Sunday, October 31, 2010

Brighton Slideshow

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Grant Wood: A Life by R. Tripp Evans

I want to read this new biography about Grant Wood, which seems like it sheds some light on Grant Wood's possible gayness and that might make American Gothic the saddest painting ever.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

I love The Roots new album so much I could cry.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I wish Tim Gunn lived in our house. I just love Tim Gunn so much.
Working non-stop on On The Beach and I'm having a really hard time with Bathers.

I'm feeling one of these two and going back and forth and right now the bottom one is winning out.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Greatest living Philadelphia artists? The Roots.

The Roots "How I Got Over" from Okayplayer on Vimeo.



"How I Got Over" - Mahalia Jackson
Only 3 weeks behind in email. And that's for real behind, not just like, "oh I'll get back to it later but I've read and answered most!" It's more like "Damn, if only I had read that time sensitive email that dying person in Cote d'Ivoire sent me, I could have gotten the 35 million dollars they said I was owed!"

Thanks to Rollo Romig for Posting About America!

Thanks to the great Carla Williams for asking me to come to RIT. I love Carla. RIT! You people made the right move hiring the genius who is Carla Williams!

It's a little torturous talking and talking about yourself but I got through it aok. What's so interesting is that I'm giving 2 more talks in the next 3 weeks and while they're similar, they all have a different emphasis. I'm giving a talk at ICP and it will be heavier on photography and theory and I'm giving a TED talk and it will be heavier on place and site-specificity of project.

Also, because I know Alex Mechanick will be watching the TED talk I will have to mention my most amazing achievement, reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy AND The Hobbit aloud to him and Brian. This art career is incredible and whatnot, but I'm talking Lord of the Rings here.

Monday, October 25, 2010


Talking at RIT on Wednesday October 27 at 7 PM.

The Photographers Lecture Series: Wednesday, November 17, 7:00pm at ICP in NY, NY

UNC Closing Reception November 2, 2010 from 5:30-8pm

TedxPhilly November 18, 2010 • I think I'm talking sometime beween 9am to 6pm • The Kimmel Center


Regarding Tedx, I can't wait to hear Iyad Obeid.

Italian Artist Michelangelo Pistoletto Recreating Famous Walking Sculpture Through Streets of Philadelphia on Saturday, October 30

Saturday, October 23, 2010

I Ain't Hov, I Just Know What I Know

My number 1 vice is driving: I love to drive. And driving by my lone allows me a luxury that can't exist in any other space, the luxury of repeated play of whatever music I want. In my household, my wife is in control of music selection almost all of the time. I'm more than ok with that. This is because she has excellent taste, and I often like to play the same song consecutively for hours at a time and even if it's something that one likes, generally no one wants to hear the same thing literally 50 times in a row.

My last trips to Syracuse have included these selections:

1. "Waterfall" by Cris Williamson

I can't get enough of this and I'm dead serious. I love it... filling up and spilling over, it's an endless waterfall.

2. "Flipside" by Freeway

I never tire of Flipside... bad bitches get scooped like Haagan Daas.

3. The Entire Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack.

This last trip found Rocky Horror on almost 4 hours of repeat. And may I put out there that this was not just listening, it was a full performance of the film viewing circa 1982, via TLA... thrill me, chill me, fulfill me, creature of the night.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Mark Cohen: Strange Evidence

Light Work

I came up with the intent of working full force on the big show but a few things happened that made me want to come back to On The Beach, which is new work I'm still thinking about and working on shooting and hadn't really thought that I was ready to come back to it. But it's been in my head and I saw this kid's bracelets at a Starbucks up here and knew I had to get to business.


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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Just dropped off 137 negative strips for 197 scans. Thank you Light Work.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

I don't own a lot of art besides the "Rabbi on Black Velvet" from my grandparent's house, but I do own art by two of my favorite artists ever.

1. Liz Bonaventura. I am the proud owner of several of her early works, including "Trap Lady" and "Three Dancers."

2. Michael A. Macfeat. I am the proud owner of a "Concealed Weapon" and more recently, "Sluggo on Labrynths" from the "Sluggo Agonistes" series.

