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These are my DVD pack, letterhead, and name card that I’m making for a professional package.

April 10, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

United States Couple Create Photo Exhibits of War Dead, Booked in 39 Communities

3/22/11

http://www.artdaily.com/section/news/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=45897&b=

 

The article, “United States Couple Create Photo Exhibits of War Dead, Booked in 39 Communities,” concerns the company Patriotic Productions Inc., which runs a show called “Remembering Our Fallen,” featuring photos of war dead from Nebraska and Iowa. The article falls under the rubric of post-modernism as it deals with memory and what we as a culture choose to recognize and choose to seemingly forget. The point of the show is represented in a quote from Evonne Williams, one of the husband and wife partners that run the show, “We need to remember their names.”

 

It’s a sad statement and demonstrates the misery of the Bush-Obama wars.  Of course these aren’t wars officially, but instead “combat operations” conducted by the military, our allies and private contractors, or mercenaries subcontracted by private security firms.  There is no mention that these “combat operations” have been continuous with the infamous “no-fly zone” since 1990. Have the million Iraqi’s who died during Clinton’s embargo and no-fly zone been remembered? Will the million dead in the latest wars be remembered? Doubtfully there could even be pictures found of all the dead since by the time many had been killed they and their families might have been to poor to even afford a camera with which to take pictures. And where would they ever find room to show 2,000,000 photos of dead war victims in all the 39 communities where they now show those who died serving in the wars?

 

There might also be a lapse in memory when it comes to the circumstances that drove America to start an aggressive war with Iraq. Let alone the increasing skepticism of the government’s accounts of 9/11, do those who display and attend the show of photos recall the lies of WMD’s? Are visitors reminded of the retired army general at the United Nations claiming to have proof of yellow cake uranium that Saddam Hussein was to have had? Are they remembering the push of six corporations, Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., CBS Corporation and NBC Universal, which collectively control US media?

 

Memory in the exhibit seems to be selective. What is left out of consideration tells much about the sentimental and nostalgic drive behind the show. By demonstrating the sacrifice of the American war dead the producers of the show generate the feeling that they shouldn’t die in vain and the wars must continue so those lost may die as heroes.  Of course these wars aren’t meant to be won, but are meant to be endured for the sake of permanent military bases in oil-rich nations. It would be better to see the brave men and women who died in service to America as a reason to stop the government from waging unconstitutional wars.

April 5, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Rare Work that Sheds Fascinating Light on British Delegation to China in 1954 to Be Shown at Sotheby’s

March 29, 2011

http://www.artdaily.com/index.asp?int_new=46108&int_sec=2

 

In 1954, British artist Stanley Spencer traveled to China as part of a cultural delegation. The works he painted then are part of a valuable 20th-century British art sale in Hong Kong, April 1-6, 2011.

 

This topic doesn’t fall into the rubric of postmodernism. Spencer’s art is painted in a representational way that indicates a notion of progress in personal and institutional knowledge, optimism for his experience, rational portrayal of his subjects, and a search for a harmonious and absolute knowledge in his understanding of his subject and the society and political environment in which it existed. From reports sited in the article, it can be inferred that Spencer also was a believer in the idea that being true to oneself and others was a strong foundation for gaining knowledge.  One report is of how Spencer charmingly answered then Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Zhou En-lai’s questions about the British’s experience in China. Spencer answered by relating his home to China in homey and comfortable ways.  It is also related that during the trip Spencer found time to develop a respectful relationship with Chinese painter, Qi Baishi, honoring the artist with the purchase of several of his paintings.

 

These actions suggest that Spencer wasn’t concerned with the end of progress in any form. It is doubtful that Spencer was interested in the end of history or society since the most famous of his work from this trip, Ming Tomb’s deals favorably with the ancient art of China and it’s “rediscovery” in the modern world. Finally, from the article we can surmise that Spencer cared little of the relationship of reality to “signs,” or signifiers. Spencer related his life directly to Zhou En-lai’s in order to form a cross-cultural relationship built on common experiences. Spencer’s understanding of their lives was built on the reality in which he found himself.

