2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl

This book has some really really good stuff. Unfortunately, it breaks down with Pinchbeck’s sexist explorations of his base sexual desires.

All the tripped out crop circle, calendar prophecy, and other weirdness get caught up in this kind of personal moping about a failed relationship and his criticism of modern relationships–something that he knows nothing about–he comments as a desperate observer, unlike his writing on psychedelics in which he writes with precision, meaning, and clarity.

I did really enjoy this book, but only in parts–it read like a guru in his adolescent phase–Buddha learning the art of love at the hand of a courtesan, or something like that–his next book will be a monster!

Imaging + Imagining California

This is a kick ass collection of art which covers like a lot of the history of art in orange county.

One of my favorite pictures is the top of the Flour building all washed out. It really feels like my childhood.

I spent most of my time sitting in some op-art space with a ring casting spheres on the wall–very cool (Robert Irwin Untitled (#2220), 1969. I could hear some Magic Carpet ride Steppenwolf song coming from some other art, but the space still felt very cold quiet and arty.

Kutlug Ataman: Paradise

There are all these video screen with people talking. Large new widescreen tv’s. There are cube chairs to sit on, one in front of each screen. There are headphones connected to each tv sitting on the cube chair. the monitors are set up in two concentric circles–there must be 30 of them.

I started at 3:00 position when you come in from the other gallery. I watched one monitor for about 15 minutes.

The monitor was a monolog by an Israeli women about teaching babies sign language, about her thoughts on diversity, and about her thoughts on LA. She was cool & I almost cried when she got all excited about her daughters first use of sign language.

The video looped after about 15 minutes & there was no indication about the start and stop which I think was part of the point. The women commented on the guy filming her several times which was interesting.

Getting through all of these videos will take a long time, but I will try going around and see if my thoughts on this project change. And it really does feel a lot more like a project then like an art piece.

Chris Burden: A Tale of Two Cities

Chris Burden sets up a giant battle scene with toy soldiers, Japanese robots, and other childhood toys. He also builds a large mound of dirt in the middle of the gallery space to arrange all this stuff. There are binoculars on the wall so you can feel like a real general and look in. There are planes hanging from string. There are missles in the wall and bombastic explosions in the dirt and around the water skirmishes.

I am really not sure what it is all supposed to represent or imply.

Before you enter the neatly swept space there is this entry way with a bench. It is a wooden bench and very comfortable to sit and think. You cannot really see the art from this location & I am not really sure why it is there, but it is my favorite part of the installation because I could sit and read.