CAT LANGUAGE

February 10, 2009 | Filed Under god bless the internet, mysterious, time travel | Leave a Comment 



CAMPAIGN 2012

August 6, 2008 | Filed Under big ideas, funny haha, mysterious, politics, time travel | 3 Comments 

obama / quetzalcoatl - 2012

realized yesterday that 2012 is not only the end of the world/mayan calendar - but it will also be an election year… presumably for Obama’s 2nd term.  Holden and I thought of a great idea for a running mate!

I actually ordered a few of these bumper stickers from makestickers.com. I’ll have some extras if anyone wants one…



WEIRD WINTER

May 6, 2008 | Filed Under art, d'etre, job responsibilities, time travel | Leave a Comment 

Weird Winter

post-it note, 3×3″
partly inspired by a partly weird winter



BARNARD 68

March 24, 2008 | Filed Under mysterious, photo, space, time travel | 1 Comment 

Molecular Cloud Barnard 68



Take it to the Limit

December 1, 2006 | Filed Under funny haha, god bless the internet, mysterious, time travel | 2 Comments 



P.S. Page Me Later

September 26, 2006 | Filed Under art, big ideas, found, god bless the internet, mysterious, photo, reading, time travel | Leave a Comment 

I found Found Magazine’s website. It’s wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. I wish I still had the amazing note that was left on my car by some Savannah vandals after they wrecked the deer skull I had attached to my bumper. It was hilarious. I can’t remember what it said exactly, but I loved it and I saved it, but it’s vanished by now into the ether. Maybe it’ll turn up again one day and I’ll send it in to Found Mag. Here’s what they’re all about:

We collect found stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids’ homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, doodles- anything that gives a glimpse into someone else’s life. Anything goes.We certainly didn’t invent the idea of found stuff being cool. Every time we visit our friends in other towns, someone’s always got some kind of unbelievable discovered note or photo on their fridge. We decided to make a bunch of projects so that everyone can check out all the strange, hilarious and heartbreaking things people have picked up and passed our way.

You should read the rest of the about page… the note that started it all is pretty great… and then check out some of the finds, complete with brief explanations of the context in which they were discovered.This is my favorite one for today:

Ralph’s NoteFOUND by Jennifer in New York, New YorkI had been playing my music (which can get pretty odd at times) one night in my apartment. The next day, I woke up to a lot of sounds outside my door. I opened my door to see paramedics taking away my neighbor. He had died, apparently during the night.

By the way, we lucky Atlantans can pick up the yearly paper version of the magazine at Criminal Records... Just so you know. I’m gonna be looking for it.God, i love this stuff.



A Chaos of Conscious Forces

September 25, 2006 | Filed Under art, big ideas, found, god bless the internet, mysterious, photo, time travel | Leave a Comment 

Listen: I’ve been accumulating a pretty nice collection of bookmarks to various photo and imagery archives around the internets for a while now, with the intention of sharing. There is so much visual treasure just waiting to be looked at, from Soviet-era maps of the U.K. to photos developed from film found in cameras at antique stores and flea markets to hundreds of scans of old illustrations from the turn of the century.[I have to disclaim that I’ve been turned on to a large majority of these collections via Boing Boing, (though I’ve found some on my own,) so if you’re a regular BB reader, I ask you to forgive a little repetition. But I think some of y’all might not have seen this stuff, and I want you to.]So I’m gonna start posting some of these archives regularly.To start: a really nicely designed site about found photos from Buenos Aires.And this:

‘A city is, properly speaking, more poetic even than a countryside, for while Nature is a chaos of unconscious forces, a city is a chaos of conscious ones. The crest of the flower or the pattern of the lichen may or may not be significant symbols. But there is no stone in the street and no brick in the wall that is not actually a deliberate symbol -a message from some man, as much as if it were a telegram or a post-card. The narrowest street possesses, in every crook and twist of its intention, the soul of the man who built it.’ 

Well put, G.K. Chesterson.By the way, I like the layout of this website. The photos are neatly separated into categories, and you get the thumbnails and the actual photo you’re looking at in the same screen. Everything here is pretty good, but the “pieces” section is especially worth seeing.



The B could also be for Book

April 23, 2006 | Filed Under art, happening, poetry, projects, time travel | 3 Comments 

