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26.5.02
2:49 PM Sunday and it rains and it shines here in Hackney. Head off with wife to the Transit Gallery (it's just round the corner, not really make much of an effort on the art front today) to see Simon Faithfull's show. For once a listings mag, maybe Timeout (?), had actually done a write up that made you want to go and see something rather than just thinking the writer's a complete tosser and it was well worth it. Three pictures of the artist's dog, Carter, reproduced on the gallery walls using white and licquorice cigarette papers (show's called Dog Ends) following a bitmap 1-bit grid which the blurb somewhere tells me were originally drawn on a palm pilot. I know the dog is called Carter because we bumped into Melanie and Billie who happened to be there at the same time as us. Billie told me she'd played with Carter quite proudly. This is OK though as Billie is a small child. There's a good write up on Artforum.


Yesterday around trying to fix broken things at the place New York friend Julie's staying - failed to fix computer (me: "No idea. It's a PC.") and broken telephone (me: "No idea. It's not working though, I can tell you that.") - went to see Bob and Roberta Smith at the Anthony Wilkinson Gallery and it was also fantastic. The usual grumpy signs painted on to board, the walls and canvases ("Patti Smith is a pumpkin head") and an upstairs space where visitors are invited to have a go and if you don't make something decent then Bob/Roberta will come round and stick a "broom handle up your cat's arse." Spookily predictive of Roy Keane's words to Ireland manager Mick McCarthy "You can stick it up your bollocks" earlier this week. Bought the CD of the band Bob Smith is in - it was only a fiver and sounds like a madder but also mellower Fall. Maybe there's a connection in the anonymity of being mouthy and being called Smith (Mark E. Smith and Bob/Roberta Smith).

CATFUNT ONLINE BOOKSHOP - art and poetry department :

The Photography Book: Ian Jeffrey
500 photos by 500 photographers in a book the size of a thick paperback for less than a fiver.

Beowulf: translated by Seamus Heaney
"Its narrative elements may belong to a previous age but as a work of art it lives in the present," writes Heaney of this tale of monstrous, murderous Grendel, heroic, kingly Beowulf, blood-feuds, dragon-slaying and spiritual grace. That's told you.

Airline : Identity, Design and Culture: Keith Lovegrove
In all the style mags as a Christmas recommendation - buy it here!

Fresh Dialogue 1, New Voices in Graphic Design: Nicholas Blechman, Christoph Niemann, Paul Sahre, Paula Scher

Bass Culture: Lloyd Bradley and Prince Buster
Another highly rated reggae special

Letters on America: Edward Fella

Lester Young Reader: Lewis Porter
This is Lester Young month on Catfunt so fill your boots.

WORK FROM 1975-1996: David Levinthal

MONOGRAPH: Christian Boltanski
review

yolanda zappaterra's digital illustration
review

CATFUNT MUSIC:

Guy Barker - Soundtrack Probably Barker's best so far. I saw him years ago in Birmingham playing, I think, as part of a back up band for Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson. He wore a crap double breasted suit in a sort of gangster noirish style. He might not look it but the music is beautiful.

Pirates Choice - Orchestra Baobab The original Pirates Choice vinyl album makes up disc one of this two-CD set of the same name at the bargain price of 11.99 UKP. Saw them twice with Damian this year and they were magnificent. If you buy it and don't like it we'll send you something else (of our choice).

Opera Heroes - Tito Gobbi 16 tracks including Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi and other Ninja Turtles. Highly recommended at 8.99 UKP.

Deep Ska - 4 CDs 75 tracks including James Bond, Occupation and Shanty Town all for 12.99 UKP.

Back to Back: Johnny Hodges and Duke Ellington - great LP, jazz or otherwise.

The second album and the first rehearsal tapes: Suicide
review

Who Put the Voodoo 'pon Reggae? Lee Perry - a personal favourite to play between the tube and work.

Arkology: Lee Perry - a bargain, top Perry and only 20 quid for 3 CDs.

Jazz Giants: Lester Young - includes I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan and I Didn't Know What Time It Was. Fantastic.

