While in the 1930s Hollywood was booming, there were other artists and filmmakers straying away from that. Rather than creating films with a clear idea, narrative and imagery the surrealists delve into their subconscious to find inspiration. Straying away from Hollywood-Esq and mainstream film because of its “materialistic taste of the bourgeoisie” the surrealistic believed […]
How the liberal West is dismantling itself – UnHerd — Read on unherd.com/2018/11/how-duchamps-urinal-embodies-the-liberal-west/ We all know what the key word here is.
I was given a present at Christmas of a little red book ‘ How to Write About Contemporary Art’ by Gilda Williams. While I am only halfway through, I can already tell that I will be re-reading it as this course progresses. In the past, I have complained about unintelligible (at least to me) artspeak […]
Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” is a urinal turned on its side and signed– and I can’t stop thinking about it. “Fountain” is a ‘ready-made’ piece of art, meaning that it is an ordinary object that has been selected by an artist to become art, assigning something mundane a grander meaning. The artist, in this sense, has not […]
“Papa John” Kolstad worked to arrange at least one more Midstream poetry reading event tonight, as a remembrance and continuance of the series run for the past six years by David Shove who died at the turn of this year. I know this blog has a good number of Twin Cities Minnesota readers, but even […]
SUBTEXTS (Prague: Litteraria Pragensia Books) is an a-temporal book. In his introduction to it, David Vichnar posits an almost century-long discussion of the possibilities, or rather the impossibilities of the avant-garde(s) facing the ever-new neo-avant-gardes in their original a-temporal context. So, we get it from the start that SUBTEXTS leans heavily on their contemporary context(s).
“A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.” Michelangelo “A great sculpture can roll down a hill without breaking” Michelangelo “A line is a dot that went for a walk.” Paul Klee. ” Michelangelo” A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.
**revised** Announcement: The final deadline will stay the same: one week after week 13, on April 17. The other two assignments have slight extensions. The 1500 word draft is now due Wed. March 27 by end-of day. The Rare Books assignment is due March 1, by end-of-day (Friday at midnight). Please check-in with me here […]
This exercise presents me with a list of questions which I am to spend approximately 15 minutes answering. What is art? In my opinion, art in general is anything which draws you in, absorbs you, makes you want to keep studying it. For example the beauty in a sunset is a sensation of nature, the […]
I am to use a few words to write down my first response to Duchamps fountain. My actual first response on turning the page were a few profanitys having just spent a good portion of my Reith lectures post thinking about what a ridiculous idea it was! I should have seen this coming! My responses […]
I was instructed to listen to at least one of and take notes on the Reith Grayson Perry lectures. I found the transcripts online at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profiles/2dx4W4RjBBQ2JG2tqPbTl7r/how-to-watch-and-listen Lecture One. Playing to the Gallery: Democracy Has Bad Taste Contemporary art, once a bit of an eccentric niche, has gone mainstream, it’s all around us. A lot of […]
In my opinion what makes art, art is the expression of humanity and making something of the world that we live in. It introduces meaning and wonder into the world even if all the world is is a tiny speck in a large universe. However, usually art is the use of visual forms, sometimes in […]
It was difficult to contextualise my work in relation to subject matter and site specific/ installation work withoyught falling into the realms of land art. However, there are loose links which can be made with a few artists works. The idea of obstruction is key in the presentation of my object as it is the […]
With both a novel and a poetry collection due to editors this spring, this winter is all about revision. I’ve been combing through my poetry ms, trying to get the opening tracks right (I’ve tried five million variations) and forcing myself to fix or cut iffy but beloved poems. I’m also organizing a last round […]