So, a week fairly busy with content management, and a new edition of Enlarged Heart Radio, besides moaning online about missing parcels in the post. And as I sit here and contemplate the previous days, I mostly have thoughts about the arts. More…
Look at how gorgeous this artwork is. And the individual covers within the set are just as fantastic. It’ll make it hurt that bit more if it turns out this box set won’t be getting a European release/can’t be played on Euro Blu-ray players.
Diana Smith’s art made in the medium of CSS and HTML. Very impressive. By the way, this is from my MeFi favourites, where I occasionally save stuff that interests me.
Machine learning, unconstrained from the memes or tropes or expectations of human empirical understanding, produces what can best be appreciated as accidental art as it strives to compute a formula for the human mind. If you want to put it in a philosophical way, like. This also reminds me of something I read last year on the phenomenon of Afghan war rugs, and how the iconography divorced from context results in a similar semiotic clash — yet one produced by human beings, not computers. (I couldn’t find the source for that, but Phil Gyford just blogged about it. Serendipity!)
Almost as soon as it went up again, the Maser ‘Repeal’ mural must come down for a second time. But in true arts centre fashion, they will be making a live installation of its removal this coming Monday.
As part of her Bureau of Suspended Objects art project, Jenny Odell investigates the nature of one particular faux-premium item through the unlikeliest of paths.
Even the examples that look like simple remixes of extant art are striking.
I have no practical application for this, but find it fascinating nevertheless.
Guidelines and principles that are surely applicable across other visual disciplines.
I like art with an eye for the uncanny in the mundane, and the work of London-based painter Paul Regan fits that bill to a T.
Sound artist Ranjit Bhatnagar (moonmilk on MeFi) set himself the challenge of building a sound-making instrument of some kind each day in February, and he’s done it every year for the past decade. And they’re kind of amazing.
Pick a map, style it up, get a print. Simple.
I don’t even know where to start, there’s so much to explore. What a resource.
For those of you who might be in or around New York, he’s got a show at the New Gallery till 9 April as previewed by the Guardian.
I wanted to highlight this amazing Chibi Freddy poster for A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 from my previous link about Film on Paper. Wow, just wow.
A website highlighting the incredible art of alternate and international movie advertising. [c/o Plutonium Shores]
“Where the craft lies, what people forget to value, is the work no one sees. The binned drafts. The recycled clay, the choreography that doesn’t click. It’s heartbreaking and nobody knows or cares; why should they? Except that is where the work is. That’s where experience blossoms. The sheer doing it everyday is the 'genius', not the flash of inspiration that can lead to acclaim. Not the jammy gig, big commission, showy role.”
Few art experiences beat seeing a Rothko in person; the colours and tones come alive on the canvas.
China Miéville makes great points in this essay about the inherent politics, or politicalness, of artistic expressions and their perception, simultaneously separate and symbiotic.
I've twice been to the Rothko Room at London's Tate Modern, most recently in the summer of 2013 when 'Black on Maroon' was undergoing a painstaking restoration process after it was vandalised in October 2012. The science behind that process is as remarkable as the painting itself, and most of Mark Rothko's work for that matter, is spellbinding.
Care of Invisible Oranges, a mini-documentary on the visual image and iconography of the seminal SoCal hardcore band.
My friend Dáire Lynch is an amazing artist; you can see for yourself in the video above (filmed by another friend of mine, John Mulvaney) that gives you just a glimpse of his work and working methods.
Dáire’s currently running a FundIt campaign to support a new project which involves painting portraits of musicians that mean a lot to him. He’s let me in on a couple of the names he’s already lined up, and it’s really gearing up to be something special.
You just don't see art like this 'round these parts.