Friday, September 23, 2005

Monday, September 19, 2005

Why You Don't Want Me To Photograph Your Wedding:

Last weekend Robin and I went to a wedding in Champaign-Urbana. As happens at weddings, I had one or two beers and before you could say Mazel Tov, I was on the dance floor, drunk, photographing like a maniac.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Guest MC and the place to be . . .

Last night I asked Robin if she would consider sharing her thoughts on this tiny little corner of the web. Here is what she had to say:

Why are you reading this? You're bored, right? You have a boring job with too much time on your hands. Or you're really busy at your job but you hate it and would rather look at funny stuff on the internet until someone catches you. Or you're at home and it's late at night and you have insomnia. Or you are talking on the phone with someone really boring and you're entertaining yourself by surfing the web. Well, I'm here to help you. These are some of my favorite blogs to look at on the internet when I'm bored:

Post Secret
Dave's Blog
Miranda July's Me and You and Everyone We Know blog
Veiled Conceit
Go Fug Yourself

That is all.

ALEC SOTH (is the man)

Ok, it's official: Alec Soth is THE MAN! Last night I got home from teaching at about 10:30pm, plopped down in my chair and started to poke around for awhile on line as Robin talked to her mom on the couch in my studio. It had been awhile since I'd visited Alec's site and last night it just floored me all over again. Here are some of my favorites:

Saturday, September 10, 2005

A Sad Found Object

This afternoon we were walking to lunch when I noticed this small handmade sign. I'm not used to seeing signs for missing elderly people and so it caught me a bit off guard. Here is a larger detail from the sign:

86 Years Old, 5'5, 130 pounds, Gray Hair, Blue Eyes, Wearing Gray Jacket, Clip-on Tie, Brown Pants, Black Cap, Cane.
If You See This Man, Call: (630) 484-5550 or 911


Here we have a picture of art slut Eric Wenzel welcoming in this year's art season. Last night was that special night that only comes once a year and that fills both streets and stairways with people looking for the newest art that Chicago has to offer. It's a fun night, a chance to see people and catch up. Here is a picture of Jason Lazarus flexing some muscle at his opening at Bucket Rider Gallery:

Bucket Rider consitently shows great work and Jason's piece: "...And Then Finally, I Remembered" is both beautiful to look at and powerful to experience. Also showing in that neighborhood is friend and artist, Justin Schmitz:

Justin's new work is showing at Garden Fresh and features photographs of teenage wrestlers. The portraits are awkward and vulnerable and powerful. It's the look in the eyes of these kids that provides the photographs with their punch. All in all, there are a lot of great shows to check out. I liked Rashid Johnson's "Stay Black and Die" at Monique Meloche Gallery and Siebren Versteeg's "Determination" at Rhona Hoffman Gallery; however, I need to go back and take another look . . . there were too many shows and too many people to take it all in.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005


Every time I fly, I love looking at those weird outdated cards that describe what you should do in case of an emergency. On our way to Seattle, I was shocked to see that they had updated the classic drawings with new and ridiculous photographs. Below is a detail of my favorite frame (I think it looks like Christopher Guest but that's just me).

I Like Green

I'm a big fan of the color green, always have been. I just got my film from Seattle back from the shop and was excited to see how my photo shoot of Robin went. Saturday afternoon we went walking along some sand dunes with Eric when everything suddenly turned green. The coast of Washington is so beautiful . . . later we went to Cable and Ruby's for a bbq.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Eric William Macrae

This past weekend, Robin and I flew out to Seattle to attend an opening reception for some of my work at theCenter On Contemporary Art. Two of my best friends from gradeschool, Cable and Eric, live out there and we spent our nights sleeping on an inflatable mattress on Eric's floor. Eric is pretty much a total freak and while we were out there he showed me these jerry-rigged photoshop images that he had taken of himself. Apparently he had grown a beard and wanted to test out how he would look with various facial shavings. Enjoy . . .

Thursday, September 01, 2005

A Day At Wrigley Field

Tuesday Afternoon my folks flew into Chicago from New York to hang out for a couple of days. Yesterday afternoon we took in a ballgame at Wrigley Field where the Cubs were playing a daygame against the Dodgers. It was a great game although the Cubbies got killed 7-0. My new ambition in life is to learn how to properly fill out scorecards for the games that I attend. This ambition is slightly nerdy but it helps me to pay better attention to the game (plus it's old-school). Here is the scorecard from yesterday's game, my first complete game.