Sunday, December 8, 2013
Who else could have predicted the future of California in 2003 but Bruce Weber-- married to a women, perpetually obsessed with pretty surfer bois. From the current issue of Hero Magazine, "California Future":
From the "G Series" by artist Ignacio Torres, part of the exhibition "EL CUERPO QUE VESTIMOS" at the Sculpture Garden Museum in Veracruz, Mexico. "El cuerpo" explores gender stereotypes and fashion and stars the work of fellow performer Buck Angel.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Since I might actually enjoy the content, I'm keeping it. But I'll gladly buy a copy to send our hapless reader (I also can't remember your name or address so please write me back!). Said reader also purchased a small box of cedar hangers for his closet. I walked to the Baltimore postal annex (about a 40 min walk round trip) to pick up a small package. I realized it didn't belong to me after I savagely opened the box in the parking lot. After receiving a warning message on Facebook informing me of the confusion, I anticipated the arrival. I promptly walked to the main post office building downtown, bought a roll of tape to reseal it, and returned it to Amazon. A week later, I got a pink slip from my postman, walked to the annex, only to discover the same exact package I mailed a few days before! They had simply "re-delivered" the same cedar blocks back to my address (and then forwarded it to the annex). With a healthy degree of weakly disguised frustration tucked under my belt, I once again attempted to return the package to Amazon. Lo and behold, I received another pink slip for the same package today (I wisely checked the tracking number this time). Sooooooo. . .
You can forget about the cedar blocks. Sorry. But I'll happily send you a copy of the book (and boner for your trouble).
If you said "Ruins" from the Documents of Contemporary Art series you are correct!!! I couldn't source any local ruins for this shoot without threatening the possibility of arrest, so I snuck down to my neighbor's old apartment, in the midst of a 3 + + + + month renovation. . . and well, a table full of caulk distracted me.
A special thank you to BSD reader Andrew for the early Xmas present. :-)
A lot of readers wrote in recently questioning the radioactive necessity of photographer Kelly Grider's WWII-era aerial spy lenses. I, in turn, wrote Kelly for clarification. To refresh your memory, compare results from the non-radioactive Soviet OF-233M spy lens above and the thorium-infused Kodak Aero Ektar 2.5/306mm lens below:
I, for one, appreciated starring straight into my brilliant blue iridescent reflection (courtesy of the non-radioactive Soviet OF-233M) but prefer the resulting soft, romantic edges of the Kodak Aero-Ektar. A little bit of thorium goes a long way-- sure beats wrinkle cream.
Kelly responded with this explanation:
"By design, the Aero-Ektars incorporate glass lens elements that contain significant amounts of Thorium. That the cause of the radioactivity is Thorium is indisputable, both on the basis of the documents from the the World War II era and from gamma-ray spectral measurements that I have made. The Thorium-containing glasses were used because these glasses have a high refractive index with a low dispersion (variation of index with wavelength), a highly desirable combination."
For reference, each lens is about the size of your hand and fits on the front end of Kelly's hand-built, home-made camera:
The radioactive Kodak Aero Ektar above, the non-radioactive Soviet OF-233M lens below:
Kelly's home-made camera (reference body unknown).
Friday, December 6, 2013
If it's anything more coherent than a humid, penis-insula full of theme parks, Jersey-bred co-eds, old folks in old-folks-homes and oranges, Florida is certainly the place for a certain type of improvisational American positivism. Prevailing East Coast norms find death at it's door: Spring Break. Warmth in the Winter. Castles in the swamp. Sea cows. South Beach.
In that same spirit of improvisation, I threw together a "Miami Mix" with an hour to spare before my flight. If I could, I'd give you 33 covers of Will Smith's "Miami", but sadly those covers don't exist. . . yet. This time it's just the tip:
Florida -- Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers
Sweaty (Shazam Remix) -- Muscles
Pour Moi -- Box Codax
Room of Rum -- Hug
Is This The Best Spot? -- Ariel Pink
Money -- Balkan Beat Box
We Do Parties -- Deerhoof
Headcage -- Matthew Dear
noon day sun -- bruce haack
Anchor Made Of Gold (Sara Wilson Remix) -- Jenny Wilson
Don't Walk Away -- Chromeo
We Don't Need No (Miami Horror Remix) -- Codebreaker
sunshine rmx -- DJ Javier Estrada
Drop CAge -- Nguzunguzu
Backseat Becomes a Zone While We Glide -- Jam City
The Sun -- Portugal The Man
Kamarad (Comrades) -- from the album "Haiti: Ki Sa Pou-N Fe?
No Limites -- Alliance Ethnik
Danzón -- Control Machete
Miami -- Randy Newman
Holiday Feat. Alan Palomo -- Miami Horror
The Wompom -- Flanders & Swann
Buckle Of The Bible Belt -- The Florida Boys
Miami Spider (Ponciau Edit) --Gallops
Everglade -- Antony and the Johnsons
Hey Muscles I Love You -- Muscles
Con Los Ojos De Engaña -- Mala Rodríguez
Running From The Sun -- Chromatics
Sunshine -- Lijadu Sisters
Miami -- Saez
A Little Bit of Sunshine (Coca-Cola) -- The New Seekers
The Sun Is An Old Friend -- El Perro Del Mar
Miami -- Will Smith
While I can't say I'm fond of begging my few and impoverished fans to fund yet another Kickstarter, this project, co-sponsored by Cockyboys, deserves your attention. 3-Bits is a hilarious new web-series that stars, among others, genius comedian and performance artist Erin Markey. Markey plays Madison on the series (FULL DISCLOSURE: BSD Minister of Propaganda Karl Marxxx has performed a full jump-rope routine for one of Markey's burlesque reviews in the past). And the lesbians? Well, the lesbians are so fucking fuckable. Is that wrong for me to say?
Cockyboys is teaming up with the producers of 3-Bits to raise enough money to continue the series, with the aim of incorporating several "cocky boys" in the process (moi perhaps?) in both sexual and non-sexual roles. To help the project, I'm donating my time and potential semen (or simply a friendly ear): 5 minutes of one-on-one Colby cam time for a $500 donation, 10 minutes for $1,000. Who knows, maybe this will lead to a lucrative retirement career as a bona fide actor???
A boy can dream. . . starting HERE.
Watch the 3-Bits for yourself HERE.