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Art by K. Gill: 10-03-13. Our family room couch is covered with stuff. - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 10-03-13. Our family room couch is covered with stuff.
You draw gooder - Mo Kargas
Why, thank you. - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
Art by K. Gill: 10-02-13. "Helmet Head No. 3", a 1960 sculpture by Henry Moore. - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 10-02-13. "Helmet Head No. 3", a 1960 sculpture by Henry Moore.
Art by K. Gill: 09-30-13. A 1972 Fisher-Price houseboat. - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 09-30-13. A 1972 Fisher-Price houseboat.
Hmm it looked different when De Niro was on it in Cape Fear. - Steve C
I love this one. That was one of my favorite toys as a kid. The diving board was awesome! - LB: Ratchet Bear
I feel like I had one, but I'm not entirely sure. Would have to check old photos. I know that I had some kind of Fisher-Price playset. - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
There was also a plane. I loved playing with them! - Lisa L. Seifert
These were the old-school Little People, yeah? - Melly
pretty sure i had this back in the early 70s. loved it. - Big Joe Silence
Art by K. Gill: 10-01-13. "Pale Blue Dachshund", a 2011 sculpture by William Sweetlove. - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 10-01-13. "Pale Blue Dachshund", a 2011 sculpture by William Sweetlove.
Art by K. Gill: 09-29-13. The cover of my passport. - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 09-29-13. The cover of my passport.
Art by K. Gill: 09-28-13. A woodcut from "Tectonic Plates", a 2010 exhibit by New Zealand artist Sheyne Tuffery. - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 09-28-13. A woodcut from "Tectonic Plates", a 2010 exhibit by New Zealand artist Sheyne Tuffery.
Art by K. Gill: 09-27-13. Nude man with a Hula-Hoop during a 2013 performance in NYC. - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 09-27-13. Nude man with a Hula-Hoop during a 2013 performance in NYC.
Art by K. Gill: 09-26-13. Police officer with a kitten. - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 09-26-13. Police officer with a kitten.
Art by K. Gill: 09-25-13. "Cleats", a 2010 sculpture by Rachel Owens. - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 09-25-13. "Cleats", a 2010 sculpture by Rachel Owens.
Art by K. Gill: 09-24-13. My vitamins. - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 09-24-13. My vitamins.
皂帽花 Dasymaschalon trichophorum Merr. 中国植物图像库 - http://www.plantphoto.cn/tu...
皂帽花 Dasymaschalon trichophorum Merr. 中国植物图像库
A very bizarre sort of Chinese plant with fruits that look like strings of beads. I couldn't find much information in English with a quick Google search, but I found out that the genus is in the family Annonaceae, or the custard apple family. Custard apples are related to cherimoya fruits, which look a little like tightly closed artichokes. Nothing at all like these strings of beads. - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill) from Bookmarklet
Art by K. Gill: 09-23-13. Jacks. - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 09-23-13. Jacks.
Ohh i like that one - Steve C
Art by K. Gill: 09-22-13. Martha Rosler thrusting a rolling pin in her 1975 video "Semiotics of the Kitchen". - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 09-22-13. Martha Rosler thrusting a rolling pin in her 1975 video "Semiotics of the Kitchen".
Art by K. Gill: 09-21-13. Maxwell's rubber duckie. - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 09-21-13. Maxwell's rubber duckie.
Art by K. Gill: 09-20-13. My pinky finger. - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 09-20-13. My pinky finger.
Art by K. Gill: 09-19-13. A Yamaha SHS-10 keytar like the one we got for Christmas in the 1980s. - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 09-19-13. A Yamaha SHS-10 keytar like the one we got for Christmas in the 1980s.
Mindlessly Gutting Food Stamps - NYTimes.com - This makes me so furious that my head is about to explode. I've been fortunate enough to never need food stamps myself, but I understand the importance of them. LET PEOPLE EAT. When is enough going to be enough? When will we stop being distracted and have a revolution? - http://www.nytimes.com/2013...
