Unauthorized Art

December 23, 2008 at 3:24 pm | Posted in Graffiti, Miami Art Basel, Music, Life, Art, News, Public Art, Travel Updates, Upcoming Events | Leave a comment
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We’ve been blasted with winter snow for the past five days and its been a busy month as I prepare to travel yet again. I always come back with trips with even more on my plate than I already have, so I’ve been distracted for a few days as I try to wrap up some projects before my business trip. This is my first lapse since my daily efforts about a month ago. I started a new blog, am sleeping odd hours, and have a twitch in my left eyelid.

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Photo on Dec 22, 2008 from the deck

The word Basel is associated with banking and a city in Europe close to the border of France, Switzerland, and Germany. I’ve seen the long trail of news articles and blog entries with this word in it comes across my desk, and some of them are rather interesting. Between the mid-summer event in June in Europe and its Miami counterpart, bloggers can feed on the continual supply on art news. Since I am intrigued with this event because my interest is Contemporary Art   and    Beyond , its been the subject of many blog entries.

Recent news has shifted westwards since the end of Miami Art Basel in Early December to the west. It looks like the MOCA stalemate has finally ended. I just discovered that the fellow who offered a bailout for the beleagured MOCA (Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art) is one of the founders, and the latest news is that this morning (Tuesday, December 23rd) the museum will release news about its financial plan and new officers. You can be sure there will be a flurry of commentary after this, in fact it has already begun.

A very innovative use or incorporation of art into a public space is this library in San Jose that is using illuminated cell glass art that should be a model for public buildings. Tree Hugger also has an article on this new library. Artists exist and work regardless of whether or not there is a venue for them, but when it becomes available, as in the case of a property owner in Palm Desert who paid an artist to decorate signal boxes that belong to the city.

If I had attended Miami Art Basel, the stuff going on over at the so called Wall of Fame would have been ground zero for me, I always am interested and pursue awesome artists who resort to interesting measures to get their art seen. Its the future. Fecal Face is an awesome site has its finger on the pulse, with a ton of pictures of the gorgeous graffiti art that went on display by  this core group of artists during Art Basel Miami Beach.

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The city has moved to regulate any future artist who choose to do the same. I went to an alternative public high school, so I was interested to read about a new public art school in Los Angeles for high school students that is supposed to open in 9 months. Hopefully it will represent a broad spectrum of students from all across Los Angeles. The San Jose Mercury chimed in on the ongoing debate about public art with its own commentary about the need for art in public spaces, adding richness to the experience of city living. The city of Santa Barbara is setting a great example in its work to recycle used items that would otherwise become trash and educating youngsters in the process. I guess my main gripe with events like Art Basel Miami Beach and the traditional Gallery/Museum scene is that there is very little of this interchange with the public.

Its really sad that the artists in Miami work tediously in the hope that they will have an audience for their art, but the community has no way to benefit from these art events and fairs. There is so much richness and excitement in the artists who I work with who are on the fringe and half of their work as an artist is just finding an artist or struggling to pay for materials. It is a touching experience and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I’ve often compared Seattle to a third world city in its rampant building. I was over in the Eastlake neighborhood, and I counted no less than nine cranes in my frame of view. Public Art is actually one of our initiatives that we are working on here in Seattle, in regard to the non-stop building that is going on, since our real estate market does better than most of the country. New Dehli is taking command of its public spaces for contemporary art. The push by local artists to create and preserve public art is a model for cities like Seattle whose face is being changed in a way that the common citizen has little or no control of.

I like the Visuals and concept of the slow painting website. Its got links to other art history website and blogs, and you can read about an exhibit on Greek Vase Painting in Manhattan in this recent post. Moco Loco is another cool art blog that I just discovered. I haven’t gotten in depth yet so I don’t know quite what its approach is, but its a modern and contemporary art blog with a clean design and colorful and cartoony art that I enjoy so much in today’s entry.

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This is not Junk Mail – Limited Edition Books by Washington Sculptor

December 18, 2008 at 4:59 pm | Posted in Music, Life, Art, News, Work | Leave a comment
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I try to support the artists I work with however possible, so when I got this information in my inbox about a limited edition book that is being released by the sculptor James Kelsey. If you are interested in his book, please read more about it here.

