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music from the solomon islands

>> Wednesday, July 29, 2009


the bird of babylon

>> Saturday, July 25, 2009

i've been working on a sculpture with laurie trok for the visionary arts festival i call the "bird of babylon". it's made entirely out of discarded materials... the bulk of which comes from a disgusting landfill in the allegheny cemetary... wire flower tripods for armature, fake flower stem wire for connective tissues, sun-bleached fake flower petals for feathers... an old boot, crushed lighters and other plastic crap for beak and other anatomical details. just two days ago we finished the under-structure...

...and designed the method we'll use to feather the bird... they're glued down for now on strips of fabric, but we'll sew them in strips and lay them over each other to create the illusion of wings... it's a lousy photo and only covers two strips, but we've got lots of colors of leaves and petals to repurpose...
we've done a prototype for the head which will likely be dis- and re- assembled with less junk... and a terrifying beak!
there are several esoteric aspects of this piece that aren't visible here and i won't reveal yet... but it's more than trash into treasure!


the love of Kjersti Andvig & Carlton A. Turner...

>> Saturday, July 18, 2009

When Norwegian artist Kjersti Andvig initiated a collaboration with someone called Carlton A. Turner, who at the time was on death row in Texas, she aimed to expose a system which she perceived as a unjust mix-up of right wing politics, strange religious beliefs and cruelty. After their artistic work had ended, they fell in love.

State-administered death is always a greater horror than any other by virtue of the methodical reasoning that precedes it. French philosopher Albert Camus wrote that "capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal's deed, however calculated, can be compared. "For there to be an equivalency, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date on which he would inflict a horrible death on him and who, from that moment onward, had confined him at his mercy for months. Such a monster is not to be encountered in private life."


tlen huicani

>> Tuesday, July 7, 2009

tlen huicani - "From the capital city of Veracruz, Jalapa, Tlen-Huicani (pronounced wee-KAH-ne) is one of the most faithful interpreters of the traditional folk music of that state and also that of much of Latin America. Tlen-Huicani, which means "the singers" in the indigenous Indian language of Nahuatl, has taken the beautiful "harpa jarocha" or folk harp, and has made it the centerpiece of their music."

(mp3)tlen - huicani - track 13 from "veracruz - son y huapango" (buyable!) this track is wonderous, flying and sparkling. the harp sounds right at home. genius. wish i spoke good enough spanish to interpret the words... carlos?

here the old dude explains the instruments and they play a little ditty:


works in progress...

>> Monday, July 6, 2009

massive Music organization
and many Painting efforts,
including "Springtime in
the Desert of Al-ʿAẓīm",
pictured (incomplete)
here July 6th 2009.
click to enlarge:


rest in peace, bill...


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