i like being by myself

its been cute, its been real. but it hasn't been both.
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Get at it dollar store divas, this weekend at the goodwill

Get at it dollar store divas, this weekend at the goodwill

ilikebeingbymyself

UCLA’s a cappella group Bruin Harmony is sexist and a recent facebook post is advertising and practicing sexism through exclusivity. Maybe it comes from a masculinity complex, but this is vocal discrimination and misogyny. When did a cappella become part of frat row? Or are members of fraternities monopolizing student groups on campus. Here’s a thought for the group, maybe you GUYS can change the groups name to ‘Aggression through Song-A Club for those with a Penis’
*apologies to the transgender community 
FB link : 
https://www.facebook.com/events/177066535786287/?fref=ts

ilikebeingbymyself

UCLA’s a cappella group Bruin Harmony is sexist and a recent facebook post is advertising and practicing sexism through exclusivity. Maybe it comes from a masculinity complex, but this is vocal discrimination and misogyny. When did a cappella become part of frat row? Or are members of fraternities monopolizing student groups on campus. Here’s a thought for the group, maybe you GUYS can change the groups name to ‘Aggression through Song-A Club for those with a Penis’

*apologies to the transgender community 

FB link : 

https://www.facebook.com/events/177066535786287/?fref=ts
ilikebeingbymyself 

Christian Maldonado
'Broad & Grindr'
i am interested in what observes me: gay men looking at thumbnail images of me and ucla professors looking at work done by me. This is a collage on a googled image of mary kelly and gay porn found on tumblr. No image source

ilikebeingbymyself 

Christian Maldonado

'Broad & Grindr'

i am interested in what observes me: gay men looking at thumbnail images of me and ucla professors looking at work done by me. This is a collage on a googled image of mary kelly and gay porn found on tumblr. No image source

boys

ilikebeingbymyself : Christian Maldonado looks at ‘Boys’

On a quest to capture them all, the ‘boys’ of ucla are being documented online…if they’re cute enough (or their clothes are anyways). I came across this blog through word of mouth, and don’t quite understand its intention. The simple theme of the blog has a white background, no type, and a collection of 27 images over a 4 month period with maybe 12 young men that have posed for the blogger more than once  every month. 

So I guess its someone’s gathering the style or fashion of men at the university (recognize the background as the Broad Art Center with the exception of one at a Laura Owens show and a couple other at what looks like an apartment). There are a couple curious themes that thread through the images. One is that they are all taken within the north side of campus; this makes me wonder about the selection process the images of these ’boys’ go through to become part of the blog.  Are they exceptional fashionistas? Maybe they each have a je ne sais quoi about them that resonates in person? Or is it that they all carry on the ‘look’ of younger people (in these case males) in the arts and humanities on the west side of Los Angeles. I think it’s pretty much the Culver City kids and MFA Show enthusiast that make up the lines at the cheese and crackers table on Thursdays.  I don’t see any special function in the attire besides the display of thrifted clothes (or maybe clothe from urban outfitters that looks thrifted) that speaks to a grunge art student look that is really becoming a uniform. In the same way that the blogger has isolated a ‘taste’ for button up dress shirts, long sleeves, and high waters in these guys- the blogger is creating a guideline for this look in ‘boys’. As a group (when looking at the blogs archive) they look very much like each other or that somehow they all share clothes. But who knows, maybe this is some lazy version of The Dandy and I’m just mad cuz I’m not a member. 

amaragmusic:

'Angela Davis spoke at UCLA!! I sat and listened and tried to absorb as much as I could!'

ilikebeingbymyself : Christian Maldonado listens to Angela Davis, Ken Gonzales-Day, Jean Comaroff, and Wendy Brown: 
Race, Representation, and Repression

'Ernest Cole's striking photographs document the corrosive effects of South Africa’s apartheid system from 1958–66. Issues of race, repression, and representation intrinsic to these arresting images are the focus of a panel discussion including esteemed political activist and UC Santa Cruz professor emerita Angela Davis, artist Ken Gonzales-Day, and Harvard University anthropologist Jean Comaroff, moderated by UC Berkeley political theorist Wendy Brown.'
Snaps for you, snaps for you, and snaps for you. Away go the click, clack, snaps of the crowd of brown and black folk in 300 seats(plus large huddles peering in from each of the back doors) of the Fowler Museum last night. The rhythm of noise that sounds like rain is coming from the cracking finger tips of the audience-this dies down and a monastery like humming takes its place as every other person nods their head in agreement and every other from that other person is so aligned with Angela Davis and/or Jean Comaroff that they expulse an ‘Ummm’ sound-the kind that sometimes comes after an especially tasty desert, except that the only thing on the menu tonight is food for though. The community of onlookers has grunted in agreement 
just a comment of observation

amaragmusic:

'Angela Davis spoke at UCLA!! I sat and listened and tried to absorb as much as I could!'

ilikebeingbymyself : Christian Maldonado listens to Angela Davis, Ken Gonzales-Day, Jean Comaroff, and Wendy Brown: 
Race, Representation, and Repression

'Ernest Cole's striking photographs document the corrosive effects of South Africa’s apartheid system from 1958–66. Issues of race, repression, and representation intrinsic to these arresting images are the focus of a panel discussion including esteemed political activist and UC Santa Cruz professor emerita Angela Davis, artist Ken Gonzales-Day, and Harvard University anthropologist Jean Comaroff, moderated by UC Berkeley political theorist Wendy Brown.'

Snaps for you, snaps for you, and snaps for you. Away go the click, clack, snaps of the crowd of brown and black folk in 300 seats(plus large huddles peering in from each of the back doors) of the Fowler Museum last night. The rhythm of noise that sounds like rain is coming from the cracking finger tips of the audience-this dies down and a monastery like humming takes its place as every other person nods their head in agreement and every other from that other person is so aligned with Angela Davis and/or Jean Comaroff that they expulse an ‘Ummm’ sound-the kind that sometimes comes after an especially tasty desert, except that the only thing on the menu tonight is food for though. The community of onlookers has grunted in agreement 

just a comment of observation

ilikebeingbymyself.tumblr.com :

Cashing in on someone elses life style: Christian Maldonado on ‘A Period of Juvenile Prosperity’ by Mike Brodie

The opening at M&B Gallery in L.A. was great, the crowd was an interesting mix of art observers and art subjects as the people that where the subjects to the photographer where there themselves. The joy that they seem to experience in the space was oddly celebratory. As if the documented journey had been a great achievement and this was the reward because the images recall the journey in almost someway of homage. The opening reception was like a party for the dusty hitchhiker youth that took the journey. And this is cool, but i think the position these subjects have existing in the gallery as images on the wall and people that where occupying the same space as this art has an interesting comparison. By recreating the event through the photograph the images have fed into popular culture(as you are probably reading this on tumblr), becoming a commodity-something i think the kids in the picture don’t necessarily align with because of this post punk lifestyle they seem to live…or maybe they do. The gallery owner and curators of the show sure do. I say this because of the tension in social class awareness this body of work created that night. Maybe next they can start selling tickets for someone to join these people on a journey where you “witnessing [a] new world wizz by” (mike brodie). 

subinjection:

A Period of Juvenile Prosperity part 1
Mike Brodie
 

But I needed to find out for myself. Two weeks later I was gone, witnessing my new world wizz by, especially at dusk, then darkness as I watched the sum of all the city lights cast my silhouette across the pine trees of the Florida panhandle. This was it, I was riding my very first freight train. And soon, what would begin as mere natural curiosity and self-discovery would evolve into a casting call of sorts, taking photographs of my newfound friends.

— Mike Brodie