31 December 2016

Top 5 of 2016

Top 5 movies of 2016
Metropolis (1927)
One More Time with Feeling (2016)
The Revenant (2015)
Arrival (2016)
Rogue One (2016)

Top 5 books of 2016

The Diary of Anais Nin
Agnes Martin: Paintings, Writings, Remembrances   Arne Glimcher
M Train   Patti Smith
Willem Sandberg: Portrait of an Artist   Ank Marcar, Willem Sandberg
Imponderable: The Archives of Tony Oursler 

Top 5 songs of 2016
unfucktheworld   Angel Olsen
Skeleton Tree   Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Wild is the Wind   Nina Simone
Like the Moon   Future Islands
The Hills   The Weeknd

Top 5 albums of 2016
Skeleton Tree   Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Burn Your Fire For No Witness   Angel Olsen
Smile   Brian Wilson
Live at Town Hall   Nina Simone
Blackstar   David Bowie

Top 5 exhibitions of 2016
Agnes Martin   Guggenheim
Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s–90s   Denver Art Museum
Taking Center Stage  Milwaukee Art Museum
Highlights from the Collection: Design Into Art   Noguchi Museum
Haunted Screens   Milwaukee Art Museum

24 December 2016

untitled (rooftops)
24 december 2016
milwaukee wi 
© aryn kresol

05 December 2016

untitled (rooftops)
5 december 2016
milwaukee wi 
© aryn kresol

28 November 2016

postcards from new york

untitled (noguchi)
27 november 2016
queens ny 
© aryn kresol

untitled (they don't repeat)
28 november 2016
new york ny 
© aryn kresol

untitled (the last painting)
28 november 2016
new york ny 
© aryn kresol

19 November 2016

untitled (spider)
19 november 2016
milwaukee wi 
© aryn kresol

20 January 2016

Mark Twain, in a letter to Clara Spaulding, 20 August 1886

There isn't time -- so brief is life -- for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. there is only time for loving -- & but an instant, so to speak, for that.

10 January 2016

femTALK - upcoming group exhibition


FemTalk invites you to attend a salon celebrating one year of ongoing dialogues and support surrounding the topic of feminism at Plum Dragon (1007 E Auer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53212) in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood. The open house format, referential to the domestic spaces in which the monthly dialogues occur, will run from 10 AM until 10 PM that day. This will be the first initiative from the group that will open to the public, and it will include installation, performance, two dimensional works, and more from women who have participated in FemTalk for over the past year. Plum Dragon is located a short walk from the 14, 15, and 60 bus lines in addition to residential street parking available within the neighborhood.

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FemTalk is an assembly of individuals who identify as females created out of a request for support from other female artists that associate with an art world primarily dominated by white males. The participants of FemTalk choose independent definitions of feminism that reflect their own lived experience, allowing for open-ended interpretation on how feminism is used as a lens for empathy and equality. Developed as an exploratory model for collaboration and critique, FemTalk has grown into a professional circle of women who meet monthly and discuss issues that arise from identifying as a woman in Milwaukee’s creative industries. It is a project that explores labor validation and production support, both individually and collectively within the group.
Salon participants include: Cynthia Brinich-Langlois, Sara Daleiden, Ariana Huggett, Ashley Janke, Jenna Knapp, aryn kresol, Fatima Laster, Monica Miller, Martina Patterson, Tia Richardson, Evelyn Patricia Terry, Alice Waraxa, and Della Wells. Additional performances and collaborations will occur throughout the day.

Plum Dragon is a live-work space located in a Craftsman-style duplex in the Riverwest neighborhood in Milwaukee, WI.

31 December 2015

Top 5 of 2015

Top 5 movies of 2015
Geisha Boy (1958)
Interstellar (2014)
Frank (2014)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Nightcrawler (2014)

Top 5 books of 2015

Where the Heart Beats   Kay Larson
Long Life Cool White   Moyra Davey
Ray Johnson: Correspondences   Donna De Salvo
From Here to There: Alec Soth's America
The Jet Age Compendium: Paolozzi at Ambit 1967 - 1980

Top 5 songs of 2015
Bad Girl   Lee Moses
Coming Home   Leon Bridges
Wild is the Wind   Cat Power (& by Nina Simone)
Better Times   Beach House
Love Soul   Majical Cloudz

Top 5 albums of 2015
Impersonator   Majical Cloudz
Gold Shadow   Asaf Avidan 
Sleep Talk   Shannon & The Clams
I Love You, Honeybear   Father John Misty
Savage Hills Ballroom   Youth Lagoon

Top 5 exhibitions of 2015

On Kawara-Silence   Guggenheim Museum, New York
David Bowie Is   Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Modern Rebels    Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee
Jean-Michele Basquiat: Notebooks   Brooklyn Museum, New York
Yesterday was Once Tomorrow (or, A Brick is a Tool)   Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg

28 December 2015

Ellsworth Kelly, 1929 - 2015

I am nourished by the past, I am questioning the present, and I am stepping into the future.

