rimini protokoll @ the walker art center – A phone is ringing in an empty office in Minneapolis . . . it’s for you. Answer it and begin your personal performance experience that crosses continents, dissolves borders between audience and performer, and …              

Dec 30, 2009

got tickets fort this yesterday.  psyched. 
rimini protokollCall Cutta in a Box: An Intercontinental Phone Play
IDS Tower, 40th Floor minneapolis – January 8 – 31, 2010 (walker art center)
“A phone is ringing in an empty office in Minneapolis . . . it’s for you. Answer it and begin your personal performance experience that crosses continents, dissolves borders between audience and performer, and challenges cultural expectations. During the hour-long conversation with a call-center agent in India, everyday life is turned into theater, surprises are revealed, and our overly connected world is made more human. The German collective Rimini Protokoll has created “a thrillingly intimate production, which asks us to make the decision to be an audience member in an unusually active way” (Time Out New York).”
please enjoy.
posted by matt olson

This exhibition features paintings, drawings and mixed media installations that highlight David Lefkowitz’s ongoing explorations of the slippery relation between our direct experience of the world and the systems and structures we have devised to make…              

Dec 30, 2009

sometime in the next week or so i’ll be interviewing david lefkowitz about his work and current retrospective, “other positioning systems” up at the rochester art center for the aia-mn blog.  i made the trek to rochester yesterday, about a two hour drive from minneapolis.  fantastic.  if you have a chance, it’s up until january 10… go.

“This exhibition features paintings, drawings and mixed media installations that highlight David Lefkowitz’s ongoing explorations of the slippery relation between our direct experience of the world and the systems and structures we have devised to make that experience make sense—from the simple act of framing, to various mapping strategies, to surveillance technology, to the exhibition space itself. Other Positioning Systems will include samples from several bodies of work from the past dozen years and new work designed specifically for this exhibition.
The main gallery will be divided into five separate exhibits, each focusing on a different aspect of the representation of place and space. From large scale panoramas of vast vistas, to tiny paintings of lint, from a city constructed of Styrofoam packing material to a model of a quarry carved out of a stack of sheetrock, visitors will encounter dramatic shifts of scale and vantage point, and transformations of materials usually discarded in our contemporary consumer culture” – via rochester art center
please enjoy.
posted by matt olson

He moved to Paris the following October but returned to the United States nine months later, disillusioned with European modernism and convinced that only in America could a truly new art be developed. In 1942 he settled in Red Wing, Minnesota where…              

Dec 28, 2009

Work No. 9 MKM 1982 – charles biederman

Work No. 4, St. Victoire, 1980 – 1982 – charles biederman 

i was reminded recently of the artist charles biederman as a fantastic example of his work is inthis show “benches and binoculars” at the walker art center.
“The first of about a dozen books on art theory written by Biederman, “Art as the Evolution of Visual Knowledge,” appeared in 1948 and is generally considered his masterpiece.  Some critics say Biederman is one of the most original and important artists of the 20th century. But to most of the public — and most of Minnesota — Biederman is unknown. As a young man, Charles Biederman spurned the critics, curators and gallery owners who can make contemporary artists into superstars. He resolved to devote his life purely to art. Biederman was born Aug. 23, 1906 in Cleveland. He studied art at the Cleveland Art Institute, and later at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Biederman worked successfully in Chicago and New York, where his work was exhibited alongside such artists as Alexander Calder and Charles Shaw. He spent several months in Paris before returning to New York in 1937. In 1941 he was back in Chicago, and a year later he and his wife, Mary, settled in a farmhouse outside of Red Wing, where he had produced works for a medical clinic, and continued to develop his art in a kind of self-imposed exile” via mpr
please enjoy.
posted by matt olson

Listen, the snow is falling o’er town,Listen the snow is falling ev’rywhere.Between empire state buildingAnd between trafalgar square.Listen, the snow is falling o’er town.Listen, the snow is falling o’er town,Listen the snow is falling. Listen, listen.              

Dec 23, 2009

(untitled) last light – Felix Gonzalez-Torres 1993 via yhbhs

the weatherman says a large snow storm will arrive soon… so i’m leaving a day early.

see you next week.

happy holidays!

posted by matt olson

what is a moticos? ray Johnson’s initial collages were mainly abstract works made of cut, painted and distressed paper strips and irregular designs. He referred to these early collages as “moticos,” a term he coined and used for several              

