Ben Street | Art21 Blog

Ben Street is quickly becoming my favorite critic:

all the while panicking internally, if you’re me, about what you’re supposed to think or do: do I like these? Is it ok not to? Am I contributing to the White Male Hegemony of Post-Colonial Oppression if I wander out of the room too early? Or start thinking about lunch?

via Letter from London: YBA Baracas | Art21 Blog.

The East Side of Los Angeles on a Sunny Day on Vimeo

Not all the spots are on the east side but it’s a beautiful time lapse video none-the-less. I need to try this with my camera.

The East Side of Los Angeles on a Sunny Day on Vimeo on Vimeo

After close to 2 years here I can name most of the places in the video. Can’t believe it’s been 2 years already. I remember back in Texas, reading the LA Times to start acquainting myself with the place I was about to move, feeling a cold sweat come over me on how enormous of a city LA was. It didn’t take long for it to feel small, in a good way.

Money Changes Everything | Art21 Blog

“Money may be a shared commodity but it fractures perception; not only is it the most unreliable historical indicator of aesthetic value, but when art is rendered into a trophy and displayed as such, its role as a piece of communal experience, owned by all, is diminished. Nowhere is this more graphically demonstrated than in MoMA’s 2004 expansion and reinstallation, where masterpieces of the 20th Century hang like caribou heads in barnlike, one-size-fits-all galleries – not connecting, not conversing, not communicating anything beyond their spot in a predetermined timeline, as independent of one another as the thumbnails on the museum’s website.”

Exactly how I feel when I go to the Broad contemporary art museum at LACMA.

via Money Changes Everything | Art21 Blog.

Chritmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis

YouTube – Tom Waits – Chritmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis.

HardTimes :: Art Hour on Vimeo

HardTimes :: Art Hour

I miss ZeFrank

Children of the Revolution @ Federal Art Project

C’mon, with art like this, who needs art?

“With Children of The Revolution I started thinking about this idea of education and teaching and “passing the torch.” I went to UCLA and studied with Chris Burden, Paul McCarthy, Charlie Ray and Roger Herman. I feel that they’ve all been very influential on my practice. I always think about that “brotherhood” and the responsibility of sharing the information. Like the SKULL AND BONES Society at Yale, that secret brotherhood that a lot of big time politicians have been a members of, I sort of think about this brotherhood as being akin to that. A secret society where we share and pass on information that manifests itself in our works but that the general public is not really privy too.”

tryharder: Children of the Revolution @ Federal Art Project.

Great Scott!

E and I just went to dinner at Swinger’s and on the way there we saw a replica “Back to the Future” DeLorean. Of course I immediately pulled over and went to check it out. I was able to sit in it as it was on display at theater that was showing the trilogy. Boy, that sucker is small. I could barely get my legs in. But I was so damned excited. For some reason that movie still has a big effect on me.

David Byrne Journal: 05.17.09: Art is good for you?

Another excellent post over at David Byrne’s blog where he ruminates on the effect of viewing art , making art and personal anecdotes of growing up in Baltimore. His argument seems to fizzle as he gets to his own experience, though still worth reading.

However, one thing led to another and connections, sometimes bizarre, were made. I painted a picture in high school of a phalanx of identical businessmen (who may have resembled my dad a bit), in a style reminiscent of George Tooker (I realize now) — standing against a wall of brightly colored, abstract empty picture frames and on a floor decorated with Northwest Indian tribal images, with hook-beaked creatures and densely packed biomorphic forms. It could have been a psychedelic record cover, and it referenced, or maybe simply imitated, everything visually available to me in suburban Baltimore that seemed wild and cool.

via David Byrne Journal: 05.17.09: Art is good for you?.

Elizabeth’s Lists

I’ve trained Elizabeth well:

Dear Ryan Fitzer,

If it would please you kind sir, please make the following purchases at the local merchant of your convenience:

kitty doodles
method dish soap (lavender, if there)
horizon 1/2 and 1/2
jus d’orange
soy milk
people morning doodles

and any other items you may find appropriate to bring into our residence.

That is all,



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via The Non-Expert: Defenestrate Your Résumé! by Matthew Baldwin – The Morning News.