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Archive for September, 2008

Jose Manuel Ballester

This may be the definitive post on perhaps the most abhorred reoccurring Bloomington-bred topic on MWC: The Neutron Bomb Painting.

Got the good link via Boing Boing.

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I know this is a painting blog, but I guess that most of the regular readers have read something by David Foster Wallace, who recently died, apparently by suicide.

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Jennifer Coates

Jennifer Coates

Heard about this lady via this blog.

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Matt Choberka is a pretty regular face on MWC.  A one-time Chicagoan, New Yorker (and, more briefly, Hoosier), he now resides in Utah.

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Davin Watne

Still making up my mind about this work, but I’ve been looking for a chance to work in a choice quote from my favorite read of the summer, Don Delillo’s White Noise:

 

“I tell them it’s not decay they are seeing but innocence.  The movie breaks away from complicated human passions to show us something elemental, something fiery and loud and head-on.  It’s a conservative wish-fulfillment, a yearning for naivete.  We want to be artless again.  We want to reverse the flow of experience, of worldliness and its responsibilities.  My students say, ‘Look at the crushed bodies, the severed limbs.  What kind of innocence is this?'”

“What do you say to that?”

“I tell them they can’t think of a car crash in a movie as a violent act.  It’s a celebration.  A reaffirmation of traditional values and beliefs.  I connect car crashes to holidays like Thanksgiving and the Fourth.  We don’t mourn the dead or rejoice in miracles.  These are days of secular optimism, of self-celebration.  We will imporve, prosper, perfect ourselves.  Watch any car crash in any American movie.  It is a high-spirited moment like old-fashioned stunt flying, walking on wings.  The people who stage these crashes are able to capture a lightheartedness, a carefree enjoyment that car crashes in foreign movies can never approach.”

“Look past the violence.”

“Exactly.  Look past the violence, Jack.  There is a wonderful brimming spirit of innocence and fun.”

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As promised, the Best of the West truck from Columbia MO.  Photojournalism by Matt Ballou.

(Sam, please don’t let this interrupt any posts you were planning on putting up tomorrow.)

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Making a 2nd appearance in just over a week, because I think they’re really great, an image from this new body of work by Betsy Stirratt.

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