I was away on a ski trip to Mexico so unfortunately I missed Matlok’s opening.
I love that it’s called New Thoughts on Luxury.
I’m sick to bloody death of my old ones!
It’s on til the 25th so get down to Block Projects in Richmond and check it out, I’m going tomorrow.
He’s updated his website with some beautiful work so pay that a visit too
The Knitting Machine, 2005
acrylic felt with excavators and aluminium utility poles, completed flag is approximately 30 x 20 x 1 feet
The Music Box, 2012
Caterpillar CS-553 Vibratory Roller-Compacter with cherry wood, spring steel and United States National Anthem (arranged for steamroller), 11 x 19 x 8 feet.
Complex has a couple of videos of these two beasts in action
Two Untitled works, 2012 - 2013
Stoneware, terracotta, slip, glaze and enameled wooden bat
Untitled from the series Skull Gully Drawings, 2012 - 2013
Ink on Stonehenge paper 56 x 76 cm
Some amazing new work guys, killer colours from Brendan and maybe Marty should leave some of his twisted emotions just for him!
No seriously I love all the strange faces in between the trees
Can’t wait for your Melbourne shows
Steven Soderbergh on The state of cinema the San Francisco International Film Festival, April 27, 2013.
But before we talk about movies we should talk about art in general, if that’s possible. Given all the incredible suffering in the world I wonder, what is art for, really? If the collected works of Shakespeare can’t prevent genocide then really, what is it for? Shouldn’t we be spending the time and resources alleviating suffering and helping other people instead of going to the movies and plays and art installations? When we did Ocean’s Thirteen the casino set used $60,000 of electricity every week. How do you justify that? Do you justify that by saying, the people who could’ve had that electricity are going to watch the movie for two hours and be entertained - except they probably can’t, because they don’t have any electricity, because we used it. Then I think, what about all the resources spent on all the pieces of entertainment? What about the carbon footprint of getting me here? Then I think, why are you even thinking that way and worrying about how many miles per gallon my car gets, when we have NASCAR, and monster truck pulls on TV? So what I finally decided was, art is simply inevitable. It was on the wall of a cave in France 30,000 years ago, and it’s because we are a species that’s driven by narrative. Art is storytelling, and we need to tell stories to pass along ideas and information, and to try and make sense out of all this chaos. And sometimes when you get a really good artist and a compelling story, you can almost achieve that thing that’s impossible which is entering the consciousness of another human being - literally seeing the world the way they see it. Then, if you have a really good piece of art and a really good artist, you are altered in some way, and so the experience is transformative and in the minute you’re experiencing that piece of art, you’re not alone. You’re connected to the arts. So I feel like that can’t be too bad.
This is the other bit I really liked
Now, of course, it’s very subjective; there are going to be exceptions to everything I’m going to say, and I’m just saying that so no one thinks I’m talking about them. I want to be clear: The idea of cinema as I’m defining it is not on the radar in the studios. This is not a conversation anybody’s having; it’s not a word you would ever want to use in a meeting. Speaking of meetings, the meetings have gotten pretty weird. There are fewer and fewer executives who are in the business because they love movies. There are fewer and fewer executives that know movies. So it can become a very strange situation. I mean, I know how to drive a car, but I wouldn’t presume to sit in a meeting with an engineer and tell him how to build one, and that’s kind of what you feel like when you’re in these meetings. You’ve got people who don’t know movies and don’t watch movies for pleasure deciding what movie you’re going to be allowed to make. That’s one reason studio movies aren’t better than they are, and that’s one reason that cinema, as I’m defining it, is shrinking.
I hope he doesn’t retire, but I think he will. He’s got a book on the way and his final film is set to be Behind the Candelabra.
Here’s a behind the scenes look
The Column, 2012
Video, color, sound, 25 min 40 sec
A video installation by Adrian Paci. A raw block of marble was shipped from China to Paris and in transit it was carved into a column by classically trained Chinese sculptors.
“The fact of being at a crossroads, at the frontier of two separate identities, underlies all my work on film.”
I guess you’ll have to see the installation to see the full video, there’s a bit more here.
Wm. Notman & Son, Montreal, Eugène L’Africain, William Notman
Red Cap Snow Shoe Club, Halifax, Nova Scotia, c. 1888
Collage of albumen prints with applied media
71.1 x 83.8 cm (28 x 33 in.)
Artblart reviews the exhibition Faking it: manipulated photography before photoshop at the National Gallery of Art, Washington
I’ve never been as it’s pricey and I’ve heard mixed reports… I would have loved to have seen this though:
Barry McGee’s Talk at the 2013 Carbon Festival in Melbourne.
Barry McGee is one of the most successful artists to make the transition from the street to the galleries. Under his alias, Twist, he was one of the most skilled and prolific graffiti writers in San Francisco in the 1990′s. McGee’s art world success has landed him exhibitions in some of the most prestigious galleries and museums around the world and recent large scale public murals from San Diego to Sydney, and Boston to Brooklyn.
Barry McGee’s influence in the graffiti and art world is undeniable, making his lecture one of the most highly anticipated of the Carbon Festival 2013, which took place earlier this month in Melbourne, Australia. In lieu of talking about his own work, McGee prepared a half-hour slideshow presentation of 1990′s graffiti photos from SF and NY. The coy presentation was chock full of quips and anecdotes, making reference to writers like MQ, BNE, Adek, Lewy, Revs, Cost, and more.
Disclaimer: The audio quality isn’t great, nor is it synched with the visual, which at times could be confusing. None the less, between the flicks and the stories, we think this video is worth watching.
Also, if you’re keen for more there’s Twenty People Offer Fond Memories About Barry McGee on the Occasion of his Mid-career Survey Show at the Boston ICA
There seems to be a bit of content on ArtyGraffiti’s Youtube channel too.