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Friday, February 29, 2008

Don Joint at Francis Naumann

Really crazy, obsessive embroidered abstractions, some of which took months of hand labor are on display at Francis Naumann gallery uptown. The show is closing tomorrow! Don Joint is working with compositions referencing early modernism, but what strikes me is the inevitable "bitmap quality" of the threadwork, which somehow dominates the decorative aspects.

Don Joint, The Mocking of Christ, mercerized cotton on linen, 2007

Another , much more minimalist example of embroidery work: Cody Trepte, Why Are Numbers So Comfortable? , cross stitch binary, 2004 (from "The Infinite Fill" at Foxy Productions)

(image: Tom Moody blog)

Monday, February 18, 2008

Japan: Tokyo ICC and trip to Kyoto

Apologies about disappearing for a while: vertexlist was visiting Japan for 10 days!
Above a picture of Kagurazaka hill.

Sakurako and I had the pleasure to meet with the Tokyo ICC curatorial team (from left to right): Yukiko Shikata, Minoru Hatanaka and Hiroko Myokan.Thank you so much for finding time in your busy schedule to hang out with us!

In front Maholo Uchida (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation) and yours truly.

The current ICC exhibitions include "silent dilalogue", which is a meditation on visualization and data mapping strategies of natural phenomena, for example the electromagnetic fields of plants and mushrooms.

tEnt (TANAKA Hiroya + CUHARA Macoto)
"Call ÅÃ Response" 2007

Software modeling the syrinx, a bony organ birds use to produce vocalizations, continuously generates various simulated bird calls. When a response is heard from a natural bird, the software initiates a self-teaching process, subtly changing and refining its calls. As this process is repeated and birds and computer influence each other, this installation attempts to create the opportunity for a new kind of communications that goes beyond the human word.

Below is a short and scruffy video clip of our 3 day tourist excursion to Kyoto:)