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Space is the Place #9


Space is the Place #9

A private much anticipated first curated evening with J.Morrison.

J. Morrison is a regular collaborator/new family member of mine and has been presenting a rotating group of temporary art installations and performances.  It's called SPACE IS THE PLACE and you can read about it here: 

j-morrison.com

For this show, Space is the Place #9,  James showed an interest in the economic state of the country by asking his architecture friends who recently lost their jobs to create a piece for his private opening entitled "Fuck Architecture".

This show is probably my favorite of the series. It was uncomfortable, funny, present, thought provoking and very well curated.

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Ryan Mendenhall
Hollyhock
xeroxed paper

On a recent visit to Los Angeles, the mildly impoverished and slightly shoddy stat of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic modernist masterpiece Hollyhock House struck me as a barometer of the state of American architecture under the current economic conditions. This visit coincided with the planning of the Fuck Architecture project, and I could not resist contributing a small booklet to the show based on my experiences at Hollyhock.-- Ryan Mendenhall


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Jennifer Harmon
"Detroit #8"
Acrylic, Ink, I iodine and thread


This mapping represents the confluence of industrial decay, hud housing and luxury gentrification within a small section of Detroit's waterfront that lies within the shadow of the General Motors Headquarters building. Here, the canvas acts as the ground plane and is manipulated to imply different levels of development or decay.--J. Morrison


-I really loved tis piece. The black squares represented the new yuppie housing that was replacing the project housing in Detroit. 


Children going to school.

The remark of the decay of the area, a nice touch.

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Jim Heimdahl

Separation Checklist
Stencil, paper, collage
Documents from his last employer


An interesting piece by Jim Heimdahl. I liked the size he chose for the letter to be. It made the document so personal and yet one couldn't help but find a dry, cynical humor about it.

Staff Reduction.



MUST be cleared.

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Wendy Klein
Untitled (1,000 houses)
plastic, hot glue, pencil


These small sculptures are made from 1,000 monopoly houses. A funny approach to the fall of the housing market.  Not only were the pieces interesting as objects but the placement of the piece was dead on perfect, being placed by a large window overlooking the Manhattan Skyline.






It was hard to capture the placement of the sculptures, but trust me, it was perfect.
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David Kuykendall
Letters to a brick wall
paper, tape

A brilliant display by David Kuykendall. This piece consisted of 175 emails and cover letters seeking employment sent out over a period of one year.

They all had a similar group of openings:

"Your firm came to my attention..."



"I came across your post on craigslist.."

"I am a passionate, deeply focused...."







"I am writing you to discuss my interest..."




While I believe they were in date order, as you got to the end of the piece the search for jobs becomes a bit more far out from his original profession.  I.e. Casino manager, hotel manager etc. A sign of the times and the need to become creative.

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Bureau V
Abacus
Mixed Media, books

The drawing's subject i Abacus, a site-specific performance and installation piece produces in collaboration with Lars Jan of Early Morning Opera that was commissioned by the Whitney Museum for its retrospective for it's retrospective, Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe.  The project was unfortunately cancelled due to financial constraints.- J. Morrison

-This was a great representation of the plummeting sales in the art world. And in a way I feel that it's similar to what is happening in the fashion world.  It questioned the idea of environment, value and represented so many different aspects of luxury and displacement. 


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Erik Brown
Independent Geometric Studies
44 lb. paper, melamine-coated MDF shelf

As an architectural designer/project manager for single-family residential projects, my professional work involved schematic and developed design variations, and detailed drawings for final construction. This series of paper models begun as a creative reaction to my layoff, or professional disruption, in February 2009. Personal focus shifted from detailed 2 D drawings to abstract 3D physical models: polyhedra and other Platonic solids constructed from templates and printed multiple colors. The geometric studies serves as a reaction to, and an escape from, my previous work's design constraints.