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So HELLO to whoever is still reading,

For those close to me, you know I’ve been working on a portfolio project entitled, “This is NOT junk mail”. With the economy the way it is, this project was all but cancelled until a friend suggested I SELL a few of these portfolios to help pay for the $3,000 project, so, that is what I’m doing.

There are 160 Signed portfolios in this LIMITED EDITION project, and only 30 are being sold. The cost is $100 if delivered or picked up or $105 if sent to you. Number 1 through 18 are already promised or sold, so there are only 12 remaining.

If you purchase one of my portfolios, not only will it help a great experiment in marketing, but you will have something bound to be worth at least $100,000 at Sotheby’s after my death (don’t get any ideas – I’ve got my eye on you!); if it doesn’t end up worth $100k after my death, I’ll gladly refund your money, so there’s no risk for you.

BUT WAIT!!!! THERE’S MORE!

Um, okay, so there’s really not more, but I really wanted to say that.

Those who have already purchased one or more of these rare books did so sight unseen, but since they will be assembled THIS WEEK, I now have some images of the final product. These beautiful portfolios are approximately 5.5” x 8.5” and have laser cut stainless steel covers and backs. Every grind mark of every portfolio was done by my very own calloused, Band-Aid-covered hands.”

Its all Relative : Art. Travel. Thoughts.

December 15, 2008 at 7:37 am | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment
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I run from social obligations all the time, despite my foray into art producing and attending a copious amount of art events. I won’t go into detail, but let’s just say that the past two weekends have ended pretty pitifully. I can’t even work up enough courage to attend a party for the sake of a show. I did make it as far as the front door of Equinox this past Saturday. There were a ton of people, a binfire outside, and it looked pretty cool.

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I noticed some of the exhibit was indoor/outdoor. I’m not sure what I was expecting, I definitely wasn’t dressed for it. I still dress like a Californian after living in Seattle for 4+ years. What can I say, I like to dress up. I wouldn’t dream of wearing jeans and fleece to an art opening. But that’s just me. The fact that it was snowing and I wasn’t dressed for it and the exhibit was going to close in 30 minutes convinced me to get home. Its 18 degrees today and still icy out there, but I should have taken one for the team and just went in. I’m just not used to the partying/socializing. The cameras and crew have become somewhat of a crutch of mine. Next week, it will be a top hat in addition to the Canon.

The public phase of this daily blog was launched on November 24, 2008. I’d been blogging for the previous year on the show’s myspace page. I also integreated a previous blog into this to show how much my life has changed since embarking upon the art journey. Its a big part of my world, and the new face of the show. So we hope you will subscribe to our blog.

This is in fact, a daily blog. It is trying to be, anyhow. This week I missed my first day since starting it.  A cold this week hindered my writing efforts this week. Don’t believe anyone when they tell you that blogging isn’t a full time job. If you have a daily blog, and you haven’t updated it, you think about it all day.

The travails of con-artists is not a topic I think my discerning audience would be interested in, but I would say 20% of the artists alerts I get are breaking news stories on notorious deceivers. Why is it that deceit is an adjective which can only be exclusively attached to the word art. :-/ I’m just being silly. :->

I’d like to do more of the vlog (video log) but I don’t want to start releasing a bunch of unproduced 1 camera hand held video, compelling as the artist or your Humble Host may be. A lot of the footage I shoot is incorporated into into future pieces. Every shoot builds on a large peice, so these are mini documentaries in the making. A lot of work, but  a lot of fun.

Village Savant is one of those blogs that I stumble onto while doing an image search or through some other random avenue. It looks like a nifty blog.  Other blog entries I read, and I can’t say that it helps me understand art better. It doesn’t mean that the authors’ personal opinion isn’t valid, its just that sometimes too much conjecture can muddle things a bit. We’re not all art history major, so we have to give our audience something they can understand. I’ll explain more on how Dr. JohnnyWOW! successfully broke through a barrier to the audience. Granted, their attention spans didn’t hold longer than a few minutes, but they were engaged and reacting while they were there. I wish I had a second camera to record the audience while I was busy filming the doctor.

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Even if I don’t have time to look at the story, I do look at most of the alerts I get. One of the things I find so interesting is about all the different topics people choose to blog on. The art blogs interest me of course, and the more niche they are, the more novel I find them. There’s some pretty cool stuff out there, like this blog on Obama Art. I’ve seen Barack Obama poster but a blog actually devoted to the realm of art about the President Elect definitely got my attention.

Joanne Mattera had a blog post with some reflections on Miami Art Basel, and I got a chuckle out of her blog. I find her art commentary to be to the point and humorous. Check it out if you haven’t already. The Huffington Post published an article with few words and a lot of photos called, :Reflections of Art Basel:. I’m sure it was an exhausting week, but it would have nice to include a snippet of some interesting conversation or something. The pics are cool but I’m not clear what the reflections were of, there’s not much commentary.I’m ok with just photo blog entries, but I like to see either just pics or some informational commentary to go with the pics. This is another blog that fell short on its art basel reporting. It seems like a strange trend, but it definitely illustrates the range of coverage on a given topic.

On the MarketWatch website of all places, I found information on the first public art project to use solar energy. I like little offbeat tidbits like that.  California isn’t the only state where Art is intersecting with public life, Arizona too, is learning that there are ways to integrate art into the community.

It’ll be interesting when I compile the list of blogs I link back to for my own records. I would say at least a third aren’t art blogs. Hope you enjoy the variety of info, I do. I wasn’t sure whether to tweet or to blog about this strange art project, in which messages are sent to twitter when the baby kicks. Strange, isn’t it?

If I were in England,I should very much like to attend this event, a discussion on the value of Contemporary Art. With all the speculation that went on about sales at Art Basel Miami Beach, any collector or artist would find listening to this discussion worthwhile.

This blog, Grinding, is totally out there and I completely love it. The pics, how I wasn’t sure if it was an art blog in the first place, its all very cool. Culture Soak is another fun Art & Design website. Today they posted an article on a book about Emerging Contemporary Artists. It would be nice to get my hands on one.

I blogged about Macao and the Contemporary Art there, and noticed some other articles about Indian Art that I wanted to include. Art Market Monitor also posted some interesting comments regarding an Indian Artist and the collectors of his work. I might have a slighty sour tone in some of my art reporting, but its nothing like this scathing commentary on an Indian Art exhibit. Ouch. Does it really help an artist to be so cruel?

Street Art was a hitherto unknown art form upon starting this new segment of the blog. In Vallejo, California, a store selling graffiti supplies next to a graffiti art gallery is evidence that Street Art is definitely on the radar. There’s this discussion about whether or not Street Art is accepted in the larger art community. I would say that as much as I have read about it in the past three weeks that street art has nothing to worry about.

An art walk in the dark

December 13, 2008 at 2:56 pm | Posted in 1, Music, Life, Art, News | Leave a comment
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Last winter wasn’t like this one. This is my second year producing my video and art show, and I expected this fall to be mellow and rejuvenating after spending most of my summer in the south bay, California.

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I missed my dog, was behind on projects, and other constraints and my new freewheeling lifestyle demanded I start working harder at my freelance ambitions. Despite all that, I’ve been able to keep up the pace with the art. Lots of art events happen in the fall, especially in Seattle. While its not known for being a 24 hour city, there’s definitely a night life.

One like I have never seen in my 6 years in San Francisco, exposed to the painted writhing denizens of the underground art scene by the bay. That is home to an excess of decadence and disdain. I saw a few things in my time there as a student! I didn’t enjoy most of it.

I hoped Seattle would be a refreshing change. I really hope to meet more artists in SF but I’m usually so busy with classes or meetings its hard to find the time, so instead I just sublet lofts in the painted alleys of the Mission district instead.

Back to my promise last week, here are some shots from                    December 4, 2008

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The Doctor wanted to try something different this month. He’s not content to have hoardes of young viewers shuffle through his studio month after month on the First Thursday artwalk. He wants a response, some feedback, perhaps a comment on how his art affects the viewer. This evening the Doctor was trying out some new art pieces and showing video of his new direction was part of the equation.

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I rented a projector and showed video of my edit for his upcoming 28 minute episode on SCAN TV. The audience Johnny has a gripe with didn’t seem to react any differently than they are known to. Its a big warehouse full of artists, so everyone is always on the move.

