Sunday, November 30, 2008

Still from Under Discussion, a video by Allora & Calzadilla (great interview with them here)

Excerpt from Tine Van Aerschot's first production, I have no thoughts and this is one. The actress is Forced Entertainment's Claire Marshall.
Another excerpt and a short bio here.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Diogenes Laertes, Lives of Eminent Philosophers, Pythagoras, Bk. VIII, 8:

“When Leon the tyrant of Phlius asked Pythagoras who he was, he said, “a philosopher,” and that he compared life to the Great Games, where some went to compete for the prize and others went with wares to sell, but the best as spectators; for similarly, in life, some grow up with servile natures, greedy for fame and gain, but the philosopher seeks for truth.”

Video by comedian/musician Chris Cohen.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Kamila Szejnoch's work Swing is the winner of this year's Szpilman Award ("awarded to works that exist only for a moment or a short period of time"). The Swing was suspended on one of Warsaw's largest (and scariest) monuments, the monument to the Berling Army Soldier. (for posters in the same vein and for Szejnoch's commentary, see here).

Two other works I particularly like from among the finalists are Sai Hua Kuan's Space Drawing
and Kate Mitchell's I am Not A Joke:

What I find fascinating in Kristine Moran's paintings is the sense of discipline. The disasters that keep appearing, the huge messes of messes, the total wreck of a reality she introduces us into, seem like a carefuly planned catastrophy.
No wonder she arrived at theater interiors, with their settings ready for the show, with the wardrobe mirrors reflecting every possible aspect of the mask, with their ridiculously decorative shapes that are bound to disappear when it happens.
This stage is set for failure. A beautiful failure of something that seemed to be going right. Everything was set, every rule was applied and every hope was nurtured.
And yet, the closer to what matters, to the subject (the topic, the I, the eye), the bigger the tension.
Until it all just blows up in pieces.

But not entirely. And call me an optimist, but this structure which reappears even in the most amorphous circumstances sustains not just the painting, but also, whatever is left of me, the empathic viewer.

Moran's pictures have evolved into an astonishing universe where 3D space that contains, well, how do I put it... paint. Color. Texture. Painting is the better word here. It is as if the painting, a 2D picture, moved into a 3D space. And the space accepted it, incorporating it in its realm. If you think this is a metaphor, see this:

Kristine Moran has been compared to Francis Bacon. Yes, sure, the inter-dependence of form and reality, their perverse games of hide-and-seek... But Moran's work seemingly leaves the human body - though certainly not the human - much further behind. And maybe because of that, it appears as not so much a struggle of the artist, as a struggle between the forms themselves. As she watches them, cooly, from a distance.

The titles are, in order of appearance: You Used To Be Alright, What Happened ; The World Is Yours ; Collapse of Will ; Hunter - Gatherer.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Okay. This is not an easy moment. All this attention is getting me nervous, and I feel like everything I write is being observed... After all, this has all along been about a private journey into the realm of some contemporary art.
So, just to make sure it is still a blog, let me tell you a story.
Once upon a time, I was an addict of skiing. I trained and I raced (without too much of a success) and I even got to spend some time with the Polish Ski Team. My first encounter with them was in a hotel in the French village of Les Deux Alpes. I entered the hotel room, and there they were, Poland's finest skiers. Most of them were concentrated on a Playstation game of Formula 1, with its volume set to maximum level. The rest of the young sportsmen were watching TV - it was a formula 1 race, and its noise was competing with the game. Everyone was completely mesmerized by the two screens. It took me at least a minute to realize there was someone else in the room, though. It was Andrzej Bachleda, by far Poland's best skier, who has lived most of his life in France, and whom I considered a strange guy - not very talkative, some sort of an odd case... In the midst of the overwhelming noise, the man was sitting on the bed, tucked into a corner, and reading Hemingway.
Well, this man has also come a long way since that moment. He has recently put out another album. Here is one song. (Besides the charming music, do appreciate the Polish mountains in the background).

The Wooster Collective published an interview with Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. The answers to the following three questions are a brilliant introduction to his work. (My favorite, of course, is the third answer.)

Wooster: What other artists do you most admire?

I admire artists from different periods because of how they have impacted me at different times in my life. Leonardo da Vinci, Jean Giraud, Marcel Duchamp, John Heartfield, Ana Mendieta, Chris Burden, Barbara Kruger, Mark Pauline, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Joseph Beuys and Anselm Kiefer are each a little part of me as an artist. With my contemporaries I would have to say that Swoon, Blu, and Marc Jenkins have impressed me not only with what they say with what they create, but also because of who they are as people.

