Wednesday, December 08, 2010

out & about

The New Gallery: Michelle Normoyle : P R E T T Y V A C A N T
Emptied of customers, owners and security I photographed the interior without fear or reprimand: pressing the camera against the thick pane, the glass of the storefront becomes the lens of the camera; a membrane through which the aesthetic and commercial values osmotically exchange. Its neutrality is an illusion. The empty store, like the empty gallery acts as a transitional device that bleaches out the past at the same time controls the future. The neutral space is merely an illusion and as such, subject to change...

Geoff Dyer on a sore winner

I can't remember whether it's the author (played by Charlotte Rampling)
or her publisher (Charles Dance), but in Fran├žois Ozon's film The Swimming Pool
one of them remarks that literary prizes are like hemorrhoids: Sooner
or later, every asshole gets one. This sentiment might have been used as
an epigraph to the Austrian author Thomas Bernhard's
My Prizes, an "accounting" of the many literary awards that began coming his way in the mid- 1960s...