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.

Art Antics

November 30, 2008 at 10:19 am | Posted in Miami Art Basel, Music, Life, Art, News | Leave a comment
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All sorts of interesting things come across my desk every day. Using simple search terms nets me stranger results.

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You can be sure that an expansive display of modern art will be on view at the new MOMEMA (Museum of Middle East Modern Art). With a 50 billion dollar price tag, you know that this imminent destination will draw art lovers from all over the world.

This will definitely be a hub of action once its completed during the annual Art Dubai Festival. Think of Miami beach and add a large helping of Arab culture, and you have an awesome event that draws galleries from Brussells to Mumbai.

Despite the political tension artists experience, new trends in art has been quietly unfurling in the middle east. Just this year, records were broken in Contemporary Art sales in the Middle East. Its clear there is a market for Arabic and art work in the East if you read what is said about collector’s interest the Iranian and Middle Eastern Art for sale on the Christie’s website. Traditional Muslim visual design shuns iconography, so these guys were making modern paintings and developing fanciful calligraphy centuries before the west gave up its perpetual affair with the human figure.

Mumbai was also in art news this week, a planned show of some art from Poland was canceled at the last minute due to recent events there.

If you visit us daily and read are news from all over the web, you might be interested in a new podcast by the Art Institute on Curating. Contemporary artists can learn what curators are looking for, so this is a great resource for you up and coming artist or for anyone that is curious about Modern Art and curating.

Fresh off the presses today, is a new show in Pittsburgh. The antics of The Yes Men, as they are known, were jacques2previously unknown to your author. My interested has definitely been piqued. I can’t think of a better example of behavior that the viewer finds a challenge to interpret as art. These guys force you to think, and its great. It will be thie first exhibition and I wish I were there to see it.

This artist is misunderstood as well. While The Yes Men intentionally pull off stunts that border on being legal, The work of artist Sheryl Luxenburg was called into question is created with a technique where she uses dots of transparent color, has created unexpected problems for her, because she used photographs as models for her paintings.

Get the latest on what’s not happening with MOCA Los Angeles here.

Since we’re always concerned with one of the greatest challenges to emerging arts, with is financial resources, this commentary is of importance, the value and sales of Contemporary Art are the subject of this Australian Publications article posted on November 29, 2008.

A small city in Florida named Lucie has suffered some budget cuts and its public art program is suffering as a result. I wonder how many situations like this could benefit the rest of the state if there was a special art tax so that entire state can benefit even more from the event that it hosts every year, Art Basel Miami Beach.

In Irish art news, the Museum of Modern Art in Glasgow is going to see some changes in its collection, thanks to a$1 prize from Art Fund International. Modern and diverse works will be represented, including the Palestinian themed art by Emily Jacir.

Art that moves

November 26, 2008 at 11:39 pm | Posted in vlog | Leave a comment
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The internet and changes in media have opened a lot of doors for alternative forms of media. We can look forward to some more interesting inroads by artists into 2d and 3d animtion if the first episode of Murakami’s is any indicator. In my alerts I came across some comments in the art websites about the sale of Loius Vuitton bags he designed at his art opening.

The art community of Los Angeles has pretty strong feelings about MOCA, which is safe thanks to a philanthropic bailout – but many are happy that the artist will be paying taxes and creating jobs when his animation studio opens.

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Art by Murakami

While I think there are a ton of overlooked animators out there, there is a chance for you to see some animated art. Interestingly, the show I’m sure consists of many artists who work with and know one another so its interesting to see the individual work, but also the work in the context of its influences and these artists acquaintance with one another.I had a love affair with the impressionists then later Picasso when I would check out library books after high school.

It was fun to read about these artists with crazy ideas that were unaccepted and broke but they did anything to go for it! I see a similar picture here. Seattle was awesome when I got here and its spirit is still strong, and it had a lot of ties its sister city in the northwest, Portland.

The December opening at Art not TV gives working animators an opportunity to show us what they can do with the talent they have when they’re not trying to get paid to be artists.

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Cartoon artists and animators have some very colorful imaginations, and its really cool seeing abstract concepts from artists like Richard Mather come to life with sound and movement. Its great to make a living as an artist, but its nice to be just an artist too.

Art by Richard Mather

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