overhead projector and wall
Thursday, July 31, 2008
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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Saturday, July 26, 2008
And I thought there were elements of this image that reminded me of some of of my favorite abstractionists. For example, look at the fence section at the bottom of the image - it reminds me of a Agnes Martin grid or one of Frank Stella's monochromatic striped compositions:
And I thought the roof sections reminded me of a Robert Motherwell painting - this may be a little more of a stretch or more difficult to see, but I've blurred the photo to make it more pronounced:
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Frederic Remington's studio installed in the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody, WY
- image via red ravine
Monday, July 21, 2008
The Instant Critique Phrase Generator (found via C-Monster) can give you the input and vocabulary you've been looking for! All the art-speak jargon a person could ever want! No more sitting around in a quiet room postulating artists intentions to smooth jazz or hipster background noise (ala Sigur Ros) - just type in a few numbers and bingo! - great phrases like this:
"I'm surprised that no one's mentioned yet that the metaphorical resonance of the facture visually and conceptually activates a participation in the critical dialogue of the 90s. "
"I find this work menacing/playful because of the way the reductive quality of the Egyptian motifs notates the exploration of montage elements. "
"It's difficult to enter into this work because of how the mechanical mark-making of the figurative-narrative line-space matrix spatially undermines the substructure of critical thinking."
Impenetrable Prose from the Whitney Biennial
Artists Forced to Explain Modern Art, Critics Complain
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I watched "Lessons of Darkness" on Netflix - Watch Instantly (great feature) and it was breathtaking. It is an absolutely stunning cinematic experience. The movie is from 1992, so by no means is this new news, but it was new to me and perhaps new to whomever is reading this. It is about the aftermath of the first Gulf War and the Kuwaiti oil fires, but has very little in the way of narration or dialog. Nearly the entire movie is filled with dramatic, beautifully bleak aerial shots of the fires, the oil drenched landscape, and the workers who are trying to put out the fires. At one point, the narrator (Herzog) introduces a perplexing change of events "Two figures are approaching an oil well. One of them holds a lighted torch. What are they up to? Are they going to rekindle the blaze? Is life without fire become unbearable for them?... Others, seized by madness, follow suit. Now they are content. Now there is something to extinguish again."
I highly recommend this film. If you enjoyed Baraka, or the Planet Earth series - you would surely enjoy this film as well. At only about 45 minutes, you've got nothing to lose.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Kay Tuttle will be showing Lost and Found, An art show consisting of paintings on wood, drawings on found Victorian prints, and a collaborative series of drawings between Kay and her father, Sam Tuttle This show will be at Ironton Gallery 3636 Chestnut, Denver, CO 80216 303.297.8626, Dates: July 18, 2008-August 16, 2008, Opening Reception Friday July 18, 2008 7pm -10 pm
Gallery hours,10-4 mon-fri,and Saturdays 12-4
Coffee and Donuts with the artist: Saturday August 2nd, 12-4,
1st Friday hours: Friday Aug 1st, 6-10 pm,
Closing Party Saturday August 16, 12-4pm Desserts I Stressed, Desserts and Drawing Exquisite Corpses , paper and pens supplied
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
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Thursday, July 10, 2008
I watched Steve Buschemi's film "Lonesome Jim" again last night. I liked it even more the second time. I think I was bogged down by the depressing tone of the movie last time and didn't notice how much sublte humor there is in this movie. Sure, Jim (Casey Affleck - the much more talented brother of the no-talent hack named Ben Affleck) and his brother Tim (played by Kevin Corrigan) in the movie both see little reason to live, but somehow there is a hopeful spirit to the movie. It is exceptionally acted and very humble in its presentation. It was filmed in Goshen, Indiana - a town not far from where I grew up, so the landscape of the film is very nostalgic for me as well. The movie appears to have been filmed in the late-fall/early winter months because the grey cloud that settles over Indiana for most of the winter clearly effected the lighting in the film. As director, Buschemi doesn't fight the low-contrast - in fact the mellow tones of the movie visually accompany Jim's character well. I would highly recommend this film.