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Public Image Ltd. “Flowers of Romance”

In Art Consortium on October 26, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Follow this closely, for it is beautiful.

Now in the summer
I could be happy or in distress

Depending on the company
On the veranda

Talk of the future or reminisce
Behind the dialogue
We’re in a mess

Whatever I intended
I sent you flowers
You wanted chocolates instead

The flowers of romance
The flowers of romance

I’ve got binoculars
On top of boxhill

I could be Nero
Fly the eagle and start all over again

I can’t depend on these so called friends
It’s a pity you need to defend

I’ll take the furniture and start all over again


Punk is Dead, but Leather Lives On

In Teleportation on October 18, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Look at these guys….

…they knew how to make it work.

The concept of cool will forever be embossed in the skin of a leather jacket that makes even the straightest-edge vegan kids squirm with wanton sin. Last night’s metal mayhem at Aragon Ballroom proved it so. While there was an undesirable amount of pimple-faced, middle-hair-part Hot Topic concertgoers, and NO RE-ENTRY (?!), it was still a pretty sweet show. Onion scribe David Wolinsky writes all about the Converge, Mastodon and Dethklok show on SPIN, accompanied by my photography. Czech it, kids.


Here were some of the cow skin toting babes…

Holla If Ya Lolla: Summer Dispatches

In Art Consortium on October 18, 2009 at 3:58 pm

According to Tribune Weather, it’s going to spike up to 70 degrees in Chicago this week. My truthist sadism (and the below zero mess we’re about to enter) permits me to tease you thus. Take a look back at my footage from this summer’s Yahoopalooza, my first ever welcome embrace from the city.

Day 1: Waiting For The Night To Fall On Depeche Mode

Day 2: Diva Day With The Yeah Yeah Yeahs & Lykke Li

Day 3: Lou Reed Brings Drama, Jane’s Addiction Bring Chicago Home

You Can Use This Interview: Emails with David Horvitz

In Art Consortium on October 12, 2009 at 12:40 pm

“A small distraction interrupting you from your everyday routine.”


This is simultaneously the art and mission statement behind Brooklyn-based photographer and conceptual artist David Horvitz, who stamps the phrase on a dollar bill every chance he gets and places it back into circulation. He wants you to do the same.

Coming from The Smell Generation—a collective of D.I.Y. artists associated with the notorious independent Los Angeles venue “The Smell”—Horvitz has long collaborated and photographed within the concert scene, touring with indie band Xiu Xiu multiple times and directing music videos for bands High Places and B.A.R.R.

But perhaps what is most intriguing about Horvitz is his guerrilla-travel approach to art making, via an online “shop.” Donate anywhere between the price of a postage stamp and airfare, and he will mail you a snapshot of the sky, or document traveling to the farthest point on the map from his location.

TK: You mentioned earlier that you have been driving through Europe, making your way to Holland. Is this a “Things for sale I will mail you” project?

DH: I am traveling from Groningen, Holland to the furthest western point, which is in Portugal. It’s for a show in Groningen, commissioned by a German collector. I wouldn’t really say it’s part of that webpage, but it stems out of it. I am driving to Portugal, going to take a photograph, and then print it and hang it in the show. I’ll probably write a text about the trip too, and maybe bring a bottle of Port back for people to drink!

TK: Every day in 2008 you took a photograph of the sky–there is something beautiful and simplistic about the repetition. However, did you ever find yourself looking for something in the sky?

DH: I wasn’t looking for something. It was a simple act of redirecting your attention to an everyday kind of thing—something that is always there regardless of whether you look at it or not.

TK: What is the mischief and subversion in your work related to? Is it perhaps a little bit of a punk aesthetic or association? Or are they little battles we create to overcome?

DH: Yes, I think it has a little punk to it. But punk isn’t just about causing trouble. There is a trickster element in some of the things I do—and I think it comes out of wanting to disturb and rupture logic.

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