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Photos from last night’s “Quart Bag” exhibition @ the Civilian Art Projects
|| 8/9/2008 || 12:42 pm || 3 Comments Rendered || ||


Unidentified woman looking at my piece “Without You I am Lost,”
next to Brook Halvorson’s “Stool Sample – Jeff Koons” and René Treviño’s “Cupcakes for gay Iranians

Inspired by the many things you can do with a quart bag, Civilian Art Projects and friends have invited 100 DC area artists to participate in a community art exhibition called Quart Bag. The exhibition provides an imaginative opportunity for artists to use thirty-two ounces of space within a plastic quart size bag. All works of art will be sold for $100 or less, providing an opportunity for all people to walk home with a piece of art that is FAA approved.

Below are some of the photographs I took last night at the opening reception for Quart Bag at the Civilian Art Projects. There were over 100 different pieces in the show and I managed to photograph about 1/3 of them.




Photograph of exhibition attendees


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24 on 14th – One Long Day on 14th by Graeme King
|| 5/22/2008 || 12:28 pm || Comments Off on 24 on 14th – One Long Day on 14th by Graeme King || ||

On April 19th, 2008 I met Graeme King near the Black Cat nightclub after he had just started his 24 hours on 14th Street project. His goal was to take pictures of people for 24 hours and exhibit the photographs at his Artomatic exhibit space.

I had just finished the VJ setup upstairs in the main room of the Black Cat and was about to head home to change clothes before the evening. Although I didn’t blog about it at the time, that evening I VJed alongside DJ Rekha from New York City. DJ Rehka is a London-born musician who DJs her own blend of contemporary bhangra hip-hop fusion and has been credited with pioneering bhangra music in North America. Her first album, DJ Rekha Presents Basement Bhangra, was released in October 2007 on Koch Records, fuses the South Asian genre of bhangra music with international hip-hop and drum beats. It was quite a lot of fun! Click here to download an MP3 from her CD.

Graeme’s photograph of me is unique because he caught me wearing an article of clothing that has been blogged about and even written about in the Washington Post. Look at the sidebar photograph to see another view of the shirt (the photograph was taken nearly one year earlier). Although you can only see the top of the graphic in Graeme’s photograph, it features the close-up detail from Ball of Destruction, which is a map I created in September of 2005 that features a woman textured by aerial photography of the area around White House holding a globe of Hurricane Katrina with a devastated New Orleans in the background.

For the show I wore a shirt that I had recently ordered from France that says “Jeux de mains, Jeux de vilains” which is definitely not something that says Bhangra, but I didn’t know I’d be VJing when I was getting ready for the night. The phrase literally translates to “Hand Games, Evil Hands,” but the proverb has multiple different meanings. From what I understand, the phrase was first was coined during the French Revolution by rich nobles who played Jeu de paume (the precursor to tennis) with rackets & gloves while the poor (the villains according to the nobility) played with their bare hands. Now it’s a traditional proverb adults use when children are playing too rough. It also has a sexual connotation, but I’ll let you figure that out yourself.

Enough about the clothing, check out Graeme’s time-lapse video of his Artomatic installation. His exhibit space is on the south end of the 6th floor. The picture of me above is featured about 27 seconds into the video:



Tag Galaxy [featuring Artomatic 2008 photos]
|| 5/19/2008 || 11:20 pm || Comments Off on Tag Galaxy [featuring Artomatic 2008 photos] || ||

tag galaxy showing Artomatic photographs from Flickr

Tag Galaxy is an interactive viewing environment for Flickr photographs. While I am not a big fan of hosting my artwork on Flickr, I find some of the derivative applications intriguing. I like how this viewing environment has a limit on the number of photographs being displayed, but I don’t really like the lack of zooming in to the photographs. Its more of a thumbnail earth than a galaxy, but it’s fun to use. The image above shows a small sampling of the Artomatic 2008 photographs that have been uploaded to Flickr since the exhibit opened. [via]



Thievery Corporation 2006 Blurb Book by Rob Myers
|| 3/23/2008 || 5:28 pm || Comments Off on Thievery Corporation 2006 Blurb Book by Rob Myers || ||

Last summer Rob Myers (1, 2, 3, 4) showed me the demo copy of the book and I absolutely loved it. There aren’t very many touring bands that have such a large cast of characters like Thievery Corporation and this book captures their 2006 international tour in a unique way that only a band member could. The 120 page photobook consists of 700 photos laid out in chronological order showing the band’s travels from Seattle to São Paulo during the Versions tour. Rob uploaded the entire book to Flickr so you can see the entire book before purchasing (soft cover: $45 / hard cover: $55). I am looking forward to getting my copy shortly.

If you are in the Washington, DC area this week, Eric Hilton will be at this month’s Modernist Society event. It’s one of the Washington Post’s best picks, so show up early. Check the flyer below.

Below are some of my favorite pages from the book:

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