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Today I went to see Joy Garnett’s Edham the Orientalist (from the series “Tracing the Covers of Nonexistent Books”) at the Winkleman Gallery.

The Wayland Rudd Collection at Winkleman Gallery
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Afterwards I wondered off to Derek Eller Gallery where I saw Michelle Segre’s show titled Symptoms of Escape Velocity
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From there I moved to James Cohan Gallery, where Simon Evans had his Edible Landscape show.
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The commercial garbage of the day was the next one, Alex Prager’s Face in the Crowd. It seemed as if Bernardo Bertolucci wanted to make art and ended up looking like Atom Egoyan.
The ultimate find of the day was the last exhibit, 1960’s minimalist  Julije Knifer’s first solo exhibition in the US, at the Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery.
In the case of Joy Garnett, I am biased. Michelle Segre and Simon Evans reminded me of William Pope L. and David Hammons. Perhaps, not the ones pictured above by me but the others in the gallery. Alex Prager was what it was. But, Julije Knifer, although an unapologetic minimalist, he had a sense of humor. That was amazing.

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Update: please note that The Guardian piece linked below is from 2008

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Was James Lovelock the first credible scientist to go public with his acceptance of the coming catastrophes of climate change, economic collapse and massive food and water shortages? How many of his colleagues will follow as recognition grows of an end not yet arrived?

Nothing short of a total revolution in human lifeways and social organization is going to derail the accelerating machines of capitalist production. The now standard economies of appropriation and commodified material reorganization are devouring the ecological systems necessary for stable large scale habitation.  “Greening” our communities won’t help and our corporate citizens will continue to do the minimum necessary to appear concerned about sustainability. Growth-mongers and technohyperions alike will drive our societies to the brink and then fail to escape as we this species falls into the abyss of all future adaptations.

Below Lovelock…

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Understanding Empire: Technology, Power, Politics

Trevor Paglen has released these birds-eye photos of the NSA (National Security Agency, the “signals” intelligence organization, $10.8 billion dollar budget), the NRO (National Reconnaissance Office – in control of U.S. satellites, $10.3 billion dollar budget), and the NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency – the mapping [GIS] agency, $4.9 billion dollar budget). As Paglen notes, much of the discussion of the U.S.’ surveillance state lacks a physical, or spatial component. These nightime images, taken from a helicopter, are reminders of the enormous footprint that collecting planetary-wide data actually makes in the ground. Here’s the images, which can be freely distributed.

NRO, Chantilly, VirginiaNGA, Springfield, VirginiaNSA, Fort Meade, Maryland

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