It’s lovely to SEA you

January 19, 2009 at 6:23 am | Posted in 1, Artists, California, Deep thoughts, So Lonely, Travel Updates, Work | Leave a comment
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I’ve learned a lot of new words in my short time as a blogger. One of these, the terms deaccessioning, caught my attention since I was blogging on major museums that are in the spotlight of so many news stories. With the art world paying close attention to the drama unfolding in the museum community in Southern California, this controversial topic stirs up all kinds of art commentary, which I find interesting to read.

I don’t really filter the art news that comes across my desk, I usually read or pick over it all . I am trying to get myself in the habit of reading my alerts as they come in to determine whether or I should keep them in my inbox. But I don’t want to be a robot, controlled by a miniature computer in my purse.

Someone didn’t like the art that was chosen to be at the center of the spotlight. This controversial work stirred up passion as Europe struggles to come to terms with an ever changing set of circumstances.

I was blogging about Obama Art a couple of weeks ago and I got another Obama Art news article or so I thought. The process of filtering out news and information is a continual challenge for me. I do love to blog, but one has to sift through a lot of information and disseminate many differing opinions into a coherent and delectable slice of the arte life. We’re all living it. I just want to share!

Art Blogs always get my attention and I am sure there are hundreds but I like seeing all the different designs and color schemes used in the website layout. Art blogs are cool. And there are so many! I’m working on my blogroll but its taking a long time to accumulate the links from almost two months of consecutive blogging! I have to admit it is quite addictive. The only thing that would prevent me from fulfilling one of my most cherished roles is a matter of the most extreme urgency. Your humble host was rather occupied with a series of work and art related events in San Francisco around New Years eve, and shortly thereafter for Macworld 2009, causing the enjoying of a quiet hour in which to reflect to elude your poor author. Sometimes I come across blogs that are not art blogs but may mention or have a post about art. Sometimes there are so interesting or just hard to pin down that I can’t help but stare at the screen quizzically, asking myself, what the heck is this?

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Macworld 2009 was nontheless a blast. But that’s another blog. I don’t have much to share photographically from last week, and the impending preparation which delayed the arrival of communication from your humble author and servant on the arts. We try to do it for you on so many levels, and we hope you love it too.

Whatever feels right

December 16, 2008 at 2:28 pm | Posted in Deep thoughts, Music, Life, Art, News, Upcoming Events | 2 Comments
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I have used the same keywords for my alerts since I started this blog, and I almost never see the same blog twice. One that had a nice clean design and a strange image drew me in. It was of a potato with a nail through it, and it was on the LACMA blog, which is called Unframed. Much like Art Basel Miami Beach, MOCA has been in the news, so anything art and LA related in the news stands out to me.

LACMA is an acronym for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. MOCA Los Angeles still manages to fuel speculation in the art world in spite of its current stalemate and the eerie silence on the part of the challenged institution. A blog on the possibility of the museum, discusses the controversial practice of deassession.

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Art By Paper Monster

Las Vegas doesn’t pop up on my art radar for obvious reasons but today, I did read an article about the revival of a Contemporary Art Center, which, according to the article, Beate Kirmse helped rejuvenate over the past year. I found it a little disturbing that while informational and seemingly positive in its overall efforts, this article by the Las Vegas Sun paints a nice picture, but it doesn’t address the really important issue, which should be the establishment of some measures on her part to make sure that the artists continue to get the recognition they need after her eventual departure. The article closes with her saying, “Maybe I’ll go back to the East Coast.”

I blog a lot about public art and how art can intersect with and uplift metropolitan cities and serve communities, so this article on a public art project that gives young artists a chance to display public art was the subject of an article in the St. Cloud Times website. Just yesterday I blogged about Art with Barack Obama as the subject matter, and it turns out there is a book on the New York Times bestseller list dedicated to illustrations of Barack Obama.

Paper Monster is a graffiti/stencil artist in Los Angeles that is making a name for himself. The tragic beauties in his stylized and crisp designs create interest with their beauty, but you can’t stop staring because of the amazing colors and layered compositions he creates in various types of media. He has some Obama art on his website too.



Sometimes I just happen to stumble upon the most random blogs, only to be completely arrested by a beautiful image that I have to mention. You don’t need to be a fancy art blog or a big topic to be worthy of mention.

There is a lot of strange and beatiful things hidden in the strangest of places and I’ve developed a little knack for digging them up. This blogger Karl Jones has been blogging since before blogging was cool, I don’t know how well-known he is because I am new to online publishing but this guy knows what he likes. I dig his blog because its a funky mix of cool tidbits and his really cool digital designs that he makes into computer desktop wallpapers.

Art by Karl Jones

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Not PC is another blog that is not an art blog but has something out of the ordinary that got my attention because it had something interesting or useful about art in it. In this case, it was a venture into art & perception. I’ll be honest with you, my dear reader, I really don’t understand what his blog/mission is about. I wanted to include a short description in my mention of it but I am kinda stumped. Maybe you can figure it out. Its definitely not an art blog.


From the beginning, I had so much to say about the whole experience of diving into a relationship that went further than your casual observer with some of the most offbeat artists in the city. I’m never satisfied when obvious perks like wanting free videography or an attractive host might be yours as a result of my meeting and working with you. Sure, those things are tempting for an artist, but for me, I am making art. So I am thinking about other things too.

