Friday, May 16, 2008
One of the most well known American Abstract Expressionist and Pop artist, Robert Rauschenberg died on Monday at his home on Captiva Island in Florida at the age of 82. He will be best remembered for his love of the ordinary materials which make up our lives in the 20th and 21st centuries once saying, "you begin with the possibilities of the material." Rauschenberg first gained recognition with his famous "Combines" during the 1950s in which he explored using these found ordinary materials in conjunction with a form of loose expressionist painting, changing the context and meaning of his findings.
Monday, April 07, 2008
The alternative rock group Morphine made a name for themselves on public and college radio during the mid-nineties with their self described "low-rock". The three piece formed in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1989 and derived it's sound with an unusual combination of instruments. Lead singer Mark Sandman combined his baritone, crooner voice with a custom two string bass guitar which he played with a slide. Dana Colley, the bands co-founder primary played the baritone saxophone, sometimes combined with a soprano or tenor sax which he played simultaneously.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I've just finished watching Frontline: Bush's war and alot of the material within is repeats of some of their other incredible documentaries such as extraordinary rendition, and Cheney's Law. Let's just say that as always, for the common man, watching this should make you furious.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
In June of 2007, the award-winning Prague guerrilla artist collection, known as Ztohoven, seamlessly edited a live weather-cam broadcast to appear as though a nuclear bomb had been dropped onto the countryside at the foothills of the Krkonose Mountains. Though Czechoslovakia has a cultural tradition for hoaxing and pranking, the group known may still face 3 years in jail for "scaremongering and spreading false information".
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Traditionally percussion and various musical instruments have been the calling card of culture, time and civilization. What then does a 3d instrument presented as linear 3d video say about where we are as a culture? Whatever the answer, you have to admit this is quite an impressive instrument.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
In the footsteps of the great social critics and comedians like Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and Richard Pryor, Bill Hicks brought truth and wisdom veiled in comedy to an unexpecting crowd. Hicks unleashed such venom and emotion into his satire, he would often leave the audience stunned, shocked and hysterical. They were never quite ready for what he had to say and the passionate way he said it.
Monday, February 25, 2008
In this piece on AIGA, Firstborn's Craig A Elimeliah attempts to define Art and Design and show their fundamental differences. It states that these differences become less defined when an Artist takes up the "style" or method of an Artist from the past making the product a less unique individual expression and thus contradicts the "whole definition of art" and as a bi-product, the Artist becomes a Designer.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Bill Viola is has been blazing the trail with the medium of video art for the past 35 years. He has been instrumental in establishing video as a contemporary art form and in doing so has expanding the reach of technology in modern art. His work spans from sculpture and installation to movies and theater. His work has been shown around the work and he is considered both most as a major figure of his generation.
Monday, February 18, 2008
When I was growing up, freestyle skateboarding was really lame and no one wanted to be associated with it. There were however, a select few who marched on pogo-ing and hand-standing their skateboards into the future. There was one freestyler who always stood out, even in the Bones Bridage days. Rodney Mullen was more then just a freestyle skateboarder. He was always one step ahead of everyone else and easily gained the respect of the kids too cool for freestyle.
Friday, February 15, 2008
I can hardly lay claim to the genesis of this argument, but I did think at the time that there was something to it, especially as it pertained to "objective," or "representational" or "realist" painting. No surprise then that this particular group of artists demonstrated nothing short of antipathy for me, not to mention anger and dismissal for the argument.
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