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2.06.2009

Art with sticks

So one of my lastest featured artists Ben Livingston, worked with neon which involved a lot of technical skills to resolve the issue of creating art with light. My featured artist today is Denise Snyder. Denise is an artist from Bellingham, WA. she creates art with fibers. So she began with tapestry then ended up weaving other things. At first glance you might say to yourself well she is just putting together a bunch of sticks that's easy... Well she is using what she has learned through her study of weaving to create truly wonderful creations. I think her work is a breath of fresh air and positivity. I enjoy her pieces immensely. Please take the time to check out her work as I did at Denise website.



2.05.2009

20 random tweets about Claire Suddath





So today my sister sent me this article by Claire Suddath. She went on to blast the 25 things on facebook that everyone has been doing. She actually had some funny ones on there. But then at the end she took a jab at twitter. So below is 18 tweets randomly about Claire Suddath found on twitter. I would have put 25 but she wasn't that relevant to get that many. :)




  1. Claire Suddath is a killjoy

  2. Claire Suddath doesn't get Web 2.0

  3. Time entertainment fails so hard at grasping the internet.

  4. Claire suddath. you. are. old.Claire Suddath, your a hack, go back to journalism school

  5. Dear Claire Suddath, Learn the definition of narcissism! Yours Truly, Sarah

  6. Claire Suddath is barely a journalist anyway, she writes in a series of opinionated statements. Clearly tweeter is awesome!

  7. Claire Suddath has really found that she has stupid friends.

  8. Claire Suddath will be at home the next few days, hooked up to intravenous Midol and clutching a bottle of Valium.

  9. Claire Suddath needs to stop reading facebook and twitter.

  10. Claire Suddath at Time doesn't like Facebook, or Twitter

  11. Dear Claire Suddath; did you just find out that surveys suck? Welcome to the internet. Glad to see such quality writing in the MSM.

  12. Claire Suddath looks a little like Anne Coulter. That explains everything.

  13. Claire Suddath needs to lighten up, or unfriend people. Some of those were hilarious.

  14. Claire Suddath is an idiot for posting this

  15. CLAIRE SUDDATH from Time.com: You are officially an idiot.

  16. Interesting that Claire Suddath would speak of "viral narcissism", yet forget to leave off her "by line"...

  17. Sorry Claire Suddath, but anybody calling Twitter "stupid" at this point is either woefully out of touch, or just garden variety flame-bait.

  18. I wonder how old Time writer Claire Suddath is. She clearly doesn't get it. I only know who she is because of Twitter.
  19. Dear Claire Suddath of Time Magazine. 1. Maybe you have boring friends. 2. Stupid? That's the best you've got? 3. Time.com serves pop-ups?
  20. What an insightful person CLAIRE SUDDATH is...what a ___(Fill in the Blank)___

SEC 1: Street Artist from 1970's

So today I am going to feature some work by the graffiti artist known as SEC 1. He is one of the lesser known New York City Graffiti artists of the late 70's. The word is that he has resurfaced and has been putting up some new pieces. So I figured I would post some new and old work of his. If you know more info about SEC 1 please post in comment section. He was truly an influence on how street art is done today.








2.03.2009

The Neon of Ben Livingston: My first artist interview





I have been doing artist features about once a day and I really enjoy doing them. I have decided to evolve these into once a week interviewing a specific Artist. Today I planned on continuing my interest in artists that work with neon. Ben Livingston is a neon artist who really has an incredible selection of work in his portfolio. Ben was nice enough to answer a few of my questions which I am sharing with you.

Dave: So who is Ben Livingston?

Ben: Those blogs are pretty much who Ben Livingston is.
http://spirithousesafari.blogspot.com/
http://continentalclubshow.blogspot.com/

Dave: What drew you to neon?

Ben: I like to draw and in 1980 I was working at The Washington Project for The Arts in DC, I saw a sign where The Dutch Masters were outlined in neon; it occurred to me that maybe I could draw with light! The rest is history.

Dave: Did you ever work under another artist to learn your skills?


Ben: Skills??? No, But I did do a long apprenticeship under two neon master craftsmen, however, they were not artists. Artists don’t really exchange skill sets… Mentoring –Yes! They mostly gave me philosophical advice and taught me how to refine what I was doing to promote myself more professionally as an artist… Stephen Antonokos, Jesus Morales, Jan Moyer, Pebbles Wadsworth, Rudi Stern, Madelin O’Connor, John Christensen, Gary Martin

Dave: If someone was interested in working with neon what direction would you point them?