Lester Young story: Lester Young - 4 disc set of early Lester. Where Jazz Giants has the appealing weariness this is prime exuberant tenor playing mostly from the pre-war years.

ART THINGS WE LIKE:

ART RUMOURS: UNDERCOVER EXPOSE OF THE ART WORLD

ART WEBSITES: A LIST OF UK ART WEBSITES

ART SHOW:MISFIT

ART SHOW: DRESS UP

HIROSHI SUGIMOTO AT WHITE CUBE 2
review

FILM: BILLY ELLIOT
review

APOCALYPSE AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY
review

SONIC BOOM: THE ART OF SOUND
review

ART SHOW: CATHY LOMAX

CATFUNT ONLINE BOOKSHOP - fiction, non-fiction and web usability:

Powers of Horror: Julia Kristeva
Since the book club folded I no longer have to read dreadful books like White Teeth (see below). So instead this month's recommended book is Kristeva's essay on abjection. Typical quote: "A weight of meaningless, about which there is nothing insignificant, and which crushes me." You won't find a better gift this Christmas.

The Monstrous Feminine: Barbara Creed
As Annette Kuhn wrote of this book: "By reinstating the repressed mother and femme castratice in classic Freudian theory, and by extending Julia Kristeva's discussion of horror and abjection ... Barbara Creed accessibly and convincingly demonstrates the relevance and productivity of psychoanalytic theory for cultural analysis". Go girl!

White Teeth: Zadie Smith
This is next month's book club title and has had amazingly good reviews. From the piece I read in the New York review of Books, which gives way too much plot away, it sounds funny and sad at the same time with darkly comic characters.

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius: Dave Eggers
Dave Egger's parents died from cancer within a month of each other when he was 21 and his brother, Christopher was seven. They left the Chicago suburb where they had grown up and moved to San Francisco. This book tells the story of their life together. Highly recommended. (Last month's book club title)

Sarah: J.T. LeRoy
A previous book club title that Yol suggested. It tells the story of a male prostitute working the parking lots at truck stops. "Cheery and upbeat, a life reaffirming read".

Designing Web Usability: Jakob Nielsen
Lunatic or nutter. You decide.

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Louis Rosenfeld and Peter Morville
Less ranty than Jakob, a good solid read, will impress flakey clients.

Oi Ref: Joseph Gallivan
review

Snow White: Donald Barthelme

All Tomorrow's Parties: Bill Gibson

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: Peter Biskind

Ghost Town: Robert Coover

Guardian guide to online shopping: Jim McClellan

CATFUNT PHOTO LIBRARY:

all images are copyright of CATFUNT unless they're someone else's (you know what i mean).

MR MONKEY HEAD: FA Cup Final 2002. Low point - not being allowed to sing the Martin-Keown-has-a-monkey-head-song.

GOONERS CELEBRATE: The Arse stagger round with trophy.

CARDIFF STADIUM: millenium stadium, FA Cup Final 2002.

STUFFED ANIMALS: dead animals French style.

JURGEN TELLER: pants girl from the show.

PENZANCE SWIMMING POOL: very very blue and very very cold.

GRAFFITI FROM PENZANCE: from our trip to Tresco. Over 18s only.

CINDY SHERMAN AT WHITE CUBE 2: taken from the American photography and theatrical realism or something like that, March 2001.

ABANDONED IRONING BOARD: found on Shoreditch high street encrusted with fag ends on a Sunday morning. Obviously a big night out in the Pool or the Showrooms for the board. Haa haa.

BLACK SKULL: plastic black chattering skull with flashing red eyes from BHS. You needed to be there really.

WALLPAPER*: the style wank mag in a stain infested hotel room

REMOTE: a fucked up tv remote control

ROBOBAR: a very special hotel minibar

MINKEY: a plastic wind up monkey

LAST SUPPER: jesus and his disciples sit down to eat chez egidio and maria's

GRAND-PARENTS: yz's grand-parents

MEDICINE CABINET: pop made it and put it up in the kitchen

OTHER THINGS WE LIKE:

arabnews.com

plasticbag.org

bowblog

celebrity nudity database



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