Archive for November 2009

Karin Apollonia Müller

Karin Apollonia Müller is one of my favourite photographers. She takes soft photographs of Los Angeles that are at once beautiful and uneasy, quiet, lonely and on the brink of disaster, showing a version of the city that is entirely different from the Los Angeles of the popular imagination. When her work was shown at The Photographer's Gallery in London they wrote:

[Müller] grew up on a Rhine river barge. Her father, the captain, built her a swing and she remembers swinging high above the boat, flying and floating above the landscape. This experience of being in a place out of place, is echoed in her work. She says, 'I give testimony to my own perspective of a world which produces a state of constant exile, where we are banished from such comforting notions as "centre" or "home". I am an emigrant, not in the sense of a foreign worker, expelled citizen or refugee, but through my understanding of myself as a homeless being, floating and reflecting.

How immigrant artists, particularly photographers, see their environments is something that I am very drawn to and I think this is a deeply compelling aspect to how Müller's work functions. At the same time, the socio-political, ecological and aesthetic content of her photographs look to me like the visual manifestation of Mike Davis's writings on Los Angeles as an apocalyptic space.

See more of Karin Apollonia Müller's work on her website.

Feminality Art Show

Please come out this Saturday night to support my good friend Amy Botello as well as other upcoming female artists in the Feminality Show at Hive Gallery from 1pm-10pm. There are some really amazing female artists involved here and you can check out some samples of their work here:

Jenny Holzer at Fondation Beyeler

VernissageTV has two videos of the projections that are part of Jenny Holzer's current exhibit at Fondation Beyeler in Riehen/Basel, Switzerland. The exhibit includes projections on significant sites in both Basel and Zurich.

Holzer's Twitter feed is the one of the best things about Twitter.

Invisible City

Invisible City Issue 06 is now online, featuring artwork and writing by:

Jeff Luker, Matthew Woodward, Dave Proctor, Heidi Kenyon, Susanne Willuhn, Peter Tonkin, Helena Kvarnström, Lee Salmone, Joshua McCrimmon, Ryan Parker, Holly Wilson and Christian Fuller.

Invisible City is edited and published by Marlaina Read, an Australian photographer who makes beautiful, dizzying pictures that explore "ideas of pause and delay in relation to how people view both still and moving images."

Unfortunate Day for Women's Rights...

If the Stupak Amendment--supported by the religious right AND left and the bishop's group-- is ultimately in the final draft of the healthcare bill, it is a major setback for women's rights. It's getting tiresome to listen to Democrats talk the talk about protecting women's reproductive rights, and then using them time and again as a throwaway barter chip in the eleventh hour. Imagine if men's health issues were on the table-- let's just say no erectile dysfunction or prostate cancer's infuriating that our rights just keep getting chipped away. And this is not about the upper/middle class who can afford it. It's about the female poor and lower classes who NEED reproductive choices, and will be unable to afford them. It's about chipping and chipping away at our rights until illegal and unsafe abortions become common again.

Because of the limits placed on the exchanges, most of the participants will have some form of premium credit or affordable subsidy. That means most will be ineligible for abortion coverage. The idea that people are going to go out and purchase separate "abortion plans" is both cruel and laughable. If this amendment passes, it will mean that virtually all women with insurance through the exchange who find themselves in the unwanted and unexpected position of needing to terminate a pregnancy will not have coverage for the procedure. Abortion coverage will not be outlawed in this country. It will simply be tiered, reserved for those rich enough to afford insurance themselves or lucky enough to receive from their employers. (Ezra Klein, Washington Post)
Seeing the Democrats celebrating this "historic victory" at the cost of women's freedoms when it comes to their own bodies is tremendously sad, and I can't help but think when people brush it off..."well I'd rather have that than nothing..." that it's a slippery slope once all that we've fought for thus far starts crumbling away at the expense of political gambling.

Additionally, a must-read article by Taylor Marsh on the Huffington post is here: In Pelosi's House, 64 Democrats Sell Women Out.

For action you can take now, please see Planned Parenthood or NARAL.