Come out this Thursday at 1pm to see Grayson Cox new piece!
Come out this Thursday at 1pm to see Grayson Cox new piece!
February 21, 2014
“Theodore’s Drawing Salon”
by Ted Barrow
Curated by Alise Tifentale
These Drawing Salons began with a fascination of 19th century parlor culture combined with an innocuous and particular pleasure taken from drawing with friends. Calling it a Salon, of course, brings to mind many high-falutin’ notions of propriety and exclusivity, which, as a selective group of friends, only somewhat fits. The project will involve a group of artists meeting at the Engineer’s Office Gallery, touring the galleries of Christie’s and drawing a selected group of objects or images on auction, then installing their renditions of these images in the space provided. Alise and I were thinking of doing Diego Rivera for the second installment, and then selfie’s for the third. The drawings, once installed, can be photographed and documented however each artist wants, but left in the space with the understanding that they will likely be taken down and destroyed by a third party. Although the format and size of the paper will not be regulated, ink drawings are a must.
Theodore’s Drawing Salon is an attempt to reflect on the seemingly victorious digitalization of the present-day culture. As a comment to the era of easily accessible tools of digital image-making and platforms for image-sharing, the Salon proposes an explicitly analog image-making and image-sharing environment. Yet the Salon will have its online presence and the team will happily engage in discussion and dissemination of the drawings.
Essence of the Rock
Geological find of the century has been uncovered. Rare stalactites and stalagmites discovered in the lower levels of Rockefeller Center. Over many years of drip, drip, drip, very tiny fragments of many things have filtered down through the cracks and spaces. Small stalactites and stalagmites are not unusual in urban underground spaces. You can see small ones in the subway near Rockefeller Center. It is reported in Wikipedia, that stalactites and stalagmites can also form on concrete ceilings and floors and they form very rapidly.
Analysis has identified: aspirins, heartburn medicine, antidepressants, cocaine, money, alcohol, coffee grounds, condoms, hairpins, wires, carpet tacks, stamps, electronics, plastic, pencils, pens, Christmas ornaments and lights, tickets, buttons, wax, corks, cigarettes, unspecified metal and concrete fragments and many fragments of documents. Of course, they are the tiniest fragments, but the most amazing geological formations. What comes through all the layers… the history, the pure essence of the Rock is in those forms.
The stalagmites and stalactites will only be on display for two weeks. Even though they are amazing finds and only recently revealed to the press, but economics mandates its removal now. Ground floor spaces at Rockefeller Center are some of the most expensive in NYC. Offers have been made of the space. At this time rumor has it that it is new location for flexible shared office space, fast food restaurant, a souvenir shop, or sock boutique. Management did not want to discuss their negotiations. Discussions are under way with the Natural History Museum and the City of NYC for display of the stalactites and stalagmites. They maybe too delicate to remove without destroying it, it seems very site specific. There is nothing more to report at this time.
“Act of Jah”, 2013
72 x 18 x 18 inches
matchsticks, roman candles, extruded polystyrene, paper, acrylic paint, wood
“Now Look Here (Fantasy I)”, 2013
24 x 24 inches
oil on linen over panel
“Now Look Here” is a one painting exhibition by Adam Winner. The painting, traditionally executed in oil, hung at a standard height, and representing the space in which it is hung, as well as itself, as well as the viewer, is an experiment in the subjective nature of perception.
Hung facing into the shallow space of the Engineer’s Office, a casual passer-by will see only the backside of the painting. That it is a stretched canvas will imply an invitation to step under and into the gallery space itself, where the abstracted and fanciful depiction of the space will be dimly visible in the low-light of the interior. While one is engaged in the act of viewing the picture, one has also become a performer in the piece, completing the picture and adding a layer of content for concurrent passers-by. Operating within its own metaphysical logic, the painting presents metaphorical depictions of floor as flowing river, wall as slice of celestial sphere, and tightly confined alcove as infinite landscape. The image acknowledges the existence of the multiverse, and questions where or if one place, object, or space ends, and allows for and encourages multiple and fluctuating perceptions.
“The Quantum Bank”
ROCKEFELLER CENTER GENERATES VAST NEW WEALTH WITH URANIUM-POWERED QUANTUM ATM
Unprecedented Quantum Banking System Will Reconcile Economics and Physics… Novel Technology Exploits Famous ‘Schrodinger Cat’ Phenomenon… ATM Prototype Scheduled For June Installation…
A pioneering new banking system in Rockefeller Center promises to fix the world economy by bolstering finance with quantum physics. Fueled by atomic decay, a prototype quantum ATM will be installed in the basement of 20 Rockefeller Plaza on June 11th under the direction of experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats. The public is invited to test the new technology during an exclusive 96-hour trial period.
