ONLY TOOK 16 YEARS BUT FINALLY MADE IT TO THE DIA BEACON.

There's no way to show the grandeur of the place on Instagram, and even the photos here pale, but it's better than nothing!

Hard to say which artist's areas Wini and I enjoyed the most, Dan Flaven, Richard Serra, Donald Judd, Robert Smithson, Barry Le Va, Louise Bourgeois, Mel Bochner, Michael Heizer or Andy Warhol. Only really disappointing thing for me, was that most of Lawrence Weiner's work was closed to viewing.

I love the roll gate to get Serra's work into the building.


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An Evening with Cynthia Bach & Jim Matthews.

Erik Foss’s friend Cecelia invited us to her very small birthday party at her friends house high up in the LA hills of Los Feliz.

The whole bonkers scenario was like something out of a movie, where kookie & different types of people are brought together on a stormy night, in a 1920’s Hollywood house that could easily be a museum of antique religious artifacts & oddities.
What an incredible experience meeting Cynthia Bach & Jim Matthews was. They are true artisans. When she greeted us at the door, Cynthia immediately reminded me of my mother with her charisma & style. When I'm old (sorry, older) I want to be like Jim, to be able to indulge every impulse to collect & curate all sorts of mad things. When we were showed “his area” I was openly jealous.

Instagram has really killed my blogging but there was absolutely no way to even attempt to capture this experience on that platform, and even here, I’m not able to really describe the remarkable conversions that took place, or the strange interactions but I will try my best.
One conversation in the beautiful living room, only lit by candle light & a fire, started with a very touching sensitive description from Cynthia about how she raised holy hell in a hospital ER where Jim was not getting the care he desperately needed. I asked some very personal questions & both were so open with their answers, it made me feel truly let in to such a intimate relationship. Then some others wandered into the room and were loudly arguing about what to my ears sounded like they were both saying exactly the same thing, but neither one was able to hear that because of their volume. Being someone who's uncomfortable with conflict, & coming out of such a sensitive moment, this was jarring & uncomfortable. I just hoped that no one else was as freaked out by the sudden change of atmosphere as I was. I actually don't think anyone even noticed, as the room quickly reverted to questions to our hosts & more story telling. Then most of the group went back into the kitchen & left just Jim, Erik myself & another guest whom we’d not met before the night. Somehow over the next thirty minutes the conversation went from from how we’re all doomed because of capitalism, to future technologies & how they hopefully will, or could save us, to obsession & then to drug addition, with me telling them how I’d attempted suicide 3 times when fighting it.

I actually don't think anyone at the party was even high or drunk.

I captured the video below before these conversations took place & we did not know who was who yet. Erik & I were eating Lucifers Damned Good Pizza in the kitchen & Cynthia instructed “Everyone go down to the alter” Huh?

The house was generally too dark at night to photograph, but I tried to capture some of the details I found so wonderful.


Wanted to show some of Jim's drill bits & the gold filigree work. The ring is there to give an idea of scale.

Thats a dime I put next to this.




Cynthia’s recent promotional documentary. (Defiantly better shot than mine ;)
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iPHONE PHOTO ESSAY of DAN & ELLEN'S BIG SUR HOUSE 12/09/17

Like the post on the Maine trip before this one, Big Sur needs a grander vista than Instagram.
I feel so fortunate to work with one of my oldest, and best, friends Paul, who suggested I do my LA trip on the same days that he was scheduled to also go out there. For me traveling is normally fairly miserable but doing it with a mate can make the whole thing potentially fun.
Paul & I have an incredible history together, and one day I hope write about all our adventures, both the fun music-based ones and also the business ones. 
He told me that after we’d done the two days of work in LA he’d asked Dan & Ellen Weiner if they would mind if I came up with him, & stayed in their Monterey house for one night, and than followed by one night in Big Sur. Having never been to either area, I was obviously psyched. I’ve now met Dan a few times, & he’s not only a legend in the booking agency world with a million jaw-dropping stories, but one of the coolest, most interesting people that has entered my life in the last couple of years. Ellen is also lovely, & sort of Ying to Dan's Yang, somewhat similar to the way Wini is way more fun & nicer to everyone than me. Not that Dan is not fun or nice!

Many people far more apt than I have written about how spectacular the drive to Big Sur is, so I won’t even try.
Below are pics of just a few of the details from their wonderful Big Sur home.

