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Me & Modern Art

June 28, 2011 — Leave a comment

I recently had an opportunity to spend a couple of days in DC and visit the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art museums. As a designer I have a hateful relationship with modern art. I believe a lot of it horrendous and benefits from inflammatory press releases, gallery/museum curators looking to make a name for themselves and slow news cycles.

i don’t need three paragraphs to tell what i should see in a piece of art. it should be able to stand on it’s own, make me pause and think. maybe it’s an underlying societal problem, everything has to be given to us, we can no longer think for ourselves and art as a reflection of society is heading down that path.

Hockney preamble

Hockey intro at American Art Museum

Someone pointed out to me that I should say I dislike museums/galleries as opposed to modern art itself because they choose what is presented. But conversely if all they have to present is crap then what are they supposed to do?

But based on my experience I think a lot of what passes for modern art is lazy. There’s a lot of slap this together and get it out the door and make it controversial, make attract attention and we’ll be rich/famous in our lifetime. While at the museum, I came across a sign. Now aside from the video installations none of the other pieces in the museum had this kind of preamble associated with it and unsurprisingly it was by far the worst piece in the place.

I’ve had an opportunity to experience both the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern. The former left me with a feeling of awe and inspiration, while I departed the latter before I was removed for running commentary. It’s been almost a decade since I’ve been to either and while I can’t tell you about any of the trite shit that Tate should have just kept in storage, I do remember coming around the corner to see Joseph Wright’s The Blacksmith. I’d post a photo but you can’t get the feeling of warmth that almost emanates off the original painting. That painting didn’t a press release or explanation, it stops you and draws you in.

As the old adage goes, I may not know art, but I know what I like. I’ve included a gallery of stuff that I saw and liked at the American Art Museum.

fun in the sun

June 25, 2009 — 1 Comment

good times, good people, good food, good music. everything you need for a good vacation

Vacation Photos

June 8, 2008 — Leave a comment

I have returned from a week in the wilds of northern michigan and i have proof.

a friend needs some help with a project. there is a due date on this project of Monday, I know you want to help and I have great faith in your abilities, so step lively. 

the details are below:

I’m doing a project on storytelling. The 3 accompanying photos are to spur your imagination. I need 30 total participants to write short stories between 200-250 words. The stories must contain the following elements.

What happened before the picture was taken?
What is happening in the picture?
What will happen next?

I ask that people write only one story, 5 women/men per. In the comments please let your fellow participants know which picture you chose using the following format: Picture A, B, or C, male or female, participant 1-5. Ex: AM1 or CF5.

To submit your story:
Please e-mail  anonymuncule08_at_ gmail_dot_com with your story in the body (no attachments), your participant number (e.g. BF3), age.

If you are interested in writing a second story, I also need 10 people (5 m/f) to write about photo D. Please use the same participant number and submit both stories at the same time.

Thank you for your assistance.





visual stimuli

June 24, 2005 — Leave a comment

“The Human Genome Project found that the difference between the races is minuscule (0.01%) compared with the difference between the sexes (1-2%).”

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i was trying to find official photos of the store opening on saturday but thus far; zip. i did however find a flickr gallery of one of the many that stood in the line this weekend.

the rest of the photos are here

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i`ve found has a two part video of the opening here and here.

more than 1000 words

February 11, 2005 — Leave a comment

the winners of the World Press Photo of the Year have been announced

Indian photographer Arko Datta of Reuters is the winner of this year’s World Press Photo of the Year award.

His picture of an Indian woman mourning a relative killed in the Asian tsunami was taken in Tamil Nadu on 28 December.

Kathy Ryan, photo editor for the New York Times Magazine and one of the competition`s judges, described Datta`s image as “graphic, historical and starkly emotional”.

Here we present a selection of the winning entries.

from the BBC

i got this picture from nerve`s advent calendar.
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worth a thousand words

December 2, 2004 — Leave a comment

i`ve been looking at a lot of photos; for work, for my own edification; and thinking i need to start taking photos again, it doesn`t even have to be digital, although the instant gratification is nice. i`ve been thinking for a long time about doing some nudes and here are some of the photos that have brought the thought of renting a camera and some lights to fore recently. some of them are entirely unsafe for work.
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mead & mammaries, tres

September 17, 2004 — Leave a comment

it`s friday and whether or not there are beers in the office today, i`m going to have one, it`s been a long week and i deserve one.

i also found a very interesting photo site in my mindless wanderings today; zonezero

these photos are by Paulo K. Ogino of Chile and are part of an international collection of nudes.

have a good weekend all.