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I’ve been blocked by Facebook for 24 hours; I can read and see things, but I can’t post or interact until noon today. At some point yesterday, around noon, someone found my art work offensive and flagged it as “inappropriate.” Facebook summarily blocked me and warned that if I post inappropriate content again I could have my profile removed. There is no discussion, no forum, no debate, no review process, just a summary removal and blocking.
There are several things that bother me about this:
- Anyone could flag anything for any reason, spite, glee, morality, anarchic tendencies, personal vendetta… and Facebook accepts it with no review.
- I see violent images, hate speech, seriously upsetting hurt animal images, bigotry and small mindedness on Facebook all the time, but that’s acceptable.
- And (and this is what really upsets me) we, as a culture, are more okay with images of violence than sexuality; that’s very sad.
I have no idea why this person blocked me, but here’s some thoughts for them. If you don’t like my art, don’t look at it. If you’re worried about your children, talk to them openly about subjects that frighten you and monitor their computer use so you can control what they see.
And so, I have removed my erotic works from Facebook. From now on I’ll post stuff here and post a link on FB. Their loss of great content.
It’s amazing that people are so worried what goes on in others’ bedrooms, they even care when it’s stitched. Sigh.
But as my father said when we discussed it yesterday, “if they’re censoring you, you must be doing something right.”
We’re gonna do it! That yard sale that I was co-hosting in October, but the weather was crap? Yeah, well, we’re holding it this weekend! We’ll be at 4341 Finley Ave (90027) in Los Feliz, on Saturday and Sunday (Nov 10 & 11) from 9-4(ish). There’s some yard and bbq stuff, a few flat screens, books, clothes, cds, dvds, random items, knick-knacks and gimcracks.
And hey, if nothing else, we’ll be laughing our asses off most of the day (we usually do), so you could always just stop by for a giggle.
Spent hours today at my storage space, sorting and cleaning out boxes. I’m slowly getting rid of stuff – my mother sent my entire childhood to me a couple of years ago – and, to that end, am participating in a yard sale this weekend. I took advantage of the sale to go through everything. Lots of nonsense to sell (come by this fri, sat, sunday 4342 Finley Ave, 90027, 9am-5pm), but I also found stuff that I love, a jacket I was looking for, a neat jar, and – the best part of being a trying-not-to-hoard-hoarder – fabulous ephemera! Here’s the cream of the crop:
Holy cow!! How did today get to be today already?? I”ve been so busy prepping and doing that all of a sudden it’s crept up on me. Tonight is the first opening of Home is Where the Needle Marks and I’m so so proud and so pleased! The work looks amazing, we yarn bombed outside the space yesterday, and I can’t wait for this evening.
I do hope, if you’re in LA, you’ll join us tonight!
Holy cow! It’s less than two weeks until the first opening of Home is Where the Needle Marks, my curatorial debut! The time, she is flying!! This is what all the stitching and hustle has been leading to of late.
In conjunction with Pop tART gallery, I have put together a fab show, Home is Where the Needle Marks. It’s a fantastic group of stitched artwork on the theme of “home.” In fact, so much wonderful work was submitted that we decided to split the show into two shows, in two spaces, with two openings! The first is Saturday June 9th, and the second Saturday June 16th.
Yesterday’s installation went well. It was a whole new experience for me, and a bit overwhelming to begin, but by the time I left the gallery I felt pretty good. I got all the work hung, and half of my sign made. Couldn’t believe it, but I noticed a piece of lint under the glass, inside the frame of one of the pieces. How annoying! But I’m so glad I saw it yesterday rather than on Saturday night! Had it fixed on the way home yesterday.
At long last, decisions have been made, and it was tough. We received many wonderful submissions. So many, in fact, that we are having two shows!! The first is the original, planned show at (sub)Urban home on Main Street @ 5th, downtown on the LA artwalk, on June 9th. Then, the following Saturday, June 16th, the companion show will open in the Gallery space – which we had not planned on using – on West 6th St. @ Virgil!! Very very exciting!
With no further ado, the artists: Bren Ahearn, Sarah Terry, Iviva Olenick , Suvi Aarnio, Ruth Tabancay, Brian Schetzsle, Penny Mateer, Joy Ude, Rebecca Ringquist, Sarah Corbett, Yu Cotton-well, Alaina Varrone, Xiang Gao, Ashley Blalock, Kathy Halper, Robert Marbury, Joetta Maue, Julie Jackson, Bascome Hogue, Ben Cuevas, Luke Haynes, Drucilla Pettibone, Tod Hensley, Erin Daniels Endicott, Mark Bieraugel
I am so excited!! This is going to be a fabulous happening!!
Holy cow, where’d this year go? I leave for NYC tomorrow!! So little to do, so much time to do it in; wait a minute, strike that, reverse it…
Been stitching like mad all day, working on pieces for the show in the spring. Lots done already, but was hoping to finish some canvases before I leave (I’m not, but I’m close). Today has been a whirl of making to take, finishing up, putting aside for after the break, etc etc etc.
Here’s an image of what I’m stitching away at -
Hope everyone’s full of Yule tide cheer (or something…)!
A friend asked me to stitch this up for his wife; I didn’t tell him I used glow in the dark. I wonder when they’ll notice…
The canvas is shot with glitter, looks very space-like.
I recently dealt with helping my (crazy) mother clean out some storage spaces… let’s just say, “oh my god, hoarder,” and move on, but in moving on, I’ve had to take a look at my own tendencies. Nothing on the level of the show Hoarders, or even the level of my mom, but she did teach me to “buy one in every color if you like something,” which is sickness.
I’ve begun the clean out. I’m taking it easy, going slowly around the apartment, and will be donating to charity and selling stuff on ebay. First up, a collection of vintage pantyhose. I live in LA, where I rarely wear hosiery, and no one needs twenty pair of nude hose – hose mind you, that need garters, not stockings. I mean, of course I have garters, but really, I kept a few pair – okay, a few few – but I’m getting rid of the rest. The thing that I really find myself loving about them, is the old packaging. Here are some of my favorites: