Fresh Basel

November 28, 2008 at 8:07 am | Posted in vlog | 2 Comments
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I get all sorts of random entries from my art basel alerts. Random blogs, news, accidental art, contraversy..

I thought that this was a pretty sad article. When all I read about Miami Art Basel and its elegant gleam, to come across an artist who poured time and effort into fundraising an installation peice. When you have that much extravgance in the area related to arts in the area year after year, it really makes you wonder why there aren’t more resources to support local artists who would like to be a part of the experience and don’t have the opportunities to be a part of Art Basel.

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Art By Edwin Ushiro

While I have read and heard many different things about this imminent event, it makes it more challenging to come to a definitive conclusion about what role it plays in the art world, and what the future of Contemporary Art is going to look like. Are events like Miami art basel the reason we don’t see art movements have the impact and clarity they used to? Where are the schools of artists?

I came across an article on Modgiliani in an older issue of Smithsonian magazine on my bookshelf that I hadn’t read yet. Reading about his short but passionate life, it enriched my understanding of art during that time. He was inspired by african sculpture, like Picasso was to have famously, taking it even further with explorations into cubism.

After high school, I read practically every book on impressionism and post-impressionism in the library of the town I grew up in. Reading books on Gauguin, Picasso, Degas, Cezanne, Renior, Manet, and Monet, all of those collective tales and artists influence on one another, vital places like the south of france, all of these places and events gave rise to movements. These artist mentored, competed, and were influenced by one another.  An aritsts work evolves in response to more than individual perceptions, but also to their place and time in art history, his surroundings, and his feelings about art. Where does that alchemy exist today, and what is the related art movement(s)? These are some of the questions I explore in my art show.

While there was only a snippet about anything Basel related in this post, I thought it was an interesting enough rant to include.

Coincidentally, I caught wind of one of these events through one of my Basel tagged news article. I am most intrigued by a band that wants to keep its obscurity. While I am far from achieving enough fame to not have to promote my causes, I understand what might compel one to withdraw. In this world where you can find something about practically anything on the internet, this band’s reclusive nature only intrigues me more. And they’ll be playing a gig at Miami Art Basel 2008. I can’t hold down a lot of PBR but these guys look like they would be fun to hang out with.

Another band I feel that way about is the Klaxons. The maverick delights of these fellows are too many for me to name here. I purchased tickets to both of their shows in Seattle last year, one at the Showbox Sodo and the april show at the Crocodile, which I had never been to. I finally shot a performance there in August 2007 with Sir Mark the Poet. 3klaxons

Since I never have a date, I had to try to find someone to go with me at the last minute and they flaked. The other time, I hadn’t been to the venue and can feel nervous alone in a bar if I can’t hide behind my camera and crew. I hate to have to resort to premature departures. I hope to see them one day.

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