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Glue Society: a€oeIt wasna€™t meant to end like thisa€A



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Posted: June 12th, 2009
at 9:06am by Koookiecrumbles

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Musical Tesla Coils at Burning Flipside

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Robotron at Robot Ninja introduced to the masses the tesla coil; here they go again with a not-as gangsterish DJ tesla coil sound system..

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Posted: June 12th, 2009
at 6:38am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,music,too good to be true,robots,weaponry,fo' real?,art fridays

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Hiroaki Umeda at Japan Society

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The work of the Japanese soloist is part hip-hop, part Butoh, which means that his expert, staccato undulations build very slowly. The integration of multimediaa€"flashes of light, cracklings of electronic noise, blackouts, silence, all precisely timeda€"is highly sophisticated. In one dance, Umeda inhabits a computerized environment, its bright-lined geometry reminiscent of a€oeTron.a€A His very movements are full of special effects, live manipulations that suggest a DVD image skipping.a€A a€" The New Yorker

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Posted: June 12th, 2009
at 5:00am by Koookiecrumbles

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Body Art!

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Posted: June 5th, 2009
at 9:11am by Black Ock

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Takashi Murakami in Frankfurt

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This is just a repost from a usual suspect.

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Posted: June 5th, 2009
at 7:46am by Black Ock

Categories: contemporary,art fridays

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Simian-Cephalopod : Air Kraken


A steampunk fantasy work of an elusive species produced for Air Kraken Day (March 17)- a little late but you know how it goes my ninjas..

- Air Kraken is a photo-illustration composed from images submitted to the world’s largest stock photo site (stock.xchng) by Simian-Cephalopod

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Posted: June 5th, 2009
at 5:30am by Koookiecrumbles

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ART! - The Art of Catastrophe

We’re all aware of famous renditions of natural disasters and human catastrophes in the works of several famed and celebrated artists. In fact, it would seem that periods of civil unrest have always had a tendency to lead to great works of art. One theory is that because art tends to reflect, amplify, or (in some cases) dictate what goes on in society it is only natural that these occurrences would appear in the artwork of the period. Here are some possibly overly famous examples (hyperbolized as they may be) of artists who have one way or another painted catastrophes.

Goya, who you probably should know, looked upon the horrors of the Bourbon reign Spain and painted his classic painting el 3 de Mayo. The painting is as politically motivated as anything else this master painted, but it goes a long way into describing the human cost of catastrophe, albeit political and not natural.


Any Art History student will quickly point out the obvious connection of the central figure to Christ crucified. There’s also the innocent white shirt he’s wearing and they way he stands in front of the other villagers in defiance, as if to beg the question "why are the innocents being murdered?" The French army stands in formation like a machine, bunched together as if they are on force, one nation, one idea. There is no individual here, but an act of violence by one people on another, innocent and unarmed people (represented by one crucial figure).

Picasso is another artist who points out the absolute catastrophe of war. His painting, Guernica, like Goya’s points out what seems to be the senselessness of human massacre. He includes all types of human made objects,a broken statue, an exploding lightbulb (a play on words, for "bombilla" in Spanish means lightbulb) and contrasts them with the pain that the natural objects (ie. people/horse) seem to be feeling.


In this painting things are out of order, the world has gone mad and catastrophe abounds.

This majestic work, The Polar Sea [Caspar David Friedrich] (dating from 1823-4) features in an exhibition that has just moved from Berlin to Hamburg, where it hangs opposite one of Friedrich’s grandest canvases, the depiction of the vast snow-capped mountain, The Watzmann. The iceberg painting shows nature rejecting man’s intrusion - the ship having been destroyed by the immense force that has pushed the blocks of ice upwards into a striking pyramidal composition. The mountain, another pyramid, seems to lie beyond human intervention. The large canvas is quite without signs of human or other animal life. [link]

This ART DAY! is obviously partially focused on disasters. I was inspired by the foto av dagen that was posted on green.mnp and that is featured below. The point of this ART DAY! is not to depress you, but rather to force you to think critically thabout how artists depict things that are going on around them that they love, hate, and are awed by.AA Keep these paintings in mind as you maneuver through today’s features.

