My dear friend Edith Abeyta has an amazing installation up at the Wignall Museum at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga. Like all of her projects, it has an element where the public interacts with, and shapes the life and future of the piece. It’s part of an exhibition titled Inlandia, a group show [...]
Given the era, what else could there be lurking in The Commons, but baseball pics?
I loathe baseball. I’ve always suspected it of being a lazy man’s sport, with all that standing around and that tidy little square to run around in. Now it’s even worse, with the sport being dominated by a [...]
An artist forwarded me an E-mail this morning about proposed oil drilling by Pearl Exploration & Production, LTD near Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty in Utah. Apparently this proposal was just sneaking in under the radar when it came to the attention of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, who have spread the word. Here [...]
I have an obsession with Jonathan Meese. He’s either the worst art huckster that has ever lived, or a misplaced, possibly time traveling, shaman, taking the only post-primitivism job for primitives – contemporary artist. I saw him speak at the artists talk for the most recent SITE Santa Fe Biennial and pretty much [...]
Today from News in the 1910s. I guess this must be the odd choice of the bunch, but I find this blurry image of unknown, motion-blurred illumination on Riverside Drive in New York City really moving and mysterious. This photo, which consists of almost nothing but the capture of century-gone, momentary light, is [...]
Chris Hoff, formerly of The Office, and always of the OC Art Blog, along with his wife, Mrs. OC Art Blog, have “formed a private foundation to help support artists & arts organizations based in Orange County or Long Beach.” The Hoff Foundation will be awarding $3,000 in grants quarterly to applicable artists and [...]
We’re still in the 1910s section of The Commons here.
Watching the State of the Union last night, I again couldn’t help but think about how little I trust my government to be there. When Bush spoke about the work in New Orleans, it was impossible not to feel ashamed at our government’s [...]
Sometimes I worry about MOCA – just what they’re up to in their underground warren of contemporary art. I’ve only been an actual MOCA member for a short while, but they don’t seem to like me very much – they managed to misspell my name as “Marshall Astro” on my membership, and now [...]
More from News in the 1910s, courtesy of The Commons.
If only it were so. I’ve always felt that New York City is a stratified place, forever re-enacting its own story, to an audience of itself. My favourite fictional New York is the communist Manhattan alluded to in Bruce Sterling and William Gibson’s [...]
It’s harder to penetrate the photos of the News in the 1910s collection, than the colour photos from the WWII period. Every one of them, probably due to their extreme distance from my experience of the world, seems meaningful, but at the same time, due to that distance. Also, the photographer’s art seems [...]