lol the one with Chicago and the stuff about Kansas. Also “5 degrees rounder”- wat? And all the typos… These are hilarious.
So fucking funny.
Everyone needs to see this video of David Byrne trying to explain that Annie Clark (St. Vincent) is his friend but being completely confused by friendship as a concept
These are from an exhibit at the Knoxville Art Museum, which I had the pleasure of visiting during some downtime after a conference. The first three photos, a drawing and two installations, are of pieces by Jessica Wohl, and the fourth, a lithograph of hair extensions, is by Althea Murphy-Price.
Wohl, it seems, likes to take domestic, suburban, and feminine iconography and make it grotesque. This is most in-your-face in the second and third photos — the room’s inhabitants have vanished, leaving behind a pair of sepulchral wigs, and on the walls we see what might have been family photos with everything but the eyes and mouths erased. The white bed, to me, looks like something out of a hospital, adding a layer of eerieness. The hair has been both decontextualized to represent heads, and grotesquely multiplied to form the rug (a curtain isn’t pictured). Murphy-Price’s work also has a lot of decontextualized hair — most of what was in this exhibit was lithographs of fake hair made into various styles. This one I found particularly wispy.
The top picture, a drawing called Monster House, spoke to me the most, and I find it incredibly hard to say why. There’s nothing overtly ominous about the drawing (especially in comparison with others in the set, which featured houses without windows). What makes the house a monster, and what are we supposed to take away from it? A few ideas:
So we’ve taken a symbol of American normalcy, isolated it from its typically homogeneous and social surroundings, obscured its interior, and multiplied its exterior beyond recognition. The house is portrayed not as a home but as a possibly empty shell.
Bottom line: this museum is free and has some great stuff in it — I highly recommend it if you’re ever in Knoxville.
From this illuminating exposé.
From Stasheff’s “Homotopy Associativity of H-Spaces, I.” These little dudes are called “associahedra” — they’re used to define multiplications on shapes that work in a more flabby, shapey way than usual. (The last one is K_5, though it’s not labelled.)
From Ferdinand de Saussure’s Course in General Linguistics. And the guy claimed not to know what love is.