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On my stop in Pittsburgh I did three events. I finally got pictures from the last of them. Thanks to Terrance and Yona for hosting a reading at their home and to all the folks who showed up and shared poems. What a wonderful Night. 

Art Without Relations / Art Review

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"This essay has made two basic claims. First, Heidegger and Greenberg were right to call for a depth behind the surface content of art, but wrong to identify this depth with a unified holistic background. The problem with modernist theory was not that it decontextualised art and made it too autonomous, but that it rooted autonomy in the features of the medium rather than the internal fascinations of content itself. Here Surrealism was an undeserving loser, along with Kandinsky, as in Greenberg’s blatant dismissals of both.

Second, Fried was right to call for an art without literalism, but wrong to see the human as solely a literalising agent. While the artwork must have a depth beyond how it is encountered by the spectator, the human is less a spectator than a co-constituent of the artwork itself, since nonfascinating art simply fails in a way that nonfascinating science does not. The undeserving loser here is not just performance art in the strict sense, but any form of passionate attachment, or ‘sentimentality’ as Fried terms it.”

- Graham Harman

http://artreview.com/features/september_2014_graham_harman_relations/

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Woody Guthrie, Arguably America’s most famous folk singer, was born in Okemah, Oklahoma.  He is the author of This Land is Your Land, a song that is familiar to most Americans. At least the melody and chorus. Recently, while listening to the song, I was startled by the content of many of the verses. They were much more bleak and political than I expected. Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Land_Is_Your_Land http://amidparadise.com/post/97809503989/there-are-still-copies-of-the-held-up-graphic

Woody Guthrie, Arguably America’s most famous folk singer, was born in Okemah, Oklahoma.  He is the author of This Land is Your Land, a song that is familiar to most Americans. At least the melody and chorus. Recently, while listening to the song, I was startled by the content of many of the verses. They were much more bleak and political than I expected. Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Land_Is_Your_Land

http://amidparadise.com/post/97809503989/there-are-still-copies-of-the-held-up-graphic

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On the Thursday the 20th of November we did an event at Salt and Cedar in Detroit. The space was amazing. A calming atmosphere. Curated, yet homely. Over the whole night I was struck with feelings of deja vu. The conversation around the book was eyeopening and I felt that those that attended made the story their own.  Thank you Jenna, Megan and Leon.

On the Thursday the 20th of November we did an event at Salt and Cedar in Detroit. The space was amazing. A calming atmosphere. Curated, yet homely.

Over the whole night I was struck with feelings of deja vu. The conversation around the book was eyeopening and I felt that those that attended made the story their own.  Thank you Jenna, Megan and Leon.

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Next time you are in Cleveland visit Guide to Kulchur. An amazing books shop full of zines, indy publications and used books. Also a great place to read. Thanks Ra.

Next time you are in Cleveland visit Guide to Kulchur. An amazing books shop full of zines, indy publications and used books. Also a great place to read. Thanks Ra.

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After leaving Pittsburgh we drove to Cleveland, where we were greeted by snow and hotdogs. The first event in Cleveland was a Type sorting and cocktail party. We drank Manhattans and the Alaska state drink. Though I was born and raised in Alaska, it was a drink I had never even heard of. 1 part chartreuse, 3 parts gin and a splash of orange bitters. 

It was great seeing everyone at Zygote Press  again. That being where the book was printed.  and we got a huge amount of type sorted.

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Here, at the conclusion of Held Up Chapter Three, we are going to take a break. In the making of this comic this was a turning point. It is when I began to understand where the story was going, no longer approaching Held Up’s creation entirely as a form of free association.  Over the next few weeks, instead of posting new pages, I will be posting context for the story so far, including links to the pages each post is connected to. I will also be adding a notes page to this site. All in all this should make things clearer and more confusing at the same time.  Held Upl Chapter Four will begin on January 15th.  Above is a picture of Francis Jammes (on the left) hanging out with some friends.

Here, at the conclusion of Held Up Chapter Three, we are going to take a break. In the making of this comic this was a turning point. It is when I began to understand where the story was going, no longer approaching Held Up’s creation entirely as a form of free association. 

Over the next few weeks, instead of posting new pages, I will be posting context for the story so far, including links to the pages each post is connected to. I will also be adding a notes page to this site. All in all this should make things clearer and more confusing at the same time. 

Held Upl Chapter Four will begin on January 15th. 

Above is a picture of Francis Jammes (on the left) hanging out with some friends.

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The first stop on the Rust Belt tour was Pittsburgh, PA. The city with the most bridges in the world and (unbeknownst to me before arriving) a pretty hilly place. Above are some pictures of type before, after and in-between, from the reading at Encyclopedia Destructica (thanks to Courtney and Nhatt for the pics).

The following day I spoke to a  class at the University of Pittsburgh. The upstairs of the art building is set up circling a small enclosed garden. Along the walls are reproductions of old masterpieces (down in the windowless basement is where all the art students work). I couldn’t help but smile when I saw the reproduction of Saint Francis and the birds. 

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Here are just a few of the forms cast over the last week or so. From Left to Right: A, M, Space, A,Space and T. The loose piece of type is a ligature. What to do with ligatures? Over the next week I will begin to post more pics, video and audio from the road, but for now I want to take the time to thank everyone who has hosted Le Roman du Lievre so far. That means you Bunnell Street Art Center,  IFAA, Courtney Ehrlichman, Encyclopedia Destructica, Yona Harvey and Terrance Hayes, Zygote Press, Guide to Kulchur and Salt and Cedar

Here are just a few of the forms cast over the last week or so. From Left to Right: A, M, Space, A,Space and T. The loose piece of type is a ligature. What to do with ligatures?

Over the next week I will begin to post more pics, video and audio from the road, but for now I want to take the time to thank everyone who has hosted Le Roman du Lievre so far. That means you Bunnell Street Art Center,  IFAA, Courtney Ehrlichman, Encyclopedia Destructica, Yona Harvey and Terrance Hayes, Zygote Press, Guide to Kulchur and Salt and Cedar