June 29, 2017

Pop Stoppage Series: profile_#305

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 12:02 PM

February 02, 2017

Pop Stoppage Series: glee_#304

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 12:38 PM

December 24, 2016

Pop Stoppage Series: silly_#303

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Shark Roth at 12:31 PM

November 21, 2016

Pop Stoppage Series: classmates_#302

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Shark Roth at 11:38 PM

October 26, 2016

Pop Stoppage Series: swallowed_#301

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Shark Roth at 06:14 PM

August 13, 2016

Pop Stoppage Series: palms_#299

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Shark Roth at 04:17 PM

July 17, 2016

Pop Stoppage Series: mind_#296

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Shark Roth at 02:27 PM

April 03, 2016

Pop Stoppage Series: battle_#294

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Shark Roth at 01:29 AM

March 08, 2016

Pop Stoppage Series: sent_#292

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Shark Roth at 02:01 AM

February 26, 2016

Pop Stoppage Series: nimbus_#290

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Shark Roth at 12:34 PM

January 24, 2016

Pop Stoppage Series: upwardcurving_#289

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 03:42 PM

December 15, 2015

Pop Stoppage Series: "struggled_#287"

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 01:27 AM

November 28, 2015

Pop Stoppage Series: "supermen_#286"

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 02:20 PM

November 13, 2015

Pop Stoppage Series: "toothless_#285"

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 01:53 PM

October 18, 2015

Pop Stoppage Series: "uebermensch_#284"

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 02:30 PM

October 09, 2015

Pop Stoppage Series: "gone_#283"

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 03:30 PM

September 19, 2015

Pop Stoppage Series: "bleeding_#282"

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 02:57 AM

July 21, 2015

Pop Stoppage Series: "pole_#281"

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 03:11 AM

July 04, 2015

Pop Stoppage Series: "rotto_#280"

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 10:44 PM

June 14, 2015

Pop Stoppage Series: "pier_#279

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 11:53 PM

May 09, 2015

Pop Stoppage Series: "spilling_#278"

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 11:00 PM

March 27, 2015

Pop Stoppage Series: "paunch_#277"

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 02:11 PM

March 13, 2015

Pop Stoppage Series: "chest_#276"

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 08:12 PM

February 12, 2015

Pop Stoppage Series: "rilling_#275"

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 04:06 PM

December 28, 2014

Pop Stoppage Series: "elderly_#274"

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 08:21 PM

December 05, 2014

Pop Stoppage Series: "swollen_#273"

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 02:14 PM

November 21, 2014

Pop Stoppage Series: "photo_#272"

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 03:04 PM

October 21, 2014

Pop Stoppage Series: "veering_#270"

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 11:56 PM

September 23, 2014

Pop Stoppage Series: "drowned_#269"

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Soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 02:44 PM

September 06, 2014

Pop Stoppage Series: "days_#268"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 01:31 AM

July 22, 2014

Pop Stoppage Series: "businessman_#267"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 12:16 PM

June 07, 2014

Pop Stoppage Series: "boatman_#264"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 10:56 PM

April 27, 2014

Pop Stoppage Series: "jobs_#260"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 03:51 PM

March 30, 2014

Pop Stoppage Series: "odd_#259"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 09:26 PM

February 17, 2014

Pop Stoppage Series: "jealous_#258"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 10:31 PM

January 19, 2014

Pop Stoppage Series: "queen_#257"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 08:26 PM

November 16, 2013

Pop Stoppage Series: "crazy_#256"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 02:28 PM

September 17, 2013

Pop Stoppage Series: "italian_#255"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 12:21 PM

August 23, 2013

Pop Stoppage Series: "able_#252"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 08:25 PM

May 26, 2013

Pop Stoppage Series: "unkind_#251"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 02:59 PM

April 14, 2013

Pop Stoppage Series: "measured_#250"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 10:39 PM

March 19, 2013

Pop Stoppage Series: "salt_#249"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 07:36 PM

January 28, 2013

Pop Stoppage Series: "seems_#247"

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Hand torn soda bottle label and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by Mark Roth at 10:59 PM

December 30, 2012

Pop Stoppage Series: "Olivet's_ #246"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 12:06 PM

