Berlinde De Bruyckere talks a tiny bit about her wax sculpting process at 8:15. 

Laura Mulvey's "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" (1975)

Everyone should read this, but especially if you want to understand what I’ve been doing with my art lately. 


I worry a lot about the fetishization of the female in art (historically for the “male gaze”), but Sarah Lucas levels the playing field. Part of her inspiration comes from looking like a man. She had a show in the Freud Museum, in Freud’s actual house, a while back, which is just too perfect. 

^ JOYCE TENNESON PHOTOGRAPHY, my new art crush. 

an emergency translation project from The New Order of St. Agatha, “Matters to No One: Some Poems of Miyó Vestrini”


direct link to the pdf 


Miyó Vestrini was born in France in 1938, emigrated to Venezuela at the age of 9, was a member of the Apocalipsis literary group, a  journalist, and a poet of “militant death.” She died by suicide in 1991.

These poems were translated October 4 & 5, 2014, and published October 6, 2014 by the New Order of St. Agatha in anticipation of the resurrection of Kathy Acker.


"Writing is not important, she wrote,

and signed her name in small print,

believing it apocryphal.”


Ear, wax / wood, armature wire, wax / 7” tall / september 2014

Taking a stab. I can’t seem to get it any smoother than this. 

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Finally visited the IMMA last week. Right now, their Artist In Residence is Caroline McCarthy:

^ That fruit is made of toilet paper. 

Other artists I liked were William Scott, Andrew Vickery, and I got to see a couple Michael Craig-Martins, including his “4 buckets”:

Richard Ford quotes on writing

Richard Ford (Pulitzer Prize winner; writer of The Sportswriter and Canada) visited to host our workshops at Trinity this week. We talked primarily about “place” in fiction, but he was a fountain of wisdom. And he grew up in Little Rock!

"Exercise sovereignty in regards to everybody’s accidental birth."

"Subjectivity is under assault. Putting down what you like regardless of what others like or what might offend them — is under assault."

"When I sit down at my desk to write every morning, I tell myself ‘I’m doing what Chekhov did’… There is nothing wrong with wanting to be great."

"Nothing necessarily follows anything… I don’t believe in character. Anybody can do anything at any time."

"I wouldn’t say you were trying to capture it. I would say you were trying to invent it…. Place is only interesting in terms of human intentionality — what you bestow on it, not what it bestows on you."

"I never face an empty page. My mind is full; I just have to organize it."

[On planning a book] “The longer I can put off writing, the better I’ll become imbued in it and it will become imbued in me… Be present every day. If you aren’t writing, be thinking about writing.”

"The urge to write is fragile and precarious, because it doesn’t need to happen."

"Writing is easy. Lots of things in life are difficult and labor-intensive, but don’t let anybody tell you writing is hard work."

^ For A Few Dollars More (1965). Becoming increasingly obsessed with Sergio Leone / Ennio Morricone, and oops I think I’m in love with Clint Eastwood. 

^ For A Few Dollars More (1965). Becoming increasingly obsessed with Sergio Leone / Ennio Morricone, and oops I think I’m in love with Clint Eastwood. 

First attempt at wax sculpting in progress.

First attempt at wax sculpting in progress.

Just got back from Ensemble Launch Fest, and boy was it magical. Here is the tiniest taste of a performance by Kirkos. It’s a tragedy that the words don’t come through. They were something like “I / AM / IN / EXCELLENT / PHYSICAL / AND EMOTIONAL / HEALTH” and “THE EXPERIMENTAL QUALITIES OF KETCHUP” etc. 

Let’s make Ello happen, folks. What’s your @name, so I can follow?

I just got an instagram @c_brankin AND an Ello @cbrankin. Follow me, if you want. 

Cavities / 50” x 18” / ink pencil, oil pastel, marker / september 2014