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Remembering Places That Have Never Existed

In Art, Items of Singular Interest, Letters, Places on August 17, 2012 at 2:05 am

It’s settled: I need to visit the island of Menorca. Located in the Mediterranean Sea and belonging to Spain, this gorgeous island is home to about 94,000 people, three ancient megalithic monuments, one of my favorite wines, and the always delicious cow’s milk cheese called Mahon. All of which is more than reason enough to visit. But what has cemented it for me is that I just discovered there’s a hotel there inspired by — gasp! — one of my most beloved books, Italo Calvino’s Invisible CitiesRead the rest of this entry »

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When Dice Die

In Art, Nonfiction on July 16, 2012 at 10:56 am

Dice: Deception, Fate, & Rotten Luck
by Ricky Jay and Rosamond Purcell
Quantuck Lane Press, 2003

I should hate this book. A 63-page quasi-history book with chapters averaging all of three paragraphs, a total of 21 photographs, and no bibliography whatsoever? Please; it’s not even oversized, and my coffee table demands oversized books. (Note: my coffee table is currently an empty printer box held aloft by a sneering Sin City Marv action figure, an empty IPA bottle, a stack of matchbooks held together by blue rubber bands, and an empty mason jar. Should you ever be in close physical proximity of my coffee table, please please please refrain from setting certain objects on it, i.e. objects with, y’know, mass.) Read the rest of this entry »

Visual Audacity: The Mill and the Cross

In Art, Motion Pictures on June 26, 2012 at 7:00 am

The Mill and the Cross (2011)

Every execution has a history.

Here are two men in the forest, choosing a tree; one slices a cross into the bark before they begin chopping. The bark will be cut away, the tree made into a tall post.

Here is a man wandering a dirt road, pushing what looks like a wagon wheel before him; we wonder if he is simple, or, perhaps, mad. The wheel, when it reaches its final destination, will be fixed to the top of the post. How can we, at this moment, possibly guess its grisly purpose? Read the rest of this entry »

Seattle Bestiary: The Birds of Don Charles

In Art, Places on February 3, 2012 at 1:48 am

The hawk’s tail feathers are crafted of copper. The pelican has silver forks coming out of its head. The ostrich, given the available evidence, would seem to have a belt fetish.

Seattle’s Patricia Rovzar Gallery is currently featuring some sculptures by Don Charles. They’ve been doing it for a few years now, actually. Can you blame them? When you’re walking down the street and spy an ostrich statue with piercing eyes and pale bouquet of white nails jutting from its face, aren’t you compelled to stop and perhaps go inside for a closer look?

Well, you ought to be. After all, these are awfully fun. Read the rest of this entry »

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