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7 Nov

Procrastination

Scavenging for meat when there is no carcass in sight
Picking at bones when there is no meat left
Foraging the forest for traces of the bones
Ending it all by clearing carcass through the process
Looking for something that cannot be found?

Everything comes full circle, but I’m not back where I started when I first began

Infancy

6 Nov

Tune

4 Nov

Circularity

Hero? Down to Zero

31 Oct

This is how certain pieces of information can lead to a 180degree-repulsion. Sad, but then again it’s better to know sooner than hold him in high-regard for a huge part of my life and later realize how foolish I had been. 

Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

From formaldehyde-immersed sharks to diamond-encrusted skulls, Damien Hirst as become used to taking flak from traditionalists.

Less than welcome have been the accusations of plagiarism, the latest of which were detailed today with claims that no fewer than 15 works produced over the years by the self-styled enfant terrible have been allegedly “inspired” by others.

While Hirst has previously faced accusations that works including his diamond skull came from the imagination of other artists, the new allegations include his “crucified sheep”, medicine cabinets, spin paintings, spot paintings, installation of a ball on an air-jet, his anatomical figure and cancer cell images.

Charles Thomson, the artist and co-founder of the Stuckists, a group campaigning for traditional artistry, collated the number of plagiarism claims relating to Hirst’s work for the latest issue of the Jackdaw art magazine.

He came up with 15 examples, with eight said to be new instances of plagiarism. The tally includes the medicine cabinets that Hirst first displayed in 1989, and its development in 1992 – a room-size installation called Pharmacy.

“Joseph Cornell displayed a cabinet with bottles on shelves called Pharmacy in 1943,” said Thomson. Nor were Hirst’s spin paintings or his installation of a ball on a jet of air original, he said, noting that both were done in the 1960s.

“Hirst puts himself forward as a great artist, but a lot of his work exists only because other artists have come up with original ideas which he has stolen,” said Thomson. “Hirst is a plagiarist in a way that would be totally unacceptable in science or literature.”

Aggrieved artists include John LeKay, a Briton who says he first thought of nailing a lamb’s carcass to wood like a cross in 1987, only to see it reproduced by Hirst. Lekay previously claimed in 2007 that he had been producing jewel-encrusted skulls since 1993, before Hirst did so. Lori Precious, an American, says she first arranged butterfly wings into patterns to suggest stained-glass windows in 1994, years before Hirst.

Imitation may be flattery, but not when Hirst is taking both the financial and artistic credit for their ideas, say Lekay and Precious. LeKay has never sold anything above £3,500, while Hirst’s set of three crucified sheep was a reported £5.7m. Precious’s butterflies sold for £6,000 against Hirst’s version for £4.7m.

While Hirst is one of Britain’s richest men, LeKay cannot live off his art. Accusing Hirst of being dishonest about where he gets his ideas, he said: “He should just tell the truth.”

Although LeKay recognises that artists have always found inspiration in each other, he says the great ones adapt ideas to create works with their own individual and original stamp.

He said: “Damien sees an idea, tweaks it a little bit, tries to make it more commercial. He’s not like an artist inspired by looking inwards. He looks for ideas from other people. It’s superficial. Put both [crucified sheep] together and … it’s the same thing.”

In the 1990s, they were friends and shared exhibitions, which is when Hirst may have seen his sheep. Since then, LeKay has become more interested in Buddhism than material wealth, so he does not plan to seek compensation.

Precious recalled her pain at seeing Hirst’s butterflies in a newspaper: “My artist friends and collectors called to tell me they couldn’t believe the similarities between Hirst’s work and mine, and … at first I too thought it was my work.”

Although the patterns are not identical, she said: “It’s the same material (butterfly wings) and the same idea (recreations of stained-glass windows).”

Without the funds to pursue legal action, she no longer produces butterfly works.

It emerged in 2000 that Hirst agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to head off legal action for breach of copyright by the designer and makers of a £14.99 toy which bore a resemblance to his celebrated 20ft bronze sculpture, Hymn.

David Lee, the editor of the Jackdaw, says Hirst’s compensation was an admission of guilt. “The fact he was willing to fork out the money is an indication that he knew he was plagiarising the guy’s work.”

Hirst declined to comment.

(via Guardian)

My Recurrent Dream

20 Oct

(via Luke Pearson)

The Picture of Dorian Gray

13 Oct

“For there would be a real pleasure in watching it. He would be able to follow his mind into its secret places. This portrait would be to him the most magical of mirrors. As it had revealed to him his own body, so it would reveal to him his own soul.”

(via Oscar Wilde)

Find your balance

11 Oct

(via Alain de Botton)

Every artist was first an amateur

4 Oct

“…And i’ve to wait half an hour,  I do a sketch.
I’m never bored
You can always do something
You can always find some downtime and work”

You can observe a lot just by watching

1 Oct

How to be a First-rate Failure

24 Sep

“Only those who are able to fail are really alive.”

