July 27, 2004

tax.cheat

I was holding off on posting this due to my 'vacation' and the fact that I (wrongly) assumed that the art blog world would be all over this juicy and totally irrelevent one;

As gawker noted secondary market biggie Thea Westreich (and her husband) have been nailed by the IRS for $749,892 in uncollected sales tax and fines. They were using the old 'empty box' trick, which if you are not up on your tax cheating schemes involves selling an expensive piece of art to someone in state but then shipping an empty box to one of that customers out of state residences (no state sales tax on items sold out of state (interstate commerce clause)). The Westriech's were also using their company's resale number to make personal purchases without paying sales tax.

What I don't understand is how you get popped for this. It seems like one were to just turn down the arrogance meter a notch or two, you could be bright enough to get away with this scam. If you were to actually ship the art out of state, and then the customer did with it what s/he pleased you are pretty much off the hook- it's not like this is the first time a dealer has been busted for this...


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July 24, 2004

society.of.biological.insurgents

Dude, a really wonderful young artist Tara Mateik, an agent of the Society of Biological Insurgents (SBI) is performing tomorrow night at Renna Spaulings Gallery (371 Grand between Essex and Norfolk).

The performance one of the many events structured around LTTR's third and most recent release.

I think Tara's work (which I have only seen mediated by video) is really bright, fun, and important - in other words if you have soul and are in nyc and are not there you are a punk. More complexly Tara finds simple, physical, and often humorous ways to explore the problematics of gender, class and oppressive structures of power; inscribed upon the current metanarratives of science and genetic engineering. Of course all you need to know is that Tara rocks. LTTR also rocks and you should bring a few bucks to pick up the most recent issue, which is probably better than anything you do (if you=me anyway).

You can check out some of tara's work here

There is more information about the performance itself after the cut.

JULY 25
Performances at Reena Spaulings Gallery
Sunday 8pm
REENA SPAULINGS GALLERY
371 Grand between Essex and Norfolk

Tara Mateik: SBI, The Society of Biological Insurgents

Tara Mateik is a media artist and activist in New York. His videos and collective productions have screened internationally. As Coordinator of the video collective, Paper Tiger Television, Tara collaboratively advocated dozens of alternative media production and distribution initiatives. Tara has contributed to the publications Felix: A Journal of Media Arts and Culture and LTTR, a new feminist art journal. Tara explores the politicized forms of gender variance through biological intervention and direct action. Tara Mateik is a member of The Society of Biological Insurgents (SBI, pronounced \spi\), which is a cell organization that seeks to overthrow institutions of compulsory gender. He will perform an SBI lecture at Reena Spaulings.

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July 23, 2004

infinite.fill

I love it when someone posts what pretty much what I wanted to post and saves me the trouble. Check out Tom Moody's notes and pictures from the infinite fill show I am in.

The show looked really, really nice - my only complaint was having all the films on individual DVD's that had to be changed by hand as opposed to one compilation dvd - that is a small price to pay considering that this was a totally DIY show with over 80 artists put together by Cory and Jamie on their own. They get mad props on both vision and execution.

The show is up until the end of august, I urge you to go check it out.

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July 21, 2004

summer.vacation

Sorry for the impromptu summer vacation; I needed it and I envision posting here to be light through august when we will go daily with a redesign and other nifty stuff you should eagerly await. I will probably keep posting here-and-there, just nothing on the 'regs, do however keep your RSS reader of choice tuned in.

Hopefully by then I will have figured out how to deal with all this nasty comment spam.

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July 09, 2004

more.la.gay

Hey, I missed this panel in which the prof. will be talking with bruce Labruce and a few others on the topic The Death of Queer Art. Other than people this is probably the first thing to happen in LA since I left that I really wish I was there for. The longer description is:

Is there a price for our deepening embrace by the mainstream? Do acceptance and assimilation spell cultural sameness or even obliteration? As we become more “respectable,” are we tempted to sanitize queer sex? Will our once outlaw/outsider status and the ocean of art it inspired evolve into something just as powerful? Or are LGBT people - and the culture that reflects us - becoming the victims of our own success? This panel of brilliant and outspoken LGBT artists and cultural critics considers the implications for queer art-making and audiences.

