Saturday, August 25, 2007

"you can forget all your troubles forget all you cares"

Sorry, of course, for the lack of posting. A most of you probably know, things are awfully quiet culture-wise in a small Upstate college town during late summer. And just as surely, things start finally to pick up around now. Time, to be sure, to to come up from hibernation. Unfourtunately, my Mac has chosen this precise moment to go on the fritz (I won't bore you with details, but it looks serious), but no matter.

I have an exciting personal announcement. As of last Thursday, I am the proud renter of this downtown office space, which I plan to use both for my art writing (with a typewriter, perhaps?) and hopefully to revive my long abandoned painting career (more on that one soon). The space is particularly ideal for the former purpose, being within a few blocks of perhaps half of my customary gallery haunts. It is on the top foor (the fourth) of an old building dating, or so I was told, to the 1910's. The view of the road is nice and the ceilings feel generously high. Neighbours include a mixture of artsy types, an attorney, and an office belonging U.S. House Representative Maurice Hinchey, whose gerrymandered district just happens to include Ithaca. The building is also adjacent to city hall and connects to it via a pair of bridges.

And it feels good to have a foothold downtown. As much as I like to complain about the hideboundness of local art there are lot going of other things going on
a lively and varied music scene, for one. Hopefully, some of the ambient energy will rub off.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007


I have a review up in the latest Big Red & Shiny on the current Johnson exhibit Recent Acquisitions: Contemporary Art. The show is up through the 30th of September. On a related note, here is a preview of upcoming shows and events at the museum.