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Post #807 • June 9, 2006, 11:40 AM • 10 Comments

Cornelia Carey, Executive Director of the Craft Emergency Relief Fund: "I also witnessed progress during a visit to the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum in Biloxi, Mississippi where I helped distribute 30,000 pounds of clay donated to potters by Highwater Clays in Asheville, North Carolina. All of the conversations there were about getting back to work, whether this act meant finding studio space or firing up a new kiln. These trips confirm for me that the creative community in the Gulf is making progress and our assistance is as important now as it was back in September." If a donation is within your means, please consider it. These people do good work.

Animator vs. Animation. (Drawn) Also via Drawn, this looks like a good cause.

Rather wonderful interventionist public art. (Digg)

Hypothetical Drawings About Real People. Another Processing work. Hm. (Digg)

This rather harsh essay on creativity is worth having a look at, whether you agree with the larger points or not. All symmetrical repetition conforms to 17 patterns? Can someone help me understand that? (Reddit)

A rock carving discovered in Arizona might depict an ancient star explosion seen by Native Americans a thousand years ago.

I just received the press blurbs for a show opening next week at the Miami Art Museum, entitled "Big Juicy Paintings (and more)." In a little over a year, MAM will have had shows that covered the two central concerns of my work, figuration and the use of high volumes of paint. My work was considered for last year's figurative art show, but not included. Whether anyone considered it for the BJP(AM), I may never know. A month ago, after twelve years of working as an artist in Miami, I moved to Boston. I love it here, though it has been hard at times. Moving is, inherently. But I've received many little encouraging messages that leaving Miami was the right thing. This is one of them.

"Raw Hot New Fresh Awesome Young Emerging Talent." Best. Gallery. Exhibition. Title. Evah. Dorsch. Opens tomorrow. One week only. Jordan curates.

EepyBird reproduces the Bellagio fountains using 200 liters of Diet Coke, supercharged with Mentos. Brilliant. (Reddit)

Department of Skills: Greg Kennedy's inverted cone juggling. (Reddit)




June 9, 2006, 12:06 PM

Franklin, FWIW, the MAM show you mention appears to be drawn entirely from works already in its permanent collection, which have either not been exhibited before or have not been shown for a long while. It's mostly famous names, as in, "Yes, we have major stuff in our collection." One such name is Rosenquist. I'm breathless with anticipation.



June 9, 2006, 12:59 PM

Jack, they add works continuously, via a system I'm sure they feel confident about. It happens that once a theme gets "used," as it were, it is not revisited for a while. At a certain point I had to consider my career prospects, and when I thought of my entree into the museums after all that time, Bob Marley's "Waiting in Vain" would pop into my head.

I just looked over the rosters of those two shows, available on their website. Local artists inlcluded in Figuratively Speaking: José Bedia, Edouard Duval-Carrié, and Naomi Fisher. In BJP(AM): Edouard Duval-Carrié, Lynn Golub Gelfman, and Gavin Perry. Both times: two Snitzer artists and Edouard. You see that kind of thing enough times, and you think it's time to pick up your Tonka trucks and go find another sandbox.



June 9, 2006, 1:42 PM

Of course my work was never considered for the "juicy" show either, Franklin, even though I live in Miami, have shown all over the world for 40 years and keep myself poor buying vast quantities of acrylic mediums. They have no obligation to include me in a show, of course, but they do have an obligation to the public to at least consider looking outside their rigid horse blinders to enrich an announced theme.

Don't bother trying to understand Professor Dutch's tough-ass challenge to "creativity". Like all academics he has taken a word, which is nothing more than a symbol which arose in language to imperfectly define an imperfectly observed human trait, asks us to imagine, along with him, that it is something real, solid, tangible and specific, and then tears into it to disprove all sorts of assumptions, which like his assumptions, and like most language, are nothing but constructs of guesswork, as they should be. This is why I get so exasperated with intellectuals and academia.



June 9, 2006, 1:52 PM

Knowing the level of mental functioning in our esteemed local museums I should have looked at the web site before I wrote anything. The show has virtually nothing to do with either "big" or "juicy". It is just a summer show of the permanent collection and some recent acquisitions. Good grief!

Are there living human beings in that place? What are they thinking? Is someone over there now saying " Hey, wait a minute, that's a title for another show. What happened? Huh?"



June 9, 2006, 5:29 PM

looking outside their rigid horse blinders to enrich an announced theme?

Really, OP. Don't be silly. It's just not done. Too dangerous. Must not violate the prime directive: With the establishment, everything; against the establishment, nothing. You know the drill.



June 9, 2006, 5:53 PM

For those who can't be bothered to check out the MAM website, here's the list:

Included in the exhibition are paintings by Carlos Alfonso, Guillermo Kuitca, Morris Louis, Fabian Marcaccio, Odili Donald Odita, Gerhard Richter, James Rosenquist, Susan Rothenberg, Sean Scully and Frank Stella. Also include are sculptures and installations by Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Nancy Graves, Jim Hodges, Chris Macdonald, Louise Nevelson, Lorna Simpson, and Rubén Torres-Llorca.



June 9, 2006, 11:38 PM

The Scully's the best thing in the museum and I've always liked that Rothenberg, although I looked at it plenty while it was up for Figuratively Speaking. The Louis is good and the Odita is decent. I can't figure out what Torres-Llorca is doing here.

Ah well. It's your museum now, Miamians.



June 10, 2006, 12:22 AM

Torres-Llorca's local, Latin and conceptual. He fits the program. Of course he's not a painter, but he's included in the "and more" part of the show. As for MAM being our museum, well, we sure as hell gave them enough money, knowingly or not, via the definitely less than transparent Bond Issue # 8, but getting our money's worth is quite another matter. Let's say I'm not exactly enthusiastic.



June 11, 2006, 10:40 PM

An ad for one of the condos across the street from Museum Park shows a computer rendering which includes buildings in the park. No idea how they decided what the museums were going to look like (since an architect hasn't even been picked yet) but i'm intending to call and find out. Stay tuned.



June 12, 2006, 1:59 PM

Alesh, if it was put up by the condo people, it's bound to be a purely imaginary rendering "just to give some idea." I wouldn't waste time chasing it down. Just creative advertising.



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