donderdag 30 april 2009
The Package Museum has the mission to "preserve and display specimens of American package design from the early decades of the 20th Century." Each photograph includes a quarter in the frame to establish a scale reference.
woensdag 29 april 2009
Appearing on city sidewalks or littering back alleys, decommissioned furniture is given a chance at a second life. Items like an old cathoderay television or a suspiciously stained sofa appear at random and dare passersby to adopt them despite their faults. Sometimes these byproducts of commodity culture’s planned obsolescence have FREE signs attached, assuring the potential owner of their transitional status. Working with this logic of the street-side gift, San Francisco based artist Lucas Murgida occupied a piece of furniture as a performance project. “A cabinet will be constructed and left on a sidewalk. I will be hidden inside and not reveal myself until someone assumes possession and brings the cabinet to their home.” By locking himself into the bottom compartment, Murgida transformed a cabinet into a trojan horse.
source: nuke (pdf)
Lucas Murgida: muster retrodiction
opening friday may 1, 2009 7 - 10 pm 667 Shotwell
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dinsdag 28 april 2009
Christopher Orr's small, tightly painted canvasses create imaginary worlds where the outmoded convene. Often depicting Romantic landscapes reminiscent of those by Caspar David Friedrich and JMW Turner, Orr's paintings are peopled by a strange assortment of figures that have been recycled from other sources.
source: tate britain
maandag 27 april 2009
A narrative on an almost sacral theme, for the designer the creation of a chair is like that of a string quartet to the composer: a unique reading of its creator’s cerebral signature, revealing the modus operandi against the zeitgeist.
To celebrate the existence of this daily-life four-legged comfort-bringer, some 30 designers were invited to the Oratorio della Passione at Sant’Ambrogio – Milan’s oldest church – to express their personal confessions on chair prototyping.
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zondag 26 april 2009
1997 BBC documentary on the life and times of Don Van Vliet, Captain Beefheart. Magic Band, Frank Zappa, Mothers of Invention, John Peel, 1,2,3
The Artist Formerly Known as Captain Beefheart, Pt.1 (15:53)
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part 2 (15:26)
part 3 (15:30)
zaterdag 25 april 2009
The decoration is fixed, the model is registered, and the photographer is ready… Hassan Darsi makes himself scarce. But who is this artist who “implements” and is withdrawn at the time known as “ultimate” for creation? In the work of Hassan Darsi the process is fundamental in making a work of art. The form, the medium and the technique are only “subterfuges” for a work whose source is the in intimate, the daily life, the meeting, and the exchange… Memories, reminiscences, experiments, concerns, chances, become then as many triggering elements, transformed, reversed, moved, handled, until the exhaustion of their potentiality, in the process of work and creation.
source: Florence Renault
vrijdag 24 april 2009
where the gulags were:
Anna Shteynshleyger has set herself a difficult task, to build a visual record that will memorialize the Soviet dead. Her pictures are elusive, more like music than data, but the history she is dealing with is so difficult to comprehend there may be no other way.
source: arts&letters - William Meyer
donderdag 23 april 2009
I'm in it for the covers, plain and simple. The artwork. The typography. The titles. At present, I haven't read a single one of these little gems in its entirety, and it's not just because the books might very well disintegrate in my hands. I have little desire to read the books because the text simply CANNOT live up to the masterfully drawn female figures and knowing glances that grace Brandon House covers or the outrageously over-the-top paintings by Robert Bonfils or Eric Stanton, or even — for that matter — the misshapen faces and laughable nipple-less breasts created by nameless hacks of yesteryear.
woensdag 22 april 2009
In seiner Laudatio würdigte Konrad Bitterli, Kurator Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, den Preisträger Beni Bischof mit folgenden Worten: «In der Ausstellung präsentiert der Künstler versponnene, dicht gearbeitete Tuschezeichnungen sowie eine konzise Serie von kleinformatigen Gemälden. Seine Malerei zeichnet sich durch eine konzeptuelle Strenge sowie eine bewusste Beschränkung der Palette auf Schwarz-Weiss-Töne aus. Trotz der Verwendung der sogenannten Grisaille-Technik überraschen die Bilder durch ein reiches Spektrum malerischer Valeurs und unterschiedlichster formaler Strukturen
source: Swiss Caps Art Award
dinsdag 21 april 2009
Rave (to young to die)
When I was younger I used to participate in raves. There was a particular venue I frequented the most. It was located in an area downtown were there was very little nightlife, making it all the better for all night parties. The events took place at a six-story advantage from the street, the view was equipped with very large floor to ceiling windows. At a certain point in the night a sizable group of partiers would convene here. We had found that at a very early point within the day the street sweepers were present, and working. Large machines hushing down the roads below. Amongst the delirium, that was the atmosphere of the event, the street sweepers became an almost ethereal sight. The event becomes increasingly difficult to recreate.
maandag 20 april 2009
Ciaran Murphy’s practice is predominantly an enquiry into what it means to perceive the world through the human eye. The finished paintings depict objects treated in isolation, tiny snippets of time and ambiguous contexts or sites that seem to hold out the vague anticipation of an event. As well as the individual paintings the grouping of the work becomes important; meaning and interpretation in individual work becomes both reliant and unhinged within the context of the larger group.
source: Irish Museum of Modern Art