Sunday, March 29, 2009

Renault 4

My dad had this car when I was growing up.
I always see them when I watch 70's French films and it reminds me of the time I slammed the door and the windows fell out.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

All the Boys Are Called Patrick

All Boys Are Called Patrick, Godard, 1957 (1959 in some reports)
Short film written by Éric Rohmer and directed by Jean-Luc Godard and made before both achieved fame as French New Wave filmmakers.
Watched this last night.

Andres Serrano / Damien Hirst last night

US 2007
At a recent exhibition in Sweden, vandals attacked the artist's work with pick axes. From his formative years in New York to his retrospectives in Avignon and Paris (where he was commissioned to photograph the members of the Comédie-Française, France's oldest theatre troupe), Serrano has proven to be an artist undaunted by controversy.

It was good to learn more about Serrano's work, this was just the right length & most interesting was the fact he has huge popularity in Paris, yet in the US I feel he perhaps isn't as well known. Other than Piss Christ, that is.

When a small proportion of Damien Hirst's art collection went on display at the Serpentine Gallery in London, the South Bank Show's Melvyn Bragg profiled the artist as a collector and businessman—rather than as the enfant terrible of the British art world, as he has also been known. Sarah Lucas, Sadie Coles and Jeff Koons feature.

Despite the fact I find Hirst fairly vile (see pic), he comes across better than I expected. Actually the most annoying aspect was that he was wearing an oversized Libertine skull print shirt throughout. It was good to see his collection, his studios and his crazy estate. I appreciate his appreciation, and it was great to see the South Bank Show again.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Rut Blees Luxemburg

Commonsensual: The Works of Rut Blees Luxemburg is the most authoritative survey of the photographer’s work to date. Drawing on such influences as Giambattista Vico’s notion of Sensus Communis (or collective sense), Luxemburg’s projects include A Modern Project (used on the CD cover for The Streets’ Original Pirate Material) and the opera Liebeslied/My Suicides, based on the photographic series Liebeslied, as well as To Delphi, Faust 2, pied-à-terre lumière, Phantom, ffolly, and
Piccadilly’s Peccadilloes.

With an introduction by Regis Durand, former director of the Jeu de Paume and the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris, and texts by poet Douglas Park, and philosopher Alexander Garcia Duttmann, Commonsensual deftly summarises the many nuances of Blees Luxemburg’s work.

To coincide with the release of the book, Black Dog Publishing have an exhibition of Rut Blees Luxemburg photographs.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Once a Runner

Found it in a thrift store in Sacramento. Thought it sounded good.
"Once a Runner is a novel by American author John L. Parker Jr. and was first published in 1978 by Cedarwinds. Once a Runner illustrates the hard work and dedication that is required of an elite runner.
Since its publication, the novel has become a cult classic for competitive runners of all abilities.
A sequel was recently published titled Again to Carthage. This book was printed in a limited supply and will be reprinted in April 2009."
I've been reading this a lot lately, and although my running ability is never going to touch on these guys, it's still a motivating book. & my first fiction find in years.