Saturday, May 22, 2004

Potshots and little scattered bits


It's almost 5:30 and I got the Perpetual Motion Roadshow happening here in less than 90 minutes. So I figured that I'd get these things off my chest, and leave the weighty stuff for later.

A couple of follow ups; I originally wrote about the daughter of Ken Thompson getting into a snit about some vases that Christies had sold her. Well it seems that she's won (like the rich need to get any richer). Read about it here.

Next giving props where props are due, Sarah Milroy writes a very nice article of 1,324 words about Istvan Kantor's Lebensraum/Lifespace: Spectacle of Noise. I like it very much when arts writers have space to stretch out. There should be more of that.

Flipping over to Cleveland, some guy named Dan Tranberg, writes 601 words about "True North: 20 Masters of Canadian Glass Art," which is being exhibited at Corcoran Fine Arts somewhere in Cleveland. Cool! Even though Cleveland doesn't rock, I always like seeing "local" folk make good out of town.

Then focusing your attention on certain folk who are also blogging about art, MAeX Art Blog, has some links to some very cool articles about the price of art. Besides using it as a launching pad to read other things, Onajide (the guy who writes it) also has some pretty kick-ass thoughts about art (some of which I agree with, some of which I don't). So I recommend reading more than of his stuff, click here to check it out.

Moving north to Washington DC, ionarts has a wicked cool post about the ideas pro and con about contemporary art being either trashy or not. Way cool for avoiding working.

Then I haven't read this yet (I told you that I was pressed for time) but I figure that if I link to Adrian Searle's article in The Guardian titled "The next big thing? There isn't one" then when I am a little more relaxed I might actually be able to read it myself. Nonetheless it looks very interesting.

And if you're reading this before 7:30 pm on Saturday, feel free to swing by and check out the latest and greatest version of the Perpetual Motion Roadshow.

The press release reads:


See performances, indie vids and get your very own superhero makeover!

Editor Emily Pohl-Weary, media tigress Carly Stasko, master ventriloquist Daniel Heath Justice, hammerin’ superheroine Mariko Tamaki and other contributors to the anthology Girls Who Bite Back: Witches, Mutants, Slayers and Freaks (Sumach Press) will hit Montreal during their upcoming East Coast tour.

Girls Who Bite Back will wind through eight cities from Toronto down to Madison thanks to the organizational wonders of the Perpetual Motion Roadshow.

Also featured are movie-style trailers celebrating Roadshow organizer Jim Munroe’s new edition of his anti-corporate superheroes-in-love novel, Flyboy Action Figure Comes With Gasmask.

Saturday, May 22, 7:30 pm. Zeke’s Gallery (3955 St. Laurent). $4. with alter-ego sketcher Sherwin Tjia and monster hunter Sophie Levy

Taking on the bombshell spies, slayers, witches and assassins who are fighting their way into movies and television shows everywhere, Girls Who Bite Back examines what these new role models for young women are really about.

EMILY POHL-WEARY, editor of Kiss Machine and co-author with Judith Merril of the Hugo Award-winning Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril, puts her unique stamp on the field of speculative fiction and pop culture in this one-of-a-kind anthology of short stories, cultural analysis, comics and artwork.

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