“The problem with the economy is that it’s Newtonian,” says Mr. Keats, who has previously applied string theory to real estate development. “Over the past century, physicists have learned that the universe is quantum. It’s about time that money started following the same laws as everything else in the cosmos.”
According to Mr. Keats, the Quantum Bank at 20 Rock will be the first financial institution with the technological means to make money quantum, resulting in a nearly infinite proliferation of wealth. “The principles we’re applying have actually been well-established for decades,” notes Mr. Keats. “A quantum particle doesn’t have a definite location unless it’s measured. It’s everywhere at once, subsisting in a so-called quantum superposition. At the quantum bank, our idea is to achieve the same thing with cash.”
Anybody will be able to deposit any sum of money at the Quantum Bank. While the deposit is being processed, a uranium-glass sphere will emit an alpha particle into a custom-built cylinder inscribed with seven billion microscopic boxes, each uniquely identified with a single account. Were this process being monitored, the quantum particle would be observed to pass through only one of the seven billion boxes, crediting the deposit to a single account. However the entire quantum ATM is sheathed in metal, preventing any measurement from taking place. The superpositioned alpha particle will enter all seven billion boxes, crediting all seven billion accounts. Supported by this quantum bookkeeping technique, the cash itself will effectively be in a superposition.
“We have enough accounts available to serve everyone on the planet,” says Mr. Keats. “Anyone who wants one can sign up for free. Once you’re in the ledger, you’ll be eligible to collect a quantum banknote whenever a US dollar or the foreign equivalent is deposited.”
To service the anticipated demand, the Quantum Bank will print and issue its own currency. A face value of “one quantum” will conveniently be equivalent to one dollar. These banknotes can be used wherever they are accepted, or can be redeposited at the bank to generate even more quantum cash.
“What’s surprising is that nobody’s entered into the quantum banking sector before,” comments Mr. Keats. “Even Bitcoin doesn’t use any new physics.” One bitcoin is one bitcoin, regardless of the technology used to mine it.
Back in 1935, the physicist Erwin Schrodinger proposed a famous thought experiment in which an unobserved cat was both alive and dead, its fate determined by a particle held in a quantum superposition. “We’re just putting his insight into practice, and making it useful for something more noble than torturing animals,” says Mr. Keats. “With quantum banking, we’re setting the new economy in a quantum-economic superposition so that everyone can thrive simultaneously.”
Here’s a video of Jonathon explaining his show
Read some articles about the show!
Bankers Are Both Furious and Perplexed About the Quantum ATM, by Michelle Lhooq (Motherboard, June 17, 2013)
What Happens When You Cross Banking with Physics, by Jillian Steinhauer (Hyperallergic, June 12, 2013)
The quantum ATM: Where self-service meets rocket science (ATM Marketplace, June 11, 2013)
Physics-Inspired ATM Deposits Cash Into Billions Of Accounts At Once, by Leah Gonzalez (PSFK, June 12, 2013)
Artist Installs Uranium-Fueled “Quantum Bank” ATM in Rockefeller Center Basement, by Sara Roffino (ArtInfo, June 13, 2013)
A Quantum Bank Comes to New York, by Rachel Courtland (IEEE Spectrum, June 5, 2013)
Quantum Banking Comes To New York, by Halleh B. Balch (Physics Central, June 5, 2013)
Rockefeller Center Generates Vast New Wealth With Uranium-Powered Quantum ATM, by Bruce Sterling (Wired.com, June 4, 2013)
How Does “Quantum Banking” Allow Everyone to Thrive Simultaneously? by Jonathon Keats (Science + Religion Today, May 24, 2013)
Why Banking Needs Quantum Physics, by Jonathon Keats (Big Think, May 22, 2013)
Quantum ATM Multiplies Your Money, by Jesse Emspak (Discovery News, May 8, 2013)
Forgeries, Pheromones and Clones: Ten Questions for Jonathon Keats, by Matthew Rose (The Art Blog, May 13, 2013)
Fast Company’s Co.Exist
“Out of Print”, 2013
plaster, crate, flowers, framed photograph