Dieter Rams

The first Ipod
A 1958 Braun T3 pocket radio designed by Dieter Rams


Ellen Gallagher

Ellen Gallagher is coming to Gagosian. I can't wait.


Seeing is figuring out

Liz Larner, Two or Three or Something, 1998–99. Steel, paper, and watercolor, 101 × 84 × 64 1/4 in. (256.5 × 213.4 × 163.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Contemporary Painting and Sculpture Committee 2001.31


Au Grand Palais

Anselm Kiefer au Grand Palais


Mark Fox

from the exhibition Magna Carta- Art/Paper @ Caine Shulte
San Francisco: Nov 17, 2010 - Jan 18, 2011
Berlin: March 18, 2011 - Apr 30, 2011



Me Love You

Furby love you back.


Skate or Die!

There were a few skateboards that I bought multiple copies of: each to replace one I had previously broken. One of those decks is the Dogtown Eric Dressen model. While my first skateboard was a Vision Mark Gonzales (and I rode seven of them), the Dressen was my favorite. I rode 9 different Dressen models.

I started skating in 1984, while the industry was still fledgling and largely d.i.y. Doing tricks off of launch ramps was popular then, and ultimately resulted in most of the breakage that warranted a deck replacement. I should also admit that several decks were shattered during adolescent fits of rage. Paint pens, possibly a top 100 amongst greatest twentieth century inventions, personalized the decks with design and text.

Here is another example of American junk culture: skateboarding. When 24th century anthropologists look back at 20th century american culture, do they lump it all together into one largely consumer culture? Or, do they seperate us into sects, where consumer interests define our groups? There is no doubt that skateboarding and music defined much of my person, as well as who I dated and who I hung around with.


Painted Bronze

Consider this an introduction to one part of a series of works that encompasses the idea of junk culture: specifically American junk culture. While many artists currently embrace American folk culture in their work, they subsequently ignore the honest source of folk culture. This is not a matter of aesthetically picking out objects, but realizing the cultural entities that define regional groups of Americans; or that define a majority of Americans. Budweiser is an American iconic product.
It is not uncommon to walk into a country gas station or pool hall in South Carolina to buy some brews and find Bud as the only option. A good ol' boy drinks Budweiser- plain and simple. My first beer in 9th grade: Budweiser in a can. The first beer I ever puked: you got it, Budweiser. Want to hang out in a country/western bar and fit in despite your Vans shoes or hippie haircut: hold a Bud. Budweiser is no doubt the common choice for the common southern American.
The Budweiser can of beer is my personal reference to Jasper Johns and American Pop Art. In a sense, Pop Art is/was often an early reference to American folk culture. In 1960, we just hadn't experienced the media and consumer environment long enough to determine how it fit into the larger context of American culture. Johns, in particular, is important to me because of his connection to South Carolina and the University of South Carolina where I earned my BFA in Studio Art. My interest in Johns and his work is what brought me here. What's also interesting with Johns' Painted Bronze, is that no literature considers the possibility that Ballantine may be a reference to his place of birth. Maybe it is, maybe it is not. The fact remains, Johns never revealed any meaning in the work and Ballantine is a town near where Johns grew up.
Jasper Johns. Painted Bronze. 1960. Oil on bronze
Overall: 5 1/2 x 8 x 4 3/4" (14 x 20.3 x 12 cm)


Caroliner Rainbow

Access to this live footage is exactly why Youtube rules. Out-fucking-standing!



In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrators James Braithwaite and Alex Kurina have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. A spellbinding vessel for Lennon's boundless wit and timeless message, I Met the Walrus was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short and won the 2009 Emmy for 'New Approaches' (making it the first film to win an Emmy on behalf of the internet).


Being There

Possibly one of the greatest American movies ever:

Be There

Be There from UNKLE on Vimeo.



Chappaqua, an independent film directed by Conrad Rooker. It was originally released in 1966. The film featured Jean-Louis Barrault, Conrad Rooker, William S. Burroughs, Alan Ginsberg, Ravi Shankar, Swami Satchidananda, Moondog, and Ornette Coleman. While most credit the Beatles' George Harrison for introducing Ravi Shankar to the west, this film actually predates their recordings while also bringing the first Swami onto American soil. Chappaqua provided an early look at what would ultimately become a foresight to a "trippy" generation. This film was completely funded by Rooker with no outside investors.


Pretty Things

Pretty Things, Raining in My Heart, 1966

Parable of Arable Land

Music from the Red Krayola album, Parable of Arable Land


Junk Culture

Tobacco - Fucked Up Friends DVD from strmlnd on Vimeo.

In 2008, Tobacco (Member of Black Moth Super Rainbow) released a soundtrack for a movie by Beta Carnage. This soundtrack ultimately became the album Fucked Up Friends. The movie contains a collection of cultural junk from television and movies. A truly brilliant production, Fucked Up Friends, is the first of now two productions under the Tobacco moniker.


H.R. Giger

Swedish surrealist, H.R. Giger, may be most known for his creation of the "Alien" creature. However, he is also known for his famous Dead Kennedys album cover for "Frankenchrist." The image titled Work 219: Landscape XX, but also known as Penis Lanscape, put the band in court for violating the California Penal Code in the distribution of harmful matter to minors.

Dead Kennedys

When asked what their favorite punk band could be, people are going to have a wide range of answers. Often, this answer is parallel to the generation in which one grew up. For me, it is undeniable- Dead Kennedys are by-and-large the greatest and most influential. Jello Biafra, East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride, and 6025 made up the original lineup. Their lyrics were strewn with social and political commentary that set the tone for my most formidable years growing up in socially and politically conservative South Carolina.


The Ruler

The indelible Slick Rick


Dinosaur Jr

Dinosaur Jr - Little Fury Things
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One of the Greatest band ever. Hands down. Amazing.


Taken from their Post-Punk album Second Empire Justice



Battlezone video game, 1980


Classic 1982 Sci-Fi thriller starring Jeff Bridges.


Mingo Junction Roundhouse, Ohio
Pennsylvania Railroad


The Roundhouse

David Byrne plays the Camden Roundhouse, where Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles and the Who have played. See the video for his New York version of the installation.

web design


complex numbers

Joukowski mapping, which maps the outside
of the unit circle onto the outside of the unit interval [-1,1]
one-to-one. Aaaaaah, the unit circle.



métallique circulaire

My Bloody Valentine

Only Shallow
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Oh, Bilinda Butcher. This songstress for My Bloody Valentine set the standard for every female crush I have had for years.

Big Black!

Easily one of my favorite punk rock bands: Big Black! Steve Albini introduced me to electronic music (sort of). His use of a drum machine was often criticized by some of my pals. It's here that I really began widening my musical taste. Somehow, I got from The Clash to Big Black! to Nurse with Wound all when I was a teen. While this may seem like nothing, my amazement is that it was done without the internet. Discoveries in underground music for a teen in the rural piedmont of South Carolina came through record liner notes, band acknowledgements, and zines. There were no search engines that produced related links, or music webstores to produce customized lists for customers who bought this, also bought...



Caravan Golf Girl 1971


Yo! This jam gots killer breaks.

Soft Machine

Soft Machine live 1967/68
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Live 1968- The original Soft Machine lineup of Robert Wyatt, Mike Ratledge and Kevin Ayers perform what is essentially Hope for Happiness.

Magnetic Fields

Magnetic Fields Strange Powers 1992

Aphrodite's Child

Aphrodite's Child End of the World 1969


In his first public performance since disaster put him in a wheelchair, Robert Wyatt sings the Monkees' I'm a Believer. On June 1, 1973, an inebriated Wyatt fell from Lady June's Maida Vale home fourth story window during a party. He had produced one album with his Matching Mole project, which he ultimately abandoned after being paralyzed from the waist down. This prompted Wyatt to embark on a solo vocal career and he essentially gave up drumming (although he made performances in more of a jazz style, using no kick drum). Soon after, Wyatt released an amazing album Rock Bottom with Mike Oldfield, Ivor Cutler, and Fred Frith. I'm a Believer was released the same year and made it to 29 in the UK charts. Both Rock Bottom and I'm a Believer were produced by Pink Floyd's Nick Mason.




the pool

kevin e. taylor | MySpace Video

Speaking of skating in Charleston, SC... A real cool dude in Kevin Taylor uploaded a short film onto Myspace that documents the infamous pool on George St. The pool was known across the state and kids like me put thousands of miles on their car to travel cross-state to skate it. Comprised mostly of stills, the film shows rare images of the supreme sessions enjoyed at the pool. @5:45- Video from a news story about the problems and destruction these hoodlum skaters are causing to public property. @8:57- a little snippet from the aforementioned Shepard Fairey. Ironically, the father of one of my best buds and a fellow Holy City skater was a city developer involved with filling the pool in. Kind'a sounds like an episode of the Brady Bunch, eh? I wonder if the kids will be able to save the pool! NOT

