Friday, September 30, 2011
Ballet dancer Sarah Lamb on Degas. I like how she notices imperfect dance pose but acknowledges the possibility of either a changing art form or a tired dancer.
Wanting to see it:
I sometimes want to see representations of artists on film, and often am irritated with what I find. As with other subcultures (forgive the use of this term please) I think we sometimes embrace so-so movies because they at least represent us. (I can practically hear John Waters saying, and why should want that from the mainstream anyway???) What most of my students are exposed to are the music biopics, ie Ray, Cash, etc. Going back a bit further, Coal Miner's Daughter is a guilty pleasure. In all, the trajectory is tidied for maximum plot arc.
Specific to my medium, I'm always looking for good depictions of 4x5 photographers. And if for the purpose of this post we exclude both the super obscure and the documentary, where do the large format artists show up in the mainstream? I have to say, at least Jude Law's psychotic photographer character in The Road to Perdition was using his gear correctly.
Can anyone think of depictions of artists on film, dead on, terrible, or otherwise?
Monday, September 26, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
This letter is on display at Pace in the Agnes Martin Grey Paintings show.
the text reads:
I have only one worry in the world! It is that my paintings will show downtown and fail there. They will fail because they are non-aggressive – they are not even outgoing – in a competitive environment, with big displays of aggressive artwork.
With the dark paintings it was not bad because they do have some “force.” I did not get one compliment on that show, however!
The competitive environment is made by the huge audience of mostly young (ambitious) painters that are “making” the “scene!”
The “art scene” is really a lot of words put out by journalists. With its changing trends it bears very little relation to ART defined as part of the structure of social human life. I particularly do not want to be on the art scene. If you come on with the scene you go off with the scene. I want to stay away from it. It is downtown with these young artists. They are not like the students who do not yet think of “the market.” They are really wild.
I am deeply concerned about this. What I want is so far from the downtown scene, just a little room, just a few paintings contemplated quietly. Unaggressive paintings* unaggressive showings – just the opposite. It worked well in the past. Hoping you agree with me.
AgnesPS: * for unaggressive collectors
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
"The challenges, I think, arise not from the locale, but from larger cultural biases, prejudices and misconceptions about art and art-making. I call it the Van Gogh model — the idea that artists are unstable and that their art is a product of that instability. To the contrary, I think art is a manifestation of great mental and physical vigor and coordination, and I find making art to be a grounding, sanity-saving activity."
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
New Australian passports allow a third gender option, which is "X". My initial reaction to this was pleasure that at least one country in the world is doing something progressive. But my mind kept wandering to X as "blank" somehow conceptually. I also was thinking about X as a substitute, as in signing with an X, and leaving it as a variable. Evonne pointed out the X is the unknown.
On a humanistic and practical level, I'm thrilled about this new development and the only people whose opinion really matters, I think, are the bearers of such passports. But in honor of this news item I'm suggesting X as a totally open ended blog topic for the next month.
Transgender people and those of ambiguous sex will be able to list their gender as indeterminate, which will be shown on passports as an X.
People whose gender was different from that of their birth were previously required to have reassignment surgery before they could change their passport to their preferred sex.
An Australian senator, Louise Pratt - whose partner was born female and is now identified as a man - said the reform was a huge step forward.
"There have been very many cases of people being detained at airports by immigration in foreign countries simply because their passports don't reflect what they look like," she told Australian radio.
"It's very distressing, highly inconvenient and frankly sometimes dangerous."
Friday, September 9, 2011
Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday in September, 4heads present
The Governors Island Art Fair
Friday - 11 AM to 4 PM
Saturday & Sunday - 11 AM to 6 PM
Run by artists, for artists, The Governors Island Art Fair enters its 4th year this fall as 4heads rally an exciting and diverse selection of artists from around the world. Well over 100 independent artists are selected entirely on the merit of their work and, once chosen, each is given a room of their own in which to create an exhibition environment of their own design. A selection of galleries are exhibiting in the Fair as well and, this summer for the first time, 4heads are also offering art workshops and artists' studio residencies beginning in June. For more information visit www.4heads.org.
Although Molly Sawyer's sculptures are rather simple shapes, they are able to capture so much emotion. She uses a lot of natural materials, sheep wool, wood, moss, I love her pedestals. Her studio is in Jersey City so be sure to check it out during open studios while you're visiting Aferro!
Here are some images from my attic space. The buildings on Governors Island haven't been used in years and as a result, paint is peeling, there are stains and some rooms have torn up floor boards. I was particularly pleased with the character of my three little rooms. I wonder how the salt and the thread will change over the coarse of the month.
While you're enjoying Governors Island, stop by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council gallery http://www.lmcc.net/spaces/building_110_on_governors_island and Gallery Ell http://galleryell.com/home.html in Nolan Park.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
I spent a lot of time (too much?) on it tonight. Here's two that I liked a lot.
Way back in 1963, Jerry Gretzinger began making a map of his imaginary world.
Terry Gilliam's intro to animation.