Thursday, November 29, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
I will post photos here as I get them from folks! Comment if you have photo links or feedback or want to connect. All the comments are moderated, so you can put your personal info in there & no-one will see it but the Dodo. I LOVE YOU GUYS!
P.S. I lost my top hat sometime Sunday night. If you find it I will give you postage and presents!
... And huge huge thanks to Mr. Darkness, the other Collective members, my Art Minions and the Coalition of the Willing. (I was so obsessed with the art project that I might well have fallen over dead if my Playa Mamas hadn't kept me fed.)
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
(It's especially welcome given that the Playa del Fuego arrangement is of the "send us your receipts and we'll reimburse you after the festival" variety.)
Monday, August 6, 2012
WE NEED ALL OF YOUR:
-- spent glow-necklaces / used cyalume glowstix
-- plastic six-pack rings
Other bits we're also hoping to reclaim from the waste stream as opposed to buying new:
- rugs and meditation cushions (we can slipcover shabby pillows)
- fabric of all kinds, but especially black and/or velvet
- jars with lids; wide-mouthed glass bottles for Extinct Curiosities
- unloved spice racks
- maybe a spare tarp or two
Random bits of carnival-barker attire or related accoutrements would not go unappreciated, either.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
(If link is broken... it's a self-portrait of 2 people's naked torsos; the woman's says ART and the man's says NOT ART.)
(They are wearing stickers from one of Amanda Palmer's kickstarter packages.)
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
"50 S of G" is terrible, yes. It's gushy and sloppy and improbable and trashy and train-wrecky. I'm pretty sure that's WHY it's so popular. It's the erotic-novel equivalent of "reality" TV.
People LOVE "reality" TV.
I know several very smart people in real life who watch VAST amounts of "reality" TV. It is not because they don't have a convenient list of better ways to squander their time, just as I do not reach for the spicy cheese-flavored tortilla chips due to any lack of proper food in the house.
I do enjoy the lists, though, and have idly contemplated making my own, though I don't expect any hypothetical mainstream ladies to start taking Georges Bataille's "Story of the Eye" to the beach as a result. It's a tricky algorithm to fiddle with, because succeeding as brilliant fiction and succeeding as hot dithering material are not necessarily that closely related. There's some kind of Venn Diagram here, and to each her own. Bad writing will throw me out of the spank-bubble, but really good writing can too.
Anyway... it is summer, it is tremendously and preposterously hot in DC, and I have received a sort of reviewer's copy of Tristan Taormino's ULTIMATE Guide to Kink (they need to find some way to make "ULTIMATE!!!" blink in different colors on the cover), so who knows, there may be further discussion of writing-about-sex in this space in the not-so-distant future. Comment with your favorite or least favorite books about or including sex, if you so desire.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
I already liked him from his YouTube videos, but then while Casey Driessen was setting up, he played a tape loop of the sound of a fiddle being tuned.
Bonnaroo is a big commercial music festival with lots of dust and beer and HUGE crowds (50,000+ for bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers). So yes, I was predisposed to like the Casey Driessen Singularity just because he was a guy with a fiddle and some effects pedals and we could see and hear him and we were sitting on the grass in at least partial shade.
But also, he's REALLY fun. We caught over a dozen bands at Bonnaroo, plus bits and morsels from others as we wandered about; this guy's definitely a singularity.
He has a Kickstarter and I told him I would post a link. I didn't tell him no-one ever reads my blog. But the link is below, in case any of my dear friends want to buy me a CD. Also here is a link to the Sparrow Quartet (Abigail Washburn, Casey D., Bela Fleck, and Ben Sollee).
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
Today I woke up very early with the excited burblings of ideas for future installations. A tattered tapestry cave at Playa Del Fuego... Something will happen, though usually not what was initially glimpsed.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Here is the Artist Statement I wrote for Artomatic. I'm going to keep adding bits of content here throughout the month, and by the end of the show, I hope to have some good photos of my installation. If you found this page via one of my cards from the show, welcome! I'd love it if you commented!
One of these works (SubMerged: Blue) appeared in the equally unjuried "Artomatic Takes Flight" show at National Airport last year. Prior to that, my visual art experience was mostly limited to festival banners and zines. My approach to sewing has been described as "non-Euclidean."
Impurity of Motives
I became enchanted with the broken umbrellas that appear in the gutters after each storm, their familiar shapes mangled and splayed. IoM's backdrop is largely umbrella fabric, and several of these works (notably the Hallucipede) contain umbrella ribs and wires, among other found objects.
The vulnerability and power of the human body interest me, as does the forlorn whimsy of our discarded belongings... how we, and they, endure & decay & are transformed. IoM plays with exposure and disguise, with deconstructed portraits of the artist, the synthetic vs. the organic, dream-imagery and the bad neighborhoods in the mind.
I sought lustrous clashes and interactions among salvaged materials: silica gel pellets from a shoebox dessicant packet gleaming like spider-eggs when drizzled in clear nail enamel. You will find bones, feathers, keys, bottle glass, and book paper.
I like art that leads us to view ordinary things in fresh ways. When I leave the gallery and step back into the open air, I find myself entranced by the colors and textures of everyday things -- a rusty newspaper box, an ivy-bitten wall, the sudden flash of pink from a lost toy in the grass. Perceptions merrily poisoned.
About the Extinct Flightless Arts Collective
EFAC made its debut with "Tastes Like Burning," a zine and collage-box assemblage created for the spring 2011 Playa del Fuego. Photography, mythopoetic & confessional text, found-object sculptures, and performance pieces are all in the works, all the time. We explore festivals and interzones, the circle around the bonfire and the trash-strewn brambles beside the train tracks. As of this writing, EFAC is still a collective of one, but We are accepting applications.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Clean lines, elegant simplicity, minimalism... these terms describe many of the lovely works in this gallery. The OTHER works in this gallery. If you wish to witness a louche assemblage of brain-tentacles, hallucinatory insects, and the tattered corpses of abandoned umbrellas, come visit "Impurity of Motives."
"Your exhibit is amazingly wonderful. It's back-of-the-wardrobe-out-of-Artomatic-into-a-strange-place wonderful." - Gordon Geise (Fr.Defenestrato Photography)
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
"The imagination can transfigure the dark matter of life... To recognize our shared, familiar misery is not enough. I want to recognize something I never saw before." -- Ursula LeGuin