Kenneth Baker on Donald Judd on perception

The precision of Judd’s sculpture has led people to see an idealizing impulse behind it. But Judd saw himself as empiricist and his work as sharpening the perceptions of a public addled by encountering falseness daily on every front, from advertising to architecture.

“Small Judd show provides just a taste of his ambition” Page E10, Saturday, May 11, 2006, San Francisco Chronicle

I was living on Pepper Street in Palo Alto, across from Smith-Andersen Gallery when this article came out and I refer to the clipping from time to time as I ponder my path from journalism to advertising to high tech pr to commercial pr to being an activist and environmentalist to being a freelance marketeer for non-profits to running a concert series to managing musical acts to running for public office to collecting art to finding good homes for some of Robert Syrett’s art to writing a blog, and back and forth between those posts or posits.

(I never saw the show Baker describes, at Berggruen gallery, but have seen some Judd at SFMOMA and other places).

In a related matter, I thought about a campaign to re-boot the Palo Alto political scene “to the beat of a different drum”: “Hey PA- Way”, based on the rhythm pattern of The Meter’s song. I texted Glenn Hartman about his availability to do an ear training event here.

Or I think about Steve Lacy, who I knew slightly, and his ability to keep adapting and changing and pushing himself over a lengthy career.

And my heart races as I rush to finish skimming an article or a chapter in a book, then re-sort and re-stack a bunch of books not-yet-overdue from the Library: maybe I should take a week to just become better read.

I still wonder, 600 posts in, whether having a blog helps me keep track of ideas, that will eventually come to fruition, or just has my energy dissipate.

(This post is slightly more personal than most of what shows up here).


edit to add: Did not realize that Donald Judd was in residence at Dartmouth in 1966 (before my time) and that there is a show related to that fact in Hanover currently:

Contemporary Artists at Dartmouth

January 18–July 6, 2014

Organized in collaboration with the Studio Art Department, this exhibition celebrates the important history and legacy of the Artist-in-Residence Program at Dartmouth College, which began in 1931 when the Guatemalan painter Carlos Sánchez, Class of 1923, was invited back to campus on a year-long fellowship. The exhibition showcases the work of more than eighty artists who have participated in this acclaimed international program since that time, including Charles Burwell, Walker Evans, Louise Fishman, Allan Houser, Donald Judd, Magdalene Odundo, José Clemente Orozco, Robert Rauschenberg, Alison Saar, Paul Sample, and Frank Stella, whose presence on campus has undoubtedly enhanced the vitality of the arts at Dartmouth.

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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