Tag Archive | "Art"

Finger Painting Is My Instrument of Survival

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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Finger Painting Is My Instrument of Survival

In this video interview, Milton Glaser offers a definition of art, or at least what art isn't. “If it moves you to attentiveness it is art, if it doesn't it's something else.” - Milton

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The Modern Kitsch Experience

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

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The Modern Kitsch Experience

Defining art has never been all that controversial; it’s the "good" part that carries the debate. New tools have made discernment tougher still. It’s not all that hard to make the work appear good through imitation or mechanized craft and then assert its worthiness.

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Technology + Art :: Love, Hate & Ansel Adams

Monday, March 1, 2010

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Technology + Art :: Love, Hate & Ansel Adams

Film delayed gratification long enough so those behind a camera needed to see the image in their minds eye and exhaust possibilities to make it happen at the moment of exposure. Technology has changed that – call it postvisualization.

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Food for Thought – James Geary’s Metaphor

Thursday, February 25, 2010

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Food for Thought – James Geary’s Metaphor

Visual metaphor is not only the staple of advertising but the backbone of all art. James Geary points out in his TED presentation (embedded) that metaphor is when we perceive X = Y. Though, in our struggle to understand visual abstractions, I believe we search for metaphor rather than analogy. We adore closure.

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How Long Did That Take You?

Monday, February 22, 2010

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How Long Did That Take You?

Artists are asked relentlessly, “How long did that take you.” The response goes – more or less polite - something like, “why do you ask?” It shouldn’t, but time does matter, somehow, in some way – it has a peculiar relationship with creativity or vice-versa. In numerous ways time doesn’t respond the way you’d expect when creativity is involved.

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The Ultimate Cool: Art-o-mat

Monday, February 1, 2010

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The Ultimate Cool: Art-o-mat

I’ve always loved the Art-O-Mat concept.  It’s fun and feels contemporary and retro at the same time.  It’s the ultimate in cool to have a machine in your venue. The story behind Art-o-mat® The inspiration for Art-o-mat® came to artist Clark Whittington while observing a friend who had a Pavlovian reaction to the crinkle of more »

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Mapplethorpe isn’t famous for flower pictures

Thursday, January 21, 2010

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Mapplethorpe isn’t famous for flower pictures

It’s not hard to find the uniqueness of Mapplethorpe’s work whether it’s a flower, a penis or a portrait. R.M. civilized the shock of sex, violence and race - localized our fears, lust and hopes with ambiguous well crafted works. He succeeded in such a powerful way that it’s spawned countless derivatives.

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So Where is the Democratized Artistic Genius?

Monday, January 18, 2010

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So Where is the Democratized Artistic Genius?

Evidently neither technology nor egalitarianism does anything to stir the soul, yet, Rauschenberg erases beauty and inspires – or provokes - the heart of an artistic movement. Watch a short video interview with Rauschenberg about his erasure of a de Kooning masterpiece.

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Adam’s Eye – Learn from 23 Innocent Images

Thursday, December 24, 2009

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Adam’s Eye – Learn from 23 Innocent Images

Since picking up a camera 35 years ago, I was framing images to move viewers. A desire to convince them I was good at what I did remains an underlying yet significant motivation. What's more, I’ll make the claim that most spectators do so in judgment before considering the content’s honesty – that is – if it exists. I invite you to look at these 23 images differently. There is an integrity and openness in this group photographs that is unique and worth examining. They were taken by a photographer who does not care what you think; he’s not spinning it for his reviewers. He doesn’t care about anything except how the frame and capture makes him feel and what catches his eye. His viewpoint embodies freshness. He’s a chaste artist.

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The Space Between Your Notes

Thursday, December 17, 2009

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The Space Between Your Notes

“Music is the space between the notes” – Claude Debussy I thought of this quote before discovering someone much more intelligent said it first. I was at a show listening to bluegrass virtuosos play so fast that it was hard to discern a space between notes. It made me realize that there was only one interpretation possible. There were no spaces for me to think or feel anything but the energy of their content.

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