18 Nov 2019

My Kid Could Do That

I have this idea that the work of Cy Twombly is most often the reason why flabbergasted art viewers might make use of the well known retort to a perceived mess before them: MY KID COULD DO THAT. Is Cy Twombly an acquired taste? Are there pre-requisites to an appreciation of his work? Is his work like the album you listen and listen to and then suddenly, on the fourth or fifth or sixth listen, it hits you?

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Cy Twombly, Treatise on the Veil (detail), 1968, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
19 Oct 2019

Exhibition: Zoom In

I'm very happy to announce I will be showing work in a group exhibition titled Zoom In at the Rietveldpaviljoen in Amersfoort. I'll be showing a selection of photography-based digital composites and hand-made pigment print constructions, with a few odds and ends mixed-in.

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RGB no.1, pigment print, 85 x 85 cm (33.46 x 33.46 in), 2012, edition of 6 + 1 AP
11 Oct 2019

The First Real Party Since the War

A Film Fantasy

Within a few days Anne [Dunn] and Michael [Wishart] were engaged...Their wedding displayed the extravagance of those accustomed to enjoying wealth without possessing it themselves. The party was held at the [Sir John Everett] Millais studio, where Francis [Bacon] painted his chandeliers crimson and his face a pale shade of pink.

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Historical marker at Sir John Everett Millais' home and studio in the 1860's and 1870's, 7 Cromwell Place, South Kensington, London. Photo by Martin Beek.
10 Sep 2019

On Serious Grounds

A few years ago, I began making a list of phrases that I kept hearing over and over again from U.S. politicians, elected officials and their spokespersons, phrases that were transmitted — you could even say replicated — through the numerous media channels whose hosts and publications echoed the phrasing in the daily, rolling dictation of current events: WikileaksblacksiterefugeeWMDdroneArabSpringsurveillanceterrorNSAdrownchemicaldigital…

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Serious Grounds with Screen no.3 (left) in the exhibit "Screens", October–December 2017, De Observant, Amersfoort, Netherlands
24 Jun 2019

Son Bleu de Chauffe

… It wasn't until I read Kamel Daoud's book The Meursault Investigation a year or two later that I was able to feel a bit more comfortable with what I had done to Camus' book in 2014. The work was originally born out of an interest in combining word and image in a single gesture…

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Le Ciel (L'Étranger), pg.86, book page, pigment print inlay, 11.8 x 18.5 cm (4.65 x 7.28 in), 2014
04 Apr 2019

Hand-made

Three Quotes

"… I knew all these people who were working on kind of cutting edge technologies who also dressed like blacksmiths and they drank coffee in places filled with blackboards and kind of mid-century wooden furniture…"

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03 Feb 2019

Asking for a Friend

Well, my gosh. Don’t know about you, but I’m relieved we finally got this 16 year-old to come clean about any potential conflicts of interest.

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30 Jan 2019

The Art Critic

Failed as teacher and artist, I’ve decided to be a critic. An artwork is born through blood, sweat and tears but I only need a bit of art-gibberish…

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The Art Critic, by Daniël Herbert van der Poll (1877-1963), 1927, Berko Fine Paintings, Knokke-Heist, Belgium, www.berkofinepaintings.com
06 Nov 2018

Luis Camnitzer, 81 years-old today

Luis Camnitzer is 81 years old today. I came across an image of his work from 1973 titled “Coca-Cola Bottle Filled With a Coca-Cola Bottle” one day. It stopped me in my tracks. It was the first image of one of his works I had ever seen. First time I had heard his name…

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Luis Camnitzer, Coca-Cola Bottle Filled with a Coca-Cola Bottle, 1973, Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich