Monday, April 6, 2015

"Cast to east side / place for ashes."

For 7 months I've deferred much of my own creative output while adjusting to a new hometown, but I have been editing a weekly themed photography feature for a website called Perfect Duluth Day. My grandiloquent intent was to shift visual discourse from hyper-abundant geographical assets, to the significant human and social capital I've found here. It can often be a frivolous exercise, though sometimes we glean relevance, maybe even grace, the way most things happen- in spite of ourselves. This week's "underwear" theme (yep) drew this submission from an artist named Aaron Reichow:

"Encountered an empty homeless camp near Point of Rocks when hiking, the depressing collection of items left behind told some kind of story. Children's underwear, crayons, baby lotion, a prescription medical device, and a burnt scrap of paper the remains of a spell scattered in the dead grass."

"Cast to east side / place for ashes."

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Useless, useless" again

In May of 2013 we launched a show about empathy, based on the last words of Lincoln's assassin. This group will fulfill our promise to bring that theme to a community garden in April 2015.Join here: "Useless, useless" again

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Monterroso's "Dinosaur"

I've found an even shorter 'dinosaur' short story- more terse than Bruce Rogers outstanding arc of a man's entire life in two paragraphs (which set our group in motion)... 

"Cuando despertó, el dinosaurio todavía estaba allí." (On waking, the dinosaur was still there.)

Augusto Monterroso

So many real, magical things to share from the past few months, but this snippet will have to do for now. T.W.

Friday, April 4, 2014

accidental diptychs 3

Accidental diptychs happen when images in our online group images appear next to each other- despite the random order, or wildly variant date they're invited in- that are beautifully congruous, perversely consonant, sometimes just funny. Find more at T.W.

Monday, October 7, 2013

accidental diptychs 2


Often in our online group images will appear next to each other- despite the random order, or wildly variant date they're invited in- that are beautifully congruous, or perversely consonant. Here's one of my favorite accidental parings representing the former from the far, far past of 'you are not a dinosaur's' 23,000+ images. Find more at T.W.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Rob Hope Hunter, Untitled, 2009

UntitledHow many images like this of a self-conscious figure pinioned to a receding background have been made since Rineke Dijkstra (or August Sander for that matter)? I'd argue few: this jug-eared, pigeon-toed boy and his crocs, the mugging ecce homo-like visage of a wrestler or some UFC fighter on his jersey- a caricature of the masculinity we're made to aspire to- the happily-lit, rundown road. This is the camera's capacity to do far more than merely describe.

Sunday, September 1, 2013


For anyone as taken with photobooth portraits as I am, flickr user anyjazz65 has gathered a vast, eclectic collection. Unmoored from context, left to merely exist in seas of numerous possible meanings, I found in them a poignant statement about self-representation and our brief transit from being distinctly present to too soon being cast into oblivion. Much more here: Photobooth Portraits from anyjazz65

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Cheyenne Montgomery, Portland, Oregon.


Cheyenne Montgomery's best work represents precisely what our ambiguously-defined group aspires to be about- showing the beauty in and dignity of our ordinary daily doings. Her work is endlessly empathetic, not given to cloy poses or the veneer of cuteness. I recall the inane, indignant comments one image (in the gallery linked below) received regarding the cleanliness of Montgomery's tub, as though our lives had to be relieved of their inherent messes before we dared present them. Her images remind you what an important matter it can be to merely "see how we are." gallery.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Empty Bowls Project NE

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On Sunday, August 11 from 2-4 we'll have an informal meeting at the Coffee Shop NE to gauge interest in hosting the 1st "Empty Bowls Project" in Northeast Minneapolis. For anyone not familiar, Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to address hunger. Artists offer bowls, vendors provide a simple meal of soup. Guests donate whatever they can, and keep the vessel. All proceeds are then given to causes of our choosing. More here:

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Time Lapse, "Useless, useless"

Here's a unique view of our last show, "Useless, useless." Someone (me) couldn't manage to turn the camera on to catch the wall as our guests brought it to life- still, pretty cool. Many thanks to Dan Marshall

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

preliminary "useless" catalog available

A preliminary (read: "Tim White cannot navigate Indesign") version of the pdf catalog to the exhibition "Useless, useless" is available here.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Thank you (and more to come)


A brief processing of last night's opening from a very tired 'dinosaur.'

Friday, April 26, 2013

further selections from "Useless, useless."

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Afternoon rest1895~~~
When I first conceived our "Useless, useless" theme, I asked that each contributing artist consider working in a light that affirms the value of things near to us that may seem trivial, but that hold limitless potential to positively impact the people and things which we love.The 700+ images I've invited to our May 3rd exhibition "get" this theme on an axiomatic, visceral level. Their images communicate abundantly the one quality, the one word I would choose to describe our entire effort­ empathy.

An introduction to "Useless, useless:"

Monday, April 1, 2013

Exhibition Opening May 3rd, "Useless, useless."

Jeremiah Langsjoen:
The 'you are not a dinosaur' photography collective's 3rd exhibition opens May 3rd at the California Building in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Images from around the world were selected from the 17,000+ photographs in our ancillary flickr group. "Useless, useless" is an exhibition that reveals the merit and dignity of our trivial daily doings. At a friend's memorial service last year, these last words of Lincoln's assassin came to mind when I saw starkly how much her one life had affected so many. It staggered me to consider Booth's inability to recognize how a single hateful act can galvanize so many differences and generate persistent conflict. The "better angels of our nature" have a comparable capacity to accomplish conflict's opposite- resolution, even harmony. The works we'll share assert the value of things near to us that may seem ordinary, but that hold vast potential to positively impact the people we love, and the communities we belong to. Nothing we do should ever be diminished or derided as useless. T.W. 5.1.2013 "

Useless, useless" gallery
exhibition pool here

Sunday, March 24, 2013

"Useless, useless."

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"Useless, useless.", a gallery on Flickr.
Preview gallery of images from our forthcoming exhibition, "Useless, useless."