Ben: My Studio for a demo and then they’re on their own.


Dave: Where do you feel art is going?

Ben: Universities have drifted from the evocative romance of a liberal arts education towards something that more resembles a vocational school thanks to the lure of superficial careers based on money and science.
In other words, one used to go to school driven by humanness and curiosity, now they seem driven more by materialism & Desire.

In a similar way, I feel that the definition of “Artist” is changing. On one hand, an ageless traditions of expressions that are conceived through reflection as a refinement of unique filter through which only that artist experiences and recreates the world; And on the other hand it seems technology as a medium, like craft is all about pushing the limits of a material. I find this to be relatively void of intrinsic human condition other then exuding a deep sense of loneliness and isolation that seems to come from some sort of engineering burnout, or what I call “BNS” or Burnt Out Nerd Syndrome. The “BNS” Mecca would be aptly named burning man… Which I always thought should have been called “Burnt out Man”. I conclude, the problem with “BNS” Art seems driven by the desire to be and look cool and impress others “VS” the old school where the ultimate goal is simply to please one’s self
I think western philosophies have turned the pursuit of making art into a “better mousetrap” Game and this is primarily why we are culturally confused about what art is.

Dave: What type of people purchase your work?

Ben: Museums, Corporate & Private Collectors

Dave: What is the subject of your work?

Ben: Nature, The human experience, the force & fragility of life and the spirit of creativity

Dave: Is there symbolism behind your color choices?

Ben: No symbols… Spontaneity is the loudest voice of the muse.

Dave: How are you using web technology to promote your work?

Ben: I have a website that is 9 or 9 years out of date… It does just fine…
I like to use blogs to work out bigger ideas without using paper, although hand writing and drawing in journals activates far more creativity as it feels like a much more soulful and organic experience.

Dave: Thank you for your time Ben. Your work is amazing!
Update... This interview continued via email. It actually got pretty interesting.
Dave: This is perfect. Your work looks different now that I have a glimpse of what you believe art is. Thank you for your time quick reply.
Ben: I hope that you still like it...
Dave: Oh for sure. It is interesting. I have a fine arts degree and when Iwas applying to art schools some of the art schools actually pridethemselves on being able to get "real" jobs. They said they couldprepare artists for the real world. I have this battle inside me allthe time.
I also find it interesting that you feel this way about technology yet to some artists your work could seem very technologically andscientifically leaning.
Ben:Good point David.
My father used to refer to this kind of thing as "paradoxical insanity".
That said, I basically had to learn all that shit just so I could get to the pretty lights.
I suppose if I could have found what I was looking for at the shopping mall, I'd a bought them there and saved myself a lot of trouble.. LOL
Similarly, I received an NEA fellowship because I was trying to figure out how to create a sublte continuum of colors, like an opal.. I didn't give a flip about all that R&D, I just needed neon to imatate nature more accurately.
So I ground up a bunch of phosphorescent rocks and shoved them in tubes and fired them up till I liked what I saw. It's only science because it became a technique that is repeatable...BTW, that twisted neon stick on your blog was my final report for the fellowship containing everything that I learned using your tax dollars in one shot..
In short, "necessity is the mother", is what it always seems to boil down to for me and my lazy ass..
Dave: Very funny. I guess its not where you end, up but how you get there and why that matters?!?



Photo manipulation with amazing finesse




I am a big fan of photo manipulation and have found a new artist that has truly inspired me. He is from Moscow and does some really amazing work. He goes by the name tebe_interesno and I really will let his work speak for itself.



























To see more of his work which I recommend go to http://tebe-interesno.livejournal.com/




2.02.2009

Rock Stars in photos with their parents

This is one of those quick posts I just had to share. Here are some amazing (most overused word in photography) photos of Rock Stars with their parents from the 1970's. Look at some of the body language here. My Favorite is the one of Zappa but this one is a close second.


SuperBowl of Commercials

So I am a huge fan of the great commercials so besides the game I was also very excited to watch the commercials probably as most Americans were. There actually were a few good ones this year. A lot of foreign cars, beer, and Doritos. Hold it right there... Doritos had some really good commercials. Two of them were part of a contest they had called "Doritos Crash The Super Bowl Contest." This years winner Joe Herbert walked away with a million bucks in his pocket and bragging rights that he had one of the best commercials during the Superbowl this year.




If you get time check out Joe and his site at http://www.herbertbrothers.com/

Do you think this commercials was worth the 1 mil?