December 21, 2012

Pop Stoppage Series: "fly_#245"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 10:55 PM

October 03, 2012

Pop Stoppage Series: "striving_#244"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 09:50 PM

September 07, 2012

Pop Stoppage Series: "tacking_#243"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 02:24 PM

August 07, 2012

Pop Stoppage Series: "ruler_#242"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 03:32 PM

July 05, 2012

Pop Stoppage Series: "southward_#240"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 01:27 AM

May 20, 2012

Pop Stoppage Series: "stolewise_#234"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 04:55 PM

March 18, 2012

Pop Stoppage Series: "amiably_#231"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 01:25 PM

February 18, 2012

Pop Stoppage Series: "wintertime_#230"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 07:39 PM

December 11, 2011

Pop Stoppage Series: "built_#229"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 05:20 PM

November 27, 2011

Pop Stoppage Series: "bleak_#226"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 01:43 AM

September 24, 2011

Pop Stoppage Series: "grasses_#224"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 04:15 PM

September 04, 2011

Pop Stoppage Series: "secretary_#220"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 02:49 PM

August 14, 2011

Pop Stoppage Series: "rent_#217"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 01:38 AM

July 24, 2011

Pop Stoppage Series: "ferns_#215"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 05:08 PM

June 25, 2011

Pop Stoppage Series: "dare_#213"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 01:44 AM

May 14, 2011

Pop Stoppage Series: "disrobed_#209"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 04:03 PM

April 22, 2011

Pop Stoppage Series: "emptied_#207"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 11:48 PM

March 19, 2011

Pop Stoppage Series: "rebellious_#206"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 07:43 PM

February 26, 2011

Pop Stoppage Series: "putting_#199"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 02:38 PM

February 12, 2011

Pop Stoppage Series: "garments_198"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 11:11 PM

January 23, 2011

Pop Stoppage Series: "truth_#196"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 11:44 PM

December 19, 2010

Pop Stoppage Series: "changed_#194"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 05:39 PM

November 20, 2010

Pop Stoppage Series: "holdfast_#191"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 03:02 PM

October 24, 2010

Pop Stoppage Series: "forearm_#187"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 02:54 PM

October 09, 2010

Pop Stoppage Series: "slipping_#185"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 06:25 PM

September 24, 2010

Pop Stoppage Series: "west_#177"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 11:23 PM

September 12, 2010

Pop Stoppage Series: "faintly_#175"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 04:36 PM

August 15, 2010

Pop Stoppage Series: "wondering_#170"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 10:19 PM

July 23, 2010

Pop Stoppage Series: "bonesetter_#169"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 11:52 AM

May 24, 2010

Pop Stoppage Series: "bogswamp_#164"

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17”
Posted by mark at 10:03 PM

April 24, 2010

Happy Fifth Birthday, Inhabitat!

Inhabitat spends most of the year envisioning a well-designed green future and last night's party – at Green Spaces, Manhattan – was a pure celebration of that pursuit. Congratulations to Jill Fehrenbacher and the team.

Tinsquo appreciates Inhabitat’s recognition that beauty sustains spirit.

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Marissa Feinberg (r), Co-Founder, Green Leaders Global and Brit Liggett, Video Producer and Inhabitat's New York Editor, with Japanese TV crew.
Posted by mark at 08:35 PM

April 12, 2010

Event: Pop Stoppage Assemblage at Green Spaces

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Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper suspended on vellum, 77.5” x 110.5” Photo: Annie Powers

Currently, to my great delight, I've installed a mural-sized assemblage of Pop Stoppages at Green Spaces in Tribeca. Structured as a place where social change happens, Green Spaces is an incubator for sustainability-minded entrepreneurs, providing office space to green startups and a hub for visionary exchange.

The Pop Stoppages were born of a desire to construct works in an environmentally neutral manner – upcycling refuse into art. In recognition of the Green Space venue, the installation embarks on an expansion of this idea into a process project called Net-Zero Art.

