Albion / 16th Street Mural by Harrison Haynes

Mural by Harrison Haynes, photo by Andrew Paynter

Ran into Harrison Haynes on a late night jaunt around the Bard art studios (MFA program) in NY  a while back. The above mural at Albion and 16th street (on the side of the bar ‘Kilowatt’) features the van that always seems to be obscuring the mural itself.

Harrison Haynes is a North Carolina born painter who also drums in Les Savy Fav. As a gesture to the site itself, Harrison chose to portray a minivan which is frequently seen in the area. (via)

The image shown now is:


To see more murals at Albion, visit Juice Design.

You can visit Harrison Haynes site here.

Won Ju Lim – Baroque Pet Shop

Really dig these projection installations by Won Ju Lim (‘Baroque Pet Shop’ @ Patrick Painter Gallery in LA)

Reminds me of Willa Koerner’s work (excellent use of ultraviolet/purple spookiness)

For her fifth solo show at the gallery, Lim will be presenting a large-scale installation in the West gallery and in the East Gallery she will exhibit a series of new sculptures and collages. Lim’s work consistently explores the body’s relationship to space, time and memory through the terms of architecture, sculpture and atmosphere. As a part of the Media Arts Fellowship, she traveled to five European cities, each of which uniquely evokes the Northern Baroque architecture style: Dresden, Munich, St. Petersburg, Prague, and Vienna. The memory and the impression of her experience abroad was one of the direct inspirations for her new body of work. This, combined with her unique vision for a local Highland Park pet shop, resulted in Lim creating an experience where the interiors of the pet shop and the architectural motifs of the Northern Baroque intrude and interrupt one another, and as a result they ultimately come together. (via press release)

Perfo Rmanceart – Facebook Profile Project

I recently came upon a unique performance artist. Meet the faceless Facebook user “Perfo Rmanceart” — you can even friend her. What you need to know:

Perfo’s performance includes spamming the Guggenheim’s page with Wall Spam:

And calling out the Museum of Chicago:


The creator also provided the email address and password used to access the Facebook account in the ‘photos’ section. Haven’t tried it, but give it a shot. I like these kind of internet experiments — It’s too bad Facebook probably won’t get it and has the account in it’s ‘to delete’ pile.

Perfo’s exploits are documented in the photo album here. DL here: ZIP.

Year-long depravity: Groupon’s Contest — Art, Commerce, and Sacrifice


The new Groupon promotion “Live off Groupon for a full year and win $100,000″ smells exactly like a Japanese “Live off contest winnings” contest previously covered here where a poor Japanese man had to survive for a year off prize winnings.

The Groupon contest description:

Nearly all human survival needs are covered by Groupon. You can get your daily nutritional content with a restaurant Groupon, and then immediately have a Groupon-accepting dentist floss that meal’s remains from your teeth. You can fortify your aortas with a Pilates deal, and protect yourself against rampaging hamburglars with a self-defense class.

In a recent interview in SF Weekly Andrew Mason, CEO of Groupon answers some questions:

Why did you start this contest?

Since we started Groupon we joked around about the idea of could someone survive off of nothing but Groupon, and after about 30 seconds of rational thought leads one to the conclusion – No, of course you can’t, but we still think it would be fun to try. It will be an interesting social experiment. It means you are eating a lot of sushi, you’re going to do a lot of yoga, you will have beautiful fingernails and it should be an interesting life for someone. They are going to have freakishly white teeth, their teeth are going to reflect all light by the time this is over.

And now a description of Nasubi’s situation after beginning his contest (it’s bad):

When he arrived at the apartment, he was shown a stand full of magazines, a huge pile of postcards, and told to strip naked. The room was empty except for a cushion, a table, a small radio, a telephone, some notebooks, and a few pens.  There was not a crumb of food, a square of toilet paper, or any form of entertainment.  Whatever he needed, he was to win by sending thousands of postcards into contests.  The producers left and Nasubi was on his own in his unique survival challenge.  Imagine what was going through his mind:  How am I going to eat?  Why are they doing this to me?  How long will it take to get out of here?  He must have thought he was in a bad episode of The Prisoner. (via)

Poor Nasubi was stuck in a small room with a nothing but a waste paper basket to crap in. Our Groupon hero will be unleashed into the world but also recorded and lifecasted much like Nasubi (who became a celebrity). The CEO of Groupon continues:

…Whoever wins is going to get a cell phone, a computer, and they will be blogging about their experience. Plus we will give them a GPS so people in the community will be able to locate this person and go out and share Groupon experiences. This person will travel around the country. This will be a bottomless Groupon wallet.

