My latest purchase: Ruth Asawa stamps

Fighting fascism with capitalism

Will this help USPS?

Are you familiar with Ruth Asawa? Get to know more about this great American artist here:

Also check out the exhibition from David Zwirner Gallery in 2017 here


Now up at the Albany International Airport


Flight Plans, Deborah Zlotsky, Digital print on adhesive-backed vinyl, 2019

The next time you are at the Albany International Airport and checking in for a flight, look to your right to see this new large-scale work.

According to the Art and Culture Program at the Albany Airport:

The geometric patterns in this composition are based upon paper airplanes folded by employees throughout Albany International Airport who were invited to contribute to this project. After collecting the planes, the artist unfolded them and then traced their creases into this fifteen-part sequence. The white lines on varying shades of blue ground echo the contrails of jets as they cross the sky, or blueprint renderings for simple, elegant flying machines

A public reception for the current exhibition, Patterns of Engagement, will be Friday, Jan. 17, at 5:30pm, featuring work by the artists Tasha Depp, Adam Frelin, Rich Garrison, Jack Magai, Laini Nemett, Chris St. Cyr, Chris Victor, and Deborah Zlotsky.



Publication: ‘Inside Infinity’ in Thimble Literary Magazine

My poem Inside Infinity: Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Dots Mirrored Room, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh has just been published in Thimble Literary Magazine, edited by Nadia Wolnisty.

Check it out here.

Happy #518Day!

Check out some of the great social media posts from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram celebrating the arts and culture of the 518 area code (more to be added as the day progresses):

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Photos: A hidden narrative in “Person of Interest” featuring my spouse’s artwork

NOTE: If you are a fan of Person of Interest and haven’t seen Season 4 Episode 15 don’t read this because it is probably full of spoilers. It also contains wild speculation that probably has nothing whatsoever to do with the ongoing narrative of the show.

Here’s the IMDb description of “Person of Interest” Season 4 Episode 15, “Q&A”: “Reese tries to protect a software programmer with a mysterious second life, but it’s unclear which side of her life the threat is coming from. Meanwhile, Claire, a young hacker that Finch protected, reaches out to him for aid.”

Though “Person of Interest” has been praised as “powerful political science fiction” by i09, I was watching it to see artwork by my spouse, Deborah Zlotsky.

So in the show, her paintings were used as set decoration for a fictional software company in which much of the main plotline (about the programmer with a mysterious second life) is set. Though most viewers probably wouldn’t pay all that much attention to the artwork hanging in the background, it was what I was looking for — and the use of the work reveals a strange hidden narrative about one of the workers in the software company.

A scene from "Person of Interest" Season 4 Episode 15 "Q&A"

A scene from “Person of Interest” Season 4 Episode 15 “Q&A”

Here’s Finch (Michael Emerson) and Reese (Jim Caviezel) in an early scene of the episode. Up there in back, in what looks like a conference room, are two paintings. The one the left is one called Everything Must Go; the one on the right is called Not so happy, yet happier. Yes, my wife’s paintings are abstract, colorful, and with geometric and biomorphic forms. If you compare what you can see of the paintings in this screengrab from the show, though, with how they are presented here on my wife’s website and here on my wife’s gallery’s website, you’ll see the paintings aren’t hung as intended.

A scene from "Person of Interest" Season 4 Episode 15 "Q&A"

A scene from “Person of Interest” Season 4 Episode 15 “Q&A”

This painting, shown during the beginning of the show as the credits are still coming onscreen, is called Situational, three, and can be seen better here. The clear view of this painting was a surprise, because I imagined that the paintings would’ve been used as they are in the first image (way in the background), or how they are used in the one below (just behind a closeup of a character so as to be unrecognizable). Keep Situational, three in mind: It will appear again. Plot bit: The guy (played by Nick Westrate) is the founder of the software company; the woman (played by Heléne Yorke) is the CEO.

