Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Pao Houa Her is a Hmong refugee from Laos, arriving in the US in 1987. I pulled these images from Ahorn Magazine, where they are featured with a poignant statement in her series entitled, Coming of the Metal Bird. These pieces are so eloquent
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Clinton Township, Michigan This cryopreservation unit holds the bodies of Rhea and Elaine Ettinger, the mother and first wife of cryonics pioneer, Robert Ettinger. Robert, author of “The Prospect of Immortality” and “Man into Superman” is still alive.
The Cryonics Institute offers cryostasis (freezing) services for individuals and pets upon death. Cryostasis is practiced with the hope that lives will ultimately be extended through future developments in science, technology, and medicine. When, and if, these developments occur, Institute members hope to awake to an extended life in good health, free from disease or the aging process. Cryostasis must begin immediately upon legal death. A person or pet is infused with ice-preventive substances and quickly cooled to a temperature where physical decay virtually stops. The Cryonics Institute charges $28,000 for cryostasis if it is planned well in advance of legal death and $35,000 on shorter notice.
Research Marijuana Crop Grow Room
National Center for Natural Products Research
Oxford, Mississippi The National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR) is the only facility in the United States which is federally licensed to cultivate cannabis for scientific research. In addition to cultivating cannabis, NCNPR is responsible for analyzing seized marijuana for potency trends, herbicide residuals (paraquat) and fingerprint identification. NCNPR is licensed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and also researches and develops chemicals derived from plants, marine organisms, and other natural products.
White Tiger (Kenny), Selective Inbreeding
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and Foundation
Eureka Springs, Arkansas In the United States, all living white tigers are the result of selective inbreeding to artificially create the genetic conditions that lead to white fur, ice-blue eyes and a pink nose. Kenny was born to a breeder in Bentonville, Arkansas on February 3, 1999. As a result of inbreeding, Kenny is mentally retarded and has significant physical limitations. Due to his deep-set nose, he has difficulty breathing and closing his jaw, his teeth are severely malformed and he limps from abnormal bone structure in his forearms. The three other tigers in Kenny’s litter are not considered to be quality white tigers as they are yellow coated, cross-eyed, and knock-kneed.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Contraband Room
John F. Kennedy International Airport
Queens, New York African cane rats infested with maggots, African yams (dioscorea), Andean potatoes, Bangladeshi cucurbit plants, bush meat, cherimoya fruit, curry leaves (murraya), dried orange peels, fresh eggs, giant African snail, impala skull cap, jackfruit seeds, June plum, kola nuts, mango, okra, passion fruit, pig nose, pig mouths, pork, raw poultry (chicken), South American pig head, South American tree tomatoes, South Asian lime infected with citrus canker, sugar cane (poaceae), uncooked meats, unidentified sub tropical plant in soil.
All items in the photograph were seized from the baggage of passengers arriving in the U.S. at JFK Terminal 4 from abroad over a 48-hour period. All seized items are identified, dissected, and then either ground up or incinerated. JFK processes more international passengers than any other airport in the United States.
The Central Intelligence Agency, Art
CIA Original Headquarters Building
Langley, Virginia The Fine Arts Commission of the CIA is responsible for acquiring art to display in the Agency’s buildings. Among the Commission’s curated art are two pieces (pictured) by Thomas Downing, on long-term loan from the Vincent Melzac collection. Downing was a member of the Washington Color School, a group of post World War II painters whose influence helped to establish the city as a center for arts and culture. Vincent Melzac was a private collector of abstract art and the Administrative Director of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.’s premiere art museum.
Since the founding of the CIA in 1947, the Agency has participated in both covert and public cultural diplomacy efforts throughout the world. It is speculated that some of the CIA’s involvement in the arts was designed to counter Soviet Communism by helping to popularize what it considered pro-American thought and aesthetic sensibilities. Such involvement has raised historical questions about certain art forms or styles that may have elicited the interest of the Agency, including abstract expressionism.
Avian Quarantine Facility
The New York Animal Import Center
Newburgh, New York European Finches seized upon illegal importation into the U.S. and African Gray Parrots in quarantine.
All imported birds that are not of U.S. or Canadian origin must undergo a 30 day quarantine in a U.S. Department of Agriculture animal import quarantine facility. The quarantine is mandatory and at the owner's expense. Birds are immediately placed in incubators called isolettes that control the spread of disease and prevent cross-contamination by strategically placed High Efficiency Particulate Air Filters.Before each quarantined bird is cleared for release, it is tested for Avian Influenza and Exotic Newcastle Disease.
Here is more of her work
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
A short piece I wrote about this work:
though I am undeniably out of place as a person of color and particularly of East Asian
descent. My relationship with this family embodies my relationship with the
American landscape, one that is close yet the complexity of which I have yet been able
to fully articulate and personally navigate. In a way more abstract, my relationship
with China is parallel. In the early 1960’s, a time when China and Chinese people
occupied a peculiar space in the United States, my grandmother immigrated to the
Michigan with her three sons, and from her personal experience soon came to
understand that complete assimilation appeared most beneficial to their ability to
succeed in this country. Now grown the three of them feel a bold line connection to
their racial, ethnic, and cultural heritage as it has defined them in many ways within
the United States. Despite this, they have never felt the capacity to ably legitimize that
connection. Although I am second generation American, my Chinese family in
Southern California has passed to me this rather knotted sensibility. More than ever I
felt the conflict of impossible legitimization during my studies in China, being an
outsider as a person of foreign birth and distancing assimilation, yet simultaneously
and conversely accepted for my roots. These pieces are demonstrations manifesting
my experience in both landscapes through which I travel as an outsider and a native,
and an attempt at locating the points at which those concepts are harmonious.
More to be uploaded...
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
catching animals doing things like this.
"Eighteenth-century aesthetics and philosophies, particularly those of the Neoclassical and Romantic movements, shape his work. Keyes is drawn to the clinical and often cold vocabulary of scientific textbook illustrations, which express the empirical "truth" of the world and natural phenomena. He infuses into a rational stage set many references to contemporary events along with images and themes from his personal mythology and experience. These elements come together in an unsettling vision, one that speaks to the hope, fear, and anxiety of our time."