All posts tagged Art

  • Robert Rushkin – The Artist [video]

    I saw this video yesterday and was amazed by his perspective. I admire people who are so inquisitive about the world and have what seems like an bottomless well of creativity they reach into to produce artwork. Sometimes it’s hard to remember to take that next step and make the the thing you’re curious about.

    Robert Rushkin – The Artist from Builders Club on Vimeo.

  • A Color Box by Len Lye

    We watched this in my Time, Motion, and Communication class and the quality and energy of it really delighted me. Lye painted directly on the film strips and then ran it. It made me wonder: was he really able to coordinate the visuals to the music as well as he did? He must have, right? It wasn’t some happy accident?

    I would love to live a more cheerful and Jazzy life so this could be the title sequence in the movie of my life.


  • Charles LeDray: MENS SUITS


    Previous exhibition at the Whitney. This is what I call “attention to detail.” At first I was like “what’s the big deal?” and then I realized what scale it was.

  • “Poetry Makes Nothing Happen” (vlog brothers on Ai Weiwei)


    Carissa sent me this interesting reflection on some of the works of Ai Weiwei by the vlog borthers and I really appreciated it. Enjoy!

    Hope you all had a great holiday weekend–I did!

  • 6 Things: Sagmeister & Walsh exhibition

    My third post about Stefan Sagmeister in a row. I might be a little obsessed.


    Six Things: Sagmeister & Walsh is an exhibition at the Jewish Museum running now until August 4th and I implore everyone in New York to go. It’s short and sweet so it’s not like you’d have commit a whole day to it (the whole exhibition is just one room in the museum). I went with Katie and my friend Nataliya who is in town for the week. It’s an extension of the The Happy Show art exhibition that is traveling around and the The Happy Film their upcoming documentary.

    “In five compelling short videos and a sound-activated sculpture, Gameister & Walsh examines six things culled from Sagmeister’s diary that he believes hae increased his personal happiness:


    1. If I don’t ask, I won’t get
    2. Keeping a diary supports personal development
    3. Be more flexible
    4. It’s pretty much impossible to please everyone
    5. Now is better
    6. Feel others feel”

    The videos all had very creative presentations of the phrases with built typography. Think sugar cubes and bamboo. I loved it for the visual impact and the thoughtful premiss. It was personal, but I think everyone who came could take something away from it. Again, it makes me think about what are the things that bring me the most happiness and what I can do to pursue and foster that happiness in other parts of my life. Not that it was a self-help exhibit, it wasn’t, but I can’t help thinking about what would make me most happy in my work when I see a graphic designer who gets to do things like this in his work.

    I really believe there is something to stubbornly pursuing the things you love the way you want to do it. Sagmeister, of course admits the need to being more flexible in had every day interactions, but I admire the way he is inflexible in his career. I feel strongly that you have to believe in your own self-worth in order for other people to see it too.

    Get down with some art, yo.

  • Joseph Martinez: Matchbook Paintings

    Joseph Martinez: Matchbook Paintings from Crio Silvas on Vimeo.


  • Giant list of things I did in NYC

    I want to record it, but I also think it would be boring to actually describe it. But last week I went to New York with my friend Igor who is starting school at Parsons for graphic design this year. I’m so proud of him! Way legit. While I was there, I also met his two lovely friends Teel, Ben, and Lucie.

    I’ll go in semi-chronological order.

    01. Ted & Honey cafe in Brooklyn in the Brooklyn Naval Yard

    02. Admiral’s row.

    03. Tea Lounge for open mic night

    04. Union Square

    05. Strand Book

    06. Everyman Espresso

    07. Souen

    08. Greenwich Village Comedy Club (This was a last minute plan after we couldn’t get in the Comedy Cellar. Would not recommend. Sketcy).

    09. Caffee Reggio (first cafe in the United States)

    10. Turkiss

    11. The Met

    12. Rockefeller Center

    13. Times Square

    14. Pier 11

    15. Central Park

    16. Evolution Store (I wanted to get something for Sarah here so bad. Such a cool store!)

    17. Madison Square Park

    18. Highline Park (loved this park! Such an incredible idea)

    19. Thien Huong in Chinatown for Bahn mis

    20. Ground Support Cafe

    21. Bliss Cafe (really delicious vegetarian restaurant in Williamsburg)

    22. Night of Joy bar

    23. Barcade

    24. American Museum of Natural History

    25. Upright Citizens Brigade (loved them!)

    26. Tick Tock Diner

    27. 2nd Ave Deli

    28. Caffe Grazie (we got sangrias here for free. They were delicious)

    29. IFC Center to see Sleepwalk With Me opening with Ira Glass & Mike Birbiglia

    30. Museum of Modern Art

    31. Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Co.

    32. Pushkin Creperie Bakery (SO delicious! Highly recommend!)



  • More summer fun

    01 | Chasing hot air balloons

    02 | Caffeine Dreams with Savannah, Carissa, & Eric

    03 | Watching Evan work on his latest glitzy piece

    04 | Shakespeare on the Green performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


    As you can tell from my horrendous tan lines, I’ve also been exercising outside. I’m in between bikes right now so I had to go jogging yesterday. I am a terrible jogger. But exercising is important, or whatever.

