Tag Archives: Rodney Graham

Celebrities

Last night I read the conversation between Rodney Graham and Dan Graham in a recent catalog. The early parts were great because they took me back to the good old days when one could have a few interesting ideas and … Continue reading

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Funny But No Joke

Not all artists are noted for their humor, lightness, gaiety and wit. In all the years I knew Jeff Wall I only heard him crack one joke, but it was a pretty good one. I came late to the Bodega, … Continue reading

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Backyard Hermit

This really blew my mind, the fact that me, an overfed, long-haired leaping gnome should be the star of a Hollywood movie Another provincial with cosmoplitan ideas. See Whim. The girls are in another panel.

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F. Schubert, Abstract Artist

Lately I’m a devoted listener of Schubert’s piano sonatas. A great model for abstraction. Intricate and intellectually formed throughout but non-conceptual, complex and multi-layered but accessible entirely through feeling, light and full of invented forms. If one could make paintings … Continue reading

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All of us

While ladies draw their stockings on The ladies they were are up and gone, I pen my lines, I finish, I scan them, I’m not the poet who began them. Each moment Time, the lord of changers, Stuffs our skin … Continue reading

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A Critical Theory

In the Affendämmerung, or twilight of the apes, What is more fitting than that man should for reassurance turn to japes? In chaos sublunary What remains constant but buffoonery? Ogden Nash  

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Off the coast

Following from the previous post, the word “critique,” is very problematic. I doubt if anyone in the art world has any real idea what it means. It’s doubly difficult in that whoever thinks there is a stable meaning automatically misses … Continue reading

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Modes of Dexterity

An Actor’s Life (R.Graham) An actor’s life, that’s the life for me Burnin’ up the scenery is really unique Hand dipped cigarillos and barrels, just barrels, of wine Do you think I like it? I like it, I like it … Continue reading

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Art and The World

Literature is a four dimensional network of perspectives, especially useful when art is not the topic. Lately I’ve been enjoying Joseph Conrad, and think the following excerpt should be worth a smile at least: “Why must the sea be used … Continue reading

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Light verse

Here is a new verse from Rodney Graham, a pantoum, a poetic form I am not familiar with: Tiergarten From the Zoologic Garden Strains of Regimental music One begs one’s pardon And adjusts one’s tunic Regimental music Stirring to the … Continue reading

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