Archive for October, 2008

31
Oct
08

Jon: It’s true, he does…

Everyone at Gaycondo loves it when people find ways to make the socially and morally retarded members of the Westboro Babtist Church look even more foolish. You may remember this little gem that Beth posted a few months ago. Well, here is another witty example I found over at Buzzfeed.

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30
Oct
08

KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: a new Patti Smith Documentary, “Dream Of Life”, by Steven Sebring

I’m pretty sure everyone at gaycondo is in love with Patti Smith. While I am a relatively new Patti Smith fan (Jon urges me to listen to her circa early 2007), a couple of her albums have changed my perception of the innovation that occurred during the late 70’s.

My favorite albums include The Patti Smith Group’s Radio Ethiopia, Horses (duh) and Gone Again. I like all of these albums because they are emotionally resonant, instrumentally diverse and take chances in expressing oneself through the psychedelic layering of spoken word. Seeing Patti Smith live for the first (and currently only) time in summer of 2007 is one of my all time favorite live concert going experiences.

That being said, I hope at least one of us can get away from work or the overhanging cloud of the election to catch Steven Sebring’s documentary on Smith, Dream Of Life, at Cinema 21 this week.

The documentary film has been recognized by several international film festivals – including Sundance – and delves into the public, political, artistic and private life of Patti Smith, narrated through her own words and performances…

WATCH THE PREVIEW!

Hopefully, the actual documentary will be more captivating…

Sebring’s documentary also appears in paper form as a book sharing the same title. It acts as an accompaniment to the film and boasts 429 pages of unpublished photographs, intimate and artistic quotes. It also includes Smith’s own polaroids and photographs that previously remain unpublished.

(FRIENDLY HINT FOR MY DECEMBER BIRTHDAY OR HOLIDAY WISH-LIST)

Learn more about Dream Of Life on its official site: www.dreamoflifethemovie.com

30
Oct
08

KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE :: Terrifying Wallpaper

I took this picture on my cell phone at Casa Diablo, a podunk vegan strip club off Oregon Hwy 30. The wallpaper of doll babies has to be the most terrifying wallpaper I’ve ever seen… it is ALL over the bathroom, even the walls of the stalls…creepy paper eyes staring you down….

30
Oct
08

Jon: Dear Friends Who Plan on Buying Me Affordable Yet Meaningful Christmas Presents…..

…I am in love with these photographs.

Photographer Joseph O. Holmes is the newest artist featured on everyone’s favorite online art gallery, 20X200. I love love love these images. Each image in Holmes collection, amnh, captures the silouette of a visitor at The Museum of Natural History in NYC while in front of one of the famous diarama’s located there. I love the juxtoposition between the presence of real and representational reality and the way in which these images blur the value of these qualitative terms. 

What is more real?

The  two dimensional represention of man or other three dimensional representation of beast?

Whatever the answer may be, I think these photographs are just fabulous. They would look wonderful hanging in Gaycondo, wouldn’t you agree? click click click!

29
Oct
08

Jon:Fashion Accessory Inspiration….

When I think about fashion and the developement of new trends, I frequently create storyboards and characters in my head that exist as thematic inspirations. They act as emulsifiers, enforcing a cohesiveness between what are frequently disparate ideas.

Right now, my current inspiration exists in the unexpected cross roads between collegiate/conservative blue blood styling and “wild child” woodsy folk art infused isolation (think Nell)…

The only pre-existing example of this inspiration that comes to mind is the book The Hatchet which I read for school in 6th grade. Imagine a private school oxford and crested blazer clad boy abandoned in the Appalachian mountain and forced to survive for years in isolation….

Here are the accessories he would bring back with him…

29
Oct
08

Jon: I’m Back. Sorry about that.

…I forgot to not be apathetic and/or have a cold.

One of my favorite blogs out there belongs to Katherine Dexter, a woman I have never met but feel a strong familiarity to. More so than any other blogger, I feel a real sense of identity and creative connectivity with her. I know that it might sound wierd, but when I first read her blog I got the comforting sense of running into a close friend I hadn’t spoken to in years. Of course, she lives in Philly (which is where I grew up….sort of) and I live in Oregon, so we will most likely never meet or be friends.

That is why I was mega/mega/ultra/super bummed when she went on a blog hiatus. It seemed like I had lost her forever! It lasted for nearly two months,  but she is (thankfully) back now, and i can continue to be inspired by her.

Hurrah.

Anyway, to commemorate her return I thought I’d share with all you Gaycondo readers a video she recently posted about Philladelphia artist Zoe Strauss. I had never heard of her before, but instantly fell head over heels for her photographs as well as her altruistic view on the connection between art and community.

29
Oct
08

KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE: Taco Bell Nostalgia

One of my childhood nostalgia’s is Taco Bell. As I grow older, havoc is wrecked upon my digestive system whenever I eat Taco Bell. For this reason I usually only go there when my judgment is impaired due to alcohol. This is quite unfortunate since I love love love the Nachos Supreme and Double Decker taco and would eat them all the time if I wasn’t terrified of their artificial ingredients.

To pay homage to my favorite childhood restaurant, here is a Taco Bell commercial from 1984, the year I was born:

PS. the girl tearing through that taco is scarier than the Exorcist




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