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another month / another poster

I’ll have one or two new things on display at the Warehouse show for First Friday, plus a variety of musical arrangements—my next solo stuff will be in April as a goodbye to Portland / book release party—more to come on that in the future

10:00 / 29 January 2019
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Hollow Shells

Interior

(new project is underway—my first book in a few years—”3 / hollow shells”—slated for release April 5—96 pages, 7.75×10.75 inches—preview spread above)

23:00 / 27 January 2019
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“For The People”

man say what you will about the government shutting down or the endless bullshit that is the democrats trying to pin the election of Trump on Russia,1 but I’ve found this administration quite refreshing.

yes, Trump lies—but what he lies about often has to do with things that affect his self-image. (that, or it’s some insane escalation to distract from whatever the media is covering about him.) what’s interesting, though, are the things he tells the truth about.

nobody seemed to bat an eye when he said the most honest thing of the 2016 election—claiming he could buy anyone on the stage. it’s such a potent move, to just lay bare the corrupt nature of politics in modern America. and now, when he’s up there talking shit about one people or another, he’s doing what most politicans wouldn’t dare: openly admitting how little he gives a fuck about the people he supposedly represents.

it’s happened on both sides before—in recent memory with Hillary and Romney—when a recording is leaked and the world sees what these elitist fucks really think.2 Trump was elected by running on how corrupt the institution had become and he hasn’t really stopped with that. For all the merciless terror he’s waging on just about every aspect of American life, he’s at least being honest about his priorities.

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  • This entire Russiagate thing is getting out of hand. This is a Wired editor somehow trying to propagate that Bernie Sanders is a Russian agent who was just trying to fuck with Hillary in 2016. The neoliberal defense is getting to Qanon levels of delusion.
  • This year it’s been the Davos meetings where Tony Blair somehow laughs about he and W fucking up the world

17:00 / 27 January 2019
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Very Un-Dude

There’s a clip floating around of Jeff Bridges reprising his role as The Dude for an unspecified ad to run on Super Bowl Sunday. If this is, indeed, a promotion for a sequel to The Big Lebowski, color me stoked.

However, if it’s in the vein of Honda and Google making ‘sequels’ to beloved movies (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Home Alone, respectively) then all I can say is Fuck off and die everyone. Reboots and sequels for entertainment from the 80s and 90s are bad enough; must advertising agencies tarnish the memories of these great works for some cash grab disguised as sentiment?

I’ll wait until game day for the reveal but this smells like capitalism/bullshit to me.

15:30 / 24 January 2019
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Looking Forward

First Exposures logo comps

it’s the time of year where I work on the invitation and promotional material for Looking Forward, Giving Back, the annual FX fundraising event. this being the 10th anniversary of the celebration, and with FX having a new AKQA-designed logo, I wanted to update my branding for the collateral slightly.

This is still in progress but I feel it’s a solid update from the existing branding that I’ve used for the last four years.

15:00 / 24 January 2019
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Everything In Pieces

Anecdotes that begin with Back in my day… are usually a sign of some disgruntled notion, unable to cope with change. Every generation keeps them until nobody cares to remember anymore. The shift we’re encountering now is more than just the natural change of time, but an entire reformation of human experience. Most of it, anyway.

And there’s plenty that won’t be missed, fair or unfair, it’s simply the way things are.

I do wish that we’d not sacrifice our humanity for mindless immediate circumstances. Sitting in Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, I am thinking about the way these things used to be—airports, that is. Not long ago they were these fantastic buildings of sadness and joy, reunions and separations. Waiting at the gate, kids would burst from the doorways into the arms of waiting grandparents, suited businessmen into the arms of their family after a trip, soldiers and their spouses finally being able to feel one another after a tour overseas.

The amount to which the 9/11 attacks changed America—or, perhaps, just revealed its true and inhuman nature—is unparalleled in the modern world. Not even twenty years later and barely a facade of decency is left in this country, with consumerism and individualism running rampant as wars remain waged overseas for what remains an unknown reason.

I feel like the airports were a prelude to everything else; the security concerns unquestionably took precedent over any function the airport had as an aspect of American society and human civilization. Our nature had officially shifted from creating functional habitats that best suited people to creating secure environments for a subset, be they ticketed passengers in an airport or employees at a tech giant.

Not many Americans, percentage-wise, lost anything on 9/11. But in its wake we’ve all lost a notion of ourselves, a generation now raised entirely on a screen with the resonance of reality and sensory experiences losing all relevance (less they can be tagged in a photo).

I don’t know. It’s just sad.

10:00 / 23 January 2019
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when no place feels like home

Hollywood Los Angeles

my favorite LA activity remains driving around while browsing pop radio stations. destinations—though important for the purpose of forward momentum—can come and go, but if there is one constant in los angeles, it is the road, crowded but lonesome. seems fitting in a way, where those who end up in LA seem to just find their own path to the end of the line, running out of land and all the roads everyone took to get here just intertwine in a jumbled, chaotic, beautiful and anxiety-riddled mess of bold colors, bright lights and the darkest shadows money can buy—

i don’t often find pop radio appealing, but LA has such a variety it’s pretty easy to leave the radio on “scan” and something is bound to be listenable.1 plus, pop music just fits here, more than probably anywhere else, to the point where listening to it feels necessary (as opposed to second-tier, which it does in most other cities, because they for the most part aren’t hubs of popular entertainment)

(meanwhile, to go from mainstream to high art, the Rauschenberg 1/4 Mile exhibit at LACMA is absolutely incredible)2

i return to the pacific northwest tomorrow for what will be a couple months of hectic art-making and life-planning before returning to work overseas, and then who knows, however I could see a return to America landing me here, in the sun, for some span of time.

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  • I rarely plug in my own music to car stereos anymore and one of my favorite things to do while driving in new cities, to get a feel for them, is to keep the radio on “Scan” for at least two times through the entire rotation of stations. It’s a sort of cultural tourism that can directly plug in to what the locals all share in terms of a sensory experience.
  • Rauschenberg may be considered ‘high art’ but what would pop radio be? Is mainstream culture lowbrow? Personally I feel the title applies to anything corporate but I somehow imagine the rest of society would disagree.

17:15 / 22 January 2019
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Sunken City

Sunken City · San Pedro, California

(continuing on my little jaunt through California with a discovery of Sunken City, which seems to be an it-moment place for Instagram influencers—forever an awful bunch—but is actually a pretty neat historical spot.)

12:00 / 21 January 2019
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the California trip

Californian Emissions

—outside of the Bay Area and can find all of the reasons why there’s a hole in the sky—

—i don’t miss the Bay at all, nor do I enjoy being here, however looking forward to Los Angeles—1

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  • I’ve always found LA to be better than San Francisco; both are total shitholes but people in LA are at least honest about their vanity and the trash city. People in SF are the worst type of smug-ass liberal, with the epicenter of Tech being there all the proof one needs

10:00 / 18 January 2019
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Tracking Through Oregon

On The Train

(currently en route to California by way of the train for a few days outside of the Pacific Northwest, trains remain the best but Europe and Japan have much better options in this regard)

20:00 / 17 January 2019
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