porcelain skulls

Seattle has been kind to me.

Last night I saw Brian Jonestown Massacre play the Neptune theatre – a restored theatre built in the 20′s.  The Blue Angel Lounge played an awesome support before BJM came out to start what was a pretty average set…

half an hour in and things started to deteriorate. I’ve seen DiG! so this wasn’t completely unexpected but that was filmed a while ago and for some reason I thought things would have changed.

Of course there were a few people in the crowd feeding comments to spark a breakdown..

“where’s your set list?” 

Anton replies (as close as I can recall) in the way only Anton could:

"WHERES my fucking set list? Why do I need a fucking set list? When I started playing every band I know used to play with set lists and guess where they are now.. dead, on drugs, or working at burger king. do you think set lists are some mystical key to success? Fuck set lists! Man, telling me to use a set list is like giving me a box of lego with a pirate ship on the front and then getting upset at me for not building the pirate ship. heyyy he’s not using all the pieces like he’s supposed to. man, i’m not going to build a pirate ship. i’m building a space ship."

the kind of memorable manic outbursts that make you think it could all just be an act

or is it?

and then just a few songs later, when it seemed like the whole thing might come undone it completely turned on its head and the whole band came together for more than an hour of truly grand songs and experimental instrumentals that more than won everyone over.

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The days I’ve had here have been fortunate too. Clear skies for the trips I’ve made and I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from the streets.

{far4} is a great gallery store I came across (might just have enjoyed this place more than Seattle Art Museum!) with some beautifully delicate porcelain pieces by Klimenkoff. I almost bought some of his work but there is no way of me getting it home, he’s spared no effort on the details in each piece, the petals are so fine they are often translucent. alas photos do no justice. (photos below from Klimenkoffs website)

These were contrasted with the works of Seattle based artist Richard Krafft. His series of Soviet weapons recreated into porcelain are the kind of works you expect to see internationally and probably will.

 Richard Krafft

Richard Krafft

 Richard Krafft

Richard Krafft

and some skulls... first Trevor Jackson's...

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Trevor Jackson

 Trevor Jackson

Trevor Jackson

Then Hugh Willa‘s in glass..

 Hugh Willa

Hugh Willa

and lastly.. Walter Oltmann’s Catipillar suits, which have been stuck in my head since I saw them at SAM

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