6 11 2011

Many years ago in a land… Vogue Magazine ran this series comparing famous paintings with the events of Woodstock. Of course you could have compared paintings with the annual Lord Simcoe day at Centenial Park in Toronto as well. But it doesn’t have the same ring to it. I first saw this at Miss Moss’s blog. I had an opportunity to go to Woodstock. Wasn’t doing much that week. But no one was crazy about going. Too much hastle from the border guards. (They hated long hairs.) But a friend did go. Said he spent the whole weekend on LSD. Sat watching the  concert inside this great box that had been built. It was actually a speaker. Later, after he’d come down, he found that he was deaf. His hearing didn’t come back to  him for over a week.

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Sounding like a snob

4 11 2011

Who invented bad taste? Did it go right back to those cave drawings? Was there a second cave with neon pics of babes? Well some would say that its modern re-inventor was Edgar Leeteg. He was, apparently, responsible for the invention of black velvet paintings. This is art that appeals to the 12 year old in us. I say 12 year old, because anyone younger has a better idea what art is. But a 12 year old is concerned with things that are ‘cool’. But velvet paintings  are bought by folks from all ages. And proudly hung in their living rooms. They appeal to both the ‘gay bachelor’ and the ‘middle-aged grandmother’. I would guess that rich people never buy them. This is the art of the climbing middle-class. With little education. Who aspire to have some class in their life.

The pictures range from Elvis to the Last Supper, from a nude to a lion, from Hawaii to a bowl of fruit. I have included one of my own pieces in this menage. Can you find it?

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Right now I’m sounding like a snob. (I am a snob.) But some folks have a strong affection for such art. What they see in this work is a mystery. And I have never been given a real explanation. Of course, I’ve never asked.

People can’t help themselves.

17 10 2011

People can’t help themselves. They see one. On the mantlepiece. On a table. In a box. They pick it up. And shake it. And then smile. At the snow flying at whatever scene is depicted inside. As if they were God shaking life. Snow globes/shakers are not art. But what are they? These ornaments. Kitsch. Where do they fit into what we might call the human experience? If aliens landed and picked up one of these things. Would they shake it? Would they be delighted? Or would it fly under the radar of their understanding? One thing you can say about them. They’re round.

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Flap Flap

5 09 2011

There’s a lesson in here for everyone especially politicians who disrespect their colleagues.

production company: Filmakademie BW
length: 1’35”
directors: Tom Weber . Ilija Brunck . Jan Bitzer
producer: Sinje Gebauer
sound: Ilija Brunck . Jan Bitzer


14 08 2011

Interesting little video. Combines some of the elements of collage and the surreal.

Calendar Girls

13 08 2011

We measure our lives in years, months, days, seconds. Time does not move. All measurement is a memory. Some memories are true. April made up her own story. I was there. I know she’s telling the truth.

Is it true? Is it a fabrication? You decide. Check out this new book from David Halliday.

Calendar Girls

Too Darn Hot

22 07 2011

This is Ann Miller in a pretty race version of the song.

If she can dance like that I think I know what’s she’s thinking. Except at my age. Its still Too Darn Hot


Adolf Hitler

6 07 2011

I don’t know what is so interesting about a meglomaniac and mass murderer. Perhaps some hint of his humanity. Because he was a human being. And there have been many, too many monsters like him in history. Some were not so infamous.

As a young man Hitler pursued the arts. Maybe in a different world Hitler would have become an artist. A second rate one no doubt. But then that takes in a lot of country. Most people in the arts are 2nd rate but that does not diminish their efforts. Or maybe he would have pursued some other avenue in the media. Fox News perhaps. Just kidding. I think. Maybe.

What was it that tipped the table for Hitler? I knew a fellow in high school who was not so different than Hitler. (I won’t mention his name. We’ll call him Paul. ) He was a serious young man. Had a way of reinterpreting events in history. There seemed to be some underlying anger inside him. Some unresolved quarrel with the world. (I have that myself). Paul was always in some political group. Mostly right wing. After collage Paul started several far right fanatical groups. And could be seen at a lot of neo-fascist meetings or demonstrations. I could never figure out Paul. He had never been disadvantaged. Was from an upper middle classed family. But there it was. Rage.

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Ed Kuris

16 06 2011

A friend of mine has started a blog. Ed comes out of the fog of time via the coal fields of Nova Scotia and the mountains of Slovakia. He was the top student in advertising at the Ontario College of Art. For years he worked in the commercial art world but returned to his first love, painting. He is also a poet so his blog should be interesting. It would be well worth one’s time to check it out.


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28 05 2011

Two factions of children in separate schools find themselves at odds. One is humiliated but rises to take vengeance on the other. It was war. And the children loved it.

Read War today. It is FREE.