Monday, February 25, 2013

Somewhere in Dreamland - 1936


I caught a piece of this old animation on Pee Wee's Playhouse, S1 E3, "Rainy Day," and found the complete work: "Summertime," by Ub Iwerks, 1934

Work watching...

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Bossing Up

Urban "feminist,"  Ms. Nicki

Monday, February 18, 2013

Zarina Hashmi

Worth checking out at the Guggenheim, prints from Zarina Hashmi, from the northern Indian city of Aligarh:

Friday, February 15, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Daily Uplift with Bobby Seale, 1968 Chicago

Bobby Seale, Black Panther, via my friend, John Douglas and his friends at Newsreel--

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Imaginary Prisons of Piranesi


See link for full text and images

The Imaginary Prisons of Piranesi
In painting, a capriccio is a work where part or all of the subject matter is invented and typically focuses on architecture. The word itself is derived from the Italian term used for the impulsive jumping of a baby goat. The capriccio style was developed as an art form in early eighteenth century Venice, influenced by Italian theater. The genre grew in Italy throughout the eighteenth century, especially in Venice and Rome as a result of the Grand Tour when capricci were created as an alternative to the veduta, also known as a view painting. The capriccio was not meant to represent reality, but rather to provide the viewer with an interesting image based on reality.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Protest Art in 1950s Japan

      “Floating Skulls”

The exhibit now at MOMA, Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde, is worth checking out. 
The following is from MIT's Visualizing Cultures website,  brief artist bios and images:

Mark Mulroney @ Mixed Greens Gallery NYC

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We’re Never Getting Rescued With That Attitude
February 4–March 16, 2013
Reception: Wednesday, February 13, 6-8pm

Mixed Greens is ecstatic to announce Mark Mulroney’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery. The drawings, carved wood panels, murals, and objects shows began with the simple vision of a man stranded on a desert island with a palm tree, two coconuts, and maybe a girl.
While many people spent time in 2012 contemplating the Mayan calendar and mankind’s eventual demise, Mulroney turned his focus to the idea of paradise. Ageless one-liner jokes involving a man stranded on an island began to remind him of his own situation in the studio. The simple idea of the studio-as-island quickly gave way to a more complicated vision where the island is both an escape and a prison.
In addition to reading Gauguin’s letters from Tahiti, studying Tarzan imagery, and internalizing clichéd tropical sunsets, Mulroney investigated 30-years-worth of Playboy and Pent- house magazines in preparation for the show. These vintage magazines have significant influence beyond the obvious role naked women play in Mulroney’s lexicon. The Playboy gag cartoons are especially inspiring (many include a desert island), and the paper of vintage porn is as fetishized by Mulroney as the images printed on it. Mulroney appreciates the remarkable quality and texture of vintage paper that is absent today. Although there is not always a direct connection between the paper’s source and the drawing, a hedonistic appreciation of material is obvious when referring to both form and content.
The graphite in many of Mulroney’s drawings mimics the gray expanse of Rochester and Syracuse where Mulroney has lived for several years. But paradise prevails in the drawings’ painted overlays, the colorful, carved wood panels (he began to hone the carving technique when imagining the studio as his island), the murals full of palm trees and coconuts, and the inflatable sculptures dotted throughout the gallery. But don’t expect everything to be idyllic—while the island is a warm and welcome relief from the day-to-day, it is not free of the less-comforting associations with escape and isolation.
Mark Mulroney received his MFA from The University of California at Santa Barbara. His first solo show in NY was with Mixed Greens in 2004. Other solo show venues include Galleries Goldstein, London, England; Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Ever Gold, San Francisco, CA; ebersmoore gallery, Chicago, IL; ArtSpace, New Haven, CT; Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Richard Heller, Los Angeles, CA; and The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. Group exhibition venues have included Park Life, San Francisco, CA; OKOK Gallery, Seattle, WA; Evergreene Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland; The National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland; RAID projects, Los Angeles, CA; Finesilver Gallery, Houston, TX; The University of Nevada, Las Vegas; the San Francisco Art Institute; the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum; and the Laguna Beach Art Museum, CA. He has been written about in numerous publications including, the Los Angeles Times, and Flash Art. Mulroney currently lives and works in Syracuse, NY.
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Eternal recurrence

The greatest weight.-- What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: "This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence - even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!"
Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus?... Or how well disposed would you have to become to yourself and to life to crave nothing more fervently than this ultimate eternal confirmation and seal?

from Nietzsche's The Gay Science, s.341, Walter Kaufmann transl.