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Are Cliches...
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 09-02-11
And is the readymade a cliche?
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...just involuntary literary readymades? ...Source
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Daligramme Done by Lancel is at Galeries Lafayette
By Maria Goldverg
posted: 09-01-11
Dali with his Gala in Palamos, 1934
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Did you know Salvador Dali created an eight character alphabet for his wife, Helene Dimitrievna Diakonava a.k.a. Gala, in the 1960s?

He called the alphabet of love Daligramme, composing it out of redesigned and heavily stylized renditions of the letters G for Gradiva-Gala, D for Dali, and S for Salvador. In 1970 the French fashion company, Lancel, designed a handbag that featured Daligramme characters and a bicycle chain handle.

ArtInfo reports that for three weeks beginning today, September 1st, French department store Galeries Lafayette will be exhibiting a new line of Daligramme handbags by Lancel and numerous photographs of Dali with his Gala.

If only there was a way for us to attend.

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Automatism B: It Was a Failsafe Mechanism for Spandex
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-31-11
Automatism B, Robert Motherwell, 1966
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It was a failsafe mechanism for spandex. All along, if spandex went awry something would be there to rein it in, or so they thought. But it wasn't true, except now it was. People came from Red Hook, Brooklyn to Fish-hook, Brooklyn, to Red Fish Brooklyn, and over to Scared-ville Queens, just to see it. It was a tour-de-force that made no sense at all. Somewhere in the deep store of images that structure a composite of the urban landscape, spandex researchers and bike-spoke engineers and crystal meth addicts and weird-understated sewer-grilles that don't avail themselves of the latest techniques in digital design find out the stuff each other are really made of. It's our version of the middle-American circus that used to really unsettle small town settlers by virtue of reflecting, or rather animating even as it circumscribed, circus-circum, the very I mean the exact freak disposition at the heart of whatever composed I mean structured the small town to begin with. It is the very same principle that underlies the reason why spandex, failsafe or not, is knit under around and through the very substance of why anyone would journey from Redhook, to Red-Fish, to Blue-Fish, to Blue-Point, to wherever the far fringes of industrial design idiocy seem to transpose themselves on the somewhat quixotic act of a writing a hipster children's book. ...Source
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A Neo-Duchampian Catchphrase
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-30-11
good thinking
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"Hmmm. We do have a slogan for Benrik: 'Your values are our toilet paper.' Or in French: “Vos valeurs sont notre peru."

--the creators of The Situationist App (touted as the first Marxist social media tool)

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Donald Judd or Cheap Furniture?
By Eli Epstein-Deutsch
posted: 08-29-11
Classic Donald Judd Work. Or is it?
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Donald Judd can be quite spectacular. Out in Marfa, Texas for instance, where the minimalist sculptor purchased land, his giant stone boxes eerily offset the empty horizon and rustling waves of yellow grass: a cipher in the landscape. But some of his works do, truth be told, look exactly like cheap furniture. If you doubt this, take the quiz at reverent.org.

The point is to guess whether a given image is a priceless Donald Judd sculpture or a piece of cheap furniture. I scored an embarassing 33 percent.

Of course one could argue that the test is not exactly fair. Was there minimalist-chic furniture at Wal-Mart in Judd's day, i.e. the 1970's? The style available to mass-market shoppers today may even, in fact, have something to do with Judd himself.

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