Memoria Technica

Mellington Cartwright (a.k.a. Melissa Sanborn) Memoria Technica April 6 - 20, 2006 OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, April 5, 7-9 p.m. EVERGREEN GALLERIES, GALLERY 4 Located on the 4th floor of the Library Building

The talent and dedication of graduating senior Mellington Cartwright is being celebrated in an exhibition at Evergreen Galleries, The Evergreen State College. Mellington was selected from among a strong group of applicants to participate in Senior Thesis Projects, and received the Mabel Young Mark Memorial Scholarship in recognition of exceptional achievement in visual art. Her metal sculpture will be exhibited in Gallery 4 from April 6-20, with an opening reception Wednesday, April 5, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The exhibition’s title, Memoria Technica, refers to devices that aid in preserving memory. Working primarily in bronze and sterling, Mellington creates sculptures that explore the sentimentality that lies within our memories. Her art draws the focus away from the psychological and scientific properties of a memory, towards a magical sense of nostalgia.

Inspired by her own worldly travels and questions of identity, Mellington reveals to the viewer a journey of both physical and transcendent nature. Serpentine patterns suggest the curve of a balloon string in the wind – or a meandering road. Straightforward design is combined with subtle details to illustrate the archetypal journey, and to bring forth the viewer’s own reminiscences of the past.

Radical Poetry

Jack Hirschman will be reciting poetry on Tuesday April 11th. from 5:30-7:30 PM sliding scale $0-$1000. Free Childcare available so bring the whole family brought to you by Carnival (the evergreen political arts collective)

Jack Hirschman has taken the free exchange of poetry and politics into the streets, where he is, in the words of poet Luke Breit, called, "America's most important living poet." He uses his skills to help awaken the American people to homelessness as an expression of a system that can no longer take care of its people. He has written more than 50 volumes of poetry and essays. His impassioned readings challenge his audience. He speaks on the artist's role in social transformation.

World's Second or Third Largest Egg Replica

If you visit the town of Winlock, a bit south of Centralia, you'll see a little patch of land surrounded by a cyclone fence. In the middle of this square is a pedestal and on it sits an enormous fiberglass egg. It used to have the stars and stripes painted on it, but the weather has stripped most of that design clean off. There is a little sign under this display that proclaims, "World's Largest Egg."

OK, first, it isn't an egg, it is an egg replica. Second, even if the sign was changed to read "World's Largest Egg Replica," it would still be misleading. The world's largest egg replica is in Vegreville, Alberta. It would appear Metone, Indiana has an egg replica that rivals the one in Winlock, but then we get into height vs width vs weight arguments. I'll leave that one to egg replica scholars.

Double Dog Dare

I double dog dare anyone reading this to go downtown to Danger Room Comics , buy some of Steve Willis's work,  take it to a favorite coffee house/pub/restaurant, and read the comics without cracking up loudly.

I myself failed, I could not read and drink coffee at the same time, without spewing coffee in laughter. Which I did not do, no actual coffee spewing, instead I tucked the comics away for later reading.

Remember, this is a -double dog dare-. Serious stuff.

Updated Oly (area) blog aggregator at Better South Sound

Rick's post on three new Olympia blogs reminded me that I wanted to update the local blog aggregator at Better South Sound. 

I installed a new Drupal aggregator this afternoon and have just about loaded all of the Olympia area blog feeds into it. There isn't a front page block like the old one, but I was able to put together a new page with everything. The advantage of this new way is that everything is hosted on this site and it aggregates everything into one feed, if you're interested.

Nuke-Free Zone April Fools Day Article

I really enjoyed the April Fools Day article you printed on page one of the Sunday Olympian, though it ran a day later than I would have expected it.

"Fallout from ... nuke-free zone" was brilliant parody. I especially liked the notion that local city and county officials could not figure out whether they were involved in nuclear weapons production. Their confusion on whether signing an interlocal agreement is an endorsement of a national political stance was especially funny, given the routine nature of signatures for grants which assure that these city and county offices are drug free workplaces.

Thanks again, Katherine, Jennifer, and Vickie for an offbeat and silly story. If you ever want to cover the nuclear free zone issue with less tongue in cheek, you might want to speak with the folks who live near nuclear production facilities, and ask them how they feel about this issue.

Register for peace conference

Go here to register for the peace conference titled: "A Conference Cultivating a Just and Enduring Peace for the People of Palestine and Israel."

A conversation with a Nazi

From Justin Vela:

Where was he from?
LA.

Did he come to Seattle all the way from LA for this?
No. He lived in Seattle now.

Did he consider himself a Nazi?
No. He was a skinhead.

Why did he have a swatsika tattoo then?
He earned the tattoo.

He had a swatsika tattoo, but he wasn't a Nazi?
No.

Did he have any kids?
Yes. He had a little girl who was five.

When she grew up would she be allowed to date black people?
Yes. She could date them. She just couldn't fornicate with them.

Was he a racist?
No. He he didn't hate black people. Just niggers. Niggers were people who pissed him off.

So was he a racist?
No. He wasn't. But the counterprotesters were. They were racist against skinheads.

Where did he learn about all this skinhead stuff?
From his brother. He had been hanging out with skinheads since kindergarten.

Where was his brother now?
Iraq.

New Olympia blogs

Cool new blogs are appearing each day. Here are three more that have recently come to my attention:

  • Blinded by Science
    Lonely, forlorn, dreadful romantic, clock fixer, collector of coats, tired, prone to fits of glee.
  • In the Garden with Humblesnail
    The sometimes random thoughts and pictorial journey of a Northwest gardener and her backyard.
  • Justin Vela
    Justin Vela is an independent journalist currently based in Olympia, Washington. His worked has appeared in The Argus Courier, The Gunnison Times, Day in the Life of Marin, and the University of San Francisco Magazine. He has covered the last five years of the anti-war movement, the 2nd innaguration of President George W. Bush, Hurricane Rita's aftermath, and the homeless movement in San Francisco.

A farce in five acts

A sordid tale of a small group of nazis who came to Olympia.

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