[T Wei – Untitled]
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
[Carsten Holler – Upside Down Mushroom Room]
Giving Kids LSD Since 1980: Carsten Holler’s Shroom Room
Carsten Holler is back with another life reversing installation at the Gagosian Gallery booth at Frieze in London. I wish I could attend this one. I am always attracted to large exhibits that separate viewers from reality.
Ant Man Strength: Shanghai’s Migrant Workers
“Shanghai’s migrant workers are the foundation of Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #14
Article in the New York Times about appreciating art and giving the work the time it needs to truly make an impact on yourself.
The Best way to take in art: Breathe in and slow down
“When you go to the library,” said James O. Pawelski, Director of Education for the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, “you don’t walk along the shelves looking at the spines of the books and on your way out tweet to your Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #13
Traces: Do Ho Suh
Do Ho Suh is an amazing purveyor of memory and material. His new works are life size rubbings of entire rooms. Yes, that technique you used when you were a child to record textures with crayons. This new work is an interesting mix of nostalgia and trace. The link I provided is to an interview on artnet, where Do Ho Suh discusses his recent works. I would also recommend diving into Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #11
Time Travels in the Internet-O-Sphere:
As an Artist I am always looking at new trends and new ways to communicate because I see art at its absolute in its intent to communicate. Trends often show you ways to communicate that travel fast and are taken in by the most recipients. Mass culture has a way of spreading ideas fast and it often times has nothing to do with whether the content is good or bad, but how its packaged.
Memes, social media, spam, and email are all ways we collectively exchange information; we often take part in these exchanges more than traditional modes. My posts are fascinated by these modes and I would argue to not scoff at the kitschy side of the internet. Information Theory is a very interesting mathematics theory that often gets used in art and language. Information Theory speaks to the idea that the more convoluted the idea the more the chance for misinformation to be processed or static in the signal.
Let me try to phrase this so we can move on. A simple idea communicates as thus, a clear signal. It is hard to misinterpret. But if we expand the idea, fog rolls in and you lose sight of its true intent. You might see a car, but in fact through the fog it’s a truck; this misinformation could be deadly in some cases (anti-vaccination rhetoric, for example). So my truth that I am trying to share is that sometimes memes can be useful, and sometimes a selfie is informative (lets look past the posturing of the ideal self). -Eli
[Hito Steyerl – How Not To Be Seen]
A brilliant theorist and a very heavy read: Once Again, Hito Steyerl Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #10
Your New Muse: Walking for Inspiration
I always heard that taking hot showers helped you think, increasing blood flow and encouraging synapses in your brain to fire off but in this article from the New Yorker by Ferris Jabr, he extolls the beauty of walking in coaxing inspiration to our conscious levels.
[Dave Whyte – Hexagon Ripple]
Addicted to the Score: Stepping Out by David Sedaris
In this short story David Sedaris gets addicted to his fitbit score. An interesting throwback to the Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #9
Your New Best Friend: Somebody app
Miranda July has a new app and short film out. The film is great per usual for one of the smartest working artists right now. Her app is a mix between social networking and performance, intimacy and and comradery. A perfect app for our current times. Here is the film, please watch, it will be a great uplift to your day.
The world is filled with nervous breakdowns: Difficult Girl
New short story by Lena Dunham, I shouldn’t have to say more than that.
[Pablo Picasso – Guernica]
Something Needs to Change : Illegitimate by Dread Scott
A poignant and strong response to the Ferguson situation. My vote goes to the Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #8
Nature of Things: Who knew birds were artists too?
[Photo – Mike Copeland/Getty]
Art of Attention: Brands as Living Things
A great article by Agatha Wara at Dis Magazine. This article is something you should pay attention to because it’s an interesting look at what a brand wants and how that relates to the working artist.
“Brands share the same evolutionary goals as organisms, that is, to succeed. Success means a standing-out in competition above other species (brand-species) in order to guarantee continuance over time. For brands, this is achieved through attraction, an intelligent sorting of sophisticated semiotic coding that responds to social, economic, and political environments in order to evoke human interest. “
Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #7
It is to save man from the fear of death, so that he may be able to die!
To go forward into death! Not backwards into the womb. Out of the quicksands, out of the stagnant flux! This is the winter of life, and our drama is to secure a foothold so that life may go forward once again. But this foothold can only be gained on the dead bodies of those who are willing to die.
-Henry Miller, Wisdom of the Heart
[Marcelo Daldoce – The Hanging Garden]
Things that Talk: Animism
This is a great read on what makes objects come alive. Michael Taussig gives references to Walter Benjamin, storytellers and shamans. A look at the workers plight and the way objects gain souls through Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #6