Books That Couldn't be Finished.

SUPERNATURAL: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind
by Graham Hancock 
This book started fine, with Hancock giving his descriptions of a life changing experience with a mind altering psychedelic. That laid up nicely into a few in depth and detailed descriptions of cave paintings before coming to a conclusion that the paintings were made while indigenous cultures were under the influence of natural psychedelics. This theory was fine, considering the amount of research that was given on the style, form, and similarities between the paintings and visuals that occur when tripping on psychedelics. For me, his chapters about cave paintings were exciting and wonderful - however that was the last portion of this book that I enjoyed, because that's where his evidence ran dry. Hancock then started speaking of the similarities between UFO sightings, fairy sightings, and other fantasy lore. What was so frustrating about these topics, was that his writing style was painfully obvious, in that he was clearly trying to argue that all of these supernatural experiences were the by product of psychedelic experiences.  I decided not to finish this book, not because the content was uninteresting, but mostly because the style in which this book is written is so obviously persuasive. What was exceptionally beautiful about The Cosmic Serpent (a text that Hancock used as a reference), was that Jeremy Narby's tone did not try to be convincing. Narby didn't need to be, because the quality of his research spoke for itself.  The same could be said of Sacred Economics, Charles Eisenstein did not try to sway his reader into belief, he wrote about potentially world altering economics with evidence and history.  Hancock made way too many arguments based on the subjective experiences of himself and his friends - none of which I could really get behind.  

The Flight of the Dragon
Laurence Binyon
The last reprint of this book, from my edition, was June 1959. I found this essay at Powell's Books in Portland, OR for about $6. Maybe I should have taken that as a sign that this book was not that valuable.  This essay is essentially one long romanticized notion of what art in the east was like, described by a western man.  It's bad enough that Binyon clumps art from Japan and China together, as if both are exactly the same, but I got tired when he started speaking about India and other Asian countries as well.  Any references he did use (which were few), were to other books about Asian culture written from a Western perspective.  It felt a little too racist, so I couldn't finish reading it, but at least his tone seemed sincere. 


Small Works 2014 @ Trestle Gallery

Small Works 2014
Trestle Gallery 
168 7th St.
Brooklyn NY 11215

Run of Show:
July 18th - August 22nd
Monday - Friday 11AM - 6PM

Kate Hamilton, Collar 30/Formal Catch, 2014
Glassine, thread, spray paint. 8.25 x 5 inches.

Rachel Grobstein, Free Boxes (group), 2014
Gouache on cut paper, Ea. approx. 2 x 2.5 x 2"

Rachel Klinghoffer, Gallery Girl, 2013
Bra, hydrocal, copper leaf, varnish. 8 x 9 x 4"

Fiorella Mohme, Doors, 2014
Balsa wood, acrylic, foam and fabric. 12 x 9 x 6"

Sara Jimenez, Untitled, 2014
Pina fabric, rust. 5.5 x 4.5"

Jayoung Yoon, Liminal Space 10, 2014
Human hair, acrylic medium on panel. 10 x 10"

Kosuke Kawahara, A Primal Memory, 2014
Clay, dried pigment and beeswax. 7 x 7 x 7"

Joseph Bolstad, Trayface (pink) (yellow), 2013
Acrylic on Epoxy, 8.5 x 6 x 2.5"

Rebecca Reeves, Keepings,  2013
Miniature furniture, thread, industrial felt. 10 x 10"

Trestle Gallery currently has Small Works 2014 on display.  Conceptually limiting the scale of a work of art has it's pros and cons, the best pro- the ability to remain visually cohesive while simultaneously diverse.  A few of the works in this show did not seem to be helped by their small scale, curling paper felt a little lack luster, while other pieces fully embodied their small scale in a way that made individual pieces shine. Above are a few of my favorites, it's impossible not have a few, when the scale of this show lends itself to comparisons.  Each of the listed artists fall into a the latter description- where small scale is vital to the content of each work, each finding their own nuances within an already miniature frame.  


West Coast Best Coast Vacation Post

Fisk and I just got back from an epic vacation on the west coast.  We went to the beach a ton in SoCal, I tried on wedding dresses, we had an engagement party, and enjoyed a much earned Disney vacation package that included 4 day park hopper tickets, 3 nights at the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, and a private cabana by the pool. After that we headed up north to spend time with Fisk's family in Oregon, where we bounced around Portland, before heading to the Oregon coast for a miracle 4 days of sun. We took family photos, played board games, and most significantly celebrated Fisk's parent's 50 year anniversary - a great achievement and testament to love. (Congrats Wayne & Judy!)  I can't express how much fun we both had spending time with friends and family, we've missed everyone so much and cannot wait to visit again. Here are some photos, all courtesy of John Fisk.  

This ride ends in Mr.Toad going to hell???

W for "Walt Disney" ;)