"Learning How To Make New Friends" opening reception, mack b – oct 6, 6-11pm

Hi everybody,

You are invited to “Learning How To Make New Friends“, the inaugural show at mack b gallery’s new project space.  The reception will run from 6-11pm, with live music starting at 9.  I will be showing a new installation, entitled “ Sarasota Densification Fantasy Map“.  Stop by and let me know how it goes!

Your friend,


Learning How To Make New Friends
mack b gallery
500 Tallevast Rd, suite B
Sarasota, FL 34243

The Colossal Squid Candy Cart at The Art Parade 2006!!!!

The Colossal Squid Candy Cart was an incredible success!  After working non-stop for two weeks leading up to the parade, everything came out as planned.  The squid looked great and worked perfectly, we got matching unitards, and I found super cheap candy to throw at the onlookers.  Most importantly, we all had fun.  I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to all of my friends who helped and participated: Ben, Gabrial, Kim, John, Bri, Robyn, and Sasha.  You were all wonderful.  Things that my friends did that made the project so successful:  a) Robyn helped me appropriate the shopping cart from Dome Hepot, b) Ben, Gabrial, Kim, John, and Bri let me use their space to build the damn thing, c) Ben and Gabrial helped me appropriate matching unitards from “US Clothing”,  d) John, Bri, and Gabrial helped push the beast from Bushwick to Soho, and back, with others walking alongside, and e) everyone litterally embodied the Colossal Squid in a candy tossing performance the likes of which have never been seen in New York.  Thank you all so much, I love you.   Now check out the pictures below!!!!

The Colossal Squid being assembled in front of the Bushwick loft.

Gabrial brought the tunes.  He is so dreamy.

John pushing the cart.

We made it over the Williamsburg bridge!

John considers his next career move as others tinkle in Starbucks.

The Squid waiting patiently along West Broadway.

Mr. Squid gets some attention from the camera.

Fischerspooner (a mere two projects away from the Squid) preparing for their incredible parade performance.  We could not have dreamed of a better soundtrack.


Me and the Tentacles, a true family portrait.

Tentacles waiting for the parade to start.

Other parade participants could not help but worship the ever regal Bri.

Being a tentacle takes a lot of concentration.

We were staged right next to all these “naked” cyclist ladies.

They tried to fight the Colossal Squid.

These people did not hire me, but thats okay because I got a much higher paying job.

The Squid breaks loose!,  AAAAUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tentacles spread.

Intimate parade scale.

Me, happy.

Me, directing where we should park the Squid for the street party.

Where do we go?

Family portrait #2, the aftershot.

And then at the after party, one of the Wal-Mart “workers” danced with a huge, pink-cammo, inflatable bear.

I am in this week’s VILLAGE VOICE

This week the Village Voice is featuring a spread of pictures entitled “Bands and Bikinis at McCarren Park Pool” (see the upper left-hand menu). Yours truly can be seen on the upper left hand corner of page 48.  I was singled out for my red flag.  I brought the marker so that friends of mine could pick me out of the crowd during July 30th pool party, featuring Enon and Of Montreal.  July 31st was my birthday, and I designated the pool party as my official birthday acknowledgement gathering.

See if you can pic out where I am in the pictures below:

Colossal Squid Cand Cart at the 2006 Art Parade!

For the 2006 Art Parade, sponsered by Deitch and CreativeTime, I submitted a proposal for what I have named the ‘COLOSSAL SQUID CANDY CART’. Recently I learned that my idea has been accepted. I basically have my seven volunteers (tentacles) lined up, but I still need help collecting plastic bags. 

If you live in NYC and you have grocery bags, give them to me! Save as many as you can, and I will collect them from you. I need them to put flesh on my squid. Write me an email: detourne@gmail.com.

project management and conceptual art

My new title at E.R. Butler is Assistant Project Manager.  While such a title does little justice to the finer points of why I am getting paid, it does point one to the general field in which I work: “project management”.  Basically I coordinate various little small events such as item-schedules, invoices, patination, and shipment, so that everyone is happy, gets what they want, and we make money.  At first glance this may sound rather boring, however I am quickly learning that the synchronization of events, objects, and ideas is indeed quite interesting.  I would argue that when considered aesthetically*, project management, in both its abstract and tactile forms, is not unlike the more theoretical branches of conceptual art.  Just today, an esteemed friend, and a project manager working in a completely different field, pointed me towards a thread posted on artist/statistician Edward Tufte’s website

Visualization of project management

Visualization of conceptual art (by Sol)

I humped your hummer

Coney Island June 2006


Since having relocated to NYC, I have visited Coney Island three times.  Naturally, I could not resist documenting the spectacular decay surrounding Astroland.  Such an inclination is by no means special, as many artists and tourist have proven over the decades.  Indeed, the area surrounding Astroland lends itself to being photographed.  However, I feel compelled to share what I consider a very personal and moving experience.  Perhaps best communicated through parts 1 and 3, my interests lie in contrasts: floating/solid, fun/decay, fantasy/urban.

Part 1: Hazy Daytime.

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Coney Island Skyline Sublime.

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The Cyclone:  This Ride is Really Scary.  My neck hurt afterwards.  I was struck by the juxtaposition of the solid background and transparent foreground.

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Bruno Lansco. This sign was painted by artist Bruno Peinado, in conjunction with the “Dreamland Artist Club” exhibition by Creative Time.   These people didnt hire me, but I still like their projects.  I took this picture because I was struck by the symmetrical contrast between Pienedo’s aesthetic “kitsch” sign, and the overlaid and very much anti-aesthetic “LANSCO” sign.  The implied discord between art and vacancy seems appropriate for Coney Island.

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Boardwalk Repair Versus Leisure Riot.  Meanwhile the hazy parachute jump watches silently.

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Happy People Everywhere.

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Towers of Fun.  I could not get enough of Coney Island’s sobering backdrop of public housing towers.  Astroland’s fantasy spectacle of fun is forever tempered by this very real and unchanging urban condition.

Part 2: Mermaid Parade 2006

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This “orchestra” was by and far the most well practiced musical outfit to participate in the parade.

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Nuclear Family Sea Freaks.  This parade was filled with lots of pasties.

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According Pact.  Yes, this is exactly what it looks like:  a band of accordion wielding mermaids, playing Beatles cover in unison.

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Sea Queen Color Kart.  A fitting float for a deserving mermaid.

Part 3: Nightime Egress

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Weiner Glow.  Nathans hotdog stand, all lit up with time lapse.

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Coney Island Street Components.  West 12th Street leading into Astroland.

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Dormant Fun.  West 12th Street again.  For me, this unused building really captured the psychic vacancy that makes Coney Island so beautiful.