Wednesday, December 29, 2010


As a high school student growing up in Wauwatosa, WI there were tons of fun things to do. Most involved driving. Driving by overly familiar locations and seeking out exotic experiences or seeking out exotic destinations and familiar experience. The most exotic and familiar being The Witches House. We had all been there before but no one ever remembered the exactly where it was. The roads were dark, no one had been drinking or smoking, but if they had I am certain the roads would have seemed even more dark and always twisting about at odd places. The name of the road we were looking for had the word "Beach" in it or "Sand" or something about water. It was as if by blocking the memory of the road name we would always be fascinated to find it again. Genius. To this day I use the same finely honed mapping skills to seek out what now is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ye 'ol Witches House. Believe me, at night and at 16 the place had a totally different vibe. The Violent Femmes caught more of the ambiance in their songs and on the cover of their 1984 album Hallowed Ground.

Monday, December 27, 2010


The Milwaukee Art Museum's 2001 Santiago Calatrava addition received an enormous amount of attention and made a great impact on the landscape of the city though less so on the internal galleries. Other than the grand foyer the museum inside feels much as it did pre-Calatrava. That said I am still a fan of the original 1957 Eero Saarinen-designed museum that still resides in the lower parts of the Milwaukee County War Memorial

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

SOPHIA'S BAKERY & CAFE: Madison, Wisconsin

I drove from Milwaukee to Madison in the middle of a blizzard. Half the trip was absolutely fine driving (for a blizzard in Wisconsin) the other half of the trip was complete white-out and winds that pushed the car sideways and then a semi-truck began to jackknife ahead of me and well, gosh did I deserve that pain au chocolat from Sophia's! 

831 East Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53703-3937
(608) 259-1506

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010


VARIETAS DELECTAT is Latin for 'pleasure in variety'. Above is the poster I made for the exhibition. Benedetta and I arrived a few days early to install and the gallery installed us in a convent. We did not know the gallerists before arriving in Graz but they certainly had our number! Peace, quiet and cleanliness.

 Tim and I playing at the Wall Violin (Volcano), September 23, 2010

 Pamelia playing Theremin at the opening.

Barbara the gallerist with Benedetta in foreground.

 Pink string installation by Benedetta Jacovoni.


Galerie Grazy/Werkstadt Graz, Austria

Julie Ryan
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Benedetta Jacovoni

Theremin: Pamelia Kurstin
Wall Violin: Julie Ryan
Wall Violin: Timothy Dunin

Wall Violin VOLCANO on YouTube

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


aron quartett
Ludwig Müller, Violine - Barna Kobori, Violine - Georg Hamann, Viola - 
Christophe Pantillon, Violoncello

This was my second summer attending the Schloss Laudon Chamber Music Festival in a stunning moated castle featuring the Aron Quartett. The performance included works by the 90 year old Walter Arlen who was in attendance. The Arons have a strong interpretive sound for the modern repertoire and to hear them play Korngold is always a gift as it was this day. The perfect thing to do on an August afternoon. 
Click here for the Aron Quartett website

Monday, June 21, 2010


The black and white images are by James, he and Rachel joined us for the Lucas-West extravaganza and afterword went whole hog at a restaurant called...Whole Hog? Later I had a Mint Julep at Brown's with friends and can say London has officially redeemed itself.


This was a crazy free for all loosely described as a "talk." 
Artists Sarah LucasAndreas Reiter Raabe and Franz West bantered and probed with musical interventions by Phillip Quehenberger. Franz kept trying to have a dialogue with the music. Sort of like the Peanuts characters who can actually speak words and adults who only exists in sounds. Phillip played along, Lucas went out to the loo, Andreas attempted to reel the whole thing in and the audience either got it or not. One young man asked for his money back during the question/answer period because he hadn't learned anything. Eventually he was won over by the trio, the kid did't stand a chance. The performance took place at the Royal Academy the same room where cadavers were dissected. 

Friday, May 7, 2010


Robert Montgomery, inkjet print of his sculpture

Galerie BIGGER, Bauernmarkt 9, Vienna
BETTER Space, Wildpretmarkt 6, Vienna

Brian Belott
Mary Heilmann
Robert Montgomery
Jonathan Quinn
Julie Ryan
Jef (Wolfy) Scharf
Tamuna Sirbiladze
Lawrence Weiner
Zlatan Vukosavlevic

Exhibition entrance view

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Devil His Due, 2010
49 x 40 cm, acrylic on canvas

Left to Right:

Thick on the Ground, 2010
30 x 40 cm, gouache and ink on paper

Mehr Licht, 2010
40 x 30 cm, gouache, ink and graphite on paper

Snow shoes, Jelly Beans and Rat Bait Cheese, 2010
30 x 40 cm, gouache and ink on paper

Mehr Licht, 2010
40 x 30 cm, gouache, ink and graphite on paper