New interview with one of my favorite standup comedians Kumail Nanjiani. I saw Kumail perform at The Meltdown in 2011 in LA and have been in love ever since. Kumail talks about inspiration, writing and his love of getting Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #26
You Need This: Death of the Author
Roland Barthes wrote this in 1967 on the position of the author in our modern society. A critique of the individual genius our culture likes to attribute to artists and authors. This is a great read on originality and attribution in the arts. This is a history lesson as well as a brilliant way to attack the problem of being a creator in a time of post-modernism and genre-mashing combination culture. A brilliant examination of our ever changing role as an author.
[Robert Gober – Forrest, 1991/ Untitled, 1991]
The Heart is Not a Metaphor: Robert Gober Retrospective
This show just finished its run at the MOMA in NYC. An antagonist and an absurdist, Gober’s strange realism and sculptural works take on the a whole new dimension being shown in succession at the MOMA. His arrangements set the tone for his work, often awkward proposals to stretch the viewers anticipation and acknowledgement of the real and absurd. His figures facedown, trapped in the structure of the wall, give a sense of futility and comedy to the everyday.
[Edgar Saner – Untitled]
[Charlie Immer – Melt]
Advice from the Master: Critic and Sage Hal Foster
” If it’s not critical, it’s not criticism; it’s just commentary or opinion. That doesn’t mean criticism has to be negative in the sense of pejorative; in fact, it can be affirmative if its negativity is clarifying—explosions clear the air! I don’t write to be pejorative or positive in any case; that never motivates me. What gets me going is to grasp the new thing—an idea, an affect, some mix of the two—that a work expresses but doesn’t articulate. ” – Hal Foster
Who Has the Cure: Zombie Formalism
This phrase Zombie Formalism is continually popping up and it sounds derogatory. I have found it in the Jerry Saltz article in Vulture, Zombie on the Walls, it was discussed on a panel hosted by the School of Visual Arts (SVA). Whereas the SVA panel keeps it on the lighter side, Saltz seems to have a distaste for the newly coined movement. Here is an overview of the panel at SVA done by Howard Hurst for Hyperallergic. Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #21
New Short Fiction: The Alaska of Giants and Gods by Dave Eggers
The New Yorker has published a new short story by Dave Eggers, who wrote A Heart Breaking Work of Staggering Genius, and more recently A Hologram for the King as well as the founder of Mcsweeny’s an independent publishing company and Believer Magazine.
Most of Dave Eggers endeavors are brilliant and come from a place of Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #17
New book released for all you illustrators out there from Pictoplasma. Character Portraits is a collection of works by a giant group of artists and illustrators. Here is great byline for the book created by its inceptors: “In our postdigital culture, fantasy and imagination take a back seat to the photographic spectacle. As a visual antidote to the current craze for saccharine pet pictures and selfies ad nauseam, international illustrators, graphic designers and artists confront us with a stunning new generation of imaginary character portraits that hold us in the grip of their gaze.” Continue reading An Ear to the Ground