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If You Gotta Go, Go in Style (Spalding Gray and the Artful Suicide)

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May 11th, 2009
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the above is a clip from Spalding Gray’s Swimming to Cambodia, the film of a monoliogue that catapulted the man to a peculiar notoriety.  the success of that monologue gave popular rise to a form of theatre that typified the key egotism all actors have and, as such, I look at the over-all piece with a mixture of awe and anger:  on the one hand, I’m awed that the man turned  something so self-serving into a beautiful piece of work.  On the other hand, the fact that this piece got him a Guggenheim fellowship proved that monologues could be just as dramatically “worthy” as any other kind of play.  On the other hand, the fact that the piece got him a Guggenheim legitimized the glut of solo performance pieces that clotted live stages and bars from Sarasota, Florida to Aberndeen, Washington with self-serving, egocentric whinefests that out-of-work actors like to call “art”.

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Ferrari 599xx

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GeniusJunky
May 8th, 2009

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I really do hope that the Fiat/Chrysler merger goes well.  Considering that the last time Chrysler decided to merge with someone– it was Daimler-Benz last time- the marriage didn’t last.  So it goes with the world of big business and the all-too slowly dying muscle car.  So it goes as well that no one at Ferrari– Italy’s most famous, most-expensive, and most self-important car-maker– plugs along making cars so gorgeous that I’m afraid to even touch one when I get close to them, let alone drive one.

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Aeromax

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GeniusJunky
May 7th, 2009

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I’m beginning to see a trend here, in only my second week at Artistic Things:  I don’t know much about all of this tech stuff.   I see cars like this and all I can think about is how much fun they’d be to drive up I-65 in that long, dull corridor between Lafeyette and Gary, IN right before taking the ramp onto I-94 to Chicago.  I see cars like this and think about that stretch of road.  It’s about a 100-mile-long stretch full of nothing but cornfields, the occasional cop who never pulls anyone over, and open road where the average speed is about 80 MPH.  Maybe I’m too much of a speed freak or too little of a technogeek, but I see this very pretty chassis, the wide rims, ths gorgeously curvy lines, the ostentatious grille and ovular headlights and all I can think about is how funny it would be to be able to cross the Indiana/Illinois border at 170 MPH in this luxury speedster from Morgan Auto.

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Gravity: The Heavy Weight of the Word

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GeniusJunky
May 5th, 2009

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From here (where my view is as good as yours,) this installation by Bordeaux-trained dig art team 2Roq looks kind of like a a warped game of Tetris played drunkenly with magnetic poetry segments.  On the other hand, our view, dears, isn’t necessarily the optimal one for this particular piece.  What the video doesn’t show you is that the people milling about along the floor are actually providing those words by sending te4xt messages to the walls and are being sent through a projector, onto the wall via projector.  The other cool part– other than the wickedly creepy lighting in that space– is that each text creates a corresponding sound as its sent to the wall.  I wonder whether the length of the word sent int he text corresponds to how low the sound is once it gets to the wall?

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Mirror Mirror, Corporate Art, I am the Fairest of the Mart

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May 4th, 2009

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I was eight years old when I went to the Children’s Museum in Los Angeles the first time.  While there, I went into a room that had a weird trail-following back-lit wall.  The wall was green and had a trace of my body on it, a trace that followed me in hot pink, like a shadow on mescaline, around the room.  I was thinking of that experience when I saw this installation of an OLED-powered device.  I can imagine that the piece would be absolutely fabulous as a palette for a choreographer or otherwise visually-oriented stage director, but honestly I don’t see the big deal about this particular piece as an objet d’art.  It’s a series of sensor-activated lights that follows you around and, as such, is a newer version seemingly of the whole shadow-wall idea.  So the folks at rAndom International, in conjunction with technology powerhouse Philips, and frankly I’m a little frightened.

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Archan Nair: What’s in a Name?

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GeniusJunky
April 30th, 2009

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You really should take a look at the rest of this guy’s work before you read any further.  Really.  I was going to put a different piece up  as this isn’t necessarily representative of the rest of the work of his that I’ve seen, but I figured that a photograph of a naked girl bathing in a cartoon Fantasyland would serve as a better statement of the nature of blog readers than some of the rest of Archan Nair’s quasi-surreal, graphic-design-inspired work. As I went through the images, I was reminded at once of those artists from the sixties through eighties– pop guys, guys like this and this– who made names for themselves for marketing schlock in packages that this crazy, product-driven cookie-cutter culture ate whole without pallet cleansers– and the crazier ones, the bad boys and the junkies who were hot as much for their crazed personalities and their ways of wooing Time Magazine into building little monuments for them to sell even more consumerist product glut.

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The NYPD’s Green Facelift

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GeniusJunky
April 29th, 2009

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I know that it’s not very popular to rag on the NYPD, even though the massive amounts of good will they amassed over the year following September 11th is pretty much spent now.  It’s with this karmic sense of the world– and of the NYPD, who in the days before they were unilaterally given sainthood eight years ago, were known to perforate off-work street vendors and show newly married immigrants the NYPD’s definition of doggie style– that I viewed the Courteous, Professional, and Respectful (hah!) members of New York’s finezst with their green- friendly squad cars.

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Jet Bikes, Burnt Legs: Nurio Fujikawa’s Speedster

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GeniusJunky
April 28th, 2009

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I still haven’t seen the Wachowski brother’s take on Speed Racer yet, and I know that for some people that’s a crime of high movie treason.  After all, The Matrix might have been the most important science fiction movie since Star Wars, and as for the rest of the trilogy and those of you who are still mad about the way the trilogy ended, here’s a bit of advice for you:  in stories about a guy nicknamed The One, chances are overwhelming that he has to die.  An unmartyred Messiah can’t really be a Messiah, now can he?  But Speed Racer. . . .  I never really liked the cartoon in reruns and am not old enough to think that old anime still looks cool.  In fact, most of the people in early anime look as if they’re either passed out drunk or too easily surprised to me.  I get he sense that designer and motor enthusiast Norio Fujikawa feels the same way, and God Bless him.

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Hironao Tsuboi’s Faceless Watch

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GeniusJunky
April 27th, 2009

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I guess it’s kind of clever to take LED technology and remove the watch face altogether.  Hironao Tsuboi certainly thinks so.  i’d actually never heard of the man, and from the picture, I get this sense that I might not want to spend more than about twenty seconds at a time with him. The smile is just a little too pursed, and the left bang just a little too droopy over the left eye.  yes, I understand that he’s a designer– one who came up with an umbrella with a built-in stand, which umbrella makers should have thought of thirty years ago anyway, but so it goes.  The picture here lies a little [ Continue Reading ]