The assemblage is as sustainably constructed meaning, as chemically benign at the end of its lifecycle as is manageable in this transitional moment. For example, the wood support is a salvaged piece of molding from Build It Green (Yes, I carried an eleven foot long board on the subway from Astoria), the vellum support is 100% natural fiber and no adhesive is used to attach the individual works. They are held in place by small slits cut in the vellum. Even the acrylic paint is ‘fixed’, effectively sequestered, in the work.

The yet-undiscovered prize in my quest to attain Net-Zero Art remains an eco-acetate to protect the entire construction. (We were able to source chemically benign deicing pellets but not clear film rolls). Fortunately, it – and the whole construction – is reusable.

In celebration of this work, Green Spaces and I will be hosting a Chill Night on April 21 – 6:30 - 8:30pm – to contemplate the possibilities of the moment and to change the way you think of 2-liter soda bottles for evermore. Consider yourself invited! Please stop by.

Green Spaces is located at 394 Broadway 5th floor between White and Walker. Ring the buzzer.

Thanks to Annie Powers for her photo. She’s a Brooklyn-based photographer who’s available to document art and does a great job with humans, too. Check out her Out and About series.

Posted by mark at 02:09 AM | Comments (1)

September 19, 2008

Leveraging Pop

It may be no mistake or simple happenstance that Damien Hirst’s sure-to-be-legendary auction coincides with what appears to be the collapse of the economic system. Albeit surrounded by the trappings of spectacle and the marketing of cynicism, consider the success of the sale as a rush to invest in the tangibly intangible possibility of acquiring something priceless.

With similar hope, today’s post represents my own attempt at a flight to quality as I endeavor to make the most of time and the means at my disposal – or, to be more literal, the means of others’ disposal.

Hand torn soda bottle labels and acrylic on paper, 11” x 17” Arranged Chronologically – Most recent at top.
Posted by mark at 02:58 AM | Comments (1)

July 26, 2007

Process Post: Retrofits


Today’s post consists of one-time wanting pop stoppages since retrofitted to weather storms of criticism.

For purposes of comparison and intrigue the thumbnail pop-up windows offer access to each work’s original, pre-retrofit state. (note: The first three retrofits lack images of their prior state because I hadn’t yet recognized the value in documenting them, but feel they deserve to accompany their brethren).

One especially interesting thing about this little reclamation project is that I could only arrive upon a satisfying composition through additive means, since I couldn’t remove or alter the earlier, fixed state. This was the project’s liberating restraint.

Posted by mark at 08:41 PM

March 13, 2007

"liliata_pop_stoppage_#62"

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Posted by mark at 12:40 PM

March 09, 2007

"strike_pop_stoppage_#61"

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Posted by mark at 02:12 PM

March 07, 2007

"knees_pop_stoppage_#60"

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Posted by mark at 09:31 PM

March 05, 2007

"prayed_pop_stoppage_#59"

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Posted by mark at 03:31 PM

March 03, 2007

"while_pop_stoppage_#57"

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Posted by mark at 01:08 AM

February 27, 2007

"rattling_pop_stoppage_#56"

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Posted by mark at 02:14 PM

February 25, 2007

"horror_pop_stoppage_#55"

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Posted by mark at 07:37 PM

February 23, 2007

"hoarse_pop_stoppage_#54"

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Posted by mark at 12:47 AM

February 21, 2007

"ghostly_pop_stoppage_#53"

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Posted by mark at 11:55 AM

February 17, 2007

"agony_pop_stoppage_#52"

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Since the the Pop Stoppages' explanatory post has scrolled off the front page, here's a fresh link to Recycling Pop.

Posted by mark at 02:55 PM

February 15, 2007

"secret_pop_stoppage_#51"

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Posted by mark at 11:35 PM

January 29, 2007

"ghostcandle_pop_stoppage_#48"

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Posted by mark at 07:27 AM

January 27, 2007

"bend_pop_stoppage_#47"

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Posted by mark at 11:24 AM

January 25, 2007

"shake_pop_stoppage_#46"

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Posted by mark at 08:42 AM

January 23, 2007

"staring_pop_stoppage_#45"

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Posted by mark at 08:40 AM

January 21, 2007

"glazing_pop_stoppage_#44"

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Posted by mark at 09:23 AM

January 19, 2007

"shirts_pop_stoppage_#43"

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Posted by mark at 08:58 AM

January 17, 2007

"children's_pop_stoppage_#42"

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Posted by mark at 08:35 AM

January 15, 2007

"squashed_pop_stoppage_41"

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Since the the Pop Stoppage Paintings' explanatory post has scrolled off the front page, here's a fresh link to Recycling Pop.

