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anna and i are planning on making a show happen. i don't necessarily want to say curating, but maybe that's what we're doing. the concept is the title: have a painting? leave a painting. need a painting? take a painting.

sounds like a lot of fun?


not sure if i'm done or not, with this piece. had a plan, followed the plan, might need another step or two.

vineel and stephanie are getting married. they participated in chess. one of the ways chess came about in the first place is vineel and i used to play together on the chess team in high school. another
way chess came about is he lent me ray kurzweil's the age of spiritual machines which pulled me towards new media and radically altered my worldview. so, when he asked me if i wanted to show anything at his wedding, i said "of course" and then decided i'd like to make them a special piece, show it, and give it to them. all this is great, except i'm not sure how i feel about the piece right now.

painted a panel grey

while it dried, did some minor programming

to loop the footage of the chess piece vineel and stephanie did together with no distractions in the frame

projected that

onto the panel, while recording video

and did an oil painting

which is difficult for the camera to understand how to photograph, with the projection on it.

without the projection, it looks like this.

my initial thought was "since they used black and white i won't use any black or white, and since they elected not to use brushes (their rule) i will use a brush." after i had done quite a bit of painting, i decided to add white.

now i'm trying to figure out whether to paint over this, with a more limited palette, or whether to add black, or whether to try painting without the video projecting on the panel, so i can actually see what i'm painting.

at least i left the light on, so i could see something.

right now i'm leaning towards painting (palette undecided) in full light with no projection. then, when the piece is shown, there will be three things to combine and project on it: vineel and stephanie's piece being made, the initial time painting this piece with the projection on it while i'm painting it, and video of adding to the painting (not today).

if i still feel confused about it, maybe more steps . . .

saw color study last night

hadn't looked at it before sharing with other people

pleased with how it turned out

more details

several artists, many works, should be really interesting

i'll probably be at the end, maybe 9:00 or 9:30 or 10:00 . . .


will show a version of color study (work in progress) tuesday evening (15 april 2008), around 9pm.

location details:

5C cultural lounge, 68 avenue c, at 5th street and c

free and open to the public, you are welcome to attend.


1) showing something (not sure what yet) at e32 this coming tuesday (2008 april 15). maybe final documentation of chess, maybe a new piece, maybe create something live, maybe make something just before, will decide tonight or tomorrow morning.

2) here's a much briefer explanation of spring planting with only a single set of images based off of a single imaginary plant. imagine what it will look like with tens or hundreds or thousands of different plants, real plants. i can't wait to see this piece.

fuller version if you haven't already seen it (pdf):


still have a few days to refine my clarification of spring planting. each proposal needs a webpage, got that up today.


what am i doing? trying to figure out if a picture posted on my blog can be coaxed to show up automatically on my facebook page.


at vineel's, he's explaining a bit about how people use facebook and what it's for, setting up an rss feed so when i post something here, it shows up on my facebook page, so i don't have to double-post every blog entry.

vineel is awesome. thank you vineel.

it's a tough town

for traffic cones.

yesterday evening:

this morning:

and then a few days ago, i got a cone alert from steph, finally witnessed it myself tonight. see it?

(behind a discarded fridge, in pieces, near the freight elevator at laumont)

some of my most memorable traffic cone encounters have come from hot tips. thank you steph!

the issue with this one is similar to that day-and-night one last week - which is more pathetic, glare-of-light or ensconced in the shadow world?


class met at chelsea market again last night, here's what i saw:

my rendering: