Thursday, November 27, 2008

Notes: New Book Idea “A Pin In It”


Made it to Beth’s family’s house in PA. Tired, but restless and can’t sleep.

Book Idea: “A Pin In It”

Self published softcover, laid out on scanner. Handwritten + typed, with photos. Short, personal, strange – dump for writings from past few years. Probably include Merry Christmas.

Title from “On Art: Two people see a butterfly and one will want to put a pin in it.”

Way to move on from past works and towards something new – Gray Days ties up most film work till 2008, this should tie up writing and any other homeless pictures. Starting new for 2009 – looking forward.

Happy thanksgiving, everyone

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 4:25 am  

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Yard Sale!


Hey guys, I need to free up some cash to buy frames for my next show and get rid of some stuff. I’ve put up a whole lot of DVDs, Comic Books, and random things at Ebay. A lot has free shipping, or will if combined. Check it out here!

And if you bid, thanks. I really appreciate it.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 8:02 pm  

Friday, November 14, 2008

Al Franken and Jim Martin


Hey guys – this is really important. Both these races are really close – and I’ll probably be on the ground here in georgia trying to get the votes out for Jim Martin. There’s not much I can do besides donate for Franken, but the race is really close, and with all the voting issues that would be corrected upon a recount, it’s really important that we make sure they actually COUNT THE VOTES.

Al Franken is an amazing guy, practically started the only progressive talk radio station, Air America, which gives great news and opinion, and he’s fought on so many important issues. Also, he’s funny as hell and a great speaker, something we could really use in the senate… but since he’s a celebrity, he’s also a cause celeb among the right wing – they’ve been pouring in tons of money towards beating him down.

So give this a thought, see if you’ve got a bit to spare. Those two votes could mean the difference on a lot of laws – and we want Barack to actually be able to enact his policies.

-Ian

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Eli Pariser, MoveOn.org Political Action <moveon-help@list.moveon.org>
Date: Fri, Nov 14, 2008 at 3:10 PM
Subject: Al Franken needs our help
To: Ian Adams <ian@ianadamsphoto.com>

Dear MoveOn member,You’ve probably heard the news: Al Franken is just 206 votes away from winning back progressive hero Paul Wellstone’s Senate seat for Democrats. A recount of Minnesota’s 3 million votes begins next week, and an initial canvass found hundreds of previously undercounted votes for Franken.1

Franken has a great shot: political website FiveThirtyEight.com (one of the most credible number-crunching sites) wrote this week, “Evidence points on balance toward Franken being a slight favorite to win the recount” and possibly “the prohibitive favorite” if all the votes are properly counted. 2

But Republican incumbent Norm Coleman has already gone to court once trying to block vote counting—and he announced that over 100 lawyers will help him mount legal challenges.3 Franken needs money to fight back.

And that’s not the only major opportunity in the Senate. In Georgia, Democrat Jim Martin could defeat another Republican Senator in a big run-off election taking place in three weeks.

Can you help Al Franken and Jim Martin raise the funds they need to win these important races? Click here to learn more and contribute:

https://pol.moveon.org/give/postelection08.html?id=15121-8988732-qBLKTIx&t=1

Barack Obama will need every Democratic senator he can get in order to pass a bold agenda on issues like the economy, health care, clean energy, and the Iraq war.

Just this week, some top Obama aides went down to Georgia to help Jim Martin win.4 And Al Franken’s campaign announced, “We’re dispatching observers and legal help to every recount table in the state to ensure that every vote is counted properly. And it means that we have to keep our campaign up and running.”

Now is the time both campaigns really need our help. Can you chip in? Just click here:

https://pol.moveon.org/give/postelection08.html?id=15121-8988732-qBLKTIx&t=2

Thanks for all you do.

–Eli, Adam R., Nita, Adam G., and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. “Coleman leads Franken by 206 votes,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 11, 2008
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51026&id=15121-8988732-qBLKTIx&t=3

2. “More Minnesota Madness,” FiveThirtyEight.com, November 10, 2008
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51019&id=15121-8988732-qBLKTIx&t=4

“Minnesota Recount: Number of Discrepancies May Be Low,” FiveThirtyEight.com, November 11, 2008
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51020&id=15121-8988732-qBLKTIx&t=5

3. “Coleman campaign asks Ramsey County judge to halt count of 32 Minneapolis absentee ballots; request denied,” St. Paul Pioneer Press, November 8, 2008
http://www.twincities.com/ci_10936725?source=most_viewed

“Getting all lawyered up for Senate recount,” Minneapolis Star-Tribune, November 12, 2008
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51022&id=15121-8988732-qBLKTIx&t=6

4. “Obama aides heading to Georgia for Martin,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 11, 2008
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51021&id=15121-8988732-qBLKTIx&t=7

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 4:23 pm  

Friday, November 14, 2008

Pause To Begin – Multimedia and Matthew Gamber


Here’s a trailer for Pause to Begin, which is essentially a modern photography roadtrip.