Posted by mark at 08:55 AM

January 13, 2007

"reddened_pop_stoppage_#38"

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Posted by mark at 09:43 AM

January 11, 2007

"fingernails_pop_stoppage_#37"

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Posted by mark at 08:45 AM

January 09, 2007

"shapely_pop_stoppage_#36"

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Posted by mark at 08:28 AM

January 07, 2007

"autumn_pop_stoppage_#35"

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Posted by mark at 08:38 AM

January 05, 2007

"hob_pop_stoppage_#34"

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Posted by mark at 08:32 AM

January 03, 2007

"roasting_pop_stoppage_#33"

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Posted by mark at 08:52 AM

January 02, 2007

"sugar_pop_stoppage_#32"

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Posted by mark at 08:57 AM

December 29, 2006

"filled_pop_stoppage_#31"

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Posted by mark at 08:56 AM

December 27, 2006

"approached_pop_stoppage_#30"

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Posted by mark at 07:22 AM

December 26, 2006

"tap_pop_stoppage_#29"

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Posted by mark at 08:26 AM

December 24, 2006

"brain_pop_stoppage_#28"

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Since the the Pop Stoppage Paintings' explanatory post has scrolled off the front page, here's a fresh link to Recycling Pop.

Posted by mark at 08:11 AM

December 23, 2006

"beset_pop_stoppage_#27"

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Posted by mark at 09:47 AM

December 22, 2006

"nature_pop_stoppage_#26"

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Posted by mark at 08:31 AM

December 21, 2006

"muskperfumed_pop_stoppage_#25"

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Posted by mark at 08:27 AM

December 20, 2006

"away_pop_stoppage_#24"

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Posted by mark at 08:15 AM

December 19, 2006

"folded_pop_stoppage_#23"

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Posted by mark at 08:53 AM

December 17, 2006

TINSQUO's Third Anniversary

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"invisibility_pop_stoppage_#21"

Today, the third anniversary of tinsquo’s launch, seems a worthy – or at least traditional – moment to review some of the notable posts and developments of the past twelve months:

• A good portion of the year was engaged with the painting that would become Returning Wounded. The publication of the painting’s corresponding time-lapse video, prompted a leap into the wild, democratic bazaar of human expression known as YouTube.

• With the project Addressing de Kooning, I engaged in a little public service graffiti – posting informational plaques on the street recognizing Willem de Kooning’s principle New York City studios. The project was an education in what constitutes the public square in today’s Manhattan: light poles. The installations share space with van-for-hire ads, offers of Spanish tutoring and concert promotions. The surrounding flyers come and go, but amazingly – and in an inspiring example of civil civic discourse - the Addressing de Kooning posters continue to remain intact and unmarred.

• My magazine painting discipline experienced a spontaneous eruption when, out of the blue, the figure receded and in its place rose mountain ranges to the horizon. (This landscape emergence finds further articulation in the new oil painting rapidly nearly completion. Stay tuned.)

• Some of my favorite drawing titles: “outlier on the range,” “itinerant semblance,” and “gee willikers to power.” Another favorite, “premise en scθne,” was a title held in reserve for years, but, as with the pop stoppage paintings, I no longer valued being a custodian of a taunting potentiality.

• For reasons that elude clarification, the drawing, “out and about proxemicist,” feels like a destination arrived.

• Word paintings (or what I call paintings – to date, they’re graphite on paper) had been a site staple the first and second years but went mostly mute during this last orbit. As concerns words, I guess, there’s been “nuff said

All my best to those of you who’ve written, commented and viewed tinsquo with interest these past three years. As to the future, the only thing for sure is that anything is possible.

