Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays To You

Note: A.A.(P.) will resume publishing in the New Year.


"Allan Smithee"

postscript: And Thanks Again for reading Automotive Acne (Productions)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Holiday Recipes

Jalepeno Rice with Cheese

Saute' in oil: 1 cup white rice, until clear. Do not brown. Add 2 cups cold water, salt, wedges of 1 onion, 1 clove garlic, sliced. Cook until fluffy. In oiled Pyrex (I use a 2 qt round) but probably any will do, put one layer of rice, one layer of sour cream and top with shredded Monterry Jack cheese. Bake at 350 until hot and cheese is bubbly.

mix the sour cream with a small can of sliced chili peppers for some good zip!!!


Cheese Straws

2 jars of Olde English sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 lb butter
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp red pepper (cayenne) I usually add more

Mix cheese with softened butter. To this, add dry ingredients and mix together well Put into cheese gun (I use the disk)
and squirt out onto oiled cookie sheet. Bake in oven (300 degree?) until they look dry. DO NOT BROWN!!!

Note: Requested Recipes from my Mother. Not known where they were originally published.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Monday's Meal

Dec. 13th

12 oz. can of beer
16 oz. can of Yuengling Premium
2 pints of Rolling Rock (*)
liverwurst on toasted rye bread with mustard/onion/cheese
pickles on the side
16 oz. can of Yuengling Premium

(*) plus one additional pint

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Studio Visit With Alex Da Corte

In Collaboration with Fleisher/Ollman Gallery

Brideshead 2010 - Plastic china, ribbon, silicon, flowers, flock, flies, basket, beads

Just visited Alex Da Corte's studio with about 15 other people. There were about 20 assemblages (sculptures) in various stages of completion. Very strong work.

Was there for about 45 minutes. Had a cup of coffee and lots of laughs. His work has a wonderful sense of humor... left the studio with a very positive feeling.

Addendum/Postscript: After thinking about the Sat. studio visit, kept trying to remember where I had met Alex Da Corte and seen his artwork before. Just remembered, saw his one-day Pinata Piece at ICA a few years back and had a short conversation with him just before this video was taken.


Alex Da Corte will be in group show opening Dec. 16th at Jolie Laide Gallery (Philadelphia)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Manifesto for a Margin of Utility

The dearth of critical voices in the current aesthetico-political matrix serves as a silent imperative to all of those who strive to articulate an alternative set of aesthetic, political and theoretical practices. The silence of this imperative resounds with increased urgency in times of a consensual progressivism intent on meager reformism, which is nothing short of a brief distraction in the obdurate apology for the systems in place. It is the explicit goal of the Machete Group to give voice to the resounding silence of this imperative by breaking with the dominant social and political imaginary through the creation of public forums for articulating alternative collective discourses and practices. We hold these truths to be the most worthy of being put to the test of collective actualization:

- theory without practice is empty and practice without theory is blind

- the present is only a myopic mirage if it is not inscribed in history, and it is devoid of interest if it is not interrogated from the point of view of possible futures

- the facile opposition between an absolute revolution and acquiescence to the present state of affairs is a mere subterfuge that plays into the hands of revolutionary nostalgics and the corporate executors of the present

- aesthetic practice is inseparable from political stakes, and politics constructs regimes of perception that shape the world and frame its possibilities

- works of art are not autonomous instances of creativity originating in a subjective void but are decisive modes of intervention into the shared fabric of our world

- artistic and theoretical practices are not exempt from incisive critique and must not be protected by the superficial niceties of good taste or the debilitating accoutrements of socially refined behavior

- education is a collective and dynamic process unrestricted to the formal hierarchies and bureaucracies of academic corporations

- it is imperative to jettison quietism and indifference in the name of cutting into the present and assuming the consequences of one’s position, with all of the requisite exclusions that such a commitment entails

- there is a margin of utility that can and must be made use of!

The Machete Group


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Art Collection - Recent Additions (*)

(*) Homeless Artists & Years Completed Unknown
Acrylic on PosterBoard

Friday, December 3, 2010

4 Bio Excerpt (*)

Rod Willmot

If I go alone,
I'll lie in the wildflowers
and dream of you

"Prior to 1948 I think I was a hermit thrush somewhere in Algonquin; when reincarnated in Toronto as a human being I felt distinctly out of place. I was born with several incurable diseases - writing in my bones, music in my blood, and an inability to sit still. Spent my youth biting the dust all across Canada. I discovered haiku when a friend edited one of my poems down to the last three lines; since then I've always had the highest regard for brevity and illiterate friends. However, when my book Haiku (1969) was published, I decided to write novels instead."

Foster Jewell

Cows paw at the snow-
turn - and seeing what I am,
go on foraging.

"From 1956 to 1958 I was living in a remote section of the Arkansas Ozarks, tramping the woods in search of black walnut suitable for sculpture - a helpful exercise, also, in awareness of the processes and manifestations taking place in field and forest, and from which came my first book of verses, Strato Lanes in Star Grass, Sangre de Cristo Press, 1959."

Mabelsson Norway

On the top fence-rail
she lights, knocking off some snow-
a common sparrow

"It was in Massachusetts that I was born to my mother, Marysdaughter Mabel, sixty-two years ago. When I was thirteen she took me with my sister, Mabelsdaughter Nan, to France, where for two years I lived and wandered in their company. Since forsaking home at sixteen, I have dwelt for long periods, not only in Massachusetts, but also in Minnesota, Alabama, Florida, Mexico, Alaska, Colorado, New York, Vermont, Hawaii, Peru, and British Columbia, where I an now to be found. The joys and terrors of my shade-loving life are nature, womanhood, and words. As it takes shape in me, poetry draws its own life directly from the objective logic, from the elementary grammar, of these not unusual passions."

Larry Wiggin

the long hairs
on my neck

"Born in Northfield, New Hampshire, November 15, 1919 ... usual schooling ... served in the Army during World War Two, in the South Pacific ... taught elementary school for four years ... operated a dairy farm for thirteen years ... am a certified Swedish Masseur, practicing since 1963 ... am presently in Laconia, New Hampshire.

"Interested in brevity, started with short stories of Hemingway ... interest in haiku began with a Peter Pauper Press edition of The Four Seasons, a collection of Japanese haiku ... dislike detail in writing, save a necessary scientific explanation of how something works, or how to open and cook a package of frozen peas ... believe the majority of poets get carried away with their wan rhetoric and what they have to say could be said in half the space ... Bible is an excellent example of compression of expression.

"Note: was asked to write this sketch in first person, and so I have, leaving the "I" understood. Hate the damn word, personally!"

(*) The Haiku Anthology

Edited by Cor Van Den Heuvel
Anchor Books, 1974

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Free Library - Current Checkouts

The Forever War by Dexter Filkins

The Devil's Own Work by Alan Judd

The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It by Scott Patterson

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

The Bullpen Gospels by Dirk Hayhurst

The Diary of a Nobody by George & Weedon Grossmith

The Girl Who Loved Animals: And Other Stories by Bruce McAllister

The Cave by Jose Saramago

War Dances by Sherman Alexie


Life by Keith Richards & James Fox

Pick Up Location: Richmond Branch

Position in Holds Queue: 38

Availability: Unavailable for pickup