Posts Tagged ‘art’

My Life in Art: How Jean-Michel Basquiat Taught Me to Forget About Technique

2009-02-12

Re–blog from the Guardian.

A personally written introduction to Jean–Michel Basquiat’s life and art by Will Gompertz. As mentioned earlier Basquiat’s has had a big impact in my life. For us art interested DIY-kids of Generation Y he surly is the Master.

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The State Should Fund Graffiti Artists

2009-02-12

Re–blog from the Guardian.

Nothing to add. Mr. Jones is spot on: Give them [the young unemployed] a spray can (and access to free art education) and you just might produce the next Jackson Pollock. The first artist to pop up into my mind is Basquiat, who’s art has had an large impact on my life.

Charlie Koolhaas: True Cities

2009-02-12

Re–blog from VernissageTV.

The exhibition True Cities, by Dutch artist and sociologist Charlie Koolhaas at Architekturforum Aedes in Berlin, try to bring the World into one place. The concept is to show how connected the Globe is using photos from the four cities of Guangzhou, Dubai, Lagos, and London.

I find this naive view on photography’s mimetic qualities problematic. Of course Koolhaas herself is aware of this and states that as soon as you make collections they start to form communities of their own. So in a sense this art work is self-fulfilled.

The idea that each city is identified by it’s density or emptyness of space grabbed my attention. This definition by negation of space is worth contemplating. Could the same statement be made for the human mind?

The Ancient Marble Statue is a White Lie

2009-02-12

Re–blog from SvD.

Article written in Swedish and published by the Swedish morning newspaper Svenska Dagbladet — The Swedish Daily Paper. Sadly it isn’t possible to translate it via Google Translate.

The main proposition, and according to the author — a Professor of Ancient Culture and Society — known by scientists for centuries, is that ancient marble statues were painted in bright colors! I was totally unaware of this.

Also mentioned in the article is the use of digital technology to simulate the colors originally used by projecting them unto the statues. Very creative and inspiring!

Lawrence English – Kiri No Oto

2009-02-12

Re–blog from Soundscaping.

I totally agree with Trym Asserson. Australian sound artist Lawrence English’s Kiti No Oto was one of last years best albums. I specially like Lullaby, a hypnotic piece dense in texture and highly repetitive.

Nam June Paik: Lessons From the Video Master

2009-02-10

Yesterday UBUWEB published an excerpt from Skip Blumberg’s documentary Nam June Paik: Lessons From the Video Master. Shot in 2006 at Nam June’s funeral Skip asks people, among them several well known media artists, what they learned from Nam June. My favorite interview is with Japanese artist — as a glitch kid I adore his sound art — Yasunao Tone. Apparently the Master thought him spying techniques!

The Many Faces of Pablo Picasso

2009-02-09

Re–blog from the Guardian.

A very well written article by Peter Conrad on Picasso. It’s quite long but well worth the read. Whenever I read about Picasso I come to think about the French philosopher Michel Serres’ book the Parasite. The parastitic as metaphysics, as a necessity of human existence.

Collection Catalogue 2.0 & What is a Museum (Now) Anyway?

2009-02-09

Re–blog from Smarthistory.

I’ve been following this discussion in the media and I beg for this to happen. Even for me, as an art interested non-scholar, this would be a great resource, to get more educated on and acquainted with art and art theory. And living in Sweden – on the other side of the world from where this museums are located – the probability that will be able to visit them all and view their collections is minimal. This way I can become at least a bit more familiar with it.

Bugs Drafted in for Battle to Save Artworks

2009-02-09

Re–blog from the Guardian.

Art and science has always been closely linked, nothing new to that. But I was totally unaware about this type of exchange. Using biotechnology to preserve works of art. Now this is the type of creativity that makes me proud of being human!

Appropriating ‘Obama For Change’

2009-02-09

Re–blog from Do You Really Need This?

I love this post by Amina Bech on her blog Do You Really Need This? Very creative Amina, thanks for sharing!