Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A few shout outs.

Jordan Stempleman is cranking out poety publications as though his life depended on it (it does). REad them. if you know what's good for you...and for him.

Thanks to Paul of Pauls Balls (an earlier post) for his kind words at

Channelbone, a show at White Flag Projects in St Louis last April, is reviewed in the November issue of Art in America by critic Margaret Keller.
Channelbone, 2007, Megan and Murray McMillan, installation overview

Tyler, as well as other fellow art bloggers i.e. Roberta Fallon & Libby Rosof, Edward Winkleman, Regina Hackett and Jeff Jahn
share a disscusion on the world of art blogging in the November issue of Art in America

"In a blog, there's the potential for real dialogue with an art audience. Eventually, online criticism will bury anything in print-newspapers, magazines, books." Regina Hackett

(more on this soon)

Tyler Green of Modern Art Notes:

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art: Johnson County Community College

Opened this past weekend with some amazing work. Funny what you can find in the middle of one of the most steril suburban sprawls in America.

Jeremy Blake

Dana Shutz

James Brinsfield

Amy Cutler

Warren Rosser

Eric Sall

Lester Goldman

Amy Sillman

Jules De Ballencourt

Fred Tomeselli

Elizabeth Murray

CAroll Dunham

Do-Ho Suh

Kerry James Marshall

Dana Shutz

Op goes the Easel

:Acrylic on Canvas, fan, Bedsheet.

For a recent show themed The History of Painting at the KCAI gallery I had a conversation with Op art. The fan gently ripples the sheet in a similar manner our eyes witness the rippling of the paint. As the sheet hits the wall a distinctly sexual/masturbatory slapping sound echoes throughout the gallery.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Monday, October 22, 2007

Past, Present, Future Perfect: Selections from the Ovitz Family Collection

julie mehretu

Richard Prince

Jeff Wall

Dan Flavin

Olafur Eliasson

Dana Shutz

jules de balincourt

October 20 – February 2, 2008
16 East 43rd Street

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Tiny Vices

Oct 19-Nov 17
La Esquina Gallery
1000 West 25th Street

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Poetic Effects

Eliasson is interested in the socilaising and empowering agency of art. Not a conversational exchange but a subjective psychological experience. For Eliasson, "it is the employment of the gap between representation and the actual world, between the sun and the evocation of a sun or an audience and their reconstruction, that generates poetic effects."
amen Olafur

Today I am the King

A broken heart (or heartbreak) is a common metaphor used when a human being suffers an emotional or physical loss, to the extent that it begins to cause them physical or psychological pain.
1 Philosophical views and popular references
2 Symptoms
3 Treatment
4 Biological extent
4.1 In animals
5 See also
6 External links
7 References
[edit]Philosophical views and popular references

For many people having a broken heart is something that may not be recognized at first, as it takes time for an emotional or physical loss to be fully acknowledged. As Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson states:
Human beings are not always aware of what they are feeling. Like animals, they may not be able to put their feelings into words. This does not mean they have no feelings. Sigmund Freud once speculated that a man could be in love with a woman for six years and not know it until many years later. Such a man, with all the goodwill in the world, could not have verbalized what he did not know. He had the feelings, but he did not know about them. It may sound like a paradox — paradoxical because when we think of a feeling, we think of something that we are consciously aware of feeling. As Freud put it in his 1915 article The Unconscious: 'It is surely of the essence of an emotion that we should be aware of it.' Yet it is beyond question that we can 'have' feelings that we do not know about.[1]
This biblical reference highlights the issues of pain surrounding a broken heart:
Psalm 69:20 Insults have broken my heart and left me weak, I looked for sympathy but there was none; I found no one to comfort me.
In this Psalm, King David says that insults that have broken his heart, not loss or pain. It is also popular belief that rejection, major or minor, can break an individual's heart. This heartbreak can be greatly increased if rejected by a loved one or someone whom you respect.

In Shakespeare's 'King Lear' Lear dies of a broken heart, amongst other causes, in Act 5 Scene 3:
EDGAR : He faints! My Lord, My Lord!
KENT: Break heart; I prithee, break!

In many legends and fictional tales, characters die after suffering a devastating loss (see above - King Lear). But even in reality people die from what appears to be a broken heart. Broken heart syndrome is commonly blamed for the death of a person whose spouse is already deceased, but the cause is not always so clear-cut. The condition can be triggered by sudden emotional stress caused by a traumatic breakup, the death of a loved one, or even the shock of a surprise party.[2] Broken Heart syndrome is clinically different from a heart attack because the patient have few risk factors for heart disease and were previously healthy prior to the heart muscles weakening. The recovery rates for those suffering from "broken heart syndrome" are faster than those who had heart attacks and complete recovery to the heart was achieved within two weeks.[3]

The symptoms of a "broken heart" can manifest themselves through psychological pain but for many the effect is physical. Although the experience is regarded commonly as indescribable, the following is a list of common symptoms that occur:
A perceived tightness of the chest, similar to an anxiety attack
Stomach ache and/or loss of appetite
Partial or complete insomnia
Short/Long term paralysis
Apathy (loss of interest)
Feelings of loneliness
Feelings of hopelessness
Loss of self-respect and/or self-esteem
Medical or psychological illness (ie Depression)
Suicidal thoughts (in extreme cases)

Because "heartbreak" is a subjective emotional trauma and not a medical condition, conventional treatment does not exist. Depending on the psychological nature of an individual and the severity of the trauma, the length of time for the symptoms to disappear naturally will greatly vary. In most cases effects will last for a period of months. However, there are cases in which longer time is required to recover. In cases of limerence the average recovery time ranges from 6 to 18 months. It is claimed that the only cure for a broken heart is time, or acceptance of the loss.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

From our friends at Mcsweeney's



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MATTHEW BARNEY: (On phone.) Matthew. Barney. Sure. It's called the Flärke. F-L-A-R-K-E. It's a bookshelf.

BJÖRK: (In background.) Ask if they have an aluminum igloo.

MATTHEW BARNEY: (Muffled.) I'm on hold. I'll check when he gets back on.

BJÖRK: (Giggling.) Imagine if clouds were made of licorice!

MATTHEW BARNEY: Flärke. With an umlaut over the a. Also, my wife was curious if you sold aluminum ... Yes, I can hold again.

BJÖRK: The winter makes me feel particularly blinkered.

MATTHEW BARNEY: The Flärke is in stock? Great. Another quick question. My wife is Scandinavian and she was wondering if you had any aluminum ... All right, I can hold.

BJÖRK: Icelanders complete the echo with feel.

MATTHEW BARNEY: You're kidding me. If you can't deliver it, why do you have the option to order by phone?

BJÖRK: Pandas are sexy.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007