divendres, de gener 27, 2006


my collage
nagel house is minimalist sculpture juxtaposed on the landscape. there is also a view of the tower

Nagel House (see: fucking walter gropius, below)

the following is the natural result of being dragged into a flurry of emails exchanged between various parts of my mother's family trying to decide on when to take a cruise (i sent these to the whole fam.):

Barcelona, Parc Guell, Antoni Gaudi
La Pedrera, Antoni Gaudi
just because

This week has been okay, we have literally been living and breathing our houses, and i'm confident that I (like Pierre Minard rewriting Don Quijote) could build the house from scratch exactly the way chester nagel did. Next i think we will go out and actually eat the house. perhaps then we will come to some sort of conclusion. All the studios met today in the attic to get the next assignment (my studio got it yesterday); i do not miss that room one bit.
I feel really good about this semester and things are looking up. I have to go home to pack up all of my shit. well, probably not all.

dimarts, de gener 17, 2006

I realized that i usually don't credit photos, most of which i find on the internet, and that this may lead to some confusion. Well, unless i say it's mine then it might be one i found, or it might be one i took. And you thought the confusion was over.
I found the pic above.

dijous, de gener 12, 2006

dilluns, de gener 09, 2006


what i've read over the break:
Haunted, Chuck Palahniuk
The Informers, Bret Easton Ellis (i've now read everything by him)
House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
five stories from 'Labyrinths', Jorge Luis Borges, who is a fucking genius, and who obviously influenced House of Leaves

Books on the ole to do list (they wait patiently on my shelf):
The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe
Mao II, Don Delillo
East of Eden, John Steinbeck (fuck you, oprah)
The Plague, Albert Camus
The Divine Comedy, Dante
The Power and the Glory, Graham Greene
Under Fire, Henri Barbusse
Lullaby, Chuck Palahniuk
Anthem, Ayn Rand
The Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe
For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
Spanking the Donkey, Matt Taibbi
The Elegant Universe, Brian Greene

I am bored.

Before i go back to Austin later this week, i must stop by the Menil to see the Calder show and the MFA to see the Basquiat show again, it's that good, or he's that good.
Went by the old high school to see a couple of teachers and chat a bit. It's weird going back there.

El Instante

Dónde estarán los siglos, dónde el sueño
de espadas que los tártaros soñaron,
dónde los fuertes muros que allanaron,
dónde el Árbol de Adán y el otro Leño?
El presente está solo. La memoria
erige el tiempo. Sucesión y engaño
es la rutina del reloj. El año
no es menos vano que la vana historia.
Entre el alba y la noche hay un abismo
de agonías, de luces, de cuidados;
el rostro que se mira en los gastados
espejos de la noche no es el mismo.
El hoy fugaz es tenue y es eterno;
otro Cielo no esperes, ni otro Infierno.

Jorge Luis Borges

dissabte, de gener 07, 2006

I love being an uncle

My trip to Sherman was nice, got to really experience the work of christ first hand...
seriously, it was a nice small town refuge before its back to school. and i convinced my Brother-in-law to read 'Heart of Darkness' which is a great book.
I watched a fantastic football game on wednesday; i really am not a fan of sports but christmas will be renamed to vince young-mas and it wil be moved to vince young's birthday.
My bother-in-law and I destroyed some beer bottles w/ his .40 S&W and a Walther .22
I didn't bring my .32
that was fun, even if my ears were ringing for hours afterward.

I made two sidetrips, one on my way to sherman (nasher) and one on my way out (kimbell/MAMFW).
that was cool. The nasher is quite impressive, though it would be nice to see them put the offices off-site and maximize the interior gallery space. I even saw Mr. Nasher in the conference room. I should've cursed him for being cheap and making people pay to look at the art.
the kimbell is spectacular, though i didn't feel like shelling out $10 to see the gauguin show. louis kahn was good at what he did.
MAMFW is cool as ever, though i was in a hurry and only rushed in to take some photos. and of course play in the big sculpture outside.
I found a 'Series 7: the contenders' DVD at hasting's in sherman. I was so happy, and of all places, i find it in little quasi-oklahoma hickville.
Tonight roy and i threw waterproof firecrackers into the bayou and watched as they quietly detonated below the surface, disturbing a rat/possum(?) that was [____]ing under the bridge.
I realized somthing on my drive into Dallas: i have come to associate DFW w/ bleak landscapes of dry, dead grass fields and bare trees because in the last 14 years since i moved away, i usually have only gone back during the fall/winter to visit family. So maybe i wouldn't get that cold feeling of emptiness if i went in the summer...
nah, dallas blows.

My roommate called the house today while i was on the road and invited me to meet up w/ him (and apparently other houston-based archies that he knows) for a 12-hour tour of the city tommorrow. I dunno, it starts at 8, which is far too early, and i wouldn't really be seeing anything new, but i appreciate the invite nonetheless.

House of leaves, by Mark Danielewski, is one hell of a book. it's a -dare i say it- tour de force.

The mama pajama rolled out of bed, and she ran to the police station
When the papa found out, he began to shout, and he started the investigation
It's against the law, it was against the law
What the mama saw, it was against the law.
The mama looked down and spit on the ground ev'ry time my name gets mentioned
The papa say "Oy, if I get that boy
I'm gonna stick him in the house of detention."
Well, I'm on my way, I don't know where I'm goin',
I'm on my way, I'm takin' my time, but I don't know where.

Goodbye to Rosie, the Queen of Corona
See you, me and Julio down by the schoolyard
See you, me and Julio down by the schoolyard

In a couple of days they come and take me away
But the press let the story leak
And when the radical priest come to get me released
We's all on the cover of Newsweek
and I'm on my way, I don't know where I'm goin'
I'm on my way, I'm takin' my time, but I don't know where

Goodbye to Rosie, the Queen of Corona
See you, me and Julio down by the schoolyard
See you, me and Julio down by the schoolyard
See you, me and Julio down by the schoolyard

fotos mios

John Chamberlain is one cool dude...

Guess who they voted for...
impromptu architecture lesson w/ my nephew...