(via Opera Aperta – Dutch PavilionVenice Biennale 2011)

 

 

The Black Hole

22 Sep

Coincidentally, on a semi-related note:

(via Venice Biennale 2011)

Parallel World(s)

13 Sep

People fill the floor of their homes with furniture and walls with paintings and pictures. So why are the ceilings left empty? Decorating ceilings was a celebrated art form in the past centuries that somehow got lost through the reductionism of modernism. People don’t look at the ceiling anymore. It’s a dead space. So I wanted to bring a small wink to this space. I also liked the idea that somehow there’s a parallel world which coexists with ours.” – Ji Lee

(via Ji Lee)

How to be Alone

12 Sep


All experience is unique, no one has the same synapses, can’t think like you
For this be relieved
Keeps things interesting, life’s magic things in reach

And it doesn’t mean you’re not connected, that community’s not present
Just take the perspective you get from being one person in one head
And feel the effects of it

Take silence and respect it
If you have an art that needs a practice, stop neglecting it
If your family doesn’t get you, or religious sect is not meant for you
Don’t obsess about it

You could be in an instant surrounded if you needed it
If your heart is bleeding make the best of it
There is heat in freezing, be a testament

(via Tanya Davis)

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it

11 Sep

(via Nienke Klunder)

Doxology

9 Sep

“An experimental comedy about tennis balls, dancing cars, and God.” 

“Look no further than DOXOLOGY.” – Detroit Free Press

Interview with Michael Langan, creator of Doxology, by Sung-Joo Kim, head programmer for Seoul International Animation Festival

Sung-Joo Kim: What would you like to tell to audiences through “Doxology?”

Michael Langan: Learn to adapt to and find contentment in your surroundings.

SJK: What was your motivation for making the film?

ML: I set out to create a film, having no idea what the end product would be. The only rule I gave myself was to trust my intuition completely. I began by creating tons of animated “sketches,” very quickly-executed ideas, which accumulated into a bank of loosely-associated short films. I rushed the entire process, not allowing myself to censor or judge each idea before it had been executed. Eventually the pieces began to speak to one another, and I started drawing lines between them and shaping them into a film. The overarching theme that developed is an account and commentary on the relationship between Heaven and Earth, incidentally connected by tennis balls (which I like to think of as prayers.)

Michael Langan’s graduation film from Rhode Island School of Design, “Doxology” went on to play over 100 film festivals, garnering 14 awards, including a Student Academy Award nomination.

(via Michael Langan)

Covet

4 Sep

'Time of the Sky' watch

Japanese designer Ryohei Yoshiyuki together with media artist Tomoya Kahimada designed and programmed a watch so that it displays different shades of the sky every few seconds. The side button when pushed, will alter the face of the watch to portray a shade which corresponds to the colour of the sky at that point.

The sky color is mean to remind you to look up at the real sky, from time to time, in this busy life of ours. ‘we are always looking at some kind of window, on the computer, mobile phone and so on. and now a small window on ones arm…

(via DesignBoom)

Many Ways of Seeing

30 Apr

Riding along the Red Sea

Subsequent images are done for JKPP by talented artists

By Jim Vance

By Benedicte Delachanal

By Chartan

By Maria Honeill

By Cooper Renner

By Arturo Espinosa

There’s no such thing as a correct answer, a correct route or a correct choice. Everything will work out as long as you understand why you are doing something. If it does not make sense to you, how would it make sense to anyone else?

It is the ‘Process not the Product that counts’ – a saying that is commonly forgotten in the pursuit of perfection. Nothing is perfect, so one should not even bother trying to attain Nirvana. Just focus on what you have on hand, and be sure it makes sense.

Squeeze Me

29 Mar

“Squeeze me” by Kraak & Smaak. This has got to be one of the most creative things I’ve seen. Simple yet effective.

Television is a Drug

28 Mar

Love is Like Life but Longer

22 Mar

One of the best Short films I’ve seen in a Long while. Thank you, Poppy.

Synopsis: We see a young gentleman in a well-tailored suit. He looks like any man on the street. However, there’s something slightly different – he’s visually impaired.

In the subsequent scene, we see a fresh-looking, spritely young lady. She could be any young lady at your local marketplace. Yet, something about her dressing sets her apart – she’s a nun.

Watch how their divergent lives converge in the film.

Third Life

14 Mar

Astounding

Let’s Turn the World Inside Out

8 Mar

Can art change the world?

“It can change the way we perceive the world. And although art can’t change things per se, it makes it a neutral place for exchanges and discussions. That, is what enables you to change the world”

Take your photo, let it be what you stand for. Explode it for the world to see.

The instructions are simple:

  • Think about what you care about.
  • Take picture looking straight into the camera.
  • Take picture up against a plain background, no patterns, texture, etc.
  • Take a picture of your face only. Do not include any other body parts.
  • Feel free to tell more in your story and don’t limit yourself.
  • Get your poster out there. (See “Ways To Post”)
  • Take a picture of your photo out in the wild and upload to site with location.

Play your part, be part of a global art project. Check out www.InsideOutProject.net for more details.

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