DEFEND YOUR CULTURE FROM THE VULTURES
("U.F.O." tries to share his side if the story with some of the authors of U.F.O., many sides were shared, no minds were changed)
Did you hear about the new U.F.O. book? U.F.O. as in the NYC graffiti artist (examples of his work here). Well there's a new book out from Powerhouse, aptly titled U.F.O., featuring tons of images of his work. The book busies itself with diagrams disecting his pieces, how-to guides for classifying different U.F.O.s, and then relates it to Aboriginal cave drawings and other such intellectual waxations. The only catch is not only did U.F.O. have nothing to do with the book, but any feedback from him was actually refused by the authors (they claimed it would taint the project). From what I can discern, it's some sort of super-intellectual disection of the authors' pursuit and attempt to understand U.F.O. in lengthy Chelsea-artspeak. Urban antropology is a term they use to describe it. While I can understand this sort of over-the-top approach to creating something fictional and seemingly exciting and interesting, I have a hard time accepting it being done on the back of an artist who has spent YEARS creating art in public space with no interest in any acclaim whatsoever. It cannot help but be exploitative, even though I beleive the authors' contentions that there was nothing malicious about their intentions. It was not malicious, just selfish and near-sighted, but not ill-intended. And it probably doesn't hurt that the exploited subject has no option of legal recourse due to his fugitive status. But whatever, they made their book, Powerhouse published it, and that's kind of the end of the story. As in the conversations I witnessed (and participated in) at the book launch party between U.F.O.'s people and the authors, no minds are about to be changed anytime soon. Although it was good to hear the other side, even if it didn't make a lick of sense sometimes.
You should check out their webpage about the book, read about it and see what you think. Click on the link for the "U.F.O. trailer" for a weird little hunt-n-peck video searching for U.F.O. with flashlights.
Combustive Motor Corp
I never officially wrapped up that little cover song streak I had going, with Halloween getting in the way and all. So here's my final cast into that hole, for a bit anyway (who knows around here). And so here's Man Man's take on Miss Etta James.
• Man Man - I'd Rather Be Blind
A band's place in myspace.
For more research on U.F.O.'s, gather up some books on the subject. Amazon promos might come in handy.