BP – plan “C”

untitled, (pipe, #1) 2010_03_04 charcoal on paper 30" x 43 1/2" by Matt Niebuhr

untitled, (pipe, #1)
charcoal on paper
30″ x 43 1/2″
Matt Niebuhr

The oil spill continues this Memorial Day, 2010.  The plan of stopping the flow or “top-kill” of the out of control oil well in the Gulf has failed…

On to plan “C”.

Here’s to the hope that the cap / sleeve and new pipe to does the trick. (The drawing I made above,  made before any of this happened, takes on new meaning for me given the context of current events.)

There must be a public demand to ensure that we learn as much as we can from this event – and put that into service on existing and new wells…

Notes on bubble chamber inspiration

untitled, (desktop) by Matt Niebuhr - copyright 2010 - all rights reserved

untitled  (photographs from a desktop series)
Matt Niebuhr

The topside of my drawing / drafting table is way more like the bubble chamber…  more so than I’ve been able to intentionally make so far in another visual form on paper  (even though I have really, really tried to do so)…

I just love those bubble chamber diagrams / photographs…. on so many levels.  So, I’m accepting and embracing the imprint left behind  (pictured above)  as the meaningful record of those attempts. Perhaps my actions are not all together hopeless… These photos will serve as documents to the history of other actions.

Finding good source imagery (by this I mean images that trigger an action)  is a lot like panning for gold.  In the  blog-o-sphere… if you’re lucky, you might find the occasional nugget.  I became aware of the bubble chamber via and I’m so glad for that…

Imagine growing up in a world where the internet (for all the good and the bad it encompasses) has always existed !

Reminder: “All art is quite useless.”


Oscar Wilde

All art is at once surface and symbol.

Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.

Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.

It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.

We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it.

The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it

All art is quite useless.

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Worthwhile reading…

Currently reading (and enjoying) :

Why Photography Matters as Art as Never BeforeMichael Fried

The Daily Practice of PaintingGerhard Richter

I am finding that each book is particularly worthwhile reading. Of course, reading about other’s works – whether crafted by the artist or an other observer always carries certain risks of an inescapable interpretation.  Thankfully, I’m finding these two readings above, a useful way to engage looking at photography albeit from a particular circumstance or point of view – a context let’s say.  However, I’m finding new appreciation for the work of Jeff Wall who I’ve naively (in the best sense) admired before reading about his work through Fried’s interpretations…. I admittedly lacking an express “understanding” or “reading” as presented … but now with (perhaps) new (or maybe just better articulation) and further insight into the work. Either way,  I’m happy to note that I continue to admire both (Wall and Richter)…

Jurgen Bergbauer – Houses and other objects…


untitled (Häuser no. 5) – Jurgen Bergbauer
60 cm x 155 cm (24” x 60”) lambdaprint on aluminium / diasec face matt , 2003

42 Studien (Print Detail) – Jurgen Bergbauer
Installation virtual 2008


Natur IV – Jurgen Bergbauer
180 cm x 240cm (71” x 95”) lambdaprint on aluminium / diasec face matt, 2008


Natur – Jurgen Bergbauer
Installation virtual 2008 –

Quite nice work by Jurgen Bergbauer (artist website here)found via post by 5B4 Photography and Books (written up nicely as well….) – here’s some more hinting at the “construction” of the book by Jurgen Bergbauer.

There is a tight consistency and pattern of study or inquiry that appeals to my aesthetic sense and architectural interest which draws me to these wonderfully rich photographic images of Bergbauer’s.  The exploration of natural forms and resulting patterns or “structure” resonates for me in the direction of a “quell the clutter” approach…  Jurgen Bergbauer is an artist that I am to watch for upcoming work for sure….