a tale of a few cities

Oscars, Best Dressed



@jerrysaltz, I’ve added you to my bloggroll

Posted in Art, art criticism, humour, Twitter by petercombe on July 1, 2011



I found this banter amusing. Jerry Saltz is the Senior Art Critic at New York Magazine. Who’d have thought I’d actually get a reply?

New York Allows Same-Sex Marriage, Becoming Largest State to Pass Law

Posted in marriage, New York City, new york times, prop 8, Twitter by petercombe on June 24, 2011


State lawmakers voted late this evening to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed and giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the bill into law.

The marriage bill, whose fate was uncertain until moments before the vote, was approved, 33 to 29, in a packed but hushed Senate chamber.

Senate approval was the final hurdle for the same-sex marriage legislation, which was approved last week by the Assembly. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the measure at 11:55 p.m., and the law will go into effect in 30 days, meaning that same-sex couples could begin marrying in New York by late July.

New York City celebrated.

A huge precedent has been set and I’m sure quite a few politicians’ knickers are in a knot about the signing of the equal marriage legislation.

Artral Media’s China Syndrome

Posted in Digital Natives, Media, social media, Twitter, Vancouver, Wordsworth by petercombe on April 8, 2011

Sixty messages were created for Digital Natives, a public artwork sited on the electronic billboard at Burrard Street Bridge in downtown Vancouver. Three have been omitted by the corporation that is under contract to manage the billboard’s content, Astral Media Outdoor. Omitted messages are presented here, in solidarity with artist Edgar Heap of Birds and writer Larissa Lai. Other Sights for Artists’ Projects is dismayed at the exclusion of work by such respected artists.

Curators Clint Burnham and Lorna Brown state, “Our goals for the project are to use this highly visible location to present a conversation between First Nations and non-First Nations contributors and the public – happening on twitter, on our website, and on the billboard itself, as tweets from the public will be introduced in mid-April. In this anniversary year, we are drawing attention to the messages and languages we usually see in public space, and those we do not. We are disappointed that Astral has refused to broadcast artworks by such renowned artists. Their decision compromises the intent of the project and does a disservice to the artists, whose viewpoints about public space are highly valued.

“Unfortunately,” they add, “Astral’s censoring of artists and writers shows how difficult it is for Canadians to gain access to public space, and to express themselves in public space. This is an issue of censorship, of the suppression of artistic expression, clear and simple.”

from Digital Natives, Public Language Trouble

Astral Media’s Social Responsibility Page >

Corporate Emails >

Other Sights for Artists’ Projects’ Digital Natives is a public artwork sited on the electronic billboard at Burrard Street Bridge in downtown Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Digital Natives, Twitter, Public Art & The Skwxwú7mesh Nation

Posted in Digital Natives, Media, social media, text, Twitter, Vancouver, Wordsworth by petercombe on April 6, 2011

Digital Natives
April 4 – 30, 2011
Electronic Billboard
Burrard Street Bridge
Vancouver, BC

Other Sights for Artists’ Projects is pleased to announce Digital Natives, a public artwork sited on the electronic billboard at the Burrard Street Bridge.

Curators Lorna Brown and Clint Burnham have invited artists and writers from across North America to contribute messages to be broadcast over the month of April, coinciding with the 125th Anniversary of the City of Vancouver.

Digital Natives intervenes in the physical, social and historical context of the site, the billboard and the city with a series of ten second text messages interrupting the rotation of advertisements. Taking the form of Twitter messages, invited contributors respond to the site’s charged history, the ten-second format and the 140-character limit of tweets. The sign itself becomes an artistic and literary space for exchange between native and non-native communities exploring how language is used in advertising, its tactical role in colonization, and as a complex vehicle of communication.

The Vancouver Courier reports that the project hit a roadblock just as it was about to go live this week when Astral Media asked for translations of the messages it was given two weeks ago and initially held back 25 of the posts, according to Burnham. As a result, messages in Squamish weren’t seen on Squamish land where the billboards are rooted, and the Kwak’wala message that included English Twitter-speak “OMG” for oh my God wasn’t posted.

Encouraging dialogue among artists and writers, between First Nations and non-First Nations communities, and between artists, writers and the public, Digital Natives is public art that the public not only ‘receives’, but may also produce. Local and remote audiences are welcome to tweet their messages to @diginativ, and they will be considered for broadcast.

Check out the billboard as a medium

The Vancouver Courier article here

Peter Combe, THIS IS NOT A LOVE SONG, 2011

Nice to see it show up on Twitter

Posted in Twitter by petercombe on January 31, 2011

Must be an omen since my sister and family are due to fly British Airways to the UK today.

Nao Bustamante recommends

Posted in Art, performance art, serious television, Twitter by petercombe on July 21, 2010

Former Work of Art contestant and performance artist Nao Bustamante tweets my post.

Maurizio Cattelan, W(tf?) Magazine and the Artist Matthieu Lavanchy

(Digital Collage, Peter Combe, 2010: Cattelan snooping around Lavancy’s work for inspiration)


In February of this past year I wrote a post entitled omaggio? in which two very similar photographs were placed side by side. One photograph had no author attributed to it, the other photograph was featured in Maurizio Cattelan’s portfolio (Photographed by PierPaolo Ferrari, Styled by Camilla Nickerson, Curated by Dennis Freedmanin) for the November 2009 edition of W Magazine. The similarities of the two images were striking, so striking in fact, it lead me to believe that some serious poaching had gone on. A couple of weeks ago I discovered the beautiful work of Switzerland based artist Matthieu Lavanchy and was stunned to see that he was the artist responsible for the original.

Matthieu Lavanchy is a selected finalist in the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Hyères 2010. Mr. Schulmann or the Man in the High Castle (series) will be exhibited in Villa Noailles from April 30 to May 30, 2010. He lives and works in Switzerland.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Maurizio Cattelan’s work. Maurizio Cattelan is @MISTYGARDINER on Twitter.



From the Twittersphere

I miss them.

Posted in Art, Twitter, type by petercombe on April 11, 2010
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