know your audience: tim davis

Bridge Street Books

Oh, the hilarity of Tim Davis's self-referential My Audience project.

Photography Club

Observations from a recent lecture at Hamilton College:

Prior to beginning [the] lecture, Davis insisted that all audience members be seated in the middle section of the [lecture space], where nearly all seats were quickly filled. Rather than starting his talk, he began adjusting a camera that stood on an impressively large tripod. He took three photographs of the audience, requesting that each member look as though they were sitting in an incredibly boring lecture.

His first few slides continued on the subject of why he photographs those who attend his presentations. Davis showed numerous photographs of past audiences while explaining that, in this way, he gets to continue his work even when giving speeches. In this way, he never has to leave the craft that he loves. (Hamilton College News)

American Academy in Rome


Cal Arts

KMA Docents

:tim davis



Have you ever? The utter gorgeousness is nearly more than I can bear. But you can handle it. Yes, you can.

:image lee gunho; harpar's bazaar japan, september 2007 via livejournal


incomplete alphabet

Rendered in biro (ballpoint) pen by master calligrapher Luca Barcellona. Luca's calligrafia set is a reservoir of gorgeous hand lettering.


:luca barcellona, alfabeto incompleto



Every little flake is sacred. Each one gets a fleeting close-up.

Snowstorm + night + camera + flash = this image.

:217project; image dianamuse



These stunning images of forsaken Russian houses make my heart ache. Left uninhabited and neglected in Russia's remote forest regions, the dilapidated structures bear silent witness to bygone days. To my mind, they reflect some fundamental aspect of the Russian spirit in their dignity and beauty.

:images andrew qzmn - first spotted at lori's glorious automatism a couple of years ago



These are my shots of three sculptures from the Jack Pierson: Abstracts show at Cheim & Read last fall.

Pierson works in a variety of media, including photography, video, collage and sculpture. He is well known for reappropriating commercial signage and large-scale vintage lettering. For the Cheim & Read exhibition, Pierson repositioned letters and other signage details - broken pieces, numbers and symbols - to create new sculptural abstractions. By removing the hierarchy of language, and therefore its immediate associations, Pierson strives for "universality where narrative is no longer recognizable." The sculptures do not rely on words to communicate; they provoke a more visceral reaction.

This one endeared itself to me with its calligraphic swagger.

:217project; images dianamuse; jack pierson desire/despair


make the red lantern

Wishing you a Happy New Year - whether it be 4708, 4707 or 4647.

:images life, workers at the fine arts red lamps factory co. in beijing


Good weekend, everyone. Wherever you may be.

:image pictoris, tblisi underground



Here we have the tippity-tip-top of St. John's the morning after yesterday's blizzard. The image could serve as inspiration for anyone out there planning a Goth-themed wedding. Just remember to substitute favorite gray cake and winter white icing for granite
and snow.

:217project; image dianamuse



Yesterday's news. Literally.

:217project; image dianamuse


Inspiring weekend, everyone. Wherever you may be.

:image dianamuse, kandinsky at the guggenheim 09



It's February. Get your red on.

:217project; image dianamuse, west 112th st.



Pierre Huyghe sanded down a few layers of paint at Secession in Vienna, revealing the colorful past of previous exhibitions.

:pierre huyghe, timekeeper, via today and tomorrow



The I.D.: A riot of bare limbs belonging to the eight-story beauties beyond our rear windows. They do a fine job of mimicking bronchial trees, don't you think? Neural networks, too.

See what I mean?

I think these images give added meaning to the term, "the lungs of the city," which refers to urban parks. The phrase is famously attributed to Frederic Law Olmsted, although he didn't actually coin it. "The lungs of the city" is a form of the earlier expression, "the lungs of London." That phrase has been attributed to William Pitt the Elder, British Prime Minister from 1766-68. It appears that Hyde Park was the original "lungs of London." Sometime during the 19th century, the phrase was generalized to refer to major urban parks.

:217project; photos dianamuse