Newsflash! I’m starting a new project. As many of you know, I have this thing for documentation/archiving/preservation/capturing-of-fleeting-moments. Evidence for this impulse of mine can be seen in my flickr sets of my entire polaroid collection*, my paintings, my post-it note drawings*, my aesthetic-phonetic project*, and maybe eventually my collection of ticket stubs for practically every movie I’ve seen in the past 10 years. I know, that’s a little weird. But I like to collect things, and I especially like to archive and organize and document and preserve for posterity. I think it might be great one day to be able to show my kids what I was into and doing and creating from a young age onward… and in the meantime, my family and friends, too. My thinking is that if I continue to preserve these things, hopefully I can create a sort of seamless continuum that can connect my young self to my slightly older self, to my early adult self, to my middle aged self, to my retiree self, to my rickety old man self, and explain how each of those selves transitioned from one to the next. It’s interesting to me, at least, as a kind of ongoing, neverending experiment.So along those lines, when I was sixteen, I started keeping a “serious” sketchbook. I had sketchbooks before this, but they were mostly drawings of spaceships, airplanes, racecars, and teenage mutant ninja turtles. But when I started getting interested in creating real art for the first time, I was advised by my art teachers to buy a hard-bound blank-page sketchbook, and draw in it frequently, and keep it to look at later. So I did this… and I’ve been doing it ever since.I really jumped on the sketchbook train. I loved the concept of it. I brought it with me everywhere. I drew in it at summer camp, at the beach, at school during PE, at home on the trampoline in the backyard, in planes, and at work. Early on, I made it clear to my friends (also burgeoning artists) that they were not only welcome, but encouraged to draw or write anything they felt like any time they wanted to in my sketchbooks. Sometimes I had more than one book going, but usually, the drawings and the books were completed chronologically, and I saved them all.So in effect, these books became a pretty vivid document of my life from age 16 til now. I can look at certain pages and recall where I was and what was happening in detail - like the completely abstract elaborate scribbling in book 2 or 3 that I did at like 4 am when I was drunk at a fishing camp with my Baton Rouge friends waiting for a honey-soaked cigarette to come out of the oven (an experiment which failed dramatically). Or the drawing of the inside of the staff cottage at Camp Beckwith that I made during a particularly mellow rest-time after lunch with my swim shorts still wet from sailing - I remember the air conditioner was on too high and it was chilly. I know that this is pretty personal stuff that the average viewer wouldn’t have any way of picking up on. But with my commentary, there’s a pretty rich history of me and my friends in these books. And of course, there are other pages that certain people in the world would probably have a certain connection to and might like to see. Naturally, a lot of the drawings are bad, or meaningless, or uninteresting. But there are a few good ones, and a few that can be accompanied by good stories, and a few that are just funny.So here’s the project: I, Charlie B. Spaht, full of pretty good intentions, an ambition seasoned with a little bit of hubris, and a curiosity to see what’ll happen if I do it, propose to create a new “blog” in which I will post scans of every page of my “serious” sketchbooks, in the order that they were created, starting with book #1 (which begins in December ‘96,) without skipping pages no matter how embarassing, one page per day, with commentary when relevant, until I reach the present day, at which point I guess I’ll keep going, but maybe not once a day. In addition, at the point of completion for each book, I’ll create a flickr set for easier reference (and organization).I think this should be an interesting experiment. It should satisfy my need to collect and document my work, possibly explain a few things about what makes me tick, and at the least, provide a momentary diversion every day or so for a few of you.So, if you’re so inclined, check it, don’t wreck it; and feel free to bookmark it:

CHARLIE BOOK

p.s. this blog isn’t going away - I’ll still be posting non-sketchbook-related items here. just sayin. don’t forget about ‘dre.UPDATE: 6/28/06SKETCHBOOK #1 on FlickrUPDATE: 10/05/06SKETCHBOOK #2 on Flickr



Apache! Ah Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!

March 7, 2006 | Filed Under funny haha, god bless the internet, music, time travel | 2 Comments 

Brave warriors, riders of the plains -Apache ‘pache boy! Apache ‘pache boy!Their land, strong earth -They must be free -Apache ‘pache boy! Apache ‘pache boy!to live their own lives, free.Free.Apache!- turn on yr spkrs -



Progress on the Polaroid Front

December 29, 2005 | Filed Under friends, photo, projects, time travel | Leave a Comment 

I’ve just scanned and uploaded the latest batch of Polaroids. There are 10 from Korrine’s Christmas party and about 25 from Will’s. I also reversed the order of the set, so now the oldest pictures are at the end and the fresh ones are at the top. Get ‘em while they’re hot.Updated: New Year’s Eve is on there too in a major way.



The Clock of the Long Now

October 23, 2005 | Filed Under art, big ideas, god bless the internet, good lord, music, mysterious, space, time travel | Leave a Comment 

This project is pretty awe-inspiring — This guy, Danny Hillis, and his team have created a design (and two prototypes so far) for a “clock” that will run for 10,000 years. The final version will be over 60 feet tall and embedded 10,000 feet up the side of a mountain in Nevada. It will display the time in several different modes, including the positions of the planets in orbit around the sun. It’s essentially a digital clock, but it works mechanically (using pins in or out) to represent ones and zeroes. It was named by none other than Brian Eno. This is one of the most impressive and well thought out ideas I’ve heard of in a really long time, and I like it. The concept of creating a monument on this scale (physically, symbollically, and temporally) is something I’d like to see more of. Let’s build us some pyramids! Here are links: the Discover Article, the Project’s website, and a page about the 1st prototype.