It’s a nice video, but not heavy on the quick facts. Basically, Ethan Jones and David Wright held a call for entries, after which they traveled around the country finding and speaking to the selected photographers.

They dropped by Savannah to talk to one of my ex-teachers (he’s since left SCAD), Matthew Gamber, whose work I really enjoy. If all these damn websites weren’t flash, I’d feature a couple of my favorites for you guys.

The project they featured of his on Pause to Begin was Countrypolitan, which he talks about in some depth on their site here. Click on Multimedia to hear the interview.

I like how his series is, very honestly, about “looking at things.” I think my work shares a bit with that, although sometimes it may be “feeling moments.”

Here’s another video with Matt, at a show in Savannah. I’m probably milling about somewhere outside.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 1:34 pm  

Friday, November 14, 2008

Repost: Chris Sharp on Joe Bradley


Joe Bradley

CANADA, New York, USA

image

This will be a very un-politically correct piece of art criticism. The faint of heart are encouraged to stop reading now. That said, I was recently impressed to hear a New York artist criticize, with distinctly un-PC disdain, a fellow artist for producing work that was ‘not retarded enough’. ‘Retardation’ being the acme of advanced art and any un-self-conscious betrayals of earnest intelligence an act of philistinism, it is as if, over the course of the past five years, a kind of compulsory Dada has integrated itself into the fabric of a good deal of New York art-making. The higher the ‘durr’-factor, the better, apparently, the art. And with this exhibition at CANADA, entitled ‘Schmagoo Paintings’, Joe Bradley has thrown down the ‘durr’ gauntlet. Because it doesn’t get much more retarded than this.

Departing from the slightly less ‘durr’ primary-colour minimalist figures he showed at the Whitney Biennial this year, Bradley has produced an exhibition of seven mid-size ‘paintings’ on unprimed canvases (all works 2008). Six of the seven works bluntly feature stick figures, grease-pencil drawings which can be read as: a human figure, a fish in an open mouth, a cross, a Superman symbol, the number 23, and a line towards the bottom of a canvas (a deadpan mouth?) – while the seventh, titled Untitled (Schmutz Painting), bears nothing but the dirt from the floor upon which it was stretched. There is, incidentally, a lot of schmutz, for the same reason, on the other works as well.

One thing that can said about Bradley’s work is that it responds to the art-fair attention-span of our time. It can (and should) be consumed in no less than the time it takes to walk in, chortle, and walk out of the gallery. When Martin Barré (a very generous reference) did just as little with white canvases and black spray paint in the early 1960s, it was radical and even beautiful. But here and now with Bradley it is just plain dumb, though that is the point. Whether I, or anyone, likes it or dislikes it is actually beside the point. Which is also very much the point. This kind of work wields the uncanny ability to render all who enter its orbit complicit. It’s a kind of 2008 Lower East Side counterpart to Jeff Koons – though rendered much more poorly. Squarely operating within a paradigm of post-sincerity – it is neither sincere or insincere, having transcended such issues – its mere existence acts as a cerebral black hole, engendering critical paralysis. Any possible reaction you may have to it has been foreseen and theoretically integrated into the work, such that reacting is vain. Whether you like it or not, you’re a fool. And if you profess indifference to it you’re likewise a fool, because such painterly antics require a stand that no one can make. It’s like a work of high modernist fiction – Borges, or Cortazar perhaps – in which you realize that you are part of the plot, but by the time you do – standing in front of the painting or reading this review – it’s too late.

Chris Sharp

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 4:51 am  

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Playing Solitaire


It took a lot of solitaire, but I’ve got a pretty solid first draft of Gray Days… or whatever I’m going to end up titling it. It’s pretty hard to shake the name, and it seems like almost any name could work.

I’m know some people are wondering what I’ve been up to – and besides the election this has been it.

It’s been really tough, because I want to scan new negatives and actually work on print files for the book, but until this last week I’ve been stuck with shuffling around prints I’ve made from internet sized jpgs – because of this:


That’s my external storage unit, a drobo. See those lights on the right? They are not green, which means I’m in hell. Actually, they are blinking green, so I am in purgatory while it tries to save my data. If they were solid red, I might be looking for tall unguarded bridges.

