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Post #1179 • May 16, 2008, 8:02 AM • 16 Comments

"This paint is really more that you can think, It was created for a very special purpose many will say I am crazy because the price of it but the truth is that in this world every single thing has a meaning big or little." (Reddit)

Portrait competition, anyone?

Edmund Sullivan makes a clay maquette for a Madonna and Child in marble, to opera. Very pleasant.

Wall mural animation. (Andrew)

Rilke on a sculpture.

Audio slide show for Lynda Barry's What It Is, mentioned on Monday.

I may put this on the refrigerator.

Department of Skills: Michael Moschen, whom you may remember as David Bowie's hands in The Dark Crystal Labyrinth. Even I can do about two-thirds of the tricks in the opening 3-ball routine; things start getting intense at 5:15 or so. (Dave)




May 16, 2008, 8:33 AM

I wonder how the jurors will decide who wins the portrait competition... maybe, they'll give first prize to the painting they think looks the best.

Oh, wait. That would be elitist. Never mind.

Also, I think Bowie was in Labyrinth, not TDC...



May 16, 2008, 8:51 AM

Of course, Labyrinth. Doing this.



May 16, 2008, 8:58 AM

I guess contact juggling is 'conceptual' if you do it nude...



May 16, 2008, 9:02 AM

I think it's "conceptual" if you're not wearing greasepaint. That's the intellectual level at YouTube for you. Beautiful work, still.



May 16, 2008, 9:11 AM

Aw, nuts - they took the first link down. Somebody was selling a terrible painting of a beach scene for $8 million on eBay. The commentary was brilliant.



May 16, 2008, 9:37 AM

Nice use of strikeout text, F.



May 16, 2008, 10:09 AM

The work is good but the lighting is dreadful. Maybe that's what makes it "conceptual".



May 16, 2008, 10:13 AM

No, no... for the lighting to be conceptual, they're supposed to flick on and off...



May 16, 2008, 12:46 PM

I'm glad to see Moschen around, even if the video was filmed a few years back. I remember that you posted a video of a similar [derivative] juggler some time ago, and I wondered when you'd link to the master. He was one of my heroes after I saw Labyrnith (an otherwise forgettable film for an adolescent male).

I also still remember when he took full advantage of his Famous Fifteen to propel himself into that one-time PBS show -- the one with the triangle segment that was excerpted in the TED video. I remember that show pretty well after all these years. I'd climb a mountain to see that guy.

OK, I mean, I'd hire a guy to climb the mountain and film it, then have him post it on youtube for me. Assuming I could sell google ads on the project. Or maybe I'd see if I could get a guy on a bike with a shaky-cam to film it for free. But still!!!

I happened to catch the $8m "paint" in the brief time between your link and its demise. It was indeed a work of genius. Best wall txt evar.



May 17, 2008, 10:06 AM

Moschen singlehandedly revived contact juggling and consequently he had a lot of imitators, practically none of whom were able to get his intensity of feeling into it. He's like the Marceau of juggling.



May 17, 2008, 2:43 PM

But he was using both hands in the youtube video...



May 17, 2008, 5:27 PM

Uh, I hesitate to intrude upon juggling talk, but I suppose the Roundup is more suitable for straying from a prevailing topic.

In case anyone noticed (never mind cared), I've been on hiatus. My life is not exactly the stuff of best-selling memoirs, but it does involve the occasional non-art issues.

I see I missed what I assume is the longest Artblog thread ever (or close enough). I've yet to read any of it, and I'm not sure I will. After that many comments, everyone is probably heartily sick of the discussion, and I can't see much point in pinning any more tails on the donkey (so to speak). Also, I'm told by a reliable source that missing out on it may well have been good for my stomach, which is prone to heartburn. If there's one thing I don't need, is a new and "improved" version of George.

I also missed the Rauschenberg thread, but there's little I can add now that I didn't say while he was living. RIP.

You may now resume juggling geekery, I mean appreciation.



May 17, 2008, 5:52 PM

Welcome back, Jack. I was wondering where you'd been. It's been a lively few days.



May 17, 2008, 7:10 PM

Not sure who all sat through the whole Moschen vid but my wife and I had a good time watching it. I noticed that a lot of what he had to say was very modernist. Right down to a specific mention of limitations...



May 18, 2008, 6:09 PM

Happy May Long, all you Canucks out there.



May 19, 2008, 8:13 AM

Long may you run, ahab...



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