Archive for March, 2009

Hey I like it when there is news in the news

Posted in Aesthetic Experience, Durham on March 27, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

a couple days ago I had to run an errand to Raleigh at the end of the day. (I made sure to stay off the madness known as the interstate)

I was listening to NCCU and was reminded how good Democracy Now is, they had a pretty good analysis of the financial bailout mess

It made me wonder, why the hell doesn’t NPR put Democracy Now on in the morning instead of the BBC News?

Anyway the experience was a reminder that I need to search out better in depth news and Democracy Now seems to be pretty darn good.


Full Frame broadsheets / adv. tix on sale

Posted in Aesthetic Experience, Durham, Horse & Buggy Press project on March 26, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

Below are the designs for the Full Frame posters. (18 x 24 inches, they begin as 9 x 12 folded sheets)

They look much better in person, especially if you want to read the film descriptions. (you should be able to find them around town)

They were printed by Theo Davis. Two up on the press sheet, so we did two versions. I thought it would be fun if people ran into different versions across town, and especially since there were so many great stills to work with it seemed to make sense to do two designs.

Stephanie, Sadie, Ted, Jill, Peg, Ryan, Lani, a slew of other Full Framers and a not so small army of volunteers are literally working around the clock to make the festival happen. Advance tix for films are on sale now. Over 90 films to choose from, check it out, there’s bound to be a few handfuls you want to see.
Full Frame website film list



Above is one of the double wide art spreads, as soon as I saw this image I knew it had to be used on the posters.


Below is what the outside of the other design looks like unfolded.





Above: the interior (unfolded)

Below: the two different front covers. 



Vinyl Records

Posted in Aesthetic Experience, Horse & Buggy Press project on March 25, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

I just designed another 12″ EP record cover for John Darnielle (of the Mountain Goats).

Moon Colony Bloodbath is a seven song collaboration between the Mountain Goats and John Vanderslice and features a great piece of art created by Michael Pajon. UPDATE: Look here for the Michael Pajon website
Chris Stamey also played on the tracks and took care of recording in Chapel Hill.

The EP is currently in production but you can get a peek here. (like most things it looks better in print and at full size, we should have a copy or two out for the next open house)

And below is last year’s EP collaboration between the Mountain Goats and Kaki King.

This was printed on reverse board packaging, in reality what looks like flat brown here is actually a mottled golden tan. Pretty darn cool, though subtle, effect.

Value of labor?

Posted in Aesthetic Experience, Horse & Buggy Press project on March 24, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

So last year (and this year already) I did a couple projects for local non-profits and instead of scaling the project down to fit their limited budget, I did the project full out, charged less than normal and treated the difference between the value of the work and the actual payment I received as an in-kind-donation. As much as possible, I want the projects I work on for ALL clients to look their best, and I’ll pick my spots and walk the walk when it comes to taking one for the team. (I don’t do this with everyone, only local groups I feel deserve it, match it with what they are doing effort wise, and whose cause I’m strongly behind).

I’m the first to admit H&B has never been a financially or business savvy endeavor . . . (I’ll pause here to let a few folks who just fell off their chair laughing hysterically to re-calibrate themselves) . . . but I kind of assumed that an “in-kind-donation” to a 501c3 non-profit organization would mean that the value of that donated labor would come into play as a benefit when I did my annual taxes.

I was expecting to see my gross adjusted income to be lowered by the amount of in-kind-labor donation. Kind of a no-brainer I thought.

Err, wrong.

As I have been made to understand it, a cash donation is indeed worthy of lowering your taxable income, as is pawning off physical stuff you’ve got in the basement and no longer use and giving to Goodwill . . . but an in-kind-labor donation is worth absolutely nothing when it comes to providing a benefit on your taxes. Zip. Nada. Zilch.

So, you can be a $200 an hour billing insurance exec or suburban strip maul developer or gizmo-gadget schlockster or whatever the hell it is that people do that brings in that kind of do-re-mi, and then shove a lil of that money over to a non profit and lower your taxes. No problem. Thanks for the trickle down. 

But we apparently cannot expect any value to be placed on the honest labor of an in-kind-donation and provide the same benefits to people’s work. What the funky? “Whose in charge and how can I replace them with some of my friends?” (There’s always an opportunity to reference Billy Bragg lyrics)

Now, I knew I was living within a system that at every turn clearly favors cash, insider influence, and really doesn’t give a darn about labor (ever wonder why the newspaper has an entire business section, but not even a single labor page?) but today I’m feeling a bit like Opie fucking Taylor meets Mookie from Do The Right Thing, and every day understanding more and more the allure of living off the grid as much as possible.