Andre the Giant has a posse

Andre the Giant has no posse like John Carpenter's posse. But being the teen in Charleston, SC that I was, I got to see lots of those stickers that have become OBEY. That is the land where Shepard Fairey grew up, along with a few more of us hoodlum skaters. I remember peeps taking these stickers everywhere they went. We were amazed when we saw them in random towns and cities. It's pretty cool to see the beginning of something like this. And to wonder if something remotely similar could ever happen to me... I mean, I was skating right there. That's pretty close, right?



Wizards, an animated film by Ralph Bakshi, 1977
An innovator of rotoscoping animation, Bakshi produced several movies in the 1970's, including: Fritz the Cat and Heavy Traffic. He is most known for The Hobbit, which Bakshi produced 2 years after this film. Wizards is a post-apocalyptic story where humans are extinct as a result of nuclear war.

Fantastic Planet, 1977

La Jetee

La Jetee, a film by Chris Marker, 1962



Strictly Business

EPMD Live 1989


Trouble Man

A must have soundtrack written and produced by Marvin Gaye. 1972 Tamala records.

6 minutes of comedy



Another great David Axelrod production. This one is posted for its illustrative value as much as musical. There should be no question why hip-hop peeps pillage this guy. This album is produced while Prestige is still the shit for jazz production. Soon after this album (around 1975), studio technology ruined the industry as it did with rock and other genres. Engineers took over studio production and their equipment overran creative influence. The complexity of an album's production became more important than just writing a good song. Look back at bands that produced records from the late 60's and throughout the 70's. If they survived past 1975, their albums became quite different and far less accessible. (See Soft Machine, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Roxy Music, etc.)
I wonder if our field is falling to a similar fate. It seems to be more important to have created ceramic art with 3D printers, casting technology, laser cutters, etc. than to have created something profound, good or unique. The ceramic world has fallen into the trap of technology and research. Like the recording engineers of the 70's, ceramics is moving further and further into the private studio and away from public interest. Needless to say, punk rock and metal responded to the musical trends of the 70's. What will happen to us?


Assfactor 4

College pals while we were at the University of South Carolina, Assfactor 4 is still one on my favorite punk bands. These were the days. This show is filmed at Senseless Beauty in 5 Points, Columbia, SC around 1995. Senseless Beauty was ultimately closed when its owner was arrested for distribution of LSD and pimping underage male prostitutes. Despite it's egregious owner, countless amazing shows played at this short-lived venue.



From the amazing Christian Fennesz album, Endless Summer.


aus from Tina Frank on Vimeo.

audio: Christian Fennesz
production: Mego
video: Skot
produced: 1998
re-issued on Editions Mego 2007

Irritationen und Überlagerungen bilden die wichtigsten technischen Aspekte bzw. Mittel, die in »Aus« eingesetzt werden. Kratzspuren und Körnigkeit des für das Video verwendeten Super 8-Materials werden darin ebenso exponiert und hervorgehoben, wie die plastische »Dehnbarkeit« und »Verflüssigung« alter Aufnahmen mittels Computerbearbeitung. Die Filmsequenzen (etwa von zwei älteren Frauen in der Küche bzw. kalifornischen Meerlandschaften) erscheinen wie durch kaum merkliche Filter überlagert, worin nicht zuletzt die Instabilität von visueller Erinnerungsarbeit ihren Ausdruck findet. Die Bilder sind zudem entlang der Musik rhythmisiert und werden in winzigen, ruckartigen Bewegungen vor und zurück »gescratcht«. Und immer wieder leicht kitschig wirkende Strandszenen bzw. sentimentale Varieté-Aufnahmen, deren Oberfläche in digitale Wallungen, ein computerisiertes Flirren, versetzt wird. Entscheidend ist auch die Sichtbarmachung der Bildrahmung und der Kadrierung des Ausgangsmaterials, die das Stück hindurch zunehmend in den Vordergrund gerückt wird.
Die Manipulierbarkeit und Fragilität der verwendeten Filme bilden damit zentrale Aspekte, die »Aus« – perfekt auf die leicht melancholische Musik abgestimmt – zur Schau stellt. So handelt das Video primär vom Abschiednehmen: von Erinnerungsbildern, von ungetrübter Materialqualität, schließlich von »alten« Medien insgesamt und deren Repräsentation der Welt.
(Christian Höller for
Irritation and layovers are the main technical aspects within »Aus«. Scratches and the graininess of the found footage (Super 8 film) are heavily exposed and emphasised. This can be seen within some kind of plastic ’extensibility’ or ’liquefaction’ of old movies by means of computers. The images are rhythmized along with the music moving forward and backward in single frames like being “scratched”.
It is important that one can see the framing and the projection itself; the possible manipulation und fragility of the chosen movies are central, fitting perfectly to the slightly melancholic music. In this way the video tells of saying goodbye: of memories and untroubled quality of the material, in the end of »old« media and its representation of the world.
¬ about skot
Mathias Gmachl and Tina Frank started collaborating under the name of Skot in 1997. “Playing and working with recorded visual material on the basis of live sampling and live construction of new forms of visual media” was their aim. Skot is no longer active since 2000. (Tina Frank)




