Posts tagged: on art
Cages, the new series from self-taught Canadian artist Sandra Chevrier, is about the never-ending struggle with conventions, society and expectations. Women all over the world have to face society´s twisted and artificially created preconceptions of being beautiful and perfect. Chevrier’s approach is to make this inner struggle visible and perceivable. By using heavy textures of paint, her women seem to liberate themselves from the two-dimensionality of the canvas, stepping into the real world and shifting from imagination to reality by freeing their minds.
“Advice to Aspiring Artists”.
This is very short. But if you only ever watch or reblog one YouTube video with me in it, make it this one. I mean it. This is important.
Transcribed for your quoting convenience:
“Saying that we have enough artists is like saying we have enough scientists, we have enough designers, we have enough politicians — we have enough politicians — but, you know, nobody gets to be you except you. Nobody has your point of view except you. Nobody gets to bring to the world the things that you get to bring to the world — uniquely get to bring to the world — except you. So, saying that there are enough writers out there, enough directors out there, enough people with points of view. Well yeah, there are, but none of them are you. And none of those people is going to make the art that you are going to make. None of them is going to change people and change the world in the way that you could change it. So if you believe somebody that says, “no, no, we’ve got enough of those,” then all it means is that you are giving up your chance to change the world in the way that only you can change it.”
Signal boost for the transcription. (Thank you.)
These people make me feel warm, fuzzy, and important.
Blake Fall-Conroy, “Minimum Wage Machine,” 2008-2010
This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York.
This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.
ah yes totally mentioning this in my paper
relevant to my interests
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Maurizio Cattelan & Pierpaolo Ferrari for Toilet Paper Magazine
“Comprised entirely of photographs that combine high commercial production
value with challengingly ambiguous narratives and a troubling imagination,
in an interview with Vogue Italy, Ferrari described the project as a ‘mental outburst’ of shared ideas between the two collaborators’ passions and obsessions. The result is a fascinating collection of visual tableaux, though not for the squeamish.”
“I like how easily images multiply like rabbits. I hope some of these images can sustain more than 30 seconds of attention––most images can only sustain around ten seconds.” —M. Cattelan
Fem Art Friday Feature: Kara Walker
Contemporary artist Kara Walker deals with the complicated issues of race, gender, and sexuality in her art pieces. These themes are often explored through her well-known silhouettes pieces. In her own words…
“I was really searching for a format to sort of encapsulate, to simplify complicated things…And some of it spoke to me as: ‘it’s a medium…historically, it’s a craft…and it’s very middle-class.’ It spoke to me in the same way that the minstrel show does…it’s middle class white people rendering themselves black, making themselves somewhat invisible, or taking on an alternate identity because of the anonymity … and because the shadow also speaks about so much of our psyche. You can play out different roles when you’re rendered black, or halfway invisible.” [Source]
Can we just take a moment to appreciate how amazing Bill Waterson was at art? Most of the comic strip was really cartooney but them he’d bust out stuff like this, and both styles in his hand were astoundingly beautiful.
Slinkachu - The Little People Project (2006-10)
“The Little People Project started in 2006. It involves the remodelling and painting of miniature model train set characters, which I then place, photograph and leave on the street. It is both a street art installation project and a photography project.
The street-based side of my work plays with the notion of surprise and I aim to encourage city-dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings. The scenes I set up aim to reflect the loneliness and melancholy of living in a big city, almost being lost and overwhelmed. But underneath this, there is always some humour.
I want people to be able to empathise with the tiny people in my works.”