Moderator: Stephen Gutwillig (Executive Director, Outfest)

Shari Frilot (filmmaker; programmer, Sundance Film Festival), Bruce LaBruce (filmmaker, HUSTLER WHITE, THE RASPBERRY REICH), Eve Oishi (curator; professor, CSU Long Beach), José Esteban Muñoz (filmmaker; professor, New York University), John Rechy (author, City of Night, The Sexual Outlaw)

It takes place next saturday, july 17th at 2:30 pm at the DGA (directors guild, if my L-gay memory serves me correctly). I absolutly urge anyone who is in Los Angeles and has a role in art (queer or not) to attend this really important event.

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sticky.bonds

Sorry for the lack of updates fuckers, my computer is da da dead and it looks like it is going to take a while to fix, I am in the apple store now.

In anycase if you are in los angeles this weekend and you do not go chek out the following program you are basicly half a human being. As part of this years outfest LA The Prof. has organized an amazing looking program of short films from the likes of Nao Bustamante, Vag. Davis n' Tara Mateik. I really do insist you go see it, info follows [good luck navigating that outfest website btw; the gays make the art better than the technology].

More Info:

Sticky Bonds
Sun Jul 11, 8:30 pm REDCAT $10.00  
Curated by Kevin McCarty and José Esteban Muñoz.Queer
intimacies are often messy ones. While mainstream pop
continues to “Disneyfy” the pervert through representations of
gay make-over handmaidens and happy-go-lucky fags with
their hags, this program is interested in rendering our complex
bonds to both each other and queerness itself. This program is
an antidote to the onslaught of media images that portray the
joys of gay marriage and transnational adoption. Instead we
offer different accounts of queers and their intimacies including
Sara Jordeno’s tale of lesbian cruising in Russia, Coco Frio (the
New York art collective)’s homage to hateful art collaborations,
Vaginal Davis and Cyril Kuhn’s experimental futuristic vintage
porn, performance diva Nao Bustamante’s haunting tribute to
polymorphous perversity, the Toxic Titties video about the
blurry and often creepy line between collaboration and love, and
Jenn Kolmel's queer mediation on inappropriate public touching.


Wo Ist Manfred
DIR: Vaginal Davis, Cyril Kuhn, USA, 2004, video, 10 min.
Davis and Kuhn spin a tail of pornographic delights featuring
John Wayne Bobbit and his infamy.

Raison D’Etre
DIR: Coco Frio, USA, 2003, video, 10 min.
This mockumentary features the addled and delusional queer art
collective’s prattling about the pains of collaboration.

Lifestyle
DIR: Nao Bustamante, USA, 2003, video, 7 min.
Performance art guru Nao Bustamente’s shares a horny fantasy
of polymorphous perversity.

The Pool
DIR: Sara Jordeno, USA, 2004, video, subtitled, 22 min.
Jordeno’s video is sung to the tune of Dolly Parton’s “I Will
Always Love You” and features the ribald tale of lesbian cruising
among monuments and ruins.

Like Someone in Love
DIR: Toxic Titties, 2002, video, 6 min.
Los Angeles’s favorite Lesbo performance terrorists reflect on
the trials and tribulations of love and art making.

Forward Hand
DIR: Jenn Kolmel, USA, 2003, video, 4 min.
Kolmel’s video is a tribute to the pleasures of inappropriate
public touching.

PYT
DIR: Tara Mateik, 2004, Video, 7 min.
This music video charts a perverse transsexual identification
between Peter Pan and Michael Jackson.

I Love You
DIR: Haruko Tanaka, 2003, Video, 2 min.
The short video is a tribute to deep narcissism.

www.outfest.org
Outfest in LALALAND

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