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GRAPHITE V-DAY 2016 PLAYLIST

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Happy v-day! Whether you’re celebrating your relationship with your s/o or aggressively swiping right on tinder, we here at Graphite hope you’re having a lovely Sunday. Here’s a short curated playlist commemorating some love (or heartbreak) related moments to help you get through the holiday. Enjoy!

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GRAPHITE TURKEY DAY 2015 MIX

GRAPHITE THANKSGIVING PLAYLIST

Happy Turkey Day! Every year, Graphite compiles a mixtape in honor of the annual celebration of love: Valentine’s Day. This year, however, we’ve decided to mix things up a bit. So here we present to you our very first Thanksgiving-themed playlist, curated by Graphite staff members!
 
Whether you embrace the rare gathering together of family members you barely know, spend the day avoiding that aunt with intrusive questions about your love life, or reject the holiday altogether because it represents the atrocities of settler colonialism, we hope that our mixtape of food, food-related, and food-adjacent tunes finds it’s way into the hustle and bustle of your day.

 

With Love,

 

Graphite xx

 

James Curry on Blogging on the Graphite Blog

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I am writing this entry specifically for the blog of the art journal Graphite, which is publishing (and will have published) entries of On Blogging selected to fit their upcoming issue’s theme of “practice.”

This might be a good place to reiterate what exactly On Blogging is about. For a while now I have intended it as a book, composed of one thousand individuated passages about the topic of blogging. These passages are then posted on my website, once every day for one thousand days. They began going online in November 2014. It is now June 2015 and there are, as I write this, exactly 209 passages available to read online. I am currently twenty-one years old; by the time they finish appearing online, I will be twenty-three years old. At that time there will be a new president in the White House, and I will have finished my first year as a college graduate. Who knows where I will be at that time? Who knows who my friends will be?

When I think about practice, about creative practice in particular, I think about time: The time it takes to learn a skill, to learn how to interface well with any sort of tool or instrument. I think about the time it takes to develop a subjectivity worthy of manipulating tools—how long it takes to become somebody who is capable of engaging in a worthwhile practice.

And then that word at the end, the worthwhile, itself a temporal notion. Thinking about practice I also think about death. The longer I engage in any practice the more invested I feel in it, because I begin to wonder: Will it have been worth it? Will I have wasted my time? When the end comes, will I be left with nothing to show?

As a way to short-circuit my fear of death, I have set myself upon a sort of aimless teleology in which , in which I can do anything at all, but in the end will be guaranteed to be left with something to show. That something will be the completed text of On Blogging, but it will also be a new creative subjectivity, one capable of new feats. Because here’s the thing about practice: you don’t do something a thousand times without becoming a little bit different in the process.

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Before beginning On Blogging I was only dimly aware of the work of On Kawara. It’s a bit eerie how akin to his my art may be. Like him, I am concerned with dates, expending a constant effort to memorializing each day. Also eerie, that his name is On and this work is also named On. An improbable and encouraging synchronicity, I think.

Grant Wells’ work appears in our upcoming GRAPHITE ISSUE SIX: PRACTICE out now. 

Jessica Ciocci’s Emails of Graphic Experiences

By: Daisy Sheff

Image courtesy Jessica Ciocci

Image courtesy Jessica Ciocci

The first time I saw Paper Rad was the summer before eighth grade, at the Oxbow School up in Napa. One of the counselors showed me her collection of comic books (Matt Brinkman’s Multiforce is the only other one I remember out of this). Ever since then, comics, and Paper Rad in particular, have been on my mind. Paper Rad is/was a collective consisting of Jessica Ciocci, her brother Jacob Ciocci, and Ben Jones, who makes/made comics, installations, videos, etc., together. I had the opportunity to talk to Jessica Ciocci over email. Currently Ciocci is living in the South, where she continues to make work.

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Everyday Confessions

By: Jesy Odio

 

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Before 5 Every Day existed, the city was large and overwhelming. To those who decamped to Southern California and even those that have been living around to see the many faces of Sunset Blvd., with its micro-climates and pocket neighborhoods, Los Angeles is a confusing yet enthralling metropolis. How is one ever able to truly get to know this urban paradise? I hate to say it, but there’s an app for that: 5 Every Day. 

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