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Posted: November 9th, 2007
at 12:00pm by Black Ock

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ART! - Art In Yo’ Hood

No, we’re not talking about graffiti, even though we got love for the writers out there. To take a break from our 4-part Asian Art series, and to let us Rockies and Sox fans both recover from devastating mid-week hangovers, we present to you the Coors Lite version of ART DAY!.

Today we’ve thought up a new trick for you; we’ve decided to take this Art Game local and straight to your door. A lot of how we feel about art, as we discussed briefly last week, is that you have to see it to be affected by it. There’s really no reason you should see thousands of billboards and commercials every day and at least not also get a dose of what we civilized people call fine art.AA And art itself is all about how much the viewer values whatever he or she is looking out.AA In order to participate in the Art Game, all you gotta do is look and be a critic, like and dislike.
That’s why every Friday, pretty much rain, hail or snow (and barring such events such as earthquake) we bring you ART DAY! Most ART DAY! posts today feature artists and/or exhibits that you can see around the local Boston or Chi Town area. They don’t need much introduction so we’re just going to jump right in. The important thing to remember about ART DAY! is to click the pics, they will take you to the worthy sources.


I’m happy to report that I’ll be one of twenty artists participating in "The Wall at Central Square" in Cambridge, Massachusetts this week.

Located in the heart of Central Square at 567 Mass Ave., this 81 - foot long wall will present work by internationally known street artists from around the country. This is the first time an event of this magnitude has been done in the Boston Area, which will include poster, painting, 3 - D, graffiti, stencils, and stickers. The exhibit will be open to the public.

My contributions include a giant, pink flower painting and four pasted paintings on paper.

Be sure to check out the press release for all the details.

Many many thanks to Geoff and Gary!

The Wall at Central Square
Artists Panel and Discussion
(participants TBA)
Saturday, October 27, 6pm-7pm
Enormous Room
567 Massachusetts Avenue
A private party will follow.

In case you missed my talk a couple of weeks ago at OPEN SPACE Gallery in Beacon, be sure to check out the audio of it here:

Open Space Talk

Dan Weise of the gallery and I chat about my exhibition at their space, my work and more. It was a real honor to be featured as their guest as well as be their inaugural show.

The exhibition is up until November 4th so there’s still time to come by and check it out!


For those of you School of Visual Arts alumni out there, be sure to check out the Fall issue of Visual Arts Journal. Kathleen Boyle wrote a nice piece about five SVA alumni that use the streets as a canvas for their work: Keith Haring, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Kenny Scharf, KAWS and myself.

The cover (shown above) features my self portrait on West 22nd Street in Manhattan. I pasted that piece up in July of 2006 and the last time I checked it’s still there holding on strong!

What, you thought we were done? Nah fool, it’s only 10 AM. Stay tuned for more throughout the day and scroll on down to check out the rest of this morning’s content.

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Posted: October 26th, 2007
at 10:11am by Black Ock

Categories: hood status,art,contemporary,art fridays

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ART! - Woodblock Madness Pt. 2

Welcome back to ART DAY! my peoples. Once again my man Koookiecrumbles and I tag team you with the latest art that you should be checking out. The theme is still Asian art, and no, it hasn’t gotten less general.

Last week we talked about woodblocks and we somewhat touched on the fact that many impressionists (as well as artists of other movements) were deeply inspired by Japanese woodblocks of the 18th-19th century. Today we explore the parallels a little bit deeper.

To start, we look at at a Van Gogh painting, which is taken from Hiroshige.


Vincent Van Gogh, during the first experiments marking his turn to impressionism, once meticulously copied a blooming plum tree from a Japanese woodblock print to explore the effects of juxtaposition of contrasting colors, which are typical of ukiyoe prints. [via]

Now if you don’t know Uttagawa Hiroshige, then you either never studied art history or you don’t spend enough time on Wikipedia, but don’t worry, we’ll fix that.

