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Some things I know:

  • When people in Bombay say “it’s gotten cold”, this corresponds to a physical air temperature that is just the slightest bit below what it takes to make me sweat profusely.
  • The sounds of the Adhan from a nearby mosque will always make me feel a shiver of joy and a sense of calm. Here it punctuates my working time.
  • Chai and coffee are not the same thing when you wake up in the morning.  I love the chai, don’t get me wrong, but it is not coffee.
  • There’s a difference between a City and a Village, and it’s not the size of the urban agglomeration.
  • Mapping presents a serious challenge when you continually want to know more and more about a place.  The best way to produce a map is to turn off your brain, note down what you think you know, and don’t question your “accuracy”.

A trip inside the mind of an artist.



At the same time that I’m still trying to explore this idea of palimpsests, I’ve been working on a new series of paintings.  The idea came to me as I was driving back from a visit to Sigrid Sarda’s studio in New Palz.  Sigrid is so interesting and her studio is such a mindfuck that I thought, “I really want to write a review of this studio visit.”  Like an art critical essay.  Like a meditation on my brief time inside Sigrid’s head.  But I’m not really all that excited by adding to the world of art reviews I have to say.  And I’m really focused on making art right now.  So it seemed like the right thing to do to combine these things into one endeavor.

So a new series was born!  And the first painting in that series is happily sitting in a gallery in Jersey City waiting for people to look at it.  I’m very pleased about that turn of events I have to say.

I’ll get some photos of this series up as soon as I can.

So go see the show.  It’s at Curious Matter, it’s called “Dangerous Toys”, and it runs until November 11.


Photo by JohnBurke, Courtesy Flickr


– noun 1. device for making photographs

in camera
– idiom 1. privately

off camera
– idiom 1. out of the range of a television or motion-picture camera

on camera
– idiom 1. being filmed or televised by a live camera

1700–10; < L camera vaulted room, vault < Gk kamára vault; see chamber

Source: Unabridged
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2011.

I’d really like to see a virtual reality ride that’s not so typically disappointing.

But who wants to enter that rat-race? There’s no such thing as meeting the hype in the amusement industry. No one makes attractions that are better than they look from the outside. The best anyone seems to be able to do is make you forget what they sold you on the outside while you’re experiencing what you actually bought.

Maybe we need to make something that’s completely different inside than it ought to be? Or that’s better on the inside because it’s not very appealing on the outside. What would that look like?

What Coney Island needs is a giant camera. And I mean that in the sense of a vaulted room. I wish we had a dark ride that felt like a cathedral. Or a grotto. A throw back to another time maybe.

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