January 31st, 2012

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Only too happy to support something new in Torquay

We attended the opening soiree for Capital Offense at the Beacon Arts Building, a gallery that opened up a few blocks away about a year ago.

The show's theme was the end of capitalism, so there was lots of radical OWS granola-eating inchoate experimental art on display. Perhaps a highlight was the plexiglass container of containing crumpled bills, an electric megaphone, and several handfuls of crickets. Accompanying displays compared the average US earner to the 1$, with the average schlub portrayed as an insect, and explaining how wealth provides a magnifying effect to your voice.

I was also interested to see one of Alex Schaefer's burning banks. I remembered reading the story of how he got in a little trouble with the LAPD as a potential terrorist, for painting a Chase Bank on fire. That canvas sold for $25,000. (Expressing his disdain for capitalism, he quickly painted a Bank of America on fire and sold it for $4 grand. But he seems to have specialized primarily in burning Chase banks.) This one depicted a Chase bank on Venice, I think the one near Smaug & A&K. Anyway, it was neat to see art-in-the-news in-the-flesh.

Also, opening night at the gallery with the artists makes for good people watching.

From Public Photos
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Garbage In Garbage Out

It seems to me that the modestly-sized trash can in the bathroom fills up one day too early. If it could go a week, then it would match up nicely with the collection schedule, requiring just one emptying per week. Of course, in actuality, it does get just one emptying and goes from a full can of trash to a heaping can of trash to (occasionally) an overflowing can of trash. The solution would be a can with exactly 16.6666% more volume.