For this show, additional paper models are created on 44 lb. paper, printed in new color multiples, and reproduced as variations of Platonic solids. The color schemes are derived from digital photos of previous residential objects on a shelf.  Architectural work is translated and transformed into geometric reactions and analogous representations.-- Erik Brown





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J. Morrison 
Untitled (Vito Acconci Seedbed)
Mixed media installation, possible performance

Seedbed was a performance piece performed by Vito Acconci during January 15 - 29th 1971. Acconci lay hidden underneath a gallery-wide ramp installed at Sonnabend Gallery, masturbating while vocalizing into a loudspeaker his fantasiesabotu the visitors walking above him on the ramp. The motivation behind was to involve the public in the work's production by creating a situation.--J. Morrison




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Matt Azen
House of Cards
Paper business cards
Business cards from his former firm


The house of cards. A funny approach to wondering what to do with all your useless remains of a former life as an architect. Use your past skills for a new project.  Build a house. Looked really sturdy and was large.  I really liked it.





While looking at this piece I saw my friend and pattern maker for my Houndstooth line, Hannah, wearing an incredible vest.


I want it so bad.  
Just stop already....

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Matthew Radune/ Logan Billingham
Brooklyn Endless

2' x 2' Translucent trash bags, industrial blower fan



The work "Brooklyn Endless" is more obelisk that architectural element. The title is a play on the lyrics from the Kraftwerk song "Europe Endless". Promenades and avenues, Europe endless, Real life and postcard views, Europe endless".  Endlessness exists everywhere, although within architectural design it is commonly prohibited or unpopular.

The collaborations of Matthew Radune and Logan Billingham explore issues of haeccity, or the "thisness" of things, within architectural discourse. In their last work, "Breathing Wall", the "thing" explored was a wall, which was activated by electronic components, and attained the capacity to breathe. --Matthew Radune and Logan Billingham


James and his boyfriend Ryan standing underneath Matthew Radune's and Logan Billingham's temporary installation.


I love them both, individually and together.


The deconstruction:






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Donna and I are juicing Inca queens:
Apples, spinach, kale, beets with leaves. Yum.
More soon.
xo

WHEN AND WHERE I'LL BE 2010

May 15 2010

Brecht Forum with Gene Coleman

Brooklyn, New York, US



May 18 2010

Outpost 186, May 2010 Tour w/ Seeded Plain

Boston, Massachusetts, US



May 19 2010

Strange, May 2010 Tour with Seeded Plain

Portland, Maine


May 20 2010

L’Envers, May 2010 Tour w/ Seeded Plain

Montreal, Quebec, CA



May 21 2010

May 2010 Tour w/ Seeded Plain

Toronto, CA



May 22 2010

Dreamland Theater, May 2010 Tour w/ Seeded Plain

Detroit, Michigan



May 23 2010

Robinwood Concert House, May 2010 Tour w/ Seeded Plain

Toledo, Ohio


May 25 2010

Enemy, May 2010 Tour w/ Seeded Plain

Chicago, Illinois


May 26 2010

Sugar Maple, May 2010 Tour w/ Seeded Plain

Milwaukee, WI


May 27 2010

The Ritz Theater, May Tour 2010 w/ Seeded Plain

Minneapolis, MN



May 28 2010

Ames
Progressive, May 2010 Tour w/ Seeded Plain

Ames, Iowa



May 29 2010

Bemis Center, MAY 2010 Tour w/ Seeded Plain

Omaha, Nebraska



May 30 2010

Clawfoot House, May 2010 Tour w/ Seeded Plain

Lincoln, Nebraska



Jun 13 2010

Whitebox Gallery

NYC, New York



Jul 1 2010

Whitney Museum, Christian Marclay Retrospective w/ Marina Rosenfeld

NYC, New York



Jul 2 2010

Whitney Museum, Christian Marclay Retrospective w/ Elliot Sharp

NYC, New York



Jul 3 2010

Whitney Museum, Christian Marclay Retrospective w/ Elliot Sharp

NYC, New York



Jul 4 2010

Whitney Museum, Christian Marclay Retrospective w/ Elliot Sharp

NYC, New York



Jul 9 2010

Whitney Museum, Christian Marclay Retrospective w/ Marina Rosenfeld

NYC, New York



Jul 11 2010

Whitney Museum, Christian Marclay Retrospective w/ Alan Licht and Lee Ranaldo

NYC, New York

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