Archive for July, 2009

Hipster Fatigue writer Christopher Muther is tired of ‘hipsters’ - what about you?

I fancy myself open-minded and easygoing, which is why I was disturbed at my behavior last week when a pair of cyclists, riding side-by-side, blocked a lane of traffic and slowed my car to a speed that fell between trotting and brisk skipping. I laid on the horn, something I normally wouldna€™t do, while my passenger, a generally subdued gentlemen and an avid cyclist himself, yelled at them to get out of the way.

It was only the next day that I realized the reason for my aggressive behavior. I was annoyed with these two because they were grown men wearing cut-off skinny jeans, espadrilles, fedoras (instead of bicycle helmets), and - Ia€™m guessing - T-shirts that were dripping with irony, most likely sporting an iron-on transfer of Natalie from a€oeThe Facts of Life.a€™a€™

In other words, they were hipsters.

Even if you havena€™t heard the term hipster (perhaps your last name is Van Winkle and youa€™ve been napping comfortably for a few years), it is a subculture that has been well-documented, but lately has faced an increasing amount of scorn. Mocking hipsters has become a national sport, and it looks like Ia€™ve finally found a sport that Ia€™m interested in following.

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Posted: July 21st, 2009
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MY NINJA! Clothing


Well apart from them dipping into the wofting nexus of MNP, they have a great message (I’m smelling a collaboration of some sort): shirts start at 28$ USD


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Posted: July 20th, 2009
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Decoding The Past - Secrets of the Playing Card - Documentary

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Posted: July 20th, 2009
at 7:22am by Koookiecrumbles

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Muzak Video Sundays 7.19

Tom Waits - Downtown Train YouTube Preview Image

Kool G Rap - It’s A Shame YouTube Preview Image

Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song YouTube Preview Image

Deltron 3030 - Positive Contact YouTube Preview Image

Groundation - What Could Have Been YouTube Preview Image

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Posted: July 19th, 2009
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ART! - Everyone’s a Hero

First of all, I’m going to have to thank NPR for helping us out on our ART Friday grind this week.AA Also, to those of you who aren’t hip to what ART Friday is, we try to post some new artwork every week.AA ART Friday is not limited to the visual arts, although they do lend themselves nicely to blog posting.

Sometimes on Fridays you’ll get analysis (UM… in a limited sense).AA Other times we’ll just make fun of whatever it is we’re posting.AA Still, other times you might just see pictures and links.

Dolphin Hunting, Scott Richardson (contemporary.mnp)
Dolphin Hunting, Scott Richardson (mnp)

Krumbles and Ock, two of our resident bloggers, have been tag-teaming ART Fridays for quite a long time, but had recently fallen off, which accounts for the holes in the calendar.AA At the same time as Ock resurrected the idea, Krumbles jumped off the newest (and probably most interesting) part of the feature: A Dozen.AA In this feature, Krumbles interviews different artists (local and famous) and asks them about their specific media.

Keep an eye out for all that goodness and more in the coming weeks as we re-launch our Art Store and prepare for the new blogging season (yes we treat this ish like professionals - trading people to other blogs and whatnot).AA But anyway, on to this week’s spectacular…

So I was listening to/reading NPR when I found this little piece about an unused plinth in Trafalgar square which has now been converted into a public art project.AA I’ll let you read the article yourself:

All Things Considered, July 6, 2009 AA In the northwest corner of Trafalgar Square, in the heart of London, there is an empty base, or plinth, for a statue. Unlike the others there, the Fourth Plinth, as it is sometimes called, never had the bronze likeness of a British hero placed upon it.

Now the vacant plinth, built in 1841 for an equestrian statue that was never created, is being put to use for a new art project that began Monday. Officially called "One & Other," the project will involve 2,400 members of the general public a€" chosen randomly from 18,000 applicants a€" acting, singing, jumping, shouting or doing whatever they want upon the plinth for one hour each, around the clock for 100 days.

It’s being called the ultimate democratization of art a€" whereby Joe or Josephine Schmo gets to stand on a plinth in the heart of the nation’s capital for a whole hour under the gaze of Lord Horatio Nelson, the hero of Trafalgar, and other heroes of the Empire.

While I clearly wouldn’t use such terms as the "ultimate democratization of art" (art is pretty frickin’ democratic…) I will say that this is an awesome idea.AA I particularly like the non-clarity of the metaphorical implications of a rando becoming the central figure on an haphazardly unused 1847 dais.AA It’s doing something subtle, drawing the comparison between the regular person’s expression and the commissioned artist, drawing a clear link to the past -which art (and architecture) is constantly doing wordlessly while reminding us that the present is constantly becoming the past.AA There is little visual representational art that can even be claimed to have a quality of ‘existing outside of time’ - which is the genius of this project.

I also find it interesting that all of a sudden the "statue" is regarding the onlooker with real blinking eyes.AA I always imagine those old statues peering back at me, stuck in one position eternally.

:: [ Go Read the Rest at NPR ] ::

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Posted: July 17th, 2009
at 7:43am by Black Ock

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A Dozen: Greg Drasler

For our second installment of A Dozen, we would like to introduce Greg Drasler, who was previously featured as part of our Artropolis Series. Here’s the interview…


Open Mike, 2009

Could you please describe your creative objectives..

In a similar way that humor displaces, breaks or reveals anxieties, much of my work strives to unfasten the familiar with an uncanny perception of preoccupation and alterative potential.A Not just for laughs, retrofitting, repurposing and recycling seem to be a way forward for representation.A Employing the ventriloquist's task of making objects speak I hope to make multi-voiced work.

How did your studies abroad shape your evolution as an artist?

Living in another culture, dislocates me from my familiar and the knowledge of what exactly is going on.A Weather the luxury of travel or the anxiety of homelessness, the effect produced, being outside of my familiar world, has given me direct access to my desires and fears without the filtering of my everyday habits. Faced with alternative and rich differences of other cultures, I began to see my assumptions of a shared familiar as way over determined. Between expectation and their disruptions my painting began to center itself on multiple perspective the more that I traveled.

Written language and humor were dominant components of my work before I lived in Japan for a year as a foreign student 1980 to '81.A It was my first extended time abroad and although I lived with a generous host family it gave me my first experience as an undeniable foreigner.A Being caught up with humor as an active element in my work, my time in Japan proved a challenge.A Jokes don't travel well.A They are a bonding agent for the local.A Since I wasn't a local, my intentions continually fell flat.A The status of the artist and my position as a foreign student made every attempt at undercutting the authority as somewhat tragic or lost in translation to them.A The status of the art object in Japanese culture did not recognize the joke or humor particularly as an art form readily.A This made me reassess not only the simple topsy turvey simplicity of my effort at the time in what were more or less one-liners into a category of humor that was more widely understood as wit in that there was nothing to precisely get.A Much of my overt engagement with word play has been collapsed into the act of naming in a title.

My first visit to Europe in 1984 effected a contrary response in general. The nationalized cultural heritage that rooted my culture was ripe for the reexamination at first hand as the discovery of a new old country.A I am a second generation American of Slovenian, Irish and Welsh decent. I felt myself as colonizing back at the time. The knotted encoding and exuberant illumination of the "allegory" had the most significant effect on my subsequent work.A A concern for the translation of the structures of motif, symbol and metaphor were supercharged with my first visits to France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland. The directly observed development of the standing portrait from Velasquez to Manet's social allegories exited me.A Appreciating the individual's hand that conveyed not only a close description but also an emotional intent and its unavoidable authority issues rushed at me.A Situated in Provance during the height of summers harvest added the intense color and light that inspired so many artists.A It took me years to digest that two month visit.

Being in transit, riding on the precise European trains made me appreciate how a moving train is the most dynamic situation in which to write.A The state of being between here and there, nowhere really for more than a moment provided me with a physical state of being between.A I am currently writing this from Venice where not only an immense accumulation of art architecture and culture are preserved, but this year is host to another Venice Biennale.A The commingling of tradition with the contemporary aspirations is something that I am too imbedded in for any perspective yet.AA To be continued….


Wiggle Room/Penthouse, 2006

How do you integrate ‘the pattern’ (or being ‘out of pattern’) in your pieces?

Patterns, conventions and the familiar all contain the re-presentational stability of reifying order and predictability..A In painting through the Cave paintings I wanted to emphasize the hug and holding of the interior space.A A patterned wall paper inserted into the space provided this in what I called the Tattoo Parlors.A The repeat in a pattern is subliminally perceived, infinitely extendable and basically assumed without much reading.A The structure of a pattern heightens ones attention of anomalies.A When none are found the pattern becomes a kind of picture architecture.A Besides doubling the interiority of the rooms with a claustrophobic / claustrophylic intent, the insertion of atypical combinations of symbols and signs allowed me to use the structure of patternmaking with subversive subtexts.A These patterns can leave an imprint on the viewer as an afterimage beyond their structural orientation.

I can also use pattern as a convention of manners as in the representation of domesticity.A Irregularities within this context register presence and anomaly in what I would describe as conventional ways.

Which paintings have defined you the most over the years?

In hind sight there is a progression of one body of work leading into another.A I fist became known as a painter of images of workers a set ot paintings I named "Jobs in Heaven."A The accumulations of objects of symbolic attributes in the allegorical figure paintings found a place to put everything in the 'Baggage Paintings."A Confronting the upholstered interiors and tough scarred interior of the individual pieces of luggage I was working with led me to the interiors that I quickly labeled the "Cave Paintings."A I have been painting crowds of men in hats for more than two decades.A They have had various meanings at different times but I refer to them as "Hats Paintings."

How does your focus of the interior continue to challenge you?

The interior as an over stated place for containment, refuge, aspiration and privacy continues to provide a flexible potential for exaggerating the subjective psychological self.A Design, intimacy, privilege and isolation continue to be in play as I continue to think about the interior. These paintings are essentially the packing and the repacking of the empty suitcase.A It is also a useful reiteration of the moveable site as object that painting remains for me.

Who are some of your major influences?

Magritte in his incessant disruption of the domestic, Manet particularly for his social allegories, early Rosequist particularly F-111 as it was originally installed wrapped around an interior gallery space so that it could not be viewed from one position.A I saw an installation of this painting as a teenager in the '60 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago when it was on Ontario.

Venetian paintingA particularlyA Giorgione, Belllini, G.B.Tiepolo and of course Giotto. As I am in the Venento at the moment they are fresh on my mind.

Hopper, Murch, Sargent's travel paintings.

This is a tough question for me because I have an open heart for painting.

Intellectually the writings of Gaston Bachallard, Elaine Scarry, Susan Stewart,A Christopher Bollas, Walter Benjamin have all helped form my thinking.A I am at a bit of a loss as I am not in front of my book case at the moment.A (sp)


Road Trip, 2007

As a teacher, what techniques and knowledge bases have you seen to be proven to be the most effective in developing the novice student?

I believe it is essential to advocate for the development of each student's individual aesthetic..A I believe that the methods tools and techniques that they accumulate and employ develop from their intuitive desire.

I use the categories of Language - Source - Drama - Vision as cardinal points of reference that urge them to be conscious, as they strive to make their work.A Many readings are used in my teaching but I find artists writings most useful in their direct documentation of work in progress.A It also offers a challenge to the young artist to record their own thinking for articulation of the present but for future reference.

One notable publication that I have been introducing in my classes recently is by David Goldblatt, titled Art and Ventriloquism.

Which places have inspired you the most in the imaginative process?

Beyond my studio which I think of as my ultimate place of freedom, there is an island of the coast of Maine that I have spent a good deal of time on. It is easily conjured in my mind.A Big landscapes, the Rockies, the plains, the seashore offer a spatial contrast to the realities of my painting practice that is dependably rejuvenating.A Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto, Japan was a pivotal experience as was the ability to view the Tiepolo work in Churches and Villas around Venice and Werttzburg (sp), Germany.A Back to the process however, I like my own studio.A It is lile cooking in my own kitchen where I know where everything is.