12 September 2015

n o w h e r e - upcoming exhibition

I am excited to announce that I have been invited by curator Luke Farley to  exhibit artwork at the 10th Street Gallery in Milwaukee.
I will be showing work from two concurrent series: n o w h e r e and she said, he said.
Opening view will be September 25 from 6-8:30p.
I hope to see you there.

09 July 2015

hb dh

David Hockney with Bora Bora glasses by the artist Michael Childers, 1978

22 May 2015

4' 33"

David Tudor walks across the stage and sits down within the boundaryless universe. He crosses his legs (so to speak) and begins an interval of non-doing.
As the stopwatch ticks, he will perform "nothing."
In these four-plus minutes an opening occurs.
No expression of will or ego.
No walls between composer and performer.
No walls between the pianist and the people listening.
No dualistic divisions into "high" or "low," "good" or "not good."
No "art" versus "life."
No value judgments and no lack of value judgments.
No arising and no lack of arising.
No separation of any kind -- no walls at all -- and therefore perfect interpenetration.
No form and no lack of form, no emptiness and no absence of emptiness.
No sensation and no lack of sensation.
No music and yet the music of the world.

21 March 2015

untitled (note from ted, september before last)
21 march 2015
milwaukee wi 
© aryn kresol

24 February 2015

Postcards from Winnipeg

Dining room of the Fort Gary Hotel

Morning light

Street scene across from Winnipeg Art Gallery 

Madonna of Port Ligat awaiting return

Installation at the Winnipeg Art Gallery
Installation at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art

23-24 february 2015
winnipeg mb canada
© aryn kresol

12 February 2015

12 february 2015
milwaukee wi 
© aryn kresol

25 January 2015

untitled (bird tracks in the snow)
25 january 2015
rockford il
© aryn kresol

05 January 2015

untitled (oriental at night)
5 january 2015

milwaukee wi
© aryn kresol

31 December 2014

Top 5 of 2014

Top 5 movies of 2014
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
20,000 Days on Earth (2014)
Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012)
The Bad Seed (1956)
American Hustle (2013)

Top 5 books of 2014
Ian McEwan   Atonement
Keith Haring   Journals
Patti Smith   Just Kids
E.E. Cummings   100 Selected Poems
Tricycle Magazine (Quarterly)

Top 5 songs of 2014
Brian Eno   Baby's On Fire
Beach House   Myth
Arcade Fire   Wake Up
Future Islands   Tin Man
The Knife   NY Hotel

Top 5 albums of 2014
Yeah Yeah Yeahs   Mosquito
The Knife   The Knife
The Knife   Shaking the Habitual
Future Islands   In Evening Air
Keiko Matsuo and Her Ensamble   18th Century Traditional Music of Japan  

25 December 2014

Happy Christmas to all with love

Andy Warhol and his Christmas tree in the Factory, 1964, photographer unknown © AWF

16 December 2014

untitled (everything is great)
16 december 2014

© aryn kresol

09 November 2014

untitled (homage)
9 november 2014

milwaukee wi
© aryn kresol

16 October 2014

Postcards from Asheville

A view of Asheville 
Battlecat Coffee in West Asheville
Just arrived
Asheville, where they paint the telephone poles pink

Brand New

After the Asheville Art Museum
Studio visit with Julie Armbruster
The running man

Thinking of you, Just Kids

NC zines

12-15 october 2014
asheville nc
© aryn kresol

26 July 2014

lesson plans
26 july 2014

rockford il
© aryn kresol

13 June 2014

Keith Haring, Journals (November 12, 1978)

p22:  Drawing pictures in the snow is the most perfect example of my attempts to create a perfect form.  Inevitably the snow is in constant change: There is no way to control its permanency or its form.  Drawing in the snow is like trying to paint a picture that will record specific thoughts at a specific time.  You draw fast and you are always aware that you are creating something very temporary, very auto-destructive, very instant.  It goes quickly and there is not time to worry about it.  It is important for the experience, for the time it exists and the time it has occupied in a never-ending process of creation/construction and destruction.  A circle.  It is possible to reach the highest levels of instantaneous response recorded in spontaneous method and representative of purest through when you are working with the knowledge that the work you create is temporary, insignificant in a broader sense, significant in an immediate sense, a perfect representation of time passing, time existing.  Then you realize you are reacting instead of acting.  Responding instead of contriving.  Art instead of imitation.  Primal response.  Humanistic attempts at succeeding time.
This, I feel, is the advantage to creating art at this point in time: When we realize that we are temporary, we are facing our self-destruction, we are realizing our fate and we must confront it.  Art is the only sensible primal response to an outlook of possible destruction (obliteration).

10 June 2014

untitled (postcards from maggie)
10 june 2014

milwaukee wi
© aryn kresol

03 March 2014

untitled (doc's diner)   
2 march 2014
rockford il
© aryn kresol

16 January 2014


untitled (for maggie)  
8 august 2013
beacon ny

© aryn kresol

31 December 2013

Top 5 of 2013

Top 5 movies of 2013
Killing Them Softly (2012)
The Red Shoes (1948)
Tree of Life (2011)
The Great Gatsby 3D (2013)
Night of the Hunter (1955)

Top 5 books of 2013

Alan W. Watts   The Way of Zen
William Gass   On Being Blue
Roland Barthes   Camera Lucida
Plato   The Symposium  
S.E. Hinton   The Outsiders

Top 5 songs of 2013

The Head and the Heart   Rivers and Roads
Lou Reed   Walk on the Wild Side off Live: Take No Prisoners
Alva Noto   Garment 
Strings of Consciousness   Asphodel
Arcade Fire   Reflektor

Top 5 albums of 2013

The Head and the Heart   The Head and the Heart  
Olafur Arnalds   And They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness
The Knife   Shaking the Habitual
Glass Boy   подключение
Efterklang   Piramida 

17 October 2013

Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation (1964)

None of us can ever retrieve that innocence before all theory when art knew no need to justify itself, when one did not ask of a work of art what it said because one knew (or thought one knew) what it did.  From now to the end of consciousness, we are stuck with the task of defending art.  We can only quarrel with one or another means of defending and justifying art which becomes particularly obtuse or onerous or insensitive to contemporary needs and practice.

01 October 2013

untitled (sunset in the hudson highlands) 
30 september 2013
cold spring ny

© aryn kresol

27 August 2013

untitled (metro-north, hudson line)  
27 august 2013
beacon ny

© aryn kresol

25 August 2013

Joseph Campbell:  We must be willing to let go of the life we planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.

20 August 2013

untitled (standing desk)   
19 august 2013
beacon ny

© aryn kresol

26 July 2013

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

p8:  We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.

18 July 2013

untitled (at culture cafe)  
17 july 2013
beacon ny

© aryn kresol

14 July 2013

untitled (the bees)  
14 july 2013
beacon ny
© aryn kresol

11 July 2013

untitled (fireflies with zach)
11 july 2013
hyde park ny
© aryn kresol

10 July 2013

untitled (morning tea)
10 july 2013
beacon ny
© aryn kresol

08 July 2013

untitled (new apt)  
8 july 2013
beacon ny

© aryn kresol

04 July 2013

untitled (1776)
4 july 2013
beacon ny
© aryn kresol

12 June 2013

Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida

p116: I then realized that there was a sort of link (or knot) between Photography, madness, and something whose name I did not know.  I began by calling it: the pangs of love ...

10 June 2013

Andrew Juniper, Wabi Sabi: the Japanese art of impermanence

p160: The transition toward a simpler lifestyle, fraught as it is with difficulty, is a path only for those with a resolution to travel its length knowing that it is a path without end, yet a path with heart.

04 April 2013

Colin Wright, Defining Success

I love having options and not being burdened by things that might limit them. I love surrounding myself with my favorite things and people, and limiting contact with burdensome, non-value-adding possessions and relationships. And I love feeling like every moment spent — every calorie burned — is being traded for something worthwhile.

18 March 2013

Leo Babauta's 52 Changes for 2013

1.  Meditate                                                  27.  Value time over money
2.  Unprocrastinate                                       28.  Replace opinions with curiosity
3.  Walking                                                    29.  Read
4.  Flexible mind                                           30.  Cut out shopping
5.  Identify your essentials                             31.  Learn that you're good enough
6.  Mindful eating                                          32.  Create
7.  Most important things                               33.  Eat real food
8.  Clear a shelf                                             34.  Explore work you love
9.  Start saving                                              35.  Help others
10.  Yoga or strength training                         36.  Breathe
11.  Floss                                                       37.  Enjoy the habit (zen habits)
12.  Pay a small debt                                     38.  Solitude
13.  Mindful exercise                                     39.  Unclutter a room
14.  Budget simply                                         40.  Iterate the habit
15.  Create a super crew                                41.  Less busywork, more impact
16.  Eat some veggies                                     42.  Disconnect
17.  Gratitude                                                43.  Let go of a goal
18.  Clear counters                                         44.  Treat failure as a learning opportunity
19.  Slow down                                               45.  Reduce commitments
20.  Play                                                         46.  Turn problems into opportunities
21.  Flow                                                        47.  Savor
22.  Let go of a vice                                        48.  Clear your inbox
23.  Don't wish things were different                49.  Teach
24.  Clear a closet                                           50.  Compassion
25.  Let go of TV                                              51.  Reflect
26.  Get more sleep                                         52.  Realize you're not missing out

17 March 2013

Alighiero Boetti:  Do you know why dates are so important?  Because if you write '1970' on a wall, it seems like absolutely nothing but in thirty years time . . . dates have this beauty.  The more time passes, the more beautiful they seem.

