A COLLECTION OF

Month: January, 2012

P L A C E

I don’t know if you guys know this but the internet is vast and full of so many places… tell us some of your favorite places!  An awesome site in the massive network is the Entopic Group, an online space that features group shows and solo exhibitions by fine artists…. like us! This month If/And/Or, […]

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Happy Monday, friends! I’m excited to introduce you to Lauren Spencer King, the wonderful lady in the wonderful photo above. I stumbled upon Lauren’s blog, The Sphinx & the Milkyway, not too long away and I clicked away excitedly, inspired by her words and her images. Lauren is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. […]

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As you readers know, we have a serious love for bread over here at ACO (revisit with our friend and bread maker Ben Tugwell). Recently I bought a Dutch Oven and the first night we had it there was bread to be made.  I found Mark Bittman’s recipe (an adaption from Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street […]

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  Though Monday was Chinese New Year’s, the Year of the Dragon does not officially arrive until February 4, which is the first day of the 2012 Chinese Astrology Year. The Year of the Dragon is considered the luckiest year in the Chinese Zodiac. It is characterized by dominance, ambition, and success (bring it on!). […]

T H I N G

Vernal (or ephemeral) pools are temporary bodies of water usually filled with winter rain or snow melt.  They are called vernal pools because they are often, but not necessarily, at their peak depth in the spring (“vernal” meaning of, relating to, or occurring in the spring) – their water level will fluctuate with a normal […]

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  From Proust’s Swann’s Way, the first volume to his seven-part In Search of Lost Time (or Remembrance of Things Past) which introduces the idea of involuntary memory (sometimes also called Proustian memory). I like thinking of this notion of place in direct relationship to a point and time in our memory instead of as a physical location. I […]

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Sometimes I go crazy for someone.  Jeff Whetstone is one of these people.  He teaches and directs the graduate program at the University of North Carolina (I want to go there now), graduated from Duke with a degree in Zoology, Yale with an MFA and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship – to name a few […]

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(Our friend Ward Long is guestblogger-in-residence on ACO. Let’s hear it for WARD!) Doing research for my interview with Vanessa Davis, I stumbled across the masterpiece above. My boyish teenage years were unmarked by rebellion, inventive hair dye, or expressive keratin paint, but now I was caught in a wormhole of nail bed nightmares. An […]

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Dearest readers – I would like to introduce you to the Cochineal insect (those white clusters seen on the cactus above). They can be found in the hills of Altadena, California (for example) and produce Carminic acid, which is commonly used in food dyes and cosmetics. Synthetic dyes are around, but because of related health […]

T H I N G

Watch this video to learn more about the Protect IP Act and Stop Online Piracy Act.  If you agree –  tell Congress: Please don’t censor the web!