Saturday, December 19, 2009

Exact Coordinates of Home

"As far as one journey, as much as a man sees, from the turrets of the Taj Mahal to the Siberian wilds, he may eventually come to an unfortunate conclusion—usually while he's lying in bed, starting at the thatched ceiling of some substandard accommodations in Indochina," writes Swithin in his last book, the posthumously published Whereabouts, 1917 (1918). "It is impossible to rid himself of the relentless, cloying fever commonly known as Home. After seventy-three years of anguish I have found a cure, however. You must go home again, grit your teeth and however arduous the exercise, determine, without embellishment, your exact coordinates at Home, your longitudes and latitudes. Only then, will you stop looking back and see the spectacular view in front of you."

From Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl. I'm having trouble finding the original source, but worthy of a post.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The Rotating Kitchen by Zeger Reyers

Also my inclination for making artwork right now. Spot on.

See documentation of Reyer's The Rotating Kitchen on vimeo.

Janine Antoni

Listening to some podcasts while I'm working at the artist residency in Austria. These comments from Janine Antoni from MOMA Reconsidering Feminism, buried somewhere in their iTunes Think Modern series, rang true today.

Gender is not something that I manufacture from a historical or theoretical perspective. It's actually something that surprises me in the work. It doesn't come from some sort of pre-conceived notion. It's is only the unconscious imagination that would wake up to find their mother dressed up as their father and vice versa. It’s only from this place that I can imagine doing the laborious task of mopping the floor with my hair or making lipstick out of six hundred pounds of chewed chocolate. It's sort of this confusion...this misunderstanding that I find illuminating... I'm not talking about a kind of non-thinking or idiot savant attitude, but I'm talking about...the unconscious as a kind of a product of the conscious mind...and the conscious mind that's done a lot of work on this issue that is very aware of the way that I'm treated in the world as a woman. A conscious mind that sort of watches how gender plays itself out in the world. It's my belief that in liberating the imagination is the only way that I can envision some other possibility.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Plant Passport

Much of the landscape where I've lived for the past three years, can look like this:

[Image: Kudzu-infested forest; photo courtesy John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University].

Even waterways, now becoming choked with Pondweed, make you wonder who has the upper hand. Occasionally plants appear to be winning, especially when the current economy yields little money to maintain infrastructure. Even during my first month in the region, plants started working their way into my paintings. Now they are really coming into themselves, like the plants barreling through Munich's Haupbahnhof in this recent painting:

Swarm Separating Self: Haupbahnhof Pondweed, Ink on vellum, 10x45 in, 2009

Swarm Separating Self: Haupbahnhof Pondweed, Ink on vellum, 10x45 in, 2009 (detail)

The dense, defiant roots of these plants stood in perfect contrast to the rootless female figures of my imagined worlds. But then this morning, to stumble upon on a fantastic conversation on Bldgbldg blog with Plant Health and Quarantine Officer for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew about Plant Passports...all this while reading Michael Pollan's Botany of Desire. I couldn't be more pleased.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Books on Painting

Katharina Grosse, Untitled, 2004, acrylic on wall, floor, and various objects, approx. 110 × 177 × 158 in (280 × 450 × 400 cm)

New books on painting:
Painting Today
Painting Abstraction

Both from Phaidon.

Off to Austria to work on my paintings. Hurrah!

Also from Painting Today

Matthias Weischer, Oberlicht, 2006, oil and egg tempera on canvas, 120 x 150 cm (47¼ x 59 in)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Molly Springfield's Translation

My favorite exhibition during my recent trip to Chicago was Molly Springfield at Thomas Robertello Gallery. The artist painstakingly render the first chapter of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. Working page by page, rendering even the type in graphite, the task took her two years and took my breath away. The space was bizarrely comforting, especially having just left my own labor-intensive recent artwork, pictured below. I'm happy with my new paintings, but still, go Molly...what a clear-headed, powerful gesture.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mark Bradford, "Giant," 2007, mixed media collage on canvas, 102 x 144." Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins.

I'm enjoying this blog,

Go Mark Bradford with your genius grant.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Part Bicycle?

Anticipating our upcoming trip to Ireland packed with biking trips, our friend Sean Miller sent us this fantastic quote from Flann O'Brian's novel The Third Policeman, in which Sergeant Pluck addresses atomic theory in relation to bicycles:

The gross and net result of it is that people who spent most of their natural lives riding iron bicycles over the rocky roadsteads get their personalities mixed up with the personalities of their bicycle as a result of the interchanging of the atoms of each of them and you would be surprised at the number of people in these parts who nearly are half people and half bicycles. They go on to discuss percentages: apparently the postman, due to the nature of his job which involves much bicycle-riding, is a full 71% bicycle. This also means that his bicycle is 71% human. When it gets to this stage, the bicycle will start sneaking inside to sit by the fire, and food will start disappearing. "If you let it go too far it will be the end of everything," says the Sergeant. "You would have bicycles wanting votes and they would get seats on the County Council."

Must look into whether expatriates exchange atoms with planes. Surely they do with each subsequent location.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Eva Hesse, Immortal Longings

Immortal longings ... an untitled piece of Eva Hesse's Studiowork (1968). Photograph: Abby Robinson/Courtesy of Fruitmarket gallery, Edinburgh

Important to bookmark for later reference. I had never seen this Eva Hesse piece. Exhibition in Edinburgh. Article in The Guardian at

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


After taking a brief break from books on transnationalism, I just ordered the following two books:

Next Stop, Reloville: Life Inside America's New Rootless Professional Class by New York Times writer Peter Kilborn

Interview with Kilborn on To the Best of Our Knowledge

Leaving America: The New Expatriate Generation by John Wennersten

We'll see how they go...I also found this US News article updating numbers on American's abroad (4 to 7 million). They keep moving around so they are hard to count!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Anderson Ranch with Josh Davis

I've spent this week at Anderson Ranch studying with Josh Davis. Check out his work at More soon on my website, but here's a still of my work here.

Many thanks to Anderson Ranch for helping me to study here. Nestled in the Rockies, it's an ideal artist oasis where everyone is kind and thrilled to be making art.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Ram Katzir and Pico Iyer

Ram Katzir, Tracing Future, 2005, floor engraving, 120 m2, Collection Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art

Two days ago, I emailed artist Ram Katzir ( to find out more about Aomori Contemporary Art Center residencies ( He highly recommended the program, noting the fierce competition to get in, and after looking at my work, suggested the literature of Pico Iyer. I thought I'd share both tips.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Original In Your Work

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.
Flaubert (French writer, 1821-1880)

Friday, January 23, 2009


[Image: The Cable City of Takis Zenetos].

Another recommendation is my new favorite blog at Many thanks to FSU Geography Professor Phil Steinberg for this recommendation. Scroll down to read about Takis Zenetos. I see a cable city in my artmaking future.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Many thanks to Elisabeth Condon for her lecture last night at FSU. Check out her work at It's extraordinary and especially impressive after her move to Florida. Who knew warm weather could increase a flurry of creative activity? I thought that we all assumed the reverse. My favorite new phrase from her talk—rolodex space.

Her Parasol House series reminds me of my favorite show seen over the winter break—Al Held at Casey Kaplan. Those paintings were ahead of their time.