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post super round animals — snail

May 28th, 2008

Filed under: art,check this out — nics @ 3:55 pm

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Today I went for a walk and visited the Land of the Super Round Animals. It was a beautiful day out and I am lucky enough to live just a short walk to the park where the super round animals live. They were made by Beniamino Bufano, most of them dating 1940 to 1960. I looked the park up on the internet and saw an image of them after being restored in 2003 (looking very shiny and squeaky clean). Sadly, they had been vandalized about 10 years before that.  It makes me angry to think that someone would be so awful to ruin such a rare find but happy to know that someone cares enough to bring them back to their original structure. But now they are back and better than ever. I’ll share the rest of the animals in time…

post Olafur Eliasson at the MoMA

May 25th, 2008

Filed under: art — nics @ 4:20 pm

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While in NYC this week, Ben and I saw the Olafur Eliasson exhibit at the MoMA. The pieces were all installation based and dealt mostly with disrupting your ideas of perception. One of my favorites was a darkened room with a wall of dripping water in the center lit by strobe lights. The effect made it seem like you could see the individual drops of water and the sound was amazing. Observers seemed silenced as they walked in and the sound of the dripping water was reverberating off the walls. Here’s a video I took from that room.

post an opening in Queens

May 25th, 2008

Filed under: art,friends,travel — nics @ 4:02 pm

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I was in New York this week and saw Brandon Friend’s MFA thesis show opening at Queens College (image here from the opening). It was a great show. His paintings reminded me of gradually deteriorating billboards or graffiti with their segmented and collaged layers. Though his imagery seemed to be based for a large part in news images, his compositions remained ambiguous enough to keep me wondering exactly what he was trying to say, leaving the work open for many different interpretations.

The studios at the school (at least from what I saw of Brandon’s) are huge and amazing. I wouldn’t mind spending a couple of years working in one of them.

post noodle cam

May 18th, 2008

Filed under: art,friends — nics @ 9:35 am

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The open studios for the UMBC grad program were last night. There was some great work! Here I will highlight one of my friends, Bonnie Crawford – image here which I stole from her website.

She just finished her thesis (some work of which you can see on her site). Now she has moved on to the noodle cam. It is such a great object in itself but upon approaching you see video being captured by the noodle cam. The effect makes it appear very much as if it were a belly button that you are peering inside of. I felt as if I had just accidently discovered the belly button of the earth. And we are all living inside of this giant thing. But I got a chance to look out through it into the rest of the world only to find my own image reflecting back at me. It made me feel very small.

post another strange fruit

May 16th, 2008

Filed under: check this out,food — nics @ 2:57 pm

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Here is another slightly odd shaped fruit… this time an orange. This one was so enjoyable, though, that it never got eaten. It just ended up hard as a rock while observers looked on and heckled (in a good way).

post Australian art, video, and music

May 11th, 2008

Filed under: art,Baltimore,friends — nics @ 5:32 pm

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I saw Tim Nohe’s curated Contemporary Australian performance art and music video screening, called Antipodes this afternoon. Tim spent several months in Australia last year as a Fulbright scholar (hence the Australian theme). It was a great show of short films and music. Some of my favorites were:

Maria Miranda + Norie Neumark’s Talking About the Weather. The filmmakers travel to different cities asking strangers to contribute recordings of their breath to help stop global warming. It was very amusing watching people react to the idea of recording their breath (this all audio, mind you) but also very touching at the same time.

Josephine Starrs’ piece as a part of short collective works of the Shangri-La Collective. This was essentially a music video of a Kraftwerk song, Pocket Calculator. Appearing to be filmed at least in part if not all in Japan, the video meshes together animals and robots, and at times them interacting with people, to the dance beats of the music.

post happy saturday

May 11th, 2008

Filed under: food,thoughts — nics @ 4:56 pm

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Nothing like a perfect Saturday morning: sleeping in, walking to the farmer’s market, and making a yummy brunch. Ben and I made a frittata, some bruschetta, had some fresh locally grown strawberries, and drank some bellinis! And it was nice enough to enjoy it all out on the front porch.

post cat-in-a-box

May 2nd, 2008

Filed under: check this out — nics @ 1:29 pm

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Hi! This is Tambourine – a local feline friend and friend of friend. Can you tell she likes boxes? Even ones that she can barely fit in.

mrap! 

post a turtle looking for the ocean

May 1st, 2008

Filed under: art — nics @ 3:34 pm

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I saw Virginia Warwick’s MFA thesis opening last weekend. Part of her work was a performance piece with her dressed up as a turtle. She was trying to find the ocean and and asking everyone for help. Her performances are always very entertaining and perhaps even more fun than watching her is watching people’s reactions to her. Watch the video

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