Oct 26, 2014

groups and individuals

The concept of intelligence is ambiguous when action and learning occur simultaneously at several nested levels of a system ... [s]ince experimentation often benefits those who copy successes more than it does the experimenting organization, managerial illusions of control, risk taking, and playful experimentation may be more intelligent from the point of view of a community of organizations than from the point of view of organizations that experiment.
barbara levitt and james march, "organizational learning" p335.

Oct 24, 2014

a morandi in the living room


among the several highlights of frieze masters was helly nahmad's booth. this consisted of a lavishly detailed art collector's apartment over-full of the many accumulations of the pursuit of what is currently very premium art—a fabrication that required a long list of prop rental facilities and the services of a very good set designer. it brought to mind tibor fischer's the collector collector, which is worth reading.

lonesome cowboy


richard tuttle, 1988. at sperone westwater.

blue brownie


john chamberlain, 1979.

Oct 23, 2014

chuck close up close



a small self-portrait, in acrylic, at pace london; frieze 2014.

Oct 9, 2014

Oct 6, 2014

after dinner


the mayday rooms. 88 fleet street, across from goldman sachs.

late in the east midlands

Sep 28, 2014

on the dalmatian coast

chez bob de tunis

10 rue richer, paris 75009.

Sep 1, 2014

klub bakalar



bakalar is croatian for bacalao, which is spanish for dried salt cod—a health food.

this is the split klubhouse of a secretive invitation-only organisation of cod aficionados which maintains its own network of cod fishermen and bacalao makers so that the bacalao it has access to can be made to the most exacting of specifications. it owns a share of a private croatian bacalao-making island where a luxury resort has recently been completed that offers cod-themed vacations (members and cod fishermen get a discount). klub bakalar's members use the klub's own currency—the bakalar—to buy and sell cod-related foods, accessories, and financial instruments. the only way to earn bakalar is by eating bacalao.

they would not reveal their initiation rites but just visible in the photo, at the foot of the stairs, is the tip of the dorsal fin of a cod outfit that would accommodate a girthy croat.

Aug 6, 2014

Aug 5, 2014

Jul 28, 2014

darnicle hill



an old pumping station still in the process of being converted into a home. upstairs, a temporary yurt surrounded by crayon drawings illustrating various functions of elimination. a kitchen garden provided lemon mint for the drinks. by the time i arrived, all the cooking had been done. the day before, they had smoked a lamb shoulder then cooked it overnight in a crock pot, finally flinging it on a blazing charcoal fire. a vast tray of pork had also been pulled to shreds by an assortment of naked and partly clad children. when the irish terrier arrived, the chickens went back behind their electric fence.

Jul 22, 2014

british summer time



when you say it is "cherry red," what exactly do you mean?

Jul 19, 2014

transformations



charles harlan's concrete sacks at max wigram's group show ice fishing. mcarthur binion's crayon panels in the same show are denser than might be expected and worthwhile.

Jul 6, 2014

Jul 1, 2014

the illusion of mechanical reproduction



many of bridget riley's stripe paintings are currently on show at david zwirner. riley directed the installation of the entire gallery space and this is the first time i have seen her paintings installed in a way that gives the viewer enough space to see them correctly. the lighting, some of which is natural, is mostly excellent. her work is often interpreted as being about creating optical illusions because it is apparently mechanical and banally decorative—in fact, it is distinctive, thought-provoking, and manually intensive. to produce something by hand is to be exposed to the minor modulations and irregularities that characterise hand work (and which are usually absent from work executed entirely by machine)—a topic on which david pye was eloquent and penetrating. producing work whose effect on the viewer is almost entirely dependent on the perfect execution of precise spacings is one thing. combining that apparent mechanical precision with the liveliness and particularity of manual application is another.


at david zwirner in london, until july 25.

Jun 17, 2014

english summer




more than enough

the life of affluence and pleasure requires exact discipline and high imagination.
alan watts, does it matter?

May 28, 2014

a.p.c.

3, boulevard des filles du calvaire

May 24, 2014

May 18, 2014