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Archive for November, 2010

Totem Pole Project, Spring 2003

November 26th, 2010

Documentation of my collaborative redwood sculpture from the spring of 2003.  Carved with chisels over three months at Geneseo, NY. The only co-artist’s name I can recall is Mark Wolff.  Presently on display in the Brodie Art Quad, SUNY Geneseo.

In Defense of Art: Preserving Studio Art at Geneseo

November 24th, 2010

My alma mater, the State University of New York at Geneseo, recently announced that due to a 7.2 million dollar deficit they will be eliminating the Studio Arts branch of the school in three years time.  This is among other cuts in the name of balancing the budget, but emotionally this strikes me the most. [...]

The Mike Varley Plain Dealer: “To the Basic Cable Faithful,” A Rally to Restore Sanity Response

November 21st, 2010

Hello all, I’m pleased to debut today “To the Basic Cable Faithful,” a video-essay chronicling the events of the John Stewart/Stephen Colbert “Rally to Restore Sanity” that took place Saturday, October 30th on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  The piece is a collaboration between myself and architect/filmmaker Mickey Benson, with important contributions from filmmaker [...]

Travelogue: Buffalo, September 2010

November 20th, 2010

9.25.10 The city of Buffalo sells beautiful urban decay to the viewer at bargain basement prices.  Opulent homes from times gone by serve now as apartments and winter furnace nightmares.  It attracts one set of unique people and retains another unique set of people.  It transfers its grief to its sports franchises and is more [...]

“To the Basic Cable Faithful”

November 20th, 2010

“To the Basic Cable Faithful” One late October, I saw a rally through the eyes of a foreigner trained to root out all deception. She spoke the Queen’s diction with broad authority, and when she listened, her lashes gave dangerous attention to the fight behind your words. Nothing less than honesty would do. Nothing less [...]

Jim Campbell Lights Exhibition at Madison Square Park

November 11th, 2010

Video of Jim Campbell’s LED-light installation at Madison Square Park in NYC, October 21st 2010. For an interview with Jim Campbell about the piece, click here.

Mike Varley Plain Dealer: Curate NYC extended showing and Election ’08 Listening Party

November 4th, 2010

Hey all, . Last Weekend for Curate NYC . Curate NYC is extending the run of their Emerging Artists Expo for another weekend: . Days:   Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 4th – 6th Time:   1:00-6:00 PM Place:  Rush Arts Gallery at 526 West 26th St, room 311 . If you’re in the neighborhood, go check out all the fantastic artists on display. [...]