Today’s bitter truth brought to you by Ole Man McCloud. Take it all with a grain of salt or a generous pour, it’s like water off a duck’s back in these parts, but we can’t help noticing the discrepancy of it all.

Back to the regularly scheduled program of optimism, tempered idealism, and enthusiastic get-up and go.

Open House & Raffle Results

Posted in Aesthetic Experience, Art, Bikes/Cycling, Durham on March 21, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

We had a swell time at the open house/reception for MJ’s show last night. 

Grace Pilafian, an enthusiastic regular on the Third Friday circuit, was the lucky winner of the Full Frame passes in our raffle. We raised a bit over $300 for the festival. Thanks to everyone who showed their spirit and support! We’ll be doing it again next year and we’ll see if we can’t break the five hundred dollar barrier.

Stats from the celebrity bartender working the back of the house…

— 6 cyclists happily surprised to reap the rewards of the stimulation program,

— 3 people who grumbled about having to dig out a whole buck and a half to get a brew.

— Zero takers on the free beer for purchasing art.

— Pretty much everyone thinking that was a helluva porter that Fullsteam Brewery supplied.




While a few autocentrists tried to say they walked here, upon further questioning by our tooth and nails bartender it was revealed they merely walked from the car to the studio. People. (Gotta love a bartender that sees through to the core)

In addition to the large prints in the show, MJ has brought in some lower price point cash n carry smaller prints and offshoots. The show is up through April 24, so stop on by.

We will be open during next month’s Third Friday and of course every Friday from noon to 2pm.

The bonus hours are from 5-7pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (April 2 – 4) during the Full Frame festival. Also, MJ will be having an open house at her studio on Sunday, April 5 from 1-4pm.

How the Other Half Lives

Posted in Aesthetic Experience on March 20, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

I had to drive from Durham to Raleigh this morning at 8 to drop off the files to the printer for the Full Frame program guide.

I was brutally reminded how the other half lives. 

I’m talking about the many thousands of battlers driving 25 miles to work like an ass, tailgating while on the cell phone, the lane jockeys passing in the right hand lane at 90mph, the debutantes putting on their lipstick while driving, the people that run the red light behind the guy that ran the red light, the dudes texting and occasionally looking up from their dingleberry to see what is in front of them, the two second car horn if somebody doesn’t pull out of the light within the first tenth of a second, the BMW that passes a car already darn near tailgating to cut back right in front of them and immediately make a right hand turn.

All in all, a grim reminder of the unsustainability of this way of living.

No wonder that this country has 42,000 or so automobile accident fatalities every year. 

What is hard to wrap one’s head around is that this is what a significant percentage of the population settles for.

Reception for MJ Sharp exhibit this Friday – Full Frame passes being raffled off

Posted in Aesthetic Experience, Durham, Friends on March 18, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

Fellow Englewood Avenue homesteader and photographer extraordinaire MJ Sharp has an exhibit of large format, long exposure work here in the foyer gallery. (see bottom of this post for an excerpt from the exhibit text).




The reception is this Friday, March 20, from 6-9pm. Everyone who rides here on a bicycle gets a free beer courtesy of the H&B Transportation Stimulation program.


We’ll be raffling off two weekend passes to the Full Frame documentary film festival. (The weekend passes are officially sold out, they do have single show advance tix available as of March 23)

$5 a ticket, or 5 tickets for $20. The winner will be pulled out of a hat at 8:45 and receives both passes (you don’t have to be here then to claim the prize).

The posters I’ve designed for Full Frame, with film descriptions and the four day schedule, will be on hand for the taking. Please feel free to take and distribute.

MJ Sharp website

Full Frame website


“I’ve been a documentary photographer for quite a while now, but starting around the turn of the millennium, I found myself drawn to a very specific bailiwick: endangered, night-dwelling animals. I teamed up with writer Elizabeth Brownrigg to report on the sea turtles that hatch at night along the North Carolina coastline, sometimes mistaking the lights of town for the moonlight that is supposed to direct them safely to the water. Later we reported on a contingent of bat biologists as they gathered for their annual “Bat Blitz,” a sort of Christmas Bird Count for the night-flying-mammal set. Both stories involved misunderstood, rarely-glimpsed creatures whose eons of adaptationto their environment were suddenly no match for human-inflicted habitat destruction. 
Clearly, the unsuitability of the human environment was dominating my thoughts at that time, and what constituted “unsuitability” then began to enlarge in scope. There had been serious illness in my family, and seeing loved ones try to navigate the modern world when they were sick, weak, or frail, pointed a damning finger at the ruinous pace of it. Our efficient, fast-paced society began to feel very damaging, unhealthy, and suspect. There was no place for slow healing; no time for truth to ever-so-incrementally reveal itself. The day began to feel toxic. The night felt more honest. At night, everything was operating on its own time.”