Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Get a Life

I was so busy deciding what to wear and who to be, that I missed the Lawrence Lessig lecture in Second Life. If you did too, you can read the full transcript here

Oh they even gave away a free t-shirt. G-D-M-it I'd love me some freebies!

Monday, January 30, 2006

Naotaka Hiro

I love Naotaka Hiro's Ass Fall. Do I have to make an interesting comment about it? I dont think so. On his site you can find more interesting stuff , like his "Looking Through my Hand - See-through Suburbia" project that I find super intriguing.

Japanese Ruins




These photos of Japanese Ruins come from different links that Naotaka Hiro just sent me. Everything is in japanese so I cant read a word, but hey, these pics are worth thousands. I'm obsessed with ruins because I'm preparing a lecture for the Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art on "Electronic Ruins". More on this later

Sunday, January 29, 2006

La Musica Tremenda


Finishing off the weekend working to lots and lots of music, mostly the fabulous Devendra Banhart that my friend Young Chung gave me last week. Other stuff on my playlist are The Shortwave set, the Brokeback Mountain soundtrack, Nightmare of You and Wolfmother.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Monday, January 23, 2006

Pagodism

Its funny that I've been in New York for a week and I'm still thinking about L.A.

Just off of Hill Street is LA's simulated Chinatown. It was built in the '50s for a movie and then inhabited by chinese americans as a real place. Now its inhabited by cool stores such as OOGA BOOGA, cool school such as Piero Golia's Mountain School of Art, galleries and project spaces mixed with Mah-jong parlours and chinese stuff stores, mixing film with reality. One of the first spaces to open there was Miltos' Electronic Orphanage, which now has become Telic.

Even the gas station was dressed up as a pagoda, which come to think of it, if China someday rules the global market maybe this will be the new international style, replacing all the Mies van der Rohe type of abstract floating planes with Standard Pagodism.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Miltos Manetas at Yvon Lambert


Miltos is showing 3 websites and 2 paintings, the websites projected onto blank canvases. The painting canvases are identical to the website canvases. And when he paints he projects the image onto the blank canvas. Sometimes he paints websites. Everything in the show is the same size, and the same price. It's a perfect show, just like a 444 moment.

The Agony and the Ecstasy at Geffen MOCA




I wasnt supposed to take photos inside the Ecstasy show at the Geffen MOCA in L.A., but I couldnt resist Pierre Huyghe's (top) or Assume Vivid Astro Focus' pieces.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Some pics from my show at INMO Gallery, LA.






INMO is located in downtown LA, in what used to be the abandoned Billy's Coffee Shop at the equally abandoned and scary Rosslyn Hotel. Inmo has decided to open the gallery without turning it into a white cube kind of space. Instead he has left the bar of the coffee shop intact, and the space in a semi ruined state. The result is one of the most poetic galleries I've ever been to (or exhibited in).

Friday, January 13, 2006

Spring was never waiting for us dear


..., it ran one step ahead, As we followed in the dance
Donna Summer, "Mac Arthur park"


Right in front of Mac Arthur Park is a great 1950s pre-cast concrete building, where Textfield magazine is located . I'm in L.A. preparing my show at Inmo Gallery, which is now in Downtown but used to be in the same building as Textfield, when they were both in chinatown, on Chung King Road.

At Inmo I'm showing Hotel Blue Wave, itself a pre-cast concrete building inspired by the 1050s examples like the one Textfield is today housed. There seems to be a cosmic coinsidence thing going on, and I think Donna Summer was right after allAt Inmo I'm showing Hotel Blue Wave, itself a pre-cast concrete building inspired by the 1050s examples like the one Textfield is today housed. There seems to be a cosmic coinsidence thing going on, and I think Donna Summer was right after all

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Fabulous ceilings inside toy store in New York


The Toys 'R' Us store on Times Square has some of the best ceilings around. They're all very standard industrial and full of ducts, structure and stuff, but they are firecoated in candy colors and some of them even have candy hanging from it. Who would have thought it was so simple?
The whole store is architectural fabulosity, perfect for the gay architect who keeps a secret stash of Barbies' Magic Pegasus under his desk (like me).

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Double Diamond


This is the 1959 Pearlroth beach house by Andrew Geller, sometimes called double diamond house. I think it was demolished, but I'm not sure. I wanna be there.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Newmanifesto on my desktop


My friend Newmanifesto takes beautiful pictures in the country side. They remind me of vacations I never took.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Feu d'artifice


from Marinas apartment
next day on the beach