4.28.2009

WITH A LITTLE BIT OF THE STINK-EYE


(a partially-completed Alice sits quietly on the Slovenian coast)

Raft building in Slovenia:

- Being stopped trying to carry-on small silk screens on to the plane, "You could hit someone with them."
- Long ride in an overloaded hot-wired van with many pee stops.
- Hanging out with "Pusher" cooking shark and sardines over a fire drum.
- Power tools in the rain.
- Red pepper & ? "muck" sauce is popular.
- Who knew ginger in fruit salad could taste so good?
- Some great finds from the local flea market.
- Shipping containers make great workshops/sheds, but are kind of cold to sleep in.
- Clogging/breaking the squat-style toilet at the marina. Not even the professional plumber in the crew could fix it.
- Graduating down to a shit-bucket, even before we are on the water.
- A lot of locals wandering by to see what we are up to.
- The new raft, "Old Hickory," is kind of huge.
- The scrapping crew running into a lady calling the cops on them, accusing them of trying to steal the scrap wood in her garbage. Conrad explains the project to her as best he can (language barrier) and shows her photos of the rafts. After questioning their sanity, she sends them on with "You are good boys. You go."

Learn some Slovenian:
Hello = "Dobradon"
Thank you (very much) = "Hvalla (liepa)"
Hello, I think I love you = "Pozdravljeni, mislim, da te ljubim"



MP3:

• Moby - Sailin' On

A band's place in myspace.

4.23.2009

LIVE LIKE THERE ARE NO WRONG TURNS
















(photos from the abandoned beach town, full gallery of our adventures here)

Well that's it folks. I'm off to join the Swimming Cities of Serenissima in Slovenia. I will try to post updates and photos if I can, but without a computer your guess is as good as mine if/when that will happen.

Ever wonder what Matt & Kim look like naked? Well now you know (and in Times Square, no less). So awesome.

Lessons Learned






MP3:

• We March - Ethnic Electric

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4.20.2009

SLIPPIN' AWAY AGAIN





















(photos from IRT: A Tragedy In Three Stations, a play that took place in the NYC Subway this past Spring, full documentation here)

Just more of why you love living in the city.



MP3:

• Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Skeletons (Acoustic Version)

A band's place in myspace.

4.15.2009

NOT SO SERIOUS


(promo photo shot for Matt & Kim's new album Grand, logo designed by Erik Kowalski)

I leave in less than a week for the Swimming Cities of Serenissima, to traverse the Adriatic Sea from Slovenia to Venice on three junk rafts. After two months there, I head to Indonesia and Japan to travel by bicycle with a couple friends for another two months (only catch is that so far I don't really have a bike for the trip yet). So updates around here might go from sporadic to sparse, but I'll try to do my best.

In conjunction with the above-mentioned junk raft trip, Ad Hoc is hosting another fundraiser art show for us that opens this Thursday (tomorrow!). Please do drop by, there's some handsome art on the walls at great prices.

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SWIMMING CITIES OF SERENISSIMA ART SHOW FUNDRAISER
Opening this THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 7-10PM at Ad Hoc Art: 49 Bogart St. Brooklyn NY

See several brand new works by SWOON as well as an abundance of other visionary comrades' artistic marvels as we raise funds for their latest naval plan, SWIMMING CITIES OF SERENISSIMA, which has already begun! The list of work is deep, and there are many gems in the mix.

Some of the people in the house are:

DAVID ELLIS

DENNIS MCNETT

ELISABETH TIMPONE

ESPO

FAILE

GAIA

IMMINENT DISASTER

JOSH MACPHEE

KRISTINE VIRSIS

LEE QUINONEZ

MARTHA COOPER

MARTIN MAZORRA

MIKE HOUSTON

MONICA CANILAO

RYAN DOYLE

STEVE POWERS

TOD SEELIE

& MANY MORE!

See the work here:
http://adhocart.org/index.php?option=com_rsgallery2&Itemid=70&gid=102



* IN THE PROJECT ROOM - TheDirtyFabulous - New Works

TheDirtyFabulous was born in the year of the Dragon and travels the windblown highway of Interstate 40. TDF's work's defy standard human comprehension, as they are from the windblown highways of the interstellar consciousness. Not to be missed!

This body of work actually began in 1997 – in a small, run-down house on some wooded land. The place has since been deserted. Working in that place helped bring into focus the narratives TDF would continue to work with. Over the years, the work has been slowly accumulating. TDF sees this as an ongoing project – a book of fables, with large paper drawings as pages. These drawings have no set sequence of images or reading. The word fable is derived from the Latin word fabula, meaning “story”.

TDF repeatedly explores themes such as myth, psychology, philosophy, apparition of beauty, eroticism, machines of fate, human folly, nostalgia, mortality, history, consumer culture, industrialization, loss and regret. Imagery is used from many sources and typically a work is generated in response to readings or in reference to life experiences. TDF uses nineteenth century mechanical relics, sequences from dreams, vintage pin-ups, scientific historical images, anatomy and nostalgic panoramas as symbolic references. Combined in the work, they allow for commentary, connection, and invention on many topics and ideas.

In short, these works are super divine!

See them here: http://adhocart.org/index.php?option=com_rsgallery2&gid=96&Itemid=70

Props of TDF's work in Juxtapoz:
http://www.juxtapoz.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=5383
http://www.juxtapoz.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5587&Itemid=1



* IN THE ALCOVE - Elisabeth Timpone -"Tails from the North"

After studying communication design at Parson's in NYC, Elisabeth Timpone unexpectedly began an extensive endeavor into a world of fine art. Her whimsically obsessive lines, and delicate but ferocious images capture moments in nature that may otherwise go unseen. Her drawings create a portal to the unscathed forest where animals live to play and fight to survive. Since her start, she has shown at galleries in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Elisabeth is currently working on a letter pressed children’s book called “Baby Bestiary”.

http://adhocart.org/index.php?option=com_rsgallery2&gid=97&Itemid=70

Come see amazing art by some of the most fun, positive, and creative people we know!

If you would like to volunteer your expertise and skills to help us in our creative experience, please drop us a line via http://adhocart.org/index.php?option=com_performs&formid=1&Itemid=57

Thanks for all the love and support. We can't do it without you.

Our best to you and yours,

Ad Hoc Art

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MP3:

The Whites Stripes? What?

• Band Of Skulls - I Know What I Am

A band's place in myspace.

4.12.2009

CRUSTY TIMES ARE HERE AGAIN













(photos from the guerilla art installation Overtake in Bushwick, full gallery here)

File this under "no duh."

I almost forgot about this video I shot of patriotic flag burning at Slaughterama 6.


Slaughterama 6: Flag Burning Patriots.



MP3:

Guess who's reuniting and playing a show in NYC? That's right.

• The Mummies - Stronger Than Dirt

A band's place in myspace.