Monday, July 21, 2008

You Win Some, You Lose Some

Rejection by DCCAH
A couple of weeks ago I learned that my 4-Letter Words proposal was rejected for SPP funding from the DCCAH. Apparently there was some confusion whether or not 51% of my artist activities would occur in DC - note, my studio is in Ward 2... about 30 paces from my pillow. Moreover, the project was rejected becuase the work would show in Alexandria, VA. Sigh.

Fear of Electricity Slowly Overcome
I hate the notion of becoming a circuit or working with a table saw. That stated, this week I successfully constructed 19 of 20 48"-fluorescent lamps for the upcoming show at AAC. 2 weeks ago I had no knowledge that Black = Hot or that Green = Ground. Now I can take 14.2, connect it to a grounded plug and connect the other end to a ballast with a 95% rate of success (not my fault I got a bad ballast).

Gretchen Is a Published Scholar
My wife, Gretchen, had an article on wearable electronics published in the June/July issue of IEEE. Pride and envy reside, as with one article she has made the sum of my writing for DCist, The Georgetowner, and The Daily Chautauquan singularly underwhelming (for the uninitiated, (IEEE is an A-Journal).

Exhibition Unopening at Transformer, August 8th
In January I proposed exhibiting Moment of Zen in the window of Transformer - something they could show as window dressing between shows. Transformer will be closed during the lion's share of August, but my video will be playing in the window from Aug. 8 - Aug 25. Though the work will be promoted, no opening or closing reception will be held. Which is fine because...

Four Letter Words at the Athenaeum, August 16
My series of painted four-letter words, exploring typography and the complexities of our language, will be installed in the Athenaeum sometime between August 10th & 15th. A little over half of my 200 +, 8" x 8" canvases have been painted. I think the rest will be completed this week... then I wait for other stretcher bars to arrive on the slow boat from China (literally). This work will show with Mark Cameron Boyd's Song for Europe, which I eagerly look forward to see.

Saw Dark Knight Returns.
Yeah, Ledger was a genius, and I don't think the shadow of his untimely demise is clouding anyone's judgment. But, what did I like least about the movie?
a) It's about 20 min. too long. Mmmm
b) The transformation of Harvey Dent felt like a Joel Schumacher stunt. Kinda... and Aaron Eckhart wasn't helping.
c) There are so many plot twists that it is tiring. Possibly.
d) Bale's growling Batman is a bad imitation of what it might sound like if Charlton Heston were to imitate Mark Hamill imitating Dana Carvey's imitation of Kirk Douglass. I think that's it!

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