"Among the many scars of the recession, the most intolerable should be the pangs of chronic hunger that still assail a stunning 14.5 percent of the nation’s households, according to the Department of Agriculture’s latest survey. A decade ago, the figure was 11 percent — a group defined as regularly suffering food “insecurity,” or having 26 percent less to spend on food than households not going hungry. The survey shows that food insecurity rose with the recession and has remained stubbornly high." - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill) from Bookmarklet
"The measure’s “work requirements” provide no job training funds yet mandate that able-bodied, childless adults who cannot find at least part-time employment will lose their food stamps after 90 days, even if the local unemployment rate is prohibitively high." - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
This makes me sick to my stomach. This is happening in *America*, people. "Parents told of how they must regularly skip meals to feed their children and hunt game when the food stamp allotment falls short of monthly needs." I wish that the people proposing these cuts could just suffer true hunger for one day in their worthless, overprivileged lives. Bunch of revolting bastards. I need to figure out some action to take. I can't stand all this nonsense anymore. - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
Every time I read or hear coverage of this, I want to scream. (My best friend uses food stamps.) - laura x
The callousness on display in the GOP caucus is remarkable. - John (bird whisperer)
This makes me fucking furious. When I was little, we received food stamps for a short time. Later, my mom worked in the food stamp office as a caseworker. We know that people abuse the system, but this bill will hurt people who genuinely need help. - Jed from iPhone
It's not just going to hurt people that need them right now, to be able to eat. It will also lead to a loss of jobs, from supermarket cashiers right down the whole line to those that stock shelves and work in warehouse distribution centers (maybe even further). And that loss of jobs will mean more people needing Food Stamps to keep from going hungry. - April Russo
I cannot believe that they passed this horrific bill. http://www.nytimes.com/2013... Is the revolution coming now? Or do more people have to feel the pain directly to even care??? They have just tried to inflict so much anguish on already suffering people. I feel my bile rising. My course of action for... more... - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
On the Edge of Poverty, at the Center of a Debate on Food Stamps - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2013...
On the Edge of Poverty, at the Center of a Debate on Food Stamps - NYTimes.com
This article has more of the American commenters. More outrage about this shameful situation. I'm deeply troubled by all of this. Several problems that have been knocking around in my mind finally came to a head when I heard about the proposed food stamp cuts. Donating to and volunteering at food banks is just one part of the solution in my mind. - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill) from Bookmarklet
I want to go deeper. To the point of growing food. Not just gardening for fun but really making food available in a serious way. Pretty much farming. I've thought about this before, but this is becoming more urgent, I realize. I've been disheartened by a report I listened to on NPR about how hard it is to get any help with becoming a small farmer. All the subsidies are helping giant corn and soybean farms and factory production of meat. We are really and truly screwing ourselves. - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
Food bank Britain: 'I didn't ask to be ill' | Society | The Guardian - http://www.theguardian.com/society...
Food bank Britain: 'I didn't ask to be ill' | Society | The Guardian
Now this crap is spreading from the US to the UK. I know that it might not be that simple, but some of the UK policies have clearly been inspired by the cruel US system. People were in an uproar over the adoption of food stamps in the UK instead of emergency loans of cash. All the political crap and environmental problems, etc. are truly global now. The people in power float around above us all, policies in one country influence policies in another. We can't afford to be ignorant of what's going on. But it's so hard to pick out the signal from the noise sometimes. - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill) from Bookmarklet
"...he was told he was no longer eligible for the new incapacity benefit, his benefits would be stopped immediately and that, despite his numerous health problems, he was fit for work and should go and find a job. He appealed, but lost. He isn't even eligible for jobseeker's allowance. And there are no jobs for him. When he turned down a position because it was only 16 hours a week and... more... - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
Well, if Charles Dickens is to be believed, they've got their own long-standing tradition of cruelty over there. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
True. They're just adding the latest new twist. And it sounds like their social welfare programs were at least a little more generous at least in the past few decades, and they're being steadily chipped away. We have nothing like the emergency loans here in the US. At least nothing that I know of. - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
Yeah, and Thatcherism was its own thing, not a US import. - Andrew C (✔)
Yeah, I only know a little bit about Thatcherism. Learning more in bits and pieces. Were programs like emergency loans (or crisis loans) able to survive her time as prime minister? Or did they develop later? I'm admittedly a bit foggy on the details. Food stamps specifically do seem to be something inspired by the US system. I guess the crisis loans from the Social Fund were stopped in April 2013 and partly replaced by food stamps? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
I'm awfully light on the details myself. - Andrew C (✔)
Not to minimize how awful it is, but just from the first paragraph, I think if this guy lived in the U.S., he'd be dead, because they would've cut off his health insurance as soon as he stopped working. - Victor Ganata
On a more peaceful and pleasant note than my previous post, Pandora just made an appropriate choice of Brian Eno's Thursday Afternoon ambient album. It's soothing both mama and baby right now. Maxwell is napping and I'm just trying to relax a bit. - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
On a more peaceful and pleasant note than my previous post, Pandora just made an appropriate choice of Brian Eno's Thursday Afternoon ambient album. It's soothing both mama and baby right now. Maxwell is napping and I'm just trying to relax a bit.
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I'm distracting myself for a short time, but my fury about the proposed food stamp cuts is still there. I have to think some more about what to do. - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
The Political Economy of Zombies — The Airship - If you can get past the *FUCKING ANNOYING* website design (this worked so much better when I read it on my iPhone), and assorted bullshit drivel cluttering up some of the piece, this is a fun read about what is so compelling about the zombie apocalypse these days. - http://airshipdaily.com/the-pol...
The Political Economy of Zombies — The Airship - If you can get past the *FUCKING ANNOYING* website design (this worked so much better when I read it on my iPhone), and assorted bullshit drivel cluttering up some of the piece, this is a fun read about what is so compelling about the zombie apocalypse these days.