A scene from "Person of Interest" Season 4 Episode 15 "Q&A"

A scene from “Person of Interest” Season 4 Episode 15 “Q&A”

OK, not much to see here by way of paintings. I show this because this is how I imagined the paintings would’ve been used. Some story plot here: This image shows the programmer with a secret life (played by Bella Dayne) being scolded by her boss (the CEO) for looking into something a co-worker told her to forget about.

A scene from "Person of Interest" Season 4 Episode 15 "Q&A"

A scene from “Person of Interest” Season 4 Episode 15 “Q&A”

Another plot point: This is the new office of the co-worker who told the programmer to forget about something. He’s gotten a promotion. That means he’s moved out of the open office area (which was presided over by Situational, three) and into his own office. Note, moving into his own office space means he gets two of my wife’s paintings: The one hanging on the wall is called Situational, one, and a closer look at it is available here; the one one the floor is, yes, the previously seen Situational, three. The show doesn’t explain why that painting, which was previously looking over the open-office area, gets to be used by one employee in his own office. I can think of two reasons: The set directors wanted to imply a hidden narrative that this worker in addition to getting his own office also gets to have this cool work of art in his office, not only as decoration but also as a reminder of where he had come from. OR, maybe, the set directors didn’t think anyone would notice.

A scene from "Person of Interest" Season 4 Episode 15 "Q&A"

A scene from “Person of Interest” Season 4 Episode 15 “Q&A”

Here’s a closer look at Situational, one and the actor Omar Maskati, in the role of the guy who got the promotion. This painting, too, will show up again later.

A scene from "Person of Interest" Season 4 Episode 15 "Q&A"

A scene from “Person of Interest” Season 4 Episode 15 “Q&A”

This is my favorite screenshot. Here’s the programmer with the secret life (she’s an underground mixed-martial-arts fighter in her spare time to help pay for her sister’s chemotherapy, of course) in a fight with some bad guys in her CEO’s office. Yes, those are the paintings that were only visible as small rectangles of color in the earlier close-up photo of Bella Dayne. The painting on the left is Situational, two, and the painting on the right is Situational, four. Why is this fight happening? It has something to do with the software company’s founder being a bad guy with henchmen, unbeknownst to the programmer or even the CEO. But did the guy who got the promotion know about it?

A scene from "Person of Interest" Season 4 Episode 15 "Q&A"

A scene from “Person of Interest” Season 4 Episode 15 “Q&A”

This image is from the final scene of the episode. Gone, now, is the founder (for being a bad guy), so the CEO is in the boardroom in charge of everything. Absent from the room is the guy who got the promotion. On the wall at right, however, is the painting Situational, one that had been in that guy’s new office. What’s happening here now? It seemed like the whole guy getting the promotion was just a red herring, and that the real bad guy was the founder. So what happened to the character that he’d lose the painting in his office? Even more so, this is a conference room, and yet in one of the first scenes there was a conference room that had two different paintings. If you look at this photo here and the first photo above, you’ll see that both conference rooms feature the same kind of red chairs. Could this be the SAME conference room?

If it is the same conference room, then I think I’ve uncovered a hidden narrative about this episode having to do with the company and my wife’s paintings. In this software company, it isn’t just people that get promotions, but paintings get promotions, too. As one moved from the open office into a private office, another moved from a private office into the more visible conference room (and replacing one painting). So the question I’m left with is: What happened to the painting Everything Must Go, which was visible in the first photo but has been replaced by Situational, one in this photo? Is this another mystery for “Person of Interest?” Perhaps its the opening for a spinoff show: “Painting of Interest?” (Or, maybe, I’m reading too much into it, and the makers of the show didn’t think anyone would notice.)

Sports, Philippines and the artist Paul Pfeiffer

For your enjoyment, two videos about the Philippine-born, NYC-based artist Paul Pfeiffer. He’s represented by Paula Cooper Gallery in NYC. Of interest to me is his exploration of images of basketball, especially considering the long history of basketball in the Philippines. (A quick history of it can be found here.)