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Journal of No. 118

January 31st, 2012

Only too happy to support something new in Torquay @ 03:43 pm

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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.

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Date:February 1st, 2012 04:15 am (UTC)
Hey, that's the shitty-ass Chase A used to have his business account at! It can burn down.
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Date:February 1st, 2012 04:41 am (UTC)
I'd call you a terrorist, but then you'd be entirely too satisfied.
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Date:February 1st, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
aw dammit I want that painting :C
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Date:February 4th, 2012 10:50 am (UTC)
She's right, that IS the horrible bank where I used to have the biz account!

It used to be a WaMu, but they fucked me (twice!), though I have the DELIGHTFUL experience of pulling nearly all my money out (all $200 of it) as the economic world was collapsing, days before WaMu was "saved" by Chase. I regret nothing!

With Chase, i was fine until they imposed fees on accounts under a certain balance. So yeah, BURN THE BANKS!

Journal of No. 118