Wooster: How would you describe your art to someone who could not see it?

My art is usually found within the urban landscape. City textures are my favorite background for my work. I like to work with ephemeral materials. One of my directions is to create large charcoal portraits of anonymous people on inner city walls that fade away with the wind and rain.

Wooster: What other talent would most like to have?

If I had another lifetime to devote to something else I would probably be an archeologist.

There is one thing about these portraits from the Identity Series I find awe-inspiring. They are modest. They bring forward the anonymous faces in a way that inspires both empathy and awe. They put them forward, fighting the war with commercial works as well as any. And yet, they are not shining at us with attractive colors. Their truthfulness is more than honest. It is humble. And yet - proud. And one more crucial thing: these faces, they fade away with time. This rare combination of grandiosity and modesty is something truly impressive.

Which brings us to Rodriguez-Gerada's latest project, the one most of us came to know him for.
He is the author of a huge portrait of Barack Obama (although actually the work is still not finished). But I think this has received enough publicity already. Appropriately enough, the work will be called Expectations, and is yesterday's news even before it inaugurated. Which tells us as much about the reception of directly political art as about the work itself. (On the other hand, this expectation is also about preparing the desinchantment, isn't it?)

Two documentaries about Rodriguez-Gerada's work in Spain:

Monday, November 24, 2008

Getting Ready

Part of an installation by Urs Fischer.

(Slowly and gently coming back...)

Thursday, November 20, 2008


I am proud to inform you that this site has been named one of the Top 8 Art Blogs of 2008 by the great Murmurart! It has also been listed as one of 100 Blogs That Will Make You Smarter at Online!
This demands celebration...
After the hangover, expect new posts.
Also a selection of the posts will hopefuly soon be featured at the website of the classy Art World Magazine.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Kelly Preston
Model, actress, music video star, and Neutrogena spokesmodel Kelly Preston is also a devoted scientologist, wife, and mother. Before marrying her current husband, she was linked to several of Hollywood’s best known actors.

Kelly Preston was born on October 13, 1962, in Honolulu, Hawaii. As a teenager, her stunning looks allowed her to pursue a career in modeling. Discovered by a fashion photographer, he helped her find work in commercials and obtain small film roles. Eventually, casting directors took notice of the young beauty and began to cast her in more substantial parts. Preston’s first big-screen appearance was in the 1983 10 to Midnight. The rest of the decade would see her working steadily, appearing in such films as Christine, the film adaptation of the Stephen King novel; Amazon Woman on the Moon; and Twins, featuring big name actors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito.

During the 1990s, Preston put her career on the back burner to devote most of her time to her young children. In the last number of years, however, she has once again begun to appear in film. They include the scientology-themed Battlefield Earth and the film version of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, starring Alec Baldwin and funny-man Mike Myers. Kelly was also featured in the 2004 Maroon 5 video for the song "She Will be Loved." As the older woman in a love triangle, the video saw Preston heating things up with lead singer Adam Levine.

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Preston’s personal causes include the opposition of the over-medication of children for ADD and serving as a board member of the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, a non–profit organization that promotes awareness of environmental toxins.

Kelly was married from 1986 to 1988 to American actor Kevin Gage, whose film appearances include Heat and GI Jane. Preston has also been linked to handsome stars George Clooney, star of Ocean’s Eleven and Syriana, and Charlie Sheen, the now former husband of actress Denise Richards. Preston and Sheen lived together for a year before Kelly ended the relationship in 1990, shortly after she was accidentally shot in the arm by Sheen. In 1991, movie legend John Travolta, the star of countless films including Pulp Fiction, Swordfish, and Saturday Night Fever, became Kelly’s second and current husband. They were originally married in a scientology ceremony, but were shortly afterwards married again because the fringe religion union was declared to be non-legally binding. The couple has two children, a son named Jett and a daughter named Ella Bleu.

Filmography :

- The Tenth Circle (2008) (TV) (pre-production)
- Old Dogs (2008/I) (post-production)
- Death Sentence (2007)
- Broken Bridges (2006)
- Sky High (2005)
- "Fat Actress" (5 episodes, 2005)
- "Joey" (2 episodes, 2004)
- Return to Sender (2004)
- Eulogy (2004)
- The Cat in the Hat (2003)
- What a Girl Wants (2003)
- View from the Top (2003)
- Daddy and Them (2001)

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