… like a PR company on wheels that only costs $100,000 a year. I think we can assume for legal purposes that the Groupon contest will not be such a stickler on the details. Nonetheless, both situations remind me of Tehching Hsieh’s work (Chinese, this time): “Cage Piece” where he remained locked in a cage for an entire year. [nytimes piece + pictured below].

Both Groupon and Hsieh remind us that we choose to participate in a economic system.


Engineered depravity is an interesting concept for both art and promotion, but Hsieh’s does more to help us think than any live-streamed fool grasping a hair salon coupon, twittering during a spa treatment. In the end, Groupon will get the word out and perhaps we’ll pity/envy the new economic structure the poor/lucky winner enters into.

More reading:

Standard Time: Menial timekeeping as public art display

At Rotterdam Central Station (NL) a “digital” clock was shown for 24 hours from 27 November to 28 November, which was meticulously kept by a total of 36 workers. Each minute was carefully adjusted.

The clock, circa 4 meters tall en 12 meters wide, stood on the location where in some years the new station will arise. The clock was part of a scaffolding construction, which made the whole 7 meters tall, 7 meters depth and 14 meters wide.

The performance was recorded on film and will be shown in Rotterdam throughout the city. The film will be precisely on time, which makes it a real clock for the people to check the time.

Standard Time is an artwork by Mark Formanek
Produced by Mothership. Commissioned by Bureau Binnenstad (City of Rotterdam). With thanks to Rotterdam Festivals and Rotterdam Centraal (NS, Prorail and Randstadrail)

Bookish @ Adobe Books Backroom Gallery [art tonight]

Update: (image from the room)
Screen shot 2009-09-26 at 3.35.49 PM

Bookish, in the Adobe Books Backroom Gallery Screen shot 2009-09-22 at 4.49.11 PM

22 September – October 25, 2009
Where: Adobe Books Back gallery

3166 16th Street, SF, CA [Facebook event]

Curated by Devon Bella

Adobe Books Backroom Gallery presents Bookish, the inaugural exhibition celebrating the Backroom Gallery’s recent renovation and exciting transformation. To mark this special occasion, and to call attention to the position of the gallery within the context of the famed Adobe Bookshop, the exhibition will feature a range of artistic practices that share the book as an object of inquiry. Through various media including sculpture, painting, photography and social practice, each artist will animate varying questions based on our relationships to books.

Patricia Augsburger
Jennifer Brandon
Sonya Derman
Harrell Fletcher
Katie Herzog
Arthur Huang
Jennie Ottinger
Nat Russell
Orion Shepherd
Sonny Smith
Michael Swaine
Nicolas Torres
Jina Valentine
Scot Velardo

Screen shot 2009-09-22 at 4.59.33 PM
Photo via Adobe books backroom  blog


Little Paper Planes

Conrad Bakker: “Ebay/Depression Glass”


Sold on Ebay in the Depression era glassware category, Conrad Bakker’s recent paintings will support the hungry in E. Illinois. With already a few bids and a shout out from SFMOMA his work will help a lot of people. (info here)

Beginning Friday, September 18, 2009, each of these paintings will be auctioned on eBay in the [Pottery & Glass > Glass > Glassware > Depression] category and the profits will be donated to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, a local charitable organization whose goal is to alleviate hunger in eastern Illinois by providing a reliable source of food for the hungry through cooperation with a network of food pantries and agencies.

Get thee to the Ebay!

Tone Matrix + Audio Tool [audio interface]

Just imagine an interface, and make it so…
Interactive Museum from Nicolas Loeillot on Vimeo.

Here are two samples from the range of audio tools online. The first is simple, (tonematrix) and the second is far more complex (Audiotool). Please check them both out, but imagine for yourself what you would like to do someday online. Someday you WILL…. Continue reading “Tone Matrix + Audio Tool http:// interface

Polaroid Kidd [photography]


via Needles and Pens Gallery

Mike Brodie aka “The Polaroid Kidd” is a somewhat accidental documentary photographer. By photographing his friends, their homes, and lifestyles, Brodie has captured a marginalized segment of the American population that’s not so prevalent in main stream society. His haunting photos of hobos, punks, and squatters criss-crossing the country in boxcars are reminiscent of Horace Bristol’s Grapes of Wrath era pics that captured migrant workers on their way to California ….except now with facial tattoos. They’re truly amazing. Brodie recently displayed work at LA’s M+B Gallery. – Andrew M. Scott

Ridin Dirty
Interview on Fecal