The audience was actually commenting once Dr. JohnnyWOW! dived into his slasher presentation. I am incorporating this into the episode so that you have a context for it, so I’ll post this video once I get the new footage worked into the current edit.

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The past few months I have either shot two times a month, in contrast to the 20 a month days or more I was shooting during the competition that started all this madness. This month, the most peaceful of all, see me leaving the state not once, but twice. The madness never ends.

More about next week’s excitement soon.

I missed the performances they had because I had to keep an eye on my equipment, but I did drop in, say hello, shoot a little footage downstairs on the 2nd floor, at Blank Space Gallery.

The artist behind Efflux Creations was there as part of the art show. It had been at least 6 months since I met him and he looked busy so I went back to my shooting.

Blank Space Gallery has a really nice space, and are working hard to put on some good art shows. Keep up the good work Mindi, Riley, and Leo,!

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Aftermath : See. Eat. Bye.

December 9, 2008 at 10:36 am | Posted in Miami Art Basel, Music, Life, Art, News | 4 Comments
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I’ve never spent a week reporting on an event, but I am glad I spent a week doing it, it was a exercise in journalistic bravery. If you know how to scan the web efficiently, can recognize an article posing as a thinly veiled advertisement, and know how to assemble words in an engaging fashion, it is possible to do reporting when you’re not actually at an event.

Photo by Carlo Fachini

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Style Mag for example, used this week as an opportunity to make a special issue just for Miami Art Basel. We can’t blame them for wanting to capitalize on the event like everyone else is doing, but a more in-depth article with some images from the magazine would have been nice. Globatron was one of those magazines where my initial impression was intrigue, which was only heightened by my discovery that this is the website of a masked art critic. He was at Art Basel and has a ton of photos to show us. Was he masked during the fair? Does he not know anyone in the art world? Interesting questions to ponder.

I found some video from Art Basel Miami Beach on the Globatron website, and I couldn’t get through this video without laughing. I’m not even going to comment on the videograhy/inteview, its just not fair, since not everyone is as good as we are. Also, I’m a comedian at heart, so I find many things funny. I may make fun of something, but its only because I like to see humor in a situation and usually its the first thing that comes to my mind. In the beginning of the video is an interviewer with a gentleman wearing dark sunglass and whose voice is cracking from what might be too much shouting at a noisy party the night before. I’m just guessing thought. You be the judge.

Numbers are important, so the slew of articles I’ve seen today on Art Basel Miami Beach were more numerous than any other day this week. Maybe some were too busy assessing the facts on the ground before writing, wanted to read all the news about it before chiming in, or simply not including the right keywords. Either way, there is a lot for me to show you today. I’m sorry if you’ve had your fill I was going to go back to the interesting reporting I was doing on other subjects, but there was too much to not do a wrap up.

The New York mag article expressed its disdain for the lack of excess at this years parties, particular ones which are known for their lavish nature, were not up to this reviewers’ discerning tastes. Apparently they would like to see larger piles of lobsters on ice, or perhaps I interpreted the article incorrectly.

While at some point we would love to sell advertising and form partnerships with other art groups, my reporting is completely biased and based on my personal opinion. On the other hand, I’m sure the Miami Herald would love to see more action, visitors, and things to report on so their overall analysis was middle of the road and seemed in line with the public persona Art Basel wanted to maintain. I may be presumptuous but any writer knows, you need to have an opinion. Don’t hold it against me if you don’t happen to like mine, I’m just playing by the rules. Sorta.

I couldn’t help but chuckle when I started reading this entry in BlackBook. This person had a good time and say there are opportunity for artists at Art Basel. But of course! I don’t think anyone ever said there wasn’t. Getting there, or into a major gallery in order to be a part of it is an entirely different story. Let’s tell the whole story before we start calling anyone a hater. I like the variety of opinions, its made the week so spicy! My only question is, Would I be considered a hater?

The bloggers at Flavorwire aren’t the only ones who are die hard attendees of Art Basel Miami Beach 2008, they obviously get around, and know how to work it, giving the obligatory shout outs to the people they perhaps got business cards from and just had to include in their blog. Nice pics. Also they were complaining that they were too busy partying to get up early Friday and didn’t get to swim in the beach every morning they were there. Boo Hoo.