Its taken a lot of flexibility and patience as well as simple tact to get through some of these situations. I do know that artists are also busy making their own art, and it is somewhat of a stretch for them to give me yet another part of themselves and experience for the art I want to make. But it wouldn’t be the SEA SHOW without it. I am enamoured with the artists I have worked with from the beginning and who I continue to meet. To me, they are important.

The fact that the copius excitement that ensues with creative and intellectual interchanges occur is just icing on the cake. There really is a lot of potential, and its what’s really fueled my commitment whenever there have been challenges this past year and a half.

When I am in SF next month I’ll likely ponder these concepts and more in the Art of Participation exhibit at the SF MOMA.

Without speaking directly to circumstances, I am working hard to balance sensible thinking with my warm affection for the work and life of an artist. I think part of the constant challenge is finding that place where an artist can really step outside of his or her work, so that it can be elevated, heightened in a new way. This could be a flagrantly selfish pursuit, but I sacrifice and give so much that this is far too simplistic an observation or what motivates me. I suppose if you knew me personally, my motivations might make more sense. I know artists understand and like it, and as long as that is happening, The SEA SHOW must go on.

SEA SHOW vlog: an Introduction

December 2, 2008 at 7:23 am | Posted in vlog | Leave a comment
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I had a busier night that usual since I wasn’t glued to my computer yesterday. It was a most relaxing evening nontheless. This morning was a little more of a challenge, I ate some marinated food yesterday and when I woke my stomach hurt. Rolling around to find a comfortable position only the pain worsening, resulting in me ending up in a sweaty ball on the floor of my bathroom. I should have gone with my instinct in my initial dislike of the marinated olives. Better now, but I felt bad about missing my daily art blog post. I have part of it saved so I will post that tonight for you to peruse at your leisure.

Free Sheep Foundation – Hallway . From 11.26.2008 SEA SHOW SHOOT

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This is an introduction to a new facet of our daily blog. We hope to start releasing 1 to 2 short videos a month. Since many of these are part of longer pieces, can be multicamera shoots, its difficult to manage releasing them a lot, but we will strive to include some of these. In the coming days you will see video for this week’s show, and a preview of what you can expect to see more of this Thursday night, when the painter Dr. JohnnyWOW! gives us another installment of his talk/performance art.

If you haven’t visited our youtube site, please visit or sign up and become a subscriber and know the instant I upload a video. Chances are, it is 6am and you are still in bed when that message hits your mailbox. Better yet, subscribe to my RSS feed and get my blogs the moment they happen and cut out the middle man.

There is so much energy at artwalk each month, I’ll be glad to get back into it this month. In two days, I’m excited to visit 619 Western and say hello to Dr. JohnnyWOW!, who will debut the latest incarnation of his artistic approach.There will of course be a recording of this, and we’ll be showing video of the artist giving his talk earlier this month that night too. Video everywhere. Too much fun.

Vox Vespertinus performs with Death Posture at the Free Sheep Foundation, 11.26.2008

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This blog will be part local adventures in emerging art forms, part news commentary. I still don’t visit any site with regularity, but my small numbers are steady day to day, so as we increase our readership and I get better at making sense and choosing good topics, you’ll see things improve.

The first vlogs you will see are works-in-progress for recent shows and upcoming events, like the one I’ll be showing video at and taping at this Thursday, December 4th. After that you’ll see more segments of 28 minutes episodes I plan on submitting to SCAN TV. The next four weeks will be crazy, but I think it will be fun to watch & read.

next things I have planned:

Catergories (You can see lists of blog entries group by subject)

vlogs

Links to Seattle Art Grants

Links to Art Blogs / News

Giveaways (Sorry, no dates, just freebies)

Advertising

Whether you’re a new subscriber, just found this on a search, or have been quietly watching us for months, you will enjoy this blog.

Art & Religion

November 25, 2008 at 11:55 am | Posted in vlog | Leave a comment
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Two topics of perpetual importance, the combination of Art and Religion is a recipe for controversy.

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The biggest news in art meeting spirituality in a concrete way is the news headlines being made the artist Dylan Mortimer and his public prayer booths.

Remember the Chocolate Jesus artist? Yes, we all do.

This blog doesn’t reflect on art and God at the same time but I wanted to find a different picture of a chocolate Jesus than the one we’ve all seen & heard of and I found one on this blog. Maybe its a stale peice of low-grade chocolate, cracked and abused. But its still Jesus. The author of the aforementioned blog was so offended by the chocolate representative of Jesus that he would not repost the picture on his blog.

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Just as interesting as the scores of articles that arrive in my alert box on a constant basis ( I have an unlimited plan and am push art related alerts to my phone)some of the sites I find when looking for images of the art in question.

Sometimes I read an article and do an image search to see what I come up with. Finding stuff on the internet is a natural skill. Or maybe finding what you need on the internet is not that hard. Experience tells me I’m good at it – in this case, Prayer Art Booth got me the results I wanted in my first result.

This is a cool rant too but it doesn’t really touch on Art & Religion. We might have to have another go at this topic when I get some more vital news on my daily art news feeds. I’m sure it won’t be long.

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