Are you open to collaboration?

I am.A Because I am so excited and often inspired by conversation, collaboration seems very much an extension of that play.A I think the opportunities are rare but have been successful and enlightening when they have happened for me. Last spring Saturnalia Press in Philadelphia published an artist poet collaboration that I did with Timothy Liu.A Also a small catalog titled Tattoo Parlor incorporating the Jesus Wall Paper paintings was produced in collaboration with the Grand Central Art Center part of Call State Fullerton's Curatorial Studies Center.A I would like the opportunity to do more.

How do you go about critiquing your and other’s work?

Carefully and as precisely as possible.A When addressing the work of others I am hyper attentive to address the intentions and voice that the work manifests.A I tend to address those intentions, the underpinnings of the work primarily with the formal, technical and material devices in a supportive or non-supportive role. I believe wider social, political or philosophical manifestations in the work is delivered in how these to aspects interact.

Probably not surprisingly, my critique of my own work is somewhat turned around from that.A I tend to be most critical of my formal technical, and material devices in my work.A The conceptual intentionality is always woven into the beginning of the piece.A I dependably get the converse from my friends and colleagues.

Mixed Marriage, 09, 70x60in

Mixed Marriage, 2009

How do you see the progression of new technologies in aiding the independent artist?

I would go on record as being pro technology for the artist and in particular for the independent artist.A The one down side in my experience with website and jpeg solicitation is that there is no viable substitution for seeing the actual work in all of it's materiality, touch and presence.A It also seems to me that the behavior and responsibility of the viewer is in the middle of a rethink.A I have to admit that I don't much participate in blogging.AA I also have no space for texting and no time to twitter.

I am impressed however with the simple website that delivers access and a conditional view and contact for the independent artist.A I guess so much of your question depends on the expectations of the artist.AA To ascertain the progress It would be necessary to fully understand the attitude around being an independent artist.A In terms of sales, curatorial accessibility, need to maintain dialog, looking for a dealer or any combination of the above the statistical evidence is spotty.
Socially from my perspective new technologies deal best with single-issue topics, phenomena, events and more fully informed e-mail contacts.

This is not to say that it won't get better because it inevitably will.A It is simply the virtual community rather than the physical community that seems in conflict.A For new media work digital production and its distribution I think it is the new real-estate boom.

The closer the progress is aligned to helping artist continue to make their work, the more I think of it at good progress.

What elements do you see as being important in forming an art community?

Inexpensive real-estate to be brief.A I believe artists are amazingly resourceful, creative and community minded.A Independent by nature and generally mutually supportive, particularly when the stakes are lowered it is my experience that artist work together, bond and manifest themselves out of mutual interests.A I am from a Soho, Tribeca in the 70's and '80's generation.A It produced a political activism and mutual protection to abandoned areas of the city that are now some of its foremost economic engines.A Frankly I am most surprised that other civic and state administrations have not seized on this model as the most effective form of renewal in the city on record.

The community part, given even the most tacit civic support, will come.A Alternately, for an artist is a very isolated condition www. anything can be an absolute godsend.A There are more choices now and if mutual interests such as exhibition space, studio tours, visiting artists, arts festivals, are available, there will be a community.

Funding is another concern for which emerging technologies are proving particularly useful.A Artist opportunity web sites, funding searches, foundation access, curatorial access, besides people search, dealers and contacts abroad are all within easy reach.A Does that make Facebook a community?A I would say that it only is if it is supportive.

:: images by Greg Drasler, courtesy of Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York ::

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Posted: July 17th, 2009
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…but once they hammer out those kinks, boyyy, let me tell you…

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Posted: July 16th, 2009
at 7:54am by Black Ock

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Foto del dia 7.16.09



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Posted: July 16th, 2009
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New Art from Kathleen Letts

Babel, 2009

Sweet Pea, 2009

Be sure to check out ContemporaryMNP for the best art around (no, seriously)….. Kathleen Letts has made these superb pencil & paper (and a little acrylic) pieces avaliable to the public…. send all inquiries to

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Posted: July 15th, 2009
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