Friday, November 29, 2013

2013 Arlington Turkey Trot

I think you might be interested in this track: 2013 Turkey Trot
Created by Google My Tracks on Android.


  • Name: Turkey Trot 
  • Activity type: walking 
  • Description: - Total distance: 5.17 km (3.2 mi) 
  • Total time: 1:10:39 Moving time: 1:05:00 
  • Average speed: 4.39 km/h (2.7 mi/h) 
  • Average moving speed: 4.77 km/h (3.0 mi/h)
  • Max speed: 6.48 km/h (4.0 mi/h) 
  • Average pace: 13:40 min/km (21:60 min/mi) 
  • Average moving pace: 12:34 min/km (20:14 min/mi) 
  • Fastest pace: 9:15 min/km (14:54 min/mi) 
  • Max elevation: 97 m (317 ft) Min elevation: 74 m (243 ft) 
  • Elevation gain: 93 m (305 ft) 
  • Max grade: 13 % Min grade: -13 % 
  • Recorded: 11/28/2013 07:57

"In the winter, the speculators get cold and the East-Village starts to burn" (Artist's Book Series XXIV)

41287-IMG_6170I consider this item the jewel in the collection. A great bit of story (gentrification of the East Village area of Manhattan); intricate graphic work, paper folding and cutting, and a unique inclusion of found objects (cigarette butts, bottle caps, a burnt matchstick, and dirt/sand from the streets).

Beatrice Schafroth
Rent-Free in the East Village (1985)
New York, Self-Published
Assemblage, text, and drawings illustrating life in the East Village; there is also a copy in the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute
Cost: $11.50 | x41287 | Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection



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Thursday, November 28, 2013

QotD: ("KID, HAVE YOU REHABILITATED YOURSELF?") - Arlo Guthrie

Yes, it's that time of year again ... time again to revisit the Alice's Restaurant Anti-Massacre ... and yes, here it comes, it's coming around again ... here it is, sing along, because you know, if they see "Fifty people a day walking in singin' a bar of Alice's Restaurant and Walking out. And friends they may thinks it's a movement" and friend, I say friends, I do believe that we could use a movement about now so ... well, here it comes ....
"You can get anything you want, at Alice's Restaurant
Excepting Alice
You can get anything you want, at Alice's Restaurant
Walk right in it's around the back
Just a half a mile from the railroad track
You can get anything you want, at Alice's Restaurant" - Arlo Guthrie

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Baked sweet potatoes with brown sugar and spices

Do the Yam
Assembled and ready for oven
Not really yams, but sweet potatoes. Here's my recipe (which varies from year to year):
  • Enough sweet potatoes to fill a 9x11 pan (this year I used a variety of them, red, white, purple)
  • about 1/2 box of dark brown sugar
  • 1 stick of butter
  • spices you have on hand (mace, cinnamon, allspice, ginger)
  • about 1.5 shot glasses of Bourbon (you can use rum also)

Cut sweet potatoes into nice chunks (I don't peel them, but wash and trim them, this makes it a healthy choice side dish!).

Slice butter into 1/4 inch slices and put some on the bottom of the pan; sprinkle with some brown sugar and then various spices; layer on sweet potatoes.

Put down more butter slides, sweet potatoes, and spices, you should end up with about 2 or so layers depending on how snug you pack them.

Pour bourbon over the top.

Do the yam, part II
And pret-a-manger!
Cover with foil; puncture in a few places and bake in a 350 - 400 degree oven until sweet potatoes are soft (30 - 45 minutes depending on size).

A look back at Culture Wars which never cooled and neither did global warming (Artist's Book Series XXIII)

41238-IMG_6091Artist's books often tackle social and controversial political issues. I'm highlight just two of the books in the collection that have an element of social or political commentary from three different topical areas: war, environment and artistic freedom.

Sharon Gilbert's Green the Fragile addresses the topic of global warming (a topic that for some reason is still being debated nearly a quarter of a century later!); and Karen Wirth's remarkably well-made and complex little work, Nude Youths: Parental Advisory is an artifact of the cultural wars of the 1980s-90s taking on the controversies surrounding the funding of edgy art exhibitions by the National Endowment for the Arts.