"It was the end of buying and selling. For the majority of us who live within the capitalist system but aren't of the neoliberal breed of capitalist, catastrophe means no more mortgage payments, no cell phone surveillance, never again having to bicker over what is or isn't a preexisting condition. Catastrophe voids all obligation, makes the world anew." - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill) from Bookmarklet
Art by K. Gill: 09-18-13. Mario and mystery boxes. - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 09-18-13. Mario and mystery boxes.
Art by K. Gill: 09-17-13. Flying saucer candies. - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 09-17-13. Flying saucer candies.
In a book review, a powerful quote from Agee and Walker Evans’s landmark 1941 book, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men; "near the outset of the manuscript, Agee offers this overture to his own closely observed study of lives laid low by a system of brutal privation:" - http://www.thenation.com/article...
"A civilization which for any reason puts a human life at a disadvantage; or a civilization which can exist only by putting human life at a disadvantage; is worthy neither of the name nor of continuance. And a human being whose life is nurtured in an advantage which has accrued from the disadvantage of other human beings, and who prefers that this should remain as it is, is a human being by definition only, having much more in common with the bedbug, the tapeworm, the cancer, and the scavengers of the deep sea." - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill) from Bookmarklet
Art by K. Gill: 09-16-13. Untitled (Glass in Airplane) (1965-74), a photo by William Eggleston. - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 09-16-13. Untitled (Glass in Airplane) (1965-74), a photo by William Eggleston.
Art by K. Gill: 09-15-13. Our unused fireplace. - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 09-15-13. Our unused fireplace.
LOVE the captions. I don't think that doohickey would burn your house down, Kamilah, honest! - Stephen Mack
Maybe not, but I really don't trust us with it. Specifically, I don't trust *me* with it. Something is bound to go wrong if we touch the thing... - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
Art by K. Gill: "Oh, Calcutta! (180)", oil on canvas, 24x24 in. $200. This painting is admittedly weird, but at least there's a fun explanation behind it. I think that the painting I'm working on now will finally be something more people might like. Stay tuned until about a month from now.... - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: "Oh, Calcutta! (180)", oil on canvas, 24x24 in. $200. This painting is admittedly weird, but at least there's a fun explanation behind it. I think that the painting I'm working on now will finally be something more people might like. Stay tuned until about a month from now. https://www.etsy.com/listing/162611515/oh-calcutta-180-24-x-24-in-original-oil
It's a football player with a giant apricot floating over his butt, standing in a field of cilantro. Let me explain how this happened. It isn't surrealism, this isn't dream imagery. It's more of a puzzle. Like many of my paintings, it started with word association. My goal was to represent the color Calcutta Curry (a shade of yellow that is color # 180 in Naomi Kuno's Colorscape book). So, as I often do, I took an oblique approach to the problem. - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill) from Bookmarklet
Right now, I like for my paintings to have three layers: a real object sitting in front of me, a drawing of a detail from a photo, and a drawing of a still from a video in the background. The cilantro in the foreground is based on a real plant that I bought at Meijer. Why cilantro? Cilantro was the first ingredient of a Bengali curry that I never actually got around to making. (Bengali... more... - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
The next layer is the floating apricot. I deliberately selected the most butt-shaped fruit I could find. I would have preferred a peach, but the apricot had a better shape. Why a butt? The title "Oh, Calcutta!" comes from a slightly dirty French pun, which became a dirty painting, which inspired a nude Broadway musical in the 1970s. I found it when I searched for a "soundtrack" for this... more... - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
Finally, the football player. He plays for the Cincinnati Bengals. I made Vine videos out of found footage of the Bengals, then selected a still with one of the players sticking his butt out just so. Oh, Calcutta! - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
Art by K. Gill: 09-14-13. Charlie Chaplin in a 2009 drawing by Karl Haendel. - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 09-14-13. Charlie Chaplin in a 2009 drawing by Karl Haendel.
This Insect Has The Only Mechanical Gears Ever Found in Nature | Surprising Science - http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science...
This Insect Has The Only Mechanical Gears Ever Found in Nature | Surprising Science
This Insect Has The Only Mechanical Gears Ever Found in Nature | Surprising Science
"Malcolm Burrows and Gregory Sutton, a pair of biologists from the University of Cambridge in the U.K., discovered that juveniles of the species [Issus coleoptratus] have an intricate gearing system that locks their back legs together, allowing both appendages to rotate at the exact same instant, causing the tiny creatures jump forward." - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill) from Bookmarklet
Even I thought this was interesting and I hate bugs. Honestly, how humans and animals could come up with the same designs is amazing. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
:o - chaz2b
Art by K. Gill: 09-13-13. The trapdoor to our attic. - http://kgillart.blogspot.com/2013...
Art by K. Gill: 09-13-13. The trapdoor to our attic.
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