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(I’ve taken a more focused study toward my work these days, in that my goal is to have a collection that will translate as a language beyond medium. this affects all of my communication; my basic definition of how I write, text, speak and converse are all an aspect of this, and so No Two Posts Are Alike, and recent artist statements1 are not as consistent. in many ways I feel like i am re-learning how to talk, but teaching myself at the same time.)

21:00 / 31 March 2019
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Real Dumb

an ad for the Google Cloud shows hip young technocrats working in a very manual-technology environment: typewriters, analog switches, tape on a reel. It’s a slick commercial and probably headed by a well-respected ad agency.

it strikes me that Google has a strange relationship with this old technology: it is needed to represent the diversity of what the cloud can do. The utility of real machines is now as avatars to represent their virtual function in advertising campaigns.

15:15 / 30 March 2019
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the Horizon Strikes Again

(objectively understanding i have little reason to feel this way/things can be so much worse)

21:30 / 28 March 2019
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the chest cavity

there’s a soft light flickering like a slow strobe on my table; the fan overhead interfering with the hanging fluorescent bulbs. three laptops are open, a woman with a foreign accent taps away on her phone and it’s all basketball on television. the traffic was atrocious and though it’s a Growing Concern, and more important in the public eye than either of the Wars have been in years, the general mechanics of day-to-day life will continue to force their way toward the will of quarterly profits. nothing will change for this or the clusters of tents under the bridges of the 405 outside Bellevue or the tax breaks for Amazon and Microsoft. we are subject to the will of a faceless system owned by vultures. everything in here is a polite shade of brown and i wonder if anyone else is using all of their willpower not to simply start screaming where they sit.

17:00 / 28 March 2019
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Brand Status

preparing to Leave soon, I’ve been quietly updating the site so Upcoming New Projects can be focused on. Added some recent logo work for First Exposures and Jessica Clary. also changed up the Europe gallery to include some 2018 shots.

soon: books, party, packing, airports, the J, Amtrak, Back Bay, customs

16:15 / 27 March 2019
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Torn Pages

15:30 / 25 March 2019
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Ennui

Pike Place · Seattle

(fundamental disagreements with society, etc etc etc)

17:00 / 23 March 2019
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the last days of disco

The Warehouse

Breaking Down

The Warehouse

Exposed

The Warehouse

The Shop

The Warehouse

Empty

the air was always still and thick in summer heat. it was impossible to get warm in winter. every noise from the front door to the back hall could be heard. my first studio had three leaks from the drain pipe above; the second had one from a vent that I’m pretty certain pigeons used as shelter from time to time. the cat had to be kept a secret.

strangely leaving Portland is not nearly as difficult as giving up this one place. few things have ever felt as harmonious to me as The Warehouse. our penchant for closing down the bar before playing music until dawn would be the spawn of First Friday; for a few years there was a perfect balance between my personal chaos and my living environment.

i’ve lost track as to whether my perpetual motion is out of need, habit or dependence. but I know this one place, this idea and how I’ve been a part of it, is true—something in short supply these days. my only hope in the future is that I can build something as meaningful, and not that i will look back on abandoning this ship as a grave mistake—

22:30 / 22 March 2019
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Names in Lights in Green

there’s a Version of the Internet that is fondly remembered by all who were a part of it. This Internet was the mid-90s to maybe 2001 or 2002, basically everything before Facebook and eBay. that time online was strange because everybody knew that it was cool but had no clue what it actually was. then capitalism came along.

driving around, i listen to the radio. today the DJ made a comment about buying vinyl and I just cringed; I’ve nothing against vinyl records or collecting them, but the simple fact is that listening to topics that surround consuming or purchases or advertising has become simply exhausting. So much of our day-to-day conversation in America is about money. People who don’t know anything about sports still know athletes make a shit-ton of money.

when I was growing up I used to hate the store Banana Republic, joking that they were the type of place that would charge just to breathe their air. Online, this dystopian idea of someone capitalizing on simply existing is true: you can’t click a link without somebody out there making a dime. the internet sucks now and it’s because capitalism has been let loose to consume anything meaningful in the name of profit.

16:00 / 22 March 2019
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A Splash Of Color

Red

Red

i’ve been putting some time and money into camera repair and upgrades and finally am getting months-old film processed. these, some slide film from Bordeaux and elsewhere in the south of France from last summer

Flowers

Bordeaux flowers

River

By the river

Intersection

Intersections

15:00 / 22 March 2019
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Clear History

(even though this web site has operated with a blog—in some form or another—since 1999, it has undergone semi-annual design changes and annual database dumps throughout the years. thus, the "Archive" is actually only evidence of what has not yet been deleted.)