Sharon Gilbert
Green the Fragile (1989)
New York, Self-Published
Xerographic collage/text encouraging Green thinking and saving the trees. Signed: 76/300
Cost: $2.00 | x04442Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection

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Karen Wirth
Nude Youths: Parental Advisory (1991)
n.p., Self-Published
According fold copy of Sistine Chapel nudes with text from NEA (?) guidelines about nudity and sexual depictions
Cost: $2.50 | x41238 | More information


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Monday, November 25, 2013

I love baby, but I just can't play you any more ... 33 and a third RPM art (Artist's Book Series XXII)

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Revolutions per Minute (The Art Record) is excerpts from a longer vinyl album with "pieces" by a number of Feldman Gallery's artists. Here's a New York Times review of the long-player.

Chris Burden, Ida Applebroog, Jud Fine
Revolutions per Minute (The Art Record) [excerpts] (1982)
n.p., The Charing Hill Company, Ltd.
Soundsheet with three excerpts from the “Revolutions Per Minute” performance work
Cost: $0.00 | xmrk01 | More information

Artists included on the long-player were:

  • Vincenzo Agnetti
  • Eleanor Antin
  • Ida Applebroog
  • Conrad Atkinson
  • Joseph Beuys
  • Chris Burden
  • Douglas Davis
  • Jud Fine
  • Terry Fox
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
  • Helen Mayer Harrison & Newton Harrison
  • Margaret Harrison
  • Komar & Melamid
  • Piotr Kowalski/William Burroughs
  • Les Levine
  • Edwin Schlossberg
  • Thomas Shannon
  • Todd Siler
  • SITE
  • David Smyth
  • Hannah Wilke


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Each soft touch conceals sharp-edge instruments of desire (Artist's Book Series XXI)

41198-IMG_6063These three items don't really share all that much in common. I found the contrast of the two items (Forty-Six Instruments of Desire and Variations for Sharp-Edge Instrument and Chorus) with their images of sharp and sometimes painful items with Increase Maready's Each Soft Touch with its Xeroxed roses interesting.

Variations for Sharp-Edge Instrument and Chorus, with it's cut/folded pages is a particularly striking work.





Increase Maready
Each Soft Touch (1993?)
Printed illustrations of anatomic and botanical illustrations to a short poem
n.p., Self-Published
Cost: $2.00 | x46147

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Stephen Perkins
Forty-Six Instruments of Desire (1991)
Iowa City, IO, Plagiarist Press
Cost: $2.00 | x41405 | Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection

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Jose Soler
Variations for Sharp-Edge Instrument and Chorus (1987, 1985)
New York?, Cheap Press
Fourteen leaves with “X” cut in the middle; each cut is folded in a unique manner with accompanying text
Cost: $8.00 | x41198

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Friday, November 22, 2013

"Lee. Fifty years from now, they'll still be arguing about the grassy knoll, the Mafia, some Cuban crouched behind a stockade fence"

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50 years now since the JFK assassination and it still holds a fascination for us ... quote above is from "November 22, 1963" by Stephen Sondheim and his play, Assassins.

OSWALD
I didn't come here to shoot the president.

BOOTH
He didn't come here to get shot...All your life you've been a victim, Lee. A victim of indifference and neglect. Of your mother's scorn, you're wife's contempt, of Soviet stupidity, American injustice. You've finally had enough, so how're you planning to get even? By becoming your own victim.

OSWALD
I am not a murderer.

BOOTH
Who said you were?

OSWALD
You just said I should kill the President.

BOOTH
Lee, when you kill a president, it isn't murder. Murder is a tawdry little crime; it's born of greed, or lust, or liquor. Adulterers and shopkeepers get murdered. But when a president gets killed, when Julius Caesar got killed -- he was assassinated. And the man who did it...

OSWALD
Brutus.

BOOTH
Ah! You know his name. Brutus assassinated Caesar -- what? -- two thousand years ago, and here's a high school drop-out with a dollar twenty-five an hour job in Dallas, Texas, who knows who he was. And they say fame is fleeting...

OSWALD
This is stupid. Up here on the sixth floor, what would I do? Throw school books at him?

BOOTH
What's in the package?

OSWALD
What package?

BOOTH
The package that you brought to work. What's in it?

OSWALD
Curtain rods.

BOOTH
You sure?

...

OSWALD
To who? To you?

(a chorus of "yes"s from the Assassins)

I'm responsible to me and no one else!

BOOTH
Not anymore, Lee. Fifty years from now, they'll still be arguing about the grassy knoll, the Mafia, some Cuban crouched behind a stockade fence, but this -- right here, right now -- this is the real conspiracy. And you're a part of it.

