Archive for February, 2012


Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

I came across this in a roadside shrine in Italy. The Madonna of the Numinous Palette.

Mark Leckey was born in Birkenhead, Merseyside in 1964 and lives and works in London. Leckey has exhibited his videos, multi-media installations and collages widely and has had solo shows at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2011); Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, U.K. (2010); Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany (2009); Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2007); Portikus, Frankfurt (2005); and Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland (2003). He’s been included in several important international exhibitions including 10,000 Lives: The Eighth Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2010); Moving Images: Artists & Video/Film, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2010); Playing Homage, Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery, Canada; Sympathy for the Devil, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (2007); Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2005); Manifesta 5, European Biennial of Contemporary Art, San Sebastian, Spain (2004); Fast Forward. Media Art Sammlung Goetz, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2003); and New Contemporaries, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK (1999), among others. Leckey has presented his lecture/performances at the ICA, London, the Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2008 Leckey received the Turner Prize and the Central Art Award, Kölnischer Kunstverein. From 2005 to 2009 Leckey was Professor of Film Studies at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His work is included in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum Het Domein Sittard, The Netherlands; Tate Gallery, London, UK; The Trussardi Foundation, Milan, Italy; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.


Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

— I recently scanned an old ‘zine I made with a good friend of mine Dan in Portland Oregon, in 1995. Dan is now a professor of Anthropology. We worked in a funeral home in Portland and documented our jobs there with drawings and writing. We borrowed from industry magazines, the funeral home library, inter-office memos and personnel files. It’s pretty rough in parts but I still really like it.

The Removal Technician - Issue One
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The Removal Technician - Issue Two
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Alex Hubbard was born in 1975, in Toledo, Oregon, and lives in New York. He received his BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. One-person exhibitions of his work have been presented at venues such as Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Gaga Contemporary, Mexico City; Standard (Oslo), Oslo; and the Kitchen, Maccarone Gallery, and Team Gallery in New York. A two-person exhibition with Oscar Tuazon was presented at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis in 2008. Hubbard’s work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including Compulsive Jalouse, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006); NOTHING AND BEING, Jumex Collection, Mexico City (2009); THE REACH OF REALISM, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2009); Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2010); Greater New York, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York (2010); KNIGHT’S MOVE, SculptureCenter, Long Island City, New York (2010), and LE PRINTEMPS DE SEPTEMBRE, Festival of Contemporary Arts, Toulouse (2011).


Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Here is a collection of recent photography and field recordings documenting research trips, over the past year, to the few remaining local textile factories in the Philadelphia region. The last image is a stock photo of a colocation server center visited (no cameras were allowed inside).

Velvet loom at MTL (Jessup, PA)


Jacquard weaving at MTL (Jessup, PA)

Thousands of spools of thread for the velvet loom at MTL (Jessup, PA)

Yarn through a loom at Langhorne Carpet Company (Langhorne, PA)


Keeping time at Penn Wire Works (Philadelphia, PA)


Yarn dyeing at Caledonia Dye Works (Philadelphia, PA)


Punched cards with the designs of jacquard textiles for looms at MTL (Jessup, PA)

Stock image of a colocation server center (somewhere in Philadelphia, PA)


All photos by Carlos Avendaño, Tyler Henry, Mika Tajima. This research is for a project at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA.

Born in 1975 in Los Angeles, California, Tajima is a New York based artist. Tajima received an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts in 2003. Select solo exhibitions include Seattle Art Museum; Visual Arts Center at University of Texas; Bass Museum, Miami; X Initiative, New York; The Kitchen, New York; RISD Museum, Rhode Island; Circuit, Switzerland. Group exhibitions include Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; 2008 Whitney Biennial; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati, OH; PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, NY; Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, NY; among others. Tajima is also founding member of New Humans, a moniker for collaborative music, art, and actions. Collaborations include Charles Atlas, Vito Acconci, C. Spencer Yeh, Philippe Decrauzat, Slow and Steady Wins the Race, among others. Group and Solo performances include South London Gallery, UK; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; ICA Philadelphia; Artissima, Italy; Ballroom Marfa; Swiss Institute, NY; Walker Art Center, MN; Whitney Museum, NY.


Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

— In 1976, when I was eight years old, my father made a sort of storyboard, in the manner of the fotonovela magazines of Mexico during those years. The story is about a child with learning problems at school, probably related to the problems derived from poverty, in a country already breaking apart since then. The main actor was myself, a troubled mind as well since then.

Abraham Cruzvillegas was born in 1968, in Mexico City. He lives and works in Mexico and Europe. Recent solo exhibitions include Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (2010); kurimanzutto, Mexico City (2010); Thomas Dane, London (2009); Californian College of the Arts, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2009); Redcat, Los Angeles (2009); The Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (2008); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO), Oaxaca, Mexico (2005).


Tuesday, February 28th, 2012


Tim Hecker is a composer and sound artist, based in Montreal, Canada. He has worked with a wide array of sound recording imprints over the last ten years. His current work is situated around electronic abstraction and the entrails of psychedelic American minimalism. Other recent work has included commissions for dance, film and several collaborations.