like arches & cures the harmonica battalions of bitter cowards, bones & bygones while what steadier louder the moans & arms of funeral landlord with one passionate kiss rehearse from dusk & climbing into the bushes with some favorite enemy ripping the postage stamps & crazy mailmen & waving all rank & familiar ambition than that itself, is needed to know that mother is not a lady… aretha with no goals, eternally single & one step soft of heaven/ let if be understood that she owns this melody along with her emotional diplomets & her earth & her musical secrets
Friday, April 22, 2011
“We all expect photographs to be a picture of something. We assume that the photographer observed a place, a person, an event in the world, and wants to record it, point at it…The problem with my work is that these images are really not of anything in that sense, they register only that which is incidental and peripheral to the implied it.”
Like memories blurred around the edges, German-American photographer Uta Barth’s haunting, ethereal images capture not only fleeting moments themselves but the sensations surrounding those moments. Barth’s oeuvre evokes nostalgia, longing, emptiness, reverie, stillness and quiet, fabricating an almost cinematic ambiance. As viewers, we are psychologically seized up and pulled into her soft-focus dream world; made to feel the warmth of late-afternoon sunlight on our cheek, to witness the slowly circling dust motes in front of a window, studying a blade of grass until it blurs in front of our eyes.
Taking an aesthetic approach opposite to that of the famed Düsseldorf school of photography, which stresses sharply objective, archival documentation of subjects, Barth captures empty, subject-free fragments of scenes, often out-of-focus, off-center or cropped—in an ephemeral study of light, negative space and time.
After ten years of photographing exclusively inside of her own home, Barth began to bring her camera with her on walking trips, “…to walk without destination and to see only to see.” These exploratory photographic promenades spun themselves into her most recent collection of prints, which were on view at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in Los Angeles last summer.
A few of my favorites below:
Born in 1958 in Berlin, Barth lives and works in Los Angeles. For more information, visit Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Something interesting I noticed the other day while watching the relatively new music video for Canadian indie band The Albertans' single "The Wake" -- it looked a little familiar. Upon further inspection, I realized that it consisted of much of the exact same footage used for Boards of Canada's video for "Everything You Do is a Balloon."
Monday, April 11, 2011
Alta Real Pictures recently released Oswald James’ documentary of last year’s Psych Fest, which features performances from The Raveonettes, Spindrift, Pink Mountaintops, Warpaint, Spectrum and others. Watch the trailer below (and tell me if Psych Fest doesn't look amazing!!):
Curated by The Reverberation Appreciation Society and Austin-based band The Black Angels, the fourth annual Psych Fest will take place at the Seaholm Power Plant in downtown Austin from April 29th-May 1st, 2011.