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September 19, 2019

International Art Fair Features Pocket-Sized Work

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From the New York Times:

Most art fairs involve a frenzy of art handling: packaging, shipping and unloading, followed by careful arrangement.

But to prep for a new art expo in Chicago, galleries can pack light — the art simply has to fit booths that are slightly larger than shoe boxes.

This is the unique challenge at Barely Fair, which is dedicated to contemporary miniature art and mimics the layout of a traditional art fair — except reduced to a 1:12 scale.

Organized by Julius Caesar, a veteran Chicago artist-run space, it opens September 20 with two dozen international exhibitors.

Among them are the New York-based Coustof Waxman and, from Milwaukee, Outlet Gallery, a single electrical wall socket that shows plug-based installations.

At Barely Fair, Outlet's booth will host 10 sockets, each powering a different section of one artwork.

"Many of these galleries are on the small side," said Kate Sierzputowski, a co-director at Julius Caesar. "I've been intrigued with how they create platforms for artists with superlow overhead, so we wanted to show a range of these spaces."

The responses from exhibitors are diverse.

Some have invited artists to create new works, like Serious Topics from Los Angeles, whose booth will burst with tiny art by 23 artists.

Others will bring existing pieces that take on refreshed meaning in a scaled-down context.

Case in point: the Chicago-based collection gallery Lawrence & Clark, whose blue-chip booth will feature matchbooks with photo-lithographs by Barbara Kruger, an Anish Kapoor maquette, and brass stencils by Lawrence Weiner.

Barely Fair coincides with a series of heavy-hitting fairs occurring this month in Chicago, from the eighth edition of Expo Chicago to the inaugural Chicago Invitational, presented by the New Art Dealers Alliance.

The timing is intentional. 

With a booth rental fee of $25, the mini fair pokes fun at the exclusivity of its companion fairs, for which galleries must spend thousands of dollars to attend.

"We're giving these spaces a chance to be seen with very minimal barriers to entry," Ms. Sierzputowski said.

That's not to say that participants have completely shunned the fair circuit.

Two galleries, Green Gallery in Milwaukee and the North Little Rock-based Good Weather, will have booths at both the Chicago Invitational and Barely Fair.

For Haynes Riley, who runs Good Weather, Barely Fair is a chance to highlight art without catering to collectors' tastes.

"There's a bit more freedom with what you can present," he said. "We're not approaching it as an opportunity to sell work."

Taking over Good Weather's mini booth is an installation by the Tokyo artist Cobra, comprising a rat trap and a painting of cheese. (Its title? "Rat Museum for Rat.")

Julius Caesar is hopeful that Barely Fair will become an annual event, although future editions might occur elsewhere.

"I'd like to bring this to different cities," Ms. Sierzputowski said. "It would be very easy to travel because it is so small."

Marcel Duchamp, call the checkroom:

your valise is ready.

September 19, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"Vantage Point"

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Talk about a movie that grabs you from the outset, this one sure did me.

"Vantage Point" is intense, fast-paced, and full of twists and turns, perhaps a few too many towards the end what with the now pretty-much-obligatory car chase through crowded city streets (impressive even if it was a bit much) pushing the film to an ending with far too many coincidences to be even semi-plausible.


Dennis Quaid — whose films I generally avoid — is very believable and so is Forest Whitaker, looking ever more asymmetrical as he ages; Sigourney Weaver did what she does best, i.e., seem intense and competent.

I must say I was surprised — in a good way — by some of the completely unexpected events that occurred along the way.


If you want to watch what I consider a masterpiece of conspiracy theory in the presidential arena, try "The Parallax View,"


Alan J. Pakula's 1974 take on the subject.

September 19, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hubble views Saturn's rings

YouTube caption:

This new Hubble Space Telescope view of Saturn reveals the giant planet's iconic rings.

Saturn's amber colors come from summer smog-like hazes, produced in photochemical reactions driven by solar ultraviolet radiation.

Below the haze lie clouds of ammonia ice crystals, as well as deeper, unseen lower-level clouds of ammonium hydrosulfide and water.

The planet's banded structure is caused by winds and clouds at different altitudes.

Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 observed Saturn on June 20, 2019, as the planet made its closest approach to Earth, at about 845 million miles away.

September 19, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

GeoCities Archive

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Remember GeoCities?

Refresh your memory here.

Fair warning....

September 19, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Buff-Laced Bantam Polish Chicken






[via Backyard Chickens]

September 19, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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