"Sluggo on Labrynths" by Michael Macfeat from the 2008 "Sluggo Agonistes" series.

I love Macfeat's work and he has a whole spectrum of great ideas, images and objects. But the Sluggo series, and "Sluggo on Labrynths" particularly, is transcendental to me. I am just blown away by it.

Sluggo Agonistes.

Thanks to my dagger Lizzy and my man Macfeat for helping a sister out with great beauty in my life.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

An Update On Zoe Strauss's Relationship With Her Lady, Lynn Bloom

As many of you know, I have been with my lady for many years. For over 20 years as a matter of fact. But did you know this? I can't be any more in love with her. I am as in love with her as I was when we first started to date.

Also, none of the work I make would be possible without Lynn Bloom. No phone, no lights, no motor car. No nothing. That's all.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Hold on, let me put my Mai Tai down to do a little on line journaling. Sike. I haven't stopped working for 2 weeks. But guess what? Some of those photos from the Gulf Coast are really good.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Eileen Myles at the ICA

Wednesday, October 13 @ 8:00pm

Writer Eileen Myles introduces her new book The Inferno: A Poet’s Novel.

Design Philadelphia

Monday, October 11, 2010

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Move: 25 Years Later

Christ on the cross, my mind is going a minute with shit to do.

Up at Lightwork working on getting the big show together. Jesus H. Christ, I can't believe what my life is like. It's spectacular.

National Coming Out Day

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Brighton Photo Biennial 2010

In Brighton? Check out Queer Brighton.

And check out Molly Landreth's work!

There's an enjoyable difference between my work and Molly's work for this exhibit. Molly's work is about self identified LGTBQ folks and Brighton has a large and historic LGTBQ communinty. It's great to have a photographer work on document it. Yes, Molly!

But my work is about everyone who I met, and in the portraits the only queer for certain in the composition is the one who was taking the photo.

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Also, the one below is a winner.

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Friday, October 08, 2010

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Congratulations 2010 Pew Fellows

I was a little bummed that no poets got one but I'm thrilled that Chuck Treece is now a Pew Fellow! McRad! Philadelphia Hardcore forever, baby!

Max Apple (fiction writer)
Melanie Bilenker (jewelry maker)
John Blake, Jr. (jazz violinist/composer/arranger)
Kara Crombie (video artist)
William Daley (clay artist)
Orrin Evans (jazz pianist/composer/arranger)
Germaine Ingram (tap performer/choreographer)
Hanna Khoury (violinist/classical Arab musician)
Tina Morton (documentary filmmaker)
Jenny Sabin (architect/designer)
James Sugg (solo theater artist/sound designer/composer)
Charles “Chuck” Treece (multi-instrumentalist/producer/songwriter)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Last night I had a dream that I saw my friend Elle and said to her, "I'm coming back to normal! Paula and Jen were in town and we had them over for dinner and now I'm getting back to being a regular friend and not working 24 hours a day!"
Then I awoke at 7AM and got right up and went right to work.

Halladay No Hitter Video
by The Great Lynn Bloom

Greetings From Lightwork

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

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Monday, October 04, 2010


"Light Work was founded in 1973 as a non-profit, artist-run organization. We provide direct support to artists working in the media of photography and digital imaging through residencies, publications, exhibitions, a community-access digital lab facility, and other related projects."

This is an amazing organization. See you in a few hours, Syracuse.

Brighton: 8/5/10 - 8/11/10

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Brighton: 8/5/10 - 8/11/10

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Brighton: 8/5/10 - 8/11/10

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Saturday, October 02, 2010

Nikon D300 for sale

Hey Friends,

I'm selling a Nikon D300 with the kit lens, AF-S Nikkor DX 18-55mm Lens. Works A OK! I just used it today! I'm selling it for 1,330 bucks. Email me at info (at) zoestrauss (dot) com if you're interested.


Here's where I got the price from....

- $100 (because I'm always hard on stuff)