January « 2006 « Rise Industries | Interdisciplinary projects since 1999

posted by on 2006.01.31, under Uncategorized

Oh crap! I didn’t realize that Nam June Paik died this past weekend. The man was a genius, and a video art pioneer – if you can find some of his work at a local library, indy video store, or art school go and check it out. He also had a great sense of humor, as his work shows. “Global Groove” is a great example..

His official site is here.

posted by on 2006.01.30, under Uncategorized

Ok. I have a bunch of little things I need to post/do for the Rise site here: photos from a show we went to this weekend at South La Brea Gallery, put up hot-off-the-press bio info for our officially joined member Tim Devin (though go check out his work on his site in the meantime, its linked above) and post some of the work I have been doing. Architecture and art have been too busy lately to let me get to all the web stuff – but I see a light at the end of the tunnel. SO, gimme like a week or two and I will hopefull put a whole batch of new stuff up here.

posted by on 2006.01.27, under Uncategorized

The sound installation “40 Part Motet” by Jane Cardiff, currently up at MoMA, reads like its a must see/hear. Wish I had the time to jet out to NYC to take a look. If you are in town, go on over the check it out. Via TMN this morning.

posted by on 2006.01.26, under Uncategorized

At a kick-off event for the Los Angeles Artist’s Gun Club (yes, that is correct) I fired this thing here with much success. First two shots, dead center on the target. So I guess artists can be dangerous after all. Though it was not exactly all fun and games.. in fact, it kinda scared the shit out of me. Handling one of these thing really makes you understand how dangerous they are – and how very easy they are to fire. Very scary, but exhilarating at the same time. Much, much louder than you might think too.

This shooting range outing, put together by Jeff Cain, is part of LACE’s Civic Matters exhibition and artist exchange. So there were a gang of Swedish artists there, shooting things as well. I will alert you when the photos are up, they are a must see.

I’m gonna give a link to the Los Angeles Gun Club here as well, they were very nice, very helpful, and stocked with all kinds of dirty harry revolvers if you want to try one (I stayed away from that for now, looks heavy).

posted by on 2006.01.24, under Uncategorized

Lets shoot some Craps, eh? I’ll meet you at the Tropicana in 4 hours..

posted by on 2006.01.18, under Uncategorized

posted by on 2006.01.18, under Uncategorized

Over at Defective Yeti, Bush’s presidency as a text based aventure game.

Brings me back to the Commodore 64, and Zork. (If you are too young to remember that one, try looking around first)

posted by on 2006.01.16, under Uncategorized

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

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Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.

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The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

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Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

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Today, I hope you can take some time to read some of Martin Luther King Jr‘s speeches… many are here. Our country is so far off track from his visions of nonviolence and equality – starting an unprovoked war and letting down our own people affected by natural disaster. I hope we can find a way to live out his dreams.

posted by on 2006.01.11, under Uncategorized

Two shows this month, on both coasts:

West:

Closing reception
of Windermere’s Art and Charity Exhibition,
featuring the artwork of five of McLean Fine Art’s artists:

Dean Styers
Paul Pitsker
Jeremy Quinn
Mimi Drop
Ryan Villiers

Friday, January 13, 2006, 6p – 8p

9000 Sunset Boulevard, 3rd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90069
street parking or lot parking available for $5 in the 9000 Sunset
building

A portion of all art sales will benefit five local charities as selected
by the artists. This is a great opportunity to buy some affordable
artworks – and support local Los Angeles charities and non-profits at
the same time. A portion of my sales will go to The HeArt project,
www.theheartproject.org

RSVPs encouraged – McLean Fine Art @ info@mcleanfineart.com

For more information on McLean Fine Art please visit
www.mcleanfineart.com

East:

The Studio Visit

Exit Art
475 Tenth Ave, NY NY
212.966.7745
www.exitart.org

Open now, it is up until Jan 28th.

A show which takes a look into artists studios, featuring over 160
participating artists. I created a short video which demonstrates what I
do over here at Rise Industries, and how I do it.

Hope you can make it to the most conveniently located show for your area!

posted by on 2006.01.03, under Uncategorized

Just about the only thing I didn’t get for Christmas that I wanted, is this two headed snake. Luckily, its on sale now, so you can buy it for me. Thanks in advance!

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