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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Have an Interest in Copyright

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I discovered Artbabble a week or so ago (see post here) and trolling through its pages came across this discussion “Remix: Lawrence Lessig and Shepard Fairey (LIVE from the NYPL) 2/26/09”

Shep Fairey is the creator of the Obama poster who is getting his ass sued for copyright infringement for this same poster. But it’s Larry Lessig who makes this video interesting, 16 and a half minutes in and his spiel is were the synapses start to fire. Lessig is the author of Remix, founder of Creative Commons, and one of the leading legal scholars on intellectual property issues in the Internet age. (And he can dance, well verbally at least.)

Involved with the internet and art? Ignore this at your peril.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Back in the Studio II

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Almost Red & Pretty Big
(A visual critique of Pixel Perfect - The Exhibition)
5 archival inkjet prints - Dimensions variable - edition of 5 + 1 AP

Domestic Chaos

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Front Porch by Julie Blackmon

If domestic chaos is your thing check out the delightful vignettes over at Julie Blackmon's web site. She has 3 series of works "Mind Games", "Domestic Vacations" and "New Work". Front Porch is from the Domestic vacations series.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Back in the Studio

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Reception (2009)

It's good to find some time and space to work on pics after the hurley burly of the last week.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Up & Running

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Posts have been a bit thin on the ground over the past few days as it’s been kinda hectic getting the exhibition up and running. But with many thanks to Simoun, Kristine, Muffet, Rica and Coro for all their hard work, we got the pics on the walls and the video working. I would also like to thank Bing and Raul who braved the elements (Want it to rain? Schedule an exhibition opening for me and watch the heavens open) to officiate and cut the ribbon.

Sining Kamalig Gallery

The works are now on display until Tuesday 12 May at Sining Kamalig on the 4th level of Gateway Mall in down town Cubao next to the Araneta Coliseum.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A New Link

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Thanks to the guardian blog for the heads up to artbabble. A “you tube” sort of place but with the subject matter related to the visual arts. And the navigation is good, with “series”= production house (the arts organization), “channels”= generic art forms and “artists”= well artists.

If you have only a passing interest in the arts you could loose a few hours there and they have only started out, (not a lot of content yet). Click on the link above or on the side bar to see for yourself.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Happy Birthday Matilda

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Yesterday (April 6) was the 114th anniversary of the first performance of Australia’s best known song and unofficial national anthem, “Waltzing Matilda”.

Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong,
Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me"

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me"
And he sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled,
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me".

Down came a jumbuck to drink at that billabong,
Up jumped the swagman and grabbed him with glee,
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag,
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me".

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me"
And he sang as he shoved that jumbuck in his tucker bag,
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me".

Up rode the squatter, mounted on his thoroughbred,
Down came the troopers, one, two, three,
"Where's that jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?"
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me".

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me"
"Where's that jolly jumbuck you've got in your tucker bag?",
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me".

Up jumped the swagman and sprang into the billabong,
"You'll never catch me alive", said he,
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong,
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me".

Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me"
And his ghost may be heard as you pass by that billabong,
"You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me."
"Oh, You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me."

This is the modern day version of this song, the original which was first performed for the Queensland Premier of the day at the North Gregory Hotel in Winton, Queensland can be seen here.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

If You Say So Mr Winkleman

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Times are tough in prestigious art burb that is New York’s Chelsea district if the latest exhibition at the Winkleman Gallery (April 3 to May 9) is anything to go by. Entitled "The Reappraisal", artist Jennifer Dalton has, if you believe the press release, catalogued all the stuff in her place and offered it for sale.

“From graduate student paintings to the cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink to the planter in the back yard” everything has a price, and not just one price but three. What the artist thinks its worth, what Christie’s Auction house reckon it’s worth and “your price” i.e. how much you will have to pay to own it. A porcelain vase has been valued at $100 by the artist, $15 by Christies, but “your price” is $1500.00. One can’t help but wonder if this was the motivation for the blog post Three Grumpy Thoughts on the Salander Case a few days earlier?

Prices range from half a million for a trinket of the kitsch variety to the artist paying you $5 to take stuff off her hands. But one still has to pay the rent as the blogging gallerist often alludes too. Hence “The Reappraisal is a meditation on materialism, growing up, and the extent to which we can properly judge ourselves and each other by the contents of our bookshelves, refrigerators and medicine cabinets.”

Come on, no matter how you dress it up, a garage sale is a garage sale.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Memories

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My friends and long time collectors Pat and Tony Stroud sent some pics (Tony is the shutterbug) of my earlier (circa 1984/85) works from a time before the camera and Photoshop.

Tree
Oil on canvas


No Standing Anytime
Oil on Canvas


Somerville Theatre
Pencil & gouache on paper

A quarter of a century (which is kinda scary) and still going strong (which is kinda encouraging).