Path to main house.
Treehouse.
Porch & view from the guesthouse.
Paul in the swing-chair watching the sunset, contemplating life, & like me, trying to figure out how the fuck we are going to move here.
Another path with another place to chill. 
A few objects collected & perfectly placed.
River seating down at the inn we ate an unbelievable breakfast at.

iPHONE PHOTO ESSAY of MAINE TRIP JULY 26th-30th 2017

While I’ve really enjoyed using Instagram to share inspirational images & some fun moments, this platform has been neglected.
So having just spent five picture-perfect magical days up in Maine with close friends Tommy, Natalie & Stella Emery, these images needed fuller vista, wider screen technicolor presentation!
Our Max (who chose to stay home) & their Rowan (at camp) were very missed.

Driveway to the beautiful barn -
Lunch at Mothers Kitchen -“mothers little helper” -
Few of the trees downed from previous years storm-
Wild flowers-
Our walk down to Hulls Cove (Hells Cove)
I'll have a Walter on the rocks please.
Fisheye action.
Lunch at the Asticou Hotel (Overlook Hotel)
Magic garden (with no secret door)
Pretty strict rules for the magic garden.
Magic Toadstool.
Setting sun over the bay.
Sunset at the Bar Harbor Club
Fire Starter- (photo credit Tommy Emery)

RON GALLO : BABY'S ALL RIGHT : 2/23/17

 
It's always fun to be the first amongst friends to discover a band & watch them gain devoted fans. Joe Bisirri (bass), Dylan Sevey (drums) & Ron Gallo (vicious guitar) returned to NYC, and went from playing a half empty Mercury Lounge last July to selling out Baby's All Right last night.

Ron’s confidence & stage presence has also notably developed. He’s a pretty imposing figure, & when singing songs penned from an angry or sad point of view such as “All the Punks are Domesticated” he can bring the full house of chatter to total silence with his intensity.

I’ve never really been drawn to Rock N’ Roll that has a “message”. Music in general has always simply been a way to escape the harsh realties of life. However Ron’s music is not only danceable and exciting due to the bands primal energy, he’s able to be both, a thought provoking wordsmith/missionary & bad ass rocker.

Ron’s album just dropped, so catch him on tour to buy the vinyl or cassette or simply download it HERE

iPhone clip of "Young Lady You're Scaring Me"


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MARILYN MINTER "PRETTY/DIRTY" at the BROOKLYN MUSEUM

The title of the show could not be more appropriate. 

While I've only become a fan of her work in the last 10 years, this retrospective shows her output over some 40 years. Interestingly, the work I was most drawn to today were the early photorealist paintings ones from the 70's & her most recent images. The 70's ones show incredible skill, & I had no idea that she was making works such as the couple of floor studies I show below.

My normal posts of artworks show them in frames with a little wall showing too for scale, but these are all unframed, & I feel some work better here cropped to the edge. 

The 2 rooms with videos are truly mesmerizing, Pretty & Dirty. Its on till April & well worth a visit to the museum!


My shadow in her floor projection  
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BLURRINGRadio # 69 "BEST of 2016"

As with the last five years of "Best of" shows, the name is simply a hook to get you in. Music, like all forms of art, is purely subjective and I feel like terms such as "best" or "worst" should not be applied to it. This is simply some of the music that has inspired me over the last 12 months.

In typical Blurring Radio fashion, it is an eclectic contemporary feast of indie and electronic things, some in the mainstream, and some more obscure, that I hope you will enjoy the discovery of 

TRACK LIST BELOW


Radiohead - Burn The Witch
Allah-Las - Could Be You
Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve - Diagram Girl
Bonobo (feat. Rhye) - Break Apart
David Bowie - Lazarus
Wall of Death - How Many Kinds
Shearwater - Filaments
Underworld - Ova Nova
Hælos - Earth Not Above
Kaytranada (feat. BADBADNOTGOOD) - Weight Off
Warpaint - New Song
Pional - The Way That You Like feat. Empress Of
Holy Fuck - Xed Eyes
Veils - Swimming with Crocodiles
James Blake - Radio Silence
Burial - Young Death
Ron Gallo - Young Lady, You're Scaring Me
Farao - Hunter
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Mr. Beat
Superhumanoids - Death Rattle
The Weekend (feat. Daft Punk) - I Feel It Coming
The XX- On Hold
GILA - Don't Chirp
Yeasayer - I Am Chemistry
Black Mountain - Constellations
Teleman - Tangerine
The Range - Regular
The National - Morning Dew
Massive Attack & Azekel - Ritual Spirit
Sampha - Blood On Me
Radiohead - The Numbers
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