I got the thing to make my life easier, but about a month ago it crapped out and I couldn’t access any of the four 1 terrabyte hardrives in there. There’s about 1.7tb of work – every digital photograph I’ve ever taken, all my negative scans, book layouts, website code, etc, etc. Scared the crap out of me. I’ve finally got access to the information again, but this failure coupled with having to build a completly new computer after a motherboard failure the week before that has kept me a bit out of the loop. The only thing I’ve really been able to do besides struggling to meet my deadlines has been following the election.

Now the election is over and things are getting calmer, I can focus on some of the other things on my to-do lists. Beth and I shot a wonderful wedding a couple weeks ago, and now I can finally scan all the film and finish the digital shots. I’m sending out half of the Obama fundraising prints (bet you feel proud) tomorrow, and should be done with all of them in a couple weeks. After that, I’ll have a first edition of the Gray Days book up on blurb sometime soon after thanksgiving – I’m hoping to send out a couple copies as holiday presents.

The blurb books won’t be available forever though – print on demand, but a very limited edition. If you own one, it’s one of under ten of each worldwide. I’m going to eventually be making the books small runs on fine art book presses (probably in asia, possibly through a press in the netherlands). I’ve looked into a couple publishers, but I’m just not sure there’s a benefit to having anyone else handle distribution for me. I don’t see my books selling much in barnes and noble anyway – I might as well continue to sell through my website and in person. So I’ll have to do two things: get cash to start a print run without further overextending my student loans, and contact a few people to write introductions. If you’re an art critic, a short fiction writer, a poet, or a delightful lunatic/codger, or perhaps even all of the above, get in touch. I’ve already sent out an email to one highly respected peer, hopefully they will bite.

Oh, beth says hi.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 3:18 am  

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Landslide Motherfuckers!


thanks everyone

I’ll be cynical of government again in the morning, but right now, lets just pat ourselves on the back a bit. I’m proud.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 1:33 am  

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

More Deception


“We need your help to spread the word. In many states people have received deceptive text messages and emails saying that because of long lines, they should wait to vote until Wednesday. Of course that is not true. Today is the final day to vote! “

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 7:02 pm  

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

One More Day


posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 11:24 am  

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day Post Spectacular!


Hey everyone! I hope you’ve voted already by the time you read this, but if you still haven’t, you’ve probably got a little time! Go do it!

Obviously, I’m supporting Barack Obama this election, and I hope you vote for him. Don’t forget the senate and rep seats up for grabs either (did you know Al Franken is running this election for senate? Not even kidding.) I don’t want to hear any whining about the lesser of two evils or not being able to tell the differences between the candidates. If you care about Women’s Health, Arts Funding, hell, even a little thing called The War – there are pretty stark differences. But hell, if you don’t know by now, I’m not sure what I can do to beat you over the head with it.

There’s a lot to be hopeful for, and a little to be scared about. I voted at 7am this morning (right after a local judge candidate, which was fun) with Beth in our little GA polling place. We got up at 5 to wait in line, and while there were only 3 people there at 6am, there’s a huge amount now. So remember to get there as early as possible, bring something to read, some water and snacks. Also an umbrella if you live in Savannah, it’s looking a little gray.

If you’re like us, you’re voting on one of these menaces to society:

We have no paper trail here, which is pretty scary. I’m still holding out hope for some semblance of a fair election. Keep a close eye on No More Stolen Elections – http://www.nomorestolenelections.org/ for updates. Lastly, here’s a little more useful information from Moveon.org. NOW GO VOTE ALREADY.


Election 2008 Voting Information

Today, November 4th, is Election Day! Remember to vote—not just for Barack Obama, but for Congressional, state, and local candidates as well.

Where and when do I vote?

Find your polling place, voting times, and other important information by checking out these sites and the hotline below. These resources are good, but not perfect. To be doubly sure, you can also contact your local elections office.

What should I do before I go?

  • After you’ve entered your address on either Vote For Change or Vote411, read the voting instructions and special rules for your state.
  • Voting ID laws vary from state to state, but if you have ID, bring it.
  • Check out all the voting myths and misinformation to look out for: http://truth.voteforchange.com/

What if something goes wrong?

  • Not on the voter list? Make sure you’re at the right polling place, then demand a provisional ballot.
  • If you’re voting on an electronic machine with a paper record, verify that the record is accurate.
  • Need legal help? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
  • Try to get video of the problem and submit it to VideoTheVote.org

Want to do more?

Now everybody go vote!!!

If you’ve already voted, here’s a guide to online election coverage.

You can also check out The Young Turks for some angry liberal online coverage. Myself, I’ll probably be flipping back and forth between various TV channels while working during the day, and keeping an eye on some decidedly pro-obama biased blogs for some feel good news until it gets later. Then if it’s going well, it will be watching Fox just to see them squirm and some good old Stewart/Colbert live coverage later on. Happy Election Day everyone!

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 8:39 am