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no.215 | Demolition Condition
A tide of houses rise and fall around the shores of the porch
Our neighbor behind us lived in her house for decades. Her house has been sold, and demolished. The stucco is still drying on the fenceline where the new structure leers over our bedroom. Texas Teardown is knocking down the house next door to our South. That place has been poorly managed for at least as long. Next door over the 15 years we have lived here, we’ve seen a few nice young couples, some drug dealers, two fires, and an insane 100-pound menacing dog occupy this neglected house. The most consistent tenants were the rats that made sure no one else stayed longer than a year.
Beginning in the heat of a 104-degree day, the builders who bought the house next door tore it down, surely to make way for yet another white stucco front yard fenced fortress of boxy banality to match its companion butted up against our fenceline. You can simultaneously hear it being constructed to our West and the house to the South being dropped into a dumpster.
I tucked the recorder in close to my chair, I couldn’t really hear what I was playing. There is an apt metaphor in there somewhere I am sure.
The image for PSO no.215 combines two images. One was taken after day one, and the other after the damage was done. As is my way, I scrambled the code of the combined images to make a new twisted image.
SAVE THE DATE!
PSO PLAYS FOR ARTIST RUN CLUB, ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30, 6:30 AM (NOT A TYPO) UNDER THE MONKEY TREE AT THE SOUTH ENTRANCE TO BARTON SPRINGS
I love the Artists Run Club run by Phillip of Northern Southern Gallery and I am thrilled to play a small live PSO set for my fellow travelers. I am crafting a special AR experiential postcard exclusively for those who attend. I will send out the link to via the PSO insta. As always art at 6:30, run at 7, but you actually don’t have to run…
OCTOBER 15, 6:30 TO 8:30, JAMES TURRELL SKYSPACE, THE COLOR INSIDE AT UT!
I am beyond excited to announce that PSO is participating in the “Songs in the Skyspace” program. The Color Inside is an iteration of the artist James Turrell’s sky spaces. These are rooms ringed with upward-sloping backed benches that comfortably orient viewers toward an aperture cut in the ceiling. There are subtle lights in the room that during sunrise and sunset interact with the natural light to create spatial and phenomenological changes of the sky observed through the aperture. Its gorg! And meditative!
The first one I experienced was at PS1 in Queens. It is such a simple idea, but the work holds the essence of what an artwork is- a frame applied to perceptual experience. This experience unfolds in real time and is activated by the chance flight of a bird, plane, or drifting cloud.
PSO will play a special hour-long set at sundown. The event is free, but you have to make a reservation and there are only about 30 spots. The sign-up is not active yet (too far into the future) but you can check back and sign up at the link below.
DO PSO A SOLID AND I WILL GIFT YOU A RECORDING
I have created a brand new stand-alone page on Bandcamp for PSO and it’s awfully lonely there. If you would follow the page or even better write a sentence review about a release, that would be amazing!
To get you started, I can send you a download code for Lost Pines a live recording of 7 tunes made in Bastrop State Park. This served as a kind of soundtrack to my book and exhibit of the same name at Lora Reynolds.
Previously, this was released as one long 20-minute track, but now it’s available and can be enjoyed in bite-sized chunks or played fluidly track to track as if it was never chopped up in the first place.
Just reply to this post and I will send you a code!!!
BLAST FROM THE PAST
PSO 161 Dueling Leafblowers | December 15, 2021
You can hear this and the pictures in our YOUTUBE stream this week.