With Christmas coming I thought I’d share some good books to give to those artsy people you know.

  1. Vitamin P
  2. The Writing on the Wall: Word and Image in Modern Art
  3. First Works by 362 Artists

Got any you would suggest to me?

I found a post on blog called DZine that features 20 kinetic typography videos. The list is hit and miss, but be sure to check out Red, Citizen Cope and Blink 182 videos. They’re great examples of what kinetic typography is capable of.

Here’s one I think they missed. A really great song by The Faint and a really cool music video.

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Merzbau by Kurt Schwitters

Detritus is a fancy word for garbage. It’s usually used a biology term to describe refuse within an environment although artists like to use it because it sounds better than trash.

Many artists have used detritus (in the form of scrounged objects or found objects), but most notable are Kurt Schwitters use of found objects in his piece Merzbau and many of Robert Rauschenberg‘s assemblages.

One of the most recent stabs at collecting detritus can be found in the magazine aptly named Found Magazine. They have a community of readers/collectors who find interesting scraps of people lives and send them in to the magazine that then turns around and publishes the findings.

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Alex Orion creating reverse graffiti in Sao Palo

I found an wonderful article today about reverse graffiti on a blog called Art Threat. The idea is simple, create graffiti by cleaning a surface instead of marking on it.

washmeI think it’s really cool because as the post states it brings awareness to environmental issues. It’s like writing “wash me” on a dirty car to let the owner know it needs a bath.

The other great things is it really baffles city officials because technically an artist is cleaning public property when they practice reverse graffiti, so there are not laws in place (as of this time) that prevent you from doing this!

dolcefino VS. synchronicity-of-color

It’s a knock-down, drag-out brawl down in Huston between The Huston Arts Alliance (HAA) and Wayne Dolcefion, a local reporter for an ABC affiliate who has been infuriating artists and citizens alike with his series The Color Of Money. The Color of Money has been investigating mishandling of grants and spending by the HAA to create public art meant to attract tourists to Huston.

Many in the Huston Arts community have lashed back at the reporting calling it sensationalist and prejudice but their cries seem to be falling on deaf ears as Dolcefino released his fifth installment to the series yesterday with a quick comment at the beginning of the report egging on anyone that disagrees with him.

I’m riding the fence on this one personally. I think that Dolcefino is bring up some good questions that need to be addressed. As one commenter noted on the HAA blog

…[Dolcefino] is also demanding accountability. Are we getting the art we’re paying for? Are the works selected really the best use of the funds? Why are we putting art in places people can’t see it? Shouldn’t we be doing more to promote the bedrock of the region’s arts — our museums?

canned_poopI don’t think that it’s wrong of Dolcefino to demand more accountability from artists and art organization who don’t seem to be keeping their end of the deal. I also think Dolcefino is right to question why Huston is paying for art geared to get tourists into Huston in places inaccessible to tourists.

BUT

I do have a problem with him sensationalizing the facts to stir up the community, and Dolcefino is doing just that with his reporting as an article in the Huston Press points out. Many of Dolcefino’s reports speak of the HAA grants being funded by the tax payers through the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT), which is true. What gets me is when Dolcefino keep pounding that “You’re paying for it” (a catch phrase he uses with a bit too much gusto in my opinion). If you look up what the Hotel Occupancy Tax is, the citizens of Huston are not giving a dime to the HAA (unless they decided to stay in a hotel for some reason). Bill Davenport at Glasstire.com was quick to point this out in an article he wrote in response to Dolcefino’s attack on HAA money being spent on Glasstire.com.

Dolcefino is poking at a problem, but he’s going about it the wrong way. If Wayne Dolcefino doesn’t start putting the same level of accountability into his reporting that he is demanding of the HAA he could end up looking like the ass he’s trying to make the HAA out to be.

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See, the art slump isn’t all bad

Helena: The Goldfish Blender by Marco Evaristti

Shock Art is a form of art that utilizes disturbing images, smells or sound to create a “shocking” or unpleasant experience for the viewer. Currently, Shock Art is one of the most marketable art forms on the market today, although there are many critics who dismiss it as “cultural pollution”.

Shock Art also tends to be very controversial because of its use of corpses (be they human or animal), religious figures, or highly pornographic images. Often times this controversy comes from the public’s reaction to the works rather than from within the art community.

Some examples of Shock Art:

Merda d’Artis-ta (1961), a series of 40 tin cans allegedly filled with the excrement of artist Piero Manzoni

Myra, (1997) a portrait of murderer Myra Hindley constructed of children’s handprints, by Marcus Harvey

Orgies of Mystery Theatre, by Hermann Nitsch, a display of music and dance in the midst of “dismembered animal corpses”

burning moneyWith the economy in a nose dive I can’t help but notice that the art world (or at least the NY Times) seem to bemoan the coming times in which an auction house can’t even bring in half of its night’s estimate. The end times are upon us!

I think it’s all a bunch of crap personally (as do most people, but it sure seems like they’re making a really big deal about it). I feel for those collectors who are losing money on their investments and those artists who might not receive that grant they were hoping for, but I hope this brings out a greater appreciation for art as a whole instead of looking at art as a commodity.

Yes, hard times are ahead for everyone, but I’ve always believed that adversity breeds creativity.

Just like the dotcom crash, the art bubble is bursting, but I’m looking forward to it. I think this is just the kind of catharsis Art needs.

A Chuck Close portrait in money by Mark Wagner

A Chuck Close portrait in money by Mark Wagner

So it’s been nearly two months since my last post. I appologize to anyone out there who was actually following this blog regularly, but college got in the way. It’s been some semester here, but I’ve managed to get through the thick of it.

Sooooo…, I wanted to take this chance to let everyone know that I am back and plan on trying to start updating again. I’m not sure if I can keep up the break-neck once a day posting (or if that was even bringing in good content), so I’ll be throttling back a bit in that regard. This means that posts should be more substantive though so that’s good news!

I also want to point everyone to the main reason I had to take my two month hiatus a political blog that me and some of my other classmates were maintaining during the election cycle. I’m also going to be posting to a somewhat related blog (possibly cross posting at times) in the coming semester that I plan on using to help me organize my thoughts and gather information about artists who use text in their works. Once I get that up and running I’ll post a link here.

I also plan on getting all the other stuff with the site back in order and up to date by next week. So expect things to change a bit around here.

Thank you for your patience. I shall post again soon.

-ARTillery

So go figure, I was talking with a friend today and I found out I have been miss using the term Modern Art. While art made recently is indeed modern in a sense Modern Art is used to define art created between roughly 1860 to 1970 and is defined by a removal of art tradition to make way for experimentation. Recent artistic productions are referred to as Contemporary Art.

Guess I need to brush up on my Art Speak.

This Week

Dec. 12 - Dec. 19, 2008
UT Dallas (Art Gallery)
Fall Arts Festival

Opening reception Dec. 12 @ 6:30 pm

Artillary Retrospective