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Art is not a thing, it is a way

Month: October, 2014

Urban Calligraphy

RETNA @ Berlin

& that's possibly Herakut in the background.

If you like RETNA, you may like Chaz Bojorquez AKA Señor Suerte

The paint brush versus the spray can
It’s not easy being an aging street artist. It’s physically demanding. Young kids are jockeying to take your place, or your spot to paint, anyway. And a night in jail is rougher when you’re 55 than at 25. Keep reading


To be Frank

Inspiration for Frank Gehry’s PARIS | Louis Vuitton Foundation building.

Frank Gehry salutes journalist

Source Guardian UK ; Frank Gehry has described 98% of modern architecture as “shit” and given a journalist the middle finger salute at a press conference.

Gehry, architect of many renowned buildings such as the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, was in Oviedo in northern Spain to collect the prestigious Prince of Asturias prize, which King Felipe of Spain was due to present on Friday.

A press conference in Oviedo on Thursday got off to a bad start when a journalist asked whether Gehry’s own architecture was just about spectacle. Gehry’s response was to give the journalist the finger.

A long silence followed before a different reporter asked whether “emblematic buildings” such as his would continue to be a feature of modern cities.

“Let me tell you one thing,” he replied. “In this world we are living in, 98% of everything that is built and designed today is pure shit. There’s no sense of design, no respect for humanity or for anything else. They are damn buildings and that’s it. >>> Full story

Further reading

Fondation Louis Vuitton: Paris’s most exciting new building in a generation

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly,
is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”

Kurt Vonnegut

When Life Imitates Art

Botticellis Zipporah which inspired Proust to fall in love with Odette causing him to write À la recherche du temps perdu also fascinated Ruskin as much as it did Swann. There’s a famous passage where Odette opens the door with a cold, she’s sulky, her hair is loose and undone, her skin is patchy, and Swann, who has never cared about her until that moment, falls in love with her because she looks like a Botticelli girl from a slightly damaged fresco. Which Proust himself only knew from a reproduction. He never saw the original, in the Sistine Chapel. But even so – the whole novel is in some ways about that moment. And the damage is part of the attraction, the painting’s blotchy cheeks. Even through a copy Proust was able to re- dream

something all his own from it into the world. Because – the line of beauty is the line of beauty. It doesn’t matter if it’s been through the Xerox machine a hundred times.

the westologist

What did Oscar Wilde mean when he wrote that “life imitates art far more than art imitates life”? Simply put, this quote from The Decay of Lying (1891) is about how art affects the way we look at the world around us. Take fog, for instance:

J.M.W. Turner, Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Moonlight, 1835, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

One of Wilde’s ideas is that we appreciate the beauty of fog in nature today because painters, such as Turner, revealed that beauty.

Another famous example is how Nietzsche was moved by the works of Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorrain. These two masters gave Nietzsche his most intense emotions in front of paintings, so whenever he saw a beautiful natural landscape after that, he saw it as a Poussin or Claude Lorrain painting, which his writings confirm:

Nicolas Poussin, Landscape with Ruins, c.1634, Prado Museum, Madrid


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American perfomance artist easily baffles world with sublime genius


Preview Rijksmuseum

I’ve always wanted to be an artist, what’s the pay like?

‘Dreams of a dragonfly’ painted by me, in Ink and gouache, scanned and embelished with GIMP

Ikea built a website inside Instagram

Russian ad agency exploits mobile app to sell furniture



Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something. — JACKSON BROWN

img005Experiments with people using a toy camera

Approaching your subject
It is said that everyone you meet has a story to tell, and if this is true then everyone around is not only a source of inspiration, but a vault of information with a wealth of experience waiting to be opened, to be shared.

“How do you get across the river?” asked the driver, “use the bridge” came the reply.  It’s the same with people, you have to connect, you have to make a connection, you as the artist need to build that bridge. Don’t be a chicken, just go up and ask.

Handling rejection
I once heard a story about a guy who upon retiring, calculated that his meager military pension and social security would leave him barely enough to survive.

Searching through his family home, in a box of old papers, he found a recipe for a meal his grandmother used to make every year for the local church fair, and recalled how people would come from miles around just to eat from his Grandparents stall.

He had an idea. He developed his grandmothers ‘special’ recipe, and approached every restaurant in town, to ask them to use only this recipe and from everything they sold, he would take a small cut.

Now this was shortly after the war and money was tight for everyone, not only him, so you can imagine how popular this idea was going to be, not one restaurant owner in his town agreed.

Undeterred he continued, moving on to the next town, and the next, until he had visited every restaurant in the county, then every restaurant in the state.

“Come to the edge.’ ‘We can’t. We’re afraid.’ ‘Come to the edge.’ ‘We can’t. We will fall!’ ‘Come to the edge.’ And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew.”. #Apollonaire

image piped from ‘the internet’

There has to be a point to all this
There is. What I learned from asking people to be the subject when taking photographs is that some people say no. Not everyone, most people are willing, some are very eager, others will even make an excuse not to, some will even use their belief system to justify their flat ‘No’.

It’s all part of the process,  there’s a point where you you reach the edge of your experience and you feel uncertainty, fear, you manifest wobbly knees or develop a limp and it’s here where you can decide to continue or stop.

In 10 years Colonel Sanders had convinced and signed up more than 600 fried chicken franchises in the U.S. and Canada, and in 1964 sold his interest in the U.S. company for $2 million.

He was 65 years old when he began.

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The medium is the message

Generally collage refers to a technique of placing a number of items together onto a flat surface and using glue to create a composition.

Linked and often attributed to Pablo Picasso, the term originated in Paris during the early 20th century.

‘Collage (from the French: coller, to glue) is artwork made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole.’*

*Kind of paraphrased from Wikipedia

Thoughts; What I like about using collage is the ability to draw upon an existing narrative.



“You talk as if god had made the Machine,” cried the other.
“I believe that you pray to it when you are unhappy. Men made it, do not forget that”
E.M. Forster
The Machine Stops 1928