Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

War in Afghanistan (a letter to the President from the invisible)

As this year comes to a close one thing that troubles me is our increased investment in war.
Further, the lack of visible protest to it. I have not been to Washington recently, but am not hearing much in the way of opposition to President Barak Obama on this. While in extreme cases war seems necessary, a scaled up assault in this bloggers opinion is like taking a stick to a hornets nest on a hot summer day/ if hornets were into winter in this instance. Just because you have a big stick is not going to solve the problem. I thought we had figured that one out already. So Barak , sorry you have lost a lot of my respect on this one, I am totally bummed out. The portrait I made of you is off the wall and on the bench in consideration for red-eye increase. Friends of mine warned me that you were not that different from George Bush in the end. Please don't prove them right.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

2000 worms in Ikea

worm woman located north east corner of union square park they have amazing dirt and worms
1000 red worms
I made 2 worm beds out of the New York Times writing by the likes of Roberta Smith and other notables will make food for my new pets. 2 drawers contain 1000 worms each. Last night I forgot to leave a light on, perhaps because they were lost 80 died on the floor of my studio.
The horror of drying up lost in the dark. The plan is to make dirt out of garbage for the trees growing quickly now.
left: red and ? oak right: Pin oak
These seeds needed to be wintered before they sprout although a few seem to be premature.
The plan is to find discarded furniture on the street to serve as planters for these trees.
I am going to need a lot of dirt hence the worms. It is much easier to find furniture then worms in NYC. Merry x-mas:)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Truths are Myth

"All truths are myth(s)
All myths are false"

This is part of a poem that was a mantra for me growing up. The s I added.
Last night it occurred to me how confused my father was. Interesting that it made sense to me all these years. The idea of all of anything being one way is usually not the case. He said this stuff with such authority, and through repetition it just sank in. I think he thought he was being deep, dark, and existential, but now it just seems dumb and sad.
I cast the stone in cement this summer putting my mom's ashes with him, breaking his stone that was made in 95', and added it to the pile of stones and debris.

Monday, December 21, 2009


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Momoyo Torimisu

"Momoyo" acrylic on paper 18x15" 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009


From: Tom Moody

Morandi (re)simplification - Jeff Baij

my version above



Originally this was a side to side diptych and it looks better that way; apologies for stacking but there are reasons - let's call it a remix. The joke here is the stylization of the already stylized: art about art, yes, but somehow Morandi's fair game--it's almost a system about a system. Baij's virtual version "proves" how much the color of Morandi adds to its sensuality: there's a tendency to think it's all in the stroke (the Met's Morandi show a while back was a stunner). But at the same time he's reduced the master to a web designer's palette of elegance, highlighting the artificiality of "web colors."

It's from Baij's archive (scroll down) - see also the exploded Dalek model from the Google 3D warehouse. Much more interesting than attempts to sculpt the more cut-and-dried modern sculptures in the Warehouse. This is virtual sculpture: a hack or jape of an emerging popular form.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Chestnut taproot

(click on image for detail)
Bought Parkslope Food Coop nov.23 in dirt - dec. 11. Got 10 of these growing. The rest enjoyed for thanksgiving. The Coop's website states these chestnuts are from Italy. Not in their 50 mile PC trucking radius. It is questionable how they will weather the winter here in my studio in Williamsburg, perhaps with global warming they will make it.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009


"untitled" acrylic, hollow core door, plywood, dirt, chestnut, 40x26x31"(dimensions will change as tree grows)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Door: John Giglio Wall repair: yours -no wood in the corner


"untitled" acrylic, sheetrock, aluminum, and dolly 8' 6"x4'x 18" 2001

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving from Brooklyn 2

New York Conversation

Filed under: general — tom moody @ 4:57 pm

Dealer: "Do you think being young and good looking has anything to do with the success of an artist?"
Artist: "It shouldn't. For an actor or ballet dancer, maybe, but a painter isn't always going to be standing next to his work while it's being evaluated."
Dealer: "You're not a bad looking man. Are you saying this because deep in your heart you wonder if you could have been just a little better looking, you could have made it?"
Artist: "I'm saying it because it's true, unless you've found a way to graft an artist to a canvas as a permanent sex object."

from Tom Moody

Introducing AVATAR agency

A Visual Artist’s Temporary Actor Replacement Agency

Most visual artists are comfortable spending time alone, occupied with solitary pursuits. It may come as a shock when they realize that a large component of what is required to have an art career is going to events and making a good impression, being the kind of social animal artists are vocationally not suited to be.

Most actors, on the other hand, thrive in any situation that requires them to perform socially but often have few opportunities to practice their craft.

For the first time in the history of the contemporary art world, a solution is being offered to this paradox.
AVATAR Agency offers the services of young, talented and socially adept actors as stand-ins (or “avatars”) for visual artists at the openings and art events that require you to make your best impression.

Founded by visual artist, Adam Simon (Four Walls, Fine Art Adoption Network) and theatre director, Marianne Weems (the Builders Association),

AVATAR will make its first public presentation at Momenta Art, 359 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, between south 4th and south 5th streets on December 11, at 7:00 p.m.

