This is not Junk Mail – Limited Edition Books by Washington Sculptor

December 18, 2008 at 4:59 pm | Posted in Music, Life, Art, News, Work | Leave a comment
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I try to support the artists I work with however possible, so when I got this information in my inbox about a limited edition book that is being released by the sculptor James Kelsey. If you are interested in his book, please read more about it here.

image003Here are some of the pages. Don’t worry; in the end, the pages will be professionally bound into the portfolio, not strewn all over your floor like in the picture.

So HELLO to whoever is still reading,

For those close to me, you know I’ve been working on a portfolio project entitled, “This is NOT junk mail”. With the economy the way it is, this project was all but cancelled until a friend suggested I SELL a few of these portfolios to help pay for the $3,000 project, so, that is what I’m doing.

There are 160 Signed portfolios in this LIMITED EDITION project, and only 30 are being sold. The cost is $100 if delivered or picked up or $105 if sent to you. Number 1 through 18 are already promised or sold, so there are only 12 remaining.

If you purchase one of my portfolios, not only will it help a great experiment in marketing, but you will have something bound to be worth at least $100,000 at Sotheby’s after my death (don’t get any ideas – I’ve got my eye on you!); if it doesn’t end up worth $100k after my death, I’ll gladly refund your money, so there’s no risk for you.

BUT WAIT!!!! THERE’S MORE!

Um, okay, so there’s really not more, but I really wanted to say that.

Those who have already purchased one or more of these rare books did so sight unseen, but since they will be assembled THIS WEEK, I now have some images of the final product. These beautiful portfolios are approximately 5.5” x 8.5” and have laser cut stainless steel covers and backs. Every grind mark of every portfolio was done by my very own calloused, Band-Aid-covered hands.”

Arts & Lights and Music

November 28, 2008 at 10:27 am | Posted in vlog | Leave a comment
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Released on Friday, November 28, 2008, this morning I enjoyed an audio segment on NPR about how to think about new art and music. I am editing my footage that I shot two nights ago.

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There’s a third tape I had in my hand when I walked in the door that I need to locate. I had nervously anticipated an opportunity to meet some interesting figures from the northwest art scene who were also in attendance, but being the shy nerd I am, I only talked to someone if was about photography and video or my cable access show all evening long.

Yes, Seattle’s underground is still here, there is Butoh here and in Portland. I it was a good night of art.

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Syphilis Sauna was really good, as was the French singer Leticia aka Tiny Concept. It was great to know that those experiences and more are still to be had. Its too bad that building is going to be bulldozed and replaced with condos, much like the rest of the Belltown neighborhood that surrounds it.

It was definitely one of the more unpolished venues I’d gone in my adventures as Your Humble Host. Outside the building there was a Notice of Land Use sign and the sign outside for the art space was just a logo.

When my photographer Tim and I walked up there were some folk waiting outside. We saw that they were performing, and as we walked up they were guided to another part of the building. I told Tim told just follow them and we were in. Tim scouted for an outlet while I checked out the lighting situation. I ordered a drink but got the first one free and gave the customary generous tip.

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The bartender told me they have parties there, of the obscure persuasion. I tried to keep my cool. Ok, now I’m learning some new things!

Of course some SEA SHOW artists were performing, and before too long  Death Posture came out and gave an amazing performance.

I ran out of tape after three hours and had to go but was happy about my 4GB chip that I didn’t have to worry about getting full on my audiorecorder.

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It was pretty dark in there but the stage lights were on and the footage came out great. Now where is that third tape?

In the meantime, I have the audio files from my Zoom H4 downloaded and captured the last 5 minutes or so of the performance on one tape. It was a great time, I’ll blog more about this later, when the video is ready.

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