Dr. JohnnyWOW! Video

February 3, 2009 at 9:52 am | Posted in Art, Artists, Music, Life, Art, News, vlog, Work | Leave a comment
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I hope this is the first of many times I help artists in their efforts to take it to another level. All the best to Dr. JohnnyWOW!

Large Art by Sean Little

December 27, 2008 at 8:56 am | Posted in Art, Artists, Music, Life, Art, News, New Artists, news | 1 Comment
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Being ever the humble servant of the arts, I like to make an effort from time to time to meet and work with new artists. So much time devoted to the show relates to video editing, so its nice to come out in person and spend some time working with an artist. An artist with this kind of talent that should not be ignored!

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Also a percussionist in the amazing band The Galaxy Machine, Sean Little is an imminent master whose forms open a window into a world of intense drama and whimsy. A vision of a new world and way of seeing arrests you, and your perceptions are forever altered.

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We hope to feature the work of our newest artist to one of our events in 2009. For more information on this years’ events, please visit the seashow homepage.

Mr. Sean Little was kind enough to engage your humble host in a quest to complete some art pieces.

We hope to debut some of his new pieces at one of the events we are planning in 2009. The SEA SHOW plans to provide ongoing assistance to this artist in the grant application process in so that he can finish some pieces in preparation for a joint show this coming year with other SEA SHOW artists.

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I’m looking forward to working with Sean Little and all of the newest SEA SHOW artists that are joining us on this awesome journey to live the arte life.

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etching_smSean Little works in many art mediums. He uses oil paint, pencil, ink, gold leaf, and also etches designs.

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The addition of a floating mount, fabric backing, and the addition of a frame lends a weight to these works that makes them all the more stirring.

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Many of his works have a great deal of treatment after the initial design is complete, adding lustre and depth to his creations.

taurusExploration into line, perspective, and symbolism create pieces that engage the viewer on many levels.

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Your humble host is really excited to have met so many new and incredible artists in the past month. It has been an incredible year and we only expect it to get better in 2009. Thank you Sean Little, for letting us into your world. vive la vie d’art!

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.

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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.

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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Day Two : Basel Pulse

December 5, 2008 at 2:37 pm | Posted in Miami Art Basel, Music, Life, Art, News, Travel Updates, Upcoming Events | Leave a comment
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Interestingly, so many of the references I find in my as-it-breaks art alert are taking me to financial sites, I end up reading strange documents about the long-term viability of Turkish Painting as an investment, or the strange hotel industry web sites that are reporting on the secondary effects felt on the tourism industry when an event like Miami Art Basel manages to avoid straining its already wide financial girth. Its no secret that wherever Art Basel goes, collectors and their whimsy will follow. Gridskipper is a travel site but has a nice Art Basel guide with maps and tons of info, a nice refreshing treatment of the events.

I’d been coming across articles about the new Frost Museum more than once in the past week, but its popped up enough times that I have to mention it once more. If you want to go see the new museum along with all the other strange shiny things to enjoy in Miami during Art Basel 2008, check out this article on Examiner.com for info on the events and how you can get there via shuttles this week. Her partner at the Examiner is also covering the event.

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This photo could be something out of Miami Art Basel. These colorful characters were on hand last night at 619 Western, where SEA SHOW artist Dr. JohnnyWOW! was showing, as were scores of other attractive young art zombies. It was a good time, so I’ll be sure to blog about it very soon! There are a lot of good looking people, but sometimes I wonder if the Art Basel Miami Beach is like the artwalk, lots of traffic, little substance. Some of us here in Seattle are fighting the good fight, perhaps its not a bleak as it seems.

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With so much conflicting information about the Contemporary Art World, I’m afraid your humble host can be of no help. I can only offer you information that seems to discredit other forecasts and impressions of the market for Contemporary Art. Like the record sale of a Suerat, conflicting with the latest statistics from Sotheby’s about sales trends in the Contemporary Art market.

Those that have the means will undoubtedly make the trip to Miami to be a part of a year of flux for an Contemporary Art market which seems just as incomprehensible as some of its visions. Its a smart time to travel, especially from Europe, so smart collectors undoubtedly factored all these elements in and likely decided to attend the Miami Art Basel.

Smart collectors know that there will be some great art on hand. If they have the time and opportunity, they will come here to seek that art and be a part of a scene that repeats itself year after year. Its like all my tech friends and MacWorld, they can’t resist.

The sheer variety of links I see daily really make the who blogging process pretty fun and easy! I’m committed to it, so its a matter of deciding what amuses or interests me the most, and passing it onto you! That’s right, you too can experience the shimmering effulgence. This is an art blog, so I can be a little creative, right?

Everyone is reporting on Art Basel, from news about the parties, to celebrities that were seen out and about, the buyers attitudes, you can practically blog about a dozen or more topics related to this event and not cover it all. The possibilities are endless.