I was excited to hear about artwork from the Northwest respresented there this week by some artists from Portland, even if you did have to go off the beaten path to find it.

Day 5 : American Salon is Art Basel Miami Beach

December 8, 2008 at 9:25 am | Posted in 1 | Leave a comment
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Just when you thought you couldn’t get enough, here is one last post on all things Art Basel. While I did not attend the week’s festivities, I’m not the only writer to report on the event without ever setting foot on the sands of Miami.

It turns out my clumsy conjecture may not be so off point after all. Things didn’t look good for Art Basel, but it was not the funeral everyone predicted, as this Indian Reuters article suggests. In these other websites, its not so clear what is going on. I like the clean design of this site, which mentioned Miami Art Basel. After checking out the link, I was not really sure what this website was about. Then I realized its a fashion blog and these darlings had the pleasure of attending the festivities at some point in the past week. If this is the future of fashion, then I’m scared. I didn’t get anything out of this site at all.

In my art coverage, I was also directed to the Take Part website for their Miami Art Basel 2008 coverage, which is yet another one that is new to me.

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During a stint as a travel writer a few years ago, I was interested in Macao and since 1999, when China gained control over it and made it a special administrative region, it has become the Las Vegas of the far east, when it had been a formerly Portuguese colony since the 16th century. I don’t imagine that the buzz has quite really caught on, but Contemporary Art is working on creating a foothold there. Is this a future site for Art Basel? Are we going to keep the ocean theme? How about inviting the SEA SHOW for a multi-disciplinary art performance and roundtable discussion? :-> I came across a page for a gallery in Macau that had links to archives of previous exhibitions in my search for images of Contempory Art in China .

When I look at a painting, especially one by a local artist who I might know personally, I cannot help but think of the Salon de Refuses, which was set up for the famous impressionists who gave so much to modern art, as they were repeatedly turned away from the Salon. In a broader light, I can’t help but think of Art Basel in the same light. So many that purchase and influence descisions about art don’t create it themselves, and so its almost inconceivable that they would buy art from an unknown and undervalued artist, or and do whatever can to help them. I don’t think the art world has worked like that since the Rennaissance, if ever.

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When I see a painting in front of me by a talented local artist, I see a Manet in the works, and the art is precious to me, because of the effort of the art. If it weren’t like artists who I know first hand who would create art even if they were homeless or you would think there was no way for them to create, find a way. And I think its beautiful. If there is a collector like that out there, please let me know.I have to say, I do applaud the efforts of the man trying to help MOCA. But imagine if everyday artists had access to that. What would happen? Surely something more exciting than the uninspiring reports I am reading from Miami Art Basel.

Day Three: Art Basel Miami Vice

December 6, 2008 at 12:42 pm | Posted in Miami Art Basel, Music, Life, Art, News, Upcoming Events | Leave a comment
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There was not as much Art Basel action for you, maybe all the private parties start now, and there will be less public events, or everyone is too hungover to keep up with the reporting  while they’re enjoying the week at Miami Art Basel.

Art Observed is a sleek art blog that got my attention today with its clean commentary and pics. Another New York site is getting my notice as well for its nice photos and tasteful coverage. I am assuming my discerning art readers know or visit most of the links I include.

Contemporary Art is often colorful, and I like virtually strolling through the galleries with nice slideshows of the event I happen to stumble onto.

Despite gloomy predications, this article on ArtInfo gives the impression that sales are steady at Art Basel Miami Beach. Why anyone would be surprised that die hard collectors would be the last to pass on this opportunity to get valuable art with fewer buyers to drive up the price is beyond me. Even if you don’t follow art news, its no secret that art is still a solid investment. On the other hand, an entry in the Miami Herald downplays the brou haha and one of its articles focuses on the subdued sales at Art Basel Miami Beach 2008.

Like so many arts, the events and news are open to interpretation, and the week isn’t over yet. I can’t say that I have a ton of experience with reporting on large art fairs, but I try my best. I can only pray that my wit and charm carry me through it gracefully.

I’ve been seeing and hearing a lot in the press about design and Art. If you’re in the hip locale of Dubai, then you will want to visit this opening. Fans of Hans Jean Arp that can make it to France this month can enjoy the opening of his work in Strausberg, which will have over 180 peices on display.

