Wednesday, 15 Aug 2018

Herb Reichert on His Art (video)

(“Untitled (house)”, 8” x 10” x 9”, wood, 2009) Did you know that writer Herb Reichert is an artist? Some of the people that fascinate me most are people who write and make art. The list isn’t very long and includes Henri Michaux and Antonin Artaud up top in terms of influence. Seeing as I’ve been reading Herb’s writing for

Dear Sharp Objects: Please Don’t Go There

Cathy and I have been enjoying HBO’s series Sharp Objects. The acting is top notch, the creepy-level is high, and the suspense, while dragging a bit lately, is suspenseful. A regular whodunit and it’s anyone’s guess after Episode 5 of 8 who done it. I have one simple request for Sharp Objects: please don’t let Camille Preaker, beautifully played by

Happy Birthday Andy

Regardless of what one thinks about Andy Warhol, born on August 6, 1928, he was one the 20th century’s most influential artists and one of the few who broke well outside the art world bubble into the mainstream.

My Other Work

(William Butler. Charcoal, paint, and ink on paper. 9″ x 12″, 2018) I started drawing as soon as I could hold onto whatever I could find that made marks on anything that was available. Drawing, always drawing. The more I did, the less I thought about what I was doing, instead focusing on the doing.

Cone Mills White Oak Denim: The End of An Era

In modern times, it used to be the case that the only way to buy made-in-America Levi’s made from American-made denim was to buy them overseas. All of the Levi’s sold in the US of A were made in places like Mexico and even the current “Made in The USA” 501s are imported (fabric-wise).

Inspiration: Soap Bubbles

Soap Bubbles and the Forces Which Mould Them by C.V. Boys first published in 1896 caused quit a stir. In fact, its ripples of influence spread to writers and artists far and wide and helped tip the scales of the rational toward the absurdist. Amen.

John Cage: Notations

I didn’t know about Notations when I found it in the Rare Book Room at the Strand Book Store. That said, I didn’t discover Notations any more than a hiker discovers Versailles. But that didn’t stop me from feeling a deep sense of discovery (I’m talking about Notations and Versailles) regardless. It was roughly 28 some odd years ago and

The First Streaming Service: Thaddeus Cahill’s Telharmonium

Thaddeus Cahill was born 1867 in Oberlin, Ohio and by the age of 14 he’d built his first telephone receiver to play with and read Helmholtz’s On the Sensation of Tone, which set his fertile imagination on fire. He became an attorney and moved to Washington, D.C. where in 1895 he filed for a patent on his “musical machine” the

MASS MoCA: A Dream (Place) Come True

I graduated from Bennington College in 1985 and at that time MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) was but a rumor (at least as far as I knew). The abandoned factories that lined the Hoosic River in North Adams, MA sat in wait, like so many others dotted around river-front ex-industrial towns.