April 5, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Artist Statement

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Artist Statement

For an entire generation, the United States has been in combat operations in the Middle East.  War Canvases grew out of my realization that younger classmates had lived their entire lives with the US at war with Iraq. There’s a ubiquitous war culture that is accepted as normal mirrored in fashion, art, advertising, and communication. It has become a landscape of American culture and history. War Canvases isolates and brings the normalcy of the war to another cultural level where it can become “dis-illusioned.”

The Wall and Steel I-Beam are critiques of the academic institution. The Wall plays with material specificity, re-contextualizing the material of the wall as painting and re-contextualizing the painting itself as material of the wall. Begun as a commentary on the walls where art is shown, it asks what makes art space valuable and wanted. Acting as a perfect trompe l’oeil, the painting is only activated by the wall on which it hangs. The painting acts as a camouflage playing against the wall, just as Steel I-Beam plays against the supporting structure of Richards Hall. Steel I-Beam supports nothing but it’s own weight and playfully acts as a metaphor of the institution.

The answer to disillusionment is compassion. My videos are an antithesis to this disillusion highlighted in my installation of War Canvases. I look at the weak, the ignorant, and the old to understand my relationship with family and society.  First Amendment Art Project ironically explores what people value at the institution of the university and what we will give up to feel secure in our convictions. In Red Coat my mother “performs” her vulnerability as the isolation of old age contrasted with the joy of living. Understanding Mother questions memories and the importance of memories as essentials of life. It is compassion for others that connect us to our humanity. I call on the viewer’s humanity as an answer to the inhumanity that permeates our culture.

Works on the Walls (Clockwise from Right)

American Landscape, Stretched Desert Battle Dress Uniform (DBDU), 2010

American History, Stretched Army Duck Canvas, 2010

American Portrait, Stretched Digital Army Combat Uniform (ACU), 2010

The Wall, Panel rolled color of wall on which it hangs, 2011

Sculpture

Steel I-Beam, Wood, 2010

Video

First Amendment Art Project, Digital Video, 2010

Red Coat, Digital Video, 2010

Understanding Mother, Digital Video, 2011

March 27, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Homosapien sapien

There is only one kind of people in the world. There is no black. There is no white. There is red. There is no brown or yellow. There are no men and there are no women. There is only homosapien sapien. Many of my colleagues and classmates are seduced by trans-humanist topics and images of cyborgs, and demons. Often I see or hear of themes in art involving the Seven Deadly sins, like it’s cool or trendy to portray them. What could be more cool than championing society and culture rather than tearing it down? Greek philosophers were the sources early in my culture that spoke of temperance, wisdom, justice, and courage. Christian philosophers were some of the sources that spoke of faith, hope, and charity. These are the qualities that built an entire civilization. Aren’t these ideas more exciting and cooler than “sins?”

In the following video clip, humanity is defended on the argument that I and you are human and must defend  our humanity against people who would deny it of us. The main event start 2:50 into the clip. I think the monologue by the host would be an excellent background to an artistic montage of views of humanity, weak and strong.

March 12, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Free Speech

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIrhWbWlONs

There is a wide gap in the understanding of what constitutes free speech and expression and how it must be protected. One’s freedom of expression depends on what he or she will stand up for or give away. Inspired by the work of Mark Dice, this film takes an artistic look at the importance of First Amendment to the Constitution.

In this project I did something I enjoyed, that is going out and meeting (read: bothering?) people and understanding what they believe. There’s a performative aspect to art that the is very appealing to me. Artist Joe Batt  told me many years ago that performance is an important part of his expression as an artist. He exercised that part of his art by performing in the band, Stand Up Stella, and briefly with me in Kings of the Picnic.

