I was sitting on the #3 bus on the way to the Starlight Room sitting in the middle of the back row of seats, when we made the stop by Japan Town, and a French tour group was chatting and then they got near the back door of the bus, took one look at me, and sat in the Handicap seats up front.
Those that support conceptual art (performance art, video art, social sculpture, happenings etc.) art are mocked by those that do not understand it…and the myth of disbelief, shock, and awe is perpetuated by popular media.
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The concepts surrounding this type of art are not new…specifically Praxis’ work MONA: Museum of Non-Visible Art is based on its predecessors. They generated support for their museum in a contemporary way through Kickstarter with the video below:
Even the name Praxis is a lifted reference.
The history of conceptual art that James Franco tries to explain (the fellow on the Jimmy Kimmel Show) has strong roots in the Bay Area, as does video art. That’s why I chose to study for my MFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute. The Bay Area boasts artists: Tony Labat, Linda Montano, Doug Hall (AntFarm), Sharon Grace, Paul Kos, David Ireland, Karen Finley, and many, many more.
Simply, as Cathy Malchiodi writes, the massively important restoring power of imagination.
The phrases “art heals” and “art saves” have become ubiquitous and will continue to circulate; like many catch-phrases, they are just too cool to go away. Like any popular slogans, they blur real meaning; in this case the actual purpose of art is often forgotten.
Cathy summarizes further synthesizes and interprets Ellen Dissanayake’s book What is Art For?
1) Makes life special.
2) Engages the senses.
3) Involves rituals.
4) Enhances community.
When was the last time you went to an art show and got an experience, a prize, a few bucks, and a great story and thought differently about the present moment you just experienced. Free Memory. Free Money. Free Ideas…and a 2 minute smile free from economic stress. Or was it referencing the financial collapse, throwing money in a hole, and making peons work for it doing crazy tasks that don’t mean anything by diverting their own lust for financial gain? Why did they follow the rules of the over arching system? The title of the piece of mine is “Free Money, Sticky Fingers” made at SomArts. Check out their open call for more art in the hole.
Sound like art?
Sound like MTV’s Jackass?
Sound like conceptual art?
Is everything art?
Is everyone an artist?
That’s why I can auction a crispy 100 bill and get $115.00 for it and be present in hundreds of people’s minds.
When critiquing or defending artwork remember three core concepts: intent (what did the artist want to express), context (where, when, and who are they showing it to), and liability (will it put the artist or anyone else in danger, will it cost money from the artist or public, does it exclude anyone, does the artist take responsibility for the piece).
Flashback to September eleventh, 2001, I was just moving into the fall semester of my final year at Cornell University, when I woke up early for my nine am Spanish class just like any other day…My friends Cristian and Dan were already up watching the news as they were both from New York City.
That’s when we saw the second plane hit. Below are the reactions of my peers as posted on their AOL IM “Away Messages” throughout the day…
In the midst of one of the greatest challenges I’ve ever faced, this simple reminder, that what I’ve been doing during my recovery from surgery is on point, confirms my path and the choices I’ve been making. 29 Ways To Stay Creative is a reminder to nourish ourselves, and prevent self abandonment.
This video has given me a great lift, I anticipate you will also find it affirming. My only substitute is green tea for coffee…
Thank you to my neighbor, Sean Tully, for the link to the video. He’s creative too. http://seantully.com/
This thank you goes out to everyone who sent me a message, gave me a thumbs up, shared their energy, drove me to the hospital, smiled, laughed, held me when I cried, cut my skull open, taught my class, wiped my ass, showered me, fed me, stuck needles in me, listened to my story attentively, put screws in my head, broke my nose, sucked out snot and puss with a vacuum, scraped infected bone out of my sinus, put cream on my bed sores, stacked pillows under my back, rubbed my feet, cleaned up my puke, gave me motor tests, PT, OT, Cog T, Psy T,and dealt with me freaking out in the MRI…I love you all, and I’m going to keep surprising everyone…even myself.
Many of us are familiar with the double rainbow video and some find it humorous that someone is so moved by nature that they are driven to laughter, hooting, and eventually to tears of joy. I empathize.
Regarding the sunset last night, it reminded me to take life as it comes and to be open to the beauty and coincidence of nature. Being at the right place at the right time matters, and even though it can be a tough lesson to learn, no matter how hard one WANTS a perfect sunset every night with its romance and beauty, you may just have to wait: appreciating the fleeting moments when they arrive and depart…
To be free from expectation of an identical performance, leaves one open to the joy of surprise.