sometimes, and not a lot*, but sometimes, we get lucky** and stumble over something magical*** and special. something that allows us to understand things a bit clearer. something that reminds us we’re in this together, and something that helps us to keep moving forward despite ourselves¹. often we forget it’s even there, but it is, and when we need it the most², we are reminded to smile and share and seek out even more in life. one such something is this, a brief excerpt from an amazing commencement speech given by the late, great³ David Foster Wallace to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. it never fails to set me straight. enjoy.
*this will vary from person to person depending on a number of factors, so many in fact that it is impossible to express each and every one at this time.
** that is if you believe in luck. feel free to substitute this word freely for whatever you want to call it.
*** again, you may not believe in magic, so please feel free to substitute this word with a more appropriate adjective.
¹ or in spite of ourselves.
² or not. sometimes these things surface when we least expect it, or remind us of their presence as we wake and start our day. but for the sake of brevity and emphasis, let’s just say that they are there. end of discussion.
³ this is an opinion of course.
inspired by his Selfless Portraits Project, san francisco based artist Ivan Cash created this interactive art installation entitled Strangers Drawing Strangers for Airbnb at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
my new website is up and running with new work and new images! take a look and let me know what you think…
you can now purchase one or all of the 7600 volumes of the English language Wikipedia created by artist Michael Mandiberg, currently on view at From Aaaaa! to ZZZap! at Denny Gallery until July 11th, 2015.
Behind the Biennale is a series of short films that will be released throughout the summer of 2015, uncovering the stories of artists, curators, visitors, and Venetians.
from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, an outstanding new series entitled The Artist Project. “Over the course of five seasons, The Artist Project will share the perspectives of one hundred artists with the public, telling us what they see when they look at The Met.” above, Tom Sachs on the Shaker retiring room.
here’s a few pictures via my instagram account from a recent trip to Yosemite and Death Valley. enjoy!
Time May Change Me II, a birthday gif from artist Helen Green to the legendary David Bowie.
offering an ethical view to life without the dogmatic judgement and guilt of modern religion, How can I be happy? is one in a series of four videos explaining the ideology of Humanism. (written & produced by the British Humanist Association in conjunction with SkeptiSketch, and narrated by the wonderfully brilliant Stephen Fry.)
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a beautiful selection of 8mm film shot by the now celebrated photographer Vivian Maier. as with all her work, there is a quiet sophistication to these shots, an emotion that stands in stark contrast to the chaotic bickering that has unfortunately become her legacy.
watch an exclusive trailer for the new documentary about the life and work of artist David Hockney. The film, simply entitled Hockney, will allow viewers a peek into the artists personal archives and a look around his studio where the 77 year old artist still paints each and every day. it will also examine the painters formative years in the british pop-art scene, as well as his experience of being a gay man during the AIDS crisis.
making life better (and a life hack video finally worth posting). thanks Tripp and Tyler!
“Artist Miranda July has announced a unique new app design, titled Somebody, which uses active participants and users to deliver messages to other users rather than receive a standard text-based message or email.”
the Fitbit Flex. a pedometer, sleep monitor, silent alarm and personal trainer to make sure you reach your daily fitness goals. no matter if they’re ten, twenty or sixty thousand steps a day.
Art Everywhere is a cool little project we stole from the brits, and i gotta say, besides the piss-poor choices and circa 1990’s website, it sure has turned out great. perhaps most importantly, instead of the commercial propaganda and social refuse typically displayed, art really is everywhere! please feel free to share your images in the comments section below.
and at home.
“When Jonathan Harris turned 30, he began a simple ritual of taking one photo a day and posting it to his website before going to sleep… He called this project, Today.”
video by Scott Thrift, music by Julio Monterrey.