B. Hybrid Dumpster Drawing #9
Black and white RC phototgraphs, tape
9 2∕3 x 13 2∕3 inches
Courtesy the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York
Of what relevance is the term / idea of utopia to the contemporary urban landscape? On what scale, if at all, does this concept inform design / planning today?
In 1948, John Cage staged a play at Black Mountain College. The production, The Ruse of Medusa, was an early bit of surrealism written by Erik Satie in 1913.
A city is an unknowable thing. We can only know our cities: not “Houston” or “Los Angeles” or “New York” but, rather, our personal paths and roads and restaurants and bars, neighbors and galleries and corners and mailboxes—those things we experience and register directly.1 Only that which is phenomenologically present is truly knowable.
Architecture is the simplest means of articulating time and space, of modulating reality, of engendering dreams.
The revolutionary transformation of the world, of all aspects of the world, will confirm all the dreams of abundance.
A visit to the Houston Ship Channel is a compelling activity, highly recommended for anyone interested in current events. Here in this petrochemical Mecca, the largest petrochemical complex in the United States, the full extent of our saturation in the oil economy can be seen, felt, smelled and fathomed.
An Exhibition/Report/Call to Leadership
How do artists respond to calamity? In New Orleans, in the almost three years since Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent levee breaks of August and September 2005, many resident artists—and a number of artists observing from the outside—have been moved by the still-urgent need for individual and community relief and recuperation.