OSWALD
Get out of my way.

BOOTH
Listen to me, Lee. You have to do this. Now. You won't get another chance.

OSWALD
So what? So I'll do something else. I'll shoot my wife. I'll shoot my kids. I won't shoot anyone! Who cares?!

BOOTH
He wants to know who cares...I care, you stupid fool! We all care! Haven't you been listening, for Christ's sake?! Are you such a vapid, vacuous nonentity -

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Postcards and Palindromic Playing cards ... (Artist's Book Series XX)

mrk03-IMG_6168Artist's book makers are often drawn from the world of print making. At the same time, much fine printing becomes it's own art form. So, also in my collection are two very nice examples of fine printing.

The first is a deck of playing cards from 1991, the title of the work is "Palindromes" fitting, of course for the year 1991. Printed/published by Grafik Communications, the artwork si by Bob James and Evangelia Phillippidis. The jokes in the deck are printed with palindromes.

Grafik Communications, Ltd., ed.
Palindromes (1991)
Alexandria, VA, Grafik Communications, Ltd.
Deck of 52 cards plus two jokers and five cards of text; issued to celebrate 1991 as a palindromic year; Aces are Jokers are printed with palindromes. Illustrations by Bob James and Evangelia Phillippidis
Cost: $0.00 | xmrk03

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The second graphic item in the collection is a set of 12 letterpress postcards that I don't remember exactly where I purchased them. Each finely printed postcard also has a quippy saying, such as "Irony is the best policy".

Anonymous
Letterpress Postcards (1991)
Oakland, Black Swan Printing
12 letterpress postcards in paper band
Cost: $10.00 | xmrk02


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

QotD: "... government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." A. Lincoln

Holding 3D print of Lincoln's life mask #fb
3D print of Lincoln Life Mask
Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.

In many ways, it seems that our country is yet again in the midst of a great trial. Not as bloody as the Civil War, but as full of partisan rancor, a paralysis of governing one wonder if the government of/by/for the people shall endure, and a time when liberty and freedom are controlled by governmental forces that at times makes Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus (signed into law just months before the Gettysburg Address) pale.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. 
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, 1863

"... the last full measure of devotion ..." Lincoln's Gettysburg Address 150 years later in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress

2013.11.18-IMG_7551Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the annual World Digital Library meeting at the Library of Congress. There was a dinner reception after the meeting held in the Great Hall of he Library.

After dessert, Librarian of Congress James Billington addressed the group. Now it just so happended that the Library was displaying the Nicolay autograph copy of the Gettysburg Address. This is the copy that is believed to be the copy Lincoln read, exactly 150 years ago today.

As he closed his remarks, Dr. Billington recited the Address in sight of Lincoln's copy. Quite a moving performance.






Lincoln's Gettysburg Event (1863)
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth
Gettysburg Address in Lincoln's hand

A visit to Printed Matter in 1992 (Artist's Book Series XIX)

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In March 1992 I had to chance to visit Printed Matter in person. It was a bit overwhelming, so I made only a few small purchases. 

The highlights were the smallest items, two little works by Rosemary Cowan; tiny complex works with immaculate paper skills. 

The other items included Jacques Benoit's Seeds of Change and Dana Henry's A Portfolio of Vanishing Species.




Jacques Benoit
Seeds of Images / Graines d'Images (1992)
Montigny-sur-Loing, France, Self-Published
French/English text with illustrations; single large sheet attached to printed
folder/cover
Cost: $2.00 | x6556c

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Rosemary S.Cowan
Eto: A Miniature Book: “He was a bold man who first ate an oyster” (1991)
Albuquerque, NM, New Source Studios
Small accordion folded strip with quote and rubber-stamp illustrations; decorative paper cover
Cost: $1.00 | x07018a
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Rosemary S.Cowan
Eto: A Miniature Book: “Proverbs not the mind – Kelly Cowan” (1991)
Albuquerque, NM, New Source Studios
Small accordion folded strip with quote and rubber-stamp illustrations; decorative paper cover
Cost: $1.00 | x07018b

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Dana Henry
A Portfolio of Vanishing Species. vol. 1 : Squirrels (1991)
Ramsey, MN, Black Dog Press
5 printed cards with illustrations of squirrels encased in a small portfolio; inspired by quote from Interior Secretary Manuel Lujan questioning genetic diversity 
Cost: $4.00 | x6094c

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