A Food Truck Gallery
Photographer Eric Williams took some awesome snaps we couldn’t fit into our food truck extravaganza, so feast (get it?) yer eyes!
When It Was Now
New Mexican photographer exhibits 9/11 images
History has snuck up on me. One moment, it was now: when I first heard the news of the planes crashing. I recall it clearly—as do many of you—and it’s irrelevant that we remember different moments. It seems enough that we remember.
Then it was a little after now, when America battened its hatches, put flag stickers on its minivans, unironically used the descriptor “Homeland” and wrote memos rationalizing torture. Yet the constant thread during that time, however insane or useless it was in application, remained remembrance of 9/11.
I recall being 6 or 7 and not really knowing what the Vietnam War was or when it had happened—and I remember seeing in my grandpa’s face how my ignorance wounded him a little. A veteran of the Air Force, he’d served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam; of course it was unimaginable that Vietnam wasn’t looming large in all American minds.
When I talk to someone too young to remember that now shared so viscerally by the rest of us, it feels shocking, even though it shouldn’t.
Photographer Eric O’Connell was living in Manhattan when 9/11 happened. His personal story is pretty amazing—he’s lucky to be alive—but mostly what’s worth noting is the now that he captured on film in all its awful chaos and chilling stillness. The shared remembrance that so many of us possess, the way we still exchange the where-I-was-when stories, must slowly but inexorably give way to a remembrance grounded in images like these.
photos courtesy of Eric O’Connell
Opening reception for A New Reality: Photographs of 9/11 by Eric O’Connell
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 5:30 to 8pm
Albuquerque Photographer’s Gallery
303 Romero NW
V.22 No.27 | 7/4/2013
Four on the Fourth
The American story in fact and fiction
Four writers tackle four recent books that explore our multifaceted nation.
Short Nights of the Shadow Hunter: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis
The Daily Word: why George Takei is mad at facebook; how Republicans can be surprised at the Obama victory; what happens when weed is legalized in Seattle
A New Mexico company is selling Breaking Bad bath salts.
The family of Albuquerque attorney Mary Han is suing APD, claiming police screwed-up the investigation into her purported suicide.
Is fracking in Rio Arriba County's future?
Albuquerque city councilors may overturn the minimum wage increase that was approved by voters last week.
George Clooney won the election for Obama.
Seattle Police Department explains the marijuana laws that will go into effect December Sixth.
You will probably not be allowed to hunt giant octopus in Seattle's Puget Sound anymore.
The 2011 World Press Photos contest winners.
Denmark is getting rid of the "fat-tax" that was applied to certain foods last year.
This song celebrating Thanksgiving may cause you to step in front of a bus.
George Takei joins the ranks of Facebook users angry about the money-grubbing EdgeRank filter.
Obama was declared the winner of the presidential contest in Florida.
Does fact checking matter if politicians continue to lie after their fabrications have been exposed?
Republicans were surprised Romney lost because they believe Rush Limbaugh and Fox news.
On this day in 1969 Sesame Street premiered.
This week’s Flyer on the Wall alerts artsy music lovers about an opening reception for Billy Joe Miller’s mixed-media photography installation, Wake, at 5G Gallery North and a corresponding music showcase at The Kosmos (1715 Fifth NW) tonight. Miller organized the whole shebang and says the new exhibit is loosely themed on the multiple meanings of the word “wake.” There’s the funereal meaning, the awakened context and the aqueous trail bit. Check out music from performing acts below. The Kosmos • Extradura Quality Carbon • Danny Paul Grody • Twig Palace • Jordan O'Jordan • Fri Nov 9 • 9 pm • $7 • ALL-AGES!
V.21 No.45 | 11/8/2012
Flyer on the Wall
In the WakeThis week’s Flyer on the Wall hypes both a mixed-media photography show and a corresponding concert at The Kosmos.
Bigfoot captured in solar eclipse photo.
Yesterday I took this photo of the solar eclipse from the muddy, needle-strewn parking lot of the International Cryptozoology Museum, but it wasn’t until later, amid much dubious wood-knocking from celebrity scat monger Loren “Fakey Footprint” Coleman, that I noticed a startling figure in the foreground. Is it a hairy little man? Is it a hobo looking for a kind hearted lady to feed him a hot meal? Or is it the legendary Corn Ape? You decide!
Enter the Alibi Photo Contest 9.0
Once again, the Alibi is offering a heap of prizes and opportunities to have your photography published as part of our annual Photo Contest. So join our Flickr group and start uploading. All the info you’ll need is in the above link. And for inspiration, here’s a taste of last year’s winners.
It’s been four months and I’m still finding stuff
Today’s Office Excavations post is about a box of phlogs. If you punch this word into Google, you’ll get a dozen different definitions. I think, in this case—although there is no explanation accompanying the box—the artist means “photo logs,” or something of this ilk.
The box, which was under a stack of junk on a bookshelf in my office, is full of black, matte, blank greeting cards, each with a black and white photo glued to the front. Most of the subjects pictured are people, although one is cutlery and dirty plates. Each photo has intriguing composition and exudes a melancholy feel, such as I like my art to have. On the back of every card is an essay relating to the image on the front. The essays are little capsules of narrative poignancy.
A sheet inside the box reads “Phlogs: Journey to the heart of the human predicament. Note card series by George Stranahan.” (Dirty dishes do get right to the heart of my predicament.)
It turns out that George Stranahan is a physicist, philosopher, educator, writer and photographer who lives in Colorado. He is also a brewer. He started the Flying Dog brewpub in Aspen, which expanded to become a brewery in Denver, with his friend and neighbor Hunter S. Thompson!
The note cards are an offshoot of the book, Phlogs: Journey to the heart of the human predicament, which is full of photos and essays by Stranahan. He had some help on the bound version from author Nicole Beinstein Strait, who wrote some of the essays.
The note cards are really cool and I’m willing to share. If you comment on this blog, I will mail you one at random, and you can regift it or tack it to your wall. (Up to 12 people, because that’s how many cards there are.)
V.20 No.31 | 8/4/2011
Life on the Flip Side
Concurrent exhibits at 516 ARTS home in on alternative communities
The first thing you notice is a bearded man with “Hug Life” tattooed across his beer gut, standing on a homemade raft. This image, and numerous other examples of alternative living, are the focus of two summer exhibits at 516 ARTS: Across the Great Divide, a collection of photographs by Roberta Price, and Worlds Outside This One, featuring more than a dozen contributors. Across the Great Divide documents life in Southwestern communes―small, rural communities based around collective land ownership. Worlds Outside This One shows environmentally friendly and often portable methods of housing from around the world.
V.20 No.23 | 6/9/2011
Central Artsy PartsThere are so many cool art shows happening, all the time, everywhere in this city. I'm just going to cram in a mention for a few along the Central corridor right here.
Cross the Divide
516 Arts (516 Central SW) will present a free panel discussion, The Construction of the Counterculture: The Role of Women & the Place of Architecture, as well as two new exhibitions—Across the Great Divide, photography by Roberta Price, and Worlds Outside This One, works by multiple international artists—all on Saturday. Panelists include Price and artist Linda Fleming, both early residents of the Libre commune, and the architect Arnold Valdez. The panel is at 2 p.m., followed by a reception for the art opening at 6 p.m. This triad is the first event of a summer-long collaboration between 516 and Alvarado Urban Farm, unCommon Ground, a series of exhibits and programming about self-sufficiency, community and visions of utopia.