The perfect skate shoe in 1988.

Jim Phillips

Sweet 80's Santa Cruz Speed Wheels logo by Jim Phillips

Phillips 66

from the 1989 Santa Cruz Speed Wheels team video "Speed Freaks"

Notice Jeff is wearing some of the first Airwalk shoes. This is back when they were actually cool to wear and a rip-off of Vans #36. One of the best vert skaters ever, Jeff Phillips shot himself X-Mas, 1993.


The Creation

I'm A Man performed in 1964 on the German TV show Beat Beat Beat

Gun Club

Gun Club performs My Dreams from the album Las Vegas Story on German TV show Konvoy. Lineup includes Patricia and Kid Congo. 1984

A Certain Ratio






One of many versions of Picasso's "Guernica" painted by Ron English



Open Studio Session: David Ellis - Catfish from freestyle collective on Vimeo.

"David Ellis lives and works in Brooklyn; where his "motion paintings" travel through time like music, where beats are orchestrated and performed on "drum paintings" stretched and tuned to bass, snare, etc. and played via analog drum machines propelled by air, where player pianos meet SP1200s meet improvisational wild style sign painting."


Black Mold: Metal Spiderwebs from Flemish Eye on Vimeo.

From Black Mold's debut album "Snow Blindness is Crystal Antz", this video is animated by Chad VanGaalen. Find out more at flemisheye.com

Psst...The End

Pssst...The End from Buck on Vimeo.



Broken Fingaz -Graffiti Stop Motion from Broken Fingaz on Vimeo.

First animation clip from Tant and Unga of the "broken fingaz crew" from Israel.
Music by Boreta and edIT of The Glitch Mob


Malaventura's Audiovisual sampler (in action) from malaventura on Vimeo.

Recorded Live, made with Quartz Composer for the Video & Ableton Live for the audio.



Visual Music - Amon Tobin music video from 12FRAMES on Vimeo.

This short was selected by ONEDOTZERO and screened
as a part of the international program "terrain 09".
A music video about a man trapped in a dream. His world, consisting of "plattenbauten" (buildings made with precast concrete slabs) begins to fall apart...

The Interrogation of the Good_Bertold Brecht

//extension du domaine de la lutte/pussykrew// from pussykrew on Vimeo.

We have created a system in which it is simply impossible to live...
"Hear us then: we know.
You are our enemy(...)
We shall put you in front of a good wall and shoot you
With a good bullet from a good gun and bury you
With a good shovel in the good earth."

The Interrogation of the Good_Bertold Brecht


Efterklang - "Cutting Ice To Snow" from Herzliya Films on Vimeo.

"Cutting Ice To Snow"
From the album Parades

Directed by Jeremiah Zagar
Produced by Jeremy Yaches
Cinematography by Erik Messerschmidt
Edited by Adam Saewitz & Angshuman Ghosh
Title Design by Jonah Birns

Featuring deleted footage and alternate takes from the award-winning documentary "In A Dream." The film premiered on HBO2 on August 19th, 2009.


A Short Film by Cara Stricker and Midnight Juggernauts from midnight juggernauts on Vimeo.



Laurence Lane

From the exhibition on Ekleksographia
Wave Two: William Blake and the Naked Tea Party
(also includes two of my musical favorites Nick Blinko and David Tibet)

Nick Blinko

Nick Blinko from his early days with death punk band Rudimentary Peni.



The portable rekkid player brand.