Art (,the thread about)


Another photographer here! Haven’t done much of it in the last couple of years though. I have a cheap film camera with an M42 50mm lens and I love the restriction of it. Need to get some more film and get back into it!


I made this in 2010:

Kinda proud of it, coz I really spent a lot of time obsessing over the soundtrack and small details like pacing and stuff like that.

It’s 18 minutes long, which seems like an eternity in today’s feed based world, but maybe if you feel like a bit of cosmic ambient you can put it on full screen on your TV in the background or something with a nice sound system (ie not a phone)

more info:

It was pretty nice as an install:



alison saar
la louver


Working on some new prints. Here’s one:




I just launched a small experiment called “Twenty Four Hour News Cycle”… I’m working on a series/ongoing research driven art project that explores different ways to experience time mediated through technology. This first small piece looks at the duration/ephemerality of news on modern platforms, namely Twitter.

Take a look here:

And read more about it here:


I’ve got this running on the second monitor at work right now. It’s fun watching all of the seconds go by in various languages and trying to read the English messages before they fade into the next second.


A story about the inventor of album art.

In 1939, 22 year old Alexander Steinweiss proposed to Columbia to make a change in the presentation and packaging of the 78 RPM record albums.






From a Joshua Davis workshop at Anderson Ranch, 5 years ago.


Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn (1881-1962) – just came across her work, kind of a perfect synthesis of Hilma af Klint and Emma Kunz


much more, including hi-res images (scroll to the bottom)


I love Hilma af Klint’s work and I wasn’t too familar with Emma Kunz’s body of work before your post, but your description is spot-on. The pieces in your link look so flat and precise that I would assumed they were screenprints or multi-color lithographs rather than original drawings and paintings. Very cool.


With af Klint, Kunz and Fröbe-Kapteyn, it really makes you wonder how many others there were, or if even the “best” work of this type has been discovered. (The 1860’s “spirit drawings” of Georgiana Houghton are also very interesting, but in a completely different style.) Or indeed, how much history is buried because nobody at the time, or really until recently considered this as art.

I’ve had similar thoughts about the 18th-20th century Rajasthani Tantric paintings, introduced to the West by Franck André Jamme. The works themselves are incredible but one wants to know a lot more about everything surrounding them.

Then too, the neo-Tantric art of G.R. Santosh, Biren De, Sohan Qadri and so on should also be better known in the West. Santosh has some affinity with Fröbe-Kapteyn, as well as with certain American inter-war “Transcendental” painters such as Emil Bisttram and Agnes Pelton. But in each case these were approaches that developed independently, in relatively isolated social and cultural contexts.

Anyway, I found out about Fröbe-Kapteyn only yesterday, in the book/catalogue for the New Museum’s “The Keeper” exhibition (2016). She’s featured prominently not only for her paintings but her collection of Jungian archetype figures.

Basically, the Keeper cover/design looked interesting, I looked inside and saw that it featured many of my so-called heroes, from Harry Smith to Hilma af Klint and Roger Caillois. But most of the names including Fröbe-Kapteyn were completely new to me.

The most exciting discovery for me though (from the Keeper exhibition) is Hannelore Baron, basically an American artist who fled the Nazis as a child, only to die of cancer (age 61) in 1987. Only her haunting “box constructions” are featured. Baron was very isolated, and spent the last ten years of her life fighting cancer but her work compares very favorably with Twombly and Basquiat:

I have the same intuition about Baron that I had about Forrest Bess, that this is actually a major American figure, who became hidden only due to life circumstances and social isolation. But she fully participated in all of the major artistic conversations that were happening at the time. Thankfully there’s at least one book, I’m going to track this down:


The other thing about Fröbe-Kapteyn’s work is this is about the third or fourth reference in the past couple of weeks (incl. some old Erik Davis podcasts) leading me back to Rudolf Otto’s Idea of the Holy (1917), also Mysticism East and West (1926) which now it seems I cannot avoid… ugh so much to read…


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