Sunday, October 22, 2006

Bar of Modern Art (BoMA).

Visit BoMA. Just Go... you need to.
The Mid-West needs it and Columbus needs it.
Support change. Support growth. Experience and support intellectual, social and aesthetic challenges.

ok... Bitches... now I'm back...

Bullshit-ers and over-bloated pontificaters... BEWARE... I am back ... to rant, rave and review.
the shakers and the makers, smakers and hackers...and generally blow off steam about the art world. yours and mine. part truth part opinion all stress relieving therapy.

Thursday, August 24, 2006


I have had too long a respite. I will be back in full force begining September....

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Artist Quote of the Day: Paul Cezanne

"A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art."
--Paul Cezanne

Mahan Gallery Review

(NARC)-- Mahan Gallery, Columbus Ohio

I visited the current exhibition at the Mahan Gallery. I tried to go into it with an open mind and no pre-judged notions about what I may or may not see. I must say, at first, I thought "oh no--here we go again..." ... but as I went thru, my mind changed a little bit... a little.

Overall, I saw a lot of talent. On display was techniques and I don't know if that makes it art.
I dont think so. I saw a lot of techniqical proficiency (or near) on display and I dont know if that makes it art. I dont think so. Mostly it was an exhibit of the here and now for the here and now. It may sell but does that make it art? It may not sell and does that make it art?

I saw a real chance for great future works from a few... Seth Scantlen, Rollin Beamish, Curt Everett and Kristin Patton. I hope that they are simply scratching the surface of what they have inside and look for what is further down there for expression. They have ability and talent -- now do something special with it. Give us things we haven't seen before done in your own way.

Dont get me wrong.. there are some fairly interesting pieces all around the gallery. but thats what they are... interesting at first glance but then no more, to me. After multiple times around and thru the exhibit I came back to those four individuals pieces.

So go see for yourself-- it is a better collection of work in a really good space. And lets be a long for the ride with these "artists"... let's not tell them where to go.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Artist Quote of the Day: Van Gogh

"My opinion is that the best thing would be to work on till art lovers feel drawn toward it of their own accord, instead of having to praise or to explain it."
--Vincent Van Gogh

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Coming Next Week: Mahan Gallery:Inside the Artists Studio - Review

...some hope is on display at the The Mahan Gallery... "Inside the Artists Studio".

Artist Quote of the Day: Jackson Pollock

"The method of painting is the natural growth out of a need. I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them."
-Jackson Pollock

Monday, July 10, 2006

Jeff Koons: Great American (con)Artist

[this is a fictious interview made from a REAL interview from 1986... the words from Koons are his answers to the then interviewer]

NARC: So... Mr. Koons, "great american artist".... quite a title, hmm, what do you think about that?

Koons: I'm basically the idea person. I'm not physically involved in the production. I don't have the necessary abilities, so I go to the top people, whether I'm working with my foundry—Tallix—or in physics. I'm always trying to maintain the integrity of the work.

NARC: interesting. so do you consider it "found art"? Do you take something someone else has made and simply take it for your own?

Koons: Some are more involved in the appropriation aspect, the aspect of theft, while my work comes from the history of the ready-made which for myself is position of optimism. Whether I'm casting my Jim Beam decanter or creating a painting from a liquor ad, I receive all the legal rights from everybody—a very optimistic situation.

NARC: and the difference...?

Koons: I like the tension of accessibility and inaccessibility, and the morality in the art gallery. I believe that my art gets across the point that I'm in this morality theater trying to help the underdog, and I'm speaking socially here, showing concern and making psychological and philosophical statements for the underdog.

NARC: what are you talking about?

Sunday, July 09, 2006

"The Proposition"/2005/movie review

Again, proof that simple is best. Simple at first, simple on the top... underneath it's beautiful, absorbing, rich and full of profound references and reflections on humanity. Gritty, straightforward and able to show the violence of characters without overwhelming, gratuitous and drawn-out graphic depictions of their actions. It is not the most uplifting film - but I think was successfull in making you feel a range of emotions.
That is all understatement for the Aussie Western by Nick Cave - "the Proposition".
There are some recognizable faces, but to most Guy Pearce is the one that will strike a current chord. I know, I know John Hurt is it and he is far more notable than anyone in the cast... younger audiences , however, may not be so aware of Mr. Hurt and his impressive and long career. Danny Huston has been in number of film projects.
How it was shot, written, directed and portayed all lent to the success of the film... very, very well done.
If you appreciate and are into the old-school westerns - "the Proposition" is Very Highly Recommended. 3.5/4 stars