Posted by mark at 12:44 PM

December 16, 2006

"enjoy_pop_stoppage_#20"

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Posted by mark at 08:59 AM

December 15, 2006

"boy_pop_stoppage_#19"

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Posted by mark at 08:48 AM

December 14, 2006

"terrible_pop_stoppage_#18"

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Posted by mark at 08:59 AM

December 13, 2006

"sing_pop_stoppage_#17"

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Posted by mark at 08:39 AM

December 12, 2006

"heard_pop_stoppage_#16"

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Posted by mark at 08:21 AM

December 11, 2006

"girl_pop_stoppage_#15"

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Posted by mark at 08:07 AM

December 10, 2006

"birdcage_pop_stoppage_#12"

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Posted by mark at 08:47 AM

December 09, 2006

"drawer_pop_stoppage_#10"

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Posted by mark at 08:56 AM

December 08, 2006

"dancecards_pop_stoppage_#9"

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Posted by mark at 09:05 AM

December 07, 2006

"secrets_pop_stoppage_#8"

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Posted by mark at 08:37 AM

December 06, 2006

"sun_pop_stoppage_#7"

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Posted by mark at 09:10 AM

December 05, 2006

"tide_pop_stoppage_#6"

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Posted by mark at 09:12 AM

December 04, 2006

"drone_pop_stoppage_#4"

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Posted by mark at 08:52 AM

December 03, 2006

"no_pop_stoppage_#2"

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Posted by mark at 07:10 PM

December 02, 2006

Process Post: Recycling Pop

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Since 1999, I’ve been building and rebuilding a soda bottle ziggurat above my kitchen sink.

The recycling bins for the tenement building in which I reside provide a real-time archeological survey immediately outside my apartment door. Every time I emerge from my abode, I am greeted with a trove of nominally recyclable refuse. Sometimes, egress is impaired by these discarded scraps of what consumer culture can’t consume.

This bevy of abandoned raw material-at-the-ready is compelling for an artist/scavenger. The objects bear an aura of authenticity that comes from the absence of any presumptive claim of value – save for the street industrialists who ply in the refund trade.

I wonder if we will be known to future peoples by the objects preserved in our museums or the objects preserved in our landfills? Perhaps the distinction won’t hold. Will petroleum bottles – currently invisible on account of their ubiquity - be the defining pottery of our epoch?

My recycling bin "dig" began in a fit of pre-millennial fever when “magazine paintings” – like “custodian weave” – arose from a practice of using reclaimed magazine pages as a painting support. Liberating me from any stricture of perceived scarcity, these pre-printed pages presented a populated tabula rasa as the iconic “blank canvas” - a nod to neutralizing media overload through will and focus.

From such a perspective, two-liter plastic soda bottles also proved a fecund artmaking resource. In peeling off the plastic label I discovered the glue strip would resist, tearing in unpredictable, strangely graceful ways. The sharp line of the tear was like a Matisse cut-out born of chance akin to that of a Duchamp stoppage.

When glued onto color field paintings, these torn shapes were an inversion of the magazine paintings’ populated tabula rasa – here, it is the line that is populated with mercantile ephemera. In sum, this way of working yielded a complex visual image with minimal apparent effort, using the means available.

So seven years ago, I made a sketchbook series. I learned the nuances of different brands and the secret of “aging” bottles – weakened adhesive affects each label’s tear the greater the distance from its bottle’s vintage.

Tearing the label from its bottle proved meditatively integral to the composition process, so instead of merely accumulating torn labels I began stockpiling entire scavenged bottles – storing them “in-house” – atop the kitchen cabinets, eventually constructing an installation that reached to the ceiling and topped out at just under a hundred bottles. When Mayor Bloomberg halted (temporarily) much of the NYC recycling program, this pop bottle ziggurat assumed treasure status.

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Then, as can happen, life intervened; time passed with no second series. Roped into place, the plastic bottle structure was an ever beckoning makeshift barometer - popping and groaning each time the radiator kicked on or the oven was in use.

At times the expanding bottles exerted so much pressure that they would break their bonds and fly, falling around the kitchen in a petroleum-laced avalanche. But I always rebuilt the ziggurat, knowing someday I would return to them.

Today is someday. I no longer value being a custodian of taunting potentiality. What will follow for the next few weeks are the chronological results of making this the right time to work through each vintage of my pop holdings.

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