Artist: Joe Batt

http://accessceramics.org/results/artist/19/

Title: Playing Catch in the Dark

Series Title: Hares Series

Artist: Joe Batt

Date: 2008

Height: 12 | Width: 8 | Depth: 17

Waiting

Title: Waiting

Series Title: Hares Series

Artist: Joe Batt

Date: 2007

Height: 12. | Width: 12 | Depth: 17

February 28, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Monuments from Religious to Public to Finance

Originally the most magnificent buildings were temples used for religious purposes.  The Great Pyramid of Giza, the Acropolis of Athens, and the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris are three examples that span millennia of this kind of building as the center of culture. These buildings always served the king or his religious institutions. Later with the expansion of popular rule in America and Europe the important cultural buildings became public or governmental buildings, but they still mimicked the religious buildings from before. A great example of this is the temple to Abraham Lincoln on the Mall in Washington. Now great wealth is spent on private financial institutions like banks and casinos. Banks often use the signs of the religious structures such as columns and facades. Casinos are even more obvious in their copying of the powerful religious places of the ancient world, look at the Luxor in Las Vegas. Casinos today give us the same kind of exhilaration and sense of anticipation that used to be found in a church or a temple, chance and randomness our divine experience. These are temples to our own dreams and fantasies. Where the ancient temples warning was “Know thyself,” that is no hubris before the god, the new temple calls on us to forget everything and satisfy ourselves. Are casinos monuments to urges for religious ecstasy?

February 21, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Humor at the Senior Center

Filming my project looking at the aging and struggles of a loved one, I joined my mom at the senior center. We rode the bus, hung out and ate lunch. There was a speaker who talked about the health benefits of humor and laughing.

February 17, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Guillotine Project in the Works

Tom Sachs,Chanel Guillotine (Breakfast Nook)

Coming soon?

http://www.tomsachs.org/work/chanel-guillotine-breakfast-noo

http://www.tlaxcala.es/pp.asp?lg=en&reference=5052

http://www1.legis.ga.gov/legis/1995_96/leg/sum/hb1274.htm#summary Georgia

“A BILL to amend Article 2 of Chapter 10 of Title 17 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to the death penalty generally, so as to provide a statement of legislative policy; to provide for death by guillotine; and for other purposes.” This bill allowed for the use of guillotine on those on death row to preserve their organs for donation harvesting.

Tom Sachs’ Chantel Guillotine (Breakfast Nook) is a stunning piece that seems to portray decapitation as a glamorous means of death. Is Sachs celebrating the glamorization of violence and death or is he commentating on the corporatization of violence and death? If it’s glamorous enough will the elite of the world openly embrace this means of execution as an exciting and exotic way to kill the imprisoned and still preserve bodily organs for harvest? Eyes, kidneys, liver, etc. are all preserved the destruction of electricity and the poisoning of  lethal injection.

It would be interesting to use the image of the guillotine in other ways to bring attention to issues in the culture and society.

What would be the effect of a promotional video that showed the public following over-reaching authority directing them not into “security scanners” but into guillotines? Would this be an effective cultural critique or would it be over-blown?

February 17, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Humanity

In the movie Blade Runner, the character Roy develops his humanity. A killer corporate made super-human soldier, he develops emotions and feelings that make him human. Contrary to nasty deconstructionists, Blade Runner isn’t about how powerful and incredible cyborgs or artificial humans are. It’s about our humanity; how incredible we are when we develop true compassion for our fellows. The world in the Blade Runner’s dis-topic future is full of slaves that live to serve the corporation centered culture as killers, soldiers, whores, and servants. All citizens are denied their basic humanity and live alienated one from the other. It’s only when the characters recognize the feelings and emotions that are their birthrights – and have been denied to them – that they have the strength to truly live. To truly be human.

In my current film project I’m attempting to connect the viewer with the humanity of people that may seem alien to them. At the same time, as the filmmaker and one of the subjects in the film, I’m trying to connect with a person who has lost something of what she sees as her identity. An older woman who has suffered many “attacks” on her brain. Who is she now and what does she think about it? How is she the same and how is she different? How is she like the viewer?

February 9, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment