Time, Twitter Art, and Self-Promotion

June 2, 2009

I, Boris Ostrerov, am starting my latest project titled, “Twitter Installation” at the Walkers Point Center for the Arts (WPCA) Annual Member’s Show on view from June 5th until July 2nd 2009.

the Twitter Installation:

Start with the username “installation1” on Twitter.  Do not tweet on this account.

Publicize this project outside of twitter before the first day of the show.

Follow all the people that chose to follow the “installation1” username.

Gather all the tweets of all the people I follow and print out on translucent paper (1x5in. strips).

Bring the tweets on the paper to the gallery each day and drop over the same spot on the floor every day.

Photograph the installation daily.

At the end of the installation the tweets are glued together into a sphere.

I will post pics daily on my site:  www.borisfineart.com

In the “Twitter Installation,” I am materializing tweets among the Twitter community, into a physical semitransparent mountain or puddle-like form.  Starting from literally nothing on the first day of the show, the pile of tweets will grow in size depending on the amount of followers the username “Installation1” gains and the amount of times each follower tweets.  Please spread the word and contribute in the growth of the mountain of tweets by following the username “Installation1” on Twitter.com and tweeting.  If enough people are involved, this installation can grow exponentially to a gigantic form, filling up so much space in the gallery that it encroaches on other artworks or blocks a walking path.   At the end of the show I will glue all the translucent strips of vellum paper into a sphere, solidifying countless conversations of a past moment in history.

Show: Friday, June 5 through July 2, 2009. Opening Reception: Friday, June 5, 5–9pm.



March 19, 2009

Hello, all, this is my disembodied voice from March 12, 2009 at approximately 3 PM! I am writing this a week in advance, minus 6 hours, because there’s no way I would actually write anything cogent–much less be awake–at 9 AM, because I am a loser, but future Nicole is a changed woman.

Anyway, things to think about that I don’t feel like elaborating quite yet.

-The system of pattern/randomness being more relevant than absence/presence.

mind separated from matter

mind separated from matter- KRANG

“The very definition of ‘information,’ then encodes the distinction between materiality and information that was becoming important in molecular biology during this period.”

“Abstracting information from a material base meant that information could become free-floating, unaffected by changes in context.”

“As Carolyn Marvin notes, a decontextualized construction of information has important ideological implications, including an anglo-american ethnocentrism that regards digital information as more important than more context-bound analog information”

“My dream is a version of the posthuman that embraces the possibilities of information technologies without being seduced by fantasies of unlimited power and disembodied immortality, that recognizes and celebrates finitude as a condition of human being, and that understands human life is embedded in a material world of great complexity, one on which we depend on our continued survival.”

N. Katherine Hayles


March 10, 2009

jacquelineknits on etsy

Carol Hummel



Jennifer Marsh

I miss the cozies.  I couldn’t find any recent ones. These are all 2008 and older.  And I like the knitted ones best.

P.S. I put links in all of them, so you can just click on a photo if you want to see who it is.

tuna melts

March 1, 2009

I have always had a deep love of old science fiction illustration.  What tuna melts are to the world of food, these illustrations are to the art world.  And I have the same kind of relationship I have with things like tuna melts… and perhaps Twinkies and say…funnel cake.  I love them all even though I’m aware of how gross (in the good way!) they are and how they might be bad for me.

check out the juicy and campy sci-fi deliciousness at Sci-Fi-O-Rama

Post Valentine’s Day Post

February 18, 2009

This past week Jinxed, here in Philadelphia, held a HEART SHOW. Artists created pieces to be sold on heart shaped canvases. Some completely altered the shape, some worked within the shape. Most of the pieces ranged from between $50 and $100. I find that most of the pieces did not have anything to do with Valentine’s day. Some hinted at ideas: some rabbit pieces, abstract figures. The majority was a wonderful hodgepodge of figures and objects with a few abstracts thrown in.




Baltimore Visit

February 6, 2009

Hey hey.  Anyone interested in going to Bmore for a day of fun on Saturday, February 21st, whether you’re nearby or in DC and would like to join,  some of GW’s MFA and MA students are going for a visit. Ding Ren, a GW grad is in a show at Area 405 and we are going there before heading out for a drink or two or however many. www.propositionsatarea405.com

If interested you can email me at cld006@gwmail.gwu.edu for more info.


New (and nude) in Detroit

February 6, 2009

So I’ve survived my first Detroit January.  Although the sub-zero temperatures, lots of snow and ice, as well as the onslaught of show proposals and teaching applications, in addition to art-making,  have kept me inside, I have occasionally left my apartment when I didn’t absolutely have to.  One of these such occasions marked my first visit to the Cranbrook Museum for the opening of Mixed Signals: Artists consider Masculinity in Sports, a group show including the likes of Matthew Barney, Mark Bradford, Kurt Kauper, Collier Schorr, etc. Although I was able to get into the opening for free (“We are just happy you’re here!”) the 30 minute drive from Detroit wasn’t really worth the  visit.  For the most part, the show consisted of second-rate work by first-rate artists.  I was disappointed by Mark Bradford’s (soccer) balls and sad to see that Kurt Kauper’s preliminary drawings for his large paintings were gridded and sterile.  Some of the photography and videos were exceptional, but did not necessarily offer new information when seen in person.

Also at Cranbrook is Mark Newport: Superheroes In Action.  Newport, who is Head of the Fiber Department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, knits giant superhero costumes.  This exhibition was more engaging and unexpected than the first, my only complaint being that a more performative element to the show could have added even more interest.

Both shows run until March 29.

Also in Detroit this month (opening tonight!) is the 10th anniversary of the (in)famous Dirty Show at Bert’s Warehouse Theater in Eastern Market. The show is marketed as being an alternative to the typical Valentines Day date, its premise being to “promote, publish and propagate erotic art in all forms”.  The show includes the work of fellow AU grad Amy Misurelli Sorensen as well as erotic performances, lots of nakedness and other “treats for your eyes.”


If you happen to be in Brooklyn instead of Detroit on Valentine’s Day (and if you are, I am admittedly jealous) make sure to check out The Wassaic Project’s  I Heart Art benefit at Work Gallery. Brian Barr, who will also have work in the 2009 Windsor Biennial in April (more to come on this later!), has two lovely Dear Tom drawings in the show.  In addition to Brian’s drawings, the show consists of small work by other emerging and mid-career artists such as Isca Greenfield-Sanders and Steve Powers.


And finally, in nearby Chicago, 200 Lincolns opens on Friday the 13th at the Chicago Art Department in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday.  Brian and I each have a drawing in the show, so if you are spending your Valentine’s in Chicago (or any time before February 27th) stop by to see the show.