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Seasons Greetings with Crayon Pop

by The AFC Staff on December 25, 2013

Happy holidays from all of us here at Art F City.

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Join the National Protest and Stop SOPA and PIPA

by Paddy Johnson on January 17, 2012
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Tomorrow only readers will see a small change in our site — load any Art Fag City URL and a splash will appear asking you to sign a petition protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its sister in the senate, the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Those are bills that, if passed, would give the US government unprecedented options for shutting down sites that are suspected of “engaging in, enabling or facilitating” copyright infringement. SOPA, in particular, would, among ohter things, allow the government to delete authoritative DNS records and force your ISP to give your computer false DNS information if you request a suspected site.

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Happy Holidays From Art Fag City

by Paddy Johnson on December 24, 2011


The Johnson family farm, Christmas, 2007

I’m feeling a bit of nostalgia for the Johnson family farm this season since I won’t be making my normal trip up to Canada this year.  (My parents are in New Zealand for the holidays). It’s not often they receive a dusting of snow like this just before Christmas, but in 2007 I spent a good deal of time marveling at the like. Now when I look at the photographs I am struck by how little they capture of the trip. The snow was more sparkly, the landscape more awe inspiring, and my family more jovial. I’m not great with a camera, but also, its limitations are clear; it rarely represents duration of experience well.

There have been times when I would have found this frustrating, but today that imperfection makes those memories feel a little more distinct. Sometimes it’s nice to have experiences that are best shared in person. That won’t stop me from taking pictures today and tomorrow, but I probably won’t go crazy. And so, my wish to all AFC readers maps to my own desires; that our memories be a little less perfect and a little more special.

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Posting Notice: Venice Edition

by Paddy Johnson on June 2, 2011
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I’m in Venice for the next three days, so I won’t be able to post much on the blog. For images of what I’m seeing follow my flickr account.

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Robert Whitman’s Passport at Dia Beacon

by Paddy Johnson on April 26, 2011
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Last weekend I checked out Robert Whitman’s performance Passport at Dia Beacon. I’m still working out what I think about this piece — the weather was less than stellar and prevented almost all note taking — but the flaming boat moving across the water was pretty stunning. A return trip is in order.

I have a few deadlines to attend to today, but in the meantime, a few pictures from the weekend.

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Posting Notice: Wayne State University Edition

by Paddy Johnson on April 7, 2011
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I’m giving a lecture at Wayne State University in Detroit today, so please enjoy this bear. Also, Mr. Will Brand promises to add a few shows to the reviews in brief section so look forward to those. Image via: Double Triple

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This Week in AFC Programming: I’m Not Here

by Paddy Johnson on February 15, 2011
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I’m heading out to Granville, Ohio today to install an animated GIF show I curated for The Mulberry Gallery at Denison University. This means a couple of things to readers, namely that Will Brand will be managing the site for the next couple of days – expect the quality of posts to be pretty high. I’m looking forward to reading part two of his series on the best and worst gallery websites, in addition to Corinna Kirsch’s take on the Stephen Rhodes exhibition at Metro Pictures, and the second installment of Guy Forget’s series on impermanence.

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Posting Notice: Deadlines Edition!

by Paddy Johnson on January 26, 2011
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We’ve got a few deadlines to work on today so there won’t be anything posted in the main section of the blog. We will however be updating our Fresh Links through out the day, as well as responding to a lot of smart commentary currently being offered up in comment section of the blog.  Both the VIP Fair thread and on the Seth Price show currently on view at Friedrich Petzel are receiving a lot of thoughtful response.

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Posting Notice: Emoji Dick Edition

by Paddy Johnson on January 17, 2011
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I’m taking Martin Luther King day to visit the Jewish Museum and prepare tomorrow’s posts. In the meantime: Emoji Dick! Fred Benenson’s Kickstarter project – Moby Dick translated into emoji by Amazon Turk workers is now available for purchase. I wrote the introduction for novel and have a color version at home on my desk. It looks amazing!

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