This is part of my Mission Junction series, even though it is technically just north of Mission Junction. I think the title will be “You have killed me” after the graffiti at the top left of center.
Here are the newest additions to my Hopewell Series.
This has been an ongoing project for about 7 years. It consists of three portfolios: Architectural, Personal, and Portrait.
Because I am not in town enough to really work on it, the Portrait portfolio is on hold until I can give it the proper attention.
The other two portfolios are nearly complete.
Just a quick update.
Just for the record, I haven’t completely abandoned this blog, I’ve just been decompressing from a really traumatic experience and loss.
I haven’t really had the patience or ability to concentrate to compose the kind of posts I like to do here. I expect to start again in the Fall…
and my own entry.
Now if someone could just get BPs charter revoked. That would be a real acheivement.
sense of it. Banksy stepped in and did just that—and impressively so.
Like art whores before him, Mr Brainwash employs a leigon of crafts people to produce his art for him.
They were all visually ironic at first glance… but with no real point. Like much of the food product that lines the shelves of corporate grocery stores, there was nice packaging but little or no substance.
“Mr. Brainwash is a force of nature, he’s a phenomenon. And I don’t mean that in a good way.”
If you are feeling especially angry about it, write your representative and demand BPs charter (what allows them to do business here) be revoked.
Fat chance- but at least express your discontent. But based on previous behavior- they will not clean this up- they will lie and shift blame and wait until people forget and then do as little as they can get away with…
Light Sweet Crude anyone?
The New Yorker has a great piece on how Timothy Geithners policy recommendations “saved” the economy… at least the fortunes and futures of the 4 big banks. For the rest of us… I’m not so sure… interesting read.
“When President Obama came to office, the Bush Administration had already committed two hundred and thirty billion dollars of taxpayers’ money to big banks—a policy that Geithner, as president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank, helped to enact. During the transition, he warned the incoming President that more “repugnant” actions would be necessary to shore up the financial system and restore economic growth. (In the first three months of 2009, G.D.P. declined at an annual rate of 6.4 per cent.) “We knew it would be politically costly, but not nearly as costly as if we hadn’t got it right,” Geithner said to me of the financial stabilization plan. “And we didn’t think we had other options available that were credible.”
“Geithner seemed exasperated by these critiques, and by the idea that the Democrats were now viewed in some quarters as beholden to business interests. “I don’t think the Democratic Party is seen as the party of Wall Street,” he said. “I think there are some in the Democratic Party that think Tim and Larry are too conservative for them and that the President is too receptive to our advice.” The reality, Geithner insisted, was that the Obama Administration had given just seven billion dollars to banks—mostly small and midsize banks, not big Wall Street firms—and it had proposed the biggest regulatory overhaul in seventy-five years. “Some on the left have fallen into a trap set by the Republicans, allowing voters to mistakenly think that the biggest part of the bank bailout had come under Obama rather than Bush,” Geithner said. He suggested that his critics draw up a balance sheet comparing the Administration’s expenditures on programs that benefitted Wall Street with those that benefitted Main Street. “By any measure, the Main Street stuff dwarfs the Wall Street stuff. Compare money for housing versus money for banks. Measure tax cuts for working families versus money for banks.”
“Geithner’s figures are accurate. But he and the Administration have failed to persuade the public. For whatever reason, a large chunk of the population—from liberal Democrats to right-wing Tea Party activists—does indeed believe that people who used to work for Wall Street firms, particularly Goldman Sachs, run the Administration. At Capitol Hill hearings and other public events, Geithner himself, who has been a public servant for almost his entire career and has never worked on Wall Street, has sometimes been identified as a former investment banker.”
“Recorded by Studio Brussels at the world famous AB theatre in Belgium – which arguably has the best sound system in Europe. After months of back and forth and despite everyone’s best efforts the mix was in danger of being edited into the ground to accommodate big labels and publishers. Rather than release a compromised version commercially, the decision was made to give it away for free instead.”
Tumbling, drifting, amazed at how others manage to do balance art and life. I’m not talking about the million dollar “successful” ones, but the rest of us who are still toiling away for the that elusive carrot.
In my head everything is ruins, in perpetual collapse.
I used to go to art galleries to see new art, but now all you have to do is roam tumblr, or surf personal blogs, flickr and websites to see an astonishing array of incredible work… humbling and incredibly inspiring.
“If God is a DJ
Life is a dance floor
Love is the rhythm
You are the musicIf God is a DJ
Life is a dance floor
You get what you’re given
It’s all how you use it…”
“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”—Mark Twain
“Men appear to prefer to ruin one another’s fortunes, and to cut each other’s throats over a few miserable villages, than to extend the means of human happiness”—Voltaire
“Six years ago, when violence was the order of the day here, Elias Khoury’s 20-year-old son, George, was killed in a Palestinian terrorist attack. The Khourys are Palestinian, so the murder of George — who was out for a jog and shot from behind by gunmen in a car — produced an apology. Sorry, the killers said, we assumed the jogger was a Jew.”
“So, in memory of George, a charismatic law student and musician, Mr. Khoury did something that shocked many in his community. He paid for the translation into Arabic of the autobiography of Israel’s most prominent author and dove, Amos Oz.”
They are everyday reality… simply seen here in an extraordinary light.