He dominated landscape printmaking with his unique brand of intimate, almost small-scale works (at least when compared against the older traditions of landscape painting descended from Chinese landscape painters through Sesshu). The travel prints generally depict travelers along the famous routes traveling and experiencing the special attractions of various stops along the way. They travel in the rain, the snow, and during all of the seasons. In 1856, working with the publisher Uoya Eikichi, he created a series of high quality prints, made with the finest printing techniques including true gradation of color, the addition of mica to lend a unique iridescent effect, embossing, fabric printing, blind printing, and the use of glue printing (wherein ink is mixed with glue for a glittery effect). One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (issued serially between 1856 and 1859) was immensely popular. The set was not published until after his death, so not all of the prints were completed by him-he created over 100 on his own, but two were added by Hiroshige II after his death.

Fixed? Okay, now look at some of this work. You’ll notice that the Ukiyo-e theme that we discussed last week is present in his work, as well as the color juxtapositions that are discussed in the above quote. Note: these woodblocks are all by Hiroshige II but similar themes are expressed.



The effects of Europe’s impressionist movement were being felt in Asia. Japan was undergoing a period of radical modernization, which in the cultural field caused a great interest in Western oil painting. Two of the first Japanese teachers of Western oil painting, which became part of the official curriculum in the Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1896, were Kuroda Seiki (AAA,A¥AA AAMAAAA) and Kume Seiichi ( A¤[ A¦A AAMA¤@), who both came back from Paris in 1893. They introduced impressionism and the free lifestyle of the French art scene to Japan. In 1907, the first show of original impressionist paintings was held in Japan, including works by Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, and others. This was the year after Cezanne’s death, and a number of painters, including Renoir, were still quite active at the time. Ninety years later, it is almost the same group of artists whose works are on show at the National Museum of History in Taipei between January 15 and April 27, 1997. [Great Article on Impressionism and Taiwan]


On a side note, I never thought about it before ,but, this artist is also referred to as Ando Hiroshige, which may or may not have a connection to Heroes characters Hiro & Ando. Um sorry, that was totally tangential.

Come to think of it, as long as we’re discussing whatever we want, one thing I may have neglected to mention was the importance of the landscape in Japanese woodblock. Japanese woodblock is a field with a lot of depth, and many of the scenes throughout the centuries feature interiors. But, one must not forget that the fine-ness of the protrayal of nature was also a critical element to Japanese woodblocks, and far-east art in general.

The impressionists, of course, were obsessed with light. Most of their compositions, in fact, it can be argued have something to do specifically with the portrayal of modern day scenes and the fleeting sense of light. It was almost as if the metaphor was that modern life was fleeting and ethereal in the same way that light conditions are (or were?). The eye perceives city-life and light in similar ways, in that there is an essential moment to be captured, which will be gone the next.

Compare the previous examples with these impressionist works:


Orchard in Bloom, Camile Pissarro

He must have viewed the freshly plowed earth, like the spring blossoms that bring life to the dormant landscape, as a signal of renewed hope for his adopted country and for his career.


Boulevard HA©loAAse, Argenteuil, Alfred Sisley

He seems most concerned with its shapes and textures and the delicate colors of the pale winter sky. A softening of detail conveys the chill of a damp day. Of all the impressionists, Sisley was the one most committed to landscape and to the impressionist style in its most pure form, never abandoning, even temporarily, impressionism’s goal of capturing the transient effects of light and atmosphere.

These ART DAY! posts that delve into the historical realm are meant to be short introductions to topics that you really need to do more research about to form an opinion. After all, that’s what art is. As such, I invite any of my readers to contend with the notions I present, because it’s only discussion that engenders a true sense of understanding about these works. I personally believe that Japanese woodblocks are some of the best examples of what I will loosely term ‘populist art’ because of their general availability, cheapness (both reproduction wise and vendor wise), and expression of mass ideals. People actually went out and bought these paintings en masse which is different than the types of art most people are used to, the diversions of the rich and powerful.

Of course, no ART DAY! would be complete without a look at some of the more modern examples of the techniques about which we speak, so here goes:


Okushiri Island, Jun Ichiro Sekino


Winter Trees, Clifton Karhu

What? Stop looking so damned surprised! Just because there was no 2 hours on the internet this week doesn’t mean we would ever try to play you on ART DAY! For more of ART DAY! keep on scrolling down… and look forward to the return of 2 hours on the internet on Monday plus a new Saturday feature!

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Posted: October 19th, 2007
at 9:25am by Black Ock

Categories: life,art,contemporary,boredom killer,art fridays

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