Homo Despot

06/18/07

Painting, painting, painting for the last few days at Ms. Keough's. I'm totes obsessed with decorating, and I've been picking at her for YEARS to paint some color on her dirty white walls. My big, dark dirty secret is that I love stupid home magazines like Domino, Dwell and Blueprint. They're all very trashy and don't measure up to my standards - but they're like porn to me! Gay powers erupting... can't... stop... looking...at product... placement... MUST rearrange knick knacks.... on shelf.... must criticize friends furniture choices...

Ok. Off to the Homo Depot.

Gallagher Paper Collectibles is a classy East Village store that sells vintage issues of fashion magazines. I personally cannot afford that place, but I digress. Owner Mike Gallagher discusses the insidious imperialist city-state of NYU as it encroaches upon him in it's campaign to annex all of lower Manhattan.

Flick Finds: Apricot X's vintage collection of mag covers, including John Water's favorite, Confidential.

This Saturday, June 16th, at 7:30 PM, Joe Matt (Peepshow) is interviewed by Ivan Brunetti (Schizo) in store at Quimby's in Chicago. Joe is on a national tour promoting Spent which collects issues 11-14 of Peepshow.

At the very end of last year magazine distributor Publisher's Group West declared bankruptcy, which was a pretty serious drag for small publishers. McSweeney's, who was distributed through them, lost about $130,000 on the deal. They're auctioning off some of their stuff on ebay to try to recoup the loss. Their online store is also having a sale. Go check it out and show some support. (link via James, via Gawker)

outFor an industrial library feel try the the Scooter Magazine Rack. It has cute wheels that only go side to side so it stays in place leaning against the wall, or is easily moved around - totally cute for a large, bright room - excellent for a loft space.

Available at Chiasso for $118

roundup1.jpgOh my pervy stars! There's a new issue of Dirty Found out. More disturbing polaroids, creepy notes, cute love letters, sexy lists, boobs, ass, cock, and etc than you can shake a, um, stick at. As usual, John Waters says it perfectly: "Dirty Found is art-filth folk art that proves everybody's sex life is secretly touching."

This month's i-D is the ice cream issue and its full of ice cream, ice and cream and all the different things those words can mean. Also, there sure is a lot of Jeremy Scott going on here. Peaches and Devon Aoki and Marilyn Manson are in here. Also there's an interview with Lesley Arfin, the one who writes that great Dear Diary column in Vice. She has a Dear Diary book coming out this month.

Kasino A4's new double issue is looking at luxury. In two separate books, we see the bizarreness, the hollowness, the fun, the sex appeal, the boredom, and the fabulousness of luxury. Part 1 is called Rough Diamonds and is printed in black and white and a sumptuous metallic gold. Inside we have people playing dress up, renting fancy cars, getting weird spa treatments, the slogans of luxury goods hand written in the aforementioned sexy gold. Part 2 is titled Wasteland and is printed in black and white and light blue with a cold silver cover. This half focuses on the darker side of luxury: emptiness, death, poverty, injury, misery. What a great issue. And I'm pleased that it still smells the same.

Magazine Death Pool: Who's Next!? The grim reaper discusses the death of various magazines in this interview on Swedish magazine blogger Wagazi's site as well as on his own site Magazine Death Pool. (via Magculture)

In not exactly magazine news, my friend Jana Hunter's really good new record is reviewed on the V Magazine Blog. And the Hedi Slimane Diary is full of tons of nice photos to look through whether or not you're into Pete Dougherty.

PDF-mags.com has a bunch of new links to the magazines who take PDF form. I just browsed through and found this lovely gem of magazine CRU A. Their issue #6 is out and the photography is amazing. The writing is in Portugese and English so I can only read some of it. But it looks fantastic.

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By German photographer Monica Menez. She's interviewed in CRU A #6.

Work Avoidance

06/11/07

vision.pngI have a new freelance project to do so of course I've spent all morning looking around the Visionaire website instead of getting to work. Visionaire 51 is out and the theme is Harmony. It comes in the form of six puzzles identically cut so you can mix and match. The issue is sponsored by the hybrid Lexus and is "environmentally sensitive" which I think means they use some recycled materials and non-toxic inks. If I could afford this one, I'd get it. But for now, I'll continue wasting time by putting the puzzles together online. I love the one by Yayoi Kusama (pictured) and the Vik Muniz one is impossible. (link via magculture)

Oh, ps, it only says good job! because I successfully completed the puzzle.

At Printed Matter tonight from 5 to 7 is a book launch for the latest title in A.R.T. Press' Between Artists series, which features Amy Sillman and Gregg Bordowitz. 195 Tenth Avenue (at 22nd Street).

From Printed Matter: The Between Artists series pairs artists whose work shares similar formal and conceptual concerns. The resulting conversations comprise books that offer straightforward, intimate investigations of artwork and related sources of interest. Following conversations between Paul Chan and Martha Rosler, Liam Gillick and Lawrence Weiner, Silvia Kolbowski and Walid Raad, the fourth and latest title in this series features a conversation between Amy Sillman and Gregg Bordowitz.

(Pictured above is Cliff 2 by Amy Sillman. I like her paintings.)

It is far easier for a poor black kid to grow up and become a doctor or lawyer than it is to become a professional visual artist. Statistics, logic and achievement can often overcome the barriers in many professional fields. In the arts however, social biases and a lack of empathy with the artist and their work makes professional barriers almost completely insurmountable. An emotional and intellectual connection between the gatekeepers (gallery owners, museum curators, patrons, magazine editors) and the artist is required for success. One would think that in the supposedly progressive field of Art, people would make an effort to relate to the work of people who don't look like, talk like or think just like themselves. In fact, the Art world is the industry MOST guilty for excluding minorities. It is excessively upper-middle class, male centric and white. It's not an obvious sort of racism or sexism - it's simply a club mentality. Like some tired, white high-school English teacher saying that great literature "needs to be universal," while coincidentally his list of 'universal' novels is overwhelmingly written by dead white men. The art world fails to acknowledge, let alone confront, how it's education and social standing skews perception of art. It mistakes what it relates to as the benchmark for quality.

While I have enjoyed the New Yorker's New Orleans Journal - which definitely shows compassion for my home city, I think it is completely obnoxious and hypocritical for them not to have hired someone who already lives and writes there (which there are plenty of). A simple thing The New Yorker could have done to help New Orleans would have been to give someone who lives there a job. Their compassion for the city is betrayed by their lack of empathy and their perpetuation of an industry of exclusivity.

The truth is, media and art success in New York happen because of what parties one has gone to and/or who one went to school with (or slept with). Its a perfectly reasonable method - after all, hunting is hard work. Also, moving to NY and doing what it takes illustrates a persons ambition - a good thing. The problem is that only a certain kind of person, from a certain kind of background can make it into the situation where they can then try to make a career. The increasing expense of living in New York is only exacerbating this situation. To combat exclusion, economic oppression, racism and sexism I do think it is the job of curators, editors and art directors to hunt for talent, not just take who flows through their NY circles. They must continuously question their own standards and methods. They must have empathy.

p.s the authors of the New Orleans Journal are writing a book about their experience - don't buy it - buy this instead: Coming Out The Door For The Ninth Ward by Nine Times Social and Pleasure Club

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If you were unable to trek over to Luxembourg for the first Colofon International Magazine Symposium, there's a video report up on their site. Go take a look and be a part of this "great big shared love of magazines." Their site also has a whole bunch of photo galleries of the weekends' events. It's like we were there!

(Photo by Eric Chenal)



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