Monthly Archives: May 2010



Fernando Cueto Amorsolo (The Philippines 1892-1972), “Lavenderas”, sold for US$ 433,992 establishing a new record for the artist at auction. Photo: Christie’s Images Ltd 2010.

HONG KONG.- Christie’s Hong Kong Spring 2010 sale of Southeast Asian Modern and Contemporary Art marks a 33% increase over the Fall 09 sale total. More than 10 records were set for both established and emerging artists from both the modern and contemporary sections, including the top lot, Italian painter-traveler Romualdo Locatelli’s Bali picture, “Young Balinese Girl with Hibiscus”, which broke all previous records, selling for HK$6.02million (US$773,000). The extremely rare and early Fernando Cueto Amorsolo painting, “Lavenderas”, sold for a resounding HK$3.38million (US$434,000), a new world auction record for the artist.


Dennis Hopper reads a poem on The Johnny Cash Show


If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with triumph and disaster

And treat those two imposters just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on”;

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with kings—nor lose the common touch;

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And—which is more—you’ll be a Man my son!

—Rudyard Kipling

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Dennis Hopper (1936 – 2010)


Dennis Hopper (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010)



(Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6)


(Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5)


(Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 , Part 6, Part 7)

“Like all artists, I want to cheat death a little and contribute something to the next generation.” – Dennis Hopper


New York Times

Washington Post (Career in photos)




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Literary Tattoos: I Go Back to May 1937

This awesome tattoo belongs to Molly:

This tattoo was inspired by a trip to Bread Loaf this summer, where I studied poetry with Ellen Bryant Voigt.  I have always admired the ways we can re-imagine poems outside of typical lineation, how poems can become sculptures and books can be objects of art with textures and breath.  A bit of fortune converged with my desire:  I have a dear friend in my MFA program whose husband happens to be a tattoo artist, and that husband just so wanted to spend some time on a letterpress, and I had just acquired a Kelsey platen press.  A trade was proposed, and Shawn designed the whole thing with wings in mind, something that would also resemble lungs and breathing and the lift of freedom at the end of Sharon Olds‘ oft-studied “I Go Back to May 1937.” The poem is there, on my arm, in its entirety.  Olds is my most beloved living poet, and this poem speaks to me with my own work–taking life experiences and professing:  “Do what you are going to do, and I will tell about it.”  Olds once said that poetry comes out of her lungs, and now I have this reminder, this collection of gorgeous language, that tells me again and again:  don’t forget to breathe, don’t forget who you are.

You can view Molly’s Flickr set for more pictures of the tattoo’s progress.

The tattoo was done by Shawn Hebrank of Identity Tattoo in Maplewood, Minnesota.

I Go Back to May 1937

by Sharon Olds:

I see them standing at the formal gates of their colleges,

I see my father strolling out

under the ochre sandstone arch, the

red tiles glinting like bent

plates of blood behind his head, I

see my mother with a few light books at her hip

standing at the pillar made of tiny bricks with the

wrought-iron gate still open behind her, its

sword-tips black in the May air,

they are about to graduate, they are about to get married,

they are kids, they are dumb, all they know is they are

innocent, they would never hurt anybody.

I want to go up to them and say Stop,

don’t do it–she’s the wrong woman,

he’s the wrong man, you are going to do things

you cannot imagine you would ever do,

you are going to do bad things to children,

you are going to suffer in ways you never heard of,

you are going to want to die. I want to go

up to them there in the late May sunlight and say it,

her hungry pretty blank face turning to me,

her pitiful beautiful untouched body,

his arrogant handsome blind face turning to me,

his pitiful beautiful untouched body,

but I don’t do it. I want to live. I

take them up like the male and female

paper dolls and bang them together

at the hips like chips of flint as if to

strike sparks from them, I say

Do what you are going to do, and I will tell about it.

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Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion’s free culture


Copyright law’s grip on film, music and software barely touches the fashion industry … and fashion benefits in both innovation and sales, says Johanna Blakley. At TEDxUSC 2010, she talks about what all creative industries can learn from fashion’s free culture.

About Johanna Blakley:

Johanna Blakley studies the impact of mass media and entertainment on our world:

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Kia Neill

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Each of the crystal formations are made out of Compact Discs.

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You can see more work by Kia here.]


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The Twitstat Project (now in limited edition and electric)


The Twitstat Project 

A collaborative double book of new/experimental poetry by Chris Weige and Renee Zepeda (Spring 2010). 

Published, designed, and edited by Renee Zepeda and The Pulchritudinous Press:

60 pages, hand-sewn binding, Strathmore-style paper, cherry vellum, personal stamp & bookmark.

Inspired in part by the Twitstat application, whereby users post 140 character messages via mobile phone to Twitter.

Printed in a special limited edition of 36 copies in Boulder, Colorado.

Cover art and photography by Chiai Matsumoto


Purchase a limited edition of The Twitstat Project 

Purchase the electronic PDF version 

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Lick Line by Julia Randall

Colored pencil drawings from Julia Randall’s “Lick Line” series.

found at BOOOOOOOM!