Pink Steam, 2015– Pink Steam, 2015 –

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Wotcha!

So, it’s been a while…just so you know, the author has not (just) been sitting around on his generously proportioned (but perfectly formed) posterior. He’s also found time to work with other people (the fruits of the first project will be posted on Tuesday) on art works, exhibition criticism and computer programming. He’s even read a few books: Parkett #86 (2009) by various (technically a magazine, but, you know, a thick one), Electric Don Quixote: The Definitive Story Of Frank Zappa (2009) by Neil Slaven, The Dispossessed (1974) by Ursula Le Guin, Sculpture Today (2007) by Judith Collins, Anselm Kiefer (2013) by Matthew Biro and Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life (2015) by various artists. Most exciting are the last two – nice to discover that a lot of the author’s assumptions about Kiefer’s motivations were incorrect – and that there is even more depth of feeling and poetry packed onto those canvases and constructions. Akademie X is what it says – an art school in book form – 36 artists and writers talk about creativity, their own practices and suggesting reading lists. The artist Carol Bove appears in both this book and Parkett – I was previously unfamiliar with her work – she’s incisive and brilliant – and I strongly urge you to check out her work.

Next on the pile is Imaginary Cities by Darran Anderson, which looks fascinating for all lovers of metropolitan areas. You can check out his blog here.

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This post is named after a song by Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band. It appears on Safe As Milk (1967).  You can listen to Electricity here. And because I love it so, you can listen to I’m Glad from the same album here.

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I have a collaborative blog together. It’s a conversation in pictures and it’s called Between Scarlett and Guest. Check it out!

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