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Art by Hans Jean Arp


Pakistan has got an artist whose work I really enjoy, Mashkoor Raza reminds me of an artist who explores similar concepts like power and whose art work also has a lot of nudes, Seattle’s own Dr. JohnnyWOW!. In China, the alarm is more pronounced, and the situation for contemporary art looks bleak, at least for the bad artists, according to this article.

It might be a week-long hangover for many attendees, but its important to get around, talk to people, and really try to make something out of the week. Tomorrow is the mid-point, so it’ll be interesting to read and report on the commentary at days’ end.

I would be most impressed if one day the art world hosted a roundtable, for dealing with all the uncertainty, questions, and disputes in the art world. Drama is definitely good, but to what point? Maybe some like to end their year with a kick. I for one, wish for nothing more than quietude during this time of year. I want to experience nature and absorb everything that’s happening. I’ve split my time between two states for over a year and sometimes I just wish the world would slow down for me. My growth depends on reflection and thought, not just action. I want to enjoy art, not just mechanilly produce it. I love this project, and some of the most blissful moments I have had, we doing just this. Living the Arte Vivant, full of vigor and a open vision of a bright future, optimistic for the future of art, and the importance of the supporting deserving artists.

Like so many random artists I find and think would be perfect for the show, PosterBoy is your odd pick of the day. Pretty cool public/underground art.

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Art by Poster Boy

It seems like there’s always a new twist in the discussion over the fate of MOCA, a Contemporary Art museum whose fate and challenges are the concern of one of the largest metropolitan communities in the nation, that of Los Angeles.

I will have to report on the art show I took part in/filmed Thursday at the Seattle Artwalk in another post since this is devoted to one of the biggest events in the American Art scene, Art Basel Miami Beach. If you can’t make it to Miami this year, but happen to be in Quebec, you can check out this exhibit at an opening of Contemporary Art.

SEA SHOW vlog: Episode 2 – Meet the Doctor

December 3, 2008 at 8:13 am | Posted in Music, Life, Art, News, Upcoming Events | 1 Comment
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For those of your lusting for more that is art basel, today, I got the best goodies so far!

I call this vlog episode two even though I released this peice two weeks ago. It was created in the month of November, and also is relevant to the subject.

This was an overall very awesome day, very art filled! I was planning to go the a public art meeting that is held every month. If you’re really curious use the search function in Google to learn more.

I skipped the public art meeting (they are held monthly) it to take care of my dog, then me and pup dropped by 619 western to meet with Dr. JohnnyWOW! to discuss the details for our upcoming show this Thursday. I got to see flyers for his presentation, and I have to say, I am rather looking forward to it! I still feel bummed that I had the camera on the audience when they were bent over laughing, I missed the joke! :-< I found out later what it was but I am still bummed that I didn’t catch it on tape, it sounds funny. I’m sure you could guess what the Doctor was inflating with the WOWZ!Air.

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He gave me permission to post a sneak preview of his product demonstration. Should be an interesting night! We will doubtless have some SEA SHOW artists coming out to spend a lovely evening of art and company with Your Humble Host and the artist Dr. JohnnyWOW!, whose art studio is definitely a hub of action and beef jerky during the artwalk. You won’t go hungry, not for arts, or processed meats. A few glasses of wine and you might find yourself reaching for a jumbo cheez-it. YUM. Good times!

Then it was over to Ballard rather inspiring meeting with none other than Sir Mark the Poet, a gallant knight he is and the fortunate artist to first be aired on SCAN TV for the SEA SHOW.

I could produce my own version of that reality show “The Hills”, except with way more tobacco smoke, alcohol, and makeup that those guys down south could ever imagine.

Its cold and rainy in Seattle and it makes you want to find a nice dark bar and hang out over a cold one with a good friend. Or, better yet, go see some art! I got an inside peek at Dr. JohhnyWOW!’s upcoming presentation. It will actually be shorter than what I filmed in Portland, Oregon on November 5, 2008. We will start showing video at 7pm or so, then continue till 8, when the Doctor will give his first demo. That will go for 5 to 7 minutes, then we’ll take a break, watch some hilarious video, have a few more pieces of cheese, and enjoy yet another new innovate cure for the modern art hangover.

