Archives for the month of: April, 2016


Yesterday’s work.



Warning Signs of Satanic Behavior. Training video for police, 1990



(1891 – 1976), Die Anatomie als Braut (Anatomie jeune mariée), 1921, Illustrations de magazines avec rehauts de gouache et de mine graphite découpées et collées sur papier, 10,7 x 7,8 cm, Paris, Centre Pompidou

© Georges Meguerditchian – Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI /Dist. RMN-GP
© Adagp, Paris


Poster for the unfilmed Decapitron (1989)


Jack Smith’s Early Experiments in Color

Unlike the majority of his contemporary art photographers in the late fifties Jack Smith concentrated on experiments with color photography, at least for a few years.  I’m not sure where he got the money for it, seeing as it was a pretty expensive process; perhaps not as costly as it had been a few years before he took it up, but still…..I can only assume he had a few wealthy admirers willing to foot the bills.  (Of course it’s true he hardly ever spent any money on food.  His skills in table diving have been held up for my admiration by more than one of his old friends.)  Here you see a few of the fruits of this great collective effort that he managed to sustain for a few years. Among the collaborators one might recognize from previous exposure are the film maker, Ken Jacobs, and Jack’s co-star from Star Spangled to Death, Jerry Sims.  Reese Haire, who appeared with them in Scotch Tape makes a few appearances here; as well as Jack, Dr. Madman himself.


Francesca Woodman, Untitled (Self-Portrait, Boulder, Colorado),1972-75


NE Portland Cat


Phenakistoscope – France – c. 1833


April 26th 1986: Chernobyl nuclear disaster


this day in 1986, a reactor exploded at the Chernobyl nuclear power
station in Ukraine, creating the world’s worst nuclear disaster.
Radioactive smoke was let into the atmosphere which spread across the
Soviet Union and Europe. Thirty-one members of staff and emergency
workers died
directly due to the accident, but many others died from diseases – often
cancer – resulting from exposure to radiation. Hundreds of thousands of
eventually had to be evacuated and resettled due to contamination of
areas of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. The disaster raised questions of
the safety of nuclear power and encouraged the Soviet government to
become more open. Only two nuclear accidents have been classified as
level seven on the International Nuclear Event Scale – Chernobyl and the

Fukushima Daiichi disaster of 2011.

“For the first time ever, we have confronted in reality the sinister power of uncontrolled nuclear energy.”
– Mikhail Gorbachev

30 years ago today