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.

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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.

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.

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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 for the masses

November 24, 2008 at 7:41 pm | Posted in vlog | Leave a comment
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With the economy struggling and public institutions struggling to keep up their basic programs, its no wonder that the art world has had to resort to some creative measures to deal with the ripple effect of our financial woes.

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The girlfriend of a Russian billionaire is putting up a public television screen, so that even the homeless people can enjoy a moment to wonder if modern art is still relevant day to day life. She is 26, and the new Center for Contemporary Culture Moscow has the distinct honor of being called her brainchild.

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By the way, modern art is one of my google alerts, and I’m surprised I get as many news articles for that as I do for contemporary art. I’ll have to do some more research into this strange phenomenon, I wonder how much overlap there is and what the feelings are in the art world. When I get enough readers to do a poll, I’ll ask the art world.

This article in the International Herald Tribune that conjectures about art sales at Miami Art Basel makes me laugh when it says, “its a buyer’s market.” Um, when has art not been? While I dig this website SuperTouchArt, I’m a little hesitant to agree with some of their commentary, especially when they talk about Street Art’s 15 minutes of fame as being over. In the larger context, it represents a new genre.Some cities are going to far as to protect non-commissioned public art.

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Art and society are so intertwined I think it’s premature to say that one trend in art is no longer important because the art world has now acknowledged it. Isn’t the art world all about interpretation? I’ll actually be happy when a publication like Art News (they refer to it as a perennial yawner) starts writing about the new forms of art. I was going to do my next blog on art and religion, I have to go dig up those articles today. I got sidetracked and got this idea for this post, but Art & religion, will be the topic my next post.

Btw, I reported on something the same day they did! I guess my timing is right on. But the pressure is on.

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