Art by Naoto Hattori

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This week we want some structure, so its going to be all Art Basel, all the time, but for just this week. See it through the eyes of a visitor of who revels in the convergence of art and luxury in his blog. I am not promoting any particular links or sites or events, just trying to give you a variety of information, choices, and pretty pictures for your delight.

I really like the SuperTouch site, so much that I have to restrain myself from including links all the time. I like the art in this show, because its fun and colorful and so am I, but for some reason the pics are grainy. That’s no fun. Check out another cool blog with info on the paintings Marilyn Manson is displaying.

While I normally think an artist is no longer undiscovered when the local media picks up on it, I am nontheless intrigued by this CasaLin, which is a private property that has a portion designated as an art gallery.

As I had mentioned before, anything that involves forging into new art territory, melding forms, blurring lines, that’s where I want to be. This won’t be the last time you hear one of my many mantras. One of my other is simply, Support the Arts! Which of course we love to do. Which also leads to the fringe artist feeling of fascination and revulsion at what the art world is today, its essence personified in Miami Art Basel. Granted, this is an international event which I have never attended in any continent, so admire me for my guileless efforts, or illuminate me so that I can offer more concise rambles.

Let me assure you, my intentions are honorable and my blogs are far from scathing. If you’re as smart as I know you are, you’ll understand and hopefully be invoked to think or act about art! :->

So surely the investors have been doing their work today and are aware of or attended the art sales held at Sotheby’s, they know that there are still big sales being made but that this is a pivotal year for Contemporary Art, so this only adds to the intrigue that is fermented at this event.

If the radio and blog updates just aren’t giving you enough of what you need, thing being art basel, you can check out some video. This is an oft-visited site I’m sure, but its new to me, and on my radar. Looks interesting.

Aside from a usual run down of events going on this weekend, I must say I am surprised to find out that some think that my daily coverage of Art Basel is from first hand experience?

Yes, some kind souls reached out to me after hearing my anguished words of truth. Karma, in an ocean of joy. I will definitely to keep an eye on other reporters from Seattle in their adventures in Art Basel Miami Beach 2008! SlamHype is an art & music blog I’ve noticed recently, they like SuperTouch too but I like the diverse effort on this site, it has random goodies about Art Basel and links to music. Again, not a lot of time to check out a ton of the links, but it looked good from what I saw.

From when I heard about this event, I wanted it for artists that have opened their art to our organization, and my blog this week is my way of touching the event on behalf of those awesome artists I work with.  I hate to disappoint my readers, but your jet-setting author does not have Miami Art Basel on her social calendar this week. I do have up to the moment updates on articles related to the event and modern art that I see throughout the day, so I hope I have my finger on a current that is helpful and interesting to my readers and artists I work with.

Let me briefly diverge from Art Basel to give you an update on an ongoing saga that the art world in America has been watching closely. We had news of an announcement a week ago about the bailout, and ever since then the art world has been waiting for news about the fate of Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.  The stalemate in a descision to accept the gift has prompted the donor of the gift to try to reassure the museum. As we wait for other potential donors to step forward, you can be sure that however this art drama resolves, it will be interesting.

What do you think about our Art Basel coverage? Am I onto something? Are you bored yet? The blog overall? Email the author, and tell us how you feel, or give us a hi-5 with an encouraging comment! We like you too.

My next post will have some images and video from my night at artwalk.

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.

Upcoming Events This Thursday, December 4th in Seattle

December 2, 2008 at 1:22 pm | Posted in Music, Life, Art, News, Upcoming Events | Leave a comment
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If you haven’t been out to artwalk in awhile, try to make it out. The month of December is filled with madness, so why not start it off right with some visits to the classic after party that congregates during and after the Pioneer Square artwalk.

I’ll have the pleasure of showing video before Dr. JohnnyWOW!’s presentation at 8:30 and 9pm. Please join us, as Dr. JohnnyWOW! will be doing a new talk/demonstration. Of course, your humble host will be in attendance. We hope to SEA you there!

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Also, if you’re in the building, be sure to drop into Blank Space Gallery, who is having a really interesting show that night as well. Please visit their website for information about their new blog and their show this Thursday, entitled, RE: Movement.

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.

A Loss for the Art World

November 24, 2008 at 2:22 am | Posted in vlog | Leave a comment
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This week, we lost three figures in contemporary art.

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First, we say goodbye to Dick Elliott. A Washington artist who definitely stood out from the crowd. Reading about this painters’ life inspires me. He went after his love, he lived the art life. And died an artist. Now THAT is fierce.

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Hunting the Boar, 1995 – By Grace Hartigan

An expressionist painter, Grace Hartigan lived in Los Angeles, and like all artists, she had her personal struggles.

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Inspired by Grace, poems where written describing her elegance by her friend Frank O’Hara. This article in the Los Angeles times talks more about her career.

Guy Peellaert was a pop artist who the art world will miss. He was admired by and designed album covers for some of rock’s greatest artists.

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Diamond Dogs Album Cover, 1974 by Guy Peellaert

This article talks more about his work. Guy was really enjoying a wonderful career as a graphic designer, photographer and painter and we are sad to see him go.

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