The evening will include presentations of past precedents, theatrical renditions of sample situations and discussion with the audience.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving from Brooklyn

New York Conversation

Filed under: general — tom moody @ 4:57 pm

Dealer: "Do you think being young and good looking has anything to do with the success of an artist?"
Artist: "It shouldn't. For an actor or ballet dancer, maybe, but a painter isn't always going to be standing next to his work while it's being evaluated."
Dealer: "You're not a bad looking man. Are you saying this because deep in your heart you wonder if you could have been just a little better looking, you could have made it?"
Artist: "I'm saying it because it's true, unless you've found a way to graft an artist to a canvas as a permanent sex object."

Friday, November 27, 2009

A short life of trouble

From Bloggy

I just finished reading Marcia Tucker's memoir, A Short Life of Trouble, Forty Years in the New York Art World. Here is a quote from the letter she wrote to the museum's trustees after her firing from the Whitney Museum.

As a scholar, it has always been my conviction that it is the museum's responsibility not only to reflect the consensus of educated opinion by which art history is made, but also to seek out the best work at its source, rather than only after it has achieved commercial exposure.

I read this too great! The New Museum had such a strong creator hopefully it can get back on track.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hybrid 3 tap root

"Hybrid 3" white oak acorn, dirt, wood 6.5x5.5x5.5" 2009

Tap root growth from oct. 3rd till today
This one planted the same time approx. 4"

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

White Oaks

White Oak acorns in coffee cups tap roots shooting down a future forest. They were collected around Mccaron Park Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Red Oak, This one was found up in maine, spent the summer out on Block Island and is wintering in my studio in williamsburg- showing fall colors.

Douglas Henderson at Boiler

Joe, Susan Swenson, Douglas getting ready for 100 carpenters

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Could not sleep after this one.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Recorded Calls to Voters From Brooklyn Bishop Praise a Democratic Leader

Published: November 1, 2009

In an unusually overt step into politics by a religious leader, the Roman Catholic bishop of Brooklyn is urging voters, via robocalls, to support Vito J. Lopez, an assemblyman and the Brooklyn Democratic boss, whose hand-picked candidate is in a tough race for a City Council seat.

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The bishop, Nicholas A. DiMarzio, in a recorded phone call sent to every registered voter in City Council District 34, praised Mr. Lopez’s legislative service to the Catholic Church this summer. Mr. Lopez played a key role in defeating a bill that would have let adults file suit over childhood sexual abuse that may have occurred long ago.

Mr. Lopez, a longtime kingmaker in Bushwick and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has energetically championed the candidacy of Maritza Davila, who is running against Councilwoman Diana Reyna in District 34.

By recording his message, a legal scholar cautioned, Bishop DiMarzio could be treading close to legal lines limiting political advocacy by nonprofit organizations — whose tax-exempt status could be jeopardized.

“There are constitutional rules and I.R.S. rules, and the I.R.S. rules are really more pertinent here,” said Nelson Tebbe, an associate professor at Brooklyn Law School who specializes in the relationship between religion and the Constitution.

Bishop DiMarzio’s spokesman, Msgr. Kieran Harrington, dismissed that concern as absurd. “His intent was to thank Vito, who has taken the greatest grief for helping us,” he said.

Officials with the Diocese of Brooklyn, which includes 1.5 million Catholics in Brooklyn and Queens, have made no secret of their dislike for Ms. Reyna and Representative Nydia M. Velasquez, who, along with local nonprofit housing groups, have fought Mr. Lopez over the rezoning of a 31-acre parcel in Brooklyn called the Broadway Triangle.

Ms. Reyna and Ms. Velasquez have suggested that the diocese ousted a priest as head of a local housing group because he annoyed Mr. Lopez, and that in exchange, Mr. Lopez derailed the child abuse bill in Albany.

In September, Monsignor Harrington was scathing in his attack in a column in The Tablet, the diocesan newspaper. “If Catholics voted,” he wrote, “is it conceivable that Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and Councilwoman Diana Reyna would insult our own bishop with impunity?”

On Sunday, the monsignor said: “Reyna is hypercritical of the bishop and the diocese. If the bishop had wanted to do a recording about her, he would have done a recording.”

Ms. Reyna, who is Catholic, declined comment on Sunday. Her supporters privately say that they see little benefit in engaging in an open war with the church, particularly since a number of priests showed up at a recent rally supporting Mr. Lopez.

A week ago, Mr. Lopez was honored for his leadership in one local church, and Ms. Davila sat next to him in the pew.

“If the church wants to honor Assemblyman Lopez, why not do this Nov. 5?” asked Rob Solano, director of Churches United for Fair Housing, which has clashed with Mr. Lopez over the Broadway Triangle. “Why so close to an election if it’s not political?”

Mr. Lopez’s loyalties can shift unpredictably. Ms. Reyna, for instance, once served as his chief of staff. And he once backed the bill in Albany that he later derailed.

Ms. Davila narrowly lost the Democratic primary to Ms. Reyna, the incumbent. Now Ms. Davila is running for the seat on the Working Families Party. And Mr. Lopez, the borough’s Democratic leader, has broken with his party to support her.

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