Archive for June, 2010


Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Pedro Costa was born in 1959 in Lisbon, Portugal. His first feature O SANGUE (BLOOD) premiered at the Venice Film Festival, in 1989. His most recent film NE CHANGE RIEN was screened at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Cannes Film Festival, 2009. His work has been shown in various galleries and museums around the world and later this year he will be one of the featured artists at the 29th São Paulo Bienal, Brazil, 2010.


Sunday, June 13th, 2010


— I have taken this opportunity to ‘out’ a snap shot of my reference library, accumulated over about 25 years. I have made no effort to tidy or edit the selection. I hope this will relieve me of the guilt I feel when I take a magnifying glass to a photo in a magazine of someone, anyones bookcase in a magazine editorial. I am dead nosy and curious to know what unexpected surprises or cliches might be in evidence on their shelves.

It’s a rather sad, bad habit and I hope by exposing my shelves (or lack of shelving) in a totally unedited, unselfconscious mode I might feel less judgemental of others.

I take little, to no care of my books, but I reference them often and furiously. They do indeed exist in a state of disarray and it often involves less effort to go to the public library than attempt to dislodge a book from its book tower at my studio.

Julie Verhoeven is an artist and designer based in London. After studying fashion she began her career assisting John Galliano before working in the fashion industry as illustrator, designer, creative director and tutor. Verhoeven published A BIT OF ROUGH, FAT-BOTTOMED GILRS and JULIE VERHOEVEN GAS BOOK 13 and regularly exhibits internationally.


Sunday, June 13th, 2010


I am often conflicted when it comes to contributing video ephemera to a place that is housed by the internet.
A part of me always wants to show and tell,
another part of me wants to horde certain images to myself and my immediate family.
This conflict proves even stronger when the imagery includes a friend whom is no longer within reach.

Death is a sensitive matter and it is certainly something i spend a great deal of time thinking about…..though as time passes i try my best to think of it as something that is equal parts tragedy and beauty….or perhaps its neither, it could be nothing more than a blip, a false conclusion to what is merely a small segment within a never-ending fantasy. I’d like to think there is no closure in death, and that there is no physical reincarnation, that nothing ends and nothing begins, but rather this fantasy of the earthly realm simply folds in upon itself…the outsides become the insides, and soon enough it cycles back through to its original form and continues on in slight repetition … infinitely morphing and melting donut shaped mass of energy.

Nathan helped me understand different ways of seeing and different ways of being. He helped me to recognize the atmosphere and gracefully encouraged me to listen to it. When i was given this footage of him i was so struck by the way it captured him interacting with his space and harnessing the sky. There is a moment of tape distortion that happens as Nathan is seen acting out some sort of magnetism between his body and the sky. That is a heavy moment.

When i watch this footage i don’t find it haunting tho……… i find it to be a portrait of a true alliance with the sky.

–Brian DeGraw


Filmed by David Leonard. Edited by BDG

Brian DeGraw was born in 1974. He lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Le Confort Moderne, France (2008); BEHEAD THE GENRE, James Fuentes LLC, New York (2007). In 2008 his work was featured in The Whitney Biennial. He is also a member of Gang Gang Dance.


Sunday, June 13th, 2010


I made this crib note during my freshman year of high school in order to cheat on a Biology exam.

Not once, but twice I left a pair of undies in the dryer of my boyfriend’s mother’s home.
She was nice enough to return them promptly both times, priority mail.

MARCH 1991
As a teenager I was an avid journal keeper. It was an activity I occupied myself with primarily while cutting class—I think I thought I was leading myself in some sort of alternative curriculum. I compiled the following list over the course of several days in March of 1991.
Click image to see more pages.

Disgruntled by a day job sometime during the mid to late nineties, I made a large stack of these Xeroxes. My intent, I think, was to replace the legitimate work documents in every drawer and file folder of the desk I kept in the office—a paper transfusion to be discovered later by my boss or co-worker. I wussed out and never did it.

This card was sent to me by my aunt P on the occasion of an exhibition of my
artwork opening in New York City.

A ‘Hot Pic’ featuring Tyra Banks and Katharine McPhee.

I received this thank you note from an Ebay seller named pollyannagrammy in 2010.

My mother stood in the front row in Grant Park, Chicago the night Obama was elected.
She sent me this annotated Xerox copy of the NYT a few days later. Her face is in the left circle.

Amanda Ross-Ho was born in Chicago in 1975. She lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Recent solo exhibitions include SOMEBODY STOP ME, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York (2010) and HALF OF WHAT I SAY IS MEANINGLESS, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles (2008).


Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Several family photos from my mobile.











Wilhelm Sasnal was born in 1972 in Tarnów, Poland. Selected solo exhibitions include 16MM FILMS, Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo (2010); Anton Kern Gallery, New York (2010); Hauser & Wirth, Zurich (2009); Sadie Coles HQ, London (2009); Swiss Institute, New York NY (2007); Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2007). Group shows include CONVERSATION PIECES. A CHAMBER PLAY, ACT III, SCENE 3, Johnen Galerie, Berlin (2010); THE REACH OF REALISM, MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2009); WHEN THINGS CAST NO SHADOW, the 5th Berlin Biennial of Contemporary Art (2008); PAINTING OF MODERN LIFE at The Hayward, London (2007), WHAT IS PAINTING, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2007). Also in 2007 he was commissioned to create a new film as part of Frieze Film.