Dec 21, 2009

what is a ‘moticos?’
the next time a railroad train is seen going its way along the track, look quickly at the sides of the box cars, because a moticos may be there. whether the train is standing still or speeding past you a moticos  don’t try to catch up with it.  it wants to go its way.  but have your camera ready to snap a picture.  it likes those moments of being inside the box.  when your film is printed and the moticos is finally seen, it will not be seen, unless you past the moticos on the side of a box car so someone can see the moticos or take its picture.  it may appear in your daily newspaper.  someone may put it there.  cut it out.  save it.  treasure it.  make sure it is in a box or between the pages of a book for your grandchildren to find and enjoy.
the moticos is not only seen on railroad trains but on  it really isn’t necessary to see the moticos or know where it is because  i have seen them.  perhaps i might point them out to you.  the best way is to go about your business not thinking about silly moticos because when you begin seeing them describing what they are or where they are going is   so just make sure you wake up from sleeping and go your way and go to sleep when you will.   the moticos does that too and does not worry about you.  perhaps you are the moticos.  destroy this.  paste the ashes on the side of your automobile and if anyone asks you why you have ashes pasted on the side of your car, tell them.
or write the word moticos on the top of your automobile.  it loves moving and rain water.  not so many people will wonder what it means.  there will be no questions hence no need for answers.   and if you have an automobile drive to pleasant places   have you seen a moticos lately?  perhaps you have.  they are everywhere.  as i write this i wish someone were here to point this out to me because i know they exist.
ray johnson via mauve deep
please enjoy moticos.
posted by matt olson

"these are my modern machinery! have you seen my modern machinery? this is the tools that i build the castle with… look a homemade handle put in that, and here is my thirty cent shovel. could you imagine building all that with all of this?"              

Dec 20, 2009

“and they asked the builder:
is this your vision?
what does it mean?
and the builder replied:
it’s about living and life
and everything i’ve learned”
leonard knight’s hot air balloon crashed in the desert of southern california over 25 years ago.  so, he did what any divinely inspired man might do and set to work transforming a dirt hill into a mountain of paint and adobe, his monument to god’s love.  leonard is just one of the six folk architects – individuals without formal or professional schooling in architecture – in the insightful and award winning documentary god’s architects.  director zack godshall records the follies, churches, and homes of five architects: leonard knightreverend h.d. dennisfloyd banks jr.,shelby ravellette, and kenny hill.  the idea for the documentary began when godshall attended a lecture by emilie taylor, a tulane school of architecture alum and now professor, on several of these folk architects.  together, taylor and godshall, detail the rudimentary materials, tools and techniques employed by each creator.  its humbling to see the intricate creations these resourceful and quirky men can build with little or no funding, and often with no plan or destination.
i highly recommend exploring the website and learning more about these folk architects.  dvd copies just went on sale and the beginning of december and if you happen to be in baton rouge in late january there will be a showing at the manship theater.
posted by nicolas allinder

the world is blue at its edges and in its depths. this blue is the light that got lost. light at the blue end of the spectrum does not travel the whole distance from the sun to us. it disperses among the molecules of the air, it scatters in the water.              

Dec 16, 2009

we’re super excited to announce scattered light, a participatory poster and attendant photo exhibition project by asdf, commissioned by rolu.
in the fall of 2009 we asked asdf, the art collaboration between mylinh trieu nguyen and david horvitz, to develop a project that would attempt to reacquaint the viewer to his/her surrounding environment and introduce another way of seeing the things around them. they came up with scattered light.  here’s how the project works:
– asdf designed six posters.                                                                                      – one poster will be released a month                                                                        – each poster has a photo by david horvitz on one side and a text on the other.             – the photo and text combine to present various themes relating to space / place. 
– each poster release also serves as an open call for photographic responses.             – the response should be based on the text and image as well as an assignment.         – the assignment is announced with each posters release / open call.                          – these open calls are open to everyone who wishes to participate.
– participants submit a hi-res digital photo and/or a photographic print.                         – the digital photos will be displayed as a rotating set of images.                                  – the prints will be displayed at scattered light the exhibition.                                       – the exhibition will be held in may and june 2010 at art of this gallery in minneapolis.    – the open calls will all remain open until the exhibition comes down.
you are invited to participate.  we hope you participate!
you can learn more here: http://www.ro-lu.com/asdf 
and acquire poster one here / poster two here / poster three here along with their corresponding assignments.
if you wish to purchase a full set of scattered light posters, they are available at the walker art center book store (mpls), golden age (chicago), cinders gallery (brooklyn),  a estante (portugal) and motto (berlin). more shops internationally soon.
email any questions to info@ro-lu.com
more soon.
posted by matt olson

For the period it existed from 1953 through 1968, the Ulm School of Design was one of the most important contemporary design academies. It saw itself as an international institution for teaching, research, and development in the field of design.              

Dec 14, 2009

from the hfg graphics collection at the ulm school of design
Transparency, academic year 1953–54

Lecturer: Josef Albers

Student: Ingela Albers

Photo: HfG Archive 
please enjoy.
posted by matt olson