    Just finished:

    Season 1 & 2 of 30 Rock (I love that show)

    Nice Dreams (My first Cheech & Chong movie…thanks HBO!)

    Wayne’s World 1 & 2 ( I should stop hanging out with Evan and his HBO…)

    Charade (movie with Audrey Hepburn)

    White Fang by Jack London (Do you remember the Redwall series? It’s not at all like that)

    Currently Reading:

    Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

    Listening to/Recently acquired:

    Middle Brother, Dawes, Ingrid Michaelson, Mika, Yael Naim, and The Kinks

  • 4025: To artist state, or not to artist state

    “Most artist statements, 99 out of 100, are not useful, and they’re often ludicrous,”   -Philadelphia Inquirer art critic Edward Sozanski

    For my second post I thought I would find a cute little article about “How to Write an Artist Statement” when I stumbled upon this article from the Huffington Post: “Are artist statements really necessary?” by Daniel Grant. It was a really interesting article and I recommend it (to artists especially).

    Daniel’s short answer: No.

    He speaks nostalgically of the old idea that perhaps, maybe, it might work that…art speaks for itself. He laments the trend in artist statements for exhibitions getting longer and longer. My initial reaction to this was resistance. What does he know? He’s not an art-teeest*!” (*nor am I). And it isn’t necessarily a trend, the increase in artist statements is a reflection of the art curriculum. I think that more schools are having art majors write artist statements like little art-major factories of Art Etiquette & Expectations. In fact, UW just created a required class for art majors called “Exiting Strategies” where, as I like to describe it, one learns how to be an art major in The World. Just yesterday Evan was forced to buy CDs for that class so that they could learn how to put images on it (something everyone from our generation learned to do when we were like 5 and which is already out-of-date).

    I digress.

    What I want to say is that, despite Daniel’s somewhat harsh beginning, he wins me over in his argument because he brings in a lot of good sources and quotes to back up his idea. Quickly, here are some of the good points or commentary he brought up:

    • “Many artists and dealers dislike the trend or are unhappy with most of the artist statements they see.” One director of a New York gallery said “They are generally cryptic, esoteric, ungrammatical and besides the point.”
    • Sozanski (the critic I quoted at the beginning) explained that frequently, artist statements had a negative affect on his view of the artists’ work. “Most art dealers claim that an artist statement is never an important consideration in selecting an artist to show or represent and that a poorly written statement may have a detrimental effect if the artist’s slides had otherwise interested the dealer.”
    • While dealers don’t feel that an artist should be judged by their artist statement (aka, writing abilities), they found that it could speak a lot to their maturity and confidence that the dealer can’t help but be affected by.
    • Daniel recommends (at the recommendation of the people he’s interviewing) that an artist instead speak with the dealer or gallery owner to find out what information they would like from him. This could be a biography, questions about his/her process, or questions about he art.


    My thoughts? I like artist statements for myself. But when I go to a gallery, I don’t typically read them (shame, shame, I know). They are often long-winded, boring, and exalt the work of the artists without foundation. At the same time, I think it’s beneficial for the artist to express him/herself, even if it is not for the public. It’s important to know the importance of your work, and perhaps the importance of art to you and making the work. Like research proposals, you are finding your niche in the world of art where you talk about why your work needs to be at done. That being said, I expect that there is a great number of artists who can’t articulate the importance of their work well, and who may benefit from not having an artist statement…

    My own grandiose plans of a world-view-shattering artist statement is no more. I anticipate having a short and snappy How-do-you-do? now.

    Ps. Again, please read the article for yourself. It was fascinating to me.

    Pps. Did you miss me? Sorry for my little disappearance, but in defense, I warned you that once school started there was no way I could continue with my obsessive posting.

    This entry is part of an assignment in an English class called “Writing for the Web: Digital Story Telling” in which we have to post research relevant to our final project. My final project will be the creation of a professional website.

  • WID: Omaha Poetry Slam

    What I’m doing: Today/yesterday I went the Omaha Health Arts Poetry slam to see my friend Ben Wenzl read his poetry. I am a HUGE Ben Wenzl fan. The show tonight was amazing! Also, the 2008 Poetry Slam Champion, Joaquín Zihuatanejo was there! He was in Omaha as a speaker for children and found out about our poetry scene so stopped by. Behind my un-dying love for Ben, he was my favorite poet. Adding the special treat was Max Kessler a poet for Austin, TX on tour. Live to love it.

    I love Ben’s poetry. I like the different beat and the subjects he chooses. The audience is always head over heals for Ben.  But he’s too modest for his own good. His poems always flow trippingly off the tongue and he keeps the audience captivated the entire time. I always try to tell him this and he always gives me “I wish I were farther away from you” look.

    The poets’ ability to fumble around with words until they dance and twist in the minds of the audience is astounding. The words build, transform, reform, and turn in the most interesting and beautiful ways during a poetry slam. I admire them so much for their talent and courage.

    Now for some def poetry goodness: