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August 22, 2014

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Hal

When panoramic smartphone shots don’t quite work.

Distortion? What distortion?? I recognize a perfectly accurate view of several useless gits that I and co-workers keep having to share office space with.

The wing mirror project, an ongoing series.

Objects in picture are further than they appear.

Spiny Norman

A somewhat improbable event.

Taking parkour to entirely uncharted territory.

Joan

Looting: An act performed in urban communities to honour a recently killed person that nobody knew...

Ferguson will be so much nicer when all the businesses have left or been burned down.

David

Via Julia, dog cloud over Manhattan.

rjmadden

Why parents rarely want their children to be artists, parts 10 and 11.

I'm supposed to find this "smart" and "witty".

http://bradlybrown.com/wp-content/gallery/prkd/p1090269.jpg

I'm still trying.

David

I’m supposed to find this “smart” and “witty”.

And not, say, drab and banal. Or, given the assumption that its “contextual shift” will somehow be sufficient to impress and justify subsidy, utterly condescending. Evidently, the artist thinks a little too much of himself and much too little of us. Artists would do well to bear in mind that when they exhibit something they’re saying, “This is what I think is good enough for you.” And faced with the kind of drek we very often see, it’s just a little insulting.

R. Sherman

Why parents seldom want their children to be artists: Part 12.

David

Part 12

I say we hunt them for sport. With nail guns.

R. Sherman

With nail guns.

This guy would not be appreciative.

Hal

Why parents seldom want their children to be artists: Part 12.

What comes to mind as related news is that the Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition manual has just come out . . .

Badasyan chatted with Mic via Skype about this latest controversial project — a performance that he says is inspired by the gay condition, Taiwanese artists and French philosophy.

For that list of three random items, I tentatively expect his DM said to roll a D6 three times.

So, out of curiosity, what other choices there were for that selection roll?

Jason

#12: Spreading STDs is ART! I suppose it serves the useful function of weeding out the terminally stupid and irresponsible anyway. He'll probably use a condom though...like any other sellout!

Hal

For one assessment of merit and real meaning, we can always consider relative audience sizes.

Greate Artistic Conception A)
That part 12--- Oh, Who The Hell Knows . . . A few inches of online print---insert inches of comparison joke here---and rather a few shrugs of not bothering to pay any further attention once the basic idea is noted.

Greate Artistic Conception B)
That flailing of pillows---I also haven't bothered to watch even the edited video, apparently several carloads merely continued on by during the actual spasm.

C)
An official tally of 109,318.

ACTOldFart

Re "Storm in the Mountains", Bierstadt's work really is bizarre. I saw a similar hyper-melodramatic work of his recently in the Seattle Art Museum. Is his work the origin of the phrase "from the sublime to the ridiculous"?

Darleen

re #12... overheard

"Of course not, mom. I am fully capable of getting a date. This is about ART."

David

Is his work the origin of the phrase “from the sublime to the ridiculous”?

It is a bit “Here’s the weather in Asgard.”

Jimmy

#12: Spreading STDs is ART! I suppose it serves the useful function of weeding out the terminally stupid and irresponsible anyway. He'll probably use a condom though...like any other sellout!

This guy's a speck of lint compared to the whores who do world record gang-bangs. Some self-awareness is required here (and some research, aha!)

Rafi

"Is not socialism truly stranger than a chorus of singing penguins?"

http://www.samizdata.net/2014/08/venezuela-circles-the-drain/

rxc

Is seems to me that the goal of art was originally to make things that people liked to look at, or which documented something (religion, philosophy, etc). But since the invention of photography the goal has become the production of things that people can talk about - that generate controversy and buzz.

My wife has a degree in art history (I am an engineer), and I have been annoying her for 30 years, asking what makes something art, and whether it is worthwhile to buy art. She says that you should only buy art that you like to look at, and are willing to pay to look at for as long as it pleases you. Not much modern art seems to fits into that category these days. I guess people are buying this sort of stuff to have something to talk about during parties...

Theophrastus

My wife thinks there are too few animals this week, David. Just saying.

David

Noted. Will try harder.

Randy

I can't believe they said John Carpenter's The Thing. It's John W. Campbell's Who Goes There.

jimmy

rxc

I guess people are buying this sort of stuff to have something to talk about during parties

Yes, I guess so. And I imagine a lot of it is speculatory.

jimmy

Just imagine the parties where a conversation starts like so...

I recently acquired a gothic piece that perfectly exposes the inherent paradoxes and hypocrisy of cis-heterosexist patriarchal pyjama wear in the 13th century. I love it, it's just so transgressive.

David

I can’t believe they said John Carpenter’s The Thing. It’s John W. Campbell’s Who Goes There.

From what I can make out, the ‘bedtime story’ isn’t Campbell’s original novella, but an edited reworking of the screenplay with sound effects and stills from Carpenter’s film.

Jeff Guinn

Look for the Union Label.

WTP

From a link on Jeff's link. Read the comments. Apparently movies and such hinge on who drives the trucks. In a sense, I don't doubt that...

You sir, are an idiot…. Without Teamsters, you supposed “creative” people (and as a nearly two decades in the business, I use the term creative, very loosely), people would be reduced to asking other folks if they would like fries with their orders. It takes THE ENTIRE CREW, DOWN TO HE LOWLIEST OFFICE PA to make our lives work for everyone. Perhaps you should see some one to help you with your Rectal-Cranial Inversion…..

http://deadline.com/2014/05/teamsters-warned-hollywood-drivers-fights-727724/#respond

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