16 March 2013

Notes from a packrat with minimalist desires: if only for the hippos' sake

I had a dream a short while ago, in which I was standing near the window of a tall building looking out into the street.  All of a sudden, there in the street, were baby hippopotamuses running into traffic followed by their much larger mama hippo.  I was so afraid that the hippos would be hit.  After a moment watching them, the mama hippopotamus collapsed on the side of the road, terrified, and human children gathered around throwing rocks at her.  I ran down from the tall building determined to save the creatures.  When I reached the ground, there was an older man that was "protecting" the mama hippo; at this time the babies had all been huddled on the other side of the street.  I demanded that we find a safe haven for the animals: "Otherwise, she'll die!"  But alas, in the middle of the street (by this time, I realized I was in Milwaukee) I had only my phone, without any super abilities, and so some girl who was standing by had this smart phone/tablet/ipad/something and was able to map and find a Milwaukee Hippopotamus Sanctuary.  I woke up thinking: maybe I really do need to update my phone plan, for the hippos sake.

11 March 2013

Lu Yu (733-804)

The clouds above us join and separate,
The breeze in the courtyard leaves and returns.
Life is like that, so why not relax?
Who can stop us from celebrating?

14 February 2013

untitled (come what may)
14 february 2013
beacon ny
© aryn kresol

01 January 2013

Top 5 of 2012

Top 5 movies of 2012
Another Earth
Moonrise Kingdom

Top 5 books of 2012
Kazuo Ishiguro  Never Let Me Go
Alan W. Watts  This is It
Sarah Thornton  Seven Days in the Art World
Andy Warhol  The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
David Chadwick  Thank you and OK!: Diary of an American Zen Failure in Japan

Top 5 songs of 2012 
Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova  Drown Out
Pedro the Lion  Second Best
LCD Soundsystem  Dance Yrself Clean
Bombay Bicycle Club  Dust on the Ground
Yann Tiersen / Al Bowly  Guilty

Top 5 albums of 2012
Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova  The Swell Season
Bombay Bicycle Club  Flaws
David Bazan & Pedro the Lion  (any)
PJ Harvey  Let England Shake
Beirut  The Rip Tide 

19 December 2012

Notes from a packrat with minimalistic desires: Letting go of what's already lost

I lost some thing that was very useful to me, to which I had a pragmatic attachment.  I had also had the thing for close to ten years, so I felt somewhat sentimentally attached too.  I was in NYC for the day.  I lost it a) on a park bench, b) in a subway station, or c) at a coffee shop.  Once I realized the thing was missing from my person, I started retracing my steps, first physically, then mentally.  When I reached place (a), I sat down to ponder.  I could spend the next hour plus looking for the thing that may not be found (I strongly suspected wherever I had left it, it had been taken by now) or I could let it go.  Was there anything about this thing that I absolutely needed?  The answer was no.  So I let it go, and went home.

15 December 2012

Notes from a packrat with minimalist desires: Free to a good home?

It is my observation that many people are unable to progress toward what they desire because of how daunting the process is.  Lacking is time, energy, and mind (or motivation).  The process is abandoned before it ever begins.

When I moved from Milwaukee to Beacon, I took a huge step forward minimalistically.  I was able to put more time and energy into alleviating my apartment and my life of physical objects.  Where before the process had been a slow and mindful transformation, the goal of moving and taking only what properly fit in my 4-door Grand Am focused and quickened my efforts.  Still, a limiting factor was finding a place - a new, good home - for all of my unwanted things.  An overwhelming task, it seems, for an in progress minimalist is finding places/people to which to rid the excess.  

As a conscious individual, I am aware of waste; that awareness set me on this path to begin with.  There does exist great need by a great many people.  If most people have some instead of having most, then everyone's needs can be met.  But is every thing needed?  Much in the same way that I progressed to the realization that what I had was plenty more than enough, and what was more was no good to me, I progressed toward the realization that most of it was no good to anyone.  Certainly some of what I intended to deaccession could be needed by someone, but I came to see that an overwhelming majority was best to be eliminated and not pawned off on some other person.

Our sentimentality makes us human, but it also makes us clingy.  Even when we "let go" of our own attachment to an object, we hold onto the idea of that attachment, and apply it to others (side note: I am attempting to further avoid using "we" and language that reads as if my observations are truths).  To say it simply, what I came to realize is that a good home does not need to be found for an unneeded object.  One does not cancel out the other.