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We’ll enjoy a short presentation, then you will get to see segments of the talk Dr. JohnnyWOW! gave in Portland earlier this month. Here is the first few minutes of his presentation. The audience was cracking up, but I was busy filming them and missed the chance to capture the questionable joke on tape.

Art Basel – l’herbe royale

November 29, 2008 at 12:18 pm | Posted in vlog | Leave a comment
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It is 5am on the west coast but I get art new as it breaks, so all these articles on Basel and the economy so I’m inspired to get my blog(s) in for the day.  I like that they’re pushed to my phone, if I’m not in front of my computer I can close my Twitterberry window and check out my alerts.

I like it when I get routed away from the usual art blogs and into websites like the financial times, that talk about what is without a doubt one of the major concerns at Miami Basel aside from Art, that being the spending that goes on there. Honestly, I’m not trying to stir up some contraversy here in the disparities of the Contemporary Art world and the day to day challenges in the life of your struggling artist. I wasn’t the first to think of these events as exclusive, Art Nexus said it first.

I’m sure there are many who have visited Artipedia before but I like the layout and it seems like a cool site with Basel related updates, so check it out for some upcoming exhibitions.

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I happened upon this one while searching for images of a Miami Art Party. I visited the site of a group that is throwing fringe parties. The pull of Miami Art Basel 2008 is undeniable, even for the most humble of us.


Paintings of the Founders of Miami Art Party

The many reviews and articles I come across related to this event seem to vary a great deal, their commentary flavored with the assumptions on who writes them. Some writers are obviously fans, while others don’t do a very good job of hiding their distaste for the particular artist of musician they are reviewing.

While I am definitely a fan of promoting events with exceptional details, the sense of that must accompany such a gathering is certainly a draw for some, and these upcoming articles only add to the anticipation for many. In fact, the article that I had read last year on Miam Art Basel 2007 was in the November issue of the Smithsonian Magazine.

The article in question is not the very interesting article I have included here, but it was a mutli-page spread in the print version of the magazine on the event that sent my mind to thinking as I began to consider what impact this event has on the state of art overall, and what it represents for the underground artists and unarticulated forms I encounter in my work with The SEA SHOW.

Of course I couldn’t attend then and there, but this event plagues me like some strange prize like a satin sash in a beauty contest. I want to see cutting edge art forms get to that other place.

I want people to see aperson creating many forms of art simultaneously, and presenting them together, and have a context in which to understand it, have an opportunity to enjoy such speculation, to venture a new interpretation.

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I see something raw, and beautiful in art that has no audience, art that exists in spite of any obstacles. This is an emerging art form. I’m not the only person who sees this colassal event as a prism of all the challenges the art world represents to the artist, the Skywalker Parade being an example of this.

Photo by Kinya Hanada

Don’t ask me how I stumbled upon this one. Its an art page for WPBT, and it has info and videos on, you guessed it right folks, Miami Art Basel. If you’ve had enough talk about Basel, don’t worry. I have a TON of overall info and commentary on general art topics coming. But the readers want Basel, so I have to give it to them.


I’m also not sure what this guy is up to but it looks like an interesting compendium of modern art, and I’ll definitely be back to visit.

Street art happened to pop up in today’s searches. Coincidentally, there is a lot of excellent art that consists of graffiti and anonymous outdoor paintings.

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When you see murals when you visit places like these in Miami and in the Mission district of San Francisco, you don’t get the feeling that Street Art is the fad that some purport. For years, the city has enjoyed the eager talents of artist who get their art out there unlike any other.

Not sure what exactly this fellow is up to with his blog but its got a bunch of links to all things Miami Art and Contemporary Art, so its worth a click in my humble opinion.

If for some reason you do make it to the art mecca that is Miami during Art Basel 2008, then you might find yourself in a need of a cold drink. Make your way to one of the parties hosting an open bar during their parties during the week. Even the cops are cutting loose in Miami.

If you do by some chance decide at the last minute to go, look on Craigslist for the sublets, or like one of my colleagues, post on twitter that you need a place to stay and hope that you have a devoted enough following to at least get some leads. Or you can look at the suggestions on Frommer’s, which list an alternative housing resource.

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.

2003-10-17-prayer_in_kansas_city Photo by Brandon Fuller

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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