Artful Noise : Dave Hickey – Romancing the Looky Loos
An essay on spectators and participants
[Photo: Nick Zinner, courtesy of the Anastasia Gallery]
I LUV Dave Hickey, one of the most interesting art critics out there. He quit writing art criticism in 2012 which is a great loss to us all. This essay is from the book Air Guitar, which I highly recommend. Here is his quote on why the book is titled air guitar.
“People despise critics because people despise weakness, and criticism is the weakest thing you can do in writing. It is the written equivalent of air guitar—flurries of silent, sympathetic gestures with nothing at their heart but the memory of the music.” – Dave Hickey
Beautiful Violence: Richard Mosse – The Impossible Image
This is from a while ago but it is one of the most stunningly shot war documentary/ photojourney. I have to disseminate this every year, to remind everyone of the beauty that seeing at a different frequency changes our world, makes it mysterious again. How can there be a better purpose for a piece of art to strive for. To see what no one sees but lives amongst everyday. These otherworldly colors are exacerbated and drawn out even more melodramatically when juxtaposed against the world destroying ethos of men at war. This documentary brings out the ghosts of the past and the vibrant life within death.
A Woolf After Your Heart: Virginia Woolf’s Idea of Privacy
This is a New Yorker article by Joshua Rothman on Virginia Woolf. Analyzing Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway, about the inner world of private feelings. A contrasted look at oversharing and how we protect our true inner selves.
And Finally: Life Advice from Andrew W.K.
Apparently Andrew W.K. writes an advice column for the Village Voice.
[PHOTO: ABC news online radio]